our New ambassadors, Seal Safety, DDR Awards, Nicky Campbell, Dominion, Charity Support, Dog Bite Prevention, Pigoneers, DDR App, DDR Forum & In Loving Memory Of Myra
Introducing Our New Ambassadors!
DDR is very proud to introduce three new ambassadors who join mascots Bert & Albert & ambassador Sid.
Marley lives in rescue here with his guardian Stef who runs a small home & foster based vegan rescue in the UK.
Marley was rescued from a kill shelter in Lancram & is understandably a little worried about the world. I have seen recent undercover footage of a kill shelter in Romania & fully understand why dogs saved from these hell holes have little reason to trust humans.
However with patience & kindness these traumatised dogs do learn to forgive us & they trust again, such is the nature of dogs.
Marley still has a long, long way to go before he is confident enough to have a family of his own & will remain in rescue while Stef continues to work with him, helping him to overcome his fears & showing him that a human touch can be kind & gentle.
You can follow Marley's journey on twitter here
We are absolutely delighted to have Marley join the DDR family & are looking forward to working with him. Marley will be helping us with all things connected with overseas rescue.
This gorgeous boy is called Leo.
Leo is a Clumber Spaniel cross rescue who was rescued by the Dogs Trust Leo lives with his mummy Lisa Loops who some of you may know through her work raising awareness of pet theft. You can find out more about that here
Leo had a complicated life before he was rescued & has had some issues that Lisa & her husband have needed to help Leo with.
Leo's dad committed himself to helping Leo & has become a behaviourist while mum Lisa has written 4 children's books about him.
We are very happy to have Leo join our radio family & look forward to working with him on all things relating to pet safety.
This is Tod
Tod is a collie cross rescue who lives with his family in Catalunya Spain.
This is how tod introduced himself to us
"I’m Tod, 4 year old, collie cross rescue dog now living my best life with my pawrents in Catalunya, Spain.
I enjoy sticks, m’stuffed frens, sossiges and doing long zoomies and playing with m’ball!
Lub n kisses
We are super happy to have Tod join the team & are looking forward to working with him on event management.
Credit The Seal Alliance
The Threats Seal's Face & How We Can Minimise Their Risks
Following on from the tragic loss of Freddie the seal & continuing our dogs & wildlife project Dan Jarvis from British Divers Marine Life Rescue joined us in the studio to talk to us about seals & BDMLR's rescue work.
Dan answered listeners questions regarding the threats that seals face & what we can do to minimise their risks.
The Seal Alliance have produced some excellent resources for us too, which explain some of the impacts our behaviour has on seals, which I found very helpful.
I have made the interview with Dan available worldwide & on demand. You can find it here along with the Seal Alliance resources.
Introducing Dog Desk Radio Community
Our community forum is a place for you to talk about animal related matters, make friends & tell us what you would like to see on the station.
We have had some interesting topics opened up on the forum such as the exotic pet trade, animals in labs, rare breed dogs & bereavement.
You can find the forum & join us here
Dog Desk Radio Animal Awards 2021
We have entered the second round of The Dog Desk Radio Animal Awards 2021
Voting is now open for nominations in 7 categories
Animal Welfare Organisation Of The Year
Animal Spay Neuter International
Alliance Against Greyhound Racing
Outstanding Service To Animal Welfare
Dr Dan Allen
Animal Campaigner Of The Year
Dr Dan Allen
Richard & Alicia Justice For Reggie
Animal Related Business Of The Year
Conservation K9 Consultancy
Dog Training For Essex & Suffolk
Yora Pet Foods
Dog Portraits By Oscar Jetson
Animal Related Podcast Or Other Audio Show
One Of The Family
Sexier Than A Squirrel
Inspirational Vegan Of The Year
Lockdown Animal Buddy Of The Year
Maggie The Cat
You can vote once in each category here
Dog Desk Radio Dog Of The Year 2021
We are looking for a dog to crown Dog Desk Radio Dog Of The Year 2021
We are celebrating the human movers & shakers of the animal world in the Dog Desk Radio Animal Awards 2021. Now it's time to celebrate our furry family members & best friends!
We would love to see your dog in with a chance of taking the title.
You can enter here It's completely free.
The dog who takes the crown gets a goody bag & a fifty pound gift voucher in addition to holding the title for a year.
Nicky Campbell - One Of The Family
Nicky Campbell zoomed in to the studio recently to talk to us about his Sunday Times Best Seller One Of The Family.
It will be no surprise that we chatted quite a lot about adoption & animals. But the interview was unlike the whirlwind book tour interviews we all saw on the TV, Nicky was at home with a little more time available & the setting was super relaxed, it was all very informal.
I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to a man who has an obvious kind nature & huge heart. He is quick witted and has a cheeky sense of humour. Off air he had me giggling like a naughty schoolgirl.
Nicky was generous enough to oblige requests from listeners for the interview to be aired in video format. You can watch the video here
Nicky's book One Of The Family is available from Amazon, independent book shops & selected supermarkets. You can find it on Amazon here
if you would like to listen to Nicky's podcast One Of The Family you can find it here
Full length documentary Dominion, shot in Australia & released in 2018 exposed the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture.
It was shot using drones, & hidden & hand held cameras & questioned the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom.
DDR is hosting a showing of Dominion & invites listeners who are ready to take the next step in their journey to compassion to join us.
You can find a trailer & the full documentary here Please scroll past the Bite Prevention video, you will find Dominion beneath it.
Please note that the documentary carries a trigger warning. We have a self care flyer available for you on the website & are available via email & zoom should you want to discuss any aspects of the documentary & your response to it.
Dog Desk Animal Action CIC Charity Support
Dog Desk Animal Action CIC has opened applications for support from organisations looking for assistance.
We are welcoming applications from those who are actively involved in projects that improve the lives of dogs.
Do you run neuter, spay & vaccination programmes?
Do you offer medical treatments to homeless animals?
Are you involved in other projects that benefit homeless animals such as educating communities or building projects.
If you would like to be considered for support please contact us in the first instance here
Dog Bite Prevention
The Centre For Disease Control reported that there were approx 4.5 million dog bites reported in 2019 in the USA alone.
A bite is most often the last part of a conversation your dog is having with you, your dog's last ditch attempt at telling you that something is bothering them.
So many dogs are put to sleep every year for biting often leaving their guardians surprised & confused, they have no idea why their dog has suddenly, out of the blue lost the plot & bitten someone.
In our experience the bite is the final part in a series of attempts to communicate with us.
My amazing colleague Joe Nutkins dog trainer & behaviourist, dog guru & all round font of all dog knowledge gave us her time & expert knowledge recently to talk to us about preventing bites.
Please watch the video here & share it, it might just save a dogs life.
In Loving Memory Of Myra Egan
We were so terribly sad to hear of the passing of Myra Egan, formally Myra Frances, actress, animal advocate & beloved wife of Peter.
We have been thinking of a way to acknowledge her dedication to animals in life & also to honour her memory.
After speaking to Peter & gaining his approval I can tell you that we are sponsoring a wildflower meadow in Myra's name.
We hope that sowing will take place in September this year & will keep you informed as the meadow progresses.
The Incredible Story Of One Woman & 91 Pigs
This month we tell the story of Sasha Bennett & the historical rescue of 53 pigs from a hell hole illegal slaughterhouse operation.
Some of you may remember the case in Pembrokeshire, Wales as it involved puppy farming & The Dogs Trust.
The dogs were taken to safety but the pigs were put under a destruction order. They were moved to a DEFRA isolation unit & destined to die, their carcasses tossed away like rubbish.
We talk about the rescue & the daily battle to provide for a large herd of animals.
You will discover a group of forward thinking people called pigoneers who are trying to support the pigs for life with micro funding.
Please read about it here, you can also listen to Sasha on audio telling the pig's story in her own words.
If you would like to join the pigoneer 2000 club you can read about it & join us here
Listen On The App
Download the Dog Desk Radio app on google play now & listen on your android phone.
get the app here
The app makes listening easy, simply download it to your phone & click whenever you want to listen. The app will allow you to access all areas of the website too.
We are working on an app for your iphone & alexa skill also so look out for that soon.
Thank You So Very Much
As always, thank you so very much for your continued support. We truly appreciate every listen watch, read, share & follow.
When we started this project a few months ago we imagined that nobody would be interested in what we are trying to achieve. We are completely bowled over by the response that we have had & the number of positive outcomes we are able to achieve for the amazing causes for good we are supporting.
None of this would be possible without you.
We have another super busy week coming up with amazing guests & the launch of our second major campaign which seeks to support homeless dogs & dog guardians on low incomes.
Look after yourselves, be happy & try to do a bit more of the things you love
Michelle, Dale, Joe, Merlin, Ripley, Echo, Bella, Medina & Tigger & of course our boys Bert, Albert & Sid x