Conker reunites stolen dog with owners

by Mark James on October 14, 2011

A stolen dog is safely back with its family after nearly a year and a half – thanks to a close encounter with a conker.

Molly, a King Charles Spaniel, was taken by thieves in a car park. Seventeen months on, any hopes her owners Tom and Andrea Richards had of seeing her again had all but vanished.

However, following a trip to a veterinarian after swallowing a conker, Molly’s family were notified of her whereabouts.

After being snatched from near her home in Wales, Molly was sold on to an unsuspecting family in South Yorkshire, 300 miles away. After eating a conker during a walk, her new owners rushed her to a vet, where a quick (more…)

Which dogs are best with children?

by Mark James on September 5, 2010

They can make an awful lot of mess with the minimum of effort. They need constant attention and affection. They require a lot of playtime to tire them out and give you some well deserved rest. They’re inquisitive, and you have to always keep an eye on them to make sure that they don’t get into trouble. They always manage to steal the comfiest spot on the sofa. They’re liable to poop anywhere, and it’s always up to you to clean it up.

Yes, kids can be a right handful.

If you have young children, you may be putting off getting a dog. It might be that you have concerns about your child’s safety around a pet, you may have your hands full enough with your little one without the responsibility of a dog, or you may be unsure what breed may fit in best with your current circumstances.

You may have also heard a lot of different stories about which breeds of dog are best to have around children. Speaking from personal experience, I have a friend who swore by her yappy, territorial Yorkshire terrier and another who let his daughter play with his massive, slavering Rottweiler without batting an eyelid.

What is universally true is this: there is no (more…)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel photo by Russell Photography

by Leanne Thompson on August 4, 2010

Manchester based photographer, James Russell, took this beautiful photo of two cheeky Cavalier King Charles Spaniels recently when he was working on a wedding shoot. The dogs themselves had been excluded from the wedding party, but as is the nature of dogs – they wanted to know what was going on and tried to peer under a gate to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom.

James spotted his chance to snap the perfect dog photo and, almost ruining his suit in the process, lay down on the ground to take this picture.

James was glad he did however because the cheeky snap won an award for James at the recent North West British Institute of Professional Photography Awards, in the pets category.

It can be difficult to get the perfect photo of your dog as they’ll often move just when you get the camera out. Being a professional, James didn’t have this problem.

What do you think of James’ picture?

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…)