The lovely weather we’ve been having seems set to stay for a while, which is great news, although we do need to be especially mindful of the comfort and safety of all our companion animals, both inside and when out and about, and our special feature this month about animals being left in cars provides food for thought.
Of course, at this time of year, many of us are enjoying breaks and holidays with family – both two- and four-legged – and next month's issue of Animal Magic has a feature about just that, with a chance for readers to win three great H&H books that should accompany every trip we make with our canine companions.
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Worzel Wooface is back, in this beautiful, practical, childrens' book.
Worzel, the literary lurcher with 'issues,' is no stranger to Animal Magic readers, but this new book from Catherine Pickles (his Mum) portrays Worzel in a whole new way.
A warm and humorous childrens' introduction to Worzel Wooface, Worzel says hello! helps children understand dogs, and aims to help them gently make friends together. Told from a dog's perspective, it draws the child into Worzel's world, and teaches them how to be a dog's best friend.
The entire book is lovingly – and beautifully – illustrated, by Chantal Bourgonje, whoes watercolours bring Worzel's world to life in glorious, colourful, Worzel fashion. The rhythmic story-telling is supported by these entertaining and accurate drawings, showing children the secret body language of dogs. Each one was carefully checked by a canine behavioural expert, to ensure correctness and accuracy.
Endorsed by dog trainers, parents and teachers, and with guidance notes for adults, this book is valuable reading for all children with dogs, or anyone thinking of introducing a new dog into their family.
We love this unique, and genuinely usefull book, and we think you will, too … head over to the H&H shop now, and say 'hello' to Worzel yourself!
SKU HH5160 • Hardback • 20.5x20.5cm • £6.99 • 32 pages • 49 pictures, including 45 colour originals • ISBN 978-1-787111-60-8 • UPC 6-36847-01160-4
Also hitting the shelves this month at H&H HQ …
It’s July, and the Dog Days of summer are here. Also here is a fantastically funny new book from this brand-new comedy double act!
Animal Magic readers will be familiar with Ollie and Nina, from our regular cartoon strip, and from Facebook. Well, we’ve taken stock of the doggy duo's first book … Ollie and Nina and … Daft Doggie Doings!
Ollie and Nina are real dogs. They do all the things that real dogs do. However, unlike most real dogs, their Doggie Dad, Neil Sullivan, has decided to document their antics in a cartoon strip. Neil has over 25 years' experience in advertising, as a copywriter and art director, and has created hundreds of funny TV ads. He has always had a keen interest in writing and drawing funny children’s books and cartoons, and has now found the perfect muses in Ollie and Nina.
HH5065 • Paperback • 25x17cm • £9.99 • 80 pages • 50 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787110-65-6
• UPC: 6-36847-01065-2
Ollie and Nina's stories aren’t just made-up dog jokes, either: no publication of poor pooch puns, is this! Everything you see in these delightful cartoons actually happened. FOR REAL.
Of course, there may be a smidgen of artistic licence in the telling, you understand :)
Ollie and Nina are a proper comedy duo, and anyone who has a dog (and anyone who doesn’t) will be charmed and entertained by the affectionate, gentle humour in the daft doggie world of Ollie and Nina and …
You can keep up-to-date with Ollie and Nina on facebook … … and the latest strip appears at the end of this newsletter!
Even though Detector Dog only came out a short while ago, praise has been coming thick and fast, so we thought we'd share Dogs Monthly's Book Club review with you.
|From her career as a drug detector dog handler at HM Customs and Excise, training and behaviour consultant Pam Mackinnon has developed a successful scentwork training programme - Talking Dogs Scentwork (TDS) - which is opening up a whole new world of activities for dog and owner. After introducing small searches into her adult dog training classes, it soon became apparent that this could be a new, fun and exciting exercise for all. Now she's showing owners how to get started in ber training manual Detector Dog.
Scentwork is something all dogs can do, and shouldn't be confined to working dogs. It involves both physical exercise and strong concentration, which over time will improve your dog's fitness, as well as ensuring they are satisfied and snoozing on the sofa by the end of the day. Using this manual, these searches could easily be a new addition to playtime.
Scentwork puts dogs' incredible olfactory system to the test. In the book, Pam takes us through each stage of scentwork, starting with how to introduce your dog to a specific scent, starter searches and more advanced work, complete with colourful photographs and illustrations. There are a number of search ideas to try, including indoors, outdoors, baggage and vehicle searches, and you could be left amazed at just how well your dog succeeds. Once your dog has mastered the basics, there's advice on how to make the searches more challenging.
Even if you follow the stages carefully, you may still experience some issues, so there's a handy little troubleshooting section at the back that can hopefully answer all your questions.
If your dog works too quickly, or likes to pickup random items, the guide can help address these issues, too.
Enjoy watching your dog become a detector dog!
Review taken from Dogs Monthly, August 2017 issue. More about Detector Dog can be found in its October and November 2016 back issues … and at Hubble & Hattie, of course!
Click the logo to find out more about Talking Dogs Scentwork®
A Talking Dogs Scentwork® Manual
By Pam Mackinnon
Turn your dog’s favourite pastime into your favourite hobby – and have fun together!
Detector Dog guides you through the steps that will help you teach your dog how to detect a particular scent, no matter where it's located. Hidden in a bag, under a sofa, on a car, or up a tree, searching for this scent will turn your dog's favourite pastime into your favourite hobby.
SKU HH4963 Format Paperback • 22x17cm • 112 pages • 79 colour and b&w pictures
ISBN 978-1-845849-63-4 UPC 6-36847-04963-8
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Last August, we shared some useful tips on how to keep your pets cool on hot days in our Hello Summer! feature. Sometimes, though, we have no option but to take our pets with us when we go out … but wherever you have to go, never, EVER leave your pet in a car.
Over on our blog this month, we're reminding people NEVER to leave their pets in a car unattended. You may think your dog will be fine for 10 or 15 minutes. But you could probably be wrong.
On a warm day – an external temperature of 22ºC – the heat inside a car can rise to 47ºC within the hour. DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) warns that distress and suffering occurs for pets when temperatures go above just 25ºC for more than a few minutes.
Think you can wind down the window a crack, and pop into the shop for a few moments? On hot days, rolling down the window will simply not make enough differece, and just ten minutes is long enough to cause soft tissue and brain damage in a dog.
Just a week ago, temperatures here in Dorset neared 30ºC. In that sort of heat, less than 10 minutes in a hot car would be enough to cause permanent brain damage, and eventual death. And don't think that people leaving their pets in a car on such a day is uncommon: I alerted the police to two unnattended animals left in cars during just one day that same week. One was left for over an hour, but, fortunately, both animals were fine once removed from the car.
And it's not just dogs: last year, I came across a rather distressed cockatiel, locked in a hot car, with only a single window open, less than an inch.
Head over to our blog to read the full post, and to view advisory videos from Sergeant Harry Tangye, from Devon & Dorset Constabulary, from PETA, and an interesting attempt to 'sweat it out' from NFL Arizona Cardinals' player Tyrann Mathieu.
Not just dogs: you might just be able to see a rather distressed cockatiel in this cage.
Living life … TO THE MAX!
As you'll know, H&H is very much a dog-friendly office, and – thanks to H&H Publisher, Jude – we get plenty of pooches popping in to help us out … just like Max here …
… who doubles as a highly-effective paperweight!
Farewell to Liz and … uh … Pooch Brisket?!
If you've ever called or emailed us, chances are you've spoken to Liz, our Office Administrator.
Liz has now moved on to pastures new, and taken Pooch Brisket with her.
Wait … Pooch Brisket? …
Lizbeth and Maggie-May have been with Hubble & Hattie for some time, making sure that we give the best service and books to our customers. Keeping us calm, focussed, and on the ball during some pretty hectic times, they've both ensured that the office ran smoothly.
|Over the years, both have become firm friends with H&H staffers and visitors. You may recognise Maggie from previous blog posts – #BringYourDogToWorkDay, for instance, where Maggie played Official BYDTWD Warden, keeping everyone and everything present and correct. However, you may not recognise Maggie from her alternative names … such as, uh, Pooch Brisket. And Dinkatron. Not to mention Piglet-Pudding.
And who could forget her classic literary-inspired alias: Spraticus Finch.
In recognition of all that Liz and Dinka … I mean Mags … have done for H&H over the years, we wanted to show our appreciation in a way that would suit them perfectly. So, with Liz being particularly fond of Vegan food, what better than a fine selection of Vegan comestibles, and, of course, some Piglet-Pudding treats and toys. DOG treats. I meant dog. Oh dear.
For Liz, we thought a quick visit to our local deli, Olives Et Al, would be in order, and we soon emerged with two jars of posh olives, some tasty salad dressings and sauces, and a whopping great tin of dolmades, one of Liz's most favourite foods ever. They only lasted a week.
Of course, even Liz can't live off olives and dolmades alone (despite her many protestations to the contrary). With a heat wave in full swing, and the great outdoors beckoning, we also gave her a compact portable BBQ … along with some broad hints about how nice it would be to be invited to sample her BBQ cooking. Very broad hints.
Spraticus Fi … *ahem* … Maggie was well catered for, too: plenty of fuss, ear rubs, some mini doggy squeaky tennis balls (topical, of course), and a bumper bag of her all-time favourite morning treat: dried sprats.
"Top yummers," as Liz would say.
We’d like to wish them both all the best in all of their future endeavours, and look forward to sampling some fine Vegan BBQ cuisine. Any time.
I’m sure the invite will arrive soon.
So, thanks, guys, for all your hard work: it just remains for us to say …
“Maggie; take a bow!”
The latest daft doggy doings …
We have a WIIINNNNEEERRRRR!
The winner of this month's voucher giveaway is …
If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the competition form – we include one with EVERY Hubble & Hattie book when you order direct from us.
Post it back to us and you'll be entered in our monthly draw … you could soon have a
£50 Veloce gift voucher winging its way to you!
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