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In this show you can hear the second part of our Crufts coverage - this show is in audio format only (the cameraman has to have some time off!) and we kick off with a great interview with Reiki Master Rob Fellows who was at Crufts on the Nowzad stand. Nowzad's mission statement is, "To relieve the suffering of animals, predominantly strays and abandoned dogs in need of care, attention and to maintain rescue facilities for the care and treatment of such animals, especially the animals of Afghanistan." They do fantastic work, and a quick look at their Facebook page will show you there are lots of animals desperate or your sponsorship to get them to their safe new loving home. You can find out more about Rob and his Reiki work at his website devoted to Reiki with dogs and about other facets of his Reiki work at his other website.
If you're hoping to get a bit fitter, why not raise funds for Hounds for Heroes at the same time and get involved with Fit in Kit. Police Sergeant Garry Botterill explains more about what's required, and the fun aspects of the initiative. As well as raising money to provide assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Civilian Emergency Services, your dog can get involved and benefit from getting fitter too.
Jenny Brown and her Beagle Tiga hit the headlines this year when Tiga sniffed out a dog who had been lost for several days in freezing temperatures. Where humans had searched in vain, clever Tiga followed her nose - she sniffed an object with the dog's scent on and then tracked the dog. Tiga has done this several times and is a beacon of hope to those whose dog is missing - you can contact Jenny via the Dog Lost website if you are desperate for help. Jenny and Tiga also enjoy and excel at Cani-X, cross country running with your dog - where do they get their energy from?
Julie wandered down into the Great Dane benching at Crufts, and found the area was very peaceful. Owner Sharon Rose has two lovely Great Danes, Bellamy and Baruch, who are not only successful show dogs, but who have many other talents and accomplishments too. Hear Sharon talk about the dogs she loves so much.
April is National Pet Month - although as Donal Murphy from NOAH - the National Office of Animal Health - explains, it's actually a five week period. National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership across the UK, highlights the important work of pet care professionals and working companion animals and help raise money for the nation's pet care charities. If you get involved with a National Pet Month event, or if you organise one of your own, don't forget to register the event on their website, and feedback about how it went.
We've been running a Doggitude giveaway via our social media pages and the winner is a Facebook fan of the show, Jill Penny Crow - congratulations to her, and thanks to Carole Pivarnik for supplying a book for the giveaway. To find out more about Doggitude, which is a book of beautiful water colour portraits of a variety of dogs along with a brief biography of each canine, and a sassy haiku, you can listen to Carole Pivarnik in Episode 141 of DogCast Radio, or visit the Doggitude website or Facebook page.