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Police dog who helped get his handler back on her feet has to learn to walk again after being injured in crash

When police dog handler Louise McMullen was bed-ridden for six months and told she’d never work again she thought her career was over. But two years later she was back on the beat with her loyal dog Wolfie by her side.

And, just a few years later, she’d be by his side when he had to learn to walk again after being injured in a dramatic police chase crash.

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Loveable rescue puppy faces race against time to complete his bucket list due to rare heart defect

Opie who is just weeks old is facing a life cut short due to a heart defect but his foster carer is hoping he can first complete his ‘puppy bucket list’.
Heartbroken Opie may look like an ordinary labrador puppy but sadly he suffers from Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia - a rare heart defect which means his life is likely to be cut short.

14-week-old Opie was rescued by the RSPCA in July with 35 other dogs, including many other labrador puppies, from cramped and unsuitable conditions in East Sussex.

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RSPCA appeals to find home for nervous golden oldie who has been in the charity’s care for more than a year

Ten-year-old terrier Doris is looking for her forever home

The RSPCA is appealing to find a special forever home for senior dog Doris who came into the charity’s care over a year ago after her previous owner sadly died.

Ten-year-old Jack Russell cross Doris is being cared for at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre in Buckinghamshire.

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Brave crimefighting police dog heroes honoured in inaugural national awards

The nation’s bravest police dogs and officers have been hailed heroes at a glittering awards ceremony.

The Thin Blue Paw Awards – supported by Animal Friends Insurance – were held last night (Tuesday 14th September 2021) at Knebworth House where six police dogs and handlers were honoured for their bravery, life-saving actions and crime-fighting dedication.

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Elderly spaniel taken on by family who adopted her brother 14 years earlier!

Tandie ended up back at RSPCA Cornwall after her owner died, 14 years after her and her siblings had been rescued and rehomed by the same centre.

An elderly spaniel who ended up back at the animal shelter that rescued and rehomed her as a puppy 14 years earlier has now gone home with a new family - who adopted her brother originally!

Springer spaniel Tandie, 14, arrived at RSPCA Cornwall’s Venton Centre, near St Columb, over the summer after the sad death of one of her owners.

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No one wants rescue dog because of his size

Big crossbreed Benson is struggling to find a home because he’s so big.

A rescue dog is nearing one year in kennels as potential adopters are being put off by his size.

Eight-year-old crossbreed Benson arrived in RSPCA care on 13 October 2020 when his owners were forced to give him up as they were struggling to cope. He came into RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre, in Surrey, where staff have been working with him.

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Mastiff who ‘recently had puppies’ found abandoned in layby

Ellie was dumped by a Transit van in Bootle, Merseyside

The RSPCA is investigating after a mastiff who had recently had puppies was abandoned in a Merseyside layby.

A passerby alerted the animal welfare charity after seeing a Transit van pull into a layby at Pinfold Woods on the Northern Perimeter Road in Bootle, throw out the mastiff and drive off. The incident occurred at 8.30pm on 17 August.

RSPCA inspector Naomi Morris has launched an investigation and is keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the dog.

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Stray Lurcher spends FOUR YEARS looking for paw-fect home

A stray lurcher has been dubbed Britain’s most unwanted dog after being rescued from the streets but missing out on a new home for four years.

Four-year-old Sue was rescued from the Bath area and arrived at the RSPCA’s Bath Cats and Dogs Home on 22 August 2017.

After marking her fourth year at the rescue centre, staff are desperate to find this lovely girl the right home after she’s seen 941 of her kennel-mates go off to their new homes while she’s been waiting.

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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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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.