Benson the cat has fun at Natureland

Susan Dodds and Benson visit Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.
Susan Dodds and Benson visit Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.
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A mischievous ginger cat got the chance to ‘create havoc’ in the meerkat enclosure at a Skegness animal sanctuary last week.

Benson, the main character in Louth based Susan Dodd’s latest book, visited Natureland Seal Sanctuary on Thursday for his very own photo shoot.

Susan, who just recently released her children’s book ‘Dreaming the Dreams that Only Cats can Dream’, brought along the ginger soft toy version of Benson, as the newest story features Skegness.

“In the latest book Benson visits the seaside and creates mischief with the meerkats at Natureland. I thought it would be great to create some fun in real life,” said Susan Dodd.

“I used to come to the seaside as a child. We would come for day trips and it was special,” added Susan.

The author, who has three books in the Benson series which involves the friendship between the cat, Mr Elvic and a wishing machine, is thrilled that the newest book has received a lot of early praise.

“The new book has been well received as lots of people have been interested as it features Skegness,” added Susan.

Susan, who recently held a reading and storytelling workshop in The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness, has been kept busy with other visits across the local area and Grimsby.

“We held a creativity workshop for 18/19-year-olds using language and the beauty of imagination,” said Richard, Susan’s husband.

Susan now feels inspired to create illustrated books for younger children and is hoping the latest photos of Benson with all the animals and creatures at Natureland will provide for excellent imagination and creativity.

“I am really grateful to all at Natureland. The animals could not have performed any better for us, they were marvellous,” added Susan.

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