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Rescue DogsIn this episode we feature rescue dogs.
It's a sad fact that by February many dogs unfortunate enough to have been bought as Christmas presents are rejected and find themselves in shelters.
Having a puppy is lots of fun, but bringing that puppy up, and giving him the experiences to help develop a well balanced, happy, trained adult dog is hard work.
Sharing your life with any dog has huge rewards, but is a huge commitment too. Adopting a rescue dog can be very fulfilling, but it can have its own challenges too. Author and dog trainer Gwen Bailey gives her expert advice on what to consider before rehoming a rescue dog. Gwen offers further advice in her book The Rescue Dog.
Susan and Frank
Susan has three dogs, one of whom, Frank has a very touching story. Frank was rejected by his original owners in tragic circumstances, but has found a loving home for the rest of his life with Susan and her family - and has enriched their lives in return.
What is a Greyhound like to live with? Are they the tireless athletes they appear, or are they more happy curled up in front of the fire? Apparently if you meet one, you'll fall under its charm.
Heather Hawkins works with the Retired Greyhound Trust, and has her own rescue Greyhound, Tiger. Hear first hand what Greyhounds are like, and the work that goes into finding them loving long-term homes.
Jenny and Julie meet Shauna Steadman at Dogs Trust's Evesham Centre, to talk about Leo, and the many other ways you can help dogs in shelters.
News and FictionIn DogCast Radio News, first we discover how bad the situation is, then we find out some of the ways we can help, and if you need extra inspiration, keep listening!
In Two Minute Fiction, hear Doggedness - how far would you go to keep your energetic dog happy?