A children's book


Carol Haselwood

illustrated by

Emma Horne

Best friends Ratbag and Piddlepuss spend their lives having adventures and getting into scrapes.  Join them and their family as they romp through the year having fun, falling out, making up, saving each other and making new friends along the way.

A heartwarming story of two furry friends and their four and two legged family.  Perfect to read to small children but easily read and enjoyed by older children – loved by adults too!

Just published – The Further Adventures of Ratbag and Piddlepuss – the family is joined by two new members in  a year’s worth of new adventures.

Meet the Animals

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Such a cute


Ratbag is a very handsome black and tan cavalier King Charles spaniel.  He is very sweet and affectionate, loves everyone and everything, and is especially fond of Piddlepuss

Real Ratbag puppy photo
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Is my best

friend really

a dog?

Illustration of Piddlepuss from the book


Piddlepuss is a small grey, white and apricot coloured cat, who loves nothing better than to be out having adventures with her best friend.  For a small cat, she has a very big purr

Photo of the real Piddlepuss
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All my

favourite toys

are pink!

Illustration of Auntie


Auntie is a beautiful Irish red and white setter.  She looks very dignified and wise, but in fact loves playing games and in particular enjoys teasing Ratbag.  All the animals love her and she loves them back

Real Auntie plus favourite toy
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I only pretend

to be scared….

Cuckoo Scaredycat drawing


Cuckoo is Piddlepuss’s sister, but where Piddlepuss is adventurous  she is timid and prefers to stay safely indoors.  She is a big fluffy cat

Photo of the real Cuckoo Scaredycat
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I am in charge

– really!

Big Momma illustration


Big Momma is a gentle Maine Coon cat, mother to Piddlepuss and Cuckoo ScaredyCat.  She is quiet by nature, but has a mischievous streak

Photo of the real Big Momma

"I really enjoyed your book, it brought back memories of my childhood pets. You did a wonderful job describing each adventure and the friendship between Ratbag and Piddlepuss. I also believe many others can relate to these adventures because most people have had pets."

Chuck N., West Virginia

Chuck N., West Virginia

Chuck N., West Virginia

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Keira ,9, Somerset

Keira ,9, Somerset

"I like the names of all the animals"

William (6), West London

William (6), West London

William (6), West London

Valerie H., Hertfordshire

Valerie H., Hertfordshire

Valerie H., Hertfordshire

This book is an absolute delight! Carol has captured the personalities of the various creatures featured to perfection, bringing the animals to life beautifully. I purchased several copies as gifts for some kiddies aged between 2 years & 10, all really loved this book. Absolutely enchanting. I just wish I had written it!

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Keira ,9, Somerset

"I bought this book for my Granddaughter who lives in the USA.
We enjoyed snuggling down together and took turn and turn about reading out loud. Full of interesting creature tales and adventures. A great bedtime wind-down.
We are both looking forward to hearing more from the lives of Ratbag and Piddlepuss. Love this little book.."

Ann T., Somerset

Ann T., Somerset

Ann T., Somerset



The author, Carol Haselwood, has always lived with and loved animals, starting as a very small child when she found an injured stray kitten and insisted on being allowed to keep her.

Since then she has shared her home with a diverse mix of animals – dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs and chickens.

She lives in rural Somerset with her two and four legged family.

The Adventures of Ratbag & Piddlepuss is Carol’s first book  and a sequel,  The Further Adventures of RatBag and Piddlepuss has just been published!

The illustrator and artist, Emma Horne of Two Blue Dogs Designs, is inspired by Sheepdogs and Scotland and aspires to capture both in her Watercolour Paintings and Photography.

Where to buy

You can buy the book at the following locations:

On the Brook Cafe, Bruton, Somerset

Happy Landings Animal Shelter, Pylle, Somerset

Cheeseyard Cafe, West Horrington, Somerset

And also online here

If you want to order both books then please select the Original and Further Adventures package in order to take advantage of preferential postage and packaging costs

We currently support payment via Paypal.  You can use your Paypal account or pay by credit or debit card

Please note that we can only accept orders for delivery to United Kingdom addresses.  Only order if you can put in a UK shipping address.  For shipment to non-UK destinations please contact the author.

For every copy sold 50 pence is donated to Happy Landings Animal Shelter

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