Great Dane learns how to predict epileptic fits

by Darren Jamieson on October 17, 2013

They are known for their giant size, but it seems that some Great Danes are capable of a lot more than just being tall and strong.

Charlie lives with the Lynch family in County Clare and his owners believe that he can detect changes in their epileptic (more…)

New home for blind Great Dane and trusty guide dog

by Mark James on November 6, 2011

It’s the end result that everyone wanted for blind Great Dane, Lily and her friend Maddison, who is now her guide dog.

When readers of the Daily Mail heard of these two special dogs searching for a home together, they were inundated with dog lovers everywhere offering to give them a loving home.

The family deemed most suitable to continue the care for these dogs was the Williams family from Crewe in Cheshire. The dogs will now leave their current home at the Dogs Trust centre in Shrewsbury and will start their new lives at a new home.

Lily, now six, was just a young puppy when it was discovered she was suffering from a rare (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 Cartoon Dogs

by Mark James on August 22, 2010

As all good things must inevitably come to an end, so does Dream Dogs’ week long pageant of pooches. If there’s one common theme that’s been present, it’s that each dog we’ve talked about has been a real dog. However, the moment is upon us to look at the staple of kids animated TV shows – the cartoon dog.

There are so many animated shows featuring dogs that this was a hard one to trim down to five. Inevitably, the results are controversial. There are some that you may have thought as an obvious shoe-in that cruelly didn’t make the cut. There was much discussion here at Dream Dogs Towers over who should be included. Other technicalities arose, such as whether K-9, Doctor Who’s radar-eared sidekick should count as a dog at all – after all, he was real in some sense – or Dino, Fred Flintstone’s pet who acted like a dog but looked like a Brontosaurus.

Fisticuffs ensued and noses were bloodied, but after the dust settled we were left with this, our list of the top five cartoon dogs.

Scooby Doo

Arguably Hanna Barbera’s flagship cartoon show; the show stuck to a tried and tested format, with dull-as-ditchwater Fred, minx Daphne and spectacles-dropping frump Velma playing the straight man to Scooby and Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rodgers. Scooby and Shaggy would split from the rest of the gang on the hunt for ‘Scooby snacks’ (whatever they were), and what would follow was predictable. Scooby and Shaggy would try to escape the monster by pretending to be chefs or barbers, Scooby would fall into a trap laid by Fred and someone would appear behind a secret wall panel.

Scooby Doo and the gang

Scooby Doo and the gang

Don’t even think of mentioning (more…)

Top 5 Actors who own dogs

by Mark James on August 17, 2010

Hey fiddle-de-dee, an actor’s life for me! Or so we’d like to think. As a matter of fact, being an actor is hard work. Sure, you may think that it would be a chore having George Clooney’s matinee idol looks, Tom Cruise’ money or Jack Nicholson’s charisma, but these guys are at the top of the actor’s food chain. Their success is attributable to hard work, learning their craft, being in the right place at the right time, luck and being hugely talented. For every actor who becomes one of the top dogs in their profession, there are countless other poverty-stricken thesps who resort to eating dog food between acting gigs.

It’s a given that as an actor acquires more and more fame, there’s more of a chance that they will acquire flunkies to tend to their needs and massage their ego. Whether it’s to beat off screaming fans, scatter rose petals in their path or make midnight runs for bowls of blue M&Ms, their every whim is catered for. It’s easy to see how the upper echelons of the acting fraternity could become somewhat paranoid when surrounded by yes men, which is why many actors turn to their dogs for companionship.

No matter if your latest film only achieves a 23 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes or how strange you look after botched plastic surgery, your faithful pooch will not desert you. This is why many are lavished with (more…)

Ice Cream Van for dogs!

by Darren Jamieson on July 20, 2010

It’s traditional for dog owners to take their dogs to the park for a walk and indulge in an ice-cream (or two) to help cool down from the heat. Meanwhile the poor dogs usually have to be content with a bowl of water, if they’re lucky, as of course ice-cream isn’t particularly good for dogs.

However, there is a new ice-cream van that intends to change all of that, being aimed solely at dogs and offering doggie flavours, such as chicken, gammon and dog biscuits. The idea has been perfected by some crazy boffins who have worked on the flavours to ensure that they are safe for dogs.

The new ice cream van will open its shutters to doggie punters at the Boomerang Pets Party, which takes place in Regents Park this Saturday. The van will offer two flavours of ice cream, and will cost 99p for each one (as ‘99s’ used to actually cost for us humans too). The flavours are ‘canine cookie crunch’ and ‘dog eat hog world’. ‘Dog eat hog world’ offers chicken and gammon flavour ice-cream, with crumbled dog biscuit and sat on top of a doggie cone. ‘Canine cookie crunch’ is a simpler affair of ice-cream with crumbled dog biscuits.

Once the van has debuted in Regents Park this weekend, it will appear at (more…)

Titan declared world’s tallest dog

by Darren Jamieson on November 14, 2009
Titan world's tallest dog

Titan world's tallest dog

On November 12th, Guinness World Records’ Day, the world’s tallest dog was announced.  Titan, pictured here courtesy of Guinness World Records, is aptly named and lives in sunny California.  Commonly mistaken by local children for a horse, this dog has a very peaceful temperament.  He is a Great Dane and 4 years old. Titan is an amazing 3.5 feet tall, and that is just measuring from the ground to the shoulder!  Delighted owner Diana Taylor (more…)

Owen Wilson to star in Marmaduke

by Darren Jamieson on November 3, 2009

600full-owen-wilsonFresh from his success in the romantic comedy dog movie ‘Marley & Me’ where he starred as the much troubled owner of Marley, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Wilson is set to star as a dog in his next dog related movie. Owen Wilson will provide the voice for the loveable but very large Great Dane, Marmaduke, in a movie based on the popular comic strip.

The plot of the film follows Marmaduke’s owners, the Wilson family (oddly enough), as they relocate to Orange County with their Great Dane. Marmaduke has a habit of causing trouble, and even starts a war against pedigree dogs. However, Marmaduke finds (more…)

World’s tallest dog dies from bone cancer

by Darren Jamieson on August 17, 2009

Gibson-tallest-dogSadly, the world’s tallest dog has passed away from cancer.  Gibson was a Harlequin Great Dane and stood at 42.6 inches from paw to shoulder.

Back in June, we reported how Gibson had bone cancer and had had his front right leg amputated in a seven hour operation to stop the bone cancer from spreading and vets believed they had stopped it.  Gibson had follow up chemotherapy sessions but unfortunately last (more…)

World’s tallest dog has bone cancer

by Darren Jamieson on June 28, 2009

worlds-tallest-dogThe world’s tallest dog has bone cancer but there is still good news.

A Harlequin Great Dane, Gibson, has held the Guinness Book of Records title of being the world’s tallest dog for the last five years has been fighting bone cancer.

Sadly, the California dog has had to have his front right leg amputated to stop the cancer spreading any further but the (more…)

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