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Canine custody

Dogs are often the forgotten casualties of divorce. Obviously the couple splitting up has a lot to deal with, and their priority should be any children involved, but then spare a thought for the dog. He's got used to how things are, and life with his pack. Then all of a sudden for no reason his pack is in pieces, and he may find himself moving house - that's if he's lucky enough no to find himself in a rescue shelter.

Apparently, not content with fighting their divorce battle about who gets the kids, who began dating who when, and generally trying to claw themselves more than their fair share of newspaper and Internet column inches, Katie Price (AKA Jordan) and Peter Andre are at loggerheads about who gets the dogs. They have two Bulldogs called Pepsi and Hugo. Pepsi was a Christmas present from Jordan to her husband, and understandably he wants his dog to live with him. Actually he wants both dogs -but is that fair? And what about the dogs' feelings? - would they be happy apart, or would they be better in a shared custody arrangement? It's a minefield isn't it?

In Episode 68 of DogCast Radio author Jennifer Keene talks about her book We Can't Stay Together for the Dogs. Jennifer wrote the book after her own experience of going through a divorce which affected her dogs, and she discusses the different arrangements that are possible, and where to look for practical help and support. Our dogs help us deal with the stress we suffer - it's only fair that in turn we don't inflict unnecessary stress on them.

Take care,

Julie x


256 - Keep fit with your dog and holistic animal practice

Physiotherapist and lecturer Steph Evans helps people and dogs have fun and keep fit. Lisa Tully explains her holistic approach to dog health, and reveals how she has communicated with companion and wild animals. Julie takes exception to the trend of "10 dog breeds which..." articles.

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.