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When Silvie Bordeaux's beloved dog, Muffin, lost his sight, he became miserable and totally dependent on her. Silvie knew she had to do something, and invented Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, a hoop which fits around the dog's head, protecting it from bumps, and giving them back their independence. Muffin became his old self, and Silvie knew that there must be more blind dogs around the world who needed a Halo. Thus began Silvie's mission, which she is still on today, to help blind dogs lead happy, healthy lives. Muffin's legacy is even helping blind rescue dogs have another shot at life and love.
To find out more, visit the Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs website, or their Facebook page or the Twitter page.
Chorley Fun Dog Show
A fun dog show is a great opportunity to get out and about with your dog, meet other dogs and people - and as the name suggests, have some fun! At the Chorley Fun Dog Show, in Shropshire in the UK, Julie talked to several owners about their dogs, why they enjoy fun dog shows, and what they think dogs get out if the events. From the tiny to the huge, from the young to the old, from the single dogs to the multi-dog households, from the novices to the old hands, they all had one thing in common - fun!
To find out more about the Chorley Show go to their website, or their Facebook page.
This Episode of the DogCast Radio News focuses on recent dog related research. Julie and Jenny have stories about studies on the effects of letting your dog sleep in your room or your bed, There's also comforting news from the University of Cambridge that some dog breeds which tend to be overweight are "genetically hungry" and not simply overfed. Did you know African wild dogs practise democracy? And that dogs have a negativity bias just like humans? Or that scat detecting dogs are helping to conserve wildlife in Argentina? And finally, are you one of the one in ten dog owners who don't know how much exercise their dog needs?
If you want to listen to our podcast about the work of scat detection dogs, you can hear Louise Wiljoen in Episode 176 of DogCast Radio.
German Spitz Klein puppy Mischief has joined the DogCast Radio team. She is amazing, taking life in her stride despite that stride being tiny!