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Books for the Dog Lovers | Christmas Gift Ideas

With Christmas just around the corner we thought we would share with you some of our favourite books which would make for the perfect gift for the dog lover in you life

Dog Show 1961 - 1978 | Hoxton Mini Press

When Shirley Baker began taking photographs at dog shows in the 1960s the hairdos of the owners were more impressive than those of their groomed canines. Not only a fascinating portrait of the phenomenon, Dog Show also captures the tender, amusing and at times obsessive relationship between humans and their dogs.

With an introduction by Lucinda Gosling. This book is published in collaboration with Mary Evans Picture Library.

Feed Me | By Liviana Prola

Pets are regarded as cherished members of the family, and their owners care about their health and well-being as much as they would their own. “You are what you eat,” as the saying goes – and it’s as true of dogs as it is for us.

More and more people are switching their pets to homemade meals as an affordable, well-balanced and tasty alternative to shop-bought food. Feed Me offers all the recipes and guidance to make the change to cooking your dog’s meals from scratch incredibly simple.

Delicious dishes include carrot risotto with seared beef, puffed rice patties, rabbit stew with potatoes and kefir, coconut-scented couscous, and quinoa with squash and lamb ragu.

With beautiful illustrations by Kevin Waldron – author of Phaidon’s children’s title, Harold’s Hungry Eyes – this book is the only companion you’ll need to make dog-friendly recipes full of real ingredients, love and tasty goodness!

 

Resident Dog : Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There | Nicole England

Stylish aspirational interiors feature each home's 'resident dog'. Rather than the typical house-by-house structure, this quirky beautifully photographed collection is organised dog by dog with insights about each of the canine residents

 

Design Hounds | Fetch and Follow X Four and Sons

Cheeky illustrations, heart-melting portraits, Snoopy mashups, wet mutts, Amy Winehouse, and more. 'Design Hounds’ is a treasure trove of dog-centric work from 50 international artists, illustrators and photographers, all in postcard format and available for purchase in a limited edition A6 book to help raise money and awareness for WECare, a charity providing free veterinary care and treatment to Sri Lanka’s street dogs.

Curated in collaboration with lifestyle magazine Four&Sons
A very special thanks to all the artists for their generous contribution and support.

Really God Dog Photography | Hoxton Mini Press

Dogs and photography have gone hand in paw almost since the medium was invented and our passion remains undiminished, with pictures of adorable, bright-eyed dogs all over the internet.

The photographs in this book offer an alternative to all the fluff. They approach the dog as a dignified, intelligent and noble being, and they consider our relationship with man's best friend for the extraordinary thing it really is. Elegant, beautiful, surprising, sometimes comical, full of drama and heart, these images show the world's best-loved animal in a remarkable new light.

Featuring work by 30 photographers including William Wegman, Alec Soth, Charlotte Dumas, Traer Scott, Tim Flach, Elliott Erwitt, Jo Longhurst, Dougie Wallace and many more

Bread and a Dog | by Natsuko Kuwahara

A food stylist who began her career as a pastry chef in a bakery, Kuwahara found Kipple on an animal-fostering website and duly adopted her nine years ago. Living in the Nakano district of Tokyo, she describes her beloved dog as “self-effacing and slow tempo, sometimes stiff-necked, but calm and peaceful. She lives at her own pace.” 
When Kuwahara began to upload to the internet some of the pictures she had taken, the mixture of tantalising meals and an inquisitive furry face proved irresistible and she soon found a sizeable following. The project has now been turned into a book, Bread and a Dog, which comes with recipes for the dishes that are teasing the mixed-breed pooch, such as black-sesame pancakes and banana-coconut muffins.

Fetch and Follow Stories | Emily and Daphne

Emily is the amazingly talented florist behind Design by Nature and with the help of her studio buddy Daphne runs her Creative Floristry Studio in Tottenham. We first had the pleasure of meeting Emily when we commissioned her to work on a dog themed floral centre piece for our Dogs + Design pop up store during London's Design Week. We loved the piece so much it now has a permanent place in our Hackney studio. 

We spoke to Emily about her life with Daphne and how this beautiful Lurcher already has a love for playing with flowers

Tell us about Daphne and how she came into your life

Last summer my boyfriend and I were on holiday in Wales where we met the most beautiful dog. After chatting to the owners asking them about the breed we were totally in love with this gorgeous, shaggy '40 mile an hour couch potato” lurcher.
 The dog was from a small family run breeders in Exmoor and had been named the Exmoor Lurcher. The original cross is Greyhound, Deerhound and Beddlington Terrier. We immediately got in touch with breeders and kept an eye on the potential of any puppies. 
 Fast forward 10 months and I had seen that breeders friend (who owned an Exmoor Lurcher) dog had puppies and we went along to visit them.

 We left London saying we probably wont get a puppy and set off on the 4 hours driver to Dorset with a make shift cardboard box bed and blanket (We were obviously kidding ourselves) At the farm we were met by a litter of 10 gorgeous puppies and the parents were the most beautiful dogs and so chilled out. 7 of the puppies had the grey shaggy hair and 3 were smooth like greyhounds. No one wanted the 3 short hair puppies so I felt like we should have one of them.

How does your Daphne fit into your general working day?


I’m a florist and I run my own floristry business in Tottenham. My working day often starts very early in the morning and I leave the house to head off to the flowers market at around 5am and Daphne is very much still asleep. By the time I’m back from the market its often around 7.30am so its the perfect time for a coffee and to take Daphne out for a morning walk.

After this I head off to the studio to prepare the flowers for the day and Daphne has a morning nap at home. Luckily my studio is 2 minutes walk from our house so I can head home and collect her at around 11am. Daphne then comes into the studio and enjoys helping me out with the flowers, by helping, I mean she will often find a flower stem to chew on or rip up some leaves.

 As start I so early, often the bouquets are out for delivery at around 1pm which means the afternoon is spent sorting through the emails and Daphne gets some well deserved play time in the studio. We normally head home around 5pm and off out for a evening walk. 

On the days when I’m working on a wedding or onsite at clients venue Daphne will either go to work with my partner, Ben or she has the best doggy daycare just around the corner where she gets to meet her friends and spend all day playing. 

When you’re not working where do you both like to hang out?

On the weekends we often find ourselves hanging out locally around Tottenham, we get up and out early on Saturday mornings and head to Tottenham Marshes for a walk. Daphne can sometimes find herself at one of the local breweries in Tottenham such as Beavertown or Pressure Drop or we head out for lunch with friends.

If we’re not in Tottenham then we may be in Devon, visiting family and letting Daphne run free. In the countryside or on the beach is where she is happiest 

What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk and what do you carry them in?

As Daphne is a lurcher we have to be especially aware of her recall and making sure its safe for her to run off the lead, so I always have pocket full of her favourite doggy treats as bait to tempt her back to us. If we’re heading out to the pub or somewhere for lunch we always take  Daphne’s comfort blanket. Its something she has had since we got her and she knows when the blanket is down its time to settle for nap. Daphne’s items are always carried in a pink and black Resident Advisor tote bag which is where Ben works. He often comes home with various merchandise from the office that facilitates as Daphne’s wardrobe.

What adventures do you and Daphne have planned for the rest of the year?

In November Daphne is coming along on a group holiday with some of our friends to Suffolk. The idea is long country walks, log fires and red wine (for us). We will be back in Devon again at Christmas and we are just applying for Daphne’s passport so we can take her camping with us next summer in France. 

You can follow Emily and Daphne's adventures together on the Design by Nature Instagram Page and check out Emily's work Here

Fetch and Follow | Dogs and Design Pop Up Shop

Situated on design haven’s Redchurch Street and open from 14-23 September, we are excited to announce our Fetch & Follow Dogs + Design pop up store. This concept dog shop is taking place during London's Designs Festival and promises pet-themed features and items for those who's dogs enjoy a lifestyle that is an extension of their own.

Celebrating all things dogs and in association with contemporary dog-centric magazine Four & Sons, a wall of postcards will exhibit the creative work of 50 different artists to help raise money and awareness for the WECare Sri Lanka charity that helps care for Sri Lankan street dogs. From photography from the likes of interior-loving Nicole England of @Resident.dog and personality-catching @thegregmurray to illustrators Walter Glassof of @walter_dogs and @susumukamijo, there will be something to appeal to all kinds of dog and design lovers. A complete book of all the postcards will be available to purchase with profits from each sale being donated to the charity, and visitors will be encouraged to take postcard/s of their choice from the wall in exchange for a token donation

In collaboration with furniture designer Dean Edmonds and dog toy company Kong, we have fashioned the famous ‘tough’ toy into a playful piece of lighting for the home.

Florist Emily Ayres from Design by Nature is also working on a floral inspired in store dog sculpture which will be taking pride of place during the 10 day pop up. 

We will also have a carefully curated section of our Fetch and Follow products available to purchase along with special items from our friend Malin + Goetz and a couple of additional surprises. To celebrate the opening of the Dogs + Design pop up, we will be offering cocktails, refreshments and nibbles throughout the day on Friday 14 September.

Dogs + Design by Fetch & Follow is open from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 September at 67 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ. Opening hours are 12pm to 7pm on Friday 14 September; 11am to 7pm Saturday 15 and Monday 16 to Saturday 22; 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 15 September and 11am to 3pm on Sunday 23 September. For more information contact us on woof@fetchandfollow.com