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"Arctic conditions"

The media has been bandying the phrase “arctic conditions” about a lot. Well, yes it’s been cold, and yes we’ve had some snow, but arctic? Not quite!

We have been out and about in it though, and Star loves the snow. I took this in our local park, and I love the way she is too busy posing for the camera to keep up with Jenny. She obviously wants me to get her good side.

Take care,
Julie x

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Get my best side!

Walking in the "arctic conditions"!

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Christmas Star

This is a photo of Star at Carols in the Square tonight. We learned a lesson when we attended the switching on of the Christmas lights in the square earlier this month. The lesson was that in a crowd with a small dog, you spend most of your time making sure the little dog doesn’t get trodden on. Or you give in and pick up the little dog, and then you can’t hold both your coffee and your brandy snap. Or your mulled wine and your roast hog, if you’re that way inclined.

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A Christmas Star

Star out and about on Christmas night - safe from being stepped on!

Mud and a disturbed night

The other day we returned from a walk in the dark, and I hurriedly let the dogs out of the car and in to the house. Then I was distracted by another task – possibly shutting the ducks in for the night, bringing in something from the car, or most important task of all putting the coffee on! Anyway, it meant that by the time I made it into the lounge both dogs were settled on the couch.

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One muddy dog!

Star had managed to get to the couch and fall asleep before I realised how dirty she was after a walk. Don't worry, she was cleaned up once she woke up.

Star was a cute puppy

Star was such a cute baby - I can't believe she was ever that small though!

Star and her ear obsession

I love this photo of Star finally getting her man. She had been trying for ages to lick his ear, and he had fended her off and fought valiantly for ages. Then at last she wore him down and he gave in.

She’s just so intent on licking, and he’s laughing and squirming at the same time, it always makes me smile.

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245 - Rancho Luna Lobos and Canine Partners

In an episode all about dogs helping people, and people helping dogs, Fernando Ramirez talks about using dog sledding as a form of therapy for dogs, and Fiona Airey talks about her assistance dog, Verlin, and how Canine Partners have given her her life back. An uplifting listen.

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.