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Chat Specials SPRING SPECIAL 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

We know how much you all love your pets so we’ve treated you this month to a little doggie themed special! (pg33) Pup owners tell us how their best friends have shaped their lives for the better. We also have dog owner, Liz (pg8), who has a message for the vile person who hurt her beautiful Norman. Rich (pg24) knows something about an exceptional person making a difference in his life. Daughter Cherry has been his world from the moment she was born but she’s literally turned him into a winner with her unconditional love and support. Incredibly talented Marni (pg44) has battled back against the negativity in her life and is proving to everyone she can live a fun and fulfilling life - by ignoring the people who say she can’t! Think…

8 min
our family secret

Rebecca Fannin, 38, Campbellsville, Kentucky, USA I kept as quiet as a mouse and didn’t move a muscle. ‘Ready or not, here I come!’ my mum’s boyfriend, Bennie Blevins, bellowed loudly, as I hid in the garden. He was caring at first and then he changed ‘Is she over here?’ he said to himself, peeping around the shed. ‘No!’ ‘Is she under here?’ he shouted, searching under the bench. ‘No! Now where could she be?’ I shuffled softly in my hiding place. ‘There you are,’ Bennie cried, catching sight of me and sweeping me up into his arms. But rather than tickle and hug me like a stepdad should, Bennie put his hands all over my little body – touching my privates. Scared, I didn’t know what to do. All I could do was let him touch me as I…

3 min

Bundling on a plane with a baby and a three-year-old is stressful, but try doing it every week! That was my fate when me and my hubby Matthew’s daughter Florence was born. She had club feet, both turned inwards. She and I were like two peas in a pod, as my joints were always dislocating. I could pop my shoulder back in its socket blindfolded. But Florence needed her casts changed regularly and special physiotherapy sessions in London. The only problem was, we lived in Jersey… ‘Let me take that,’ a flight attendant smiled, seeing me struggle with my hand luggage. They must be fed up with us, I thought. But the airline staff were always so helpful. ‘There’s a quiet seat there,’ one nodded, knowing by now that I’d want to breastfeed Florence. They made this turbulent time in…

2 min
letter to a monster

Liz Heatherly, 30, South Carolina, USA Take a look at this beautiful pup. Looks a bit different from when you last saw him, doesn’t he? That thick, glossy coat, wet nose, and the mischief in his eyes. He’s called Norman now, and he’s come on a long way. The day I found him, I thought he was lost. Me and my mum Lisa were driving along that country road where you dumped him, and saw him wobbling along, an odd white ring around his nose. He looked so alone. We got out the car and crept towards Norman to help. But he shot off, scrambling down a 6ft ravine and into a huge drainage pipe. ‘Where are his owners?’ I asked Mum, looking around. I imagined that Norman had run off, and you were somewhere, worried. Hardly… We wanted to help…

1 min
financially stable

A police officer took a photo which appears to show his horse using a cash machine! The Avon and Somerset copper rode his horse, Jubilee, near the ATM in Nailsea, Somerset, in January, and when the cheeky horse trotted up to the machine for a close look, his tickled rider took a snap. Locals joked the horse was ‘financially stable’, while the force said they think the horse is after a raise. The force posted the pic on Facebook, with the caption: We’re not sure, but we think he may be trying to tell us he would like some more Polos… One person wrote: Thought I was more financially stable than that. I better rein it in. Another added: Jubilee is enjoying the higher pay since promotion, but he’s been saddled with a lot of…

4 min
a work of art

Taylor McTaggart, 18, Glasgow Staring at the colouring book, I picked up a crayon and began to scribble. ‘See, Taylor,’ my mum Natalie, 23, smiled. ‘There’s nothing you can’t do.’ It was 2004, and like most three-year-olds, I loved colouring. No one had expected me to ever pick up a pencil, let alone draw. Even then, I knew I looked different from other children – like my newborn baby sister Brooke… She had chubby little hands and feet – but I didn’t. My legs stopped just above my ankles, and my left arm stopped at my wrist. On my remaining right hand, all the fingers had gone except my little finger. But that was all I needed to grip my crayons. As soon as I was old enough to understand, Mum explained everything. ‘You were just five months old when…