Being a dog and/or dog owner in the UK should be easy, right? At least that’s what you might be led to believe. As a Londoner and relatively new owner of a young pupper of around 11 months, I’ve come to understand a few things. Things that don’t align with my romanticised fantasies of strolling through London with hound by my side, sharing plates of pasta whilst playing cat and mouse with the pound. Many a time have I caught myself regurgitating phrases like ‘it’s a dog’s life’ and ‘man’s best friend’ - and whereas this may be true in most parts of the UK, I’ve come to the slow realisation that things may not be quite what they seem in doggy haven HQ. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a country canine then you’re probably riding the easy train to comfort town but when it comes to London living, life may not be quite so simple.Read More
While I was happily searching for lizards, taking notes and some 'practical' photographs of the non-artistic sort, my husband, patient as he is, was happily making friends with the local cats and dogs we found on the island. As you can see, his photographs were a lot more artistic and so I thought that both him and the little guys he's photographed surely deserve a post of their own.Read More
Having exhausted all my book options over the two-week travel to Ikaria, I stopped by a WH Smith at Athens airport to find something to read (in English) to entertain myself during the flight back to the UK. I immediately spotted Brandon Keim’s National Geographic publication called Inside Animal Minds and knew that I was set for the flight.
The edition is split up into three chapters - intelligence, feelings and relationships. It starts with a brief introduction to the relationship between science and animal behaviour & thought processes throughout history. The introduction is further validated by summarising the contributions made by some memorable names within zoology and animal behaviour science.Read More