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Episode 57 - The Companion Animal Protection Society and more on psychic dogs


Released Sat January 12, 2008
Length: 1:08:37
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Companion Animal Protection Society

These are animals in commercial facilities, they are being raised like livestock.
 - Deborah Howard

In this episode we meet CAPS - that's the Companion Animal Protection Society - founder and President, Deborah Howard. Deborah's love of animals lead her to set up CAPS which has a mission to alleviate the suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs.

CAPS is America's only national non-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals. In this interview you can hear what experiences lead Deborah to found CAPS in 1992.

Although the society has been safeguarding the rights of companion animals for fifteen years, there is still work to be done in this area.If you wouldn't like your dog to live the life of a dog caught in the puppy mill and pet shop nightmare, help Deborah and CAPS improve the situation for those dogs forced to live in unacceptable conditions.

Doctor Rupert Sheldrake on Psychic Dogs

I think when a dog becomes bonded to a person - dogs are of course descended from wolves which are very social animals, they form strong bonds, social bonds, emotional bonds - they are linked through a morphic field with their owner.
 - Rupert Sheldrake

Does your dog have psychic abilities? Well according to innovative biologist Doctor Rupert Sheldrake there is good reason to explain why he might.

In this fascinating interview you can hear Rupert explain his theories of morphic fields and morphic resonance, and how the bonds formed by social animals could be what helps some dogs stay in touch with their owner, no matter where their owner is.

Rupert Sheldrake gained a double first class class honours degree in natural sciences and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, both from Cambridge University. He has written seventy five scientific papers and ten books, including the intriguing Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home.

Rupert has ideas on his website for further exploring your dog's - and your own - psychic capabilities. To discover how you and your dog can become involved in current research into this phenomenon, visit Alex Tsakiris's website.

Reading from The Knocknobbler

You can hear author Bernard Cartwright read an extract of his book The Knocknobbler, which tells of his time working as a dog warden in Worcester, UK. This extract tells the story of Polly Seven legs. The Knocknobbler is available through Parapress.

DogCast News

Host Julie highlights some recent studies into dogs' abilities to recognise and sort photos, and how "walkies&;quot; can help keep you happy!

Don't forget to listen right to the end to find out from Jenny the difference between dogs and fleas.


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