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Survival and other stuff!

This time of year can get stressful for us all, so if you feel your dog needs a Christmas survival guide, then check out this one from Dr Roger Mugford in the Telegraph. I love his suggestion for a dog owner’s New Year resolution. (

In other news, Princess Beatrice’s dog Max is still missing, and her mother, the Duchess of York, has announced that there is now a “no questions asked” reward on offer for his return. ( In some ways offering a reward on such terms seems like encouraging dog theft, but then I can identify with the desperate need to recover the dog.

I can’t wait to see the film of Marley and Me, but for now I’ll have to make do with reading reviews. As you can see, it looks good.(

Christmas is inching closer – we now have a present for each of our dogs, and we just need to wrap them. Yes, I know it’s sad, but we wrap their presents. And bless them, they humour us and make a big game out of biting and clawing the paper off.

We’re also busy at the moment exploring the possibility of changing the DogCast Radio ( ) opening music. We’ve been going for over three years now, so maybe it’s time to shake things up. Don’t worry, there may be a new theme tune (but then again there may not!) but it’ll still be the same great dog-related content. We’re also putting together our Christmas episode which is due out on the 27th December.

Take care,

Julie x


274 - Crufts 2024 and can dog friendly be neurodivergent friendly?

In this episode Julie and Jenny go to Crufts 2024 and Michelle Foulia explores whether dog friendly can be neurodivergent friendly too. Plus the problems the French Bulldog faces, and how our dogs are good for our neurobiology!

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.