Gabby: The Little Dog that had to Learn to Bark
A Foster Tails Story
By Barby Keel
The heartwarming story of how one woman's love for a traumatised little dog helped to save them both.
In her short life, eight-year-old Gabby has never been allowed outside. Ever since she was a small puppy, she has been kept a tiny prisoner inside the cramped home of an elderly married couple. When Gabby's owners are forced to move into a nursing home, Gabby gets her first taste of freedom and a chance at a new life. But it isn't long before her new owners abandon her, unable to cope with the needs of this traumatised little dog.
Arriving at the animal sanctuary run by of Barby Keel, a force of nature who never gives up on an animal, no matter how damaged, Gabby is terrified of the outside world. Unable to go to the toilet outside, to bark or even to play, Barby realises that Gabby has never learnt how to be a dog.
Using her years of experience, love, and the help of rescue dog Harry, Barby slowly begins to unlock the happy spirit that has been trapped inside Gabby.
But before long, tragedy strikes when Barby discovers a lump in her breast. Facing one of the most difficult decisions of her life, Barby seeks solace in caring for Gabby, the rescue dog that rescues her.
Barby Keele has run an animal sanctuary in the countryside in Sussex for 54 years. At the age of 28 Barby bought four acres of land for £1400, built her own home brick by brick, and then dedicated her life to caring for the animals who were often dumped at her door.
Barby is working with Cathryn Kemp, Sunday Times bestselling writer, award-winning author and a former journalist. She has written across the spectrum of the British press, both tabloid and broadsheet, and online, and for many magazines. In 2002 she won the Peter Wilson Award for Journalism before running her own press agency writing for radio and television. She is the author of Coming Clean: Diary of a Painkiller Addict, published by Piatkus in 2012, which won the Big Red Read Prize for non-fiction in 2013. Cathryn has written seven other titles, including Jam Butties and a Pan of Scouse, We Ain't Got No Drink, Pa and A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile.
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26 Jul 2018
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