It's May! Hard to believe it, but we're already almost halfway through the year! The sun is out, the flowers are in full-bloom and it's time to slow things down a bit and spend some quality time with friends and family – including our animal ones! We're also spending a week with that loveable Lurcher, Worzel Wooface, and taking a look at a fab new book, arriving later this month. Enjoy!
Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week runs between 16-22 May, and this year's focus is on relationships.
Having good relationships is essential to maintaining good mental health – in fact, just as vital as eating well, exercising and not smoking. In our busy day-to-day lives, however, our relationships often end up suffering. The Mental Health Foundation is encouraging the public to make a relationship resolution – to prioritise our relationships with friends, family and colleagues, and make time to really listen and be present for those we care about.
We at Hubble & Hattie are firm advocates of the positive effect animals have on our lives, and that our relationships with our animal friends is just as important as those we have with our human ones. When you're out walking, why not turn off your music or get off your phone and really pay attention to what your dog is doing. If you're playing with your cat, get involved and interact with her. When we're present for our animal friends, our relationships flourish and our wellbeing improves.
H&H's new book, When Man Meets Dog, takes a look at the special relationship we have with our pets – in particular man and dog, and explores the meaning of the human-animal bond from the male experience. Click here for a video featuring author Chris Blazina which explores the relationship between men and dogs.
Similarly, many of the stories in My Dog, My Friend focus on the relationship between humans and their dogs, and the positive effect this relationship has on our mental health and wellbeing.
There are many Mental Health Awareness Week events happening around the country. To see what's going on near you and get involved, visit the website. You can also help spread the word by using the #MHAW16 hashtag on Twitter.
New this month ...
Home alone and happy! – Essential life skills for preventing separation anxiety in dogs and puppies
HH4861 • Paperback • 20.5x20.5cm • £12.99
96 pages • 80 colour pictures
• UPC: 6-36847-04861-7
Why do owners wait until their dog becomes anxious when alone at home before investing time in teaching him how to become comfortable on his own? Owners often assume that their dog will sleep, yet many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress when left alone – and some owners only discover this when their dog becomes destructive, or a neighbour complains about his barking.
Home alone and happy! was born out of the need to educate pet owners before the problems of separation anxiety arise. Written for those who wish to maintain their dog’s emotional wellbeing, and those who want to take action before a very mild issue grows into something more serious.
Kate Mallatratt shows you the problem through your dog’s eyes when he is alone at home, and offers you valuable insight and advice to help make his time alone pleasant and stress-free. Beautifully illustrated, with worksheets to evaluate your dog’s level of contentment and chart his progress, you’ll learn how you can both spend quality time apart.
Home alone and happy!
will be available from the H&H website later this month. For more details, or to be notified when this book is in stock, click here
A week with Worzel
A very actual hinteresting week with Worzel Wooface!
Interview with Cath Pickles
What people are saying ...
We've already had amazing feedback about the book – the lovely people over at Bark! blog said Worzel should be at the top of your 'must read' list ... you can read the whole review here! Not only that, but check out these lovely 5* reviews from Amazon.co.uk customers!
Pet care infographic
Facts and figures to help keep your animal friends safe.
Did you know that half of all UK households have a pet? Or that you shouldn't give your dog or cat avocado? Our friends over at Wayfair.co.uk
have produced this handy infographic to help you keep your pet safe and sound. Click here
to check it out in full!
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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