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Handbags and Poobags: Tales of a Soho Boxer Dog [Kindle Edition]

Alice Wright
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“Handbags and Poobags.... and bags of laughs too! A love story with a twist in its very waggy tail. I think Alice Wright is really Bridget Bones! Forget Hugh Grant or Colin Firth though, her dog is a much better love interest (and he’s a proper Boxer!)
If you’re contemplating settling down with a good dog, read this first and if it doesn’t put you off then you’ll be fine. Already had your heart stolen by a dog? You’ll definitely recognise the dogification of your wardrobe, the permanent damage to your flooring and especially the gritty bed linen!
What a page-turner. I Loved it.”
Beverley Cuddy, Editor DOGS TODAY MAGAZINE

"Incredibly honest, genuine and captivating... a real life take on modern day doggie living. It is brutally honest yet heart-warmingly brilliant. A must for all animal fans."
Jessica Brown, PETS MAGAZINE

What happens when you drop a big, bouncing Boxer dog into the life of a glamorous girl about town? Alice Wright reveals all in her dog-memoir with a difference...

Alice's busy life consists of 'parties, premieres and private members clubs' and she loves it! She certainly doesn't want the responsiblity of a partner or a pooch but seems to end up with more than she bargained for in this very funny but incredibly personal memoir about modern dog ownership.

Set in the streets of Soho and the parks of North London HANDBAGS AND POOBAGS reveals why you should never wear a long cashmere scarf when poop scooping and how to hide a dog under a barstool and in the back of a taxi-cab.

A bit different from the traditional pet-memoir this warm, touching real life tale is full of embarrassing anecdotes and surprising discoveries as Alice realises that owning a dog changes not only her lifestyle but her life.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Alice Can't Cook (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZRYPK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is good fun and I have completely fallen in love with the Boxer Puppy (I won't give away his name). It tells the story of how a city girl who loves to party has her life completely transformed when buying a Boxer dog puppy.

Alice lives in Soho and her life consists of focusing on her career and attending glamorous premieres and parties. Her life is completely transformed when her and her partner decide to buy a puppy.

This book has some hilarious anecdotes, tips on how to clear up doggy poo (don't wear a long scarf), and builds a realistic picture of the responsibility of owning a dog. If you were planning on buying a puppy for the first time I would definitely recommend reading this book beforehand. The author states on numerous occasions that it is not a training manual, however, it is a good way of preparing you for the damage puppy can do to furniture, also how much time and commitment is required to become a responsible dog owner.

For the puppy's first birthday Alice holds a birthday party at her office for him, this was one of my favourite parts of the book. The food ordered, the balloons, gifts and also the reactions of the other members of the office.

There are many other funny moments in the book which I do not want to spoil. The story is also a love story and there are some really touching moments in the book.

I am also a dog owner and can relate to a lot of the tales in the book, I can also relate to the fact that the good times outweigh the bad and your dog will end up being a part of your family (and most probably will end up sleeping in your bed!)

A lovely story, 4 stars from me.

Becky Sherriff (The Kindle Book Review).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has to be 5 stars for me. July 2, 2014
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I am the proud owner of an 11 week old puppy, I could not have chosen a better book to read. The trials, tribulations and sheer joy of this authors attempt to bring up her beloved boxer puppy in London is enormous fun. Loved it, go out and buy it all you dog lovers you will not be sorry. By the way, it is also very well written!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read and so, so on the mark! December 23, 2012
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Disclaimer: I'm a Boxer person! When I read a book featuring a Boxer, I look for the "boxerisms" and I sure found them in this work. :)

Alice is a party girl and she loves that lifestyle. But when she and her boyfriend, Patrick, decide to add a Boxer pup to their home, everything changes. Instead of finding party vomit in her handbag, now she occasionally finds poo bags - empty and otherwise.

Every dog owner will identify with Alice and Patrick as they learn to take on the responsibility of the puppy that takes center stage in their lives ... and Alice shares that learning process with her readers. This is a heartwarming and humorous look at their new world.

The author writes: "The owning of an innocent creature has certainly made me more emotional, sensitive and aware of wider problems." That, I think, is the essence of the book. And I think most responsibile dog owners would agree: that happens when a dog truly becomes a member of the family.

She also writes - and this is SO true: "He lives in our home, an autonomous, unknown, alien creature and yet a slave to our whims and the routine of our household. Always there, always in the backgrond, never making a decision but being the sole reason for so many decisions that are made."

It's clear that Alice "gets" it ... she and Patrick are now among the millions of crazy dog people who give up a little freedom in exchange for an extraordinary amount of joy. I'm betting that their first Boxer pup won't be their last.

I only wish that all Boxers had the loving parents that this guy has. Too many end up in shelters or rescues because their people aren't like Alice and Patrick.

This is a fun, easy read ... enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbags and Poobags: Tales of a Soho Boxer Dog October 23, 2012
By Skomp
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I enjoyed this book very much. It combined two of my favorite things; a story about the British and a story about a dog. Anyone who enjoys either of these things would enjoy this book. The author is very candid and funny. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gotta love boxers December 30, 2012
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This was an enjoyable story about a party girl's entrance into the world of responsible pet owner. I love boxers and enjoyed reading about Alice's dog. There are some truly funny stories, all the funnier because they probably happen to every boxer owner!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much poo August 21, 2013
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Having written about a beloved pet I know that there is much more than poo to discuss. I also got very tired hearing how much the author enjoyed going out partying.
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