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Bilbo's back - yay!

Do you remember the post I did about Bilbo the Newfoundland who had been banned by health and safety officials from working on a beach in Cornwall helping to keep people safe in the water? Well there was a petition to have him reinstated, and it worked. 1,500 people have signed the petition and Bilbo's back. You can read about it on the BBC site, but basically people power has put Bilbo back on the beach.

I am so glad that common sense has prevailed. There are enough people and businesses out there who seem to treat dogs as toxic, and refuse to allow them access. The truth is that dogs are perfectly safe - and legal - in most situations. Fair enough, not in food preparation areas, but other than that, as long as owners clear up after them, I can see the sense of excluding them. It does mean that when we're out and about with our dogs we need to be the best ambassadors we can, then hopefully we will win people over.

Newfies have an affinity with water, and seem to be instinctively protective of people in the water. This coupled with a dog's love of being active means Bilbo - and dogs like him - are ideal to assist alongside lifeguards. Bilbo's reinstatement is a victory - for him, for common sense, and for people power. It's also testament to what we can do when we work together - well done us!

Take care,

Julie x


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189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

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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.