Country Life August 9 2017 talks about pampered dogs, a house caught up in the Gunpowder Plot and a dramatic Devon garden. Find out more: DOG’S DINNERS: Do you cook for your dog? You’re not alone, as Debora Robertson explains, while Giles Kime examines a new trend in posh dog beds. CRICKET: Daniel Pembrey tours Britain’s best-loved cricket grounds. PROPERTY: Two fabulous historic homes are looking for new blood to take them on, as Penny Churchill explains. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: Rupert Uloth on why this diverse county ought to be appreciated for more than just the M1, Holly Kirkwood on the best places to live in the county – and the best houses currently on the market – while Matthew Rice writes an extended piece about the beautiful market town of Oundle. FAVOURITE PAINTING: It’s the turn of regular Country Life contributor Kit Hesketh-Harvey to share his favourite artwork. RECIPE: Simon Hopkinson admits that perfect pink lamb would be his dream final meal. Here’s how he cooks it. SCULPTURE PARK: The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is 40 years old. Tim Richardson celebrates its journey so far. COOKBOOKS: Leslie Geddes-Brown takes a look at nine new books about food – including an 849-page opus about cheese that does without a single recipe. Plus Fiona Reynolds trekking through Snowdonia, the house that JMW Turner designed and much more.