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Dogs Trust deeply saddened by reintroduction of tail docking in Scotland

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Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is extremely disappointed that MSPs on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) have today voted to reintroduce the painful procedure of tail docking for certain breeds of dogs in Scotland (Tuesday 13 June).

The new legislation on tail docking would see spaniel or hunt point retriever puppies less than five days old have the end third of their tails amputated, with no anaesthetic or pain relief, where there is a chance that they may become working dogs.

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Tom Hardy loses beloved dog Woody

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As dog lovers, we know that the worst aspect of loving a dog is losing a dog. Their lives are too short; never long enough. We must love them and make every day as happy as possible, and when they die keep them secure and cherished in our hearts.

Actor Tom Hardy is grieving for his dog Woody, and has put together the tribute video (above) and written a moving tribute here - http://tomhardydotorg.tumblr.com/

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Poor Patterdale terrier Ziggy rescued from drain pipe

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Terrier Ziggy rescued from drain pipe
Terrier Ziggy rescued from drain pipe
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Ten-year-old Ziggy finally coaxed from drain after spending night underground!
A dog who disappeared down a drain pipe spent 19 hours underground after refusing to come back up to the surface!

The 10-year-old Patterdale terrier’s worried owner, Lauren Flintoft, contacted the RSPCA and fire and rescue service after Ziggy disappeared underground at the farm owned by her in-laws in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Ziggy had been out on a walk on Monday evening last week (29 May) when he disappeared down the drain pipe and refused to re-surface.

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RSPCA launches free pet fur-st aid guide

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Pet First Aid Guide
Pet First Aid Guide
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Charity aims for pet owners to be prepared in a crisis
Do you know how to carry out CPR on your cat, what to do if your dog is choking or how to help a pet in shock? The RSPCA’s brand new free downloadable Pet First Aid Guide has everything owners need to know in an emergency.

As the UK’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, the RSPCA hopes pet owners will download the guide onto their smartphone so they can be as prepared and knowledgeable as possible, should a crisis happen. The guide is available to download free* from now.

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Tiger sneaks up on dog and then

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Battersea's Muddy Dog Challenge photos

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The beginning of the Muddy Dog Challenge course
The beginning of the Muddy Dog Challenge course
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Yesterday (Saturday) more than 900 people and their four legged friends spent the day wallowing in mud. Together, they crawled, jumped, climbed, and waded through mud-drenched obstacles at Windsor Great Park. Unique, in being the only 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs in the UK in which participants can compete alongside their dog, as well as offering a lot of good clean(!) fun, the courses allowed entrants to raise much needed money for Battersea.

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Battersea Ambassador David Gandy, and actresses Rosie Marcel and Joanna Scanlan, take on Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge

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David Gandy and Dora
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Today, Battersea Ambassador David Gandy, and actresses Rosie Marcel and Joanna Scanlan, have taken on the Muddy Dog Challenge to help raise money for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Over 900 participants and their furry friends also took part in the fundraising event at Windsor Great Park, where they crawled, jumped, climbed, and waded through mud-drenched obstacles.

Supported by LV=, it is the UK’s first ever course where participants can compete in 2.5km and 5km obstacle runs alongside their dog.

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David Gandy and Dora 2
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Nupsala amazing arthritis treatment for dog

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Nupsala has an amazing treatment for dogs, and other animals. In this video you can see Sorrel, a German Pointer who goes from hobbling painfully, to running. It's incredible to see it, and it gives hope to all those whose dog is affected by this disease.

There will be an interview with Greg McGarrell about this pioneering treatment in Episode 183 of DogCast Radio.

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It’s not just dogs & cats at Battersea

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Pearl the rabbit
Pearl the rabbit
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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home takes in hundreds of dogs and cats each year, but staff were taken aback when an unusually long-eared arrival came through their doors.
The Mini Lop rabbit arrived at Battersea’s London centre on Monday May 1, after a kind member of the public found her on the roadside not far from the shelter.
Battersea didn’t have a hutch to hand, but luckily member of staff Amy Baird did. Amy, who works as a lost and found assistant at Battersea, offered to give the rabbit a home- naming her Lotus.
Pearl the rabbit at Battersea
Pearl the rabbit at Battersea
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RSPCA have a big challenge finding home for giant dog who is still growing

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Bam Bam
Bam Bam
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Finding a forever home for any dog can be a challenge – but some are more of a challenge than others, through no fault of their own. One such dog is Anatolian Shepherd, Bam Bam. Already a very large dog at only a year old, charming Bam Bam is still growing, and needs special home with lots of love – and lots of space!

Bam Bam is currently at theRSPCA’s Sheffield Animal Centre, having been taken in by the Hull branch at just nine weeks of age. He was rehomed not long after that, but found himself back in rescue when his new owner’s circumstances changed.

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