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Guide dog breeder’s life 
history ‘worthy of TV show’

Author Terry Gasking with his book Poverty to Peaches and pooch Daisy, who is apparently the best dog in the world for sniffing out cancer

Author Terry Gasking with his book Poverty to Peaches and pooch Daisy, who is apparently the best dog in the world for sniffing out cancer

An author with his own autobiography under his belt is now working on a book all about a doctor who proved that dogs can detect cancer.

Terry Gasking, of Dinton, is currently compiling details of Dr Claire Guest’s project training dogs to sniff out cancerous cells with incredible accuracy.

She also teaches dogs to alert owners to oncoming attacks of diabetes, narcolepsy, epilepsy and other life threatening conditions.

The clever canines are trained to go and fetch the required insulin and drop it on their owner’s lap before they know an attack is imminent. Claire’s life story, as told by Terry, is due to be published in the autumn.

The 75-year-old has 22 books to his name – the latest being his own autobiography, Poverty to Peaches.

Terry, who has bred guide dogs for more than three decades and enjoys ballroom dancing in his spare time, said: “It’s not of huge literary merit, but a lot of people have said to me that they’ve found it impossible to put down.”

The book – described as ‘true, exhilarating and fascinating’ – details Terry’s humble beginnings in the East End, and his experiences of wartime London as well as his time as a bus driver, his stint on the West End stage and his landing on an oil platform in the North Sea. There have been calls from readers to turn it into a TV series, much like Call The Midwife.

Terry has now been invited to read excerpts of his autobiography on Internet radio, starting on Sunday. Tune in to Turquoise Radio at 4pm to hear the first of 10 special snippets in the series.

 

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