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Non-Fiction Review – Dogged Pursuit

Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty the World’s Least Likely Agility Dog by Robert Rodi


Review by McGuffyAnn M. (nightprose)



Robert Rodi rescues a pathetic little Shetland Sheepdog named Dusty. He decides that to help create a bond and forge a relationship he and Dusty should join Dog Agility. This training offers a competitive world of shows, where trainers take their dog through an obstacle course by commands. Robert explains and educates on the world of agility dog shows, and the difference from traditional dog shows.

Robert thinks this is an excellent way to bond with Dusty, though Dusty does not make it easy. Dusty seems to do everything his own way and “wrong”. Together, they literally learn by trial and error. This becomes a challenge for Dusty and Robert, and a funny but touching book to read.

Robert, an educated urbanite and Dusty, a pitiful little rescue dog bond make their way through many situations, including the dog show world. Both make many mistakes, but ultimately with perseverance, they find success together.

The book is interesting, inspiring, and very funny. Whether your dog is a show dog or not, you will love Dusty, and Robert Rodi, too.



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One Response to “Non-Fiction Review – Dogged Pursuit”

  1. Cathy I. (cathyi) says:

    loved this book. how a dog transforms/trains a man from an elitist to just plain good guy,is such a funny journey. well written.

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