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Tripawd Superdogs

Have you met a three legged dog?

You may have seen one without even noticing their lack of a leg, because when a tripawd is running, it can be hard to spot that they are three legged.

When Sarah Loveland's dog, Roobi, was diagnosed with a bone tumour, and amputation was discussed, Sarah wasn't sure what life would be like post surgery. The vet was confident, and Roobi was just as full of energy and enthusiasm on three legs as she had been on four.

After a short recovery, Roobi was back to her bouncy self.


'Adorable' dog with lifelong disease searches for special home

The RSPCA is searching for a very special home for a dog who has a lifelong disease which will need to be managed by her new owners.

Poodle cross Elsie was taken in by RSPCA Sussex North & Brighton Branch after she was abandoned, tied up at the gates of the Brighton Animal Centre in Patcham, on 3 February.


Big dogs take longer to rehome as cost of living puts adopters off large breeds

Big dogs take almost twice as long to rehome as smaller breeds, according to figures released by the RSPCA today.

The RSPCA - the world’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, which celebrates its 200th birthday this year - has released new figures that show it takes almost twice as long to rehome large dog breeds, such as Alaskan malamutes, shar peis and mastiffs, than small breeds, like West Highland terriers and lhasa apsos.

Figures* show that, on average, it takes 33 days to rehome small dogs and 39 days to rehome medium-sized dogs, compared to 60 days to rehome large dogs.


Emergency fundraising appeal for dog rescued with "severe back deformity"

The RSPCA has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to help with the costs to care for a very special dog with a ‘severe back deformity’.

Eleven-month-old crossbreed Herbert arrived at Martlesham Animal Centre, in Suffolk, last week after being rescued by RSPCA officers. Now the team at Martlesham - run by the RSPCA Suffolk Central branch* - is trying to raise money for the expensive scans and tests he needs to begin the road to recovery.


London Marathon 2025: run for PDSA and help pets in need

The vet charity for pets in need is calling on kind-hearted animal lovers to join #TeamPDSA at next year’s London Marathon.

“Running fever has well and truly gripped the nation after the TCS London Marathon took place over the weekend,” explains PDSA Fundraising Manager Faye Waters.

PDSA Vet Nurse Chloe Mackintosh with her London Marathon 2024 medal
“And with the ballot now open for 2025 entries, we’re urging animal-lovers across the country to get their running shoes on and run for pets in need next year.”


According to a Purina poll, nearly half of dog owners have made at least one new friend when out on a dog walk

In celebration of our canine companions on National Pet Day, a poll of 1,265 UK dog owners commissioned by Purina has revealed that owning a dog is not only good for your physical health, but can also be great for making new friends and striking up conversations with new people.

Nearly half (44 per cent) of those surveyed revealed that they have made at least one new friend when out on a dog walk. While 66 per cent of said that owning a dog and going out for regular walks together, encouraged them to be more social with new people.


Dog dumped over wall into barbed wire surprises rescuers by having a puppy

A dog who was dumped over a wall into a tangle of barbed wire has surprised her rescuers by giving birth to a healthy puppy.

The terrier - who has been named Ladybird by the RSPCA - was rescued from Levett Road, Barking, on 18 March.

RSPCA Inspector Lee Ricketts, who worked with London Fire Brigade to rescue the frightened dog, said: “We were called after a person walking along Levett Road heard a distressed dog crying on the other side of a 6ft-high (1.8m) concrete wall.


Time almost up for animal-lovers to call on UK Govt to not axe shock collar ban

Animal-lovers have just one week left to sign an urgent electric shock collar campaign asking Members of Parliament to put pressure on the UK Government to not abandon a pledge to ban the cruel devices.

In April, Defra announced that the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (England) Regulations 2023 would come into force on 1 February 2024, finally consigning the use of electronic shock collars on cats and dogs in England to the history books.


Canine Colleagues: the Pros and Cons of a Dog-Friendly Office

The modern workplace is undergoing a transformation, as more companies consider innovative ways to enhance employee satisfaction and productivity. One such trend gaining traction is the concept of a dog-friendly office, where employees are allowed to bring their furry companions to work. This is on top of the benefits that remote employees get by being able to work with their canine friends from home.


PDSA advice for helping to keep flat-faced dogs safer in the heat

During summer last year, when the UK faced record-breaking high temperatures of over 40C in July, over 50% of dogs treated for ‘heatstroke’ by PDSA* were those with flat faces (brachycephalic breeds) such as Pugs, British & French Bulldogs and Shih Tzus.

With the summer season underway, a group of UK dog welfare experts is urging owners of flat-faced dog breeds to take extra care to protect these dogs in the warm weather.



276 - put a stop in your dog walk and anxiety in dogs and children

Don't rush around the dog walk - stop! Pennie Clayton suggests we pause and just be! You and your dog will benefit. Author Hillary Harper talks about her anxious dog, and the children's book she has written to help children and dogs who have anxiety. Julie has been collaborating with photographer Sarah Loveland to celebrate Tripawd Superdogs. And last - but definitely not least - Diamond the Papillon puppy has joined the DogCast Radio family.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.