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Battersea is keeping dogs safe at Christmas

Many people will be busy getting their homes ready for Christmas this week, with trees to decorate, baubles to buy and lights to go up. However, while Christmastime is great fun for people, it can be a dangerous time for our pets.

Big Basher

Gentle giant Basher measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his back legs and weighs a hefty 60kg!

Basher

Gentle giant Basher measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his back legs and weighs a hefty 60kg!

Basher and Helen

Gentle giant Basher measures in at almost 6ft tall when he stands up on his back legs and weighs a hefty 60kg!

Bella is happy now

Bella - now Booboo - is happy in her new home.

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Bella is now Booboo

Bella (now renamed Booboo) was adopted by Katy Fenwick and her family - from Bromley, south east London - just a few weeks before Christmas 2020 and soon settled into her happy ever after.

Bella

When five-year-old mastiff Bella arrived in RSPCA care in July 2020 she was severely underweight and malnourished. She had very bad skin - due to a flea infestation - and was anemic. Staff spent six months nursing Bella back to health but it was touch and go whether she’d pull through.

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Rancho Luna Lobos and Canine Partners.

Sled dog at Rancho Luna Lobos

At Rancho Luna Lobos dogs are listened to, and allowed to find happiness. They are dogs first, and sled dogs second.

Fernando Ramirez and his team

Fernando listens to his dogs, allows them freedom and treats them with kindness. He and Dana use dog sledding as a therapy for dogs at Rancho Luna Lobos.

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245 - Rancho Luna Lobos and Canine Partners

In an episode all about dogs helping people, and people helping dogs, Fernando Ramirez talks about using dog sledding as a form of therapy for dogs, and Fiona Airey talks about her assistance dog, Verlin, and how Canine Partners have given her her life back. An uplifting listen.

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.