April 2015
 
 
Happy Easter! April is certainly off to a cracking start, and the rest of the month is shaping up to be just as eggciting (sorry everyone)! In this issue, we're celebrating National Pet Month, Glasgow's Ayewrite festival, and the arrival of our new book, Your dog and you! Plus, we've got the concluding part of our look at animals and wellbeing. Be sure to chick it out! (okay, okay ... I'm done now, promise.)
 
 
It's National Pet Month!
Celebrate your pets this April!
 
 
National Pet Month is a chance for pet lovers across the UK to come together and celebrate life with their pets. Not only that, but it's a fantastic opportunity to remind ourselves of how important it is to look after our pets responsibly, and to support the work of the many pet charities across the UK who work tirelessly for injured, ill and homeless pets.
 
There are loads of really simple ways to get involved and show your support. Check out the NPM website for some fundraising ideas, and to check if there are any events happening near you! You can also get involved via social media by liking the National Pet Month Facebook Page. For dog lovers, there's also Park Bench Facebook page, and Scratching Post for cat fans! You can also connect through Twitter – remember to use #NationalPetMonth hashtag when tweeting about your events or experiences!
 
Pets and the elderly
 
 
This year's theme is one very close to our hearts, pets and the elderly. Animals bring so much joy and support to the lives of older people; they provide comfort, companionship and mental and physical stimulation to many people who might struggle to find it otherwise. Charities, such as Pets as Therapy, make a big difference to the lives of nursing home residents by bringing animals to visit.
 
And don't forget our older animal friends, whose needs may change as they become seniors. Hubble & Hattie's range of care books, such as My Cat has Arthritis, My dog has arthritis and My dog is blind focuses specifically on caring for pets with age-onset conditions, and aim to help owners understand the needs of their animal friends, and ensure a happy and comfortable retirement for your pets. Visit the Hubble & Hattie site for more info.
This month is also a good time to raise awareness of older animals in rehoming centres who may be overlooked because of their age. Charities such as the Oldies Club work to ensure seniors find loving forever homes to spend their retirement years in. H&H's own Liz recently adopted an Oldie of her own, Maggie May, and the two of them have never been happier!
 
Competition time with H&H and National Pet Month
 
 
In honour of National Pet Month, we're giving away a copy of our fab book, My Dog, my Friend, every week for the next five weeks! To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us at info@hubbleandhattie.com with your favourite animal-related charity, and each week we'll pick our favourite to feature on the Hubble & Hattie blog and Facebook page! If we feature your charity, you're a winner! Remember, the theme is pets and the elderly, so we're especially keen to hear about charities which enlist the help of animals to aid the elderly, or those that help older animals. Good luck!
 
 
 
 
Paws for a cause ...
We're loopy for lurchers!
 
We first heard about Lozza's Lurcher Rescue from the lovely Maria Walden, who is running an online auction to help raise funds for the charity ... since then, we've been absolutely blown away by the care, compassion, and hard work that Lorraine Edwards puts in to running her rescue centre.
 
Lorraine runs Lozza's Lurcher Rescue single-handedly, at her home in Hertfordshire. The centre came about in 2012 through Lorraine's love of animals. Throughout the comings and goings of all sorts of animals over the years (including the odd skunk!), her passion has always been dogs, in particular Lurchers. Their intelligence and gregarious nature really pulls on her heart strings, and Lorraine's wish is to save as many as she can from situations which could result in animals being put to sleep.
 
Lorraine has had over 100 dogs in her care, with an aim to re-home them all (apart from the ones that end up living with her permanently!), and her primary concern is the wellbeing and safety of the dogs she recues, and the suitability of the homes they will be going to.
 
 
 
Lorraine's story is a truly inspirational one, reminding us that one person can make a very big difference to the lives of many. We were thrilled to be able to donate some of our books to Maria's auction, and we hope they help to generate some much-deserved funds for this incredible rescue centre.
 
If you'd like to take part in the auction, visit the rescue's auction Facebook page here, and for more information about Lozza's Lurcher Rescue, visit the website.
 
 
 
 
 
Aye Write 2015
This year's Glasgow's Book Festival has a Hubble & Hattie flavour!
 

What do William McIllvanney (godfather of Tartan Noir), Fred MacAulay (one of Scotland’s best known comedians), Melanie Reid (award-winning journalist) and Helen FitzGerald (writer of glorious black comedy) have in common? They're all contributors to our amazing book, My Dog, My Friend: heart-warming tales of canine companionship from celebrities and other extraordinary people, and they're all going to be reading extracts from the pieces they wrote for the book during this year's Aye Write festival!
The event will be chaired by the book's compiler, Jacki Gordon, and will take place at 1.30, 19th April at the Mitchell Library.
 

It's a great chance to hear some well-loved personalities speaking about their love of dogs, and to gain insight into their 'back stories' – how they came to contribute to the book.
 
For more information about this and other events, head over to the Aye Write webpage!
 
 
 
 
Meeting and greeting
Hubble & Hattie author Gill Garratt is out and about meeting some interesting people!
 
Our great new book, Your dog and you ... Understanding the canine psyche, is due out near the end of the month, and the book's author, Gill Garratt has been tirelessly promoting it – and having fun at the same time!
Check out this great photo of her enjoying an evening with the charming Gyles Brandreth – who was very interested in the book, and another of her and author (and dog-lover!), Patrick Gale! Fantastic, Gill!
 
 
Your dog and you will be available near the end of the month. For more info check out the Hubble & Hattie website!
 
 
 
Animals and wellbeing
Part three – Us and our animal's wellbeing

 
Us pet owners are a lucky bunch – as we've already discovered, our pets have a tremendous impact on our general wellbeing. From getting us out of the house for a spot of exercise, to making us feel better when we’re down, our pets definitely have the ability to enrich our lives.

Over the last few months we’ve looked at the various benefits our interactions with the animal world have on our general wellbeing. This month, we're turning the tables and looking at how we can be of benefit to our animal's wellbeing ...

 
 

 
 
Forget puppy love ...
... this month is all about kitty love!
 
Some of our regular Animal Magic readers may remember H&H's Kim's cat Leonard McCoy, and his grumpy attitude to his new little brother, James Cat. Well, Kim is pleased to report that, after lots of hard work, (and lots of cat treats!) the two are finally getting along ... and here's the proof!
 
 
Now, everyone say "aww!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quote of the month
 
 
 
For more beautiful quotes, visit the Hubble & Hattie blog.


 
 
This month's competition winner ...
 


If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the competition form which you'll receive with every Hubble & Hattie book when you order direct from us! Send it back to us and you'll be entered in our monthly draw, and could soon have a £25 Veloce gift voucher winging its way to you! Good luck!
 
 
 
 
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