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A DOG CALLED DEZ

A DOG CALLED DEZ

Author - John Tovey with Veronica Clark - Publisher - John Blake

When John Tovey lost his sight at the age of 42, he thought his life was over. He was wrong, it was just beginning. John had followed a bad path drifting in and out of trouble. He was sent to improvement schools, a young offenders institute and eventually a prison. John was on self-destruct and thought nothing or no one could help him.

Then he became the victim of a vicious attack by a notorious train 'steaming' gang. John knew he had to take the witness stand. He bravely gave evidence which helped put the men behind bars but just as he'd started to turn his life around for the better, fate dealt him another blow and John went blind overnight. He lost everything, his sight, his job and his home.

Scared and alone, John asked for help and, thanks to Guide Dogs for the Blind, was introduced to a bouncy black labrador called Dez. Dez brought colour and light back into John's life and slowly he learned how to live again. It was a partnership made in heaven and in 2012; Dez won the coveted 'Guide Dog of the Year' award. With his loyal dog by his side, John stepped out of the shadows and back into the light.

Price: 16.49

BULLI - A CANINE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

BULLI - A CANINE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Author - Patsy's Bulli Off at Supremacy Assisted by Di Johnson and David Cavill - Publisher - RTC

Patsy's Bulli Off at Supemacy, the lager lout of the world of dogs, was created by Di Johnson for the magazine, Dogs Monthly in 1995.

With David Cavill, the then publisher of Dogs Monthly, she subsequently transcribed many of his columns for the magazine and Bulli quickly became a celebrity in his own right as he thought the unthinkable and said the unsayable. His material, which has to be said was nothing short of chaotic, has now been edited by David into a reasonably(!) fluent narrative - although Bulli's unique style, spelling and misunderstandings have been retained.

Price: 9.45

CANINE PERSPECTIVES

CANINE PERSPECTIVES

For over thirty years David Cavill has been writing about companion animals. Throughout that time he has been involved in the worlds of both pedigree and mongrel dogs: with their selection, their care and their training. He has been active politically both within the canine world and with it's relationships with charities, NGOs, government and local authorities.

His regular column in the newspaper Our Dogs, Speakers' Corner, provides a unique perspective on all facets of dog and pet ownership. The best of these and other articles have been brought together in this book.

His views are often controversial but always entertaining - as you will find when you read this fascinating series or articles

Price: 8.45

CHEWY - THE STREET DOG WHO BROUGHT A NEIGHBOURHOOD TOGETHER

CHEWY - THE STREET DOG WHO BROUGHT A NEIGHBOURHOOD TOGETHER

Author - Bruce Klein - Publisher - Ebury Press

The first time Bruce Klein caught sight of Chewy, this beautiful street dog captured his heart.

Chewy had been a stray since he was a puppy. Sometimes he travelled with other street dogs, but more often he made his rounds alone. Bruce began to feed this timid St Bernard Cross, and he soon met other locals who looked out for Chewy too.

The neighbours saw Chewy shivering in the winter rain, and knew it would only be a matter of time until the local animal control put him down. Bruce was happy to take him home, but Chewy was big and frightened. Rescuing him wouldn't be simple - the neighbours had to devise a plan ...

Price: 9.49

A DOG DAY

A DOG DAY

Authors - Emmanuel & Aldin - Publisher - Souvenir

Who could resist a dog who manages to wind a whole household round his paw while committing sins that deserve the harshest punishment? Greedy, always out for the main chance, not above taking revenge on the one person in the person in the house who doesn't like him, he remains utterly appealing. And with Cecil Aldin's pictures to bring him vibrantly alive, he has captivated generations of children and adults alike.

First published in 1902, "A Dog Day" has been continously in demand ever since. It remains Cecil Aldin's most enduring creation, and now appears again for a new generation, to delight all those with a soft spot for a wholly lovable scamp.

Price: 9.45

A SOLDIER'S FRIEND ( For children aged 9 plus)

A SOLDIER'S FRIEND ( For children aged 9 plus)

Author - Megan Rix - Publisher - Puffin Books

Sammy is a football crazy rescue puppy. Mouser is a fearless grey tabby.

Together they make an unlikely pair that won't be parted, not even by the First World War.

As the war rages in Europe, Londoners are sending brave animals to help the soldiers - and Mouser and Sammy are soon on their way to the trenches.

Boldly criss-crossing no-man's land they make new friends of every nationality - and reunite with old ones. But on the muddy front line, under fire and constantly in danger, will their friendship be enough to save them so they can return home together?

'If you love Michael Morpurgo, you will enjoy this' Express

Price: 8.49

DIARY OF A BARKING MAD DOG OWNER

DIARY OF A BARKING MAD DOG OWNER

Author - Jackie McGuiness - Publisher - Dolman Scott

This memoir contains over 300 pages of recollections about the author's chaotic life with Airedales compiled from numerous adventures sent by email to her sister.

All profits from the sale of this book go to canine rescue charities.

Price: 10.49

STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN PLEASE

STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN PLEASE

Author - Margaret Duckett - Publisher - Penquite

A Review

"Margaret Duckett allows us a glimpse beyond the veneer of dogshowing, into the reality of bribery and corruption in which 'winning' demands very different criteria than a nice showdog!

As a nonprofessional petowner I thoroughly enjoyed this novel; the easy-to-read natural pace enables the reader to identify with the characters, their relationships, and human dilemmas, whilst the alluring but cutthroat environment of dogshowing demands they act and change in ways which reveal human nature in a new and original way, hitherto unexplored in the world of literature. Highly recommended!"

Price: 13.49

DO IT AGAIN PLEASE

DO IT AGAIN PLEASE

Author - Margaret Duckett - Publisher - Penquite

The story continues in this fascinating sequel to Straight Up and Down Please.

Read more about this outrageous cast of characters in the world of dog showing - author and judge, Margaret Duckett dishes the dirt in this exciting sequel!

Price: 13.49

GHOST BOY

GHOST BOY

Author - Martin Pistorius - Publisher Simon & Schuster

In January 1988, aged twelve, Martin Pistorius fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating; then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told that an unknown degenerative disease had left him with the mind of a baby and he probably had less than two years to live.

Martin went on to be cared for at centres for severely disabled children, a shell of the bright, vivacious boy he had once been. What no-one knew is that while Martin's body remained unresponsive his mind slowly woke up. He could tell no-one but incredibly, his dog sensed the awareness in him and was able to alert his carers when he needed help.

He was a prisoner inside a broken body but then, in 1998, when Martin was twenty-three years old, an aromatherapy masseuse began treating him and sensed some part of him was alert. Experts were dismissive, but his parents persevered and soon realised their son was as intelligent as he'd always been. With no memory of the time before his illness, Martin was a man-child reborn in a world he didn't know. He was still in a wheelchair and unable to speak, but he was brilliantly adept at computer technology.

Since then, and against all odds, he has fallen in love, married and set up a design business which he runs from his home in Essex. Ghost Boy is an incredible, deeply moving story of recovery and the power of love. Through Martin's story we can know what it is like to be here and yet not here - unable to communicate yet feeling and understanding everything. Martin's emergence from his darkness enables us to celebrate the human spirit and is a wake-up call to cherish our own lives

Price: 17.49

GOING HOME

GOING HOME

Author - Cliff McNish - Publisher - Orion

At the Happy Paws Rescue Centre, every pet dreams of one thing: going home. But Ralph, Mitch, Bessie and Fred are the no-hopers: dogs so difficult or troublesome they aren't expected to ever go home. Ralph's face is scarred. Bessie can't stand to be touched. Mitch can't stop chasing cats and Fred... has just given up. Who'd want to adopt any of them instead of a cute little puppy?

But when Happy Paws reviews its policy of never putting an unwanted pet down, time starts running out for the dogs. Can they prove that they're worth a second chance? Will there be hope for the no-hopers after all?

Hardback

Price: 16.49

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

WAITING FOR DOGGO

Author - Mark B Mills - Publisher - Headline

No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo.

So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.