Episode 157 - Crufts 2015 Special Part Two
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Animal Health Trust
In an interview which every dog owner should hear, Julie talks to Dr.
Mike Starkey who is the Head of Molecular Oncology at the Animal Health Trust.
Mike is researching canine cancer - and his work should give hope to
everyone who shares their life with a dog and fears losing them to
cancer. There are a huge variety of cancers which affect dogs, and Mike
and his team are trying to identify how different cancers behave, the
hope being that vets will be able to make more informed prognoses for
dogs with tumours.
The other important message to get across
to dog owners is that we can all help Mike's work. If your dog is
diagnosed with cancer and has some tissue removed for testing, giving
your permission for that tissue to be accessible for further research
will help researchers learn more and be able to improve and save canine
One woman who went further than merely allowing her dog's tissue sample to be used in research is Sharon Rose, who has donated her dog's body to science, not just once but twice. Sharon was at Crufts supporting the Animal Health Test with her Great Dane puppy Brook, who was attracting lots of attention. Sharon talks movingly about the experience of losing her two previous beloved Great Danes, Bellamy and Baruch, and how Brook has already fought health issues of his own.
Border Collie Trust
The Border Collie is a wonderful dog, but sometimes they need a helping hand to find a forever home. The Border Collie is a misunderstood breed, and owners can need advice about how to meet their needs effectively. In the right hands, a Border Collie can achieve an impressive level of training, and live a happy, fulfilled life, and in this interview you can hear Ben Wilkes, a trustee of the Border Collie Trust, discussing the charity's work, and some of the issues and myths that surround the breed.
We all want a happy dog, and Reiki Master Teacher Rob Fellows has produced a guide to help dog owners keep their dog happy. Rob obviously has a dog's welfare a heart, as his professional life is spent tending their welfares - as well as that of humans and many other animals - and his clear, accessible guide will help you keep your dog happy and healthy too. As Rob says, "A happy dog equals a happy owner!" To find out more visit Rob's website.
Jenkinson is the Kennel Club's Access Adviser, and in this interview he has a serious message for dog owners who take their dogs out and about in the countryside. The message is that we have to clear up after our dogs, especially in rural areas as canine poo has all kinds of dangers for farm animals and wildlife. To find out more visit the Kennel Club's website.
Don't forget our giveaway, where you can win yourself a copy of the only board game in the world that your dog can join in with. The game is called Woof, and if you're intrigued, all you need to do is to visit our Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr page to find out how you can enter this giveaway. You can find out more about Woof at their website.