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Transworld Acquire World Rights In Haatchi & Little B

Posted at 2:34PM Friday 12 Apr 2013

Winners of the Cruft's Friends for Life award, Anatolian Shepherd Dog Haatchi and seven-year-old Owen Howkins (known to his family as Little B) are to tell their heart-warming story in a book to be written by Wendy Holden.

Haatchi had to have a severely damaged leg and tail amputated after being deliberately tied to a railway line in London and struck by a train in January last year. Just a month afterwards, he was adopted by the parents of Little B, who has a rare genetic condition called Schwartz Jampel Syndrome which causes his muscles to be permanently tense. In the past year, Haatchi has made a massive difference to Little B, who used to be painfully shy but now the pair travel the country taking part in fundraising events for charities. The once timid boy has learned how to socialize from watching Haatchi's naturally easy way with other humans.

Owen says: "Haatchi has changed my life. I didn't really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.'

Publishing Director Doug Young acquired world rights from Wendy Holden. The book will be published in hardback in summer 2014 and will also be available in an abridged version for younger readers.

For enquiries about US rights, please contact Helen Edwards ( or for translation enquiries please contact Ann-Katrin Ziser (

For further information please contact:

Patsy Irwin

Publicity Director, Transworld

020 8231 6650/07970 450139

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