What to consider before buying a puppy

by Vivien Richardson on May 1, 2011

Buying a dog or puppy can be a major decision for most people and there are several things which must be considered beforehand.

One of the most important issues which should be looked at is whether the potential dog or puppy owner has sufficient time to dedicate to looking after the animal. It is essential that anyone looking to buy a puppy has the time to exercise, feed and groom it properly as well as time to invest in dog training.

Another factor which should be thought about is what type of dog or puppy should be (more…)

British hero dog rescued from Taliban by commandos

by Darren Jamieson on July 8, 2010

In a story that seems to have come straight out of a Sly Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, a dog that saved the lives of troops in Afghanistan has been rescued from the Taliban by commandos.

The dog, named Brin, is an Afghan Hound and he wondered onto the base of the Coldstream Guards a few months ago. He was given by the guards to the Gurkha Rifles, who he then began to follow when they went on their patrols looking for Taliban forces. Rather than get in the way, Brin would help find Taliban planted explosive devices because of the way they smelt, alerting his pals to their presence and saving their lives.

The British troops even heard rumours locally that the Taliban believed that the dog was a special SAS dog who had been flown in to help combat them – rather than being a stray dog who just so happened to wander in off the street.

However, on a recent mission the plans changed late in the day and the troops had to be air lifted out, leaving Brin behind to fend for himself – where he was taken prisoner. Rumours then spread locally that the (more…)