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IF ONLY I COULD TALK

IF ONLY I COULD TALK

Author - Tony Lewis - Publisher - Matador

This superb story has received nothing but 5 star reviews all round and the best way to describe it is to show what readers are saying about it!

"This book is a delightful, insightful, amusing, thought-provoking and all-round terrific read. Tony Lewis writes with such passion and his prose flows effortlessly. I defy anyone who even remotely likes dogs not to fall in love with Nelson, and for those of us who are true animal lovers, Tony provides a unique insight into the mind and world of our best friends"

What more can we say ..... but ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!!

Buy it - read it, it's great!

Price: 10.49


HERO DOGS REMARKABLE STORIES OF COURAGE AND DEVOTION

HERO DOGS REMARKABLE STORIES OF COURAGE AND DEVOTION

Author - Janet Menzies - Publisher - Quiller

This book of canine courage is published in association with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Cruft's 'Friends for Life'. Amongst the stories are that of Gander, the Newfoundland mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada who received a posthumous award for saving the lives of Candian infantrymen during the Battle of Lye Mun, Hong Kong in 1941. Echo, the search and rescue dog who has worked in Haiti; and the TEAM dog specially trained to work with congenitally deaf child and her family. This is a tribute to so many of man's best friends - and not only his best friends but his bravest as well.

Author, Janet Menzies is a professional author and journalist who works spaniels. She is a gundog correspondent for The Field and writes a monthly column on gundog training for the magazine. She has since made up three Field Trial Champions, notably with FTCh Gournaycourt Morag, placed twice at Cocker Championships.

Price: 14.49


JUDY - THE STORY OF WW 2'S ONLY ANIMAL PRISONER OF WAR

JUDY - THE STORY OF WW 2'S ONLY ANIMAL PRISONER OF WAR

Author - Damien Lewis - Publisher - Quercus

English pointer, Judy's uncanny ability to sense danger, matched with her quick-thinking and impossible daring saved countless lives. She was a close companion to men who became like a family to her, sharing in both the tragedies and joys they faced.

It was in recognition of the extraordinary friendship and protection she offered amidst the unforgiving and savage environment of a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia that she gained her formal status as a POW.

Price: 22.49


MY NAME IS MOOSE; MODERN LIFE THROUGH A DOG'S EYES

MY NAME IS MOOSE; MODERN LIFE THROUGH A DOG'S EYES

Author - Martin Usborne - Publisher - Portico

There is far more to this little book than meets the eye!

Martin Usborne has come up with a unique way to view his spell of depression brought on by the current recession - through his dog's eyes. Moose has inspired of him to turn something so negative into something positive which will be of help to all fellow sufferers - especially those with dogs.

It was Winston Churchill who first referred to his depression as his "Black Dog" and it is possible that those who have no experience of it might miss the point of this super book.

Martin's dog, Moose views the problem simplistically thinking that if he can chase the Black Dog away, Martin will no longer lie in bed all day and will be happy again. There are a lot of truths in this which will be helpful to depression sufferers and the photographs of this delightful little dog are sure to lighten the dark days.

Price: 12.49


PET WHISPERER

PET WHISPERER

Author - Sarah-Jane Le Blanc - Publisher - Pocket Books

Sarah-Jane Le Blanc grew up with no particular interest in animals. A down-to-earth mother of two with a job working with disadvantaged children, other people's pets didn't feature very highly in her thoughts - until an event in 2005 which changed the direction of her life. Over the course of several evenings, just before going to sleep, Sarah Jane kept getting a clear image in her mind of a dog called Dan, who had a sad story and was trying to contact someone. This experience led her to investigate animal/human communication. From taking on her first 'client' - a claustrophobic horse - Sarah-Jane's skills went from strength to strength. She soon realised she had a rare gift for animal 'clairsentience', being able to detect the emotions and past traumas of those who cannot speak, and to heal them with her thoughts.

Sarah-Jane tells her amazing story of how she became a real-life Doctor Dolittle. She uses what she calls 'soul-to-soul' therapy, which has helped countless pets and their owners resolve problems. Sarah-Jane's message is that animals suffer emotional pain and anxiety, just like we do. Her work proves that we can reach out across the species to communicate with the creatures that share our lives, as they too, can help us to heal ourselves.

Price: 9.49


SAVING SUSIE-BELLE

SAVING SUSIE-BELLE

Author - Janette Harvey - Publisher - John Blake

In the week before Christmas, a dog snoozed on a bed beside a log burner; warm, safe and contented with a belly full of food. But only a few months earlier, she had been huddled in the cold and filth of a Welsh puppy farm, shivering and starved, her belly empty of food but full of her latest litter of puppies. For six years, Susie Bell was trapped in a life of misery as a mere commodity: a puppy farm breeding bitch, tied up in the back of a putrid shed, never seeing the outside world and neglected to a horrific degree. She, and other unfortunate dogs like her, weren't even given a name. They were merely exploited to satisfy a demanding industry. Failure to produce enough puppies would have meant certain death. But for this little dog, peace came before death. She is one of the lucky ones - she was lifted out of the dark and grubby hidden nightmare that is puppy farming and brought into the safety of a new world. Now she shares a secure, stable home , experiencing nothing less than complete loving care.

Where once she was a scabby, nameless creature, she now has a beautiful name - Susie Bell. For this miniature schnauzer, life these days is good. Never again will it be anything less for this gentle soul, who has suffered so much at the hands of humans. This is the story of Susie Bell, and her road to recovery

Price: 16.49


TAILS FROM THE TAIL END

TAILS FROM THE TAIL END

Author - Emma Milne - Publisher - Summersdale

"Misty was ecstatic to see her owner but to the nurse’s surprise her owner just stood there and said, ‘What have you done with my dog’s head?’ ‘I’m sorry,’ replied the nurse, ‘what do you mean? She’s just been in for spaying.’ ‘That isn’t my dog’s head. The rest of it is my dog but you’ve put a different head on it."

On a crisp October morning in 1996, Emma Milne started her first job as a newly qualified vet, a career captured on camera for eleven series of television’s Vets in Practice. Now she tells the full story. We discover the numerous things that can get stuck in an animal’s stomach, how to stop a cow exploding, and, the biggest truth of all, that animals are easy to deal with in comparison to their owners. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Tales from the Tail End turn out to be stranger, and funnier, than you could ever have imagined.

Price: 10.49


THE DOG IN BRITISH POETRY

THE DOG IN BRITISH POETRY

Compiled by R. Maynard Leonard

Originally published in 1893, THE DOG IN BRITISH POETRY was the first ever anthology of poetry about dogs.

This work was a labour of love for its editor who collected 200 canine poems by the finest writers in British poetry - Geoffery Chaucer, Robert Burns, Lord Byron and Alfred, Lord Tennyson to name but a few.

This charming and handsome volume concludes with a section of fascinating scholars notes and indices of the poems by breed and by the dogs names.

Price: 12.49


THE PUPPY EXPRESS

Author - David Rosenfelt - Publisher - Sphere

When David Rosenfelt and his family embarked on a roadtrip across the USA to their new home in Maine, he thought he had prepared for every eventuality. They had mapped out the route, brought three just-in-case SatNavs and had enough snacks to feed an army. There was just one tiny complication - they were travelling with twenty-five rescue dogs: a sure-fire recipe for chaos. But having devoted their lives to rehoming thousands of unwanted and unloved dogs, there was no way they could leave them behind.

With nine volunteers, three motorhomes and several contingency plans, David and his very large, very hairy family set off on a journey that will test his patience and his sense of humour to the limits. This is a hilarious and uplifting tale of a canine cross-country adventure like no other; if David and his dogs make it to Maine in one piece, it will be a miracle!

Price: 9.49


PUPPY DOGS' TALES

PUPPY DOGS' TALES

Author - Cecil Aldin - Publisher - Souvenir Press

Few people can fail to be cheered and charmed by Aldin's mischievous puppies, which first came to life on the walls of his children's nursery.

Each evening, instead of a story, Aldin would draw a picture on the walls of the room until the drawings encircled the room, in the form of a chase with farmyard animals to add to the interest.

They became the inspiration for a series of books and from these drawings, full of zest and humour, the illustrations for this book have been selected.

Price: 10.74


SILENT HEROES - THE BRAVERY AND DEVOTION OF ANIMALS IN WAR

SILENT HEROES - THE BRAVERY AND DEVOTION OF ANIMALS IN WAR

Author - Evelyn le Chene - Publisher - Souvenir

An account of the many courageous animals who went beyond the bounds of training and duty to display selfless acts of devotion in war.

These animals have been the silent heroes of many wars over the last 150 years, from the Afghan Wars of 1879 to Rob, Britain's most decorated animal hero, who served with the SAS during World War Two.

With new research and eye witness accounts Evelyn le Chene places each animal's heroism in the context of the battle or campaign in which they served, including maps and a wealth of archive photographs (many published for the first time) to evoke the valiant deeds of the brave animals to have served their country.

Price: 21.49


VET ON CALL:  MY FIRST YEAR AS AN OUT OF HOURS VET

VET ON CALL: MY FIRST YEAR AS AN OUT OF HOURS VET

Author - Marc Abraham - Publisher - Ebury

When his father sat him down and told him to ‘make something’ of himself, young vet Marc Abraham decided to do it the hard way ..... by setting up an emergency ‘out of hours’ clinic.

If getting used to the long night shifts wasn’t bad enough, emergency cases are rarely straightforward. Whether it was dog who swallowed golf balls, or a gerbil in urgent need of a caesarean, every case had the potential for heartbreak. But animals and their owners could also be hilarious, such as the breeder who unwittingly gave his German Shepherd four testicles. . .

Over the course of twelve tough months, the clinic began to flourish. Would Marc finally make something of himself after all?

Marc Abraham writes guilelessly about his early mistakes, and the terror and joy involved in saving an animal’s life. His memoir is a heart-warming, compelling and thoroughly entertaining look at the life of a vet on call.

MEET MARC ABRAHAM ON OUR STAND AT CRUFTS AND HAVE YOUR COPY SIGNED!

Price: 9.45


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