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At last, the handbook all you cool cats have been waiting for! One hundred easy ways to discover the joys of a purrfectly obedient human. Though humans cannot speak cat, they vocalise repeatedly. Most of their vocalisations are meaningless and can be completely ignored. In urban areas, fun can be got from hunting human objects such as mink stoles or old underpants. For some reason this kind of prey is usually greeted with human laughter. To get a male human off an armchair, jump on the back of it, hold down his head with a firm paw and lick his bald patch. Purring right into the ear is one of the kindest ways to tell a human being that it is time to get out of bed. Don't miss Celia Haddon's new book, 100 Ways to Be More Like Your Cat - your guide on how to improve your life by learning from your cat!
My Life in His Paws is the story of the amazing dog who gave back someone's freedom and confidence. Wendy Hilling has a rare skin condition which means her skin is very delicate. Every moment is difficult and causes pain. It affects the body inside and out: her throat is very narrow and she can stop breathing at any time. But eight years ago Wendy's life changed forever. She met Ted, the Golden Retriever, and he became her full-time carer. He has saved her life more times than she can remember, always watching and listening, and Wendy is now entirely reliant on him. This is the story of Wendy and her incredible bravery living with a disability and battling against the odds. It's also the story of Ted, the extraordinary assistance dog, and the unique relationship between a human and animal and the extraordinary things animals are capable of.
"This hardback almanac is the perfect edition addition to any dog lover's library and a useful tool for anyone considering acquiring a four-legged friend for their household." - Countryside magazine (National Farmers' Union) "Provides a good read for those wanting a better understanding of their canine companion. For those working with dogs, in any capacity, the book is a must-read." - The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors "Divided in sections and beautifully illustrated with photographs, The Dog: A Natural History is a fascinating, comprehensive exploration of everything we know about dogs so far - in terms of biology, evolution, behaviour and their role in our lives and culture." - Dogs Monthly There are plenty of books out there about living with and training a dog. The Dog: A Natural History is something much wider-ranging: an in-depth look at every aspect of the species, from prehistoric origins to its biology, its behaviour, and its relationship with humankind. An initial chapter on Evolution & Development looks at dogs' ancestors. Chapters on Anatomy & Biology, Society & Behaviour, and Dogs & Humans follow, accessing the most recent studies on everything canine. From hunting patterns to diversity, and training methods to classification, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know in this comprehensive study. To finish, a canine Directory offers extended profiles and portraits of a range of the most popular breeds. From first to last, it's a book that will prove irresistible to anyone curious about how the dog gained his prime position in the human world.
In the frightening and uncharted world of war, servicemen and women could count on the transport given by horses and mules, the protection offered by dogs, the communication delivered by pigeons, and the solace provided by mascots and pets. from Loyal Forces At a time when every American was called upon to contribute to the war effort whether by enlisting, buying bonds, or collecting scrap metal the use of American animals during World War II further demonstrates the resourcefulness of the U.S. Army and the many sacrifices that led to the Allies victory. Through 160 photographs from the National World War II Museum collection, Loyal Forces captures the heroism, hard work, and innate skills of innumerable animals that aided the military as they fought to protect, transport, communicate, and sustain morale. From the last mounted cavalry charge of the U.S. Army to the 36,000 homing pigeons deployed overseas, service animals made a significant impact on military operations during World War II. Authors Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes deftly illustrate that every branch of the armed forces and every theater of the war utilized the instincts and dexterity of these dependable creatures, who though not always in the direct line of enemy fire, had their lives put at risk for the jobs they performed.
Everything you need to bring home a new puppy Across America and beyond, tails are wagging with anticipation. Why? Because puppies and the people who love them are eager for the update of Puppies for Dummies. Originally released and welcomed as a positive, loving alternative to the alpha dog philosophy of a popular celebrity trainer, Puppies for Dummies is now updated and more relevant than ever. This new edition covers the latest puppy training gadgets, tricks, and tips and offers expanded coverage on the latest training techniques, including new studies on positive reinforcement methods. This edition continues to provide readers with the trusted and proven advice that has made previous editions a success. Integrate a puppy in your life Explore the latest science of dogs Train a happy, healthy pup Raise and nurture a loving dog Rather than saying: "Uh oh, now what?!" new pet owners can be equipped with the best advice.
When you look into those big, gorgeous puppy-dog eyes, it sometimes seems all too obvious what your dog is thinking - namely, I love you. But there's more to dogs than meets the eye, and after delving deep into pup psychology we can now reveal the real thoughts behind those adorable faces. Find out what's going on behind those puppy-dog eyes when your pooch is desperately begging for food, why they insist on digging holes in the garden, and what they really think of your cutesy nicknames.
In National Geographic's comprehensive and easy-to-use illustrated pet reference, a renowned veterinarian offers expert advice on common health, behavior, and training for dogs, cats, and other domestic pets. Combining first aid, medical reference, and tips and tricks of the trade, here is your go-to guide for at-home animal care, focusing on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and more! Building on more than two decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Gary Weitzman covers topics including upset stomachs, house training, physical ailments, and behavior tips. The president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and former co-host of the weekly NPR show The Animal House, Dr. Gary brings a wealth of experience to essential veterinary questions, revealing basic first-aid techniques, when a trip to the vet is necessary, dietary recommendations, simple training techniques, necessary supplies, essential behavior cues, and much more.
Dogs Dinners' features inexpensive and practical ways to feed your dog a nutritious, balanced diet all from scratch! Debora promotes a method of natural feeding that fits easily into everyday life, as well as catering each diet specifically to your pets own individual needs.
Whether it's simply a few biscuits from time to time or the full from-scratch experience, it's a wonderful way to build up that very special bond between you and your dog. And who knows, you may even find some recipes that can be tweaked with extra seasonings, to make them as enjoyable for you as they are for your dog.
Featuring over 50 delicious recipes, the book begins with a helpful Dogs' Larder section, outlining do's and don'ts, easy swaps and quick snacks. Following chapters cover Everyday Eating, One-Pot Dinners, Taking the Biscuits (treats and biscuits), Special Occasions (your dog's very own birthday cake and Christmas Dinner) and Feel Better Food. Getting started needn't be daunting you probably have many of the ingredients you need to rustle up great meals for your dog in your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer already.
Beautifully illustrated throughout by Cinzia Zenocchini, this is the perfect book for any culinary-inclined dog lover. Bone appétit!
The incredible, moving and hilarious story of Cheeta the Chimp, simian star of the big screen, on a behind-the-scenes romp through the golden years of Hollywood. As heard on Radio 4, starring Jon Malcovich and Julian Sands. The greatest Hollywood Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, died in 1984. Maureen O'Sullivan, his Jane, died in 1998. Weissmuller's son, who first played Boy in the 1939 film `Tarzan Finds a Mate', has gone too. But Cheeta the Chimp, who starred with them all, is alive and well, retired in Palm Springs as an abstract painter. At the incredible age of seventy-six, he is by far the oldest living chimpanzee ever recorded. Now, in this extraordinary debut novel, James Lever uncovers the astonishing tale of Cheeta... Cheeta was just a baby when snatched from the Liberian jungle in 1932, by the great animal importer Henry Trefflich, who went on to supply NASA with its 'Monkeys for Space' programme. That same year, Cheeta appeared in `Tarzan the Ape Man', and in 1934 `Tarzan and His Mate', in which he famously stole the clothes from a naked O'Sullivan, dripping wet from an underwater swimming scene with Weissmuller. Full of humour, wit and emotion, James Lever's novel tells the truly unique tale of a monkey stolen from deepest Africa and forced to make a living among the fake jungles and outrageous stars of Hollywood's golden age. Cheeta's tinseltown journey extends beyond the screen, to his struggle with drink and addiction to cigars, his breakthrough with a radical new form of abstract painting, 'Apeism', his touching relationship with his retired nightclub-performing grandson Jeeta, now a considerable artist in his own right, his fondness for hamburgers and his battle in later life with diabetes, and, through thick and thin, carer Dan Westfall, his loving companion who has helped this magnificent monkey come to terms with his peculiar past. Funny, moving - and so searingly honest, you know it has to be fiction - `Me Cheeta' transports us back to a lost Hollywood. Cheeta is a real star, and this is the greatest celebrity non-memoir of recent times...
Cat lovers rejoice! The hugely popular Instagram feed, @cats_of_instagram, is back - this time in the form of an irresistible wall calendar. With a grid of four adorable and hilarious cat photos per month, this calendar celebrates the wide world of cats. Featuring famous felines, costumed cats, as well as cuddly kittens, this is the ultimate wall calendar for any cat lover.
Sunday Times Bestseller `Passionate and well-researched' Tatler `A must-read' Independent A social history of Labradors, and how they have become the world's most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter and long-time dog lover Ben Fogle. Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world. Not only a great family companion, they also excel at hunting, tracking, retrieving, guiding and rescuing. But where did the breed originally come from? How did it develop? When did black, yellow and chocolate Labradors first appear? Did they really all come from Labrador in Canada and are they really all related to just one dog? In this first history of the Labrador, Ben Fogle goes in search of what makes Labradors so special. Their extraordinary companionship, intelligence, work ethic and loyalty is captured by Ben as he weaves the story of the breed into his own story of his beloved Inca. Ben visits Canada, discovers hair-raising stories of early Labrador exploits and uncovers stories of RNIB Labradors and Labradors at war, Labradors as working dogs and every other manifestation of the Labrador's character. Exploring their origin, early characteristics, their use as gun dogs, as therapy dogs, as police dogs, as search and rescue dogs and last - and absolutely not least - as family pets, Ben tells the story of a dog breed which has captured our imagination and love for hundreds of years.
Meet THE BEAR - a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat, please? Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ . . . RALPH: handsome, self-satisfied tabby, terrified of the clothes horse. SHIPLEY: mouthy hooligan and champion mouser, rendered insensible by being turned upside-down. ROSCOE: fiercely independent kitten, tormented by her doppelganger in the mirror. And then there's Tom, writing with his usual wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand in hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats . . . or three cats and a sensitive poet who just happens to be a foot high and covered in fur.
Part of a great new series of comprehensive and accessible encyclopedias on our favourite animals, this is your definitive guide to the horse. Discover the horse throughout history and culture, its uses, anatomy, appearance and behaviour, and take in a wealth of practical advice on how to choose and buy a horse, care, health, breeding, tack and equipment, riding and training, and competing. Succinct clear entries cover all the main breeds of horse (nearly 200), split into ponies, light horses and heavy horses and organised by country. Helpful statistics and icons provide essential information at a glance.
The perfect gift book for cat lovers everywhere, showing how to measure your cat's intelligence in a series of easy and fun tests. How clever is your cat? Can your cat: * Make sounds upon request? * Predict a change in the weather? Or is your cat the type who * Falls of ledges while sleeping? * Continually runs into walls or doors? You can find out how smart your cat really is by giving him or her the Cat IQ Test -- a simple, four-part intelligence test. By observation and by using everyday household items, you will be able to measure your cat's co-ordination, communication, social and reasoning powers. Also includes: * Suggestions on how to improve your cat's IQ. * Comparative scores of other cats by age, sex and type. * A Certificate of Merit to be filled in and proudly displayed on completion of the Cat IQ Test.
An indispensable guide to the first year (and beyond) of dog ownership, this is also the first book to look at situations from the puppy's, as well as the human's, point of view. This essential guide covers: eating, sleeping, playing, training, socialising (both with people and with other dogs), problem-solving and building the best-ever relationship with your puppy.
You won't find a more loyal and loveable friend than you will in your dog. But if you're going to cope with its boundless energy, its insatiable appetite and its total disregard for social niceties, you're going to need survival skills: Think positively: You will get more exercise than ever before (whether you like it or not) Reassure yourself: The `mad puppy' behaviour should wear off after 15 years or so. This mischievous little book will help guide you through your role as a dog owner with tongue-in-cheek advice and cheeky illustrations.
Fluffballs Fuzzberta and Friends have been taking the internet by storm as they chronicle their lives via fancy dress, from highlighting the best of film and fashion to offering behind-the-scenes material of what they get up to in their spare time. Now this guinea-pig gang has collected its all-time favourite and exclusive photos in one book for all non-fuzzy beings to enjoy!
'Some say your previous cat chooses your new feline. If so, what in cat heaven's name was our beloved Cleo thinking when she sent us a crazy cat like Jonah?' Jonah entered Helen Brown's life not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had begun recovery from a mastectomy. His arrival coincided with the finalisation of her previous book, Cleo, as well as preparations for the wedding of her son and struggles with her daughter's determination to embark on a spiritual journey. Jonah, as it happened, was just as headstrong as Helen's daughter. So while Helen attempted to deal with her own mortality and help arrange a wedding, her daughter took off to war-torn Sri Lanka and Jonah fled down the street. In After Cleo, Came Jonah, Helen Brown writes with honesty and humour about family life, its serious setbacks and life-changing events. She also learns that sometimes the best thing a strong mother and cat slave can do is step back, have faith in those she loves and be grateful nothing's perfect. As Helen writes in her dedication, this book is 'to cats and daughters who don't always come when called'.
Whether you are thinking of getting a kitten, already have a cat, or are considering adopting a rescue moggy, this is the book for you! The chapters cover: breeds and types, advice on rescuing versus buying, feeding, training, sleeping and play, keeping your cat healthy, grooming, the pros and cons of indoors and outdoors cats, caring for senior cats, dealing with destructive behaviour and aggression, how to integrate a second cat and troubleshooting tips for all-round happiness. With adorable photos throughout, this wonderfully informative book deserves a place in every cat owner's home.
The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.
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