Heartless thief steals sick dog from RSPCA

by Leanne Thompson on September 5, 2011

A dog with an illness threatening his life has been taken from a Coventry dog shelter.

A man masquerading as a potential owner for Chippy, a mixed breed Mastiff, took him last week from the RSPCA situated on Coundon Wedge Drive around mid-day.

He requested that he take Chippy for a walk, and left a bike and a set of keys as security. However, he disappeared with the sick dog.

18-month-old Chippy was taken by the RSPCA when they found him with an ill-fitting collar, causing severe (more…)

Armed cops have a real-life Dog Day Afternoon

by Mark James on March 23, 2011

If you saw 30 riot police, armed officers, a veterinarian specialising in lions and the RSPCA rushing to an incident, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was all going down at a circus, possibly involving Eastern European terrorists and Bruce Willis in a blood-stained vest.

However, this massive police operation was to tackle two dogs that had bitten a teenager.

The two mastiffs had turned on 19-year-old Daniel Boardman and were in the act of biting him on the arms, legs and posterior when the police arrived.

They battered down the door of the house in Rishton, Blackburn, and tasered each of the dogs before pulling the (more…)

Video game blamed for dog attack

by Darren Jamieson on October 1, 2010

For many years now video games have been blamed for a spate of violent incidents in society, from murders and rapes to bullying in the playground. Yet, in all of the years of the media casting the blame on video games (and away from the degradation of society as a whole) one video game platform has never come under fire… the Nintendo DS.

nintendogsThat has all changed now as the Nintendo DS, and the happy children’s game Nintendogs, has been blamed by a grandmother for a dog’s attack on her granddaughter.

A video game responsible for making a dog attack a little girl? Surely this is ridiculous? Yet, The Daily Mail has proceeded with the story as though the game were to blame for the incident.

The girl in question, nine year old Megan Walker, was playing Nintendogs at her friend’s house (her mother was, and still is, on holiday) when the family dog, a bull mastiff, (more…)

Which dog breeds make good guard dogs?

by Mark James on September 9, 2010

There’s no getting away from the fact that dogs are cute. Even the gruffest of people would be hard pressed not to elicit a coo in the presence of a fluffy young puppy, and the pleas to provide a good home to a sad-eyed hound that feature in adverts by the Dogs Trust would melt even the blackest of hearts. Even the most repulsive of dogs can find a place in our affections – when presented with even the world’s ugliest dog, the lizard-brained, primordial instinct to burn it with fire is overruled by the urge to scratch it behind the ear and give it a treat.

However, it’s important to remember that dogs aren’t just here to tug at our heart strings and impair rational thought. Many dogs earn their keep by working; in fact, it’s a necessity to give your dog something to do to fulfil his natural instincts and prevent boredom setting in. One instinct that all dogs possess is to act as a guardian to their owner, but even so some are better than others. Let’s take a look at which breeds make a fine guard dog, but bear in mind the difference between a pet that will bark at the postman, and a slavering hell-hound trained to go for the throat on sight. That’s an attack dog, and Dream Dogs recommends that such animals are best left to (more…)

Top 5 singers who have dogs

by Mark James on August 19, 2010

Continuing our week long list of lists, today we turn the spotlight on singers.

It’s funny old life being a rock star or a member of a band. When you’re not holed up in a studio, recording your 152nd take on a backing vocal because you still can’t get it right, filming a reality TV series about your dysfunctional kerr-azy family or twitching in a gutter outside a nightclub after overdoing the Columbian marching powder, you’re more than likely you’re on tour, spending months away from your home and family.

This hardly seems like the behaviour of a conscientious dog owner. We all know that your pet needs love and attention, not to mention feeding, watering and exercise. Luckily for the average rock multi millionaire, he’ll have hired help on hand to assist with the day to day care of his pet, whether it’s an elderly English retainer or a young Filipino manservant. This leaves you free to pose with your pooch for photographs for Hello’s exclusive 8 page spread of your brand new Hampshire mansion.

Of course, this is a sweeping generalisation. In a profession where image is everything, sycophancy abounds, teen idols have a shelf life measurable in weeks and talented people never seem to get the success you think they deserve; the unquestioning loyalty and friendship that your dog will give you can be beyond compare. Let’s have a gander at some of the more famous warblers who have a pet dog.

Robbie and his dogsRobbie Williams

Not long back in the UK after his American UFO hunting jaunt, the one time Take That bad boy and now new Take That bad boy owns several dogs. Due to quarantine laws, he had to leave his pets in Los Angeles for six months when he moved back to Blighty, but this didn’t stop him from spending time with his Labrador/Pitbull cross, German Shepherd, Bull Mastiff, Rottweiler and a wolf called Sid. He shelled out £4,000 per month on first class, 11 hour flights to see his pets. The dogs were (more…)