Goose transforms rescue dog from mighty to mellow

by Leanne Thompson on December 4, 2013

Rex, a German Shepherd rescue dog who was once labelled as “dangerous”, has surprised his handlers after developing a friendship with a goose.

It seems the dog’s tender side was under wraps for a long time, but his feathered friend has helped him (more…)

Hero dog to be awarded for saving young owner’s life

by Leanne Thompson on October 23, 2013

People will soon gather at the House of Lords to watch a dog from Essex receive an award for his courageous behaviour.

Geo, a German Shepherd-Collie cross, will accept a prize from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which is one of the largest conservation charities in (more…)

Dog lover develops innovative canine gadget

by Vivien Richardson on July 10, 2013

A devoted pet owner from San Francisco has developed a piece of wearable equipment which tracks the behaviour patterns of dogs.

Ben Jacobs faced heartbreak (more…)

Barking all the way to the blood bank

by Leanne Thompson on November 14, 2012

Millions of people donate blood on a regular basis as a way of helping those who might need a transfusion and it seems that dogs are now doing the same. To prevent dogs from losing large amounts of blood after an accident or (more…)

Dog on a quest to go from fat to fit

by Mark James on October 10, 2012

Tilly, who is a Border Collie mixed with a German Shepherd, was recently taken in by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in search of a new home. Despite Tilly’s energetic personality, she has (more…)

Two dogs survive after 60ft cliff fall incidents

by Leanne Thompson on September 5, 2012

Lifeboat volunteers had their work cut out on Saturday, September 1, as two dogs careered over the edge of cliffs in the Sunderland, Tyne and Wear region.

The first call came (more…)

European dogs derive from some Asian breeds

by Mark James on December 28, 2011

New research has shown that the origins of dog breeds in the western world are different from what was previously first thought.

It was discovered through the research that dogs which came from ancient south-east Asia had a substantial influence on dog breeds in Europe, as well as in the United States.

Initiated by a team of researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, a study looked into the theory that most of the canine breeds in the western world originally derived from dogs which hailed from the Middle East and also from early western civilisations.

It was found that this idea is unlikely to be correct, due to it appearing that pet dogs in Europe and in the US actually originate (more…)

Birmingham Alabama helps train up leader dogs

by Darren Jamieson on November 13, 2011

Leader Dogs being trained are often seen in Birmingham and, on an average day, a few of the dogs can be seen walking around the town, restaurants or shops.

Founded by three Detroit area Lions Club members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester is there to provide the blind with a trained guide dog. This scheme was so successful that around 270 people every year are placed with a completely trained up dog as their guide, and this is a free of charge service for them.

There are about one in three of the puppies that make it through the training regime and then become (more…)

Dogs detect deadly disease

by Mark James on August 26, 2011

Dogs – they fetch your slippers, find drugs, bite rioters on the crotch and confound your postman, but it seems they can claim another talent – sniffing out lung cancer.

A new report in the European Respiratory Journal by German boffins conclude that your pooch may be able to detect lung cancer by smelling your breath. Although the team worked with just four dogs – an Australian Shepherd, a Labrador and a brace of German Shepherds – the success rate was remarkable. In 100 samples from lung cancer sufferers, they were able to (more…)

Dog proves that bark is definitely worse than bite

by Leanne Thompson on May 24, 2011

A man whose dogs kept neighbours awake at night through their barking has been fined £300.

John Barrett, from Essex, admitted the charges of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice that ordered that he kept the dogs quiet at night.

The notice was issued on September 28th last year after the council received several complaints from neighbouring residents about Barrett’s Jack Russell and German Sheppard, Colchester Magistrates Court heard. The dogs were (more…)

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