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If you like family friendly dog movies, then Lithium Springs might well be the film for you.
It stars Fred the Dachshund alongside Carter Lord who also directed the film. This independent movie is getting rave reviews for its wholesome enthusiasm, and the performance of its canine star. The story centres on Evinrude Jones who discovers Juan Ponce de Leon's treasure map. Together with his faithful hound Fred, he sets out to find the gold.
Hear Carter tell us about his attitude to working with dogs, and how Fred came to be in the movie in the first place. More information, including a trailer, and the chance to buy the film can be found at the Lithium Springs website.
How would you react if your dog was seized by the police, held in an unknown location, and was under a possible death threat? Jill and her family find themselves in this situation.
Jill has four poodles, but currently only two live at home with her. The other two have been taken by the police as "evidence", and Jill hasn't seen her beloved dogs for almost three weeks. Given the extra grooming that Poodles need, and the fact that one of the dogs has special dietary needs, Jill is beside herself with worry.
No one seems to be able to help, and the family are becoming increasingly desperate. We can only guess how desperate the dogs are. If any DogCast listeners have an idea of how to help, or would like to pass on their good wishes to Jill as she endures this enforced separation, contact us at the usual address and we will pass your messages on.
Since we recorded this interview, Jill has been contacted by the police, thanks to the intervention of her Member of Parliament. That's as far as the good news goes though. The dogs are classed as evidence and no visits are possible. Jill's partner pointed out that poodles need special care to keep their noses, eyes, toes and so on healthy, as well as regular grooming and clipping so that they don't develop any other problems, plus obviously, these dogs need affection and company. The family still have no information about how the dogs are coping with this enforced separation, and everything seems very bleak.
We will of course update you with any news we get; lets hope it's better news.
In Puppy Playtime, Jenny has a great game and quiz for our younger listeners to try out. If you'd like to discover the origins of some famous dog breeds, play this game www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/dogs/world.html
If you'd like to take the quiz that will tell you which dog breed your attitude to work most resembles, go to uk.tickle.com/test/dogatwork.html
In this show's DogCast Radio News, you can hear about Ozzie Osbourne and his dogs, how Vanessa Williams' dog went missing, and the new challenger for the title of World's smallest dog.
Also we've found an upper class Labrador who's rolling in money - and looking to make more. To find out more about possibly the wealthiest dog in Britain check out www.maunselhouse.co.uk/jasper.html
Train and Behave Week (UK)
Host Julie talks about the great new British initiative, Train and Behave Week. This great event will be starting at the end of July, with a grande finale on 4th August.
Many high profile dog trainers are supporting the competition, such as Dr Roger Mugford, Victoria Stilwell, Colin Tennant, Gwen Bailey, Fiona Whelan, Charlie Clarricoates and Carolyn Menteith. No matter how old or young you or your dog are, or how much - or how little! - training you've done previously, this is your chance to have fun with your dog while you both learn.
The event is launched by The Company of Animals.