Digital dogs promoting Marley & Me

by Darren Jamieson on December 31, 2008

With the Jennifer Aniston movie Marley & Me already released in the US, and due for release in the UK in March, the film has been receiving some added publicity thanks to an online campaign that sees users able to create and care for digital dogs.

A game has been developed using animators with feature-film experience that allows users to create their own digital Marley, the star of the film. The game can be played on the website, and on the iPhone.

The game has been available since February on Facebook, but it has now been rebranded as can be used on MySpace, the web and you can pay for an iPhone download. The Marley puppy that you can create in the game is an (more…)

Macclesfield dog wins top military honour

by Leanne Thompson on December 30, 2008

A dog from Macclesfield, in Cheshire, has won a top military award for bravery after saving countless lives in several tours of Afghanistan.

Corporal David Heyhoe’s loyal dog ‘Treo’ was voted the finest animal in the Armed Forces at a ceremony hosted by national tabloid ‘The Sun’ earlier this month. Treo, a black Labrador, was nearly put down when he was younger as he was out of control, but like so many adolescents before him, he joined the army and it ‘straightened him out’.

Thirty-nine-year-old David and his dog Treo would search for explosives and land mines in Afghanistan, and they have just returned from a (more…)

Jennifer Aniston’s boyfriend hates her dogs

by Darren Jamieson on December 29, 2008

Most girls who are dog lovers have a strict policy when it comes to men and their dogs, if the man doesn’t love their dog (or more importantly, if the dog doesn’t like their man) the man is history.

Former Friends actress, and star of the latest Hollywood dog lover’s movie Marley & Me, Jennifer Anniston, is having troubles with her new boyfriend, John Mayer, and his hatred of her dogs. Jennifer is currently promoting Marley & Me, which opened in the US on Christmas Day (and opens in the UK in March) and has had to leave her beloved dogs behind because her boyfriend can’t stand to be near them.

Anniston has two dogs, a German shepherd and a corgi-terrier cross, but they’ve both been (more…)

Dog found a family just in time for Christmas

by Leanne Thompson on December 28, 2008

Christmas is the time of miracles, and especially for one dog from South Wales that had been abandoned, winding up in Cardiff Dogs Home. Staff of the dogs home wanted to find homes for Sebastian, the brindle mastiff cross, and eleven other dogs in their ‘twelve dogs of Christmas’ campaign. They ran the campaign in the South Wales Echo, and in the run up to Christmas had managed to house eight of the twelve dogs, including Sebastian, who had been abandoned in a field.

Deborah Preece from Ely, in Cardiff, was touched by the campaign in the Echo and offered to give a home to Sebastian. Deborah says:

As soon as I saw him I fell in love with him. He took to me really quickly. He jumped on me so much I fell over!

It broke my heart when I read the story in the paper and my husband agreed we should do something.

Seb is such a loving dog and he is getting better by the day. He still has a (more…)

Marley & Me Trailer

by Darren Jamieson on December 27, 2008

Marley & Me opens on March 13th in the UK, but opened on Christmas Day in the US. The film stars former Friends actress Jennifer Anniston and comedy wedding crasher Owen Wilson as a couple who take a Labrador puppy named Marley into their home.

Marley, like most dogs in American films, is badly behaved and very destructive, but manages to win the hearts of his new owners John and Jennifer.

We’ve a while to wait before Marley & Me opens in the UK, but it has received positive reviews in the US and promises to be a tear jerker of a movie for dog lovers. If you’re interested in seeing the film, watch the full trailer below and leave us your comments about the movie. Have you seen it, or do you intend to see it?

[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_9qLrcUdftA]

How to teach your Dog to play

by Vivien Richardson on December 26, 2008

Play is fun for your dog and it helps to build up the relationship with you. Some of the playtime can be by chasing each other, tugging with a rope or playing with a squeaky toy.

If you are playing with your dog outside you need to stop your dog playing or running after other dogs or squirrels.

Some playing suggestions are:

  • Terriers or hounds enjoy soft toys or squeaky toys.
  • Tie a toy to a long line to get (more…)

Christmas dog photos

by Darren Jamieson on December 25, 2008

It’s Christmas day, and we at Dream Dogs would like to wish everyone, and their dogs, a very merry Christmas. Hopefully your dog is having a good time this morning and is having fun with their latest toy, selection box of treats of novelty doggie Christmas costume.

In honour of it being Christmas, and a dog’s life, we thought we’d share this gallery of Christmas dog photos with you. If you’d like to see a photo of your dog featured on Dream Dogs, send us an email and we might most your photo on the website.

Merry Christmas!

Dog stolen 12 months ago reunited with owner in time for Christmas

by Darren Jamieson on December 24, 2008

In a story that seems like it has been lifted straight out of a Disney movie, or from a Benji film, a dog that was stolen 12 months ago has just been returned it its owner in time for Christmas. The dog, a Jack Russell terrier cross named Purdy, is now safely home with her owner, a nine-year-old disabled girl from Staffordshire

The dog vanished last January when she was a puppy, and her owner Emma Mathews, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was distraught at the prospect of never seeing her dog again.

However, the dog was taken by her new owners to be microchipped, when they found that Purdy had already been microchipped, and her real owners were (more…)

Swimming pool for dogs planned for York

by Leanne Thompson on December 23, 2008

Developers in York are planning to build a new £100,000 swimming pool, but it’s not for people. No, this swimming pool is to be exclusively for dogs, and it will be a state of the art swimming pool, complete with massage jets and a hoist.

The swimming pool is intended to nurse injured dogs back to health, and is planned to be built at Northminster Business Park by Canine Hydrotherapy Ltd.

According to Kerry Neath, from Canine Hydrotherapy Ltd, similar dog swimming pools have already been successful in (more…)

ASBOs for dogs, whatever next?

by Darren Jamieson on December 22, 2008

As if ASBOs weren’t bad enough, with children treating them as badges of honour, something that can be earned, plans are now afoot to give ASBOs to dogs! Furthermore, the plans have been backed by postman, in their ongoing war against the canine breed.

According to statistics over 6,000 postmen get attacked by dogs every year in the UK. The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), made up of postmen, has backed plans by the Scottish parliament to introduce a new bill that promises to help protect posties from dogs.

Dave Joyce of the CWU stated:

We are calling for cross-party backing for the Bill and we want the rest of the UK to follow Scotland’s lead.

We’re not anti-dog or anti any particular breed of dog. The overwhelming majority of dogs cause (more…)

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