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Episode 44 - Acting dogs and detained dogs


Released Sat June 23, 2007
Length: 0:45:40
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Lithium Springs

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.

Detained dogs

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.

Puppy Playtime

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

If you'd like to take the quiz that will tell you which dog breed your attitude to work most resembles, go to


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

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.


274 - Crufts 2024 and can dog friendly be neurodivergent friendly?

In this episode Julie and Jenny go to Crufts 2024 and Michelle Foulia explores whether dog friendly can be neurodivergent friendly too. Plus the problems the French Bulldog faces, and how our dogs are good for our neurobiology!

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.