Clever canines

Ann Derizzio and her Border Collie Socrates-who appears on the cover of her book "Clever Canines Can Cook".(Photographed at her dog school at Lytham Library).

Ann Derizzio and her Border Collie Socrates-who appears on the cover of her book "Clever Canines Can Cook".(Photographed at her dog school at Lytham Library).

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A LYTHAM woman is hoping she has the recipe for success to help a local charity in memory of her husband.

Ann Derizzio has put together a cook book with recipes for both humans and their four-legged friends in aid of Trinity Hospice.

After she lost her husband Tim to a brain tumour in April, Ann wanted to do something to help the Bispham-based hospice, which cared for him during the last five weeks of his life.

She said: “I run a dog school in Blackpool and Lytham and we usually hold a raffle and collect for charity every year.

“I just wanted to put something back to the hospice for the care they gave to Tim. The care he got was second-to-none.

“He was only 54, and it was an awful shock.

“I used to take the dogs there to see him and the staff were all so friendly and welcoming.

“A lot of the time people bring cakes in to the dog training classes, so they like cooking.

“So we just came up with the idea of a recipe book. It’s called Clever Canines Can Cook.

“It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, a bit silly – it’s written as if it’s the dogs writing it.

“We’ve got recipes for humans but also recipes for doggy treats too. So we’ve got things like Charlie’s chocolate button sponge, dog carrot cake and so on. There are a lot of treats!

“We’ve tasted all the cakes in the recipe book and they’re all really wonderful. We’ve already sold the books to local people, but one to someone in America and one in the Netherlands.

“We want to sell as many as possible to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.

“Once we have paid the printing costs, every single penny is going to Trinity.

“The book costs £10 or if you buy online, £13 - including postage and packing.

“It might make a nice stocking filler or little Christmas present for someone. It’s a nice book for anyone with a sense of humour.”

Clever Canines Can Cook is available online from www.thelittlebookstore.co.uk or from the dog training classes, which take place at Holy Cross Church, Blackpool, Wednesdays, 9.30 until 10.30am, and Lytham Library, Thursdays, 6.30 until 9.30pm.