No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He’s been with Clara for four years and he’s been perfectly happy; but now she’s left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo.
So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He’s just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that’s the plan. Come on…everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend…and an inspiration.
Waiting For Doggo by Mark B. Mills isn’t a particularly long book but it’s very entertaining and enjoyable; there’s plenty of humour packed into just over 200 pages. The story focuses on friendships and loyalty, with Daniel’s relationship with Doggo and those he works with being the main focus and which can be enjoyed by anyone, in my opinion, not just dog lovers!
Daniel as a character actually did get on my nerves quite a lot. He comes across as quite annoying and cocky, particularly when he slept with (and continues to sleep with) his ex girlfriend Clara’s sister. I mean, I know Clara left him but still… I didn’t find that this helped me warm to him at all. Most of the ‘main characters are actually quite irritating: Clara, Clara’s sister Lucy, and most of the people he works with at the advertising agency.
Regardless of this I really enjoyed the story and found it very humorous. I enjoyed reading about the quite ridiculous happenings at the advertising agency he worked at, and his flourishing relationship with a co-worker. The story is a short but (mostly) sweet ‘rom-com’ (or perhaps more of a ‘lad-lit’?) novel that is easy and fun to read. Recommended!