Dogged Optimism:
Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog

The perfect gift for a dog lover!

Dogged Optimism is the story of a scruffy little dog and the woman who loves her. Killarney the Aussie terrier is not afraid of anything: big dogs, snakes, cancer. Belinda Pollard is afraid of many things, so Killarney becomes her in-house motivational speaker through grief, job loss and failed romance. If you’ve ever loved a dog or needed a laugh, you’ll be inspired by Killarney’s motto: Grab life by the throat and shake every last drop of joy out of it. Wrestle it, if you have to.

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Dogged Optimism is a delightful read, as much about the ups and downs of owning a wilful dog as facing up to life, especially when  it doesn’t turn out as expected. Witty and warm, sometimes sad but never sentimental, it is a welcome addition to any bedside table.

Marianne Wheelaghan
Marianne Wheelaghan Author, The Blue Suitcase

Anyone who’s ever adored a dog can relate to this evocative, humorous tale of a woman and her beloved Australian terror – er, terrier – and their zany time together. Tissues optional, pet lovers required.

Molly Greene
Molly Greene Author, the Gen Delacourt Mysteries

Warm and genuine, this journey of a sassy Australian terrier and her spirited Aussie owner will charm you with its window into life Down Under and inspire you with its insights into overcoming personal challenges.

Dawn Dicker
Dawn Dicker Writer & Content Strategist

A heart-warming tale of one woman’s special bond with her four-legged friend. This book captures the eventful experiences a dog can bring into our life when we invite them into our home. A delightful read.

Tanya Arnold
Tanya Arnold Pupcake Queen

About the Author

Belinda Pollard is an award-winning mystery author and former journalist who used to chuckle about people who treated their pets like children – until it happened to her. Her hobbies now include dog-walking in the rain and watching dog-training videos. She is a speaker, publishing consultant and book editor. She lives in Australia, travels the world (when she can find a good petsitter), and blogs about Real Life on a Beautiful Planet at

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