The Animal's Companion
People and their Pets: A 26,000-Year-Old Love Story
Starting with the earliest known evidence of ‘our role as an animal’s companion’ – the paw- and footprints of a boy and a dog walking in a cave 26,000 years ago – this is a history, not of pets, but of pet owners. Discussing individuals from aristocrats to rat-catchers, Harvey examines our relationship to the animals that we regard as pets, whether goldfish or wombats: how we name them, communicate and connect with them, care for them and mourn their deaths.
Animal Tales from the Telegraph's Resident Vet
From the case of the killer worms to budgies with itchy beaks, Pete Wedderburn documents some of the most memorable mysteries from his many years in veterinary practice and as vet-in-residence answering readers’ questions at the Telegraph. Among his patients are a ginger cat with a bad cough, a Newfoundland who wouldn’t budge, and a parrot who refused to talk; and after each case of veterinary detection, there are owners’ questions and answers about similar problems.
The Secret Life of Puppies
A Dog's-Eye View of its First Year of Life
Blind and deaf at birth, puppies suffer the ‘terrible twos’ at 13 weeks and are awkward teenagers within a year. Illustrated with colour photographs, this companion to the Channel 5 series takes readers through that year in stages, incorporating useful facts, ways to care for your pet and step-by-step training exercises that will help to provide your canine companion with the perfect start in life.
Palaces for Pigs
Animal Architecture and Other Beastly Buildings
For hundreds of years, people have built elaborate, extravagant and downright eccentric homes for their animals. Wearing her scholarship with deceptive charm, Lucinda Lambton surveys hundreds of these flights of fancy throughout Britain and Ireland: elegant stables, a pyramid for poultry, a half-timbered dovecote, Sir John Soane's classical 'canine residences', a medieval palace for pigs, and a touching selection of pet cemeteries. In this engaging, informative and lavishly illustrated book, the British passions for architecture and animals meet.
Soldiers and Their Animals in the Great War
As well as the mascots, carrier pigeons and horses used by the army during the First World War, all manner of animals provided solace and interest for servicemen. Quoting letters, diaries and memoirs, van Emden follows the course of the war year by year, describing soldiers' experiences with animals, from entraining heavy horses in Birmingham to birdwatching at the front; and he also surveys the state of wildlife on the ‘murdered earth’ of the Western Front.
A Buzz in the Meadow
The Natural History of a French Farm
Conservationist Dave Goulson wrote a much-acclaimed study of bumblebees in A Sting in the Tale, and this sequel reports on how he bought a patch of land in rural France and set about making it a perfect haven for bees and a sanctuary for other creatures and plants. His account of his careful work demonstrates the intricate ecosystem of the meadow, and explains how the modern world is increasingly incompatible with this natural balance.