Thursday 24 March 2011

New release!

Ever looked at your dog as he plays blissfully, or and thought you could learn a thing or to from how he lives his life? Check out our new book, Clever Dog! and find out how!

The dog is undeniably the most successful domestic animal of all time. He shares his life with ours, has integrated into our society, and won the hearts and minds of millions of us. We call ourselves dog lovers because we do sincerely love them: they are fully-fledged members of our family, and we have elevated them to positions of authority in the human world. Assistance dogs, protection dogs, detection dogs, companion dogs ... they all enhance our lives immeasurably.
Clever Dog! is a compendium of life lessons we can learn from our dogs, based on a combination of what we know about them and – indeed – what we think we might know about them.

Clever Dog! is now available from the H&H website priced at £9.99 (plus p+p)

Friday 11 March 2011

Now in stock!

You can now get your paws on a copy of our new book, Living with an Older Dog from our website!

Most dogs live longer these days, thanks to a greater understanding of what they need in terms of food, exercise, health monitoring, and medical care.
This book describes how to recognise and understand the changes – both mental and physical – that occur as your dog ages. It explains – with the help of unique and specially-commissioned photography – how to manage these changes successfully, and thus how to make the senior canine years more enjoyable and fulfilling for both you and your dog.
Exercise, diet, grooming, sharing the house with a younger dog, travel and holiday arrangements – all this and much more is covered in detail. There is also advice on how to work closely with your vet in order to manage your dog’s senior years, as well as sympathetic advice for when the time comes to say goodbye.

Living with an Older Dog is priced at £14.49 (including UK postage) and is available now from the Hubble & Hattie website.

Thursday 10 March 2011

Animals in the Arts: Byrons' Epitaph to a Dog

Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18th, 1808.

These are the words inscribed on the tomb of a Newfoundland owned by celebrated Romantic poet, Lord Byron. Byron apparently loved the dog, and it's hard to deny it when you look at the evidence.

Reportedly, when Boatswain contracted rabies, Byron remained with him and nursed him without fear of being bitten and contracting the disease. Boatswain was buried in a tomb much bigger than Byron's own, and this epitaph later became one of Byron's most famous poems. Clearly, Byron loved his faithful companion, and was not content to let his loyalty go by unnoticed by the world.

It's a lovely reminder that despite power, fame and fortune, true love and companionship are always available in the form of a dog. Byron puts it more eloquently than I ever could:

'[T]he poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master's own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone'
Lord Byron: Epitaph to a Dog, 1808

So if you're reading this, and you have a lump in your throat (be honest), now is the time to express your love for your dog. Not all of us can afford huge monuments, or have the words to put together a stirring ballad, but there are simpler ways to show your dog that he's appreciated...

Let us know what you do to show your hounds just how much they mean to you; be it a special dinner, a long walk, or a really good belly scratch.
Every dog is special, and we want to know about each and every one...

Thursday 3 March 2011

Remember me?

A few months ago we told you about Princess, the sad little puppy with mange so bad that she couldn't bear to be touched. Her only hope was a course of expensive antibiotics, and the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary were asking for donations to help care for Princess in her time of need.

Well, we've got an update for you! All that TLC paid off, and Princess is now a healthy, happy puppy looking for her forever home!

Princess is almost unrecognisable from the sad little hound she was when she first arrived at Bleakholt, and it's great to see her here playing with another of the rescue puppies at the sanctuary, and so full of life.
As well as her medicine, Princess received regular massages to help her skin repair itself, and stimulate hair growth. The extra handling time also meant that Princess' confidence was restored, and helped her on her way to having trust in people again.

Princess' story goes to prove what a difference people can make to the lives of neglected animals. You can read the full story here, at the Bleakholt website, or catch Princess hitting the headlines over at the Daily Mail website!

Happy World Book Day!

Hooray! It's World Book Day, the day to celebrate the written word!

To celebrate, we're offering a massive 45% off all our books today, and we've got something for everyone!

Stress heads will love The Complete Dog Massage Manual by Julia Robertson.

Find out everything you need to know about
massaging your dog and finding out a little more about how he's feeling in this insightful book.

Looking for a great story? Look no further than Winston... the dog who changed my life by Hilmar Klute.

Winston tells the touching true story of how Hilmar unexpectedly became a dog owner the day his wife came home with a puppy she finds abandoned in a city cemetary. Heartwarming and truthful, you'll love every page.

Want for something fun to do? New out today is
Dog Games by Christiane Blenski!

Discover a whole new world of fresh ideas for entertaining games for you and your dog, Using simple equipment that you can often find around the house, you can re-awaken your dog’s enthusiasm for playing games, and yours too!

There are loads more books for you to choose from, so get on over to the site and check it out! This offer is TODAY ONLY, so hurry and get your paws on your favourite title!