Monday, 16 September 2013

A Hero's Tail - Writen by John Gaye

John Gaye

A Hero's Tail is a series of real life stories of the activities of the dog section of South Wales Police. 

The book is written to raise money to improve the accommodation for the dogs at SWP's training centre in Bridgend. It has a foreword  by celebrity dog lover, Paul O'Grady, and is available to purchase from the website:

The officers at South Wales Police Dog and Mounted Section need to update the facilities for their service partners and four legged friends. However, there are simply no funds available in the public purse and rather than accept the situation, they have pursued other opportunities to raise funds!

The Idea:

South Wales Police officers gave Wood Green the true life stories of their adventures with their four legged partners. These stories were then collated and 'A Hero's Tail' was written and published! 

This project is a joint collaboration between SWP, Dogs Trust and Wood Green, The Animals Charity. Nothing like this had ever been attempted let alone achieved anywhere in the world as far as we are aware. It truly is a ground breaking initiative and something we are very proud of.

Cardiff Castle

The First Launch:

The first book launch was held on Sunday 8th September at Cardiff Castle. A great day was had by all with The Deputy Chief Constable, Matt Jukes, introducing the book together with Dennis Green from Wood Green.

Deputy Chief Constable, Matt Jukes
Dennis Green

PC Emma Viant

PC Emma Viant was one of the contributors to the stories in the book and also helped compile the stories as time went on.

PC Mike Newman, pictured below was one of the dog handlers, a contributor, and driving force behind the book.

PC Mike Newman (Left)

Mark Hobrough and Lady

Inspector Mark Hobrough was the book's instigator and commands the SWP Mounted and Dog Section. He and his dog, Lady, feature on the front cover.

Dennis Baker of Wood Green and his wife Nerys, illustrator of the book.

Sir Henry and Lady Boyd-Carpenter with Clive Byles of Wood Green.

The Hero's Tail Team

We will be having a national launch into the Book Trade in London in early October, meanwhile the book is available from the website prior to it being available in bookshops around the country. 

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