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Episode 26 - Guide Dog Special


Released Sat September 23, 2006
Length: 0:54:20
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Two Minute Fiction

In Two Minute Fiction hear Romance, the story of how one woman's dog lead her into romance....well not her dog exactly, it's a bit of a delicate matter really. You'll have to listen to understand.

Julie and Wallace the Guide Dog

This episode is a special devoted to the marvelous work that guide dogs do. We all know how our dogs enrich our lives and touch our hearts in so many ways, but to some people their dog is essential.

Julie Rodaway is blind, and she and her guide dog, Wallace, make a great team. We went to meet them both, and we learned a lot about the invaluable service guide dogs provide.

How much do you know about the training process that produces a guide dog? What is a guide dog's life like? Do they get to play, and are they ever off-duty? How easy is it to get a guide dog? Do you know the cost involved in providing the guide dog that gives its owner new independence, freedom and confidence?

Julie shares with us her experience of life with a guide dog, including the funnier side of things. Just how intelligent do some people think these dogs are?

We think you'll agree that this is a cause well worth supporting, and so to help you explore how you can do that here are some useful links:

For a great article about Guide Dog Facts, read this one by Robin Kettle, which includes advice about how to behave around a guide dog, and more importantly what to avoid doing.

Still want to know more? Then check out online encyclopedia Wikipedia's article about Guide Dogs.


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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.