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Marking Puppy Farm Awareness Day

Puppy farm awareness day is fast approaching. The day aims to raise awareness of the plight of dogs exploited by puppy farms and is on Saturday 19th September. Find out more about the day here. And if you fancy attending the World's Biggest Puppy Party, read on:

Soap Stars help to Clean-Up British Pet Industry on Puppy Farm Awareness Day

Britain’s favourite soap stars will become dog-show judges at The World’s Biggest Puppy Party on Saturday 19th September 2009.

Coronation Street’s Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) will be judging Best Pedigree while EastEnders very own super-slob Keith Miller (David Spinx) will pick the Laziest Dog, accompanied by his canine partner-in-crime, ‘Genghis’ the Irish Wolfhound. The Bill’s DCI Frank Burnside will also be choosing Best Rescue at the event organised by social petworking website and presented by TV vet Marc Abraham, raising awareness of the cruel puppy farming trade in the UK.

Most people are unaware that bitches on puppy farms live in horrific conditions; breeding machines kept alive just to mass-produce puppies purely for profit. Many of these puppies are very sick and are transported long distances to be sold through dealers. They will usually require hundreds of pounds in veterinary treatment and often come with counterfeit paperwork too so it is impossible to know where they originally came from.

By raising national awareness, these dog-loving UK’s Soapstars are helping to ensure you do not fall foul of this terrible trade, by asking you to never buy a puppy from a pet shop or website, and always insisting on seeing the pup’s mother before you exchange any money. The Kennel Club runs an Accredited Breeder Scheme which demands certain high standards, so contact them if you are looking for a pedigree pup, or why not consider adopting a dog from your local rescue centre.
The World’s Biggest Puppy Party is being held at Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton and, as a non-profit event, admission donations will be split between Hope Rescue, Sussex Pet Rescue and Pro Dogs Direct. For more information and line-up of celebrity judges at the World’s Biggest Puppy Party on Puppy Farm Awareness Day, visit


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Don't rush around the dog walk - stop! Pennie Clayton suggests we pause and just be! You and your dog will benefit. Author Hillary Harper talks about her anxious dog, and the children's book she has written to help children and dogs who have anxiety. Julie has been collaborating with photographer Sarah Loveland to celebrate Tripawd Superdogs. And last - but definitely not least - Diamond the Papillon puppy has joined the DogCast Radio family.

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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

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186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

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