Irish sniffer dog company earns lucrative contract

by Darren Jamieson on October 21, 2008

ACT Detection Dogs, a dog sniffer training company based in County Down, Northern Ireland, has landed a lucrative contract to provide trained sniffer dogs to police forces across Europe and Asia.

The company will provide dogs for forces in Italy and Singapore, that will help the police locate illegal (more…)

Abandoned dogs use Facebook to find new homes

by Leanne Thompson on October 20, 2008

It seems that just about everyone is on Facebook these days, from grandparents to long lost school friends. Now even dogs have their own Facebook page, at least a group of abandoned dogs who have found themselves at ‘Scruffy Angels animal welfare group’ have their own page.

The dogs have had a page created for them by the manager of the animal welfare group, Kirsty O’Sullivan, from Hornchurch, who warns that the dogs would have to be (more…)

Scientists believe dogs are over 31,000 years old

by Clare Jones on October 19, 2008

According to the recent ITV show starring Martin Clunes, dogs are descended from wolves and every dog in the home today is 99.8% wolf. However scientists have just made a discovery that suggests the origins of dogs and their associations with humans may be even longer ago than first thought. They’ve discovered the remains of a dog that is thought to be 31,700 years old, which is 14,000 years older than what was previously thought to be the first dog.

Scientists discovered remains of the dog in a cave in Belgium. From their findings, they believe that the first dogs lived on a diet of (more…)

Dogs eat man’s car!

by Darren Jamieson on October 18, 2008

Many dogs chase cars, but you often wonder what would they do if they caught one? A man in Australia has found out as a pack of dogs has eaten his car!

Worse yet, it’s happened to him before.

Forty-seven-year-old Clayton Dwyer was sleeping when his girlfriend woke him saying that his car had been eaten by dogs. Naturally he thought she was ribbing him, but she wasn’t. He emerged to find that his car had been (more…)

US soldier rescues Iraqi dog and takes him back to America

by Leanne Thompson on October 17, 2008

The decision for the United States to enter Iraq might have been a controversial one, but for a stray dog named Ratchet, it’s proved a good one. Ratchet was befriended by a US soldier, Sergeant Gwen Beberg, and she wanted to bring the dog back to the United States. However the dog’s passage seemed in doubt until an online petition this week worked in Ratchet’s favour.

Together with powerful friends in Capital Hill, the petition has allowed Ratchet to ship out with his new owner, Sergeant Gwen Beberg, this weekend to travel to his new home of Minneapolis.

Sergeant Beberg is delighted that she’ll be able to take Ratchet back to the USA, after she saved him earlier this year from a (more…)

Doctor dog is seeing patients now

by Darren Jamieson on October 16, 2008

In stark contrast to the blind man who was asked to leave a hospital because his guide dog wasn’t allowed in, Fred the Irish wolfhound is welcome in Southampton General Hospital to help the elderly. Fred makes visits to the hospital every Wednesday, together with Karen, his owner, as a volunteer.

The 11st dog meets and greets the elderly patients, who have really taken to Fred’s (more…)

Kennel owner claims dead dog has escaped

by Clare Jones on October 15, 2008

When you go away on holiday and leave your dog in the safe hands of a kennel you expect them to be looked after to the standard that you would treat them. After all you’re paying for your dog to be housed for the time that you’re away.

However that’s not what happened for the Van den Bossche family when they went on holiday to France. While they were away they housed their border collie, Arte, with (more…)

Dogs are the key to keeping your children fit

by Darren Jamieson on October 14, 2008

Child obesity is a hot topic at the moment, with children spending more time playing video games and eating junk food than ever before. A new study in Australia however has discovered that the family dog could be the answer to keeping children fit and battling against child obesity.

The study, by Deakin University, discovered that children whose family have a pet dog are 50% less inclined to be obese when compared to other children who do not have a dog. The study also found that the children didn’t even need to (more…)

Dogs starved as owners can’t afford to feed them

by Leanne Thompson on October 13, 2008

A couple from Cambridgeshire have been found guilty of starving their four pet dogs, claiming they couldn’t afford them due to their huge debts. The couple’s financial problems were so great that they are facing have their home repossessed. The dogs were left in the garden, starving and surrounded by dog waste.

As a result of the credit crunch, the RSPCA has warned that anyone who faces financial difficulties such as this should seek help before they let their dogs starve.

The owners of the dogs, Dea Pinto and her Christopher Atkin, admitted in court that they had neglected the pet dogs. The RSPCA received a tip off about the pets, prompting them to visit the home in December, where they found the four dogs in a (more…)

Stolen Bull Dogs Returned

by Darren Jamieson on October 12, 2008

We reported on Friday how a family in Cardiff had been the victims of crime when their two adult British Bull Dogs, and the litter of seven puppies, were stolen from a kennel in their garden. The dogs were worth a combined £20,000, and the family had already taken £2,000 deposits on each of the seven puppies, so owed £14,000 back to the would-be purchasers.

However the story has a happy ending, as thieves have returned the seven puppies and two adult dogs, obviously after hearing that the family weren’t professional dog breeders, having had their first (more…)

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