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Spoilt dogs? Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:51

Pandering to the British love of dogs is certainly the business to be in if you want to make a fortune: owners spent more than £1 billion on dog accessories last year!  A survey by insurers Direct Line found that the average dog owning household spent £76 on items like coats and beds, while 26% spent more than £100.  Of course it's fun to spend this sort of money (if you have it) but it's important to remember that all a dog ever asks for is a healthy diet, fresh water, exercise and love.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should... Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 09:15

Veterinary science is now so advanced that almost anything is treatable.  As TV vet Noel Fitzpatrick says, "The bottom line now is that anything is possible if you have a blood and nerve supply."  Injuries and illnesses that would have involved euthanasia in the past are now able to be treated.  This raises a moral and ethical dilemma for vets (as well as the owner): does the future quality of life justify the trauma of painful surgery and long recovery time?

Brave Lucca Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:40

There are many people who believe dogs are dirty, smelly, useless animals that spread disease but perhaps such dog phobics/haters will think twice when they read about German Shepherd Lucca.  She was trained to sniff our weapons and roadside bombs to protect soldiers in foreign parts.  She served alongside British troops on three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps, during which time there were no human casualties on her patrols.  But she paid a price for her bravery: in 2012, while working in Afghanistan, a bomb detonated beneath her, ripping off her front leg and causing severe burns to her chest, head and neck.  Now Lucca has been awarded the animal equivalent of the VC, the PDSA Dickin Medal, in recognition of her amazing service record.  The Medal was instituted in 1943 and Lucca is the 67th animal to receive it; the last was Diesel, the police dog who was killed in the Paris attacks last November.  Lucca is now retired and lives with her handler in California but the pair travelled to London for the award. 

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