Buster, a half-German Shepherd mutt, was adopted by Roy Hattersley in December 1995. He began to dictate his diaries soon after his arrival.

Buster became England’s most famous dog in 1996 when he defended himself against a goose in St. James’s Park — a goose which, unfortunately, belonged to the Queen. Pursued by the press ever since, he has sought solace in writing. Buster’s Diaries is the comically heart-warming true story of Buster’s triumph over adversity, as he describes his rescue from a paw-to-mouth existence on scraps to his new life in the lap of luxury — and at the same time reveals the secrets of the strange relationship between dog and the Man on the other end of the lead.

Never before have readers been offered such insights into the aromatic canine world. The irresistible fragrance of chicken bones picked off the sidewalk. The special rituals required to receive delicious treats (pig ears, dog biscuits). The sawdust balls Buster must eat to stay healthy while the Man gobbles down chocolate cookies. The painful digestive consequences of eating cream filled cookies while still wrapped.

The diaries also reveal the strain of living with the Man — the constant power struggle of who’s boss, the “training” ceremonies, the Man’s strange excrement collection syndrome and reliance on new dog humiliation technology.

Buster’s Diaries will make you laugh and it will make you cry but it has a happy ending.

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Reader Reviews


"A life-changing book which reassesses what you are doing, why you are doing it and in what way."—Carol Ann Rice, The Daily Express
"This book has the power to change your life. In this thought provoking guidebook to today's world of "too much", Tony Crabbe destroys the myth of "busyness" and provides practical, thoughtful advice to help individuals (and their organizations) unleash their true potential."
Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer, Microsoft UK and author of Business Reimagined
Crabbe presents an array of techniques and tactics to help readers relinquish their busyness and gain control of their lives. Written in short sections with graphical breaks, pullouts and bullet points, BUSY is a very smart, fun and enlightening read.—Success Magazine
"Sound advice, well worth consideration and action."
"For anyone juggling an ever-expanding schedule in or outside the corporate world, this book might be worth fitting in."
Publishers Weekly
"If you ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of over commitment, organizational psychologist Tony Crabbe throws you a lifeline with BUSY."—Working Mother
"In BUSY, organizational psychologist Tony Crabbe draws on solid psychological research to address one of the great problems of modern life: we're too busy."—Networking Times
"[In BUSY] psychological and business research are translated into practical tools and skills."—Ugly Research Newsletter
"Crabbe draws on entertaining psychological studies to show why we're getting it wrong at the moment and to develop a fresh new approach to taking back one's life from chaotic outside forces."—IN Business Magazine
"The statistics Crabbe cites are truly staggering."—National Post
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