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November 11th is Remembrance Day - a time when we stop and remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the line of duty. We deeply appreciate that sacrifice, but those human soldiers relied on a variety of animals, notably dogs, to assist them.
In this episode, we have one interview, with Robin Hutton, author of War Animals, the Unsung Heroes of World War II. While the subject matter is serious, Julie and Robin discuss the animals who suffered alongside their human handlers.
- Robin Hutton
You can find out more at Robin Hutton's War Animals website.
DogCast Radio News
Julie and Jenny have lots of doggy news story in the 200th episode of the news. A commemorative "Pet Plaque" programme has launched in the UK, remembering amazing animals' achievements, including Walnut the Whippet, and Flora the Dog Doctor. You can nominate your own pet for a plaque of their own. Studies warn us that dogs may become depressed if their owners overuse their phone, and that dogs may not be as clever as we have been led to believe.
However, one clever detection dog, Freya, is sniffing out newts for Wessesx Water. Her training was assisted by Louise Wilson, of Conservation K9 Consultancy, with whom you can hear an interview in Episode 176 of DogCast Radio.
Sadly, this episode features two assistance dogs being discriminated against, but we finish on a happy note, with a police dog who's back on the beat!
- DogCast Radio News
13 years and 200 podcasts!
At the end of this episode, Julie has a brief look back at the last thirteen years, and the changes that have happened since DogCast Radio got started, back in 2005.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the podcasts, and to everyone who has listened. And a big thank you to Buddy, the black Labrador without whom none of this would have ever happened.