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Episode 20 - Irish Setters and the Blue Cross


Released Sat June 24, 2006
Length: 0:42:10
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Irish Setters

How much do you know about the glamorous redhead of the canine world, the Irish Setter?

We met a variety of beautiful Irish Setters and their owners, and found out what life is like with this gorgeous breed.

How excitable are they? Do they make a good family dog, and how are they around children? Does that stunning coat take much grooming? How much exercise do they need, and if you do let them off the lead for some free running, will they come back? You will hear all this and more in this episode's breed profile.

Blue Cross

The Blue Cross has launched an excellent scheme to help educate children about the responsibilities and benefits of keeping pets.

Delia Graham, a dog behaviourist and trainer tells us about her involvement with the charity.

Blue Cross was originally Our Dumb Friends' League, and the establishment and development of the charity is an interesting story. If you are familiar with the story of Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, you know the appalling conditions some horses lived in, and the unfeeling treatment they endured.

Listen as Delia unravels the history of this marvellous charity. Hear how helping horses during wartime inspired its modern name.


In the DogCast News, hear about how one dog's unusual deformity has so far stopped him finding a loving long term home.

If you feel you could offer Duo a permanent home contact:
Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter,
Claremont Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE2 4NI,
telephone number 0191 232 2878.

You can also hear how June has been a good month for dogs on both sides of the atlantic, how first aid saved a dog's life, and how much the most expensive dog in the world cost.

The "What have I done?" moment

In every dog owner's life there comes a moment of panic - the "What have I done?" moment.

Irrespective of whether you acquire a puppy or an older dog, pedigree, crossbreed or rescue dog, the moment will come when you realise the force you have unleashed upon yourself, your home and lifestyle.

Take heart - we all get these moments, it's how we deal with them that matters.

Host Julie tells you her take on what we do when we bring a dog into our lives in this lively article.

Puppy Playtime

In Puppy Playtime Jenny has an exciting announcement to make. We won't spoil the surprise here; if you want to find out you'll have to listen!


275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.