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'Chandi' by Tina Humphrey
This is another pet biography type book of the sort i would never ever buy myself but when I saw this on the Bookcrossing shelf I decided I would pick it up. We NEVER watch any of those awful talent shows as I find the bad ones so cringe worthy that I am uncomfortable but my step daughter insisted on us watching one of the 'Britain's Got talent ' shows and as it happens this lady and her dog Chandi were performing and I was very impressed with what they did. So I popped the book in my bag and pit it on my huge and ever growing 'to be read ' shelf.
A BIT ABOUT TINA
This young lady has a degree in music from Oxford and has perfect pitch. She is a music teacher and chose to return home to look after and be near her parents as first her father then her mother died of cancer. She lost both her parents by the time she was thirty and that had a very deep impact on her. Her dogs became her life; neither of them were pedigree pooches in fact both were rather sad rescue dogs but her work with them turned both into something very special.
THE BOOK AND MY THOUGHTS
The book is Tina' story about how she coped with her parent's far too early deaths and how much her dogs mean to her. She tells the story well and it was obviously therapeutic for her to write about this time in her life. It doesn't swell on her sadness but she does describe how she felt as her mother was dying and she moved back home to care for her full time. Her mother she says was her best friend and I get the impression that although she is a very kind and generous person that she doesn't have many very close friends. Her dogs filled that void and are her best friends and her family in every sense of the word.
I began to lose interest a little when she described the diet of the dogs and how she cooked all their food from scratch. She does however solve many of the medical problems that the vets could not by investigating the problem on the internet and removing specific foods from the dog's diet.
Her ability to train her dogs has to be admired but the time and dedication she puts in to the training is comparable to any athlete in training. She is a very dedicated person and whatever she takes on she does to the nth degree, there is nothing half hearted about her efforts.
She uses her love and talent in music as well as her love of her dogs to create routines that are really quite amazing. She didn't win BGT but she has won the ability training at Crufts more than once. She has become well known in the field for her work with dogs and her routines are talked about in the doggie world for their amazing skill.
I could have done with the book being half as long as I kind of got the idea and began to lose interest as we solved one problem after the other over the dogs. I love my pets but Tina takes this to a whole new level. She slept beside one of her dogs on a veterinary surgery floor one night when one of them had undergone an operation. That is more dedication than I would be prepared for but maybe I am just hard hearted.
I cannot help but admire this young lady as she appears to have a heart of gold and has had a pretty sad time losing both her parents to cancer at such a young age. I am pleased for her that her dogs have filled that emotional void but do think that maybe she is relying on them rather too heavily and I do wonder what will happen when this dog dies as her first rescue dog did. I hope she finds a person to give her the love and affection she deserves as she seems such a lovely caring soul.
I think I have now read all I need to read of doggie memoirs and will give these a miss for some time. This is a far more interesting read than the previous book I reviewed in this genre 'George'. Tina has achieved the most amazing things with her dogs and I am happy that she has had some recognition and reward for her work and hope she has a happier life in the future with a family that has some human interaction as well as her dogs.
The story is well told and admirable but I can't say I would read it again. It will appeal to those who watch BGT and those who love dogs and enjoy training them. Tina has an impressive talent and a heart of gold so I wish her well and hope for her sake that the book sold and continues selling well.
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