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Countdown to Crufts

Crufts is only just over a month away. In five weeks’ time we’ll be smack bang in the middle of it all. This year’s Crufts could of course be quite an unusual one. How much difference will the absence of the BBC make? Will other British and foreign media crews still be as much in evidence? Will the ticket sales be up or down, meaning that the halls themselves will be more or less crowded?
Whatever Crufts 2009 is like, it will be the celebration of all things doggy it usually is. In addition to the showing rings, the Discover Dogs section is a great way to find about breeds that interest you, there’s obedience, agility, heelwork-to-music, the Good Citizen ring and the Junior Handling ring, plus loads of shopping. Most of the major animal charities are represented, and many important dog related messages are promoted over the four days.
It will be odd coming home and not watching the day’s highlights on television, but for anyone that can’t make it in person, the Kennel Club has their own channel on YouTube. New videos will be added daily during the show.
The Kennel Club is going through a period of reform, and I hope for the future of dogs in the UK they get the legal power they need to enforce good breeding practice and put the others out of business. If you share that hope there’s a petition – from the Kennel Club itself – that you might like to sign.

Take care,
Julie x


261 - what your dog wants you to know

What would your dog want you to know? How does your dog want you to feed them, walk them, treat them? Helen St. Pierre has the answers as well as some quick, easy changes you can make to enhance your dog's quality of life.

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.