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  • Published: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460836
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

A Brave Dog Named Sherlock

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Meet Sherlock, the bravest dog on watch with a nose for saving lives, keeping the streets of London safe, day and night.

***As seen in the Daily Mail and on ITV London News***

The incredible true story of Sherlock, the brave dog with a nose for saving lives.

Firefighter Paul Osborne works with the Fire Investigation Dog unit, where he handles Sherlock – an excitable, bright-eyed cocker spaniel.

What makes Sherlock different? He’s the most talented investigative dog the Fire Brigade has ever produced, capable of identifying extraordinarily subtle traces and scents even after thousand-degree blazes – even when he has to wear special protective boots due to the dangerous environments.

Today, Paul and Sherlock fearlessly plunge into the most dramatic fire scenes in London, helping to keep the capital safe around the clock. With remarkable insight into the life of London’s most heroic working dog, this inspiring account of the London Fire Brigade’s four-legged heroes will delight and amaze.

Foreword by Dany Cotton, Commissioner for The London Fire Brigade

Winners of the Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2017

Written in collaboration with and with full support from the London Fire Brigade

  • Pub date: 4 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460836
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Paul Osborne

Paul Osborne is a fire investigation officer and hydrocarbon dog handler, who works with a three-year-old Cocker Spaniel, called Sherlock, to help make London a safer city.

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Praise for A Brave Dog Named Sherlock


i paper

“He is absolutely remarkable.”

Philip Schofield, This Morning

“Not all heroes wear capes, some wear special boots and work for the simple reward of a tennis ball. Meet Sherlock... the crime-fighting fire investigation dog.”

K9 Magazine

“A special talent”

Jo Fidgen, BBC World Service


Jo Good, 'The Barking Hour, BBC Radio London

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