Police dogs working in South Wales

by Darren Jamieson on August 21, 2008

Police dogs in the South Wales area have been working tirelessly this month to clean up the streets. The dogs have helped to make some important arrests, where without the dogs the police would not have been successful.

A burglar in a Swansea school was captured with the help of a four-year-old Belgian Malimois named Dutch. Meanwhile an eighteen month old German Sheppard helped to catch a car burglar in Aberdare.

2 weeks ago Dutch and his handler PC Carl John responded to a call at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr school in Swansea. When PC John and Dutch found a man at the school, he fled the scene. The Dutch leapt into action and he detained the suspect. (more…)

Pedigree Dogs Exposed: The Aftermath

by Leanne Thompson on August 20, 2008

For those that missed it, it certainly won’t be the last they hear of it. Last night’s BBC documentary about the Kennel Club and the health of pedigree dogs has kicked off a real debate in the UK.

The BBC Documentary: Pedigree Dogs Exposed

The documentary was the result of two year’s investigation by the BBC and talked about how the ‘ideal breed standards’ documented by the Kennel Club, and the competitive nature of breeders who compete in dog shows, such as Crufts, run by the Kennel Club, have resulted in in-bred, unhealthy pedigree dogs.

The BBC stated that the Kennel Club has, whether knowingly or not, encouraged a certain culture of ‘in-breeding’ by specifying physical attributes within its ‘ideal’ breed standards. These state what is supposedly good in a breed. In some breeds, they are not too bad, but one example from the documentary last night was highlighted, which showed how these specifications can ultimately result in poor health.

Many people are familiar with a pug. A trait considered desirable in a showdog pug is the tail, which should, according to the Kennel Club, curl over its back. If it curls into a double curl, then that is even better. As shown in the BBC, competitive breeders have inbred dogs to make this more pronounced. With an x-ray, the documentary showed that pugs with a good curl on the tail also have a curved spine, causing health issues. (more…)

‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’ on BBC 1: the health problems of pedigree dogs

by Darren Jamieson on August 19, 2008

A BBC 1 documentary on tonight at 9:00pm looks at the dangers faced by pedigree dogs through breeding. The program claims that dogs are being inbred to conform to the ideas of beauty as laid out by the Kennel Club.

According to the documentary, which shows tonight on BBC 1, pedigree dogs are experiencing health problems as a result of in-breeding, including heart disease and cancer. So much so that the BBC is seriously considering its future for screening Crufts.

Pedigree Dogs Exposed” suggests that pedigree dogs’ vet’s bills have increased by a staggering £10 million per week as the dogs have developed more illnesses. Steve Jones is a genetics expert, who claims: (more…)

Increased demand for dogs as fashion accessories

by Darren Jamieson on August 18, 2008

There is an increased demand in the UK for dogs as fashion accessories, what has been deemed as ‘handbag dogs’. The demand for the dogs, according to Sainsbury’s Finance, is as a result of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Geri Halliwell.

The is based on the data from Sainsbury’s pet insurance figures, where insurance on small, fashionable dogs has seen an increase for Sainsbury’s by a staggering 41% in the last two years. Amid these figures was insurance for Chihuahuas, which has increased by an astounding 417%. Insurance for West Highland Terriers has increased by 248%.

This might be good news for Sainsbury’s and their pet insurance product, but they also issue a warning to anyone considering one of these dogs on the basis of a fashion item. They’re not for ‘handbags’ and shouldn’t be used to follow a trend. (more…)

Keep your dog’s microchip details updated, urges animal welfare charity

by Darren Jamieson on August 17, 2008

Some dog owners have their dogs micro-chipped with a special chip that corresponds to their data held on a central database. The data contains the owner’s name, telephone number and address details. However, some owners forget to update the details on their dog’s micro-chip when they move home. If the data isn’t kept up-to-date, the micro-chip is next to useless, as when the dog is found and the chip is scanned, the owners cannot be traced.

That’s exactly what has happened for six dogs that have been handed in to a dog rescue centre in Glasgow. The rescue centre believes that the owners of the dogs have recently moved to the area and haven’t updated their details, but the SSPCA still believes they can trace the owners. (more…)

Post Office steps up their war against dogs!

by Darren Jamieson on August 16, 2008

We previously mentioned how the Royal Mail was appealing for dog owners to restrain their dogs from attacking postmen when they try to deliver letters, but now the Post Union has upscaled its war on dogs.

They’re looking for the law to be changed in order to lower the number of incidents where postal workers are attacked by dogs. According to their figures, 6,000 staff are attacked each year by dogs, which represents about 10% of their 70,000 workforce. (more…)

Is the Circular Walk from Oxenholme Station a top dog walk?

by Darren Jamieson on August 15, 2008

The Circular Walk from Oxenholme Station in Cumbria is in the running to be included in the official list of the top 21 dog walks for 2008. There are 52 dog walks throughout the UK shortlisted for the final 21, and the Cumbria walk is one of them.

If you’d like to vote for that, or any of your favourite dog walk trails, you can do so at www.21topdogwalks.co.uk. By voting at the site you also stand a chance of winning ‘a year’s supply of Hill’s Science Plan dog food’. (more…)

South Derbyshire village looking at dog control orders

by Darren Jamieson on August 14, 2008

The village of Hilton in South Derbyshire is looking at bringing in dog control orders after repeated occurrences of dog fouling in the play areas and parks. There was an emergency council meeting this week in the village to discuss the problem.

It wasn’t a one sided meeting though as 87 dog owners also attended to discuss the problems of dog fouling in Hilton. (more…)

Blind man ‘too slow’ to have a guide dog

by Darren Jamieson on August 13, 2008

Eric Gamsby, a 78-year-old blind man, has been told he will not get another guide dog when his current dog, a 9-year old Golden Retriever named Alice, retires. The reason given by the charity ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ is that Eric walks too slowly to benefit from a guide dog.

Eric has relied on guide dogs for the past 20 years to allow him to stay mobile, and he’s had Alice for the past 6 years. However when Alice retires soon Eric will have the dog taken from him, and will not be given another one.

Officials for the charity have stated that because Eric’s health is poor and his mobility is sufficiently hindered that he cannot have another guide dog.

Eric is a retired factory worker who has had guide dogs since he was 60-years-old. (more…)

Britain’s got talented dogs

by Darren Jamieson on August 12, 2008

Is your dog especially talented? Most dog owners would say yes, of course my dog is talented! Well now’s your chance to prove it, if you live near Hartlepool.

David Shaw, a dog trainer from Hartlepool, has come up with the idea of a Britain’s Got Talent style show for talented dogs. Dogs will compete against each other to find the dog with the waggiest tail and the dog that looks most like its owner.

Just like Britain’s Got Talent, the dogs will be judged by a panel of three stern faced judges, including Rob Cook, Hartlepool town councillor. (more…)

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