Celadon Books. Pub Date: October 8, 2019.
Let me just start out by saying: I loved this book! Colin Butcher’s book about his amazing dog, Molly, warmed my heart and gave me back a little faith in humanity. I named my blog after my dogs, so I loved reading Colin’s story of how he formed his UK Pet Detective Agency. I know what you’re thinking. Like Ace Ventura? No, it’s nothing like that Jim Carrey movie. Colin Butcher tells us about his background, first in the Royal Navy and then as a police detective. He had been an animal lover since childhood. During his time on the police force, he was privileged to help other police officers who worked with police dogs. Colin left the force to start his own detective agency.
Colin knew he needed a partner to help reunite owners with their lost pets, specifically cats. He turned to the experts at Medical Detection Dogs for help in finding and training a dog. I loved how the author specifically wanted a rescue dog and after much searching, he found Molly, a black cocker spaniel. Molly was young and stubborn, but she and Colin made it through the rigorous training. I really enjoyed learning about the science behind the training of a dog who can search for cats through each cats’ unique scent. I also loved reading about all the different cases of missing pets. I felt like I got to know each person’s story through Colin’s writing. I’ve been an animal love my whole life and I could completely understand all the emotions of every person who needed Colin and Molly’s help. I also loved reading about the bond between Colin and his amazing dog.
This is such a great book to read for any animal lover. And it was a perfect time for me to read this book too. When everything seems so dark and horrible, it’s lovely to read about a man and his dog helping others. I know how important a pet is. My beloved dogs are older now. They are my family. I know many of you feel the same way about your own fur babies. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It publishes on October 8th. Thank you so much to @celadonbooks #partner for my copy! My black lab, Benny, was happy to serve as a book model!
About the book:
As a veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer, Colin Butcher was no stranger to dangerous situations. But a career in uniform can wear anyone down, so, in 2003, Colin left the force to start his own private detective agency, specializing in helping reunite people with their missing pets. And yet, despite his hundreds of successes, there were still heartbreaking cases where Colin couldn’t find the missing on his own. He knew he needed a partner.
When Colin first met Molly, his friends doubted that she would be up for the job. Where Colin was battle-tested, Molly was young and inexperienced. She was willful, wayward, and stubborn. But Colin could tell that Molly was unusually charismatic and intelligent. He decided to take a risk and bring on Molly for training.
Yes, Molly is no ordinary deputy, but a black Cocker Spaniel, and this is no ordinary detective agency. Trained by the top canine behavioral experts at Medical Detection Dogs, Molly can find missing cats―who are uniquely skilled at eluding humans―by detecting a unique scent signature, and she has been wildly successful.
The work is not always easy. Molly has faced hardships ranging from a near-fatal snakebite to the challenge of winning over Colin’s girlfriend, Sarah. But through it all, Colin and Molly share an enduring love and affection. More than a working relationship, Molly is part of the family. Together, they are the Sherlock and Watson of missing pets.
About the author: Colin Butcher is the Company Director and Chief Investigator of the UKPD. Previously a Detective Inspector in Surrey Police, and a veteran of the Royal Navy, Colin was awarded a prestigious Chief Constables Commendation for his contributions to the advancement of the Criminal Investigation Department. He has been recovering stolen and missing pets for over twenty years and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of pet crime. His first successful assignment was back in 1994 when, serving as a Detective Sergeant with Surrey Police, he recovered two German Shepherd puppies stolen from a breeder’s kennels. Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats is his first book.About the author: