In Episode 11 of The Dog News Show we open with a story that's been in the headlines a lot this week - the dreadful attack on toddler Keiron Guess. Keiron wandered into a garden where two Staffie type dogs lived and received serious injuries for which he had several hours' surgery, and was kept in an induced coma for a week. The teenaged owner of the dog has expressed no remorse, and will suffer no punishment or fine as the attack occurred on private land.
In the eigth episode of The Dog News Show the first story up for discussion is the Cambridge woman who faces eviction because she has failed to cope with her barking dog. This is a worrying case, but Debbie would like to point out that eviction is a last resort for a council to take, and that dog owners would be given lots of warning and many chances to deal with the problem before it got to such a serious stage.
In Episode 7 of The Dog News Show we start with the amazing story of a Pitbull, Lily, who pulled her unconscious owner off a train track in America. Lily is undoubtedly a hero - but is there more to this story than would first appear? The owner in question has a problem with alcohol. The dog sustained severe injuries when an oncoming train hit her, and she subsequently lost a front leg.
In Episode 6 of The Dog News Show, Lemongate is still a hot topic! For those who haven't caught up with this story (where have you been?) here's the story so far: Keith Lemon (A.K.A. Leigh Francis) had three children who had been pestering their parents for a dog competing to win a dog on his Keith Lemon's Lemonaid show. When one little girl won the competition, a Pug puppy was presented to her.
In Episode 5 of The Dog News Show, the big question is should dogs be given as prizes in competitions. Now of course the answer is, "No!" but Keith Lemon (A.K.A. Leigh Francis) doesn't seem to realise this and on his show, Keith Lemon's Lemonaid, he had three children who had been pestering their parents for a dog competing to win a dog. When one little girl won the competition, a Pug puppy was presented to her.
In the fourth episode of The Dog News Show the hot topic is microchipping. Debbie and Julie discuss the story of the California Bichon Frise who was missing for six years and who was finally reunited with her owner thanks to her microchip. But where was she for those six years? Why wasn't her microchip scanned in all that time? How do we make sure that our dogs are actually scanned? Should dogs be scanned every time they visit the veterinarian? What do you think is the answer?
The third episode of The Dog News Show is packed with the latest news stories, and Debbie and Julie give their take on them. What do you make of the story that over 800 retiring army dogs have been put down as they were judged too fierce to spend their remaining years as a pet? Debbie Connolly has helped many ex-working dogs live happily as pets, and believes working dogs deserve as much help and rehabilitation as possible.
In the second episode of The Dog News Show there are stories to make you smile, frown and maybe even shed a tear. There is a practice in America known as flipping dogs, which means buying a dog cheaply or acquiring it for free and then selling it on quickly for a profit. There is a petition you can sign if you think this practice should be stopped - and as an experienced rescuer Debbie highlights the dangers of taking an unknown unassessed dog into your home. This problem is not confined to the United States though, and many British dog lovers are horrified to find out that unscrupulous people are trading in dogs, and passing off puppy farmed dogs as being carefully bred. So how do we solve this problem? - education or legislation, what do you think?