The Finn Chronicles: Year One: A Dog’s Reports from the Front Lines of Hooman Rescue as transcribed by Gwen Romack is a humorous account of the first year spent by Finn Count Smooshie Tushie in the home of the Hairy one and the Squishy One. Each week Finn sends a report back to his rescue headquarters to help train the younger cadets and update the files on the strange rituals of hoomans. All of the Finnanigan reports are told in a comical way, including discussions on anal leakage, his hatred of baths, dog farts, and the difficulty Finn has in training his silly hoomans. Finn is very good at using hashtags as part of his storyline.
Finn is a mix of Hungarian Vizsla, Beagle, and Pittie. Vizslas in particular are sensitive and intense dogs that need special owners. The beagle in him loves to howl. His antics are funny but often frustrating. He loves zoomie-fueled 40mph head butts and takes pride in being called The Kissy Bandit. Fortunately, he seems to have gotten over his love of chewing flip flops and upholstered chairs. And yes, he is adorable!
As you read these reports you’ll laugh out loud, while marveling at the patience of the owners. In the first 21 weeks of being in their home, Finn helped support luxury lifestyles for the family vets by getting a UTI, squamous papilloma, a pulled muscle, allergies, blown paw pads from playing too hard, surgery, and a bacterial infection. This is in addition to the cost of his doggy day camps, sitters, endless toy and treat supply, clothing, and special bedding. The book is a great reminder that true love comes with a financial commitment.
Finn’s dutiful transcriber, Gwen Romack (aka The Squishy One), is a Maryland native, avid dog lover, and rescue volunteer. Gwen and her husband Evan (aka The Hairy One) agreed to foster Finn a year after losing their beloved Vizsla/Pit mix, Mr. Snuggles, at age 14. She began posting Finn’s weekly updates on Facebook as a way to help prospective adopters fall in love with Finn. However, it became clear pretty quickly that she and her husband would become “foster fails” and Finn was already home! The posts became so popular in the Vizsla community that she decided to continue indulging Finn and letting him dictate his view of life as a dog rescuing his difficult hoomans.
I was given a free copy of this book by the Squishy One in exchange for an honest review. I recommend this book to dog lovers, anyone needing a laugh, and especially to anyone who is considering adopting a dog with an intense personality.
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Finn also has a modeling job and is featured on the cover of Melissa Bourbon’s upcoming books:
Year Two of the Finn Chronicles will be published on October 1, 2020. Both books are free to Kindle Unlimited to subscribers.