THE BARK BUSTERS GUIDE TO DOG BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING by Sylvia Wilson

When I met Sylvia, I had been living an unbearable life with very little meaning. My world had shrunk to a very uninteresting place, and I was always running around in circles, chasing my tail, never knowing which way to turn.

I vividly remember meeting Sylvia. The day was hot and sultry and I was all strung out and stressed again. This feeling of being out of control had started to overwhelm me. I had lost the ability to communicate with the people around me and no longer had any friends. They had all grown up and moved on to enjoy their lives, while I couldn't get my life together. You have probably realised by now that I'm a dog - in fact, a handsome male German Shepherd called Tonka.

My friends down at the park had told me all about Sylvia. It was love at first sight. I considered myself to be rather good-looking, although young and inexperienced. Sylvia obviously saw some potential in me that no else could see. She believed that I could live a normal, happy life, and through patience and understanding she made me whole again. Sylvia's gentle touch made me feel alive and gave me a purpose. I am no longer spinning out of control. Sylvia Wilson, you're a wizard.

Tonka (German shepherd, aged 9 months)