Pooches compete in US surfing competition

by Leanne Thompson on September 18, 2014

The annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon took place in Southern California recently, with 80 canine entrants taking part.

Despite warnings of a hurricane, the (more…)

Canine psychic makes world cup predictions

by Susan Partridge on June 10, 2014

A supposedly gifted doggy psychic, called Roo, is preparing to predict the outcome of world cup games.

She has already (more…)

Bridgend Bulldog benefits from Dogs Trust facelift

by Darren Jamieson on May 22, 2013

Bulldogs are known for their unique facial features and easy-going attitude but Storm, a two-year-old bulldog from Bridgend, had a more peculiar appearance (more…)

Traditional dogs fall out of favour in UK

by Mark James on November 22, 2010

Following on from the news that the Alaskan Malamute has experienced the sharpest increase in popularity amongst dog owners in the UK, the Kennel Club has revealed that several more traditional breeds are falling out of favour also.

West Highland TerrierAccording to the latest figures released by the established authority on dogs within Britain, the number of West Highland Terrier pups that were registered in the UK last year fell by over 50 per cent to just 5,890.

The numbers of Yorkshire terriers registered slumped 44 per cent to just 3,767, with the golden retriever not far behind with a drop of 39 per cent to 7,804 pups.

The UK’s biggest breeds also saw a decline in numbers, with the popularity of the (more…)

Top 5 low maintenance dogs

by Mark James on September 14, 2010

Let’s be honest here: as much as we all love dogs, the effort you put into looking after them can sometimes be a pain in the posterior. How many times have you come home from a gruelling day at work to find your faithful hound waiting in the hallway for you with his lead in his mouth, when all you want to do is slump in front of the TV and crack open a bottle of wine whilst you wait for your Findus Crispy Pancakes to cook in the oven?

How many Sunday morning lie-ins have been scuppered by the realisation that you need to get out of bed to take your dog out to do a boom-boom?

Walking your dog is just one aspect of the time and energy you need to put into looking after your pet. If your dog sheds, a lot of time must be spent grooming him as part of the war to stop your house from becoming a giant hairball. As tired as you may be, you need to spend some quality time with him, which means play time and obedience training. We all know that this effort is vital to ensuring your dog is healthy and happy, and it strengthens the bond between you both, but we’ve all had the (more…)

Top 5 Premiership dog owners

by Mark James on August 16, 2010

Ah, Premiership footballers. It’s hard to think of another group of people who can divide public opinion so much. Frequently pilloried for the stupendous wage packets they pick up, it’s amazing how they can be denounced one day and lauded the next. Take David Beckham, for example.

A boyish Beckham bore the weight of a nation’s expectation on his shoulders during the build up to the 1998 Word Cup in France. During a much anticipated match with Argentina in the second round of the competition, he was sent off, resulting in his effigy being burned outside pubs in London.

Fast forward to 2001, and Beckham’s goal against Greece, which qualified England for the 2002 World Cup, completed his conversion to a hero once again.

Doubtless a lot of them live in luxury and are fine fodder for paparazzi, but what of their pets? Do their cats have solid gold litter trays? Do their budgerigars dine only on the same Trill as the Queen’s? What about their pet dogs? The first in our series of Top 5 articles this week, let’s have a look at the top 5 Premiership footballer dog owners:

Ashley Cole

Fully paid up love rat Cole, 29, has recently split up from wife Cheryl Cole. The former Girls Aloud singer filed for divorce due to Ashley’s much publicised philandering. Rather than arguing over who owned which DVD or which of them gets to keep the crockery, the ex couple are headed for a bust up over their pet dogs.

X-Factor judge Cheryl has said time and time again that their pair of pet Chihuahuas, Coco and Buster, are the most important thing in the world to her. The problem is that Ashley also claims the two dogs are critical to his happiness as a (more…)

Snub-nosed dogs at risk on aeroplanes

by Leanne Thompson on July 22, 2010

Anyone thinking of flying with their dogs should take note of recent data released by the Transportation Department in the United States of America. Last week, the Transportation Department released figures that showed that dogs with snub-noses, such as Pugs, Pekingese and English Bulldogs, are more at risk of death when travelling on planes. The figures released showed that over 50% of dogs that died on board aircraft in the last five years were dogs with smaller, pushed back faces.

A total of 122 dogs have been reported as having died on American flights since 2005, with 25 of those dogs being classed as English Bulldogs. 11 of the dogs that died were Pugs, with Pomeranians, Pekingese and Boxers also suffering as a result of being placed in aeroplane cargo holds.

The reason that short nosed dogs (Brachycephalic) are more at risk of death on board aircraft is due to their inability to breathe easily and cool themselves down in an otherwise warm environment, as cargo holds are (more…)

The top three most expensive stud dogs

by Darren Jamieson on April 5, 2010

Samoyed puppyHiring the services of dog breeders for stud dogs can be very expensive – but with the right stud dog your bitch can give birth to some very valuable puppies indeed. Here are some of the most expensive stud dogs that you can use in the world of dog breeding.

Samoyed; stud dogs fees cost over £700

Originating from Scandinavia, the Samoyed were used for herding reindeer. Typically they have no hunting instincts and as such are the perfect nature for being around children.

Character: Complex but friendly, intelligent, and obedient.
Typical size: Shoulder height: up to 22.50 inches
Weight: 50-65 pounds

This is a very rare breed and demands special handling (more…)

Dog puppy scam cons couple out of two hundred pounds

by Darren Jamieson on March 1, 2010

british-bulldogA couple were so desperate to find a puppy that they agreed to take a bulldog puppy that they saw in an advert on a website. The puppy, named Holly (pictured right), was advertised as needing a home and was set to cost the couple £200.

The couple, Karen and John McGuiness, paid the £200 for the puppy to be shipped up to their home in Edinburgh through a special pet courier company, however the dog never arrived. The so called courier company then attempted to get the couple to pay a further £150 so the dog could stop in a hotel room on its way up to Edinburgh.

Sadly, there was no dog and the advert, and courier company, were simply scamming the couple out of as much money as they could.

Karen has only recently overcome her struggle with breast cancer, and dearly wanted the bulldog puppy. She stated:

They told me the dog had become anxious so they stopped off at a (more…)

Beckham’s bulldog has luxurious flight to LA

by Darren Jamieson on January 18, 2010

According to the media around the globe, David Beckham has allegedly spent £2,000 flying his pet bulldog puppy to Los Angeles. The young bulldog was given to him by his wife Victoria Beckham as a Christmas gift in England. As a role model, perhaps Victoria should not have given the bulldog as a Christmas present. (more…)

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