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The Battersea dogs and cats who hit the 2012 headlines

2012 has seen a whole host of dogs and cats from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home hit the headlines, as a bus-boarding Dalmatian, animals named after Olympic champions, and the charity’s oldest ever dog captured the nation's imagination.

Every year Battersea cares for nearly 9,000 animals, each with their own heart breaking, challenging or inspirational story. As well as winning a special place in a new owners’ heart, many of these dogs and cats go on to become international superstars. Here, Battersea rounds up the homeless dogs and cats that made the news in 2012:



Dogs Trust Honours 2012

Dogs Trust announces canine champions to a star studded audience

Tonight the UK’s most heroic canines rubbed shoulders and paws with dog loving celebrities as the winners of the 2012 Dogs Trust Honours were revealed at London’s Honourable Artillery Company.


Little and large at Dogs Trust honours

Over 30 dogs and 200 humans celebrated the fifth Dogs Trust Honours 2012.

Episode 128 - Debbie Connolly discusses Crufts 2012 vet checks


Released Tue March 13, 2012
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At Crufts 2012 the Best of Breed dog in fifteen high profile breeds had to face a vet check - and in six of those breeds the dogs failed the check and were disqualified. This move has attracted a lot of comment, and in this indepth interview dog expert Debbie Connolly gives her insights into and opinions on the issue.

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Two Labradors

Two labs (not Buddy) practise the benching scene for the Safe and Sound Team display for Crufts 2012.


Lovely Border Collie Zoe practises the benching scene for the Safe and Sound Team display for Crufts 2012.

Zoe and Zinda

Zoe (Border Collie) and Zinda (Belgian Shepherd) keep a close eye on team rehearsals.

Buddy with a friend

Buddy in his favourite position - lying down, getting some attention during a break in rehearsals.

Mollie the Sprollie

Mollie the Sprollie (Border Collie cross Springer) practises the garden scene for the Safe and Sound Team display for Crufts 2012.

For the Love of Dogs

‘‘For the Love of Dogs’’
(for dog lovers of all breeds)

Presented by
Chief Executive Barbara Sykes MCFBA MBIPDT TLCB
Special Guest, Patron ~ Dame Ellen MacArthur DBE
Newark Showground, Notts
(Cedric Ford Hall)
April 29th 2012 ~ 10.30am – 4.00pm


209 - Where the Lost Dogs Go and life saving surgery on a dog

In this episode, we have an interview with bestselling author Susannah Charleson about her latest book, Where the Lost Dogs Go A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of Reunion, a moving exploration of the world of missing dogs. We also hear from Soft Tissue & Orthopaedic Veterinary Senior Surgeon, Rosario Vallefuoco, about the life savingsurgery he carried out on a desperately injured puppy. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, with all the dog related news stories you need.

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.