'Charming, funny, heartwarming and full of dogs - what more could you want?' - Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt
'A joy from start to finish. I loved it!' - Stacey Halls, bestselling author of The Familiars
'An absolutely glorious romp of a book' - Ruth Hogan, bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things
Kate MacDougall always knew her heart wasn't really in her job at Sotheby's. All around her, friends were finding their dream jobs and whooshing up career ladders. After yet another breakage, this time of two precious porcelain pigeons, she had enough, and walked out of her snoozy, back office existence into the unknown world of the then-nascent gig economy.
London's No. 1 Dog-Walking Agency is the story of her next 9 years and the dogs (and people) she meets along the way. There's Winston, the Labrador, who isn't allowed to get muddy, even after his owners split up and then enlist Kate in their custody battle. There's the chic trio of Islington couples whose immaculately arranged dog walking schedule is thrown off when one of them gets off with the dog walker Kate has employed. There's Kate's long-suffering, dog-agnostic boyfriend Finlay, and her mother, who is always on the alert for wedding bells.
Amongst all this, there's Kate herself: trying to work out what she wants from life, and when and how to get there.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We loved this charming and brilliantly executed memoir. After deciding an unloved job at Sotheby’s and its relentless stress isn’t for her, Kate MacDougall risks loved-one scoffing (and financial security) to start a dog-walking business aimed at London’s well-to-do pooches. The freedom, terror and exhilaration she feels escaping her 9-5 is captured across a series of unique, witty and outrageous chapters, all named after memorable dogs she’s walked. What feels most rewarding here is the honesty MacDougall writes with. She doesn’t paint her new life as a simple, breezy triumph—she talks openly about the isolation and loneliness of her new life and managing the self-doubt and panic that kicks in after taking such a seismic decision.