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Episode 87 - Fit as Fido and A Day at Dogs Trust


Released Sat May 9, 2009
Length: 1:01:06
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Fit as Fido

Because of the dog our own lifestyle habits had really improved a lot; we had lost weight, your making sure you're exercising regularly, your mood's better there's always something to laugh at with a dog.
 - Dr. Dawn Marcus

Dr. Dawn Marcus has spent years telling patients that living healthily was more complicated than just taking a tablet to put everything right. She always knew that lifestyle played a huge part in health, but it was not until the arrival in her life of Wheatie the Wheaten Terrier in her own life, that she realised how much we can learn from our dogs.

Meeting a dog's needs involves having a regular routine, and getting lots of exercise. But it also includes having fun, and in the process our physical and mental wellbeing are improved and enhanced. Did you know that if you eat, sleep and play like a dog, you can seriously improve your health?

Listen to Dr. Dawn Marcus as she talks about her brilliant book Fit as Fido, which explains how you can learn the vital life lessons your dog knows all about.

Find out more at the Fit as Fido website, where in the Celebrity Spotlight section, you can hear how Buddy has improved DogCast Radio host Julie's life.

Visit to Dogs Trust

You have to have a love of animals - if you don't care don't work here! It's as simple as that.
 - Steve from Dogs Trust

My local Dogs Trust centre, Roden, does tremendous job of rehoming dogs, so I went to find out what a day is like in the centre.

It starts early, it goes on late, and it involves lots of hard work. It also means lots of fun and attention for the dogs, as well as training and meeting the public. There's cleaning, feeding, grooming and walking to be done, and none of this could happen without the commitment of a very devoted team of staff, and some wonderful volunteers.

Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog down, and has some ingenious schemes in place to raise awareness of and funds for those dogs in its care.

To find out more visit the Dogs Trust website, where you can also discover more about the Roden centre.


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Read more on what Jon Katz has to say here. You can leave a comment and vote on the subject, which needless to say has stirred up some strong feeling! Hear Julie's thoughts on the matter in the show.


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