ITV1 programme to show a new side of dogs

by Mark James on January 30, 2013

A programme set to be shown on ITV1 tomorrow night will give insight into how many sides of our favourite pets we rarely get to see.

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Dogs look for loving homes this Valentine’s Day

by Vivien Richardson on January 23, 2013

February 14 is just around the corner and while most of us will be surprising loved ones and receiving gifts from admirers, many dogs around the United Kingdom will still be desperately seeking out a home – something being addressed by (more…)

Four rescued dogs are homed following Observer appeal

by Leanne Thompson on January 16, 2013

The smiles of four special dogs have been brightened now that they have be rehomed after Mutts in Distress made an appeal to find a new home.

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Bath charity initiative seeks to keep dogs warm this winter

by Mark James on January 14, 2013

An animal care centre in Bath has set up a scheme encouraging dog lovers to donate just £25, which will be enough to see a dog kept warm and safe over the cold UK winter.

The Bath Cats and Dogs Home (BCDH), which houses around 3,000 animals every year, says that funds raised through the scheme will not only cover the fundamental heating costs needed to keep the canines cosy, but will also pay for additional blankets and bedding. Furthermore, it will go towards medicine for dogs suffering from joint problems, while cats will benefit from beds with a special ability to retain heat.

Simultaneously, the care centre has issued advice urging people to think carefully before they adopt a pet, as the abandonment of dogs often comes as a consequence of households taking in an animal and then realising they do not have the means to care for it. BCDH’s Karen Ethier warns:

“Prospective new owners should ensure they have sufficient time, the correct lifestyle and financial means to take on a pet and look after it responsibly.”

Other possible ideas for keeping dogs at as comfortable a temperature as possible all year round include improving air circulation during the summer and installing underfloor heating to ensure that they are not lying on cold floors during the winter – both of which are ideas being adopted by a proposed new state-of-the-art dog shelter in Geneseo, Illinois, according to a recent report.

More information on the BCDH Appeal, as well as advice on how to make a donation, can be found on the BCDH website.

Still bundles of life left in 26-year-old dog

by Darren Jamieson on January 10, 2013

The average age of a Labrador is 10 to 12 years, while a Manchester terrier can expect to live around 8.9 years. This makes Sooty extra special, because the crossbreed is bouncing with energy at the grand old age of 26 – making her (more…)

Ten-month-old dog has complete hip replacement

by Vivien Richardson on January 2, 2013

Stanley, or ‘bionic dog’ as many people are now calling him, has found himself in the limelight this month after undergoing hip surgery.

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Blind patients to travel with guide dogs in newly unveiled ambulance

by Darren Jamieson on

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has unveiled a brand new type of ambulance that will enable blind patients to travel with their four-legged companion when in times of need.

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