A hilarious canine compendium, essential for new and experienced dog owners alike. As all dog owners know, man's best friend is a complex bundle of appetites, instincts, and winsome wiles. Few first-time owners will realize, however, just what a responsibility they are taking on. So Norman Thelwell kindly provided them with this invaluable handbook full of advice on choosing, training, feeding, exercising, and caring for our four-legged friends. It also emphasizes the importance of protecting one's own interests - not to mention those of one's neighbours - for an ill-trained hound will soon develop a healthy disrespect for law and order. Here is a superb cartoon collection designed to give every dog owner a new leash of life in the canine world. From the business of choosing a puppy and the troubles of training to the foibles of different breeds, 'Top Dog' is an indispensable companion for all fans of man's best friend.
Norman Thelwell (1923-2004) sold his first drawing to Punch in 1950, and two years later became an important regular contributor. His books include "Angels on Horseback ", "Wrestling with a Pencil", "A Leg at Each Corner", "Top Dog", "Magnificat", "The Cat's Pyjamas", "Pony Panorama" and "Pony Cavalcade". Thelwell was born in Birkenhead. War service involved foot-slogging with the East Yorkshires and art editing an army magazine in India. He studied art at Liverpool, taught it for seven years in Wolverhampton then became a full-time cartoonist and a household name soon afterwards. For many years he lived with his wife and children in a Hampshire cottage within fly-casting distance of the River Test.