Next to a Dog

Short Story

First published: 1971


Next to a Dog

Widow Joyce Lambert is poor and out of work. So fond is she of her little half-blind ageing terrier Terry, a gift from her late husband that she will do just about anything to keep him

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An employed window struggles to keep her beloved ageing terrier, a gift from her late husband.

This story gave Christie the opportunity to indulge in her well-known love of dogs, particularly wire-haired terriers. She obviously had a huge affection for these creatures which comes out again in Dumb Witness, a novel which she dedicated to her own dog, Peter.

It was first published in book form in The Golden Ball and Other Stories, a US collection in 1971 and the UK collection Problem at Pollensa Bay in 1991.

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