I’m so excited to share my review of this fabulous non-fiction book by debut author, Michael J. Dibden, especially after my involvement as a beta-reader during its pre-publication stage. Below is what I had to say on Amazon and on Goodreads, where I awarded it five stars.
Taz – Tales of a Rascal Pooch is a humorous biography, told from the alternating viewpoints of the rascal pooch and his owners who he refers to individually as “The Suit” and “Ms Noodle”, or both together as “the hoomans”.
The story has its sad moments where I fought back a tear or two (no spoilers here), but mostly it had me laughing out loud. Taz does his utmost to play his new hoomans, who, although experienced dog owners in the past, have never had to handle an uncouth Staffordshire Bull Terrier who makes it his mission to train them, rather than the other way around. As an ex-stud dog, he has sex on his mind and a habit of humping the air at the most inopportune moments. The same goes for his dispensing of foul odours. He swears a lot, too, so please don’t buy this book and then complain afterwards, when you’ve been warned. If Taz could talk, this is how he’d sound – in other words, it’s authentic characterisation.
It is a well-written book, which, although memoir, has the pacing, spot-on characterisation, sense of setting, and realistic dialogue to be found in some of the best humorous novels. I think the story would appeal best to dog-owners, although it is also possibly a story for those who enjoy true stories that demonstrate canine loyalty towards their owners — a dog’s ability to know when its owners need it to temper its excesses and transform itself into a caring and tender creature of vast understanding.
A highly recommended read.
Taz — Tales of a Rascal Pooch is available both in paperback and kindle versions at Amazon (UK) & Amazon (US), and other Amazon sites worldwide.
2 thoughts on “Book Review: Taz — Tales of a Rascal Pooch by Michael J. Dibden”
I love the review and I’m sure I would love the book. We currently are attempting to train Toby, a one-year old terrier who is dead-set against learning anything. His favorite trick is to pull the toilet paper off of the roll and carry it about the house. If it wasn’t so funny when he does it I would be furious.
Anyway, it is always nice hearing from you. I hope you are sassy and well!
Hugs from the Virus Capital of the U.S.
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It sounds as if Toby is trying to contribute to the present toilet roll shortages. I’m guessing you remember the Andrex toilet roll advert with the yellow labrador puppy, if it was in the US as well as the UK (or maybe it’s still current, as I don’t watch commercial TV channels anymore, if I can help it).
I’m semi-sassy and semi-well, which is better than being ill. I’ve just written and posted a cheering (not) virus-related story. I know how much you enjoy dark tales.
Hugs from my not-yet virus infested coastal town in the UK.