Boating with Buster

The life and times of a barge Beagle

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Boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats - adventures on the waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe

When life reaches crisis point, Buster, a Beagle puppy, enters Alison’s life. This, in conjunction with living on Lily, a Dutch barge, soon brought about a welcome change in fortunes. Buster’s larger-than-life escapades are colourfully portrayed in this moving book of canine companionship on the waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe.



  • A story that will appeal to travellers, boaters and dog owners alike
  • How a Beagle turned around a life with unconditional love
  • We sold the house and bought a barge - now what?
  • Full of tips on helping a young dog adapt to life afloat
  • Buster's adventures portrayed in humorous stories and an array of colourful images
  • A moving tale interspersed with waterway-related historical facts
  • Learning to cope with faults and maintenance on board a barge
  • Adapting to an older dog with Idiopathic Immune Mediated Poly-Arthritis
  • Amazing insights into those who dare to be different in a conforming world
  • How sometimes you have to run away in order to begin to live



Amidst a crisis, Alison feels life’s not worth living, but Buster, a Beagle puppy, changes everything. Acquiring Lily, a Dutch barge, Alison and her husband, Roger, head for the calmness of the inland waterways. Boating with buster, they learn plenty about boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats!

Redundancy triggers a move to Ireland where the characters are larger-than-life, and the lakes so huge they are known as inland seas. They become custodians of an historical property, partake in milestone boating events, and go ice-breaking in the coldest winter for fifty years.

A move to Europe seems to be the chance of a lifetime, but tragedy strikes when Buster develops a debilitating illness. Watching the world go by aboard Lily aids Buster’s recuperation, as they travel through The Netherlands and Germany: spending long summer days on the Mecklenburg Lakes and winter in the former Eastern bloc. Finally, crossing the Baltic Sea entering Danish home waters, and surrounded by those he loves, Buster’s days draw to an end.

Buster’s story flows through the waterways of Europe in this colourfully portrayed, moving book of canine companionship.

Book specification     

Book specification

SKU HH4972
Format Paperback • 22x17cm • 224 pages • 100 pictures
ISBN 978-1-845849-72-6
UPC 6-36847-04972-0
Published DUE NOVEMBER 2017


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