Sophie: Dog Overboard

Sophie: Dog Overboard


By (author) Emma Pearse

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 22mm | 246g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444715224
  • ISBN 13: 9781444715224
  • Illustrations note: One 8-page colour section, maps, B&W photos throughout
  • Sales rank: 152,952

Product description

When Jan and Dave Griffith's beloved cattle dog, Sophie, fell overboard from the family yacht during rough weather, she feared the worst. But Sophie, a true Aussie battler, wasn't going to give up that easily. She swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote Whitsunday island where she survived for five months before being miraculously reunited with her amazed owners. Sophie, a highly domesticated dog, had been living ferally - and surviving. Yet one glimpse of her owners when they were reunited was enough for the old Sophie to re-emerge. This is an amazing, inspirational story of survival, loyalty and what binds animals and humans together.

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Author information

Emma Pearse is an Australian journalist who has been living and working in New York for over ten years, where she wrote for New York, Slate, Salon and The Village Voice, among others. She moved back to Australia to write the book and is currently living in Byron Bay.

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'It was amazing how this dog swam to a remote island and survived to be reunited with her family. All dog lovers should read this book.' Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human 'Inspiring and heart-warming, Sophie tells many stories: of family and friendship, of survival and loyalty and, most of all, of the exclusive bond between man and his best friend.' Bendigo Advertiser 'This is a story about survival, loyalty, family and what makes a dog tick.' Hobart Mercury 'A tender, delightful story of how a cosseted pup turned into a hardy, intrepid - and very lucky - "supercanine", this book will endear itself to dog and adventure lovers everywhere.' Publishers Weekly 'This story of canine loyalty and the power of human-animal relationships is as charming as its blue-furred heroine. A treat for dog lovers.' Kirkus Reviews 'It's an amazing story. What a pity dogs can't talk. I am sure Sophie's own tale of her survival, courage and strength would be amazing.' The Launceston Examiner 'Sophie's incredible story of survival is remarkable.' Sunday Tasmanian 'Interwoven with images and filled with colourful details about her survival, Sophie's heart-warming, inspirational story is beautifully told in Emma Pearse's book.' Dog's Life