Shakespearean play wants dog owners to audition their dogs

by Darren Jamieson on March 31, 2009

Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs. Worthington. What do you say about dogs then?

A production of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ to be performed at Bath Spa University is asking for dog owners to bring their dogs along to audition for a role. They’re asking for any dog breed to try out (except for Spaniels, for some reason) so if you live in Bath and have a dog who you think would like to tread the boards why not try out for a role?

Terri Power is the director of the play. She states:

Usually in a modern performance of the play no actual dog is brought on stage. But in Shakespeare’s time they did so. They had a troupe of dogs specially trained to perform and do (more…)

Coastguard performs daring cliff rescue of dog and puppy

by Leanne Thompson on

The coastguard performed a daring rescue of a dog and a stranded puppy who were stuck on a cliff ledge, as the tide rose around them. The Ness Coastguard Rescue Team was aided by coastguards from Bragar and Breasclete and together they managed to safely rescue the two dogs.

Carol Campbell, the watch manager for the Stornoway Coastguard stated:

This rescue was carried out in very challenging conditions on the highly exposed Atlantic cliffs on the west side of the island with driving rain and (more…)

One dog rescued, one dog lost at sea

by Darren Jamieson on March 30, 2009

One dog was rescued from the sea, near Sunderland, but a second dog was lost as the two chased each other into the waves. A Staffordshire Bull Terrier chased a Jack Russell into the sea, falling into difficulty and prompting two men to dive in after them.

As the two men themselves struggled, the RNLI were called to assist. One of the men made it ashore with the Jack Russell, but the second man had to be rescued by emergency services. As he was taken to hospital, the RNLI lifeboat attempted to look for the second dog, (more…)

Woman sues man for killing her dog

by Darren Jamieson on

LEGAL Dog 112286A woman is suing an ex neighbour over accusations that he killed her dog and dumped the dog’s body in her garden. Sixty-year-old Tricia Wales has raised £1,600 to make her private claim after the RSPCA said they wouldn’t prosecute the man accused of killing the dog.

Tricia Wales is prosecuting a former neighbour, Neville Hill, who has already admitted to hitting her dog, a five-year-old border terrier, with a hoe. He claims he killed the dog after he found it in his garden, but as the dog didn’t suffer, the RSPCA say they will not prosecute.

Mrs Wales claims that her dogs were playing in her garden when she went out, when Mr Hill killed her dog:

Hill said that my dogs got into his garden, that they were circling his hen coop and distressing his animals. There was a horrendous dog fight which culminated in him hitting (more…)

Guide Dog charity staff raise funds for guide dogs

by Leanne Thompson on March 29, 2009

th1_hlc-2703-03-2603_110602Staff from the Guide Dog Breeding Centre at Bishops Tachbrook are to raise money for their charity by taking part in the Coniston Challenge.

The challenge involves events such as canoeing and cycling, and a 10km walk. The challenge takes place in the Lake District, and the staff are hoping to raise £5,000 for their charity.

The guide dog charity centre is responsible for breeding 1,200 puppies every year, out of which approximately 900 of the puppies grow up to be guide dogs. Every dog that becomes a guide dog costs around (more…)

World War II hero dog to have medal auctioned

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ripA stray dog who saved over 100 lives in the second world war is to have his medal auctioned next month. The stray dog, named Rip, was rescued by an Air Raid Precaution warden in 1940 when the German’s were bombing the Poplar area of London.

After being rescued, Rip paid his saviour back by sniffing out victims of the German air raids, saving over 100 people in London. As a result of his heroism, Rip was awarded the Dickin Medal, which was the animal version of the Victoria Cross. Spink, the auction house, will be auctioning off the medal on April 23rd, and it’s expected to raise as much as (more…)

Cats and Dogs are tripping hazards for Americans

by Leanne Thompson on March 28, 2009

According to new research in the USA, Americans are finding that their small furry pets are causing them accidents. It appears that as many as 240 Americans find themselves in hospital every single day because they’ve fallen over their pet cat or dog.

According to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 88% of falls in emergency rooms were caused by cats and dogs. Almost 8 million Americans are treated for falls every year.

The research also showed that women were more than (more…)

Baywatch dog back on patrol in Cornwall

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Fans of Baywatch are used to seeing fit, toned and tanned bodies running in slow motion on the beach to save someone in distress in the sea. Visitors to a beach in Cornwall however are used to a more ‘hairy’ sight running up and down the beaches, and no, we don’t mean David Hasselhoff.

A beach in Cornwall is more used to seeing Bilbo, a Newfoundland, leaping into action to save people. However, Bilbo was recently banned from saving lives on the beach amid fears over health and safety.

The problem is that dogs have been banned from the beach, and this includes Bilbo, a lifeguard on the beach. However Bilbo has been reinstated to his duties after locals and tourists (more…)

Dog paints art and sells work

by Darren Jamieson on March 27, 2009

They say that art is subjective, but one new artist is challenging the perceptions of art lovers everywhere with his abstract work. The reason this new artist is creating such a stir is simple; he’s a dog.

Ziggy is a three-year-old Pekingese and he’s been ‘painting’ for the last two years. Unlike many artists, including Picasso, Ziggy isn’t poor. Ziggy’s art is selling for up £171 per painting to art lovers and collectors.

Naturally Ziggy is from the USA, living in Falbrook with his owner, Elizabeth Monacelli. Ziggy paints his canvas paintings by biting into a paintbrush and (more…)

Dog fouling being tackled by anti-terrorism measures

by Leanne Thompson on

If ever there was an example the phrase ‘overkill’, the recent news on what local councils have been doing is a classic example. Powers put in place to combat terrorism are being used for crimes as trivial as dog fouling and littering.

News has emerged that councils in the North of England have used CCTV camera that were installed to battle terrorism up to 500 times to combat dog walkers not cleaning up after their dogs. One such council using these measures to tackle dog walkers is Darlington Borough Council.

The figures were obtained by the Liberal Democrats, who have claimed that the use of these spying measures for trivial crimes is an invasion of (more…)

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