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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

Celadon: Macmillan. Oct. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250204776. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250204769. PETS
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It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare: Fluffy has disappeared and the posters and calls to local rescues have not resulted in recovery. What’s the next step? Those in the UK have a wonderful option: the Pet Detection Agency! Butcher, a veteran of the Royal Navy and former police officer, is a dedicated animal lover. Here, he describes searching for the perfect dog to help him reunite missing pets with their owners. While he had some experience with large police dogs (German shepherds or Belgian Malinois), he felt a smaller dog with a “good nose” would be less threatening to other animals, especially cats, which are frequently terrified by larger dogs. Molly, a rescued black cocker spaniel, although young, inexperienced, and willful, proves to be a great fit after her extensive training; the many stories of her successes attest to the excellent teamwork that the duo provide to panicked pet owners. Molly demonstrates a unique talent for locating lost cats, leading to many joyful reunions in this heartwarming, straightforward memoir, and her success-to-failure ratio is exceptional.
VERDICT Animal lovers will devour this British-toned, feel-good book, and might even develop some strategies in case their furry friends go missing.

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