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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

And the dog came too... Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:04

After dialling 999 a grandmother was on her way to hospital by ambulance when the paramedics pulled over to pick up a cold, wet and distressed Labrador.  Apparently the pensioner was asked if she minded the dog coming too and she said no.  There was a happy ending for both human and dog but now her granddaughter is kicking up a fuss.  What a shame!  At a time of crisis for the NHS when so many who are critically ill have to wait hours for an ambulance this woman was lucky to get a ride - and with paramedics who were caring enough to worry about a stray dog.  Full marks to them!

Alarming statistics Print E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2016 12:47

In the 10 years up to 2016 there has been a 76% increase inn dangerous dog attacks in England; two thirds of the fatalities were children.  It is now thought that 3% of dogs show aggression to humans every week.  The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has investigated the factors likely to cause an attack: an overwhelming majority of behaviour experts stated that breed was irrelevant or only slightly important in determining a dog's aggression.  Instead, 86% thought that socialisation - or the lack of it - was integral in a dog's behaviour.  Nearly all said that adding more breeds to Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act would have no effect on reducing the number of dog attacks.  Is it time to look again at the current legilsation with its emphasis on specific breeds?

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