The Enlightened Spaniel - A Dog's Quest to be a Buddhist

Released January 2019

This is the story of a springer spaniel and her half-sister, who set out to discover the reason their owner meditates and is so interested in the teachings of the Buddha. Ably assisted by a bookshelf, who holds a fountain of knowledge, they embark upon a quest to discover the secrets of meditation and uncover the path to ancient wisdom. As they progress along the road to enlightenment, they not only transform their own perception of life, but also the lives of those around them. The journey is a challenging one, but is held together by Half- Sister’s wicked sense of humour and a desire to enter into spaniel folklore. The Enlightened Spaniel is a wise tale, filled with insights and humour, that celebrates the connection between all beings that reside on Planet Earth.


Gary Heads is a writer based in North East England. He founded one of the UK’s leading organisations delivering mindfulness services, and has a personal meditation practice spanning 30 years.  A long-standing interest in all matters relating toTibet has led to his appointment as trustee of a charity working to assist the Tibetan people. He can often be seen out walking with his two springer spaniels, if they are not meditating or studying the Buddha’s teachings that is.The Enlightened Spaniel is his second book.

Illustrations by Toby Ward

Toby Ward attended the City and Guilds of London Art School, where he won the Richard Ford Travel Award. Widely known for his conversation pieces and animated drawings commissioned to record events, he is also an accomplished portrait painter. He has drawn many events, including President Clinton’s visit to Oxford in 2001 and the work of the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Bosnia. He also accompanied HRH The Prince of Wales to record a tour of the Gulf States.


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