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April pet celebrations in USA & UK

April looks like being a busy month pet-wise. This month is the ASPCA's Prevention of Cruelty to Pets Month. There are loads of suggestions on the site for ways you can support the charity in promoting the message of treating animals properly, and raise money for them. If you're stuck for ideas on how to join in check out the 10 Ways to Celebrate page. The ASPCA was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh, and has been doing a great job for animals ever since.

In the UK, the 4th April to the 4th May is National Pet Month. This campaign seeks to raise money for various charities and promote awareness of pet health. There's a Photographic Competition and celebrations culminate at the Ultimate Pet Show on the 2nd-4th May at the NEC. There's a clickable map of the UK so you can find out what's on in your area. Apparently this is National Pet Month's twentieth year.

Spring is traditionally a time when people give their houses a good clean and tidy - "spring cleaning". Maybe it's also a good time to have a sort out of our priorities, and to give some due consideration to the animals in our lives - dogs, cats, hamsters, whatever! - who enrich it so much, and to spare a thought for animals still waiting for a good home. I hope the April pet celebrations go really well and achieve their aims. Happy April!

Take care,

Julie x

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259 - Loving Edie and 101 Dogs

Meredith May had had dogs before but was not prepared for life with Golden Retriever Edie. She discusses her book Loving Edie, which their shared journey. Nicola Jane Swinney loves dogs, so much so that she's written a book about 101 Dogs, giving a quirky insight into their characteristics. Listen during the dog walk, or cuddled up on the couch with your canine.

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.