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Essex Muddy Dog Challenge raises more than £70,000 for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

On Saturday, hundreds of Essex residents and their four-legged companions took on one of the biggest canine events of the year – Battersea’s Muddy Dog Challenge, supported by LV=.

Local residents have raised over £70,000 for the stray and unwanted animals in need of care at the Home.

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RSPCA reveal winner of Parliamentary Pet of the Year competition

Animal charity reveals the real ‘top dog’ in Westminster.

On the day a new Prime Minister took up her post, the real ‘top dog’ in Westminster was revealed by the RSPCA as part of the second annual Parliamentary Pet of the Year.

On Wednesday (July 13), the RSPCA teamed up with MP Sir David Amess for what was arguably the most hotly contended political competition of the day, as five pets waited tentatively at Victoria Tower Gardens - with more waiting at home - to learn the outcome.

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Sit? Paw? Battersea’s search is on for London’s most obedient dog

Can your dog sit on command or wait while you walk away? How are they at coming back to you when called? Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is calling for London’s most obedient dogs to rally on Sunday 6 September for an elimination of the rebellious, where only the cleverest canines will be crowned ‘top dog’.

The obedience elimination is just one of many classes on offer at Battersea’s Annual Reunion and Fun Day in Battersea Park – the highlight of the charity’s canine social calendar.

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Something to make you smile

Okay I needed some cheering up tonight, so I turned to You Tube in search of something to make me smile. I found a little gem, in the shape of a sweet dog having fun with this flinging machine. I love the way he is so precise in how he puts the ball onto the machine, and how he runs off as soon as the machine pulls back its flinging mechanism, without waiting for the ball to actually be flung.

It also amuses me that someone found it too much effort to throw the ball for the dog, but was prepared to put the required effort into making that machine. There's no arguing with logic like that.

Take care,

Julie x

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217 - Make your dog happy with Karen London and Nosey Barker

In this podcast, Karen London considers how you can make your dog happier - what she says may surprise you! Kim Kaye talks about Nosey Barker and how she's helping dogs locally and beyond. Plus the DogCast Radio News. This podcast was produced during the UK's lockdown, but although that is referenced, this is an upbeat, happy podcast. Stay safe.

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.