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Ex ‘puppy machine’ crowned Best in Show

2015 marks the second annual RSPCA Ruffs, the charity’s alternative online dog show which challenges the ideals of beauty pageant style dog shows. Unlike Crufts which judges dogs primarily on looks which can cause suffering, Ruffs is a true celebration of dogs.
Ruffs doesn’t care what a dog looks like, what shape, size or colour they are - there are no ‘standards’ to be met, it just cares whether dogs are healthy, happy and above all loved.

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Courteney Cox and the dogs that would not go

Celebrities and their dogs hit the headlines for all sorts of reasons - some good, some bad - but I spotted a story this morning that made me smile. Courteney Cox (star of Friends, the Scream movies and Cougar Town) has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Hopper and Harley and along with her daughter Coco, the whole pack recently moved into a 25th floor apartment. Courteney was faced with the problem of needing to let her dogs have toilet breaks late at night without leaving Coco alone. Practical Courteney installed a grass pad on the balcony, but the dogs wouldn't "go" on it.

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Spaniels watching the demonstration

This was so sweet! - King Charles Spaniels watching the medieval fighting demonstration.

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King Charles and a point of law

I had a very interesting email from a lady called Amanda who tried to take her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy into a supermarket and was dismayed to be turned away. In an interesting turn of events King Charles II passed a law stating that the Spaniels named after him should be allowed access anywhere in the land including the House of Parliament. This law has never been repealed.

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231 - Good Dog and Doggie Language

Kate Leaver celebrates the good dogs, talking about her own adorable dog, Shih Tzu Bert, and her book Good Dog. Lili Chin gives an insight into dog body language, and the journey her dog Boogie, a Boston Terrier, took her on to write and draw Doggie Language. Plus Julie and Jenny discuss dog news stories in 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.