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Dogged Optimism

Dogged Optimism

Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog

by Belinda Pollard
Publication Date: 08/12/2018

Praise for Dogged Optimism

"An accomplished, inspiring piece of writing that had me completely hooked from the first page to the unexpected and gratifying end." Gill Pavey,

For anyone who ever loved a pet or needed a laugh...

In this humorous and uplifting read, Belinda recounts how her scruffy Aussie terrier Killarney has helped her through the toughest of days - and taught her to make the most of life.

Killarney is not afraid of anything that sub-tropical Australia can throw at her: venomous creatures, cancer, very large dogs. She becomes Belinda's furry comforter and cheer squad through job loss, grief, and failed romance.

You will be inspired by Killarney's motto: grab life by the throat and shake every last drop of joy out of it. Wrestle it, if you have to.

Praise for Dogged Optimism:

"A delightful read, as much about the ups and downs of owning a wilful dog as facing up to life, especially when it doesn't turn out as expected." Marianne Wheelaghan, The Blue Suitcase

"Evocative, humorous tale." Molly Greene, The Gen Delacourt Mysteries

"Will charm you ... and inspire." Dawn Dicker, Writer & Content Strategist

"Entertaining, heartfelt and very relatable." Amazon

"Full of love, laughter, and life lessons." Amazon

"A gorgeous read." Goodreads


Belinda Pollard is a multi-award-winning Australian mystery author and former journalist who used to chuckle about people who treated their pets like children - until it happened to her. Her hobbies now include dog-walking in the rain and failing dog training classes. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, travels the world (when she can find a good petsitter), and blogs at

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