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Something for Staffies to smile about as RSPCA and Crufts shine light on 'misunderstood' breed

Number of Staffies coming into RSPCA care falls by 34% over five years

Are people finally looking more favourably upon the UK’s most ‘misunderstood’ breed of dog?

As Crufts shines a light on the wonderful Staffordshire bull terrier at this year’s event, the RSPCA has revealed that the number of Staffies arriving at its centres* has fallen by 34% over five years (2014-2018).

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Three new dog breeds competing at Crufts 2019

Three new breeds from across the globe are set to wow the public at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, for the first time this year.

The Black and Tan Coonhound, the Russian Toy and the White Swiss Shepherd Dog will all be competing at the show, which runs from the 7th until the 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham. Making their debut, the 12 Black and Tan Coonhounds, 34 Russian Toys, and 18 White Swiss Shepherds, will compete in the Imported Breed Register classes and could go on to take home the coveted Best in Show trophy.

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Elderly Eric wants a peaceful retirement home

Older pooch needs nine hours of sleep a night!

Elderly pooch Eric is on the hunt for a calm, quiet home where he’ll have a comfy bed of his own, lots of affection, and at least nine hours or sleep every night!

Fourteen-year-old terrier cross Eric - who is 98 in dog years - is currently being looked after by RSPCA Danaher Animal Home, in Essex.

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Pet fleeces support animal welfare charity

RSPCA partners with Vetfleece to keep pets warm and comfortable.

Fleecy pet bedding that is used to keep animals warm and comfortable is set to help rescue animals too as a UK manufacturer has teamed up with the RSPCA.

Vetfleece, a third generation family run business, manufacture super soft pet bedding that is widely used by those involved in the care and welfare of animals. It has been designed for use in kennels, crates and domestic homes for dogs and cats.

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Battersea hounds of love are hoping for new homes this Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love and some of the homeless dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are on the lookout for that special someone to give them some love after finding themselves in the care of the charity.

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Happy Tails offers holidays for you and your dog

You can hear a great interview with David Blank later this month, but to whet your appetite, here's a press release from Happy Tails:

Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours Launches the ‘Ultimate Dog-Lover’s Adventure” - The World’s First Eco-Tours Designed Especially for Dog Lovers’ and their Companions

• Experience an all-inclusive 8-day tour of the Grand Canyon, Utah’s Mighty 5Ⓡ and the American Southwest designed for you and your dog -

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RSPCA takes on the ten year challenge

Following the success of the social media campaign, the RSPCA showcase their own 10 year success stories!

These two pictures don’t look like the same dog but lucky for Max the love and care of his new owner over the last ten years has brought him back to health.

Max, a weimaraner, was rescued by the RSPCA in 2009 from a house in Manchester, he had severe mange and was aged just three months old.

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Battersea urges public to think before they click

BATTERSEA URGES PUBLIC TO THINK BEFORE THEY CLICK, AS CHARITY REVEALS IT TOOK IN OVER 400 ONLINE SALES DOGS LAST YEAR

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging the public to do their research before they buy a new pet and consider a rescue animal, rather than logging onto the internet to buy a dog.

The world-famous charity released new statistics today showing they took in 404 dogs that were originally bought online in 2018 – up from 355 in 2017.

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Top dogs: Staffies named as nation's favourite are also most likely to be abused

As the British public name Staffies the nation’s favourite breed - RSPCA reveals that these popular pooches are sadly most likely to end up in rescue

Staffordshire bull terriers have been named as Britain’s Favourite Dog much to the delight of RSPCA centres across England & Wales.

The beloved Staffie topped a list of the country’s favourite 100 dogs as thousands cast their votes on Tuesday night (29 January) for ITV’s ‘Britain’s Top 100 Dogs Live’, hosted by Ben Fogle and Sara Cox.

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Matted, filthy dog rescued from ‘hellish’ conditions is now prize-winning pooch!

RSPCA officers rescued 22 matted, filthy dogs from a home earlier this year

When you look into Hobbit’s bright eyes and stroke her glossy, fluffy coat you’d think she’d always lived the life of Riley.

But last year the poor two-year-old was living in disgusting conditions, in her own filth with 21 other dogs.

Hobbit and her friends were rescued from a home on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire by RSPCA officers in March after complaints* to the charity about the dogs and the conditions they were living in.

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212 Vet-AI pet care and Dog Is Love

We dog owners know our dogs love us - but it's great that science is now agreeing with us. Clive Wynne knows the science - and the love - of dogs, and he discusses his book Dog Is Love. What do you do if you want veterinary advice but can't necessarily get to the veterinary surgery right then? Now Vet-AI has come up with an app called Joii. Eminent veterinarian Sarah Warren talks about Joii, and a range of other subjects including the stress on veterinary professionals. Plus, hear the DogCast Radio News, with dog related stories from around the world.

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.