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Episode 224 - Major: A Soldier Dog and Paws Against Elbow Dysplasia and the Mayhew


Released Sat October 10, 2020
Length: 1:08:05
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Major: A Soldier Dog

During World War II, thousands of Americans sent their pets to Fort Robinson in western Nebraska where the US Military established the Fort Robinson War Dogs Training Center. The Center trained over 17,000 'dogs for defense' and deployed them to them to battlefields and installations all over the world. Major: A Soldier Dog tells the little-known story of these four-footed soldiers, their bravery, and the patriotism and sacrifice of their families.

In this podcast you can hear Trevor Jones, the Director and CEO of History Nebraska, reveal what those pet dogs went through, how they were trained and what happened to them after the war. Trever is an award-winning author of numerous books, as well as articles about museums and American history. He has worked as a museum curator, exhibition designer, and educator.

You can find out more about History Nebraska and buy Major: A Soldier Dog.

Paws Against Elbow Dysplasia

When Annie Wilson's Bernese Mountain Dog, Button, was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia, both their lives changed forever. Button will be on pain medication for the rest of her life, and she can only be allowed to take restricted exercise - which is tough for a young, playful dog. Annie started looking in to the condition, and didn't like what she found out.

For example elbow dysplasia is hereditary, and could be eradicated by health tests and careful breeding. But some breeders told Annie they would not stop breeding from dogs who are affected by elbow dysplasia but have desirable traits. And the Kennel Club told Annie they do not feel able to enforce health testing. So Annie came up with her own idea; charging dog owners a small amount each year could fund the monitoring and enforcement of health tests, thereby ensuring hereditary conditions such as elbow dysplasia could be stopped.

To support Button and all dogs affected by elbow dysplasia, visit the Paws Against ED Facebook page. You can sign this petition to Fund a Breeding Dog Register and Welfare Inspectors and this one for Mandatory screening for Elbow and Hip Dysplasia for susceptible breeding dogs. When you post about the subject on social media use the hashtag #PawsagainstED

If your dog is affected by ED, we'd love to hear from you.

A life shared is a life saved

Jason Flemyng is supporting Mayhew's campaign that "a life shared" can be a life saved, and in this interview he talks about why he supports Mayhew.

Mayhew knows that the past six months have been incredibly hard for millions of people across the world, and although normal life has never felt further away, many of us have found comfort in our beloved pets.

The charity teamed up with Jason Flemyng and Phillipa Perry to make a radio advert, encouraging listeners to text MAYHEW to 70085 to donate £5 and help keep vulnerable people and their pets together. £7,500 could either provide almost 1,000 animals with essential vaccinations, or cover the cost of running Mayhew's animal ambulance for the rest of the year.

You can find out more about what films and TV you can see Jason Flemyng in.


259 - Loving Edie and 101 Dogs

Meredith May had had dogs before but was not prepared for life with Golden Retriever Edie. She discusses her book Loving Edie, which their shared journey. Nicola Jane Swinney loves dogs, so much so that she's written a book about 101 Dogs, giving a quirky insight into their characteristics. Listen during the dog walk, or cuddled up on the couch with your canine.

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.