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Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:31

It is common practice for owners to leave the radio on as company for their dogs when they have to go out.  Now researchers at Glasgow University have investigated what type of music dogs like best!  A previous study found dogs liked classical music but got bored with it after a day (forget Classic FM then!) but the new study found that soft rock and reggae lowered dogs' stress levels - measured through heart rates and saliva samples - and improved their behaviour.  The Scottish SPCA are so impressed with the results that they are going to buy sound systems to pipe music into the kennels of all their re-homing centres.

 
Dog poo Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:44

Dog poo is always a problem - thanks to those owners who don't clean up after their dogs.  Now a mayor in southern France has decided on a novel way of tackling the problem.  He plans to take the DNA of every dog in town so that owners can be traced and fined when their dog fouls the pavement.  He believes that a genetic database is the only way to keep the streets clean.  We see two problems with this plan: how are you going to recruit people prepared to scoop the poop and examine it, and how do you catch visitors and those passing through the town?  On this messy subject, we would just like to ask people NOT to desecrate the countryside with poo bags, hanging from trees and fences.  If you are prepared to scoop it, either put in a bin or if there isn't one nearby, take it home.  (Wrapped in another bag there is little smell). 

 
Staffie donor Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:36

Over the last few years Staffies have earned themselves an unfortunate reputation (resulting in high numbers in rescue centres) so it's lovely to hear about a positive story for a change.  Five year old Staffordshire cross Romeo has been awarded the Blue Cross Medal in recognition of his blood donations.  Romeo has been in the Royal Veterinary College's blood donor programme for nearly three years, making his 10th donation just recently.  Each time he gives the same amount as a human - just under a pint - but instead of a cup of tea, in return receives a biscuit or two! Amongst the many dogs Romeo's generosity has helped are a springer spaniel with a heart defect and a beagle with a ruptured spleen. If you would like to volunteer your dog as a blood donor, visit www.rvc.ac.uk

 
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