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Dogs will be dogs, mostly

Oh dear, Kevin McKidd has given us another celebrity example of how to get it wrong with dogs. Kevin is the Scottish actor you may have seen in the television series Journeyman, or the films Trainspotting, or Made of Honour. He has two dogs, which he obviously thinks a lot of, as he flew them out to LA with the family when they moved. However, Kevin's dogs are male and female, and he just didn't manage to remember to get them neutered.

Well, you know what happened don't you? Yes, nature took it's course and soon two dogs became nine dogs - the original two plus seven puppies. There are just some things in life you can't put off. Happily the family found homes for six of the puppies, and are lucky enough to have the resources to keep the remaining one. Even more happily, the parent dogs have now been neutered.

The reporting of this is interesting. It smacks of, "Silly old Kevin - he's a lad isn't he?" The reality is that this is being repeated in many homes, with far less fortunate an outcome. What a pity that an excellent opportunity to get over an important message was missed.

Another dog-related news item that caught my eye was one about cats helping to train guide dogs. I love this one - especially the photos. This concerns two cats who for eight years have been doing an important job - just hanging out and being cats. The key is that they do this around guide dogs in training. If the dogs show no response to the cats that's a good sign, but if they do respond, they're not quite ready to be allotted to a blind handler. What a brilliant idea. And how well trained those dogs must be not to do what comes naturally to most dogs, and take off after the cat.

On the home front I don't know if it's the cold weather, or post holiday blues, or something disgusting they've eaten on a walk, but both our dogs have been a bit under the weather the last couple of days. Buddy threw up in the hallway, and then looked at me with a, "Why did you let that happen?" expression. He ate a lot of grass, and endured a twenty four hour fast, and seems none the worse thankfully. He is unbearable during a twenty four hour fast. But then so would I be. Today Star seems out of sorts. She just wants to be on someone's lap, and ominous gurgles are emanating from her stomach. At least it's only a little stomach.

Take care,

Julie x


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

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.