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School's Out: Happy Holidays With Your Dog

School's out: Enjoy the holidays with your dog

The school holidays provide an ideal chance for you and your family to appreciate time with your dog. Fun in the garden. Walks in the park. Picnics in a meadow. Days by the sea. If he’s a quiet dog you could even take him to an outdoor theatre performance.child with dog on holidays courtesy of Pixabay

Generally, dogs are not solitary creatures; they love to be in the thick of it.

Caring for your family dog is a great teaching opportunity for your children too. Devise a rota and give each child a specific job. For example, one child feeds the dog, another child brushes his coat and together this would be a good time to give your dog a bath or shower with Dog Hair Day shampoo. Click here to buy. Regular daily dog walks are great exercise for the whole family and will get kids away from their screens!

If you’re looking to do something different why not explore some of the suggestions made by Dog Friendly Britain?

Please be responsible

And if you are going away for any length of time without your dog then book him into a kennel. Or send him to a dog-sitting service such as Barking Mad. Maybe have a trusted house/dog-sitter come to stay at your home.

Among all the fun activities remember that dogs are not simply here to entertain. Rescue charity Dogs Trust reports that they receive around twice the number of calls to its rescue centres when the school holidays are over.

Maria Wickes, Head of Dogs Trust Dog School, said: “While the majority of dog owners regard their dogs as valued family members it appears some may use dogs as four-legged nannies over the holidays and disregard them come September. In many cases dogs are not equipped to deal with the change in routine and may start displaying undesirable behaviour.” Dogs Trust urges anyone struggling to control their dog’s behaviour to sign up for training classes.

In fact, one thing you can do as a family is to take a training or socialisation class with your dog during the school holidays. This can be a very bonding experience and your dog will thank you for it.

Above all, enjoy the holidays with your best friend!

DISCLAIMER: While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied it is for educational purposes only. The author and Dog Hair Day can’t diagnose any physical, mental or behavioural condition in animals nor prescribe treatment. We urge you to consult your vet if you have any concerns about your dog.

Hot Dog!

Hot Weather Tips To Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe

We joke about our poor UK Summers but the recent run of hot weather reminds us that our dogs need extra care during these months.

Why are dogs at risk in hot weather?

Dogs can’t sweat in the same way as humans.  Therefore they have to release heat through their paw pads, nose and via panting. Their fur coats can be a hindrance too. Neither can dogs easily escape confined spaces.  Thus they are at the mercy of where we humans place them.


Heatstroke is a real risk and a high cause of death each year for dogs. Especially brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, staffies and bulldogs, are at high risk for heat stroke. Because of their short snouts they don’t cool air as efficiently when they breathe as do dogs with longer noses. Additionally, elderly or overweight dogs and those with pre-existing medical complaints are also high risk but all dogs can develop heatstroke surprisingly quickly.

Warning signs: thirst, rapid breathing, weakness, an increased heart rate, dry gums, red tongue, an increased temperature.

Some top tips to ensure that your dog stays cool and safe during hot weather.

At Home
  • Give your dog room to move around at home. Additionally, open windows and turn on air conditioning if you have it.dogs swimming in hot weather
  • Encourage your dog to lie on a wet towel.
  • Keep your dog hydrated. Also serve chilled water in your dog’s drinking bowl.
  • Prevent your dog from sleeping on flagged or cemented areas. Probably a grassy area under a shady tree will suit your dog better.
Out and About
  • Exercise your dog in the cooler parts of the day – early morning, late evening. Take water and a collapsible water bowl with you.
  • Make sure the exercise is gentle. Vigorous exercise can cause dogs to overheat.
  • While it’s tempting to let your dog swim in rivers and canals during hot weather this can be dangerous. They can get entangled in plants or debris or there may be harmful substances in the water itself.  Instead bathe or shower your dog at home in cool (not freezing) water.  All of our Dog Hair Day shampoos have cooling, uplifting fragrances.  Click here to buy Dog Hair Day shampoo.
  • Do not take an animal to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot and plenty of fresh drinking water. Bathe your dog after he has been in salt water.
  • If you do have to drive with your dog in hot weather turn on the car’s air conditioning. Never leave your dog unattended. Provide water in a bowl that will not spill over.
  • Consider having your dog’s fur clipped for summer.
  • If you suspect heatstroke contact your vet immediately.

 TAGS: dog shampoo, heatstroke, dogs in hot weather.

DISCLAIMER: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained here it is for educational purposes only. The writer of this article and Dog Hair Day can’t diagnose any physical, mental or behavioural condition in animals nor prescribe treatment. We urge you to consult your vet if you have any concerns about your dog.



15 October 2018 to 6 February 2019

A new exhibition will open this October to showcase the life and work of the celebrated Glasgow Jewish artist Hannah Frank. Hannah died ten years ago at the age of 100, after a 75 year artistic career. 

A major retrospective exhibition opened on her 100th birthday, 23 August 2008, at Glasgow University – with the artist herself in attendance.  Ten years on, Hannah Frank’s niece, Fiona Frank, is working with Glasgow University to commemorate what would have been her 110th year. 

This new exhibition will take place in the same venue - Glasgow University Chapel. It opens on Monday 15 October, with a reception and launch - including a kosher buffet sponsored by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) - on Sunday 14 October from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to which all are welcome. The exhibition runs till Wednesday 6 February 2019.

A programme of talks, events and workshops will run throughout the exhibition.  This will include an opportunity to spend a day examining Hannah Frank’s scrapbooks, papers, diaries and letters, which are held in the Hannah Frank and Lionel Levy Collection at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre at Garnethill Synagogue. See the Hannah Frank website from early October for dates and full details. 

In addition, with the support of SCoJeC and Glasgow University Internship Hub, a team of knowledgeable Glasgow University student volunteers will be on hand during the exhibition to run tours and tailored activities for adult or youth groups.  The student volunteers have a strong affinity with Hannah Frank, who drew many of her most striking black and white drawings while a young undergraduate at Glasgow University. They are also available to travel around Glasgow and further afield to talk to your group about her life and art. A short film about her life, which was made to celebrate her 100th birthday and launched in 2008 at the Scottish Parliament, can also be shown at these events.  

Glasgow-born Hannah studied English, Latin and Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University while simultaneously developing her artistic talent at evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. Her early drawings were published in the Glasgow University Magazine from 1927 to 1932 under the pen name 'Al Aaraaf'. During the war her drawings became darker. ‘Flight’, 1939, for example, links the plight of Jews escaping from the Nazis to the Exodus.  From the mid-1940s the drawings were light-filled, such as ‘Spring Frieze’, 1945.  In 1952 she turned to sculpture, studying under Benno Schotz at the Glasgow School of Art. She also illustrated posters and leaflets for many Glasgow Jewish organisations.

Her drawings and sculpture were exhibited for 49 consecutive years at the Royal Glasgow Institute and have also appeared at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. Her work saw a huge resurgence in popularity in the decade before her death; it has toured the width and breadth of the UK and in the United States including exhibitions at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Brandeis University, and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Centre in Connecticut.

·        Hannah Frank 110th Birthday Exhibition, Glasgow University Chapel: 15 October 2018 to 6 February 2019. Glasgow University Chapel, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow
G12 8QQ. Opening Hours 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri. Chapel closed Saturdays and Sundays. 



Long Form Content Works For Royal Enfield

I have proofread two articles for Royal Enfield India. These long form stories were about the links between Royal Enfield and the military, tracing the story from the late Victorian era to the present day. The author is Gordon G May, internationally renowned as a Royal Enfield historian. Here is a short excerpt: 

"In mid-1941 a new military machine came to the fore, the 350cc Overhead Valve single cylinder Model WD/CO. Apart from the cylinder and head, it was very similar in appearance to the Model C and largely shared the same format of engine bottom end, ignition and frame, although many of the parts were beefed up to cope with the bike’s extra power. More than 29,000 were built for the Army, RAF and Royal Navy, giving sterling service right through to the end of the war. However, it was another Royal Enfield motorcycle that was to become the pre-eminent offering from Redditch, the 2-stroke Model WD/RE, affectionately known as the Flying Flea."

Lucy's Law for Dog Hair Day

Lucy’s Law brings a timely reminder on taking care when choosing a puppy.

Lucy’s Law has been in the news a lot lately which seems very appropriate as this is the Chinese Year of the Dog.  This is a campaign to see a ban on puppy sales by pet shops and other dealers, a trade which supports commercial dog breeding farms and may lead to a change in UK law if enacted.

The government has announced a public consultation on the issue.

Lucy’s Law, if enacted, will make it illegal to sell puppies unless the mother is present, stopping sales by third party dealers.

The campaign was founded by Brighton vet Marc Abraham and the name Lucy’s Law is from a Cavalier Spaniel called Lucy who was rescued from a Welsh puppy farm and became a celebrity in her own right on social media before her death more than a year ago. The Mirror newspaper took up the campaign and it has gained support from vets and celebrities nationwide who want to improve animal welfare standards.

Naturally, we at Dog Hair Day welcome the opportunity for us all to have a say on a law which should spell the end of businesses that treat bitches as breeding machines, supplying often sick puppies to dealers to sell on to an unwitting public.  Until this law comes into being, it’s a good idea to do plenty of thinking and research before taking on a puppy.  We urge everyone to do this anyway. There are lots of sources of advice on this. Here is a link to the Kennel Club’s advice on how to choose a puppy.

DISCLAIMER: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained here it is for educational purposes only. The writer of this article and Dog Hair Day can’t diagnose any physical, mental or behavioural condition in animals nor prescribe treatment. We urge you to consult your vet if you have any concerns about your dog.

Judith Coyle, Theresa May and The Commonwealth

Who runs the world? I will – well, at least for a few seconds/minutes.
I have edited some words that will appear on some light boards (exhibition panels) that will be seen by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, and ALL the heads of The Commonwealth states.

They are meeting in April and just three UK companies have been asked to provide exhibition pieces. One of these companies is Royal Enfield. I edited and rewrote around 400 words that will be seen by these dignitaries.

‘Hopeless Love’ Mystery Solved by Graduate Trainee


‘Hopeless Love’ Mystery Solved by Graduate Trainee –

Exciting New Hannah Frank Information

Detective work by a University of Glasgow graduate trainee has unexpectedly solved an artistic mystery going back decades.

New information about the work of Glasgow Jewish artist, Hannah Frank, came to light thanks to Marisol Erdman, who has just completed a graduate traineeship at the university’s Archives and Special Collections.

Marisol has been researching the work of Hannah Frank, born 1908, and who was a student at the university between 1926 and 1930.

“I discovered that Hannah’s lecture notes contain some drawings and sketches she had made during her time here,” Marisol said. “I’ve been trying to connect some of the sketches in her class workbooks with some of her artworks to gain insight into her artistic process and the development of her distinctive style.”

She stumbled on an unusual discovery surrounding a pen and ink drawing from 1929 entitled 'Hopeless Love',

Marisol immediately contacted the artist’s niece and champion Fiona Frank to reveal her findings.

Fiona explained: “Marisol discovered via our blog that the piece had gone up for sale in 2010 but that the origin of the quotation contained in the illustration was unknown. The words, in careful manuscript, are 'a lady murmuring low words of hopeless love'. Hannah often used poetry such as that by Keats and Omar Khayaam, as inspiration and included quotations in the finished drawings themselves. We put out a call for information on this unknown quotation in 2010.”

She added: “This drawing, signed ‘Al Aaraaf’, Hannah’s pen name, was untraced for many years. It features a woman, facing the viewer, wearing a long dress. There are typical eerie Hannah Frank trees and a closely-drawn dark nightfall in the background. ‘Hopeless Love’ went up for sale by silent auction in 2010, along with three other drawings and a set of two woodcuts. It transpired that this set of works had been in a private collection in Norwich for 30 years.”

Through examining Hannah’s English lecture notes Marisol has found evidence that the quotation almost certainly comes from a poem written by Hannah herself.

Marisol said: “Opposite a sketch, which I think clearly resembles the finished drawing, there is a draft of a poem with lots of amendments. The amendments made to the verse suggest that this is an original Hannah Frank poem and if you look closely you can see the words 'a lady murmuring low words or/syllables of hopeless love'.”

Hannah Frank had a love of poetry as much as for art. While studying at the University of Glasgow, where she graduated in Arts in 1930, she had a number of poems as well as a series of drawings published in the University magazine.  A close look at the sketches reveals the words: ‘A lady dreaming…’ 'unearthly woeful words' and 'chanting' and possibly the word ‘dreamless’ – clearly ideas that Hannah was playing with before settling on the final version.  The sketch itself is labelled ‘Lady’, presumably a working title.

“It is particularly wonderful that this news has come to us in the month when Hannah would have been 109 years old.  Her birthday is 23rd August,” said Fiona.

A major exhibition of Hannah’s work took place at the University of Glasgow chapel in 2008, which Hannah herself attended for her 100th birthday. She attended the opening night, receiving a standing ovation and a reception in her honour was held in the Scottish Parliament.

Next year will be the 110th anniversary of her birth and the family is hoping for confirmation of a commemorative exhibition to be held in Glasgow.  

Hannah’s drawings and sculptures have seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last decade and has toured the UK and in the United States.

She died on 18 December 2008. In 2009 she received two posthumous awards: Glasgow City Council's Lord Provost's award for Art, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Hannah’s many diaries, along with her papers and those of her husband, Lionel, (who died in 2003) have been archived at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre.



·        Marisol’s blog post about Hannah Frank's student lecture notes and sketches is now available on the University Library’s blog:



Notes for Editors:

A rough transcription of the lines:

 ‘a lady dreaming on her hopeless seamless [or dreamless] love

 a lady chanting murmuring low

unearthly words syllables

of hopeless love

I saw a lady who

murmuring strange

[the next line is hard to decipher – but is scored out anyway]

unearthly, woeful words,



‘Hopeless Love’  by Hannah Frank, 1929.  The sketches from Hannah Frank’s lecture notes.

Marisol Erdman.


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Judith Coyle, Press for Hannah Frank Art

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How Effective PR Brought Art Nouveau Artist to Prominence

Case study - Hannah Frank Art

How Effective PR Brought Art Nouveau Artist to Prominence

When she was growing up Fiona Frank thought of the distinctive black and white drawings created by her aunt, Hannah Frank, almost as family members. But it was only in the early 2000s, when Hannah was moving into a care home and asked Fiona to distribute the large body of artwork among family members that she realised how important it was.

She secured two exhibitions in Lancaster, UK, but even Fiona, known for her tenacity, was struggling to make other gallery owners and art critics see the value of the work. “It’s like walking through treacle,” she told me.

I was immediately attracted to the stark beauty of the drawings and slowly we began to work together.

We identified that Hannah, born in 1908 and then in her nineties, was “the last living link to the Scottish Art Nouveau movement.” This became the driving theme of all the editorial I wrote, always working with Fiona to ensure the message was communicated as she wanted.

Our ‘story’ began to appear in the media and a well-received show ran at Lancaster City Art Gallery and Museum in 2004.

Fiona then travelled the length and breadth of Britain and along America’s east coast helping set up exhibitions, workshops and other events. I remained in the “back room”, tending to the PR work needed for this ever-developing story.  Each show was publicised in print and on broadcast media, whether that was BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour or a small newspaper in Staffordshire. Hannah’s work went on show in galleries from New York to Massachusetts, from Falmouth to the Shetland Islands.

Then came a major retrospective at the University of Glasgow to mark Hannah’s 100th birthday. The artist herself appeared, receiving a standing ovation from 200 distinguished guests. I overheard one of the organisers say, “Of course, she would receive such a reception – she’s Hannah Frank!” This was some turnaround from the days of walking through treacle. 

Our press release for this exhibition was used widely in the Scottish national media and in UK national, The Independent, as news stories and substantial feature articles.

We seized on new angles too. As Hannah was also a poet we ran a national Hannah Frank poetry competition. This involved schools across Scotland and thus brought her art to a whole new, younger audience.  The prestigious prize-giving was at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, which, of course, we publicised.

Hannah’s strong involvement in Jewish community life meant that we could write PR for the thriving Jewish press and a Hannah Frank drawing was used in a new edition of the Liberal Judaism prayer book.

Press releases also publicised art workshops, print sales, the launch of new products, such as Hannah Frank note cards, special offers and book promotions. The more publicity generated meant higher sales of Hannah’s prints which, in turn, meant that Fiona was able to pay for my services.

When Hannah died in December 2008 PR had to be handled sensitively. The resulting press release secured very extensive coverage in the Scottish national media and other publications in the UK. Her death was also announced on the BBC. Hannah was awarded a posthumous doctorate from the University of Glasgow and she also received from Glasgow City Council the Lord Provost's award for Art Both developments came about because of the increased publicity that we had achieved for her art over the previous years.

My work for the whole project has included writing regular newsletters, which go out to our long list of ‘fans’, writing and distributing press releases, co-authoring with Fiona, a book called Hannah Frank, Footsteps on the Sands of Time – A 100th Birthday Gallimaufry, writing and editing letters, writing articles for magazines, proofreading captions and compiling and maintaining our press list.  One challenging job was to write, with Fiona, text for the beautiful, heavyweight catalogue that accompanied the 2016 National Galleries of Scotland exhibition ‘Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965.’ 

The words of Sandy Moffatt, Head of Painting & Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art, said: “Her work will always be considered, when there's a discussion of art in the twentieth century, in Glasgow, and in Scotland.  I think her place is secure.” 

Why It Worked

·      Strong story that appeals on a number of levels.

·      Focused, organised client who was willing to delegate.

·      Patience and perseverance: understanding that PR is often a long game.

·      Snowball effect.  Once PR begins to appear in the media it becomes much easier to secure coverage subsequently.

·      Valuing accuracy. This is a story that spans well over 100 years, comprises a large body of work and a huge cast of people, dates, names, job titles, quotes and events. All needed to be checked before hitting the ‘send’ button.  

·      Client and PR needed to trust in the process – and in each other.

·       Project garnered help from journalists and other contacts, a loyal graphic artist, a talented filmmaker, interns and a host of other dedicated people.

Hannah Frank Art

Director: Fiona Frank

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