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Sandy

Ten-month-old Sandy’s previous owners had bought her from an advert on social media with no knowledge of her background or condition.

Dog to the rescue!

The National Geographic “And Man Created Dog” documentary, and many other specials on television and in media have featured SICS. A new International Course is one of many future projects of the School.

Water training

Here, the swim instructor and SICS trainer collaborated on methods for back floating with canine assistance.

Cori training

In the SICS exercise below, Cori is towing three individuals, the human part of her team, a “crisis victim”, and another less critical “victim” who is holding onto her vest.

All at sea!

Cori started showing an instinct for water rescue when she was 9 months old which prompted the canine-assisted swimming program.

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Surfing

Although Valentina and Simone spend a great deal of time in the water, they had never surfed.

Sics trainers in the sea

The trainers, Valentina Pilenga and Simone Galbiata spent five days teaching their water rescue methods to Cori, her handler, Judy Fridono and swim instructor Jodi Powell from Special Fishies Aquatic Freedom and Education.

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Marc Dhumeaux

Marc Dhumeaux treating a dog at Pride Veterinary Centre.
pic credit - Scarsdale Vets.

Battersea’s dogs and cats have stars in their eyes this awards season

In honour of the Oscars on 4 March 2018, residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have re-imagined themselves as famous film stars, so that they too can earn a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Our leading ladies and dashing gents are hoping to leave their pawprints in the hearts and homes of new owners – can they reach the same heights of stardom of their namesakes?

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Rolo Reeves, Greyhound, 3 years old

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Golden oldies looking for love

Could you give these Golden Oldies their forever home?

After all age is just a number.

It can take longer to rehome an older animal in RSPCA care but the animal welfare charity is highlighting the benefits of adopting one of our Golden Oldies.

Figures show it takes about two weeks to rehome young dogs and cats (under six months old), but it takes more than THREE times longer to rehome dogs and more than TWICE as long to rehome cats aged over three.

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243 - Positive Pet Project and Lance A Spirit Unbroken

Jon Garstang is an animal shelter expert who is spearheading the first ever national initiative in Greece to teach children the value of relationships with animals. Walter Stoffel describes himself as having survived the rescue of Lance, a border Collie with issues. Two inspiring dog advocates.

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.