Ross Welford

Touching adventure with dogs, virtual reality and a trip into the future.

He smells. He’ll eat literally anything. He’s humanity’s only hope.

When 11-year-old Georgie makes friends with an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test-subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual reality, 3D version of the future.

Then a deadly virus threatens to wipe out every dog in the country, and Georgie’s beloved dog Mr Mash gets sick. Which is bad – but worse is still to come.

As the world is thrown into chaos, Georgie embarks on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth and all of humanity.



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Keira D- The Sweyne Park School

Overall, I found that “The Dog Who Saved The World” was an exciting and brilliant book. It had aspects of loss and drama but still withheld a comical theme throughout the book. I really enjoyed following the characters along on their adventures through virtual reality as well as the real world. I would rate this book a 7/10 and recommend it to my friends to read. It is a great book to read on a rainy day and is very relaxing.

Maya - Sweyne Park School

I really enjoyed this book and its plot, there were a few twists but not much suspense until the end where most of the action really happened. The plot of the book was very far-fetched however Ross Welford made it seem magical but also believable. It took a while to get started however once it did it kept on going and didn’t stop, it was also very fun to read and played on your imagination. The characters were very funny and had a range of personalities my favourite character was Ramzy because he was very believable and he was quite… Read more »

sunny - kegs

The dog who saved the world.

The dog who saved the world was a really exciting book. It had a great sense of humour and the layout of the book was absolutely what I like.
It was quite realistic and the fact that you feel what you do really excited me. Ross Wellford really put me on the edge of my seat in the last chapter where he added the most suspense.

Matthew W. - KEGS

Ross Welford has created a compelling and captivating novel exploring the reality of our world through the eyes of Georgie. The use of a vastly realistic narrative and central characters is extremely useful. Georgie is a highly developed main character who travels the book as her view of the world around her changes. The storyline is exciting and realistic, exploring a clever and highly developed social issue. Welford also explores the virtual world, discussing and considering the near future, and confronting the idea of time travel and the exciting VR experiments with Dr Pretorius. By mixing humour with action and… Read more »

Miss Hackett, Habs Girls

Heartwarming, feel-good and page-turning, The Dog Who Saved the World is an entertaining canter through apocalypse avoidance. Not for the faint-hearted poo humour gets my vote every time, and I’m sure I’m not alone there! I’m rooting for Georgie (not a boy, hurray!) and Ramzy, with his more-than-meets-the-eye ogre of an Aunty Nush, throughout, with the world-saving finale proving wholly satisfying. Another excellent adventure from the ever entertaining Ross Welford.

Ronnie , Radwinter

The dog who saved the world is a great way to get more people read books eleven year old Georgie and his best friend Ramzy befriended a retired scientist who made a 3D version of the future and Georgie was the first person to go into the future but there’s a virus that will kill all the dogs 🐕 in the world 🌎 including Georgie’s beloved dog 🐕 Mr Mash he is covered in fur he will probably eat anything and he is humans only hope

Natalie , Sweyne Park School

I found the book ‘The Dog Who Saved The World’ a great ,enjoyable book . I loved the amazing and thrilling adventures through the book , it really kept me on edge and wanting to read on . Some of the book I found sad , especially having my dog sitting on my lap whilst reading this .Personally, I thought it took a while to get started but eventually I started to get into it and not wanting to put the book down after I read one chapter. It was easy to read and it had reasonable size text .… Read more »

Maya, Habs Girls

At first I didn’t really enjoy this book but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys funny books.

Alex Great Baddow High School

This was a really interesting book. It had multiple moments that kept you on the edge of your seat. As well as that this book had moments of comedy, adventure and mystery. The VR was very interesting and you could imagine every part. The ending felt like it was the end and I didn’t feel like I wanted more. However, I would recommend this to all my friends.

Dylan Great Baddow

I think The Dog Who Saved the World is a good book that I recommend to all my friends and 6 above children. I really enjoyed the part where they were at a life threatening moment by the virtual reality scorpions because it was so thrilling and kind of scary. It had a comedy theme all through the book however it did have some sad parts to it as well because of Georgie’s mum. I would rate this book a 6/10.


I think that this book is very heart warming and personal to some people. It has a lot of drama so i would recommend this book if you like twits to the plot . It also had a lot of humor which what makes the book so fun to read. This book kept me on the edge and this is what made me want to keep reading. i also thought it was really well structured which made it easier to follow. I really like the modern feel that Ross Welford has created with the virtual reality headsets and the time… Read more »

Imogen-Great Baddow High School

I found ‘The Dog Who Saved The World’ a great book with several interesting plot twists, and, the characters were all likable and they all had there own flaws and it is easy to follow.


I found The Dog Who saved The World to be a comical yet thrilling book. Although it took a little while to get going, once it did it didn’t really stop. I thought it was very clever how Ross Welford manage to include virtual reality (VR) into his book. The characters were very funny and my favourite would have to be Georgie as she was easily likeable and felt very real; she had struggles that a girl her age would have, she was caring towards her dog and although very brave did get scared. The plot was sometimes a bit… Read more »

Manas Gughan K, KEGS

The first reason I like this book is because of its encapsulating front page and blurb. I really liked the front page because it looked colourful and bright. I liked the blurb because it had sentences like “Soon. Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a quest: to save every dog on earth. And maybe even all of HUMANITY… Without actually leaving the room. The book itself was pretty exciting. I was able to feel my heart beating faster when reading the plot. I loved the twists and turns in the book, they succeed, and then, oops! Another problem! I… Read more »

Apryl Hammett

The Dog Who Saved the World The book that I just read (The Dog who saved the World) is really interesting. It has a wide range of vocabulary and it leaves you to think. It is about a young girl that meets an old, but very smart, scientist. It suddenly becomes a big adventure and allows the reader to believe that they are alongside the characters in the book. It also makes you go on the edge of your seat. I would read it again and again, it is such a brilliant book and I would recommend it to everyone!… Read more »

Olive - Hockerill Anglo-European College

This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I was gripped right from the first page! I really enjoy the author’s style of writing, as I have read many books by him. I feel like I can relate to the main character in the book as I also have a dog that I really, really love.

Oliver Cameron Porter @Sweyne Park School

This book was amazing, it was kind of slow at the beginning but as the book progressed it got more speed. the why it was written made me fell as if I was really there not lying on my bed, it was funny, anxious and exciting. my favourite part was right at the beginning where they are in VR and the scorpion runs after them . all in all I really enjoyed this book and its plot and also the layout of the book was absolutely amazing.

In conclusion you should 1000% read this amazing piece of writing 😀

Asli,Great Baddow High School.

The Dog Who Saved the World This book is all about a brilliant dog who practically saved the world from a very atrocious virus which was spreading around the world and making people very ill. This wonderful dog name is called: Mr Mash and he used to be a stray dog, then one day Georgie ( his owner), found him and decided to keep him. They had a Mission to save the world from this virus. Georgie called all her friends and went to a dome where you could use a 3D virtual programme to go to the future. Georgie… Read more »

Cait Great Baddow High School

In my opinion, the dog who saved the world is a dramatic mystery which catches your eye from the start the novel is about a boy and his dog helped saved all the dogs in the world from an illness. This storyline is cleverly structured it tells you information in depth and the points in the story are described in detail making it easier to understand. The moment that stands out for me is when Georgie takes the dogs for a walk on the beach and the author describes the scene perfectly, I could picture it in my head. The… Read more »

Dylan Great Baddow

The Dog Who Saved the World the Dog That Saved the World is a book that can leave you on the edge of your seat after every chapter. This book has everything: sadness, comedy, pleasure, suspense, adventure and horror. My favourite character is Mr. Mash because he is the hero of this book, the one that saved all of dog kind. However, my favourite part was when Georgie was at a near death experience because of the virtual scorpions in the futuristic virtual world. I would recommend this book children between the age of 6 or above. I would also… Read more »

kamila montgomery junior school

[spoiler title=” “]The dog who saved the world is really creative and you simply find lots of things which you might not know like the viruses around the world and that Georgie would do anything for Mr Mash even if its to climb throw a tunnel of dog poo or keeping a dog in the barn and its became officially illegal at the time.

Ben Great Baddow

I found the dog who saved the world is a jam-packed and adventure filled book. It made me want to know what happens next after I stop reading because of the great detail and enjoyment it brings to me when reading it. The author described the book well so it gave the reader the emotions of the characters and how the atmosphere was. I also liked the way that Ross Welford has given you some seemingly irrelevant information that ties into the story so it turns out a bit like a puzzle that you piece together as you read on,… Read more »

Imogen HAEC

I really enjoyed this book as it was exciting and well written. It was fun reading how the characters went on their adventures and had fun by going through a virtual illusion of the future as well as the real world. I rate this book 8/10 and recommend it to my friends and to anyone who likes adventure and dogs. It is quite easy to read but it was a good book.

Sarah, St Peters

This exciting suspense filled book is about a young girl, Georgie, who along with her best friend becomes part of a virtual reality time travelling experiment. Meanwhile, the future of all dogs ( and possibly even the human race) is in jeopardy due to an infectious disease. Only Georgie, who has had a glimpse of the future, can find the cure.
Anyone over the age of 9 who loves a fast paced, suspense filled book would love this.
Sarah – Year 6 teacher!

Bridget - Hockerill Anglo-European college

The dog who saved the world by Ross Welford I really admired this story and how it was written. I would definitely recommend it to ages 10-15. I feel like this book has mixed genres in the way that it’s written but if I had to decide, I would say that it’s mostly a sci-fi themed sort of story. The story was written in first person from one of the main characters which I think really helped in how the story was told and narrated. Although, there could have been different main characters in the story depending on who’s view… Read more »

Sally R

In the dog who saved the world the language is really descriptive but in some parts of the story I think the writer could make it a tiny bit more descriptive. I liked it because there was a real connection between Georgie and Mr Mash and the story was really emotional. It was amazing how such a small thing can make a massive change and save people’s lives, the writer really expressed that. It made me realise how important connections between people and animals are and how that can really help with things that help other people and save the… Read more »

Aaron.B KEGS

When I first saw this book, didn’t think it was going to be very good or have a winding plot, but when I started to read it I couldn’t put it down! Their was a load of drama, mystery and hints of comical themes every now and then which made you want to read and read and read! The main character, Georgie, lead a normal life until a dangerous virus spreads which she and her dog, Mr.Mashie try to prevent. Overall, a great book with a great plot and characters and I would give it a 8/10. I would recommend… Read more »

Paarth KEGS

Despite the slow beginning the rest didnt fail to deliver. It is one of my favourite books and i wish i could go back in time just to read it again because it was so funny and heartbreaking at the same time. Enchanting and great. The Dog who saved the world is a book in will always remember. Thank you Ross Welford.

Paula Hockerill anglo european college

I enjoyed this tale of courage, dogs family and friends, I admired how the writer explains his ideas through other characters when georgie talks about her feelings about Jesica. once you start reading Georgie´s adventures, it´s like the book pulls you into it to see if Georgie and Ramzy get to find the cure for the virus, once you get into chapter 40 you can´t stop wondering about adventures such as the lottery tickets or when they safe Mr Mash. My favourite part was when georgie goes to the furure with Dr Petrorious machine. Georgie and Ramzy are lovely characters,… Read more »

harvey s HAEC

i really enjoyed this book. I never wanted to stop reading it. When i read this book it took me to a whole new world. I recommended this book to all my friends and i hope they enjoyed it as much as me. I would rate this book a 9/10. Thanks to Ross Welford.


just great

Neela - HAEC

I really enjoyed this book. It was a mixture of adventure and sci-fi. I found the beginning of the story I found not very exciting but as I continued reading I got roped into the story as the plot thickened and became increasingly intense. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

Lysia Garrod The Sweyne Park School

I enjoyed ready “The Dog Who Saved The World” I loved the characters and my favourite part was the beach because I love it where Mr Mash chews the yellow swimming hat and won’t stop and later he smells of rubber. Overall it is a brilliant book and I would recommended it to my friends. I would rate it 8/10 because I love dogs and it was a brilliant adventure.

Aaron - Hockerill Anglo-European College

This story started quite slowly but got more interesting as it went on. Despite this, I was glued to the pages of this book the moment I started reading it. This is one of my favourite adventure and sci-fi books. I enjoyed how the story was split into small episodic chapters and I like how the book was split into 4 parts as it showed when something new was coming up. I rate this book 9/10 and I recommend it to people age 8 to 13.

Arabella montgomery junior school

I loved Gorge and Mr mash and how they saved all the dogs . I found it very sad but overall i loved it.


This story, The Dog Who Saved the World is heart-warming. Despite its slow beginning this book really makes you feel a range of emotions, with a rollercoaster of adventure and courage all packed into this book. Welford’s use of language is aimed at a higher age group than the audience (children to young teen) so you must delve deep into the words and picture the scene in reality, a vital and hooking element of a good book. The Dog Who Saved the World is unlike other books, science fiction, this means it can explore wonderful and surreal circumstances which makes… Read more »

Rafael W- Hockerill Anglo European College

I really enjoyed the book as it had lots of twists and turns. I found the middle the most interesting and my favourite character is Ramzy. 10/10

Alice Hockerill Anglo-European College

This book was a pleasure to read. At first it was quite slow,but it gradually picked up pace and ended up being a very exciting story. (It even included a chase!) Although the idea of a futuristic virtual reality was unlikely and quite far-fetched, Ross Welford wrote the book in such a fantastic and breath-taking way i was too into the book to pay any attention to logic. I person to the drama and kept me engaged in the book really enjoyed the fatal moments in the book where someone or something was at stake. This was because it added… Read more »

Sophie J - Hockerill Anglo-European College

The Dog Who Saved the World is a really extraordinary book and I would 100% read it again. The front cover is very breathtaking and artistic. It is vibrant and feels like it is speaking to you.The font size in the book is excellent for ages 9-16 and the content is suitable for the same age.
I would 100% recommend to anyone from Year 5 to Year 10 or 11.

will radwinter

the dog who saved the world is an awesome book there is a dog virus which is killing most of the dogs in the world mr mash catches the virus but manages to get better dr Pretorius makes a 3d version of the future and they go to the future and gets the cure and saves all the dogs in the world.