On Friday 3 March, the best dogs from all over Brighton and Hove went for walkies to Zorian Artworks for a pup-tastic book signing to celebrate the release of’Mike&Scrabble: a guide to training your new human’.
Last month, we had the pleasure of interviewing the book’s Brighton-based authors – namely unlikely illustrator Scrabble the Jackshund and her human, Mike Dicks. The adorable and hilarious book came about after a kindly publisher emailed Scrabble asking her to get her lazy human to compile his drawings.
The book’s blurb reads: “There are many wise, practical, and academic books that explore the relationship between pets and their owners; Mike&Scrabble is not one of them. Instead, this picture book for adults gives an insight into the mind of a dog who has acquired a slightly damaged human, and sets about trying to train him.”
Dog beer from Snuffle in a delicious pooch-friendly flavour (chicken and beef) was on tap during the signing, and guests were treated to goody bags including water bowls and poo bags (charming) from DogBuddy. Well-behaved humans were also provided with refreshments – if their dog kept a watchful eye.
“It’s been glorious today,” says Mike, “meeting dogs from Brighton and meeting people that have followed Scrabble and I on Twitter or Facebook and suddenly figured out we are down here is amazing.”
He adds: “The stories that people tell are just amazing – it’s been a joy. You sit there on social media or writing in your PJs at your desk and you do get likes and affirmation from people – but when you meet somebody that’s actually touched by your story then it’s a whole different feeling.”
So, without further ado, here are our top dogs from the event.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without Scrabble. The loveable three-year-old Jackshund came into Mike’s life last year and motivates Mike to keep working on his grumpy days. “Scrabble is a bit dopey but I think she’s like my older sister,” says Mike.
Mike’s second book in the series, Mike&Scrabble Too, will be released on 5 June. You can pre-order a copy here.