This memoir has it all – life on a barge, travel to beautiful ports of call, and most importantly, a lovely dog with a larger than life personality. I loved reading about Alison and Richard realizing a dream as they traveled by canal boat through Europe. I laughed along with them at Buster’s escapades and ability to make friends wherever they went, and I cried when he became ill. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will love this beautiful and moving portrait to one of this planet’s most faithful species. There is no purer soul than that of a dog.
by Rosemary Smith
A lovely read with lots of gorgeous pictures. A beautiful book.
I loved this book! It begins seemingly light-hearted, but soon we see that there is more to Alison's story. Buster helped Alison and Roger through the aftermath of some terrible times. That's why he was so special and that's why she's telling their story.
Having had quite a few dogs, but never before a beagle-until my son got one, and now we are absolutely in love. Perhaps because of this fact, this was a book which I'd noticed and eagerly waited for its publication. It's the perfect book for me, and anyone who dotes on their animals. Many of the ways Buster had, the things he did, I found myself nodding and thinking 'Ah, yes, our Eddy does that'. Of course, there's the added bonus of travel/sailing through England, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden etc.
All in all, it adds up to a wonderful book. Beautifully presented with lots of photos and lovely finishing touches, such as paw prints and canal art motifs. A joy to read.
A substantial, meaty book, with plenty to enjoy. Plenty to keep you occupied for a long while. Lovely to have so many photos. Pure reading luxury.
by Julie Haigh
Alison Alderton was born in Chichester, West Sussex, and educated in the county, studying art, design and photography at the West Sussex College of Design and later Creative Writing with NEC, Cambridge. For over 20 years, she has contributed both words and pictures to leading inland waterways publications, belongs to several boating associations, and is passionate about the world's inland waterways.
She is rather fond of Beagles too!