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Battersea advice for keeping your pets happy this Christmas

Many people will be busy getting their homes ready for Christmas this week, with trees to decorate, baubles to buy and lights to go up. However, while Christmastime is great fun for people, it can be a dangerous time for our pets.

Leading animal welfare charity, Battersea, is advising pet owners to be careful when planning their Christmas treats, to ensure that the whole family can enjoy the festive fun.

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Big boy Basher seeks home for Christmas

Gentle giant Basher measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his back legs and weighs a hefty 60kg!

A gentle giant is facing his second Christmas in RSPCA kennels as potential adopters are put off by his size.

Two-year-old mastiff Basher weighs 60kg and measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his hind legs - making him taller than lots of the staff looking after him!

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Neglected dog ‘clung onto life’ so she could experience love again

It was ‘touch and go’ whether poor Bella would survive

An emaciated, sick dog who barely ‘clung onto life’ is now making the most of her second chance in a loving new home.

When five-year-old mastiff Bella arrived in RSPCA care in July 2020 she was severely underweight and malnourished. She had very bad skin - due to a flea infestation - and was anemic. Staff spent six months nursing Bella back to health but it was touch and go whether she’d pull through.

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The bigger the dog, the bigger the paws, and the bigger the heart!

Large dogs seek owners with homes and hearts big enough to squeeze them in!

Large dogs mean more food, bigger (and muddier!) paws and lots more love to give.

But due to their size and associated costs, it can be tricky to rehome bigger dogs and the RSPCA currently has several larger-than-life hounds who are looking for their paw-fect matches.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines: “We work really hard to match the right dog to the right home and it’s important that adopters consider what sort of dog - including the size of dog - will suit their lifestyle.

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Award winning Dog Trainer gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

Multi award winning Dog Trainer, Rachel Rodgers has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

Last week, Rachel Rodgers owner of Nose to Trail tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo to his near half a million Twitter followers. The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has over 3,000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK.

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Sue Perkins, Karen Hauer and Nicole Appleton show their love for Battersea at a charity fundraiser

Well-known Battersea friends and supporters were treated to a show-stopping evening of entertainment as they joined adorable rescue dogs at a glittering fundraising event for the world-renowned animal welfare charity at Quaglinos, in central London.

Hosted by comedian Sue Perkins, and headlined by singer Mica Paris, ‘the British Queen of Soul’, Battersea Backstage took guests behind the scenes of the iconic animal rescue centre to hear more about its vital work caring for dogs and cats in need and helping rescue animals across the UK and beyond.

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Five popular pet superstitions debunked

Think your furry friend might have a sixth sense? We had Halloween at the weekend, and an expert from leading vet charity PDSA sets the record straight and breaks down some of the most popular superstitions we have about our pets.

See below for PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing’s take on five freaky myths:

1. Black cats are bad luck

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Tiny puppy abandoned in park looks for new start this Adoptober

German Shepherd puppy Flynn was just eight-weeks-old when he was dumped in a Birmingham park

A tiny puppy found unloved and unwanted in a park is looking for a new home where he’ll be loved for the first time.

German Shepherd Flynn was found by a dog warden in a Birmingham park on 7 October and taken in by the RSPCA.

He was taken in by The Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home - run by the RSPCA South Cotswolds branch.

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Battersea golden oldie dog has been searching for a home for 100 days

A ten-year-old Collie named Marley has been in the care of Battersea for 100 days, but so far no one has stepped forward to give him a home to call his own.

Marley’s owners brought him into Battersea when a change in circumstances meant that they were no longer able to look after him. Despite being at the rehoming charity for nearly three times the average stay (34 days), he has struggled to find a retirement home; something that staff suspect may be due to his age.

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RSPCA releases heartbreaking images of terrified dog ahead of fireworks night

RSPCA issues advice and warnings to animal owners ahead of November 5.

With many public firework displays, including London, being cancelled and more people than ever attending displays at home or with friends, the RSPCA is concerned for the wellbeing of the nation's animals.

New polling by the charity shows that in 2021 52%* of the UK public will be attending unofficial displays, this compares with 41% in 2020 and 23% in 2019.

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245 - Rancho Luna Lobos and Canine Partners

In an episode all about dogs helping people, and people helping dogs, Fernando Ramirez talks about using dog sledding as a form of therapy for dogs, and Fiona Airey talks about her assistance dog, Verlin, and how Canine Partners have given her her life back. An uplifting listen.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.