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Horrible conditions

“The conditions were absolutely hellish. I can’t begin to describe how awful the smell was.”

Pooches with popular names hope to find paw-fect homes

Could you offer a home to one of our Lola’s? Or perhaps you’d like to give Alfie a second chance?

The top five dog names have been revealed - and the RSPCA is hoping it’ll help these paw-fect rescue pooches find their fur-ever homes!

The Pets At Home Pet Name Finder has revealed the most popular dog names are Alfie, Bella, Charlie, Lola and Poppy. The RSPCA is hoping prospective dog owners might consider giving a rescue dog with one of these popular monikers a loving new home.

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Who could resist Staffie Lola’s incredible Dumbo ears!? This one-year-old is an excitable but friendly dog who needs help with some basic training. She was rescued by the RSPCA as her owners could not properly feed her. She’s always on the go and is quite bouncy so would be best in an adult-only home with no other pets. She’s at Macclesfield, South East Cheshire & Buxton branch. Call 01246 273358 for more details.

Lola

Lovely Lola is a two-year-old Staffie who is full of beans. She’s a friendly pooch who loves spending time with people but is sadly being overlooked by potential adopters. She’s looking for an adult-only home with an owner who will take her for lots of long walks and keep her physically and mentally stimulated. She’s at Chesterfield Animal Centre, in Derbyshire, and you can find out more by calling 01246 273358.

Charley

Charley - with a slightly different spelling - is a four-year-old rottweiler who was rescued from a puppy farm in February last year. She’s come a long way and is a cheeky, clever girl who loves human company and is looking for a home as the only pet. She’s a little wary around new people and dogs so would benefit from more socialisation. She’s at South Godstone Animal Centre, in Surrey. For more information about her please call 0300 123 0741.

Charlie

Eight-year-old crossbreed Charlie was rescued from her previous home after being kept in unsuitable conditions. She’s a gentle giant who loves attention from her friends but can be a little wary around new people. She can be a little strong on the lead so would like some more training while out walking. She’s at Felledge Animal Centre, in County Durham, where she’s waiting for an adult-only home. More information is available by calling 0300 123 0708.

Bella

Staffie cross Bella is very loving but can be frightened of other dogs so is looking for a home with experienced owners who know how to work with a reactive dog. She’s very clever and well-behaved in the home but would like a home with no other pets. She loves human company the most and is a real lap-dog; enjoying strokes and lots of fuss. She’s very playful and loves to play fetch and go on long walks. For more about Bella please contact RSPCA Northamptonshire branch by calling 01604 881317.

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English bull terrier Alfie is much more active and energetic than his older namesake. The eight-year-old is very sociable and loves going on walks and training. He’d like a new home with a garden to run in and would be happy living in a family with older children and another dog. He’s at Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Animal Centre, in West Yorkshire. To find out more about him call 01422 365 628.

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214 - incredible Kratu and Frankie the biggest dog that ever was

Two wonderful dogs fill this episode with magic and magnificence. Kratu was born in Romania, and life looked bleak - but at 5 weeks he was rescued, and his story has now touched hearts around the world. Frankie was a tiny puppy mill puppy, but his spirit and heart were so huge that he inspired his owner to write Frankie, The Biggest Dog That Ever Was. The DogCast Radio News brings you a special festive feel good round up.

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.