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According to a Purina poll, nearly half of dog owners have made at least one new friend when out on a dog walk

In celebration of our canine companions on National Pet Day, a poll of 1,265 UK dog owners commissioned by Purina has revealed that owning a dog is not only good for your physical health, but can also be great for making new friends and striking up conversations with new people.

Nearly half (44 per cent) of those surveyed revealed that they have made at least one new friend when out on a dog walk. While 66 per cent of said that owning a dog and going out for regular walks together, encouraged them to be more social with new people.


Six new breeds at the National Dog Show

Oh my goodness, it's nearly that time of year again! Here's some information about six breeds newly recognised by the American Kennel Club that will be at the National Dog Show:


Watch The National Dog Show online

I have interviewed David Frei (in Episode 76 of DogCast Radio) about The National Dog Show and thought it sounded very interesting. Up till now I couldn't watch it from the UK, but this year I will be able to watch it online. Now all I need to find is where I can watch the Thanksgiving parade online for the full experience. Here's more information about The National Dog Show:


Three new AKC breeds to debut in the National Dog Show

Will you be watching?



Rufus named National Dog Show canine ambassador


Rufus named National Dog Show canine ambassador

Even though Rufus still has his looks, the very successful show dog has moved on to work making use of his other talents. Here's more info:

Renowned champion Rufus, the colored bull terrier, named national dog show CANINE ambassador

Retired ’05 winner, now a therapy dog,
to meet and greet in philly



The National Dog Show is coming in November

As August draws to a close and September begins, thoughts turn to autumn or fall, and the good things that season will bring. One of those is the National Dog Show, which you can read more about in the press release below.


Do you love your dog more than coffee?

How much do you love your dog? Okay, I love my dog more than chocolate - and that's a lot! A new survey (see below) has discovered just how much we do love our dogs - and what it is about them that endears them to us. It's good to know our dogs are so well loved, but we do sometimes run the risk of losing sight of the other humans in our life.


Tune in to pet health June 11th

Don't miss this tomorrow:

Pet Size Matters: How to tell if your pet is in peak condition

Log onto our interactive Web TV show to discover easy steps to keep your pet healthy

Show date: 11 th June
Show time: 12:00pm


Interviewing and information

This weekend’s episode of DogCast Radio – episode 76 – is now available. It includes the interview with Lady Margaret Flack that I talked about in the post, “Puppy farming in the UK”. It also includes an interview with David Frei, ( co-host of the National Dog Show sponsored by Purina. (



275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.