Dog breeder dies aged 85

by Darren Jamieson on May 28, 2010

One of the country’s leading stud dog breeders, Pam Heasman, passed away this week at the age of 85. Pam used to be the secretary for the Greyhound Trainers’ Association and she was a noted trainer and breeder of greyhounds. She also kept many champion greyhound stud dogs. She died this week in a Kings Lynn hospital, aged 85.

Pat Quinn, a personal friend of Pam Heasman, commented on her life this week, saying that she was:

“a lovely lady who was totally dedicated to her greyhounds”. He said her passing was the end of an era.

Pam was the last of the old school. And as my son David said, she’s probably now talking greyhounds up above with Stan Gudgin, Paddy Milligan and Noreen Collin.”

Pat Quinn said that Heasman would be remembered as one of the greatest keepers of stud dogs in the sport of greyhound racing. In 2005, Heasman was recognised for her work in the field of greyhound racing when she was (more…)

The elderly need not be so isolated

by Leanne Thompson on January 12, 2010

Growing old can be an isolating experience. As men often die younger than women, elderly men can feel particularly lonely in care homes. If men put more emphasis on work than family, their sense of loneliness in retirement can be exacerbated. The loneliness some men and women experience in their latter years can be alleviated by dogs.

Passive smoking can kill your dog

by Vivien Richardson on October 10, 2009

dogsmokingMany times we read or hear about passive smoking contributing to a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Our beloved dogs and other pets are in living the same home environment as smokers and they too are in danger. Pets can be diagnosed with cancer due to (more…)

Gerard Butler accused of canine assault

by Darren Jamieson on August 29, 2009

Ugly Truth star Gerard Butler has reportedly been accused of assaulting a dog in New York earlier this week.

Fred Varecka, a retired banker, has claimed that the star struck his beloved greyhound Mayfly in Queens, New York on the 24th August.

Varecka claims he was out walking (more…)

Dog show to be held by Greyhound charity

by Darren Jamieson on March 14, 2009

If you’re anywhere near Larhall Leisure Centre in Hamilton, Scotland, tomorrow you might be interested to know about the Fun Dog Show being held by the Greyhound Awareness League. The event takes place on Sunday, between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm.

They’re hoping all kinds of dogs will attend the show, not just greyhounds, so if you’re taking your dog for a walk and want somewhere to go, you can pop down to the leisure centre and help support the greyhound charity.

The dog show is charging £2 for entry, and £5 if you have multiple dogs. They’ve assured everyone that no matter how many dogs (more…)

Dog races against cars on Top Gear

by Leanne Thompson on December 13, 2008

On last week’s episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson and James May featured a report on two communist cars from Russia. They hoped to show just how bad the cars were, in terms of build quality, luxury, ride, price and speed.

One of the tests they put the cars through was to have a drag race against a British car from the same period, and a dog. You wouldn’t normally expect a dog to beat a car in a straight line drag race, but as you’ll see from the video, the dog was (more…)

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