Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a dog lover. It's almost a year - 2nd August last year to be exact - since we adopted our beloved Tessie from a greyhound charity. There are so many dogs looking for homes and there is a real sense of satisfaction in knowing that you have given a home to a dog from an animal shelter. Probably the most famous of these is Battersea Dogs and Cats home, so I was pleased to be contacted by Random House recently about a new range of reading books for children.
In 2010, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Since 1860 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has cared for more than three million animals and every one of those animals has a story. Battersea Dogs Home tells the story of six of those animals: Chester, Rusty, Bailey, Max, Daisy and Misty. Each story is based on a real-life dog who turned up at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and will feature their photo and fact-file. You can read the first chapter of Bailey's Story here:
There is the story of Bailey, the shy but loving dalmation puppy, who is nervous of his new surroundings. Chester, the russet-brown lurcher who loves exploring his new home and making friends with the local dogs. Daisy, the cute border collie puppy adopted to keep elderly black labrador, Morris, company. Rusty, the terrier who loves jumping in the garden pond and even the bathtub. Max, the incredibly clumsy golden labrador retriever and Misty, the adorable beagle puppy.
All royalties are going to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - so buying this book really will help real-life animals find homes. The books are £4.99 each and are published by Red Fox, and are aimed at the 5-7 age range. The books are really charming, and even though Tall Daughter is 10 she still enjoyed reading them and she loved the feature at the back of each book on the real-life dog the story is based on.