I was contacted recently by London Pickett, the author of a new book (available on Amazon) called Adventures With Buster. London is visually impaired, and Buster is her official Guide Dog. The book tells the story of when she met Buster, what they had to do to train together, and then details several adventures they had together since then.
This book is a very sweet story that had me smiling most of the way through. London’s descriptions of Buster are frequently humorous, and the illustrations by Linda Farrington Wilson are a perfect complement.
My favorite story about Buster, who is a big black dog, is probably the one when they were in Arizona at a restaurant and he had something…interesting in his mouth after accompanying London to the ladies’ room.
This book is written at a level that’s perfect for children in the low to mid elementary grades. At 40 pages long, a parent could read a chapter a night for several nights, or children can definitely attempt reading it independently. Among other details, the book explains the importance of not petting or approaching a Guide Dog who is busy working. This is a safety issue for their human. I was aware of this rule, but have often met people who are not.
Of course, how hard is it to resist petting a gorgeous dog? Very hard! But it’s necessary when the dog is working. Distracting them could put their human in danger.
I was also very interested to see the list of commands that a Guide Dog needs to know that is included at the end of the story. Buster already knew at least 40 commands when he met London. What a smart dog!
If you’re looking for a new book to read, then do give this one some consideration. I enjoyed it very much.
FTC Disclosure: I was given a free .pdf copy of this book in order to complete the review. All opinions are my own. I liked it very much. The link to Amazon is not an affiliate link.