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The puppies and kittens who spent their first ever Christmas at Battersea

Many pets across the country would have woken up on Christmas Day to loving families opening presents under the tree. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for the animals at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – where some spent their very first Christmas at the animal shelter.


Battersea Honey seeks the sweet life

359 dogs walked out of Battersea’s Brands Hatch centre and into a new loving home last year – but poor Honey wasn’t one of them. Although many dogs have barely settled into the centre before they are snatched up, a few – like Honey – take a little longer. While they stay at the shelter, the staff strive to give them as many of the comforts of home as possible; especially for the more long term residents.


Mother and daughter Chihuahuas seek special home

Most dogs who are found as strays face a challenging future – but two Chihuahuas who were recently found abandoned at the side of a busy road faced extra challenges. The poor, tiny dogs were not only dumped by the roadside, but one was blind and one was missing a foot.


RSPCA seeks special home for Peggy and Pip

RSPCA inspector Marie Hammerton, with special needs Chihuahuas Peggy and Pip.

Peggy and Pip seek a special home

Peggy and Pip, a mother and daughter Chihuahua duo are looking for a new home thanks to the RSPCA.

Pair of chihuahuas dumped under a hedge

Pals Tango and Cash were abandoned in a pet carrier under a hedge in Herefordshire.

A pair of chihuahuas that were dumped in a pet carrier under a hedge in Herefordshire have been rescued by the RSPCA.

The two male dogs, now named Tango and Cash, were found abandoned near to the Small Breeds Park on Kingswood Road in Kington on 16 July and RSPCA inspectors are appealing for information about what happened to them.


New owners bowled over by Cricket the Battersea Chihuahua

Four year old tiny Cricket the nervous Chihuahua has finally overcome his fears and found a loving home of his own just in time for a summer of runs with the Ashes cricket series.

Cricket was so nervous of new people and new situations when he came into Battersea that staff at the Brands Hatch centre were worried he wouldn’t come out of his shell and find his perfect match.


Battersea sees more cases of small dog syndrome as ‘handbag dogs with baggage’ get handed in

Animal charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says it has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of ‘handbag’ dogs coming through its doors this year, with many suffering from behavioural issues after being mollycoddled by their owners.

Yorkshire Terriers were the most popular small breed needing Battersea’s attention, with over 90 already coming into the Home so far this year, compared to 54 the year before – a 67 per cent increase. Chihuahuas are also an increasingly popular breed at Battersea, with a 36 per cent increase coming into Battersea since last year.


Battersea rehomed Bobby the Chihuahua

You can find out more about Bobby’s story in Battersea’s new ITV1 series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Monday nights at 8pm.

Bella my MultiShiChi

My Maltese, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua with Yellow eyes and a cute stripe on her nose. 8 Months old and super playful and sweet.


193 - Finn's law and Alabama Rot

Hear PC Dave Wardell talk movingly about the night his police dog, Finn, nearly died, and how that gave rise to the campaign to have Finn's Law, and give legal protection to police dogs. Alabama Rot has been hitting the headlines in the UK, but how worried should dog owners be, and how can owners protect their dogs from it? Vet Marc Dhumeaux tells you what you need to know. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.