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Dog wins bravery award

Indie - a 10 year-old Miniature Dachshund – from Greasby on the Wirral has won a bravery award following her dramatic recovery from life-saving surgery by the orthopaedic team at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.

Her owner, Sheila Yates, noticed that Indie was wobbly and was struggling to walk and immediately took her to her local vet who identified that she was paralysed and had no pain sensation in her right back foot. She was then referred to orthopaedic specialists at ChesterGates.

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Britain's Fat Pet Club: Podgy pets highlight serious obesity problem in nation's animals

The RSPCA is urging owners to watch what their pets eat after taking in a number of pets whose weight had ballooned dangerously.

The animal welfare charity is raising awareness of the problem after caring for a number of obese animals who arrived into its care dangerously overweight. Like porky puss Poppy (pictured) who arrived at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter, in Devon, weighing more than 6kg!

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A hairless dog nobody wanted because she was 'ugly' is now an Instagram star!

Hairless Chinese crested is now a much-loved pet and social media star

An elderly, hairless dog who struggled to find a new home because potential adopters thought she was ugly has landed on all four paws and found her paw-fect match with new owner Rio, who is hoping to turn her into an Instagram star!

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Dachshund 'used for breeding' found abandoned alone in alleyway

Breeding bitch was still lactating when she was found alone in the middle of the night

A breeding bitch was found dumped alone in an alley in the middle - still lactating milk for her absent puppies.

Dachshund Dolly - as she’s been named by her rescuers - was found by a member of the public at around 3am on Monday (19 August) in an alley off Wymington High Street, Northamptonshire.

She’d been left in a small, metal dog crate with a red fleece blanket and a water bowl.

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One-eyed French bulldog Ugly Betty hopes to win over heart of new owner

Affectionately named Ugly Betty searches for paw-fect partner

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And the affectionately named Ugly Betty is hoping that is true - as the unusual-looking French bulldog is looking for a home.

The eight-year-old arrived in the RSPCA’s care in July after her owners could no longer care for her.

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Battersea dog gets his very own emotional support Pug

A big dog who was too scared to leave his kennel has grown in confidence and is now ready to find a new home, all thanks to the help of a tiny Pug.

Being large in size with cropped ears and a docked tail, it’s not surprising that at a first glance people may find one-year-old Fraser intimidating. Unnecessary tail and ear docking is illegal in the UK, and those found guilty of performing the procedure could be charged for animal cruelty offences.

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One-eyed pug Thelma searches for her very own Louise

Special pug seeks special home to call her own.

A one-eyed pug called Thelma is searching for her very own Louise.

Five-year-old Thelma arrived at the RSPCA’s Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk branch in May when her previous owner could no longer care for her.

She and her sister - another one-eyed pug called Fudge - needed treatment for their remaining eyes which were both in poor condition.

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Dogs on death row: "The law is letting down dogs who look a certain way"

RSPCA remembers dogs who lost lives over last 28 years.

The RSPCA is again calling on the UK Government to review the Dangerous Dogs Act after thousands of dogs have lost their lives in the UK in the 28 years since the legislation was introduced.

Monday (12 August) marks the 28th anniversary of the introduction of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which includes Section 1, the prohibition of four types of dogs considered ‘dangerous’ due to their appearance.

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RSPCA's tips for Boris on introducing a dog to Larry the cat at No. 10

PM also urged to adopt a rescue dog in need of a forever home
As the Prime Minister announces he wants a dog at No.10, the RSPCA has some advice on how to successfully introduce a new pet to Downing Street’s current resident, Larry the cat.

Cats and dogs can form close relationships, but it’s important to make sure that they are introduced properly to ensure that fur doesn’t fly.

The RSPCA has some advice for the new Prime Minister to help any new pooch form a fur-m friendship with resident Downing Street moggy Larry.

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Is Number 10 all set to become a dogs & cats home?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, one of the nation’s leading animal welfare charities and former home of some of politics’ brightest stars Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone, has revealed that they are standing by ready to help our new Prime Minister in his search for a canine companion. The charity is also prepared to act as negotiator between any new four-legged resident at Number 10 and the current Chief Mouser, Larry.

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214 - incredible Kratu and Frankie the biggest dog that ever was

Two wonderful dogs fill this episode with magic and magnificence. Kratu was born in Romania, and life looked bleak - but at 5 weeks he was rescued, and his story has now touched hearts around the world. Frankie was a tiny puppy mill puppy, but his spirit and heart were so huge that he inspired his owner to write Frankie, The Biggest Dog That Ever Was. The DogCast Radio News brings you a special festive feel good round up.

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.