Nelson author Marianne Castle with her new book, ‘Two Dogs, One Bone’, and her Airedale terrier Chelsea. Photo: Kate Russell.

Love of dogs and writing come together


Marianne Castle has two big passions in life – dogs and writing. So, she decided to combine them.

The Nelsonian has just self-published her first book, ‘Two Dogs, One Bone’ which is based on her 30-year career as a dog trainer, walker and groomer.

“I call it an anecdotal account of my career from 1983 until the late 1990s. Training methods were so different back then and the book takes you through the history of the old-fashioned ways through to the new,” says Marianne.

“It’s both entertaining and informative – but people might need their hankies.”

Marianne says she has loved writing ever since she learned to hold a pen, and with a few articles, short stories and plays already under her belt, she decided to have a go at writing a novel.

She started her career as a dog trainer in Australia and says she was hooked straight away.

“I remember going to a dog obedience trial and became bedazzled. I got my first dog – a golden retriever called Ben and haven’t looked back.”

Marianne now lives up the Maitai with her husband and two dogs – Marty the border collie cross and Chelsea the Airedale terrier.

She says her book, which has been printed locally, has been getting good interest and the feedback from readers has been “great”.

She says it’s the first of many novels to come with her next two already on the go.

To find out more about Marianne’s book, go to www.

Marianne will be giving an author talk at the Elma Turner Library this Sunday, 19 May at 2pm, hosted by Friends of the Library. There is a $2 entry donation and books will be for sale for $27, cash only.