25 September 2023

Teida’s Story: Life Through the Eyes of a Dog

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

By Danielle Corrie, New Holland, $19.99.

It’s a glorious spring morning, but Linda’s pet dog – Teida – knew something was amiss. The feeling of unease was strong.

Uncanny it may be, but man’s best friend can also be intuitive. At least, that’s the premise of Corrie’s book. Teida’s Story is the touchingly distinctive tale of a Staffordshire as seen through her own doggy eyes. Teida shares her story from when she was a young, excited puppy to her first six years of life with her original owner before being whisked away without warning.

Misgivings occur in the car and we ‘read’ Teida’s thoughts. “…This time, Linda decides to drive in a different direction to our normal routine. Instead of turning left we turn right. Instead of driving up a very steep hill, we are on a flatter yet bumpier road passing a shopping center I have never seen before … Something just doesn’t seem right…”

Teida is dropped off in the garden with Annie – a lady who has never owned a dog before and who spends her days working all day. Lonely and confused, Teida wonders if she will ever have a family who loves her.

Teida forms a strong bond, finds a family and connection with Annie. Together they grow, learn and experience love, friendship, intuition, spirituality, faith and even death on their heart-warming adventure together.

Energetic young dog with a heart full of love, Teida grows to give comfort to all those around her and to discover many things about the nature of the universe. A touching tale about connections of the soul between animals and humans, Teida’s Story explores relationships, loss, grief, excitement and pure joy from the perspective of one very special dog.

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