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Episode 66 - A Dog About Town and more on Breed Specific Legislation


Released Sat May 24, 2008
Length: 1:15:06
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A Dog About Town

A Dog About Town is written by J. F. Englert is the first novel in the Bull Moose Dog Run Mystery series.

The book's narrator is a charming and highly intelligent Labrador called Randolph. When his owner Harry is faced with various dilemmas and dangers, including murder, it falls to Randolph to help him sort things out. Add to this the fact that Harry girlfriend - Harry's beloved owner - has also mysteriously disappeared, and you'll see Randolph is a dog with a lot to cope with. Randolph carries it all off splendidly, and even offers a glimpse into the world of an urban dog along the way.

In this interview Englert talks about his first novel, and his second, A Dog Among Diplomats, in which Randolph finds himself in even greater danger.

The fact that Englert is a dog lover, with experience of living with dogs shines through in his writing. Hear him talk about the laid back Labrador who shares his life, and how she came into his life.

We have two copies of A Dog About Town, and to win one all you have to do is email us telling us the name of the canine narrator of the books. At the end of June we will select two entries at random and mail the book out to you. Good luck! In the meantime try out the doggy detective's blog.

Fiction: The Ship of The Desert

Our fiction feature this week is a short story entitled The Ship of The Desert.

The story is written and read by The Diplomatic Dog of Barbados author Winfred Peppinck. DD is living in Bahrain as the story takes place, and he has some encounters with strange humped animals; but are they friend or foe?

The book The Diplomatic Dog of Barbados tells DD's rags to riches story. From humble beginnings as a cane dog living wild, he is rescued and spends many months in a shelter until he is adopted by no less than the Australian High Commissioner to the Caribbean and taking up residence in the fabulous Molyneaux House.

DD recently passed away, and both Winfred and his wife Wendy miss their beloved dog dreadfully. They can comfort themselves with the knowledge that they gave DD a happy life with what all dogs need most - owners who love them. They also have the comfort of their other dog Lucy, and we wish them well as they recover from their loss.

More on Breed Specific Legislation

DogCast Radio listener Bob Cardone heard Paula Terrifaj talking about breed specific legislation and contacted us with his experiences.

Bob and Paula agree on some issues and differ on others - listen and see what you think.

If you would like to express your opinion on this complicated subject phone us on our UK or US number or send us an email.

Bob is a dog lover, who volunteers at a no kill shelter and has also adopted a rescue dog.

Canine Good Citizen

Host Julie brings you the latest news of Buddy's bid for Canine Good Citizenship - has he earned his Bronze award?


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