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Get your one-stop guide for understanding and raising this popular pet lizard.
Reptiles are now kept in one out of every seven pet homes, so it's no surprise that millions have gone gaga for geckos. This fun, easy-to-follow guide provides the scoop on caring for these colorful, gentle creatures, with savvy tips on everything from diet and exercise to housing and veterinary care. The book covers how to properly handle a gecko, what to do if a gecko drops his tail, how to keep the right cage temperatures, ways to protect geckos from other pets, and where to find the best supplies.
Liz Palika (Oceanside, CA) is an award-winning pet writer with more than 45 books to her credit, including "Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies."
Tracing the history of the Arabian (or Arab) horse from before the time of King Solomon to the present day, the text by Peter Upton - author, artist and internationally recognized expert on the subject - begins by explaining the myth and legend, the true origins of the breed, and its recorded development up to the time of the Prophet Mohammed. The story continues with the role that the Arab horse has played in Islamic conquest and Arab history, highlighting the importance that Islam has always accorded `this most noble of animals'. Woven into this tapestry is the interplay between the Christian and Muslim worlds, illustrated by legendary and factual human anecdotes and peopled by fascinating figures and colourful adventurers, both Arab and Western. With its unrivalled range of illustrations, a comprehensive list of Arab horse organizations, registries and societies, a glossary of Arabic terms and a useful bibliography, here is the definitive book, in both words and pictures, of the noblest breed in all the equine world.
Written for all dog owners looking for hassle-free walks to enjoy with their dogs, this guidebook is beautifully designed and packed with stunning photography - giving dog owners access to 20 of the finest walks in Snowdonia. Areas include: Betws y Coed, Capel Curig, Conwy, Snowdon, Dolgellau and Coed y Brenin. With clear information, an introduction for each walk and simple, easy-to-read maps, this beautiful book will appeal to anyone who wants to venture out into the countryside with their dogs. The walks in the book cater for all levels of fitness and ability - from short walks along lakeshores to the more challenging hill walks. Having no stiles, the routes ensure hassle-free walks for both dog and owner. The simplicity of the guides and maps will appeal to anyone living in, or intending to visit, Snowdonia National Park. Due to its outstanding high quality and professional standard this book is real value for money and complements the Countryside Dog Walks - North East Wales book (9780957372207). Both authors are experienced walkers, qualified in mountain leadership and countryside management. This is another book in a series of Countryside Dog Walking books currently being developed throughout the UK.
Siberian Huskies For Dummies is the essential reference for Siberian Husky care and training. Find out about Siberian Husky history, where to find a breeder or other options, and how to show your Siberian Husky. Get expert advice on puppy behavior and training, correcting behavior problems, socializing, nutrition and exercise, plus fun activities. Also included is information on health issues such as common illnesses and chronic problems found in the breed.
What makes dogs truly special? Why does our relationship with them feel so much more deep and intense than with other animals? Any dog owner knows that the bond with their dog is unique. The unparalleled loyalty and total devotion of a dog seems the stuff of true love - but is this a whimsical construction that bears little relation to reality? Through ground-breaking scientific experiments and eye-opening historical evidence, canine behavioural psychologist Dr Clive Wynne unlocks the secret to our unique bond with dogs: their capacity to love, an unprecedented attribute in the animal kingdom. In Dog is Love, Dr Wynne debunks the myth that dogs possess a unique form of intelligence. Instead, he shows that dogs are able to show sympathy and can respond to human emotions in a way that is truly remarkable. One particularly moving study shows that dogs' and their owners' hearts beat in synchrony, just as the hearts of a loving human couple do. Looking at the evolution of dogs, Dr Wynne points out that it was the wolves' ability to form relationships with mankind, becoming indispensable hunting companions, that enabled the depth of love and affection between dogs and humans that we know today. Dr Wynne shares his experiences of hunting with the Mayangna tribe in Nicaragua and the vital role played by their hunting dogs to shed light on what the early human-dog relationship might have looked like, and explains the science behind what really goes on when a young pup grows up in a human family. This is a delightful, heart-warming and fascinating analysis of the unique bond between humans and dogs, perfect for anyone who shares their home with their dog and wonders just how much they love you. It will change the way you interact with dogs and help you get the best out of them in a way that will be truly life-changing.
Pippa Mattinson, dog-training specialist, tells you everything you need to know about training and caring for your new puppy. From preparing the house and garden before the puppy arrives, to introducing your new friend to all the family (including children and other animals), and solving problems like crying, night waking, feeding, upset stomachs, biting, chewing and jumping up, this book is packed with all you need to know as a puppy owner.
This title offers an alternative therapies for cat health and vitality. Features: an expertly written guide to holistic care for good cat health and well-being, helping to prevent ill health and maintain your pet's natural balance and harmony; understanding the link between body and mind: day-to-day preventative cat care, with professional advice on housing, feeding, grooming, exercise, worming, neutering and reproduction; an accessible guide to the major holistic therapies available in modern veterinary care: what they involve, how they work, and how your cat will respond; step-by-step instruction for alternative therapies to practise at home, including herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage and Bach Flower remedies; and beautifully illustrated with over 280 photographs from a leading animal and wildlife photographer, showing how each therapy and treatment is applied. A natural lifestyle in tune with your cat's needs will help maintain balance and harmony, and this book aims to treat the whole animal with preventative and supportive remedies. It covers day-to-day care, housing, exercise, grooming, nutrition and diet, and then focuses on therapies such as massage, TTouch, physiotherapy, osteopathy, herbalism, homeopathy, Bach Flowers and aromatherapy. It provides solutions for problems such as aggression, fear and jealousy, eye and ear disorders, digestive problems and skin irritations. It is a beautifully illustrated reference book which offers an invaluable guide to cat health for owners who want the very best for their pet.
The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think,
now in paperback.
Celebrating the most friendly, talented, and affectionate dog on
the planet, the Golden Retriever, this Smart Owner's Guide, created
by the editors at Dog Fancy magazine, offers the most up-to-date
and accurate information every dog owner needs to become a
well-informed caregiver for his dog. Illustrated with color
photographs of adorable puppies and handsome adults, this
easy-to-read primer is designed in a modern, lively manner that
readers will find user-friendly and entertaining.
With the imagination of a writer and the eye of an artist, Michael Korda doodled on the backs of old manuscripts in his tackroom while his wife, Margaret, was out riding. They loved and acquired cats-a habit written about previously in their book, Cat People-and the few in residence at this time would serve as inspiration for the drawings. These are no ordinary cat illustrations, though. Korda's cats read newspapers and books; go ice skating in the small country town where they live; comfort Margaret's horse, Monty, after a stressful vet visit; sell fried mice at the Farmer's Market, and undertake (on paper, at least) whatever fanciful endeavours their keeper conjures up. The result is a collection of magical pieces, filled with joy, that represent a year in the life of a couple in love with one another, and certainly with their cats.
When Gina came into Ottilie's life she hadn't expected to fall in love and thought that was all behind her. She was unprepared for the emotional turmoil that would overcome her. For a start, Gina was a fox - or that's what people said she was. How could she become so in love with a dog - which didn't even look like one - when she had a husband and two children of her own? As we follow Ottilie's love affair with Gina, we identify with the emotions and share a heart-stopping anxiety when Gina goes missing. Ottilie has no wish to disguise her own state of besotted affection, and this beautifully observed study of human and dog is viscerally real. It will appeal to anyone who has ever had a dog, cat, budgie - or even a fox. Talking to Gina, a debut graphic memoir, has been based on hundreds of daily drawn records of Ottilie Hainsworth's life. Her command of facial expressions and body language, of both humans and dogs, combined with a beautifully simple and fluid penstroke, and the direct, heartfelt epistolary text, draw the reader in to feel her love and pain.
Jane Bown is a legendary Observer photographer best-known for her portraits of icons from Beckett to Bjoerk. This is a charming collection of 100 black and white pictures of felines which reveals the same sympathetic eye and wit as her portraits. She captures the cats sprawling, prowling, lolling, playing, feeding and lounging. House cats, alley cats, show cats and kittens trip and gambol across these pages making this the perfect photographic treat for cat-lovers.
This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog. The hills stretch from the county border with Kent almost to Hampshire and were officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958. Explore Leith Hill, Box Hill and the Devil's Punch Bowl as well as the extensive footpaths and tracks including the famous North Downs Way, Greensand Way and the ancient Pilgrims Way. There are many open commons and rolling hillsides, dotted with rural pubs, market towns and villages, rich in wildlife and woodland, making the Surrey Hills an ideal place to walk your dog. All the walks include details of: * Distance and terrain * Details of livestock and stiles * Recommended dog-friendly pubs and cafes * Numbered route directions * Points of interest along the way * Contact details for the nearest vets David and Hilary Staines are the authors of many popular dog walking guides, including Kent: A Dog Walker's Guide and East Sussex: A Dog Walker's Guide.
Your chicken can do anything a dog can do if you train it right! Hens and roosters can be ordered go to the coop, perch on your arm, come when called, and generally respond and behave as you wish. This book presents an effective training program to get domesticated chickens to follow a variety of commands. Animal behaviour specialist Giene Keyes shows how to use the positive reinforcement of clicker training to effectively manage your flock. Giene explains how a chicken thinks and socializes, expanding the range of what you may know about communicating with animals. Dog owners especially will find that working with chickens helps sharpen observation and timing skills that keep your animal engaged. Training chickens is fun too! Amaze your friends as your birds perform tricks like circling a cone, turning around, sitting down, and recognizing colours and patterns.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A fascinating and hilarious glimpse into Paul's life at home in the country with his animals Paul O'Grady's Country Life for the first time gives a glimpse into the home life of one of Britain's best loved stars, alongside the animals he adores. Sometimes rural idyll, sometimes hell on earth, Paul's life in rural Kent has been shared over the years with some very vocal pigs, a mad cow, various rescued barn owls, the world's most sadistic geese and Christine the psychotic sheep - among many other animal waifs and strays. And of course Paul tells the stories of the dogs in his life - including the tiny chihuahua/Jack Russell cross with Napoleonic ambitions, Eddie, Miss Olga, Bullseye, Louis, Boycie and, of course, Buster, the greatest canine star since Lassie. In addition, Paul shares some of his favourite recipes, explores country lore and superstitions, and extols the benefits of growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit. This is a warts-and-all account of country living, as far removed from the bright lights of celebrity as you could ever imagine. The trials and tribulations Paul experienced on moving to deepest darkest Kent as a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller are every bit as hilarious and eventful as you would think. He had a lot of new skills to learn, and fast: everything from how to churn your own butter and how to birth a lamb to the best way to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down. Brilliantly funny and full of classic stories, Paul O'Grady's Country Life is your armchair guide to the wonders and horrors of rural existence.
Last year we published Alexandra Days captivating Hooray for Dogs. It was so warmly received that we decided it was only just that the cat lovers of the world have their say. Our most popular author, Welleran Poltarnees, volunteered for the job. He has shared his long adult life with a series of gray male cats, all named Charles. Hooray for Cats consists of many small sections, each dedicated to one of the many admirable feline traits, inlcuding playfulness, grace, secretiveness, sympathy, dignity, self-reliance and mischievousness. Poltarnees, our master of finding the right image for every thought, has reached in many directions for the illustrations, including childrens books, classic painting, and vintage calendars and advertisements. The result is a feast for cat-lovers.
Have you noticed how some dogs look like their owners? Or that certain people are drawn to specific breeds - like curly haired people and Poodles? Do you question whether it's really worth the money to take your dog to the Paw Seasons groomers or struggle to believe that Tindog (Tinder for dogs) is really a thing? The answers to all these questions and more are revealed in What Your Dog's Breed Says About You. Contained within are 25 brilliant profiles of the most popular canine companions out there, using a series of character sketches to detail the quirks and foibles of each breed and its owner. Take the Golden Retriever, shedding endless hairs onto the sofas of posh families in waxed jackets across the western world. Or the hardheaded Dachshund, who will belligerently resist any efforts to be trained by its control-freak owner. Also included is a section on The Issues, which covers key topics common to all dogs and their owners, like whether your dog should be allowed to sleep on the bed with you, the politics of poo, pampering your pooch and the ultimate dog diet. Finally, there's a fun quiz outlining the dog breed that you really should have.
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