Jack’s story is a true story. Well, it’s taken straight from his diary, which he maintained for 4 months during his stay at DOGGIES & MOGGIES Boarding Kennels and Cattery in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. He resented being left at boarding kennels whilst his parents traveled the world. And he was determined that they would know all about it. Written for a family of readers, we follow his canine antics, and those of his pals, and his interpretation of their life in the country. Oh, bliss!
About the author
I’ve been passionate about my writing for 25 years now, and usually have three books on the go.
I’ve had many adventures and careers but my interests are travel, tourism and mental health.
As I write, drawing from family and friends, my characters lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and just let them form. The upshot of this is that they often become larger than life.
As a recipient of the New Zealand Creative Arts Award, 2012, I released, SEACLIFF a Regular Boy Within in 2013. This title was later released for the international market as PHENOMENA the Lost and Forgotten Children, followed by MIRANDA BAY, JACK just a regular dog in the dog house, and When the ROLLER COASTER Stops.
Along with writing, I also edit, proof read and review for others.
l different genre, but our Kiwi humor and glorious geography feature largely in each of my stories. And our never-say-die attitude. Amazon authors Page “Kindle Unlimited FREE”
All in all, a great read, fit for both children and adults. Mostly for adults though. 🙂
Without doubt everyone will just love, Jack, a West Highland Terrier. He’s a loveable rascal and his story begins at the Doggie and Moggie Boarding Kennel and Jack’s family leave him there for longer than the usual vacation period. Nonetheless, he certainly settles in and despite a funny tummy he soon becomes part of the extended family.
Jack soon learns the benefits of living in the country and his adventure begins. His disputes with the camel hair carpet, his friendships with Lady cat and Zawadi and his ability to wake everyone up very early all add to a wonderful story about a little dog with a lot of attitude.
I love the cover too. It says it all about the book and Jack.
Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this lovely book. You won’t be sorry.
I spent a delightful evening reading JACK: just an ordinary dog in the dog house. And what I found out was that Jack is anything but ordinary. He is a charismatic, comical canine that stole my heart. The premise is that Jack’s parents have left him at his Aunty and Uncle’s kennel while they go off on a trip. As the story unfolds, Jack keeps a diary chronicling his adventures.
I was highly entertained by the shenanigans perpetrated by him and his kennel buddies. There were all sorts of unexpected mishaps that kept me riveted from one chapter to the next. Jack is just the best dog ever. He has a unique perspective on the world and a keen eye for describing his surroundings. I laughed out loud when he documented the arrival of other animals to the kennel. There was a parade of various breeds from the very large to the very small. Jack’s perception of them and their human parents kept me in stitches. I was very impressed by his inner strength and optimism in regards to his health. Jack has diabetes and deals with all the ensuing complications on a daily basis. And although there is nothing funny about the disease, he brought humorous elements to his sufferings.
Susan Tarr spins a truly unique and touching tale. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend this book to children and adults alike.
I loved Jack’s barking mad diary of his capers while on vacation at the kennels.
From the moment arrives he makes his mark on the lives of the kennel owners and all the other canine captives. Jack marks up all the comings and goings of the busy kennel/cattery while making sure he’s never left out of the limelight. There are some lovely, if a tad revolting, descriptions of typical canine behavior seen from a small dog’s eye view. Half eaten/burned possums, chewed rats, and slithering eels all get regurgitated with alarming regularity on Aunty’s carpet, while Jack holds his head high in the air and blames it all on her cat.
I think anyone who has owned either a dog or a cat will love this book. Mostly funny with quite a few ‘laugh out loud moments, I enjoyed this book until the very end. I actually didn’t want Jack’s owners to turn up and retrieve him!