Edwina Currie And Jo Brand Tell Of Pampered Pets For New Book


British celebrities including former MP Edwina Currie, actor Nigel Havers and comedian Jo Brand have revealed all about their pampered pets for a new book. The stars have written a few lines each about the relationships they enjoy with their animals to help raise cash for charity the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

The ex-Conservative MP Edwina Currie revealed she has a “big and hairy” German Shepherd called Sheba, while bling-loving darts player Bobby George said he owns five Jack Russells named Visa, Twopee, Fiver, Gilda and Cash. Only Fools and Horses star John Challis, who played dodgy car dealer Boycie, has a cat called Fluffy and TV sports presenter John Inverdale has a “soothing and reliable presence” in the form of his goldfish Motivator.

Author Sheila Collins, 65, spent six months compiling the anecdotes from almost 100 celebs to raise money for PDSA.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work and I cannot thank the celebrities involved enough. Without them, there wouldn’t be a book at all,” the former secretary, from St Austell, Cornwall, said.

“I loved reading their stories. Some were hilarious and others very moving – it was, you might say, a roller-coaster of emotions.”

Jo Brand, who has four cats, wrote: “Their individual personalities are an absorbing distraction from household chores, answering emails and contemplating my navel.

“I admire their self-possession and self-assurance – from total indifference to suddenly seeking my undivided attention – a bit like my husband!”

The actor Nigel Havers said: “My favourite pet is called Hottie. She belongs to my PA and is technically a witch as she has five toes on her front paw.”I gave her a designer coat from Los Angeles but forgot to buy my wife or daughter anything – I was too busy thinking of the grateful kisses I would get from Hottie.”TV presenter Matthew Kelly said he is still coming to terms with the death of his Old English sheepdog, Cassie.The Stars in Their Eyes frontman said: “She and I shared something quite extraordinary – an unconditional and total love.

“I still miss her but am always thankful that she decided to share her life with me.”


Pet Dogs As Bad For Planet As Driving 4x4s, Book Claims

Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book. Owners should consider doing without, downsizing or even eating their pets to help save the planet, according to a new book.

But rabbits and chickens are eco-friendly because they provide meat for their owners while a canary or a goldfish has little effect on the environment. At the same time a pair of hamsters do the same damage as running a plasma television, suggests the book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.

New Zealand-based authors Robert and Brenda Vale base their findings on the amount of land needed to grow food for pets ranging from budgerigars to cats and dogs. They say an average Collie eats 164kg of meat and 95kg of cereals a year, giving it a high impact on the planet. But a pair of rabbits can produce 36 young annually, which would provide 72kg of meat and help decrease the owner’s carbon footprint. Mr Vale, an architect who specialises in sustainable living, said: “There are no recipes in the book. We’re not actually saying it is time to eat the dog.

“We’re just saying that we need to think about and know the (ecological) impact of some of the things we do and that we take for granted.” He explained that sustainability issues require us to make choices which are “as difficult as eating your dog”. Mr Vale added: “Once you see where cats and dogs fit in your overall balance of things, you might decide to have the cat but not also to have the two cars and the three bathrooms and be a meat-eater yourself.”