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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

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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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