In Edgar:Confessions of an English Bulldog, Edgar lives with his human companions
Sir Charles and Lady Christina Whintney-Henderson in the county of Hampshire, South-east
There are altogether fourteen dogs in the neighbourhood; all different breeds. They
refer to their human co-inhabitants as companions – never as owners.
Dogs have been part of human existence for almost 20,000 years and no animal has
more effortlessly adapted to changing environments and circumstances. One of their
many talents is to read human body language far better than humans themselves are
capable of. With the exception of Sir Charles – Edgar’s companion – none of the other
humans are aware that their canine friends understand every word spoken.
The dogs regularly meet up on Edgar’s big lawn where they discuss what is going on
in the world in general, their human companions’ behaviour, the latest rumours and
everything else that takes place in the universe. One of the big questions they struggle
with is why humans say something in public and something entirely different in private.
Another conundrum is why tolerance is in such short supply among humans.
Edgar often thanks his lucky star for having a companion like Sir Charles, one of
the few humans who can communicate with dogs.
At the age of five, Edgar hits on the idea of presenting in writing his and his friends’
thoughts and observations. For a while he struggles with the decision whether to
go for chronicles or confessions but finally decides that the latter would be more
honest. He approaches Sir Charles, who declares himself willing to write on his computer
what Edgar relates. They agree that not a single word would be changed without Edgar’s
Edgar’s innate respect for integrity never wavers, and Sir Charles, true to his word,
writes it all down – sometimes amused and in between shocked to learn what dogs actually
think about their human companions.
EDGAR, along with a Black Russian, a Poodle, a Golden Retriever, a Greyhound, a German
Shepherd, a Cane Corso, a Crossbreed, a Black Labrador, a Bullmastiff, a Chihuahua,
a Highland Terrier, a Pitbull and a Rottweiler provide a twenty-first century answer
to Animal Farm in a modern and affluent setting.
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