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Battersea sees duo of dumpy dogs – just in time for Easter

You know, it's funny but people's weight never bothers me - and indeed my own weight could do with being less than it is. But that's my business, and my decision, and I respect that fact that others make their own decisions about their own diet and weight.


Jenny Deakin and her dogs

Jenny Deakin helps owners understand their "grumpy" dogs and help them to live happy lives.
Photo credit: Ollie Deakin.


Rocco is a fun loving five year old Border Collie who loves to play. He is worried by strangers and dogs but has slowly been building up his confidence at the centre and has met a few dogs that accompany him on his walks. Rocco would enjoy walks in the countryside and needs an adult only home as he would prefer to be the only pet. Rocco is a real water baby and even has a pool in his kennel in the summer! He misses the water so much in winter that he'll head straight for a dip in the river when out on walks.
Rocco is at Dogs Trust West Calder.

Rehoming Centre Bordering on Collie Crisis

Dogs Trust West Calder has the Collie wobbles as rising numbers of the working breed are abandoned

Dogs Trust West Calder has seen a sharp increase in stray and abandoned Collies and Collie crosses across the region as the working breed now amounts to one in five of all dogs taken in by the Scottish rehoming centre. Dogs Trust would like to urge anyone considering a dog to think carefully about their chosen breed, ensuring it is best suited to their lifestyle.

Susan Tonner, Dogs Trust West Calder Rehoming Centre Manager explains:

“It is heartbreaking when we see well socilaised,


A dog filled bank holiday weekend

This weekend was another three day bank holiday treat in the UK, which always allows us more time to get out and about. We went to a medieval re-enactment at Whittington Castle, and the best bit was that the dogs came along too. We met lots of other dogs too - as soon as we arrived, I spotted a Jack Russell Terrier who was sitting with his person on a high vantage point, keeping a wary eye on Rusty.


Rusty sleeping on a chair precariously

Rusty sleeps in some interesting positions.

Rusty stretching out

Rusty making the most of having the couch to himself.


258 - Andrew Cotter Olive and Mabel and celebrating Mutts

Sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter made charming videos of his two Labrador dogs Olive and Mabel, which kept us smiling in lockdown and beyond. He talks to Julie about Dog Days, the book he has written about the ups and downs of life with his dogs, and their rise to social media stardom. Photographer Olivia Pritchard loves mutts - mystery mixed breeds as she puts it - and has created a stunning fine art coffee table book in celebration of them. She talks about her experiences meeting the dogs that feature in the book, and about her own rescue dog.

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.