In episode 22 of The Dog News Show Debbie gets the ball rolling with a story that's sure to provoke outrage. The Right Honorable David Blunkett is the Minister of Parliament for Brightside and Hillsborough; he also happens to be blind and have a guide dog.
The latest Internet craze of "dogshaming" is the story that kicks off Episode 21 of The Dog News Show - and it has divided opinion not just in the dog community but also in the presenters of the show too. One of them finds it funny, the other finds it unpleasant - can you guess which is which? But is it the dog's fault when he commits a "crime"? And where does any "shame" attached belong - with the dog or the owner?
Episode 19 of The Dog News Show is a mix of the weird and wacky, alongside the wonderful and the very sad dog related news stories from the last week. Debbie starts the ball rolling with a story about sheep texting...no you didn't read that wrong, this really is a story about sheep texting. However, the texting is actually generated from a collar on the sheep's neck which monitors their heart rate and sends a text alert to the farmer if the heart rate raises too high.
We all know that dogs have a beneficial affect on us, but in episode 18 of The Dog News Show Debbie has a story of a dog who is helping a veteran with post traumatic stress syndrome. Raymond Galmiche had two deployments in Vietnam and has since suffered night time terrors and daytime flashbacks. Now thanks to a German Shepherd Dog called Dazzle, Galmiche is feeling better and finding some peace. The dog was supplied by James A.
It's Episode 16 of The Dog News Show already and Debbie has a sad tale of woe concerning a dog who was lost, found and then taken into custody. Sam Hanson-Fleming lost his Husky-Shepherd mix dog Chase, student Jordan Biggs found the dog, christened him Bear and kept him. Jordan had Bear trained as her asthma service dog, and they spent a happy year together.
In Episode 15 of The Dog News Show, Julie kicks things off with a story from Rachel Rounds how has written in the Daily Mail about her experiences of how her pregnancy has effected her dog. Rachel's seven year old Labrador Maxi has shown a sudden interest in her "bump" and apparently this is a documented phenomenon, if not a common one.
There's a break with tradition in episode 14 of The Dog News Show because it's Debbie that's bringing the research to the discussion, not Julie. The latest research which was done in Finland indicates that babies who live in a household that includes a dog have far fewer health problems. Specifically, they have ear infections, coughs or runny noses less of the time, and are less likely to need antibiotics. So what is it about having a dog in the house that improves the health of children?
In Episode 13 of The Dog News Show Debbie has the story of the unhappy New York couple who are at war not over their dog, but over the website devoted to their dog. The dog in question is Pomeranian Sammy who inspired a website full of photos of him around New York called Sammy and the City.