Keep your dog cool to keep him safe

by Leanne Thompson on June 30, 2009

Dog-friendly organisations everywhere are reminding dog owners to keep their dogs cool over the summer months to avoid losing their companion.

The RSPCA in particular has publicised their statistics from last year showing they received over 3,000 telephone calls from public concerned about 4,589 dogs in hot cars all over the UK, particularly in supermarket car parks or outdoor events.

Already, during the hot weekend at the end of May (more…)

Introduction of ASBO’s for dogs

by Darren Jamieson on June 29, 2009

The backbench Bill from the House of Commons proposes to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and is supported by the Labour MP Angela Smith as well as the Labour Parliament candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, David Williams.

The Bill is partly being promoted in response to a campaign by the Communication Workers’ Union, the Bite (more…)

World’s tallest dog has bone cancer

by Darren Jamieson on June 28, 2009

worlds-tallest-dogThe world’s tallest dog has bone cancer but there is still good news.

A Harlequin Great Dane, Gibson, has held the Guinness Book of Records title of being the world’s tallest dog for the last five years has been fighting bone cancer.

Sadly, the California dog has had to have his front right leg amputated to stop the cancer spreading any further but the (more…)

My Chemical Romance drummer sues celebrity dog trainer

by Leanne Thompson on June 27, 2009

My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar is in the process of suing a celebrity dog trainer over the death of his beloved dog.

Bryar’s dog, Dixie, was a former rescue dog and a German Shepherd cross breed.  In April of this year, Bryar alleges he paid a celebrity dog trainer, Daniel Schaffer, $7,500 (£5,000) for intensive dog training at the kennels of the self-proclaimed ‘dog trainer to the stars’ to help her adjust (more…)

Clean up on National Poop Scoop Week

by Leanne Thompson on June 26, 2009

This week it is National Poop Scoop and all over the UK, local authorities are taking full advantage to encourage dog owners to clean up after their dogs and make sure we have a clean summer.

There are more than 7 million dogs nationwide and yet it really is just a minority of irresponsible down owners who let the reputation of dogs down.  Is it any wonder that dogs are banned from so many places?

Irresponsible dog owners don’t just (more…)

The dogs of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

by Darren Jamieson on June 25, 2009

Mojo in TransformersThe Hollywood blockbuster Transformers Revenge of the Fallen was released last week in the UK, with some of the best special effects ever put on film. However, despite the wonderful Transformers created by special effects team Industrial Light and Magic, the presence of dogs couldn’t go unnoticed in the movie, as director Michael Bay is such a huge fan of his dogs.

The fist canine star of the film is the returning pooch called Mojo, a Chihuahua who appeared in the first movie with a broken leg. In the second Transformers movie, Mojo has a French bulldog to keep him company, who he seems to want to mount at every opportunity.

Interestingly enough, in the first film Mojo was supposed to be a bulldog because one of the writers on the film had a bulldog named Mojo when they were younger, but Michael Bay decided at the last minute that a Chihuahua would be funnier.

Mojo and his bulldog friend aren’t the only dogs in Transformers 2 though, as Megan Fox’s character Michaela Barnes is joined by one of Michael Bay’s own dogs, pictured here.

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Sadly there are no actual Transformers who are dogs, but there is Ravage, who is a canine-esque Black Panther, and a very dangerous dog indeed.

How to stop your dog from barking

by Vivien Richardson on

Following on from our article about the world’s loudest bark, we all know it can be annoying when a dog barks – it doesn’t have to be the loudest bark.

It is natural for your dog to bark or whine, sometimes even howling. It is annoying to your neighbours and everyone would be in a better frame of mind if the barking is controlled. It would be unfair to think a dog is going to stop barking altogether.

Dogs are usually more inclined to bark (more…)

Living next door to world’s loudest dog

by Darren Jamieson on June 24, 2009

In an article last weekend, we reported how German Shepherd Daz had been officially crowned as having the world’s loudest bark by the Guinness Book of Records with 108 decibels and I did say how glad I was I didn’t live next door.

Well, on Monday the BBC took my question to heart and actually interviewed the next door neighbour to Daz and asked what is it like to actually live next door to the world’s loudest dog? (more…)

Pet Airways – an airline for pets only

by Darren Jamieson on June 23, 2009

pet-airwaysAmerica’s first pet-only airline, Pet Airways, will launch in July to fly dogs and cats between five major US cities.

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, more and more people want to travel with their dogs and take them on holiday and Pet Airways will help relive some of the anxiety owners might feel about their dogs or cats travelling.

The airline will only fly pets and will travel between five cities: New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. A specially adapted aircraft, a Beechcraft 1900, will be able to fly up to 50 average sized pets with one pet attendant and two pilots as crew. No human passengers will be allowed. Each route will fly once a week and will cater to just cats and dogs to begin with.

Pet Airways will launch on the 14th July with an introductory (more…)

Best Western best for dogs

by Leanne Thompson on June 22, 2009

New figures show that more holidaymakers want to take their dogs on holiday with them, a market that Best Western hotels plan to cater for.

The global pet market is estimated to be worth over £4 billion and looks set to grow if recent figures are anything to go by.  According to figures from Best Western Hotels, the number of bookings received from Brits who want to take their dogs on holiday with them has increased by almost 150 percent.

The Best Western group has won awards for being a pet friendly hotel chain.  The group even offers a canine menu which includes dishes such as ‘leash and potato soup’ or ‘prawn dogtail’ and for (more…)

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