What the Dog Saw

What the Dog Saw

by Mark Worthing

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Overview

What the Dog Saw is the story of a troubled boy as seen through the eyes of his ageing Labrador, Baxter. While there is much that Baxter sees that worries him, there are also moments of humour and joy. Baxter loves playing with his boy and is always ready to listen to him, but he also worries about his boy, and wonders if even the loyalty and friendship of a Labrador will be enough to help him. Baxter's observations provide a unique perspective on his boy's battle with mental illness.

Everybody who is sad, lonely and misunderstood needs a dog like Baxter, because 'a dog always knows his boy, even if his boy doesn't know himself'. This endearing story will make you smile, cry, think and learn. A must read! - Doris Zagdanski, author of Teenagers and Grief and Now that the Funeral is Over

What the Dog Saw views from a surprising perspective a difficult topic - the suicide of a much-loved son. The approach is gentle and tender, without sentimentality. It offers a deeply moving way of opening the subject for discussion not only with younger people, but with anyone who wishes to understand and deal with the intense pain of such loss. - Valerie Volk, poet and author of In Due Season, Peaches and Bystanders

What the Dog Saw is an innovative, sensitive yet powerful story of a family dealing with a suicide. Baxter the dog is adorable and wise while giving young people the space to feel and unpack their own grief or to understand another's. I loved it, but keep the tissues handy. - Rosanne Hawke, author of The Messenger Bird and Wolfchild

An ideal book, recommended for suicide bereaved youth. It brings into light the complexities of mental illness and suicide loss in a non-threatening and sensitive manner. - Su-Rose McIntyre, suicide bereavement counselor, teacher



Mark Worthing is an author and lives with his family on a small farm in the Adelaide Hills. His recent works include Graeme Clark. The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear (Allen&Unwin 2015), Phantastes. George MacDonald's Classic Fantasy Novel retold (Stone Table Books, 2016), and Martin Luther. A Wild Boar in the Lord's Vineyard (Morning Star Publishing, 2017).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532638077
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/07/2017
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Mark Worthing is an author and lives with his family on a small farm in the Adelaide Hills. His recent works include Graeme Clark. The Man Who Invented the Bionic Ear (Allen&Unwin 2015), Phantastes. George MacDonald's Classic Fantasy Novel retold (Stone Table Books, 2016), and Martin Luther. A Wild Boar in the Lord's Vineyard (Morning Star Publishing, 2017).

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Chapter 1 About Me 9

Chapter 2 The Puppy Farm 11

Chapter 3 My New Home 13

Chapter 4 Puppy Obedience School 15

Chapter 5 My House 16

Chapter 6 My Boy 17

Chapter 7 My Near Death Experience 19

Chapter 8 How My Boy's Mum Came to Like Me 21

Chapter 9 After School 23

Chapter 10 Would Someone Please Tell the Baby I am not a Horse 24

Chapter 11 Me and Duke 25

Chapter 12 Why Dogs Don't Like Video Games 27

Chapter 13 Trouble with My Boy 28

Chapter 14 My Boy Goes to a New School 29

Chapter 15 My Boy Gets a Camera 31

Chapter 16 Herding Chickens 33

Chapter 17 Christmas on the Farm 35

Chapter 18 Walking My Boy 36

Chapter 19 My Boy Rescues a Possum 37

Chapter 20 The Changing Faces of My Boy 39

Chapter 21 My Boy Gets a Car 40

Chapter 22 My Boy is Sick 42

Chapter 23 My Boy's Big Brother Goes Away 44

Chapter 24 My Boy Goes Away 46

Chapter 25 My Boy Comes Home 47

Chapter 26 My Unknown Enemies 48

Chapter 27 I Visit My Boy in Hospital 49

Chapter 28 They Will Not Let My Boy Come Home 51

Chapter 29 Too Many Pills 52

Chapter 30 My Boy Goes Away for a Long Time 54

Chapter 31 No One Wants My Boy 55

Chapter 32 My Boy Gets His Own Special House 57

Chapter 33 My Boy Tries to Make Me a Caravan Dog 58

Chapter 34 My Boy's Little Sister Gets a Dog 59

Chapter 35 Why Do Stupid Dogs Get to Live inside Just Because they are Cute? 61

Chapter 36 My Boy is Better 63

Chapter 37 My Boy Has to Go Away Again 65

Chapter 38 Goodbye 66

Chapter 39 That Day 67

Chapter 40 So Many People 68

Chapter 41 The Field of Stones 69

Chapter 42 The Long Lonely 70

Chapter 43 Remembering 71

Chapter 44 Someone to Sit with on the Trampoline 72

A Note to Parents and Counsellors 73

First Night: A Poem 75

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