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Funny, insightful, lyrical and touching, this is the perfect book for every dog lover.

Funny, insightful, lyrical and touching, this is the perfect book for every dog lover.
that night a wet nose in the dark
sniffed me awake
From good dogs to bad, adored pets to hard-working sheep dogs, canine companions have not only settled into New Zealand hearts but also into their books. Author Stephanie Johnson — herself an owner of a long line of mutts — has brought together an entertaining mix of writing. This collection includes both the old and new, and ranges over poetry, short stories and non-fiction.

You’ll meet Kevin Ireland’s little hound Mighty Sid, Sue Orr’s Lakeland terrier Buddy, and Michele Leggott’s guide dog Olive. You’ll learn about the early delicacy served up to Captain Cook, what the Cote d’Azur smells like to Charlotte Grimshaw, and Joe Bennett’s advice that ‘The correct way to teach your dog not to climb onto your bed is to sleep on the floor.’


. . . this charming collection avoids the usual clichés about cutesy companions and investigates the distinct relationship humans have with dogs . . . A fresh new piece of publishing that will capture your heart and thoughts.

Australian Woman's Weekly

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 3, 2016

    RHNZ Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $35.00

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
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Also by Stephanie Johnson

The Writers' Festival
The Heart's Wild Surf
The Whistler
The Writing Class
The Night I Got My Tuckie
Drowned Sprat and Other Stories
John Tomb's Head
Music from a Distant Room
The Shag Incident
The Open World
Swimmers' Rope


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Light Between Oceans
Animal Farm