Book Review: London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency

a yellow and blue book titled London's Number One Dog Walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MAcDougall sits on a white bookshelf surrounded by other memoirs

2021 was a good year for me for reading books. I read more books than in years past, which was quite nice. Soon I’ll be writing up my Books Read of 2021 blog post but since I don’t have that done quite yet, I will share a review of one of my favorite books of 2021:

London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MacDougall.

This past spring, I spent several hours on my front porch reading London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency with my dog, Rocket, at my feet. I sure loved the book and I do think Rocket approved of it, too! Rocket even posted a picture of himself and the book on his Instagram feed. (Okay, perhaps I’m the one who posted the picture for Rocket but I know the post and book were Rocket approved!)

A Border Terrier lying on his dog bed on a blue couch snuggled up with a blue blanket. Sitting next to him is a book titled London's Number One Dog Walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MacDougall
Here’s Rocket with one of his favorite books – London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency

If I enjoy a book (which I pretty much always do because I am not willing to finish a book if I’m not loving it), I post a review on a website for booksellers. I also write up a shortened version of this review as a “shelf talker” to display at the bookstore where I work. And sometimes I share my book reviews with you!

Here is my mini book review:

London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency is one of the most enjoyable memoirs I’ve ever read.

A must read if you are a dog lover – but you will like it even if you are not because there is so much to love in here: It’s funny, sweet and, at times, sad. The story is filled with a cast of quirky human and canine characters. Reading the book made me feel better about life and this world we live in.

Kate has a good job at a swanky antiques dealer – a career-track job her mother approves of – but she’s rather clumsy (not a great match when handling pricess heirlooms) and bored, so she quits her job to start a dog walking agency. Never mind that she doesn’t have much dog experience, Kate has heart! (and a need to pay her bills) so she gets to work building a successful dog walking agency. Along the way, she learns a lot about dogs and people, gets a dog of her own and starts a family (much to the delight of her mother – who is quite the character in this book).

There are many laugh out loud moments in this book – including an early marketing campaign turns out to be an uproariously funny flop.

I do hope you get a chance to read this fun memoir. London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency is currently available in hardcover but you can preorder the paperback which is due out in early June.

Interested in the books I’ve read in the past few years? Here are my blog posts with details:

Coming soon! Books Read in 2021!

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