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Triple trouble: Trio of small but mighty Chihuahuas search for home together


A trio of ‘feisty’ Chihuahuas are looking for a special home willing to take them all together.

Six-year-old Chico, five-year-old Daisy and six-year-old Mitch were rescued by the RSPCA alongside a large number of Chihuahuas who’d been found living in a caravan.

The threesome were taken in by Block Fen Animal Centre, in Cambridgeshire, where dedicated staff have spent months building their confidence and socialising them with other dogs and people.

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Ministry of Defence worker takes on Kilt Walk to raise funds for charity supporting police dogs

A Scottish kennel assistant took on the renowned Kilt Walk to raise money for a charity that supports retired police dogs in Scotland.

Eilidh Paterson, 34, from Kilcreggan, completed the 22.6-mile route at the Glasgow Kilt Walk on Sunday (24 April).

Eilidh, kennel manager for the Ministry of Defence Police Dog section, DM Glen Douglas, has so far raised £580 for the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, a national charity that supports, protects and celebrates working and retired police dogs.

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Animal lover praises apprenticeship for kick-starting his career and introducing him to his much-loved dog

Spotlight on RSPCA apprentice Sam for National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February)

An animal lover has praised the RSPCA’s apprenticeship programme which kick-started his career and gave him his much-loved dog Sonny whose mum was rescued from a puppy farm.

Sam Kiddle volunteered at the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre for two years before starting a Level 2 Animal Care apprenticeship through the charity’s apprenticeship scheme.

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Senior Staffie learning sign language in RSPCA care


I was told when Buddy was only 3 to teach him sign language in case he went deaf in old age. Every command and communication became associated with a sign, so when Buddy did lose his hearing we could still communicate with him.

The most important sign we taught him was "good dog", which was simply a thumbs up. It meant so much to me that I could always tell Buddy he was good, and see his tail wag in response.

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RSPCA staff seek homes for lovable lurchers

Block Fen Animal Centre is trying to find the paw-fect matches for five lurchers who have been waiting a total of 28 months!

Five ‘lovable’ lurchers who are desperate to be loved are seeking fun-filled active homes to call their home.

Three-year-old Tiger-Lily was rescued by the RSPCA in May after being abandoned along with two friends. It’s believed they had all been used for hare coursing. Her two friends were soon rehomed but shy Tiger-Lily is still waiting for her forever home.

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Lucky the stolen dog makes it home for new year

A scared dog has been reunited with her owner after being stolen over a year ago, thanks to Battersea.

Jack Russell, Lucky, was stolen from her owners in August 2020 while she was out on a walk. After months and months of searching, her family thought they’d never see their much-loved pet again.

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Is it both breeders and puppy buyers' responsibility to improve the health and happiness of our dog population?

Some food for thought from What's In My Genes:

The health of our UK dog population is heading into crisis. Dogs unable to breath, walk, run, play, heads too small for their brains, living in constant pain and /or discomfort which as well as causing mental distress/heartache and financial difficulties for puppy buyers is leading to problems with aggression/behaviour with even more animals ending up in rescue.

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Pup nearly dies after wolfing down 24 chocolates

A sweet-toothed four-month-old Doberman puppy called Ghost needed life-saving treatment after polishing off an entire advent calendar.

Luckily for Ghost, PDSA vets were on hand to provide emergency treatment which saved his life, meaning he was back home in time to enjoy festive celebrations with his family. The veterinary charity is highlighting Ghost’s story to warn all pet owners to be extra vigilant this Christmas as many festive treats, including chocolate, can be toxic to our pets.

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Dog tied to fence in rain on New Year set to celebrate first Christmas with loving new family

A dog who was left tied to a fence in the cold and rain in Kent in the New Year will be spending his first Christmas with his loving new family.

George was found on January 8 after he was left outside the RSPCA Medway West Branch centre in Chatham - which was closed at the time.

He was found by a kind-hearted member of the public who rescued him and took him to a local vet.

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Dorset singer-songwriter Emma Gale pulls at the heart strings with her latest Charity Single release Meet You By The Bridge

An emotional track which pulls at your heartstrings, it highlights the special bond between people and their dogs and is set for release on Friday 17th December

Meet You By The Bridge describes the hardest decision you ever have to make for your pet.

Meet You By The Bridge is about letting your pet go to that place called Rainbow Bridge where they will wait for the very special person they have left behind.

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251 - grappling with dog issues and guess the dog news story

In this podcast, Julie and Jenny grapple with the dog issues of the day - they discuss some popular google searches anyway. Plus play guess how the dog story ends. So what happened to the dog with cancer in his leg, and the dog who failed as an explosives sniffer dog? Plus will I see my dog in heaven, where should my dog sleep, should my dog wear a coat, does my dog need a seat belt. Pick up some science on the way - what are R&K species?

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.