Memoirs of a Street-Savvy Dog

New "autobiography” tells tale of legendary British mixed breed Copper.

Dogs can do the darnedest things. Sometimes all you can do is shake your head and wonder “why?” So who better to explain than the dog himself? The dog in this case being Copper – Mixed Breed by birth, noble by association, and incorrigible by nature: “I was a dog in the prime of my life and at the height of my strength. The truth was that I was arrogant – probably a bit more arrogant than our mother intended when she advised us to carry ourselves with pride. I had become something of a law unto myself. I had complete freedom and yet I also had complete security. I am afraid it is a mixture that would go to any dog’s head. Although it grieves me to admit it, it went to mine.”

Written in the first person – or perhaps more accurately, first dog – “Copper: A Dog’s Life” is the true and entertaining tale of a homeless mutt who was rescued and given a high-class home by Lady Annabel Goldsmith.

Not content to kick back and live the high life, Copper filled his time by taking daily trips into the nearby towns – both on foot and by bus – visiting the local pub, and siring an unknown, but no doubt great, number of pups. Copper’s exploits even landed him in the headlines of a newspaper, “Dog tired after night at the pub,” and earned him his own court trial, to the dismay of his family.

But despite his propensity for trouble and fondness for wandering, Copper was a beloved pet, as Copper’s “own” words betray: “…I can’t help feeling a little wistful about my life on earth. I did have so much fun, you know. And although I pushed my luck again and again, I always tried to do it in style, and have been told – forgive me if this sounds conceited – that it was usually with charm.”

“Copper: A Dog’s Life” by Annabel Goldsmith is on sale now.

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