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The Guardian Campaign
In Episode 133 of DogCast Radio you can hear about the Guardian Campaign, which is striving to replace the word owner with the word guardian for dogs. This is a campaign that started in the U.S.A. and that Linda Goodman has continued in the U.K. She hopes that encouraging dog owners to refer to themselves as guardians will help them see themselves as someone who has to meet their dog's needs rather than someone who has dominion over their dog. Do you call yourself an owner or a guardian - and do you think it matters? There's a Guardian Campaign website in both America and Britain. You can also access Linda's Guardian Campaign on Twitter.
- Linda Goodman
Linda Goodman also founded C.A.R.I.A.D. which is a coalition of dog and animal charities and other organisations who have united to fight puppy farming in Wales. Wales has a huge problem with puppy farm dogs and in this shocking and revealing interview Linda reveals some of the unscrupulous practices puppy farmers employ to foist their dogs on members of the public. Dogs kept in a puppy farm live in appalling, dirty, cramped conditions and are bred from as often as possible; anyone who loves animals should be opposed to puppy farming. You can find out more about C.A.R.I.A.D. on their website or via their Twitter feed.
Artist Jessica Stone already had one rescue dog when she decided she would adopt another one, but this time she wanted a dog with special needs. San Antonio Bulldog Rescue called Jessica to let her know they had a dog with one eye, who was grumpy, had bad hips and a limp, and when she met her Jessica fell in love with Piper. But the story doesn't end there, because when she went to live in her new home, Piper was allowed to explore her potential with surprising and very happy results. Piper has her own website where you can see her artwork and some beautiful portraits of her, and Piper also has her own Facebook page.
In the DogCast Radio News you can hear about the latest research into dogs' genetic heritage, some good news for Pitbulls, plus dogs having strange encounters and how the mystery of the ghost dog was finally solved.
If you enjoy the DogCast Radio News don't forget that you can get a weekly fix of dog related news stories with The Dog News Show, where Debbie Connolly and Julie Hill discuss a variety of stories with honesty and humour.