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Episode 201 - I heart dogs and An Armful of Animals


Released Sat November 24, 2018
Length: 1:04:09
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I heart dogs

Everything we do, we think, 'How can we benefit the world, and how can we give back to the community we serve?' And we do a lot of that through dog shelters.
 - Marshall Morris

A mere four years ago, Marshall Morris founded I heart dogs, with the aim of helping connect people, and empower them to help shelter dogs. The business - which donates millions of meals to dog shelters, helps pair up veterans with PTSD with service dogs, and supports disaster relief efforts around the world - has grown amazingly. It certainly is helping make the world a better place, which is Marshall's aim.

We provide meals to dog shelters - we've done 12 million meals to date. Over the US we help pair veterans who have PTSD with service and companion animals. We donate toys to shelters - any way we can give back.
 - Marshall Morris

You can find out more about i heart dogs, and support their work at their website, I heart dogs.

An Armful of Animals

Poucher was an absolute sweetie. Labrador size, dark coated, white blaze on her chest, white paws, and a habit of sitting doing shake-a-paw to everyone she met. Everyone fell for her as soon as they met her.
 - Malcolm Welshman

Malcolm Welshman's life has been enriched by many animals, especially dogs. He has written about his life, including his long and varied veterinary career, but it's when he writes about the dogs he has loved, that his passion shines through. In this interview, Malcolm not only discusses his experiences, he reads an extract from his memoir, An Armful of Animals.

You can find out more about Malcolm at his website, Malcolm Welshman. To read more about or buy An Armful of Animals, go to Amazon if you're in the United Kingdom or here if you're in United States of America.

Malcolm's endearing dog Dora has a blog of her own.

DogCast Radio News

The DogCast Radio News is read by Julie on her own, because Jenny (who has recently started university) has caught freshers' flu.

Stories include the Queen's final Corgi passing away, the couple whose dog cost them their honeymoon - support their GoFundMe appeal here - and the good news that Greyhound racing is going to stop in Florid in 2021. There will be thousands of Greyhounds looking for a forever home, and you can find out more at the Friends of Greyhounds website, and the Elite Greyhounds website.

Plus there is new research which indicates that chocolate Labradors don't live as long as their black or yellow cousins, and that science may be able to predict which dogs will make successful working dogs. What do you make of the dog who regularly escapes from her home to beg from a nearby McDonald's drive through? Is it hilariously funny, or horrifyingly irresponsible ownership?

New research, led by the University of Sydney, has revealed the life expectancy of chocolate Labradors is significantly lower than their black and yellow counterparts.
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Canine enrichment in a busy world

Julie's been working with several dog trainers recently, which has set her thinking about how we can provide our dogs with sufficient enrichment. She has a couple of suggestions - how do you add mental or physical challenge to your dog's life?

To find out more about Jodie Forbes, who educated Julie about the concept of contrafreeloading, visit her Crazelpup website.

There's a thing called contrafreeloading, which is when, if an animal was given a bowl of food, or a Kong filled with the same food, they would go for the Kong, because they actually want to work for it as opposed to just getting it.
 - Jodie Forbes

The petition to ensure military dogs get the best rehabilitation and retirement possible

If you, like us, think that British military working dogs deserve the best rehabilitation and retirement possible when they come to the end of their working lives, support our For every military dog to have the rehabilitation and retirement they deserve petition.

You can read more at the Daily Star on Sunday website.


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