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"A charming, hilarious look at a little-documented world." -- People
In dog years, Robert Rodi is 350. Age, however, couldn't possibly have prepared him for his experience with canine agility-the athletic cousin to best-of-breed shows. Rodi, an epicure and urban intellectual, picks up agility with aspirations for blue ribbons. His dreams of glory quickly fade when faced with the competition: hearty Midwestern handlers and their ferociously fit pups, who annihilate scrawny, scruffy, Dusty, Rodi's rescue dog and would-be champ, in the ring. The duo is utterly lost in the agility circles, but as in the best human/pet stories, they forge an everlasting bond to carry them through.
Combining the wit of Christopher Guest's Best in Show and the charm of Marley & Me, Dogged Pursuit is an uproarious account of a neophyte's year in the dog show world that abounds in humor and warmth.
A fun, enjoyable read!
As an agility competitor, dog trainer and dog lover this book was a lot of fun to read! Being from the Chicago area it was fun to read about all the places where I compete with my dogs. Rob's story gave me the motivation to not get discouraged when I don't do as well as I had hoped. Just keep working at it and enjoy the time you have with your dog, Q or NQ! ; )
I actually did laugh out loud (many times)...tough to tear myself away from this one. I found myself staying up way later than I intended to reading this book! One more chapter. OK, just one more chapter, etc...
Although it is set amidst the dog agility sport, it could be set anywhere. The characters were so interesting. Hoping for a sequel someday....ended too soon.
This one will make it to the big sceeen someday & I hope it's soon.
What a gift this book is. Thanks Rob Rodi! You rock!