In the last episode of The Dog News Show for 2012 Debbie gets things started with a story about a "furious" dog owner who wants his dog back. Roger Winter left his German Shepherd Frodo tied up outside a shop unattended in Banff, Scotland. He went outside to his dog when he heard Frodo barking and found two children he claims were taunting his dog.
Dog lovers were horrified recently when a raid on a puppy farm lead to over 80 puppies being taken into custody by the RSPCA. Four of the puppies were dead, including two callously dumped in a bucket in the foot well of a car. You'd think it couldn't get any worse than that, but a fake page was set up by heartless individuals trying to con money out of people and claiming to be re-homing the pups.
The headlines this week proclaimed that up to one third of owners had been bitten by their own dog, based on a report brought out by the P.D.S.A. However, Debbie points out that the actual full report puts a slightly different spin on things from the rest of the media. One or two of the findings do make very worrying reading and it's clear that every dog and owner need to attend classes - irrespective of the owner's previous experience.
In the U.K. we're used to Pitbulls hitting the news but this week a breeder of another banned breed had his home raided and his dogs confiscated. The Dogo Argentinos were taken from a house in Grimsby, and included a litter of puppies. Debbie points out how heartless it is to breed dogs of a breed that is banned and also the intricacies involved in identifying a dog as being of a certain breed or type. Currently in the U.K.
Debbie opens up the show with an interesting bit of news about dogs' freedom to move - move their joints that is. Many dogs have difficulty moving and walking as they grow older, but the great news is that the conditions that cause this can be managed and their affects reduced by simple measures, such as giving supplements, feeding a good diet and limiting exercise.
Debbie opens the show with a news article from the London Dog Forum. The Blue Cross is asking whether the U.K. is still a nation of dog lovers. The charity has to deal with increasing numbers of dogs being abandoned, with more and more bitches coming into shelters pregnant. The charity is striving to make neutering the norm, and is hoping to change owners' attitudes.
Episode 26 opens with the exciting news that Debbie has appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh show. You can find a link to the show on the Bravo Working Dog Rescue website and in this episode of The Dog News Show you can hear how Debbie got on during her TV appearance. Plus why was Alan Titchmarsh a naughty host?
We all like products that are good for our dogs, keep them occupied and are environmentally friendly too and the latest product to fit this description is the Stagbar. Glen and Deborah Campbell run Pure Dog, a company that turns deer antlers into dog chews and this seems to be a really clever idea.
You've heard of buy-on-get-one-free offers, but an American realtor came up with a novel idea recently - rent the house, get the Pitbull for free and a reduction in rent! Sandy Zalagens offered a unit for rent at $950 in normal circumstances, but with a reduction down to $800 a month discount if the tenant adopted Big Louie, and 80 pound Pitbull.
Vaccination - or lack of it - is the subject that starts Episode 23 of The Dog News Show. Debbie has a story of a young puppy who apparently went to his new home having already come into contact with Weils Disease. Weils Disease in usually caught from rats' urine and can prove fatal, but dogs can be vaccinated against it - the disease is referred to as Leptospirosis in dogs.