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 UK Soap Opera actors who own dogs

by Mark James on August 20, 2010

I have to make a confession: I’m not a huge fan of soap operas. My knowledge of Coronation Street begins and ends with Albert Tatlock, and the last time I watched EastEnders, Nick Cotton had broken in Reg Cox’s flat to nick his war medals.

Despite my indifference, soap operas are huge everywhere. Whether it’s a dour Mancunian grumpfest like Albion Market, the ten-gallon, shoulder padded exploits of everyday Texan oil barons or wigged out Mexican daytime soaps about doctors, inheritance battles and unwitting incest, there’s no mistaking their popularity. In salutation to the humble soap actor, we at Dream Dogs give you our top 5 UK soap star dog owners.

Patsy Palmer

The 38 year old actress, who found fame playing Bianca, the freckled foghorn and bedeviller of cockernee thickie Ricky in EastEnders, owns a Shar Pei called Layla. Although you may think that she’s only ever been in the soap, she’s also starred in Grange Hill, Drop the Dead Donkey and The Bill, but ‘let’s face it, who hasn’t been in The Bill? She also played a teen with a face like a welder’s bench in (more…)

Parkinson’s disease cured by dog

by Darren Jamieson on May 16, 2010

We’ve already reported on how dogs are being used to fight Cancer, and how a boy with an allergy to dogs was cured by a dog, but now it seems that dogs are also helping to fight Parkinson’s disease.

A 28 year old woman suffering with the debilitating brain disease has seen a dramatic improvement in her condition since her friend gave her a West Highland terrier. The woman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago and was forced to take four different types of drugs each day in order to get by. In addition to the drugs, she had to use a pump for her morphine for 14 hours each day. Her condition was also getting worse.

However, once the Westie entered her life her condition improved, miraculously. She now requires (more…)

Twilight star Robert Pattinson has a new love

by Darren Jamieson on February 15, 2010

Robert-PattinsonWhile his character in Twilight, Edward Cullen the vampire, may not have a beating heart of his own, Robert Pattinson has managed to set the hearts racing in girls all over the world. Many hearts may have also skipped a beat when they read the headline that Robert has a new love of his life, but relax, it’s not of the female variety.

It was believed that Robert Pattinson and Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart were making dough eyes at each other when the cameras stopped rolling, but both have denied these rumours. Instead, Edward’s new flame is (more…)

Pet dogs get ‘high’ off neighbours cannabis

by Darren Jamieson on May 10, 2009

A pensioner discovered a neighbours’ cannabis farm after her pet West Highland terrier dogs became ‘high’.

66 year old Valerie Bailey noticed her dogs acting out of character and detected a strange smell in her bedroom. The former hairdresser alerted her local police who stormed her neighbours’ semi-detached home to find over 200 cannabis plants.

Mrs Bailey explained to the media that the fumes from the drugs were causing both (more…)

Dog’s nomination for special warning bark

by Darren Jamieson on April 7, 2009

One amazing dog has been nominated for a respected award for his devotion to his owner and his special bark that warns when something is wrong.

15 year old West Highland Terrier, Toby, is owned by Fiona Hagenbuch from Uphall in West Lothian.  21 year old Fiona has cerebral palsy that causes her to fall and to suffer from fits on a regular basis.

Toby has become used to Fiona’s illness and has learned (more…)