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Is it both breeders and puppy buyers' responsibility to improve the health and happiness of our dog population?

Some food for thought from What's In My Genes:

The health of our UK dog population is heading into crisis. Dogs unable to breath, walk, run, play, heads too small for their brains, living in constant pain and /or discomfort which as well as causing mental distress/heartache and financial difficulties for puppy buyers is leading to problems with aggression/behaviour with even more animals ending up in rescue.

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Episode 247 - Can you have a dog and work?

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Released Sat January 1, 2022
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Can you have a dog and work? Of course you can - but possibly not with every dog. In this podcast we hear from a breeder who doesn't home her puppies to owners who work, leaving the home empty all day. We also hear from an owner and breeder who works and keeps her dogs happy. If there's no ultimate wrong or right, how do we ensure our dogs are happy? Plus we celebrate breeders who care about their dogs - as opposed to "greeders" who churn our puppies purely for money.

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Can you have a dog and work? Of course you can - but possibly not with every dog. In this podcast we hear from a breeder who doesn't home her puppies to owners who work, leaving the home empty all day. We also hear from an owner and breeder who works and keeps her dogs happy. If there's no ultimate wrong or right, how do we ensure our dogs are happy? Plus we celebrate breeders who care about their dogs - as opposed to "greeders" who churn our puppies purely for money.

Pup nearly dies after wolfing down 24 chocolates

A sweet-toothed four-month-old Doberman puppy called Ghost needed life-saving treatment after polishing off an entire advent calendar.

Luckily for Ghost, PDSA vets were on hand to provide emergency treatment which saved his life, meaning he was back home in time to enjoy festive celebrations with his family. The veterinary charity is highlighting Ghost’s story to warn all pet owners to be extra vigilant this Christmas as many festive treats, including chocolate, can be toxic to our pets.

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Ghost

A sweet-toothed four-month-old Doberman puppy called Ghost needed life-saving treatment after polishing off an entire advent calendar.

Dog tied to fence in rain on New Year set to celebrate first Christmas with loving new family

A dog who was left tied to a fence in the cold and rain in Kent in the New Year will be spending his first Christmas with his loving new family.

George was found on January 8 after he was left outside the RSPCA Medway West Branch centre in Chatham - which was closed at the time.

He was found by a kind-hearted member of the public who rescued him and took him to a local vet.

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George with his new owners

A dog who was left tied to a fence in the cold and rain in Kent in the New Year will be spending his first Christmas with his loving new family.

Dorset singer-songwriter Emma Gale pulls at the heart strings with her latest Charity Single release Meet You By The Bridge

An emotional track which pulls at your heartstrings, it highlights the special bond between people and their dogs and is set for release on Friday 17th December

Meet You By The Bridge describes the hardest decision you ever have to make for your pet.

Meet You By The Bridge is about letting your pet go to that place called Rainbow Bridge where they will wait for the very special person they have left behind.

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Emma Gale with her dogs

Meet You By The Bridge is the new Charity Single by Dorset singer-songwriter Emma Gale.
An emotional track which pulls at your heartstrings, it highlights the special bond between people and their dogs and is set for release on Friday 17th December

Vet charity warns of fatal foods for furry friends this Christmas

As we all begin to prepare for our festive feasts, a national vet charity is urging pet owners to think twice about offering furry friends Christmas leftovers and excess treats.

With the 2021 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report revealing that 1.4 million pet owners have fed their four-legged friends more human treats since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the vet charity is warning that this festive season could be more dangerous for our pets than ever before.

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