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What I've been up to

I've been really busy on a variety of things lately, but I've managed to fit in two interviews which included my favourite thing - meeting dogs! And people of course!

The first interview was with Karen Thorne who owns the dog friendly Hopton House Bed and Breakfast in Shropshire. Karen was lovely to chat with, and she has two delightful dogs - the lively Murphy and the thoughtful Mitsi. We got the interview and photos out of the way, and got down to more important business - a game of fetch in the garden. I don't think I've ever played fetch with such a picturesque back drop. If you're looking for a dog friendly holiday in the area, do check out Hopton Hose, where your dog is welcome, not just allowed.

Today I've been thoroughly Labradoodled! I thought my Buddy was an enthusiastic greeter, but he's not a patch on a Labradoodle in full greeting mode! However, I have to say that I do like a dog that makes it clear he's pleased to see me. I know some trainers might say he's trying to exert his authority, but I'll interpret it my way, thank you! I was meeting two members of the Labradoodle Trust, and finding out about the much needed work they do rehoming Labradoodles in need. Both interviewees were ken to stress that Labradoodles are not a "hypoallergenic" dog, so if you're allergic to dogs don't just assume that a Labradoodle - or any other breed as a whole - is the answer to your problems.

Both interviews will be coming up in shows before Christmas, and I've been working on lots of other show content, so make sure you download or listen online - don't miss out!

Take care,

Julie x


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.