Saturday, 29 September 2012

November edition in the shops now

It's out now and in the shops! If you want to find your nearest stockist click the button to the right and type in your postcode. We're also in Pets at Home. And if you can't find a copy close then do check out our website where you can buy just one copy postage free if you like or save up to 50% by buying more!
Front cover is the gorgeous Benny from Paul O'Grady's hit show For the Love of Dogs. Benny was the shy Rottie cross that had to overcome his fears to find a new home.
My editorial talks about another doggie TV show, Top Dog Model on ITV2. Just watched the latest episode and it was quite gripping after a shaky start! Did your favourite win?
Some nudity in our news section for a change... but it's all for a good cause! Hounds for Heroes calendar... no not Allen getting his kit off - check out for more details!
Rachael Millar writes a powerful article on the history and future of Dog Lost and we include the first of our regular columns - Lost and Found. Each month we'll feature two long lost dogs and one found.
Rachael also got to chat to lovely Ben Fogle this month, we've watched Ben grow up as dad Bruce has written for our mag since 1990!
And over the page there is proud dad Bruce! He's written this month about his family's love of Labradors.
Which fits in really well with Adopt Me this month, we've got loads of lovely Labradors looking for homes as well as lots of older dogs.
I loved writing about Paul O'Grady and his fantastic new show. I got the chance of getting the gossip of what it was like working with Paul and we've followed up what happened to some of the dogs featured in this fantastic show.
Rachael is back again with a great feature on cover dog Benny - now called Barney!
We've got a new sponsor for Adopt me - 8in1 and they're going to give a welcome home gift to every dog homes through our section! Wow!
Peter Neville's case history this month is about how to get an older and younger dog to get along.
Pet Behaviour counsellor Lynn Allardyce takes on the challenge of a collie who is unused to being left alone.
Karen Wild tells us how we can make mortal enemies cats and dogs the best of friends!
We have a wonderful feature of Medical Detection Dogs - wow! You will want to read this. Don't want to give too much away, but this is a charity that is just really taking off. All credit to Claire Guest and her personal story is amazing. As she says - so much synchronicity going on!
Lovely vet Richard Allport gives you some ideas of the best books to read if you're interested in natural pet care.
Good Boy is an inspiring story of a little dog can make a massive difference!
Sarah Whitehead looks at scaredy dogs and how to deal with fears and phobias.
Gina Stokes gives the latest installment in Strictly Pawroom - even if you're not keeping up with the whole routine - this month - how to train your dog to walk backwards. Fascinating! Have a go.
Victoria Stilwell on the power of play - may just look like fun, but it has huge benefits.
Terry Doe continues his contemplation of whether responsible people are often just too daunted to take the plunge and get a rescue dog while less cerebral types are jumping in without a second thought and making a lot of splash-back.
I Want One - win loads of good stuff this month. A portrait, a great new bed, Lily's Kitchen's new no grain dog food, Loads of squeezy Kong toys, 24 Nature Menu pouches, a bandana, a Doggie dressing gown that will dry your dog - great idea! And some fantastic pupcakes from the petpooch boutique!
Appeals will tug on your heartstrings as usual, and we feature Remus a Bulldog pup with the most terrible hips... sad story.
With Firework night fast approaching we go through the options to help you get through it... Christine in our office spends all year planning as her dogs hate the bangs so much.
Going green - we highlight the best eco-friendly dog ideas. Fascinating!
Did you know there are two types of Corgi? There's not just the Pembrokes that the Queen has. We put the limelight on the rarer Cardigan Corgi and they were throughly charming.
Allen Parton bring us up to date with Hounds for Heroes latest news.
We look at Puppy farming and two very different ways of bringing the message to the public. Pup Aid and the 7 days event.
Think Tank asks and answers - what questions should you ask when you are choosing a new vet? Heart problems, poor appetite in older dogs, what to do when there's a dog at training class who hates your dog, muddy paw solutions ways to show people your dog doesn't like other dogs, homeopathic antyi-anxiety ideas, shedding issues.. you name it!
Then there's the caption - great pic this month, just saying! - cross question, strange but true, crossword and Louise Harris is on Pat on the Back - did not know that her dog Lola was no longer married... after that big wedding as well!

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Win the meal of your life - that means the world!

Win a slap-up meal dinner you'll NEVER forget and support Hounds for Hereos!
Hurry - you need to enter tonight! Please pass on the word and get as many people entering as possible and as many donations to Hounds for Heroes as possible!
You will win a meal for two at the famous Gaucho restaurant in Hampstead, London NW3. Sunday September 30th. Up to a value of £150. And your dog can eat with you and choose from his or her own menu!

First thing tomorrow (Tuesday 25th) we will pick two winners.

All you have to do is - (apart from to be able to take up the prize should you win) - is answer this question "who is your hero?" 50 words maximum. Email me

We'd really love it if everyone who enters could consider making a donation to Hounds for Heroes Dogs Dinner Just Giving Page - just so Gaucho's generous gifts raises awareness and funds for this fantastic charity. Here's the link - every penny counts and the money will go towards training assistance dogs for people who put their lives on the line for Queen and Country.

If you're not the lucky ones - don't worry you can still join in the fun and dine with your dog at Gaucho!

On Sunday 30th September 2012, Gaucho Hampstead will be hosting their first dog friendly lunch which will be served on their Garden Terrance from midday (entry will be via the exclusive pooch side gate). Lunch will include, Champagne and Ceviche tasters followed by 300g of Argentine Grass Fed Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye steak. Each pooch will be pampered with their very own menu to select from including, but not limited to, an Angus Beef or Chicken pooch Empanada followed by a Beefy Bone, a blend of four classic Argentine Grass-fed Angus beef cuts (aged for 35 days). A donation of £5 per dog will be made to "Hounds for Heroes"." (£35 per person pooch's included)

To book your table email

But  email me not Jorge your entry!

Good luck!

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

You don't want to miss an issue...

Our October issue is now on sale!
Apologies, this is a first proof of the cover - some literals were spotted since this one. Perhaps we should have a competition to spot which they were...!

We've got the best ever subscription offer on at the moment. Really there has NEVER been a better time to move over to subscribing. It's 50% cheaper than buying it in the shops and it'll be delivered to your door before the shop copies hit the shelves. Click here!

Plus you get the chance to see your dog appear in one of Kevin Brockbank's famous illustrations...

So what's in the mag? The front cover in itself is a work of art to start with. Richard Horsfield is a photographer/artist that we've only recently discovered. (His Cane Corso Neo was featured in Sept's caption competition).
The cover is a digital painting of Richard's much missed Dobermann Tzen. Two years ago Tzen had a terrible accident - he broke his back on wet grass and sadly had to be put to sleep. We are very honoured to have this incredible tribute to Tzen on our cover.

My editorial letter is mostlytalking about the climax of our campaign against Lloyds and Halifax - if you remember they made a speedy retreat from pet insurance. The Ombudsman's latest response to this drama has been far from helpful.

Our news section is action packed as always and the main story of the month has to be our article about websites which carry free ads for pets and allow all sorts of horror stories to unfold.

It's a very strong piece and Rachael Miller has moved the debate along and opened up discussions with the press offices of all the usual suspects. A must read.

We have the last push for the Dogs Dinner, a really fun way to raise money for Hounds for Heroes,

We've got a couple of pages on rescuing Podencos next to a couple of pages of Podencos who very much would like to be rescued... what a coincidence!
There are 53 dogs looking for a home this month including a Bulldog called Bird and a Husky named after a Gold medal winner.
There are loads of others that we've all fallen in love with. Proof reading these pages gets us all falling in love again and again...

Some cracking Happy Endings stories to read - they always make us very happy!

Rachael Millar has been busy this month and the Tripawds feature which will cheer your heart. Watching the Paralympics has made everyone realise that you need to concentrate on what you can do, rather than what you can't and these amputee dogs are living life to the full on three legs and we've even got a Tripawd looking for a new home should you feel totally convinced... Grace does look a real sweety - just saying!

Our Good Boy story this month is an uplifting story of another three legged dog.... we don't just throw this magazine together you know!

Jemima Harrison has written us a brilliant article on recall. Anyone who has any trouble getting their dogs back should give it a read. Jemima had a masterclass from Pippa Mattinson and passes on some of the best tips. There's a really special offer on Pippa's new book Total Recall.

Alternative vet Richard Allport's column gives news of there being finally some scientific evidence that natural food is good for dogs and also points out that there's a drug being used that perhaps isn't such good news... he does like to push the boundaries does our Richard!

Lovely behaviour specialist vet Jon Bowen gives some sound ideas for getting prepared to cope with fireworks. Well worth reading.

Peter Neville deals with Whippets that don't come back when called - this month you really are spoiled for advice if you are having trouble getting your dog to come when called.

Vet and behaviour expert Hannah Lyon tackles how to deal with a dog that hates vets... it really is awful when you've got a dog that's poorly that gets even more stressed about going to the vet. Very good article.

Sarah Whitehead gets the 'best headline ever'  award... Fifty Shades of Spay. She unearths more evidence that maybe puts neutering in the spotlight.

The lovely folk at Honey's - (who you might remember were until recently called Darling's) are giving an amazing half price offer on their hampers. A perfect intro to raw feeding. So so have a read!

Gina Stokes is brushing up your doggie dancing with some more umbrella moves... would have worked really well in the Paralympics opening ceremony come to think of it!

Some people forget we have an Insurance Doctor - if you have ANY insurance questions or queries Neil Flint really is THE man. No one knows more about pet insurance,

Dog trainer to the stars Karen Wild grills Dragon Deborah Meaden about her three Hungarian Vizslas. We discover why these are the perfect dogs for Deborah but why she doesn't think people should fall for their looks alone as they need very special owners.

Guide Dogs encourage us to Go Walkies with a great new App!

The one and only Victoria Stilwell tells us how distraction can be the perfect training solution with an anecdote about cheering up her daughter by taking her to the dogs home!

We've got a Golden Years Special with lots of tips for getting older and wiser and giving Vintage dogs a sparkling old age.

In our 'I Want one' spread you can win a new bed, a portrait, a doggy bag to dry your dog, some lovely HiLife Nature's Essentials food and even an edible pumpkin treat!

Allen Parton has been out and about meeting some fantastic supporters and volunteers for  Hounds for Heroes.

Terry Doe gets reflective after losing a much loved relative and wonders if love is the thing we need the most to become good dog owners?

10 people can win a fantastic and substantial Natures Menu Hamper - you really are spoilt this month aren't you!! Has there ever been a better time to consider a more natural diet?

Our celeb editor Natalya Anderson gets to spend time with the lovely John Barrowman... it's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

Loads of Autumnal gifts for you to consider... really interesting stuff.

Postbag, always a good read - we love getting feedback!

Fido Facts this month on the Ibizan Hound - aka the Podenco! Bit of a themed issue...

Appeals this month will tug on your heart strings...

Pet loss and Obits always make up weepy - but especially this month because beloved Spud is featured. We had Spud on our front cover MANY years ago. You may remember Spud. An Australian Cattle Dog that could skip. RIP Spud.

Think Tank is full as usual. Older dogs, putting dogs into kennels for the first time, finding the right weight, what to feed a dog with lymphoma, house training an older dog.. lots more, too.

Caption, cross question and Crossword and Gabby Logan in Pat on the Back.

132 pages.
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October issue - on the shelves September 13th.
Let us know what you think of it! And don't miss the special offer - you can extend your sub if you like... just saying - it's a prize we'd all like to win! See the previous blog for some more example of Kevin's work...

Your dog could become a piece of art....

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 Here's a quick reminder of just some of the many pieces of art that Kevin has produced for Dogs Today.

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