Hard though it is to believe, looking out my office window at grey skies and rain, spring has officially begun – and, apparently, 11 days earlier than last year!

If you’re anything like us here at H&H HQ, the better weather can’t come soon enough, and we’re celebrating that fact with some fabulous new books – details can be found inside our jam-packed March issue!

Also earlier this year by a whole month is the annual London Book Fair, at which we shall have a stand, as usual. We expect this to  be particularly colourful this year because of all the giant-sized posters of the great books we’ve got planned – see inside!
Have a great March!

Please contact me at jude@veloce.co.uk if you’ve any comments or points you’d like to make: I’d love to hear from you!

Jude Brooks,
Fantastic books (and where to find them)
It's a little earlier this year, but it's London Book Fair time again! 
Once again, we're attending the London Book Fair, and taking some eye-catching posters of just a few of our fantastic, new, and forthcoming books with us. This year, it's the 46th anniversary of the fair, so there'll be even more of that special literary atmosphere.
As ever, there's a wealth of things to see, hear, read, and do at the fair, from conferences, insight seminars, award presentations … in fact, there are over 170 events that you can attend at this year's LBF!

Along with our parent company, Veloce Publishing, we'll be attending for the whole duration of the fair. If you're visiting, too, why not pop along to Stand 2C10 and say hello? Come along and get the lowdown on our fantastic forthcoming titles.

If you're coming along, why not download the LBF app, it has an interactive 3D map, event calendar, messaging … loads of features!
See you there!
What's in store in 2017 …
We have a packed schedule this year, so in this edition of Animal Magic, we’re taking a look at the first half of 2017 … let's go …
HH5063 • Paperback • 22x17cm • £10.99 • 80 pages • 59 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787110-63-2 • UPC: 6-36847-01063-8
No March madness this month, as we reprint My dog is blind … but lives life to the full!
Rather than tell you about it ourselves, here's just a little of what Dog Training Weekly had to say (you can read it in full here):
"Mixed emotions when this book arrived from wonderful publisher Hubble and Hattie. Lost my own little blind angel Kyra a couple of years ago ... so pleased that a book such as this has been written to help anybody else in my position to understand the way forward. I write my review in Kyra’s honour.
This book is invaluable, really, to anybody who feels the despair of being told their dog is going blind: Kyra was tested and found to have PRA, and a book such as this would have been so incredibly useful at the time.
In conclusion, a really excellent book; one I so wish I had had at the time."
Dog Training Weekly
For us pet owners, being told by a vet that your dog is going blind can, understandably, feel like the end of the world. But for dogs, it's a little different. Unlike us humans, dogs don't have psychological or emotional attachment to such conditions – they simply adapt, and get on with the business of living. If you want proof, just take a look at Humphrey Spoodle, below …

Humphrey – with owner and Hubble & Hattie customer Tui Barron – enjoying a spot of down time down under in Australia …
… as you can see, Humf's sight-impairment most certainly does not mean fun-impairment!
The ‘merry month of May’ sees no fewer than three brand-new titles bolting from the Hubble & Hattie stables, with humour, healing and handling skills all covered …
Mike&ScrabbleToo is the latest ‘picture book for grown ups’ from Hove’s very own Mike Dicks and Scrabble. If you’re a regular bus traveller around Brighton or Hove, you probably know of Mike&Scrabble through Brighton & Hove Buses, which has teamed up with this dynamic duo to promote its dog-friendly bus services.
This book continues the comedic story of Scrabble’s attempts to train Mike. It’s a simple book, with lots a pictures and few words. Just how I like it.
If you're an avid social media consumer, you've probably seen Mike and Scrabble popping up all over the place. And it's not just online – the pair have appeared in Dogs Monthly and Your Dog magazines, too. 
HH5060 • Hardback • 17x17cm • £9.99 • 64 pages • 57 colour pictures 
ISBN: 978-1-787110-60-1 • UPC: 6-36847-01060-7
If you're popping on the bus in Brighton or Hove, you can take your pooch with you, too!
Also coming in May is a particularly interesting book from Dale Preece-Kelly that I can’t wait to read: Unleashing the healing power of animals.
Dale is an Animal Assisted Therapy Practioner, and is regarded as a bit of a worldwide pioneer in the field. Most of us will be aware of the use of dogs in animal therapy, but Dale has taken human/animal therapy to a whole new level.
Unleashing the healing power of animals details how ten animals (including one human) in need of rescue, overcame their own issues, and went on to help other people overcome theirs. Mammals … reptiles … amphibians … even insects …
Dale reveals, in this fascinating book, how therapeutic, healing connections can be made between humans and animals … no matter what species!

HH4956 • Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • £9.99• 88 pages • 32 colour and b&w pictures
ISBN: 978-1-845849-56-6• UPC: 6-36847-04956-0

Finally for May – and yet another book I can’t wait to feast my eyes on – comes another brilliant release for dog owners: Detector Dog. With the subtitle ‘Turn your dog’s favourite pastime into your favourite hobby – and have fun together,’ it’s not hard to guess what this book is about.
There are fewer people more experienced and suited to taking you through such a task than author Pam Mackinnon. Pam has been a professional dog trainer and behaviourist for 30 years, building on experience gained working as a drug detector dog handler for HM Customs. She is also a trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and a behaviourist for Wood Green Animal Shelters – not to mention being the founder of Talking Dogs Scentwork®. Yes, Pam is quite busy!
As if that's not enough to keep her occupied, Pam recently presented at WOOF! The Animal Behaviour and Training Conference … read more about that later in this newsletter.

HH4963 • Paperback • 22x17cm • £12.99 • 112 pages • 71 colour / 9 b&w pictures
ISBN: 978-1-845849-63-4• UPC: 6-36847-04963-8

July sees a release that we think will be very popular. And it’s very funny. Ollie and Nina are two real dogs. They do what all real dogs do. Unlike most other dogs, however, their ‘Dad,’ Neil Sullivan, has recorded their rather silly goings-on in a cartoon strip: Ollie and Nina and ….
If you’ve seen Neil’s cartoons in previous editions of Animal Magic, you know that he has a particular knack for capturing Ollie and Nina's unique spirits, and everything that happens in their world. And speaking of their world: everything you see in the book is real … it actually happened, folks. Now, of course, there may be a sprinkling of ‘artistic license,’ you understand, just for that bit of ‘Hollywood’ magic. But only a sprinkling.
We can’t wait to see what else Ollie and Nina (and Neil) have in store for us … no matter how daft their doggy doings are!
HH5065 • Hardback • 25x17cm • £9.99 • 64 pages • 50 colour pictures
SBN: 978-1-787110-65-6 • UPC: 6-36847-01065-2

Esther the Wonder Pig
Most of the time when we take on things, we have a fairly good idea of what we’re getting. Of course, animals are a different matter, but we still have a pretty good idea how Fido or Prudence will turn out. Not precisely, of course, but pretty close. Sometimes, though, things turn out very differently to what we expect … very different …
When Steve Jenkins received a call for help from an old school friend, he thought he’d help her out. She was a mother of twins, and now too busy to look after Esther – a pig she'd purchased from a breeder, who would, she was assured, only grow about as large as a cat. Esther came to live with Steve, and his partner, Derek, and after a month, had settled in nicely … a very happy little pig, and very intelligent … she could be trained like a puppy!
It was during an innocent veterinary checkup that Steve learned that Esther wasn’t exactly what she appeared. Esther was no mini-porker: she was a commercial stock pig, born and bred for food production. This was no cat-sized micro-pig, but a 200lb bacon factory!
By the time Esther was one year old, she weighed well over 250lb. Judging from her current weight and growth, Esther was heading for an adult weight of 500lb. To keep with the cat-sized theme, that’s about the same weight as about 80 cats. 

Of course, there’s a big lesson to be learned here: you can never be truly sure what you’ll get, especially with animals. One of the most interesting threads from this story, is how, despite Esther the Wonder Pig’s assuredly non-micro status, she still became a loved, cherished, and important part of Steve’s family. From first-hand experience, Steve and Derek learnt that Esther, just like other highly intelligent, sentient animals, was able to establish deep emotional and social bonds.

Not Esther. Still as cute as!
On a more profound level, as they discovered more about what Esther's life could have been like had they not 'adopted' her, and the conditions and treatment many farmed animals receive, Steve and Derek could no longer justify eating them … so they stopped! Now, we’re not ones to preach about such matters (too loudly), but it does raise an interesting question: how intelligent, sentient, and social does an animal have to be to not be killed for food?

Esther still lives (in a bigger house) with Steve and Derek. And she did, indeed, reach an adult weight of 500lb … and then went on growing: Esther is now a whopping 108 cats – SORRY – 650lbs.

You can read the article by clicking the link, below right. Why not pop along to Esther's website – catch up with her latest adventures and follow her on social media … and like Steve and Derek, you might learn a thing or two about how badly these wonderful, intelligent creatures are often treated in the farming process. As Winston Churchill once said: 

… if only we gave them the same consideration.
We can't recommend Esther's website and social media feeds enough. The website has plenty of Esther-y goodness, including an online store … there's everything from t-shirts and hats, to mugs, books, stickers … have a look: you won't be disappointed. There's even 'Esther's Kitchen' … where you can find and share Esther-approved recipes … yep: no meat here!



As we mentioned above, Pam Mackinnon is a busy lady. A former HM Customs drug detector dog handler, dog trainer,  dog behaviourist, and founder of Talking Dogs Scentwork® … not to mention an author. Well, as if that’s not enough to keep her occupied, Pam recently attended WOOF! 2017, the Animal Behaviour and Training Conference, as a speaker.
WOOF! was launched in 2013 by Chirag Patel of Domesticated Manners, a team of behaviour and training consultants working in the UK and internationally.
Held last month at the University of Nottingham, this year’s programme featured no fewer than 17 speakers, from across the whole spectrum of animal behaviour and its associated sciences. And WOOF! isn't only about dogs … it covers all animals. Even us humans.

The Talking Dogs Scentwork® (TDS) team
was on-hand throughout the weekend, and Pam’s talk on successful scentwork – ‘A nose job for your Dog’ – focussed on how TDS makes scentwork fun and motivating for pets. How? By putting a dog’s needs first.
As Pam says:

Our dogs are not tools of the trade. Scentwork should be about the dog, rather than the task.
Here, here!
As usual, there is plenty more information, photos, and videos of the event over on Facebook, and you can find out more about the work of Domesticated Manners, and meet the WOOF! team, over on its website.
Detector Dog will be published in May 2017.
A world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free
In our latest post on the Hubble & Hattie blogspot, we've highlighted the work of Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and its desire for a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.
We usually highlight charities that focus on land-based animal, but cetaceans … whales, porpoises, and dolphins … face a great many threats in the wild. Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC), however, is doing sterling work to secure a safe and healthy future for these majestic marine mammals
Established in 1987, it has grown to become a leading NGO in this field, operating globally from offices in the UK, North America, Latin America, Australia and Germany.
WDC's work is pretty varied – as is usually the case with such charities – but with 75% of the World's surface covered by ocean, it has an awful lot of … uh … water to cover. Along with the typical campaign work to engage the public and raise awareness, WDC also carries out vital field work and research, and education and outreach programmes, ensuring that people are aware of the threats faced by these animals
Public awareness is vital, of course, but so is communicating the science behind its work, and a large part of WDC's work involves advising governments on the latest scientific findings, and fighting attempts to restart commercial whaling, stopping the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity, banning the trade in whale meat, and managing marine environments to create protected areas … enough to keep them pretty busy, as you can imagine.
There's no better place to explore the WDC's work, and see its latest projects in action, than on its website. If you've children, checkout the WDC Kidzone … not only is it a great introduction to the issues confronting our seas and cetaceans, but there are also plenty of fun facts and activities. In fact, it's a pretty good place for adults to learn stuff, too.
Head over to the Hubble & Hattie blog to read more … find out all about the WDC's work … and about the fantastic Scottish Dolphin Centre …
Ollie and Nina and …
The latest daft doggy doings … 

Watch this space, and also check out the dippy doggies and their daft doings on facebook …

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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