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The amount owners fork out for their four-legged friends revealed

-A quarter of dog owners weren’t prepared for what owning a dog would cost
-43% of owners admitted to not researching any costs before buying their dog
-Using a doggy day care service just twice a week can add up to over £2,000 a year
-7-nights at a dog kennel can add an extra £119 to the cost of your week-long holiday
-1 in 3 dog owners admit to spending more than £25 a month on treats for their dog – adding up to £300 a year
-Admiral has created a handy tool to help new dog owners calculate finances

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The Pedigree Adoption Drive

This week is the Pedigree Adoption Drive and even if you can't adopt a dog yourself, you can still get involved and help raise money to save dogs' lives. Here's more information from Pedigree:
 
At Pedigree we believe that every dog deserves a loving home.
 
Last year over 120,000 dogs were abandoned in the UK. And 7,571 of those dogs had to be put down. 
 

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What dogs have in common with music divas at Christmas

I read an article this morning about a lady who is lavishing £600 on her dog for Christmas. She is happy to disclose at the same time that her partner is only getting gifts to the value of £100. While I don't wish to criticize her, I can't help feeling that this situation is wrong on many levels.
 

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More Bark for Your Buck

By Nancy Kay, DVM

Today, the human-animal bond is stronger than ever. It seems as though the more tumultuous the world around us becomes, the tighter we cling to our beloved dogs. They soothe us with their predictability and unconditional love, and give in excess of what they receive. Imagine, then, the heartache when it’s necessary to cut back on a dog’s health care because of financial hardship. If you’re feeling the pinch (and who isn’t these days?), here are 10 things you can do to economize while still doing a great job caring for your dog’s health.
This article first appeared in Bark magazine May/June 2009 issue.
(http://www.thebark.com/content/mayjun-2009-issue-54)

Nancy Kay is the author of Speaking for Spot. ( http://www.speakingforspot.com/)

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208 - Benefab and Jayda finds a home

In Episode 208 of DogCast Radio, you can hear how Kat Chrysostum invented benefab, a fabric that is helping dogs to life as healthily and happily as possible. When Duschanca Singh met rescue dog Jayda at the Mayhew, it was love at first sight. Plus the DogCast Radio News with stories of dogs around the world who are being bribed, learning to cope with being blind, training to lead visually impaired people - and one emotional roller-coaster of a story!

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.