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I'm going to meet golden olide Otto

I'm hoping to meet the oldest dog in the world soon, and if you're anywhere near Shropshire you can too - just for the price of a donation! Here's more info:


- Shropshire’s most famous doggy resident (and Guinness World Record Holder) pays a visit to Dogs Trust Roden


A dog-loving Cat (Stevens) with Dogs Trust

If you love songs about dogs this is for you:


Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity which has a rehoming centre in Roden Lane Farm, Telford, today expanded its social networking portfolio with a Spotify account dedicated to all songs ‘dog’. 

The first playlist features classics such as Cat Stevens’ ‘I Love My Dog’ as well as more modern numbers like ‘Hounds of Love’ by The Futureheads. Dogs Trust staff already play music to the dogs in rehoming centres as research shows melodies help create a calm, soothing atmosphere. They expect the poochtastic playlist will be warmly welcomed by its supporters and canine residents alike.

Alex Goldstein, Dogs Trust Web Editor, explains:

‘We’ve found social networking is a brilliant way to connect with our supporters and communicate our key messages through friendly dialogue.

The results are tangible. We’ve rehomed dogs after posting their photos on Twitter, organised large scale events on Facebook and shared behind-the-scenes photos on Flickr. Hopefully our Spotify account will encourage canine-themed parties up and down the country!’

Spotify is a free music streaming website with over 1 million users worldwide.
3.8 million tracks are available and a fortnight ago Apple unveiled a Spotify iPhone application so users can listen on the move.

The first Dogs Trust playlist is

  • Hounds of Love – The Futureheads
  • Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine
  • Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  • Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
  • I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
  • Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
  • Cats + Dogs – Camille
  • Can Your Monkey Do the Dog – Rufus Thomas
  • Who Lets the Dogs Out – Baha Men
  • Puppy Love – Donny Osmond
  • I Love My Dog – Cat Stevens


and can be found here: Woofstock - Dogs Trust dog songs. To listen you need a Spotify account but it is free to download and use. To download Spotify go to

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 16,000 dogs a year. Links to our social networking sites can be found here:


Dogs Trust - Lucias and Train & Behave

Two very different press releases from Dogs Trust today - one concerning a dog looking for a new home:


Former homeless dog despises the drizzle

Having spent his life on the streets with his homeless owner, you would think that 11 year old Lucias, would be used to the British weather. However, the friendly Staffordshire Bull Terrier has had enough and is now firmly refusing to step foot outside if it rains, even in the slightest drizzle.  


Dogs Trust takes the lead during Dog Train & Behave Week

The Company of Animals is delighted to announce that as part of its third Dog Train & Behave Week (25th July -1st August 2009), it staged a master class on ‘stop pulling’ at Dogs Trust’s Harefield centre in West London on Tuesday 28th July.

My email inbox

Most days I receive a few dog-related press releases via email and they vary tremendously. Hearing about a rescue dog looking for a good home makes me sad, but I'm glad if I can be of assistance at all. The latest notification I've received is concerning Windsor:

Local rescue dog searches for a new home

Windsor, a seven year old black Collie cross is on the look-out for a new abode after being handed into Dogs Trust Roden when his owners could no longer care for him.


Dogs Trust Roden Open Day

If you are looking for something fun next weekend and you're anywhere near Shropshire, try this:


Dogs Trust Roden hosts its annual Open Day this Sunday 5th July 2009

Dogs and dog lovers are in for a real treat on Sunday 5th July 2009, as Dogs Trust Roden Rehoming Centre hosts this year’s Open Day and Fun Dog Show!


Mom and son looking for new home together

Dogs Trust do an incredible job in the UK rehoming dogs and making those in their shelters as happy as possible. At my local shelter there are a mother and son looking for a new home together. They look lovely and I hope they are soon happily settled with a new owner. Bless 'em.


Mother and Son, Duke and Sheba, desperate for a home together


Mum's the word at Dogs Trust Roden

Mother and Son, Duke and Sheba, desperate for a home together

Trust in Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust has a new offer out. Dogs Trust promise to never put a healthy dog down, and I have seen firsthand the lengths they will go to not only to find dogs a new home, but to enhance the lives of those they look after long term.

Here's the offer:

Are you or someone you know a pet owner? Becoming a member of Dogs Trust means you'll get all these great benefits for just £20 a year (or only £10 if you are aged 60 or over).


Episode 87 - Fit as Fido and A Day at Dogs Trust


Released Sat May 9, 2009
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188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

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187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

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186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

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