We have a large Newfoundland dog called George. Due to the fact he is 9 stone (56kgs), very friendly, cute and a big bit naughty, he tends to get a lot of attention. In particular, when we were on holiday this year, one admirer asked us if we had read the book about George the Newfoundland? Err no, must have missed that one. After some digging on Amazon I found ‘the book’ she was talking about. It is the story of Colin who rescued a Newfoundland dog called George and then taught him to surf on the beaches of California.
Now I am aware I probably enjoyed this book much more than I would normally because of the connection with our George but that doesn’t stop it from being a light hearted, happy and positive story. We learn how Colin saved George from abuse and George then saved Colin from loneliness and depression after his wife left him.
I loved Colin’s Grandfather’s definition of ‘free days’ …
” A free day is when you spend a whole day doing things you love to do … And when you do those things with people you love who love you, you don’t grow old that day. It’s a free day.”
Needless to say, Colin has many free days with George and I enjoy the idea of relating this concept to my own life.
It’s not the best writing, it’s not The Art of Racing in the Rain (which I really enjoyed) but it’s sincere and honest. I loved it and there are plenty of photos of George surfing to make you smile. If you need an easy read to take on holiday or cheer up a rainy afternoon, then this is the one for you. And don’t worry it is nowhere near as sad as Marley and Me.
And here’s a photo of our George, just because.