LANDMARKS and businesses in Halesowen feature in a new children’s book about a dog that goes on a discovery trip around the town.

Local couple Jenny Houston and Will McGuire published their book ‘Catch That Dog’ through their own publishing company, Halesowen Homemade, which they formed six months ago.

The story follows a cheeky Scottie dog called Harvey who manages to sneak out of his house and discover Halesowen.

Among the landmarks featured in the book include Saint John’s Church, Leasowes Park, Alan Warwick Butchers, Halesowen Library, The Flower Stall and Miss Fish.

The book is already proving a hit with Halesowen schools purchasing it for their classrooms and Dudley Council stocking it in libraries across the borough.

They will be at the Halesowen Library Summer Craft Fayre on Saturday (July 15) from 12-2pm where there will be a raffle and a chance for people to win a copy of the book.

Jenny, aged 26, was travelling in New Zealand when she met 27-year-old Will. They first started making books together for Jenny to send back home as gifts for her young nephews and nieces.

When it was time to come home, Jenny brought Will back with her and they continued their passion for writing children’s books.

The couple said they have received positive feedback from schools and parents alike.

Jenny said: “We want to encourage children to read, by making books that feature their very own town with places they recognise.”

Will added: “Shop owners along Hagley Road were pleased to see their businesses featuring in the story and provided us with loads of support.”

For more information on the book or Halesowen Homemade, email them on or call 07838 626098.