RSPCA workers nurse puppies back to health

by Darren Jamieson on May 1, 2013

As the leading UK animal welfare charity, the RSPCA is relied on to prevent animal cruelty and assist with the rescue and health of animals.

Millions of pets have been re-homed and adopted (more…)

Who will be Over the Rainbow this weekend?

by Darren Jamieson on May 20, 2010

It’s the live final of BBC’s Over the Rainbow this weekend, where the three remaining girls (Lauren, Sophie and Danielle) all compete for their dream role as Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reworking of The Wizard of Oz in London’s West End.

However, more important is the search for Toto, and which dog will win the role of Dorothy’s faithful sidekick for a one off performance. The final five dogs have been put through their paces over the last few weeks, performing various tasks to impress the judges, before this weekend the winner will be announced.

So who will it be, here are the final five dogs:

Eddie
A cross between a pug and a shih tzu, Eddie is one year old and is one of the cutest dogs in the final. Eddie can’t handle the pressure of sitting on the seats in the theatre, as we saw recently, but he can pull back a curtain with the best of them.

Dangerous Dave
Dave is a miniature schnauzer and is famed for (more…)

Springer Spaniel falls 300ft from cliff top and lives

by Leanne Thompson on February 24, 2010

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It seems that every few months we’re treated to a story of a dog that manages to fall of a cliff and survive, and it’s usually a spaniel! Last summer saw two dogs fall of a cliff, one was saved by his collar and the other, the spaniel, fell off the same cliff twice.

This time a springer spaniel has fallen off a 300ft cliff into the sea while she was chasing a seagull. Don’t panic though, as this springer spaniel, named Poppy, is fine and was rescued by a lifeboat and its crew.

The incident happened in Newhaven, East Sussex, as one of the lifeboat members, Gavin Butcher, explained:

She was shivering – she was cold and nervous but apart from that she was as good as gold.

Myself and another crew member have both got springer spaniels ourselves so we were very relieved.

After falling 300ft off the cliff, and failing to catch the seagull, Poppy (more…)

Would you rather be rescued by a German Shepherd or a Springer Spaniel?

by Darren Jamieson on October 5, 2009

springer spaniel rescue dogThe police choose the Springer spaniel over the German shepherd because it’s less scary.

The Devon and Cornwall Police force are reportedly the first police force in the UK to train the Springer spaniel dog breed for search and rescue operations.

Inspector Andrew Lilburn, acting as spokesperson for the force, told the Telegraph that (more…)

Springer spaniel survives five weeks lost

by Leanne Thompson on April 8, 2009

oliver_springer_spanielSpringer spaniel Oliver survived just over five weeks in the hills of Scotland.

12-year-old and partially deaf Oliver ran away from his owners and the three other family dogs during a walk close to Glen Etive in Scotland on the 24th February but was happily reunited with his owners on the 2nd April.

Oliver’s owner, Deborah Wyton told the BBC they had (more…)