Bexley dog carer has tales to tell in new book

PUBLISHED: 09:57 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 05 November 2015

Authors Graham Matthews and Angela Waghorn

Authors Graham Matthews and Angela Waghorn


Graham Matthews, 64, has walked and looked after various canines over the last 20 years

It All Started With A DogIt All Started With A Dog

A Bexley man has written a book about caring for canines, claiming “if you’ve got a dog, you’ve got a story.”

Graham Matthews, 64, started walking and looking after dogs 20 years ago after quitting his job in the City and becoming a single parent, and has since developed a wealh of tales to tell.

When Nero, a guide dog for the blind, passed onto his advanced training from Mr Matthews’ care, it hit the former Surrey Docks worker hard.

“It left a bit of a hole in my life,” he admitted.

“My son spotted an advert to look after dogs in people’s homes so I did that for a while and people got used to seeing me with all these different dogs.

“I’ve always had an affinity with animals and I’ve found it very easy, I don’t know how people end up getting into trouble with dogs.

“Every dog is different and it gives you the chance to meet so many people.

“If you’re a man in the woods with a dog, women will stop and talk to you, otherwise you get shunned.”

Mr Matthews, who graduated with a biology degree aged 51, lived in Welling and Bexleyheath before moving to Crofton Avenue, was told by friends and family that he should write a book about all the things he’d seen while looking after the pets.

After five years of writing on-and-off, he eventually completed the book, which is titled It All Started With A Dog.

He said: “I began writing some stories down every now and then, I’d leave it for a few months, then something else would happen and I’d be back writing.

“After a while I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I made a new year’s resolution to get it finished this year.”

It All Started With A Dog is set to be released on November 28.

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