Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

by Colin Butcher


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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats tells the heartwarming story of the man-and-dog team behind the United Kingdom Pet Detective Agency—how Colin, in need of a new lease on life, rescues Molly the dog, and how Molly in turn rescues many more beloved lost pets.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250204776
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 86,853
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
4GranJan 10 days ago
Great Memoir About A British Search Dog Molly is a Cocker Spaniel rescue dog who has a real aptitude for finding lost animals. The book is filled with wonderful tales, happy endings and not so happy endings. As expected, the book is very British which slows the reading down considerably. It is quite interesting to get inside the action of training and working a scent/search dog. Animal lovers are sure to enjoy this book, I know that I did. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
AFerri 10 days ago
This book was a joy to read!! If you love reading about cats and dogs, grab this book. It is a heartwarming story about lost cats being reunited with their owners thanks to Molly and Colin. Thank you Celadon Books via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this wonderful book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 10 days ago
A profoundly touching, life-reaffirming tale of a very special dog and her very special human. Yep, I even got misty-eyed here and there. In today's rough world, it's a wonderful thing to remember that there IS beauty still left to enjoy. I recommend this book for anyone who needs a spiritual and emotional uplift. *My sincere thanks to NetGalley and this book's publisher for making this book available to me, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review."
Chad Guarino 10 days ago
Colin Butcher is a real life "pet detective", which is about as far away from the Jim Carrey movie as you can possible imagine. Together with Molly, his rescue dog-cum-tracker, their mission is to reunite pet owners with their lost charges, most often cats. In his book, Butcher details his adventures with the titular pup, both the heartwarming successes and the disappointing endings. Butcher, a former PI, is clearly well skilled in his trade and his methodology is easy to follow. Reading about Molly's introduction to his line of work, her training, and eventual first success was quite fun, and it's clear from the narrative how much Butcher cares not only for her as a "worker", but as a pet as well. Butcher's insistence on finding a rescue dog for the job was welcome, as are his thoughtful insights on dog and cat behavior that he's gleaned throughout his career. It's always nice once in a while to indulge my love of animals and read something a bit more lighthearted than my typical fare. Molly satisfied that and then some, and is highly recommended to dog and cat lovers. **I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Celadon Books.**
Rachel_Denise01 11 days ago
Molly by Colin Butcher is a heartwarming tale about how an adorable, feisty cocker spaniel named Molly, along with her handler Colin (and partner in crime) and their hard-won path through hard work, trials, and perseverance to help reunite pet owners and their missing felines. It is so amazing to read about this journey from the very beginning. You almost feel like you are part of the team from the start of it all. The reader can see how it all started, the training, the set-backs, and ultimately the triumphs. I have both dogs and cats and nothing is more precious and touching then to be able to see those furry family members saved and reunited with their human counterparts. It is amazing to see how in the end, both Colin and Molly have saved not only others, but in those quests, they have also saved themselves. Amazing read. 5/5 stars
Margaret Yelton 11 days ago
I received an ARC of Molly from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. This is a new author for me, and for me normally you can never go wrong when the book contains dogs. Having said that I found the book to be very well written, and a entertaining read, just one that I never got attached too. I know it had many 5 star reviews, but I also know not every book touches every reader in the same way. Overall it was a good read, just not one that I truly enjoyed. I would same if you enjoy dogs or other animals in your story that you very well may enjoy this book.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Celadon Books for the advanced copy of Molly, a fascinating and heartwarming book in return for an honest review. I was unaware that anything like the United Kingdom Pet Detective Agency (UKPD) actually exists. Had this been a work of fiction I would think that the idea of a dog trained to find lost cats to be intriguing but far fetched and unbelievable. This is an interesting and informative true story. The author, Colin Butcher, was previously a Detective Inspector with the Surrey Police and was awarded for his contribution to the Criminal Investigation Department. Wanting a new challenge, he set up a Detective Agency with the goal of recovering lost pets. His years of experience as a police detective led him to observe and work alongside police dogs and their handlers. He had seen how the dogs discovered illegal drugs through their highly developed sense of smell, and how they were trained to search for criminals. He originated the idea of having a companion dog trained to trail lost cats by each cat's individual scent signature. In his search for a trainer, he received many refusals and ridicule. He was told the idea was an impossibility which would never work. He persisted in his goal until finally the centre for Medical Detection Dogs agreed to take on the training. Their usual work is to prepare dogs to detect changes in the health of people with medical conditions or to sniff out certain diseases. Colin now had to find a dog that he considered right for the training and the work. He wanted a rescue dog, and after a long search found Molly. Molly was willful, stubborn and insecure, having been in a number of different homes during her young life. She is an intelligent, charismatic black cocker spaniel who readily charms the pet owners and others during searches. After successful training, she and Colin became an inseparable team. The book describes many happy recoveries of missing pets and also the heartbreaking is clear that Colin shows a great deal of empathy for the distraught owners and their missing pets. The book is well-written and engaging. He describes some of their cases, the people they encounter, and the English countryside. By mid-December 2018, Colin and Molly had recovered 74 missing cats, 6 dogs and a tortoise. He intends to write further books about his adventures with Molly. I would recommend this book to cat and dog lovers, and anyone intrigued by the work of a unique, real-life detective agency.