Meet Worzel - the dog who ‘writes’ his own diaries
- Credit: Nick Butcher
His deepest thoughts on the vital subjects of walkies and what's for dinner have captivated thousands of readers.
And now popular hound Worzel is making an unforgettable mark on the literary world after releasing his third volume of diaries.
The Southwold lurcher first became a hit after a blog written in his own unique language, only originally intended to keep his previous owners up-to-date on his progress, unexpectedly gained a wider audience.
His tales of 'rollering and jumpering about' and 'fings chucked' caught the public's imagination so much that leading animal book publisher Hubble and Hattie agreed to put his musings into print.
And after the first two volumes were a success, attracting praise from leading writers Paul Heiney and Cathy Cassidy, the rescue dog is now back with Three Quite Very Actual Cheers for Worzel.
Worzel's owner Cath Pickles, who gives Worzel more than a helping hand with his writing, said: 'Of the three books I've written so far, this is undoubtedly the most personal.
'Every time I've written a book, by the time it gets to the end of the year I'm already thinking about what I'm going to leave out because there is so much.
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'It's just a question of observation and choosing which bits of his life to include. People really want to engage with the story and engage with Worzel.'
In the latest book, Worzel deals with the surprise of another foster dog, Harry. 'Harry really did have something to teach him,' said Mrs Pickles. 'He did his confidence no end of good.'
Worzel also tackles some local issues, including an extended dog ban on Southwold beach.
Worzel was rescued by re-homing charity Hounds First Sighthound Rescue when he was 10 weeks old after being abused.
He was adopted by the charity's founder but, as a result of the abuse he had suffered beforehand, was incredibly anxious and struggled being around children.
Mrs Pickles then took himin.
Three Quite Very Actual Cheers For Worzel is available from bookshops and online, with a book signing taking place at Waterstone's in Lowestoft on Saturday, November 11, between 11am and 1pm.
Worzel Says Hello, Will You Be My Friend?, which teaches young people how to interact with dogs, is also on sale.