- Dog Tales, 2nd edition
- Ken Rolph © 2010
- Hexagon Press, Blacktown, Australia
- ISBN 978-0-908063-16-1
- 124 pp. pbk.
Dog Tales is an eclectic output of a highly intelligent, witty Australian writer who has lived a somewhat eclectic life. Rolph’s tales reveal an observant eye on daily life that keeps readers engaged, entertained and/or educated.
His unorthodox method of saving his wife from threatening Rottweilers, I will apply if the need arises. His Pet Patting episode, easily imagined from the descriptions, left me laughing aloud, although one friend said, “The poor cat.” However, a vet visit resolved that feline’s unusual adventure. (I want to reassure readers, not reveal a realistic plot that surely could happen with school children and animals in close quarters.)
FYI Boadicea is an ancient British queen, not a Shakespearean witch, as someone suggested. This author relates to his queen in spite of a slight age difference (!) and his view of unexpected male/female traits.
With poetry, humor and brief narratives, the thirty-five entries make Dog Tales a worthwhile volume for gifts and/or personal enjoyment.
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