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One less in rescue

I’ve met and interviewed Claire Guest several times, and I’m fascinated by the work she does. She trains dog to sniff out cancer, and has also trained a dog to detect low blood sugar level. She is a charming woman, and clearly a talented and patient trainer. I’ve also witnessed her dogs demonstrating their scenting abilities.

Claire is the chief executive of Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs ( one of the dogs she is currently working with is a rescue dog called Casper. The Spaniel puppy had been in a Blue Cross shelter, and was passed over by many potential adopters because he is too energetic. However, it was his energy that attracted Claire, and she hopes he will be working as a cancer detecting dog before 2009 is half over.

You can hear one of our interviews with Claire in Episode 70 of DogCast Radio, where she talks about a marvellous young Labrador called Bianca. Bianca lives with and looks after a young boy whose blood sugar falls dangerously low without warning, and her presence has given the family some peace of mind about the safety of her charge.

Meanwhile, work continues to try to create an electronic nose that can match the sensitivity of a dog’s. Will the scientists succeed in this task? Who can say, but if they do succeed, will the resultant device resort to nudging people’s hands in an attempt to attract attention?

Take care,

Julie x


272 - dog AITA and having fun with your dog

In the first podcast of 2024, Julie considers some dog themed AITA questions from the Reddit site.Who are the goodies and who are the baddies of some canine conundrums? And here's a new year's resolution you can stick to - have fun with your dog! We have lots of suggestions from listeners about fun activities with your dog.

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.