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230 - Be a Green Dog Owner and The Particulars of Peter


Released Sat March 13, 2021
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Be a green dog owner

With the privilege of dog ownership, comes many responsibilities, not least that of doing as little damage to the environment as possible. In this wide-ranging discussion, George Bramble, owner of Beco pets, and James Bennett, leading vet at Wolfe Vets, give plenty of inspiration and ideas for how you can make environmentally friendly choices which will benefit your dog too.

We have a great giveaway for you! - Beco have kindly offered 100 DogCast Radio listeners a free gift of a 900g bag of Beco Dog Food (normal cost £7.50).

As you can hear in the podcast, Beco’s ingredients are sustainably, responsibly sourced. And their food is delicious too.

To claim this fab offer, all you need to do is email Beco at with

- your dog's name
- their breed
- your delivery address
- you must include the code "FANSOFJULIE" all one word, it can be upper case or lower case but it hs to be fansofjulie all one word with no spaces
- specify 'chicken' or 'fish'
- the first 100 to write in get the free food

George Bramble

Beco makes pet products such as poo bags and bamboo dog bowls, to ethically and sustainably sourced dog food. They aim to create great pet products that cause as little harm to the environment as possible. George has seen his high quality procuts become more popular and accepted in the last ten years; consumer demand for products with traceability transparency has grown. Now we are all eager to be as environmentally friendly in the way we consume as humans - and also our pets. Tarka, George's 5 yr old black Labrador, is the chief product tester at Beco.


James Bennett

James is the owner of Wolfe Vets, a practice in west London, which aims to harness the best of old fashioned veterinary medical animal care, and combine that with the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine. The practice offers to look after pet and owner. James is an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery and feline practice, and is interested in green and sustainable issues. James has a rescue Whippet called Archie, and a Hungarian Visla called Agnes.

Wolfe Vets

As a brand, Beco have decided to source ingredients closer to home to reduce our carbon miles.
 - George Bramble

Hyper-intensive farming is not environmentally friendly, so if we can make choices which mean that you are feeding animals which have led a more natural life, then often that has less of an environmental impact.
 - James Bennett

The Particulars of Peter

When Kelly Conaboy adopted her dog, Peter, it set her on the path to writing The Particulars of Peter Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out with My Perfect Dog

The book is described as is an ode to Kelly’s dog, the aforementioned Peter, and is a hilarious journey through the odd corners of obsessive dog ownership – many of us understand that! A hybrid of memoir, reporting, and humor writing, Kelly’s quest to understand Peter manifests itself in conversations with veterinarians, ethicists, ghost hunters, professional dog dancers, and at least one Bruce Springsteen impersonator.

In this conversation Kelly and Julie explore many aspects of dog ownership, and the journey we embark on to understand our dogs. Find out more about Kelly at her website.

The main thing I hope people get from the book is wanting to have a deeper relationship with their own dog, and seeing their own dog as an individual.
 - Kelly Conaboy

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Read the story of the first dog that The Thin Blue Paw Foundation has helped here.


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