It’s turning out to be a busy week at Featureworld with stories sold to magazines Closer, Woman and Bella in the last couple of days alone.
But as a journalist who also takes on commissions for publications, I am also currently searching for the following for articles I am researching …
* Pet owners who take their dog or cat abroad (yes, I know I take my cat Crystal on holiday but looking for other people who do this too…) for a summer holiday feature I am working on. I am particularly interested to speak to anyone with a problem over their pet’s passport, or who lost their pet cat or dog on holiday (this could be when you took Fluffy somewhere in the UK.)
* Families who’ve fallen out over Wills or who have been upset by how little was left to them by a relative.
* Spouses or partners of people who are suffering from dementia for a very sensitive piece.
If you would like more information about these features or know someone who might like to apply, please contact me here.
Alison gets stranded in Tenerife with family and pet CAT…
Thankfully Crystal likes travelling as she boarded a flight to Madrid and then had a two-day journey in a left hand German car back to the UK …
Thank you to all the editors who waited for copy and all those interviewees who patiently waited for me to return after I went on what was supposedly a very short break over Easter to Tenerife…
Tenerife WAS great – but funnily enough became less attractive when our plane was cancelled and we faced staying there indefinitely.
However, I ended up becoming caught up in this national story myself as we faced the issue of just how to get back to Blighty.
It was of course further complicated by the fact that Crystal cat travels on her pet passport whenever we go on holiday. This was her fourth time abroad but her first time on a plane. She had flown over with us and of course like us, had her ticket back as well. We decided if we got to Madrid on mainland Spain (Spanish airspace was open) we could then drive home. But our worry was would she be accepted on any other airline? After all, our original company did not fly to Madrid and many planes will not carry pets!
Fortunately Iberia allowed Crystal in the cabin with us to Madrid. From there we hired a car (she is used to travelling by road on our laps or curled up asleep on a car seat) and after going through eurotunnel, we finally arrived back – a little later than planned after going the very scenic route!
I would love to hear of other people who take their pets on holiday as we do!
Perhaps your cat or dog is even more travelled than Crystal, who is running out of space on her passport!
If you have a story about your pet to sell, then I would love to hear about it … simply go to the sell my story form here.
Several vets and health experts have contacted me recently about vaccinating dogs and cats. They are concerned that too many jabs (many are recommended yearly) are bad for our pet’s health. Now a group is asking for guidelines on giving injections to our pets to be looked at.
After some investigating, I placed this news story with the Daily Mail newspaper, and they printed it on Saturday. Meanwhile one owner told her true life story of how her beloved dog, Charlie, appears to have been affected by his routine pet jabs. From being a loving dog, he has become aggressive with autistic mannerisms.
If you have a health issue you would like me to investigate then do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trudi’s story about how bungling vets left scissor clamps in her dog for two years appeared in the News of the World newspaper.
Do you have an animal story to sell? If you want to sell a story about your pet, then email me at email@example.com
To read more stories like Trudi’s go to www.featureworld.co.uk