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Episode 89 - Be the Ideal Puppy Purchaser and the Dog in Art


Released Sat June 13, 2009
Length: 1:04:34
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Be the ideal puppy purchaser

You're looking for someone who will commit time and energy; you can't just bring an eight week old pup into your house and expect them to survive four, six, eight hours on its own immediately.
 - Jon Buscall

Jon Buscall breeds Basset Hounds in Sweden. He recently wrote an interesting blogpost titled, "How to be the ideal puppy purchaser".

When you look for a breeder, you are usually focusing on what you as a buyer want. However, you need to be able to show the breeder you choose that you are worthy of buying one of their puppies. Jon's advice can help you do just that.

He has many things to consider - do you have the time and energy to commit to a puppy? Are you willing to keep in touch with the breeder? Have you really found out all you need to about the breed? And intriguingly, does it matter if you're experienced or an absolute beginner? - the answer to that one just might surprise you.

To benefit from more of Jon's advice visit his website, and you can also contact him on Twitter.

The Dog:5000 years of the dog in art

Tamsin Pickeral has written The Dog:5000 years of the dog in art. Dogs were a natural subject choice for her as she grew up with dogs right from the start.

She has studied the development of the depiction of the dog from its very beginnings. She has an interesting theory on why horses have been included on human art for so much longer than dogs have. It's fascinating how the way we have drawn and painted our dogs reflects the way our attitudes have changed towards them. It’s a beautiful looking book but Tamsin talks about how she has also included lots of information too.

You can find out more at Tamsin's website.

News and other items

In the DogCast Radio News you can hear about how dogs have been mixing with exotic animals, with different results. And did you hear about the dog who made a phone call that ended with the police getting involved? Well you can hear it in the news!

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