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Pet obesity paw-demic: Survey reveals thousands of Scottish pets have gained weight over lockdown

Latest research has revealed that a whopping 160,000 furry friends have gained weight in Scotland since March 2020 – contributing towards a total of 1.4 million pets across the UK who have done so during lockdown.

Vet charity PDSA says that the worrying findings unveil the true extent of what was already a growing pet obesity epidemic, with the pandemic creating a ticking time bomb threatening the lives of pets across the UK.

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Spaniel returned to rescue centre 14 years after she was rehomed as puppy

Tandie was sadly returned to the RSPCA Cornwall centre after her owner died

A spaniel who was rehomed by a rescue centre as a puppy in 2007 has sadly found herself back in their care 14 years later, after one of her adopters died.

Tandie came into the RSPCA Cornwall branch’s care this summer after one of her owners sadly passed away and her family couldn’t take care of her.

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Scottish Ministry of Defence Police officers raise £2,000 for retired police dogs

A group of Ministry of Defence Police officers from Scotland have raised more than £2,000 for a dog welfare charity by running and cycling 350 miles around Aberdeenshire.

On Saturday 14 August, PC Phil Duncan and his colleagues set out on their 12-hour running and cycling challenge around CNI St Fergus to raise money for the Thin Blue Paw Foundation; a national dog welfare charity that supports working and retired police dogs.

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'Young Pup' hopes for first best friend on International Dog Day


You’ve heard of puppy love, well one young rescue dog is hoping that someone will want to be his first ever best friend this International Dog Day (26 August), after being in the care of Battersea for 170 days.

One-year-old Bull Mastiff, Bruce, came into Battersea’s Brands Hatch centre in March after being found abandoned as a stray, but so far he has struggled to find a home due to his overexcitable and puppy-like nature; which is no mean feat given his already impressive size.

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‘Harry Potter puppies’ rescued from cupboard under stairs go on to ‘magical’ lives

Merseyside man disqualified from keeping animals for failing to meet needs of four puppies and seven dogs.

A man has been disqualified from keeping animals after RSPCA officers found seven large dogs being kept in filthy, cramped conditions and four puppies were discovered shut in a ‘cold, dark’ cupboard under the stairs.

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Matted and nervous terriers are transformed thanks to RSPCA

RSPCA rescue dogs Kes, Cassie and Socks’ story is featured in the new series of Dog
Rescuers on Channel Five

Three matted terriers who were confined in a kitchen before being rescued by the RSPCA and will now feature on the Channel Five show.

The Dog Rescuers on Channel Five features mum Kes, four-year-old Cassie and three-year-old Socks who were rescued by Inspector Adam Bailey in West Bromwich.

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Terrier stuck underground for seven hours after disappearing down badger sett

Plug the terrier had quite the adventure but is now safe at home with his family.

A terrier spent seven hours underground after disappearing down a badger sett while out for a walk with his owner in South Yorkshire.

Plug was out walking with his owner on Saturday morning (24 July) when he disappeared at around 8am.

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Fiji needs your vote!

A life-saving police dog who is now retired for service has been shortlisted for a top award.

Belgian Malinois Fiji joined Surrey and Sussex Police when she was just four months old having been rescued when her owner tragically committed suicide. She was paired with operational dog handler Claire Bird who had just returned from maternity leave.

The duo excelled in training and soon hit the streets to keep the public safe. They were just a few months into the job when an emergency call came in that would test all of Fiji’s training.

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Cat Caffi coming soon in Caernarfon

Statement from Dr Linda Joyce-Jones:

My highly successful campaign to get the Welsh Government to ban wild animals in circuses here in #Cymru showed just what can be achieved when "ordinary" people come together and stand up to the plate. If the last year has shown anything it has demonstrated that here in Wales we do things differently.

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German Shepherd pup gets the CHOC of her life

A seven-month-old German Shepherd from Barnsley who needed life-saving treatment after gorging on a lethal dose of dark chocolate and raisins has been saved – thanks to PDSA vets.

At PDSA, we treat hundreds of chocolate poisoning cases every year, so we’re urging pet owners to keep chocolate goodies well away from prying paws this World Chocolate Day (7 July) after Narla’s life was left hanging in the balance.

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243 - Positive Pet Project and Lance A Spirit Unbroken

Jon Garstang is an animal shelter expert who is spearheading the first ever national initiative in Greece to teach children the value of relationships with animals. Walter Stoffel describes himself as having survived the rescue of Lance, a border Collie with issues. Two inspiring dog advocates.

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.