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Episode 193 - Finn's law and Alabama Rot


Released Sat March 10, 2018
Length: 1:04:11
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Finn's Law

It's not just people who help keep law and order - dogs and horses help our police force carry out their role. For one police dog, Finn, performing his job put his life in danger; when he and handler Dave Wardell encountered a knife-wielding criminal in the early hours of the morning the unthinkable happened. Soon, a vet was telling Dave to say goodbye to Finn as there was a good chance he would not survive the night.

Thankfully, Finn and Dave fought back to physical and mental fitness, and amazingly returned to work 11 weeks after the attack. The incident highlighted the need for legal protection for animals in the front line, and gave rise to the campaign to see Finn's Law enacted. If this incredibly moving interview motivates you to find out more, visit the Finn's Law website, or their Facebook page, or their Twitter feed.

There was just a brief moment, while the vets are off, discussing what they're going to do and their next steps, where he and I are laying on the floor, and it's one of those real, weird moments that you see in Hollywood films, where you can't hear anything else, everything else is faded out, and Finn finds my stab wound on my hand, and as much pain as he's in and as much blood as he's losing, he starts tending to it. A real heart tugging moment.
 - PC Dave Wardell

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot has been hitting the headlines in the UK, but how worried should dog owners be, and how can owners protect their dogs from it? Vet Marc Dhumeaux tells you what you need to know. He has advice on keeping track of areas of the UK affected, and what steps to take to put your mind at ease.

You can find out more at the Pride Veterinary Centre website.

DogCast Radio News

In the news, you can hear about the surprising reunion between an owner and her dog in Pannsylvania, and how dogs are helping to sniff out burst water pipes in the UK. In Chile dogs are helping the forests
recover from devastating wildfire, and historical canine and human remains in the Philippines have revealed how high a cultural status dogs were given. Modern technology can help dogs - as in the case of Duke, who had a 3d printed prosthetic leg - but it can create problems, as in the case of Barbra Streisand's cloned dog - a story we'd love to hear your take on!


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

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.