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The story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers who rose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter's BBC sports parodies.

When sporting events were put on hold in March 2020, commentator Andrew Cotter shifted to working from home. The one-on-one competitors? His two Labrador retrievers, Olive and Mabel. In the hilarious videos that ensued, the dogs engage in various contests, from bone-snatching and breakfast-eating to crushing it on the dog walk, while Cotter narrates to hilarious effect. The scene of Mabel, simply standing still in a fetid pond was one of the most popular. Why? Because this is how dogs live, and Cotter captured it with humor and joy. It's why the series has been viewed more than 50 million times, entertaining dog owners, sports fans, and celebrities around the world. Olive and Mabel are more than online celebrities, however, as revealed in this charming narrative. 

Filled with stories about how Cotter fell in love with his dogs, his passion for hiking with them through the glens and over the peaks of his native Scotland, and the ongoing relationship between Olive and Mabel (particularly the "competitive fire" lit during these days of quarantine), the memoir is by turns side-splittingly funny and thoughtfully tender. It's sure to resonate with all dog lovers.

©2020 Andrew Cotter (P)2021 Tantor

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Worth waiting for

I ordered the hardback edition when it first came out, but held off reading because I really wanted to hear the story in the author's voice, but the American edition was a bit delayed
Like many, I discovered Olive, Mabel & Andrew via Twitter.
The dogs & Mr Cotter's wry observations drew me to the book.
As he mentioned, you wonder how a person could fill a book about his dogs
I knew he was an outdoorsman with a penchant for mountain climbing
So I did wonder if the book would hold my attention
Suffice it to say that I finished it the first day & actually wished it had been longer. The story is most engaging & I was surprised how the hikes were presented in such a delightful manner

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Bill Bryson for dog lovers!

Andrew, Olive, and Mabel have been a brilliant bright spot during COVID, and now this book is a bright spot of 2021! If you love dogs, hiking, broad Scottish vistas and/or Scottish accents (I happen to love all four, and maybe not in that order) you will find this book completely enchanting. It's not sickly-sweet, either. Cotter has a wicked sense of humor and can really turn a phrase. His writing reminds me of Bill Bryson's -- dry and understated. I read a lot, and I already know this is going to be my favorite book of the year.

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So funny and endearing!

What a fabulous book to hear it’s author read. Andrew Cotter is so witty and creative with his description of life. I often listen to this audiobook while exercising and was laughing out loud and having a hard time concentrating on my movements! I could relate to everything he mentioned about his two beloved dogs. What a wonderful book To listen to.

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Wonderful enjoyable fabulous antidote to the Covid Blues

What a most joyous antidote this was to the Covid Blues. I specifically waited for this to be available in the US as an audiobook because part of what I loved about the whole Olive and Mabel story, was hearing Andrew Cotter’s distinct Scottish accent And I was 100% correct, please listen to this as a story book as told by Andrew Cotter, it’s absolutely charming and a delight as you traverse with him and his 2 dogs across Scotland. As someone who loves podcasts, this has been one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I have had in a very long time. Bravo Andrew. Now, let me take my dog Merle out for a walk and play ♥️

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Highly recommended

Just love this book. If you’ve seen the Olive and Mabel videos online you’ll love this book too. This book explores the author’s life with his dogs and how they him deal with lockdown as well as so much more before that. I’m not very adept at reviewing but I think this is a good book to listen to.

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For dog lovers or anyone who loves a well told story


Some would call Andrew Cotter a sports commentator. I would call him a storyteller. In this book he tells the story of Olive and Mabel and how they fell in love. As with all good love stories it’s complicated. His relationship with his dogs (did I mention that Olive and Mabel are dogs?). has added immense joy and no less amount of humor (maybe a bit of frustration?) to his life. His telling of this love story is alternately funny, sweet and poignant. In the cracks you learn a bit about the man himself (obviously the secondary story) and that is told as only a Scotsman can - with humor, honesty and self deprecation.

If Andrew Kotter ever gets tired of commentating on sports - and the antics of his dogs - I think he has a solid career as an author and writer waiting for him.

And did I mention that I really liked the book?

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Best dog book ever

I’ve listened to this book 3 times since downloading it two weeks ago. Required reading for anyone who has a sense of humor and who has ever or will ever love a dog.

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Loved every moment

One of my favorite audiobooks possibly ever! Such a lovely light fun listen. Found myself laughing out loud while walking my dog. Got some strange looks in the park which only made me laugh more. Now a whole bunch of my human pals with pups have bought it as well. It’s perfect for these times. Or any time. Wonderful narration adds to the experience. Treat yourself. Be careful for if you don’t have a dog this will absolutely have you not just wanting one, but truly needing one. They make our lives so much better.

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I will never climb a steep hill or mountain, but had a vicarious experience of the calm felt. Dogs Olive and Mabel remained true to their species, not glorified. Listening to this book is a centering experience.

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Brilliant. Pure joy. Dog-approved.

As gratifying to the ear as it is a joy to a dog-lover's soul. Mr. Cotter deserves our praise as well as our admiration for furthering the cause of responsible dog ownership. With humor, he shares his love and respect for his (and all) dogs while sharing with us so much that makes for a happy dog and human relationship.

From chapter 39: "... in writing about your dogs you very quickly realize that you are writing about all aspects of your life, because there isn't really a part of it that dogs don't touch... They are there with you for everything, and everything is all the better for them."

Kudos and thank you, Mr. Cotter.

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how pets (especially pups) make us better humans

Olive and Mabel's explosion onto the scene occurred a few weeks in advance of my family of 4 bringing home our 1st dog of our own. A year on from S'mores's arrival in our hearts, I completed the audio format of Mr Andrew's tale.

Since enduring a tragedy from which I could have quite easily proven my mortality, I've searched for what precisely it means to be human.
The book helped me realize more completely what is so compelling about their relationship and what I now feel. Our pups give us the love we have so much difficulty giving others. And effortlessly.