DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Episode 78 of DogCast Radio available now

Episode 78 of DogCast Radio is now available. It includes the second part of veterinarian Paula Terrifaj’s interview about how you can spend less on your dog at the vet. Do you know what the single most significant step you can take to do that is? Paula does! – and she’ll let you in on the secret.

Paula also discusses what procedures you could incorporate into your routine, the best strategy to cope with an unexpected vet’s bill, and how to cope if you’re already in debt. She also talks about whether insurance is financially viable, and what your insurance should cover. At a time when we’re all feeling the pinch of the credit crunch, Paula’s advice is welcome.

The other interview in the show is with breeder Kimberley MacDonald. Kimberley breeds Rottweilers and Greater Swiss Mountain dogs, which she has recently brought to the UK, and formed a breed club for after the Kennel Club’s recognition of the breed. She is exactly the kind of breeder you would want to buy a dog from – honest, experienced and scrupulous. She knows the value of health and temperament, and says that anything above and beyond that in the litters her dogs produce is a bonus.

Kimberley talks about the right way to buy a puppy. She explains the indicators that a breeder is a good one, and just as important, the signs that should ring alarms bells about a breeder. How should you buy a dog, and how should you never buy a dog? – Kimberley has the answers to all that and more.

In Buddy’s Diary, Buddy talks about that talent that all dogs seem to have – looking on the bright side of life. How does a dog react when the weather gets colder and wetter every day, and his people get more and more stressed about Christmas, and worse still he gets a bad leg? If the dog is Buddy, he finds the silver lining of the cloud.

In the DogCast Radio News, Kate and Nick bring you the dog who’s looking for love, the dog who took on a snake, the dog who went for a drive, and the rarest litter of puppies in the UK.

Don’t forget that you can listen online at but you can also download the show and put it onto your mp3 player, or a CD. Then you can take us out and about with you in the car or on your next dog walk. However you listen, I hope you enjoy the show.

Take care,

Julie x


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.