Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Louis and I’m a Bichon Frise. Strictly speaking I’m a dog but my owners say I’m more like a hairy human toddler, but without the tantrums. I love humans but find them hard to understand which is why I enjoyed The Humans(10102) by Matt Haig so much, as well as The Incredible Human Journey(9230) by Alice Roberts. When I’m not eating and tormenting the people around me I love to relax. Some of you might not find it as easy to switch off as I do, so I recommend you have a look at Purely Relaxation(9328), and Rest and Sleep(617115), both by Linda Hudson.
My ancestors were especially popular with French nobility in the 16thcentury but over the years the breed fell from favour and became street dogs accompanying organ grinders, and performing in circuses and fairs. My talent for performing is still there and I sometimes have a yen to pack up my knapsack and join the circus. But that would mean leaving my comfy home so I have to content myself with reading books like Mr Nobody’s Eyes(616575) by Michael Morpurgo.
King Henry III of France loved his bichon so much that he allegedly carried him around in a papoose! Pop star Robbie Williams has been photographed with his in a backpack too. Then there’s Gracie, another Calibre Bichon who comes to work in a backpack on a bike. No, honestly! Just read Ten Poems About Dogs (9113) to get an idea of how potty humans can be about dogs.
My favourite book of all time is, of course, The Incredible Journey(1919), also a Disney film, though how come the two dogs and the cat managed to lose their owners is beyond me, I don’t let mine go further than the end of the garden without making a BIG fuss…