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Explosive search dog who helped protect Royal Family now retired in the Devon countryside

Retired police dog Atos served in the Ministry of Defence Police for five years before retiring due to arthritis and a fear of travelling.

A military police dog who helped to protect the Royal Family during public events is enjoying a quiet retirement in Devon.

RPD Atos worked with his partner, PC Claire Addems, to keep members of the Royal Family and the public safe at large events. But the springer spaniel was forced to retire early after being diagnosed with a fear of travelling in the car and chronic arthritis.

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Alternative balloon race raises money to help animals in need

RSPCA Felledge is one of the centres who took part in the environmentally friendly fundraiser.

A virtual balloon race company has created an eco-friendly way to raise money for the RSPCA and other charities.

Eco Racing sees participants buying a ‘balloon’ for their chosen charity, decorating it how they wish and then sending it off on a virtual race.

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'You can teach an old dog new tricks': Deaf sheepdog given up by owner learns sign language to continue rounding up livestock

Working collie relinquished to RSPCA after losing her hearing learns sign language so she can continue doing the job she loves!

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

Eight-year-old working collie Peggy was signed over to an RSPCA officer in December 2018 when her previous owners could no longer keep her.

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Pets play important role in easing children's loneliness and stress intensified by virtual schooling in lockdown

● New survey highlights social, emotional and academic benefits for children during remote learning
● 83% of parents believe a pet helped their child feel less lonely and 73% felt their pet reduced stress caused by isolation away from classmates
● 9 in 10 parents reveal their pet has positively impacted their child’s home-schooling experience
● As schools return, 80% believe pet interaction should continue in-person

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Protect your pets from chocolate this Easter

Easter is right around the corner and for those who are home and stocked up with chocolate goodies, Blue Cross pet charity is asking for pet owners to remember the dangers of chocolate and raisins after seeing numerous pets affected in its animal hospitals every year.

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Local dog trainer comes to the rescue in search for missing dog.

On Friday 26th March 2021, local Dog Trainer, Rachel Rodgers (age 31) was attending some professional development training with Conservation K9 consultancy at Erddig National Trust, in nearby Wrexham with her dog Rico (6-year-old rescued Kokoni X from Portugal).
The course was going well, then during one of Rico’s trials to find some missing scent (truffle oil) all of the course attendees could hear the panicked cries of “HENRY” “HENRY”.

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Charities celebrate as the bill for tougher animal welfare sentences completes Commons stage

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill passed its Third Reading today, and will now go to the House of Lords. Animal charities welcomed this development, and urged speed in passing this Bill into law in order to protect animals as soon as possible.

Battersea has today (12 March) welcomed progress towards strengthening sentences for animal abusers after a long-awaited change in legislation completed its passage through the House of Commons.

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Ex-prison dog has hip replacement so he can run and play again

Thin Blue Paw Foundation supports first ex-prison dog Jax in major hip replacement surgery.

A prison dog who was forced to retire early due to injury is recovering at home following a successful hip replacement, paid for by the Thin Blue Paw Foundation.

Four-year-old German shepherd Jax, was 12 months-old when he joined the prison service in 2018, and is the first ex-prison dog the new charity has helped.

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Life of hero police sniffer dog saved by new charity

Thin Blue Paw Foundation pays for Pablo’s life-saving surgery to remove tumour.

A ‘hero’ police sniffer dog who recovered more than £250,000 worth of drugs, cash and weapons during his career has had life-saving surgery to remove a tumour from his abdomen.

Ten-year-old springer spaniel Pablo served Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies’ Joint Dog Section for eight years until August 2019 when he retired and was adopted by Carly Laflin and her husband, both serving police officers.

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Battersea launches new community in Ashford to help more dogs and cats

Residents of Ashford can now volunteer to help Battersea dogs and cats in need of a home, as the much-loved animal charity launches its second Community within the Kent town.

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238 - stolen dog found 450 miles from home and novelist Fiona Gibson

When two boys befriended a dog who was on her own in a Surrey park, they realised she needed help. Her microchip revealed the dog had been stolen from her home in Scotland. Happily she is back where she belongs. Fiona Gibson wrote her novel, The Dog Share, with her own dog by her side - she talks about her creative process. Julie reveals she is working on podcasting about a project she and Buddy worked on - Crufts or Bust.

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.