Buster dies leaving Paul O’Grady devastated

by Darren Jamieson on November 20, 2009

OGradyBusterYesterday, Paul O’Grady’s beloved dog Buster died of cancer.

The 14 year old shih tzu-bishon frise cross was a regular on Paul O’Grady’s chat show on Channel 4 and popular with viewers.  Lately, Buster hasn’t been appearing on the current TV series because of his age.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Buster (more…)

Ireland’s dog breeders want puppy farm regulation

by Leanne Thompson on

Dog breeders from Northern Ireland are asking the government to regulate their industry in an attempt to ban puppy farms by convicting those with convictions for cruelty to animals from owning or keeping animals in future.

The group Canine Breeders of Ireland is a body representing around 600 dog breeders. The group has called for Department of Agriculture vets to be held responsible for animal welfare and to be given the authority to deal with those farming puppies.

‘Puppy farm’ is a term the general public now associates with unregulated dog breeders that do not care for their animals and treat dogs cruelly, according to the canine group when it gave evidence to the assembly’s agriculture committee. Many of these ‘puppy farms’ have (more…)

Britain’s fattest Dalmatian at 11 stone

by Darren Jamieson on November 19, 2009

Yesterday, dog owner John Green was in court for turning his dog into Britain’s fattest Dalmatian according to The Sun – and was banned from keeping a dog for ten years.

John Green of Macclesfield, Cheshire, shared his food including chocolate and sweets with his dog every dog, making pet Dalmatian Barney (pictured here courtesy of The Sun) balloon to three times the normal size for his breed in only (more…)

Teach your puppy the ‘give a paw’ game for your Christmas party

by Vivien Richardson on November 18, 2009

Dog trainers and dog owners recommend this game for your new puppy to learn as it is using simple commands and teaches your puppy to focus.

It is called ‘give a paw’.

Give a paw is a smart game. Your puppy will pick it up quickly as he will want to please you and your tone of voice is very important to him. Praise is everything.

Kneel down in front of your pet so you are (more…)

You and your dog can use jog-stop to lose weight

by Vivien Richardson on November 17, 2009

Weight loss can be speeded up with your dog and a routine called jog-stop.

A young dog or a puppy will find this way of exercising less boring. You will lose weight with an enjoyable exercise routine, ideal to be done in the morning, and your dog will sleep for the rest of the day.

You should always make sure your doctor (more…)

Autism helper dog allowed in school after all

by Leanne Thompson on November 16, 2009

As reported in The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere in the media, a county judge has ruled that Chewey, a yellow Labrador retriever, can attend school with his autistic master Kaleb Drew. The court judgement seems to make sense because Kaleb suffers with his autistic condition and Chewey helps him relate to other people. Moreover, Chewey is a great companion for Kaleb who makes him feel better every day.

Chewey has had two years of (more…)

Bark in the park!

by Darren Jamieson on November 15, 2009

It is usually positive when a local community makes the effort to come together, but it is even better when it is to organise a special event.  As reported in the Kidderminster Shuttle, a local community group has organised a ‘Bark in the Park.’  On Saturday 21st November, dog owners from all over will congregate in St George’s Park.

One aim of the event is to provide free advice to dog lovers in a friendly atmosphere.  There will also be fascinating dog demonstrations, including a dog trainer and a display by a police (more…)

Titan declared world’s tallest dog

by Darren Jamieson on November 14, 2009
Titan world's tallest dog

Titan world's tallest dog

On November 12th, Guinness World Records’ Day, the world’s tallest dog was announced.  Titan, pictured here courtesy of Guinness World Records, is aptly named and lives in sunny California.  Commonly mistaken by local children for a horse, this dog has a very peaceful temperament.  He is a Great Dane and 4 years old. Titan is an amazing 3.5 feet tall, and that is just measuring from the ground to the shoulder!  Delighted owner Diana Taylor (more…)

What to do if you lose your dog

by Leanne Thompson on November 13, 2009

Losing your dog can be a frightful experience, and whether you have dog insurance or some sort of policy where you can notify people, there are still a few things you can do straight away to increase your chances of finding your dog.

First of all, stay in the same place or if you have to leave, then be sure to leave a piece of clothing or something with your scent on.

Avoid shouting your dog’s name in an anxious tone.  Dogs recognise the tone of your voice so call him as you would normally.

Organise a search in a triangular coverage of the area because (more…)

Sniffer dog found after 14 months missing in Afghanistan

by Darren Jamieson on November 12, 2009

sniffer dogA black Labrador sniffer dog has been found alive after almost 14 months since she went missing during a firefight in Afghanistan.

Sabi is a four year old Australian sniffer dog trained to search for roadside bombs for the Special Forces of Australia, pictured here courtesy of the Times Online.

She was returned just a week ago by (more…)

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