Thank you for coming on to my blog today Sarah. I’m a big fan of Dougal, he is such a cheeky character and I’m so looking forward to reading Dougal’s Diary which has just been released with Crooked Cat. I have heard you read a passage couldn’t stop laughing so I am intrigued as to know more about him. I have some questions which I’m sure other readers would be also be delighted to know.
As it’s the New Year, has Dougal made any New Year’s resolutions?
Indeed, he has, three. Not to hump any dogs called Chester. To stop obsessing over his weight, or lack of. And never to listen to any orders his boss gives him, again.
Dougal has some big and unusual dreams for a dog, where does he get his inspiration from?
From listening to the advice of others; the radio left on when home alone, or lengthy journeys enduring bus and tube travel – always great ear-wigging opportunities. And magazines, glossy, of course
Does Dougal like to read and if so, what are his favourite books?
Dougal loves reading but found “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” a bit of an endurance test. “Black Beauty” made him cry. Over “Mrs Beeton’s Cookery Book”, he drooled. “Lassie”, he adored. But tops came “Adrian Mole”, a character he identifies with. He considers Sue Townsend his favourite author.
If Dougal became a film star, who would best portray his voice?
If Dougal were a girl he’d say Joanna Lumley – he loves her voice. Since he isn’t; either Benedict Cumberbatch or Anthony Hopkins, whichever is cheaper. Or possibly Tracey Ullman, if she can do Judi Dench, Dougal is sure she could sound like a dog with a deep baritone voice.
What is Dougal’s dream car?
A Jaguar F-Type Convertible. Great for traffic-watching and ensuring his hair blows gently in the breeze.
Who would be Dougal’s valentine?
He likes a pretty girl, so… If a dog, Perdita, who starred in “101 Dalmatians”. If human, Amy Adams: a multi- talented actress who appeared in “Enchanted” and many other films. They’d spend the evening dining, dancing, singing and laughing.
How does he keep his coat so beautiful?
Miraculous mud! A thick black stinky substance with handfuls of gravel folded through it. Imagine a cook adding flour to a sponge mix.
Does he prefer a bath or a shower?
The combination: a warm bath with additional use of shower. Aromatherapy oils desired but never experienced, followed by a blow-dry. For Dougal an intense pleasure, for the carer untold work: the cleaning of bath, floor and walls. And as for wet fur, the smell could well linger for days.
When Dougal goes shopping, what is his favourite store?
PETS AT HOME. Food, food glorious food! Broken bags of biscuits, pig’s ears and other treats conveniently placed at nose height. Dog heaven.
What does Dougal prefer for a treat, a chew or is he a bone dog?
Oh, give a dog a bone. A bone a day keeps the doctor away!
Where is Dougal planning to go for his next holiday/adventure?
Somewhere exotic; on Virgin Airlines, preferably with palm trees and miles of golden sand. He’s already packed his beach towel and factor 50, sunscreen.
Thank you Sarah.and of course, Dougal, as hilarious as ever. I’m so looking forward to enjoying this tale! T-A-L-E Dougal!
Has he chosen his owner well and landed on his paws? Dougal the Labradoodle puppy, a complete hypochondriac and Boris Johnson’s No 1 fan, arrives in Greenwich with great expectations. He longs to travel the world on Virgin Atlantic, dine at royal banquets and either become a superstar and party the night away or work as a doorman at the Savoy. Behaviour classes were never on his wish-list, neither were cliff-hanging experiences on the Thames, booze cruises to Calais or obsessions for eating socks. Can he survive life with a chaotic owner and her eccentric friends? Can he deal with his jealousy when a foster puppy comes to stay? And as for his dreams, will they ever come true?
Where can we order Dougal’s Diary?
Where can we find out more about you Sarah?
Thank you, Karen
About Sarah Stephenson
Joining the Bristol school of dancing, aged 7, Sarah spent most of her childhood performing in prisons, theatres, old people’s homes and the Grand Palais in Paris. Later she trained as an actress, working with Mike Leigh and other distinguished directors. When the children arrived she trained as a chef, and when they’d finally flown the nest, catered in Europe, Britain and the States, giving dinner parties. Sarah still works as a chef and writes.