Thursday, 27 June 2013

Guest Post and COMPETITION TO WIN signed copy of Hudson and Me

Nicola Preskett is a Primary School Teacher, children’s yoga teacher and children’s author. She has recently published Hudson and Me, the first in a series all about her little sausage dog Hudson.

She tells Dachshunds in London; 
"I have wanted to write and publish children’s books for years, but the time and inspiration wasn’t quite there. I took a break from teaching, and realised there was finally space in my life for a dog. So along came Hudson. And with him came a whole new world.

"Being a novice dog owner, following my training manual, it was a steep learning curve. But the overwhelming love I felt for him was amazing. And everything he did made me laugh; his wonderful curiosity, snuggling nature, and untiring excitement. And he just looks so sweet and comical; the leg-body ratio, the funny waddle, the long ears flapping. On Clapham Common one day, watching him chase a particularly fat pigeon, the idea for the book came to me. I love children’s books, and with many years’ experience reading to a class, I knew Hudson was the perfect subject.

"I wrote ‘Hudson and Me’, illustrating it roughly myself. Then I found an illustrator to do a much better job!  Writing the series came easily. I wanted the books to encourage interaction between parents and their children, or teachers and their class. The writing is simple and fun, and aimed at both boys and girls (the main character being a girl, but a somewhat scrappy one in shorts!)"

Dachshunds in London is running a competition to win a signed copy of the book.  

Just answer the following question in the comment box below - competition closes on Sunday 7 July- winner chosen at random.

What is the name of the star of Nicola's new children's book?

a) Hudman
b) Monty
c) Hudson

Nicola J

‘Hudson and Me’ is available on Amazon at
He also has a website

Post a review on facebook or follow him on Twitter @HudsonandMe

Friday, 7 June 2013

Bertie's birthday walk for Mayhew

Happy Birthday Bertie! 

dachshunds in London member Julie and her 1 year old (today!) wire haired Bertie will be braving a 5km sponsored walk on Sunday at Hyde Park in aid of Mayhew Animal Home.

To sponsor Bertie visit

Members wishing to join Bertie on the walk can visit via the mayhew animal trust website for £10 that includes a free t-shirt; for adults sadly not the dogs! all finishers will get a medal and a certficate!

Good luck little Bertie - 5km is a long way when you weigh less than 5kg and are only 8 inches tall from front paw to shoulder!

Read all about his big adventure on his just giving page

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