Australians then Arabs – how a Barbadian Salmon-tot Retriever adapts from Barbados to Bahrain

The Diplomatic Dog of Barbados by Winfred Peppinck is an account of one of the more famous canines in this country as he switched from sand by the shore to sand inland, with the indirect help of the Australian High Commission!

It seems this mutt was rescued from a life as a beach bum, but he was a wee bit ungrateful, his anger chased away many a potential owner until “Miss Wendy” fell in love on first glance…

A stunned and partially reformed DD was introduced to the high life, rubbing shoulders with the cream of Barbados society and its famous visitors, from American golfer Tiger Woods to British singer Cliff Richard.

At the end of his owner’s tour of duty he was flown to Bahrain, where Mr Peppinck currently works as an adviser in Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa’s court.

DD, now known as the Desert Dog, was even featured in the Barbados papers by journalists keen to publicise his remarkable good fortune.

This book will appeal to keen dog lovers, particularly those who have also adopted deprived and downtrodden animals.

It is written in an extremely descriptive style and shines a light on the many layers of Barbados society, from its highs to its lows.

There is a launch planned in Bahrain for the middle of next month, but none has been mentioned for Barbados, which is a pity – considering where the salmon-tot retriever originated!

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