Daan: A Portuguese on Velvet Paws

Tessa De Loo

Tessa de Loo meets the dog of her life when he is just one year old. Daan is a Breton spaniel, who in his short life as a hunting dog has been badly treated. Daan brings meaning and contentment to Tessa’s walks, and together they discover the countryside around her Portuguese home. The reader is drawn into her stories of smuggling Daan in possadas, his fear of loud noises and his love of chasing midges. When he dies, Tessa buries him at the foot of a ficus. But Daan does not reside there, he resides here in this book. The very moving tale of a dog’s life, by a writer at the height of her powers.


  • De Arbeiderspers NL
  • Bertrand Editora Portugal

Material: finished copies of Dutch edition (136pp)