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The Ultimate Pet Handbook



An essential guide for young people with a passion for pets 

“As you read this book it will soon be obvious that Ben Dessen is no ordinary individual. From a very young age Ben has had a fascination with animals of all kinds. He has the greatest enthusiasm for the conservation of not only Australian wildlife, but for many other species that find themselves close to extinction,” foreword by Dr Harry Cooper BVSC OAM. 

From the tiniest ant to the largest whale in the ocean, Ben Dessen cannot remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by animals. Pets make great companions and loyal friends. They love and accept us just the way we are. Growing up with pets teaches us how to be more gentle, patient, and kinder to others. Opening our homes and hearts to pets can also help us care more about wildlife and the environment. 

Bringing a pet into your life can be the best experience ever, but it is one you need to take very seriously and carefully plan for. Whether you’re looking to get your first pet, or you’re an animal lover thinking about getting your next pet, this book is the ultimate tool for you. 

You’ll find everything you need to plan the perfect Pet Proposal to pitch to the adults in your life. Learn about awesome animals for you and your family to love in the Pet Profiles – from cats, dogs and guinea pigs to lizards, snakes, and turtles, and from stick insects to birds and fish.  By understanding what an animal needs, you’ll be able to give your special friend a safe, happy and healthy life. 

Ben Dessen has travelled widely to see first-hand how different animals are surviving in the world and holds a degree in Animal Science and Conservation Biology. He is a manager of one of the most modern and diverse pet stores in Australia and looks after the Reptile Department overseeing a collection of 300 reptiles, which has set the benchmark for the pet industry in Australia and around the world. 

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