Who is the richest dog in the world?

by Leanne Thompson on December 21, 2008

Following from the news yesterday how a rich widow left £7 million to animal welfare charities, this has raised the question as to what dog is the wealthiest in the world. With multi-millionaires leaving their entire fortunes to their pets, there are some very rich cats and dogs in the world today.

The richest dog of all however is a (more…)

Dog lover leaves £7 million to animal welfare groups

by Darren Jamieson on December 20, 2008

A dog breeder who kept herself to herself died recently, aged eighty-four, leaving almost her entire fortune totalling £7,052,477 to animal welfare charities. Nearly half of that money was left to the Dogs Trust, as the woman, Grace Smith, was a keen dog lover.

Grace was a retired surgeon and widow, who nobody who new her realised that she was a multi millionaire. She lived alone in her 18th century house near the village of Alves, and secretly played the stock market, building up her huge fortune. As well as playing the stock market, Grace was also a dog breeder, breeding bull terriors.

She shared her home with two rescue dogs, Winnie and Harry (a Lurcher and a Collie respectively) and her cat named Puss. The two dogs and the cat were left £50,000 to ensure that they were comfortable for the remainder of their lives, with the rest of her money going to (more…)

Pablo the drug mule dog talks to Frank

by Leanne Thompson on December 19, 2008

A dog has been used in the recent series of adverts from the Home Office in an effort to warn of the dangers of taking cocaine. The dog’s name is Pablo, and he’s a drug mule dog. Sadly the use of dogs to brings drugs into the UK is all too real, as dogs are forced to swallow cocaine in bags and carry them through customs.

The hard-hitting advert is very graphic, so much so that it’s only shown after the watershed, but the message it packs is a very serious and powerful one. Unlike other adverts about cocaine, the advert doesn’t glamorise the drug at all, and Pablo the dog (voiced by comedian David Mitchell) comments on the (more…)

Dog risks his life to save another dog

by Leanne Thompson on December 18, 2008

Everyone knows that dogs are extremely loyal to their owners, but they’re also loyal to other dogs as well, as a dog from Chile showed recently when he risked his life to drag his friend to safety on a busy motorway.

The daring attempt at a rescue was filmed on CCTV and then broadcast on television in Chile. The brave dog risks his life, narrowly avoiding being hit by passing cars, to rescue the wounded dog that had been hit by traffic.

The sad thing is that not a single motorist stopped to help the dog as he dragged his wounded friend to safety. Unfortunately, the dog that was injured didn’t survive, and the brave dog that performed heroics (more…)

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

by Darren Jamieson on December 17, 2008

This Christmas, as with every year, dog owners throughout the UK will go present crazy for their dogs, but they need to be wary that the festivities don’t prove too much for their four legged friends. As presents are opened and food is consumed, homes become filled with unintentional dangers for dogs.

For example, if you have chocolate decorations on your Christmas tree or selection boxes littered around the house, your dog will be very interested in them and will want to try them out; which of course is very dangerous for their health.

The same can be said for interesting looking decorations, or bones that are left in the Christmas turkey. Hannah James-Roll, a veterinary surgeon, warns of the dangers to (more…)

Indian restaurant turns away blind man

by Darren Jamieson on December 16, 2008

In the wake of the blind man who was refused entry into Peacocks, and the taxi firm who refused the blind woman because of her dog, an Indian restaurant has allegedly refused to allow a blind man enter because his dog was against the religious beliefs of the owner.

The man, Alun Elder-Brown, was asked to leave the restaurant, despite being with friends at a birthday party. He was even told that the police would be called if he did not leave and take his guide dog with him.

The fifty-one-year-old man is considering taking legal action against the Indian restaurant, the Kirthon in Tunbridge Wells, on the grounds of discrimination. He believes that the restaurant and its owners are guilty of (more…)

Dogs and their attachment to their owner

by Vivien Richardson on December 15, 2008

When you’re at home there is a lot of attention given to your dog. However, you have to teach your dog to cope on his own when you are not there.

If you are in the same room you can teach him to be on his own whilst you are there.

Give him attention in small doses by tickling him or playing for a little while (not too long). It helps if the attention given is not just tickling but to stretch him in short sessions of ten minutes of play. The rest of the hour you should (more…)

Teaching your dog to be alone

by Vivien Richardson on December 14, 2008

Try putting a stair gate or a ‘baby’ gate in a room that can limit boundaries. Let your pet stay on the other side of the gate for a few minutes and then build up the time to an hour.

While the dog is at the other side of the gate give him or her something to concentrate on such as scatter food or a chew. Go up and down the stairs or in and out of the room slowly for a few (more…)

Dog races against cars on Top Gear

by Leanne Thompson on December 13, 2008

On last week’s episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson and James May featured a report on two communist cars from Russia. They hoped to show just how bad the cars were, in terms of build quality, luxury, ride, price and speed.

One of the tests they put the cars through was to have a drag race against a British car from the same period, and a dog. You wouldn’t normally expect a dog to beat a car in a straight line drag race, but as you’ll see from the video, the dog was (more…)

Dogs suffer from jealousy

by Darren Jamieson on December 12, 2008

As if we didn’t already know this, but Austrian scientists claim they’ve proved it anyway; dogs suffer from jealousy! Anyone who’s owned more than one dog will of course be well aware of this fact.

According to research, if one dog that performs a task isn’t rewarded while another dog who performs the same task is, the first dog will stop performing the task. The researchers claim that the sensitivity they discovered to exist within dogs previously was only thought to exist within primates.

The experiment conducted consisted of rewarding one dog for presenting his paw for shaking hands, but not rewarding another dog for doing the same thing. The dog that wasn’t rewarded soon lost interest in the game and (more…)

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