In the chaos of everyday life, it is easy to forget the simple things that can help us to breathe more easily, love more enthusiastically and live more joyfully. Author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent knows sometimes we find our greatest teachers where we least expect them — in this case perhaps quietly curled up on the couch beside us, or chomping on a large bone in the back yard.
A Dogs Life Wisdoms is a humorous, insightful and poignant look at living a meaningful life through the eyes of a very wise dog. It contains 21 succinct wisdoms that remind us how to be in the world, how to laugh and how to land on all fours when life tries to knock us flat.
Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent is an accidental author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. Maggie was a teacher for 17 years before working as a counsellor with young people and their families, in suicide prevention, and in palliative care and the funeral industry. Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and Teachers Matter magazine, on commercial and ABC radio around Australia, and on TV programs such as The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today Extra and news. She is the author of eight books, and a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators. Maggie is the proud mother of four sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother. She lives in the Illawarra region of NSW with her good bloke Steve Mountain and their dear little dog, Mr Hugo Walter Dent.
**1**The author is well-known to Australian audiences, a sought-after speaker and writer who’s appeared on TV on Today Extra, The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today Tonight, news & Today (where she was resident parenting expert for 2 years), as well as appearing regularly on ABC and commercial radio around Australia. Maggie writes monthly for Fairfax’s Essential Kids blog, and her blogs are also picked up regularly by Huffington Post Australia **2** * Maggie Dent has a huge grassroots following around Australia, with a packed speaking schedule, more than 90,000 Facebook followers, and a strong media profile.**3** This book is a similar style to Maggies bestselling book, Black Duck Wisdom, which has sold more than 12,000 copies. Praise for Black Duck Wisdom:
“Whats the one thing most self-improvement books have in abundance? An awful earnestness. This ones different … even while it dispenses insights on life and how to live it, the little book is full of that rare quality – wit.”— Paul Smith, Kiwiboomers