This is a compelling story about a dog whose behaviour would be considered unacceptable to most humans. Houdini is an abandoned dog who has lived on its own in the countryside all of his life. He used to feed himself from human beings’ leftovers and its behaviour would, in most cases be based on mere instinct and sheer desire for survival.
Houdini is rescued from the shelter by an elderly couple. They own another dog, but this one is completely used to living in a human background. Houdini, as well as his new family have to face up to an unexpected ordeal: the adventure of living in a human environment.
In spite of all the difficulties, the book provides the reader with a different insight and perspective in terms of explaining animal behaviour. Empathy is the clue: you seem to understand why dogs do these things.
The book is brilliant, very consistent and well written, neat, straightforward, amusing and illustrative. I would like to point out that the author is an expert in animal relationships and behaviour, which lets the reader get a formidable and realistic viewpoint.
I came across this book in April, during the book fair. The town hall had set up a stall in the park. Most books had been written by local authors and I picked out this one as the author was originally British and had written her book in English.