DNA database for dogs in German town

by Darren Jamieson on January 31, 2009

In typical German fashion, the town of Volkach is being exceptionally well organised when it comes to the town’s canine inhabitants. Officials in the town are set to commence DNA testing all of the dogs so that they can track which animals are guilty of fouling the streets, or more accurately, which dog owners are guilty of not cleaning up after their dogs.

There are 420 registered dogs in the small German town, and they are all to be tested with either saliva or fur samples, to be added to the database.

The mayor of Volkach, Peter Kornell, stated:

Unfortunately, we have to do it voluntarily because there is nothing in the (more…)

How to groom your dog

by Vivien Richardson on

When you groom your dog it is necessary to have the correct grooming tools for the size of your dog.

Listed below are some of the tools required for different sizes of dogs:

  • Long haired dogs require one porcupine brush, a combi-slicker and a matt splatter
  • Medium haired dogs require a nylon brush, shredding blade and a rubber grooming glove
  • Curly or wire haired breeds need a double sided brush or slicker, a straight back comb and a stripping knife

Method of combing:

Start the grooming with the comb at the neck in the direction of the fur. Take small sections at a time. However if matted up try (more…)

Court settlement awards stud dog’s sperm to breeder

by Leanne Thompson on January 30, 2009

A dog breeder from Queensland, Australia took action to win back her stud dog and his frozen sperm.

The dog breeder, Leigh Robertson from Narangba, near Brisbane, claimed against Reg Worth, a kennel manager for the Queensland Police Dog Squad (QPS), when he sold police dog Ike to the police service without getting her permission first.

Ms Robertson stated:

“Ike was not his to sell.”

Mr Worth and Ms Robertson had (more…)

Former stud dog lost in the snow

by Leanne Thompson on January 29, 2009

A small white dog has become lost in the snow in the US town of Arnold. Rich is a tiny white Bichon Frise (who used to be a stud dog) and looks a lot like a toy poodle. He was being fostered by caretaker owners when he escaped out of the door, into the snow, last week and hasn’t been seen since.

Small Paws Rescue’s Robin Pressnall stated:

It’s just one of those things that can happen when a foster parent has a dog that is a darter.

There have been sightings of the dog throughout the weekend, but no one has managed to catch him as he’s afraid of people and is (more…)

Making the move with your dog to his new home

by Vivien Richardson on

Everything is packed, the van is loaded up and now it’s time to take your dog for a walk while another member of the family places their favourite toy and other belongings in the back of the car ready for the journey. When you put the dog’s bed in the back of the car remember to put in a jumper that smells of you for extra reassurance.

When you arrive at the new home let your dog relieve himself and then place the bed and toys that have the most ware in a spare room while the rest of your (more…)

Tips for grooming your dog

by Vivien Richardson on January 28, 2009

Both cats and dogs need grooming regularly to keep them healthy. There are short, medium and long haired dogs and the grooming routine can vary according your breed of dog.

Whatever the breed of dog you have there is a need for regular grooming. Like people, dogs feel better when they have had a bath or have been clipped; of course it is still tempting for them to roll in the dirt just after having their bath!

When a dog is regularly groomed their coat shines and it gives the owner a chance to check if there are fleas or (more…)

Dogs banned from reservoir in East Lancashire

by Darren Jamieson on January 27, 2009

United Utilities has banned dogs and dog walkers from walking around the Clowbridge Reservoir, in Burnley, from February 20th this year. United Utilities say that they have made repeated requests for dog owners to use the dog waste bins provided, but due to a lack of cooperation from dog owners, they have no option but to ban dog owners from the reservoir.

Dog walkers have understandably reacted angrily to the ban, particularly following recent changes meaning that car owners were charged for parking at the reservoir.

Dog owner Suzy Hardman said of the ban:

It’s ridiculous, these kind of places are very popular with people.

Where are they going to go?

Rambler John Harvey takes the other side of story, agreeing that the dog fouling (more…)

Gemma Atkinson supports guide dogs for the blind

by Leanne Thompson on January 26, 2009

Actress Gemma Atkinson has lent her support for Guide Dogs for the Blind, raising money for the dog charity at the premier for a new Disney movie in Manchester. Gemma attended the premier of ‘Bolt’ in Manchester, where she was blindfolded and led along by a guide dog. In doing so, Gemma helped raise £400 for the animal charity.

Gemma commented on the fund raising stunt:

It is an amazing job that the guide dogs do and I felt confident and did not feel (more…)

North Clwyd Animal Rescue

by Leanne Thompson on January 25, 2009

The North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR) is a registered charity based in North Wales, close to Holywell and they offer temporary homes for animals that need it, and in many cases, this means dogs.

In 2008, the charity took in 660 dogs in fact, 463 of which were rehomes and 174 were reclaimed by their owners.

Unlike some charities, the North Clwyd Animal Rescue can house a dog for a long time.  Last year, they finally rehomed one of their long-timers, Alfie the (more…)

Over a thousand sled dogs take part in race at Aviemore

by Darren Jamieson on January 24, 2009

Earlier this week saw over 1,000 sled dogs gather together for a sled dog race at Aviemore. The dogs will be competing in a race this weekend, called the Highland rally. The race is held every year and is regularly watched by over 3,000 people, bringing as much as £400,000 in revenue for the area.

The sled dog race is for dog teams of between 2 and 8 dogs, and they achieve speeds of 20mph. The dog handlers cover a wide age range, from as young as 8 years old to as old as 60.

When the race was first held back in 1984, just 12 teams took part. This weekend over 250 teams are expected to race their dogs. One of the most common dogs participating in the race is the Siberian Huskey.

Sarah Robinson, part of the organisation team, stated:

If we have ideal conditions there will be plenty of snow for teams to pull their driver – called the musher – around the course on a sled. If not, the musher will use a three-wheeled rig that looks a bit like a tricycle without a seat. Both dogs and musher have to be (more…)

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