Secrets of a Pet Nanny: A Journey from the White House to the Dog House
By: Eileen Riley
Aged 28, Eileen Riley had an enviably glamorous life; her globe-trotting career as a diplomat took her from the corridors of power at the White House to postings in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, and finally, London – where she decided to jack it all in to become a professional dog-sitter. As you do.
In fact her diplomatic skills were to prove invaluable in her new career. Secrets of a Pet Nanny: A Journey from the White House to the Dog House is a fabulous and very funny collection of tales about the dogs she has looked after, from pedigree puppies to rare Tibetan terriers. Riley is a true dog devotee but that does not prevent her casting a caustic eye over her charges – and their devoted owners.
Part dog memoir, part outsider’s perspective on the eternal relationship between the English and their dogs, this is sure to appeal to animal-lovers of all stripes.
The book has a sly hook: even a dedicated dog lover will wonder what propels a successful careerist to give up her globe-trotting, corridors-of-power ways for a life among other people’s animals.
- Publishers Weekly