Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

December 4, 2020
Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs

The story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers whorose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter's BBC sportsparodies.When sporting events were put on hold in March 2020, commentatorAndrew Cotter shifted to working from home. The one-on-onecompetitors? His two Labrador retrievers, Olive and Mabel. In thehilarious videos that ensued, the dogs engage in various contests,from bone-snatching and breakfast-eating to crushing it on the dogwalk, while Cotter narrates to hilarious effect. The scene ofMabel, simply standing still in a fetid pond was one of the mostpopular. Why? Because this is how dogs live, and Cotter captured itwith humor and joy. It's why the series has been viewed more than50 million times, entertaining dog owners, sports fans andcelebrities around the world. Olive and Mabel are more than onlinecelebrities, however, as revealed in this charming narrative.Filled with stories about how Cotter fell in love with his dogs,his passion for hiking with them through the glens and over thepeaks of his native Scotland, and the ongoing relationship betweenOlive and Mabel (particularly the "competitive fire" lit duringthese days of quarantine), the memoir is by turns side-splittinglyfunny and thoughtfully tender. It's sure to resonate with all doglovers.