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Episode 123 - Sadie and the rattlesnake and dogs on beds


Released Sat October 8, 2011
Length: 1:11:41
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Sadie and the rattlesnake

Sadie was playing in the stream, jumping in the water and running across the rocks and then out of the corner of my eye I saw her swinging a rattlesnake. I knew immediately it was a rattlesnake because I could see the fangs and the blood in its mouth.

 - Lindsy Morris

In this show you can hear an interview with Lindsay Morris in which she tells the incredible story of her dog Sadie who had a very unfortunate - and unusual - encounter with a rattlesnake.

While on a camping weekend miles from anywhere, Sadie got bitten by a rattlesnake, and Lindsay and her husband Matt faced a difficult and agonisingly slow hike to get her to help. When they finally got her to a vet her treatment could begin - but there was no guarantee that a dog who had been through what poor Sadie had been through would even survive. Lindsay and Matt never gave up on the dog they love, and are now keem to raise awareness of the need to take care.

You can find out more about Sadie at her blog and at her Facebook page.

Dogs on beds

My dogs sleep in the bedroom, they always have. They can't sleep on the bed because I'd need two beds, but I have no issue with them being in the bedroom.

 - Debbie Connolly
My dogs sleep downstairs in the utility room, and they are happy down there, and we are happy upstairs in a room with the bed to ourselves.

 - Nick Jones

When host Julie got into discussion with Debbie Connolly and Nick Jones about whether dogs should sleep on beds, it developed into a lively and humourous debate.

Debbie is a dog and cat behaviourist who also treats goats, pigs and other pet livestock and has numerous published articles and media appreances including Dog Borstal and Britain's Most Embarrassing Pets.

Nick is a Master Trainer with The Guild of Dog Trainers and a full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, he has also given a number of interviews with the BBC on dog behaviour and dog training related matters as well as writing for Dogs Monthly, Field & Rural Life and Animal Health & Happiness magazines.

So where should a dog sleep? - on your bed, on his own bed in your bedroom or in a completely different room? Listen and find out!

You can find out more about Debbie at her Safe Pets website and more about Nick at the Alpha Dog Behaviour website. They are both on Twitter, Nick as ukdogtrainer and Debbie as Debbie_Connolly. If you have strong opinions on where dogs should sleep we'd love to hear them.


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