They’re companions, guardians, and much much more – they complete us. And they just might save us from ourselves.
Anna Webb explores all levels of modern dog ownership and brings to life why every dog is extraordinary.
She speaks to scientists and experts - people who have and are changing our understanding of dogs - on everything from emotional intelligence to nutrition to behaviour, delving deep into subjects like homeopathy, telepathic communication and the pet food scandal.
It's thought provoking, alternative, and not a little subversive.
Cover photo by @Gruffpawtraits
Andrew Prentis, Environmental Advisor
Environmental Advisor, Andrew Prentis, joins Anna to discuss a recent study highlighting how insecticides and pesticides from regular flea and worm treatments are contaminating our rivers. Affecting the local wildlife, he discusses an urgent need to change the view to routine treatments including testing before treating. He also touches on integrating Homeopathy in practice and why Titre Testing in lieu of annual boosters similarly can help the environment.
Simba and One-eyed Suzy
Getting Simba was a big step for busy music executive, Steve Pitron. But when he decided to rescue Suzy, a blind street dog from Thailand as well, he really found out what commitment was.
Lest We Forget
This Remembrance Sunday Anna is joined by Emma Ward, a Trustee of the National Military Working Dogs Memorial UK. The proposed memorial will honour all the dogs that served in combat to secure our freedom.
Celebrating all dogs that have played and continue to play their crucial roles in the Armed Forces for their ability to scent out explosives, track, and defend us - often paying the ultimate sacrifice.
Chris Blazina PHD
The esteemed psychologist and author of Men and Their Dogs joins Anna to talk about his work in men's mental health and how having a dog can help men form relationships and express their emotions; plus he tells an absolutely amazing story of Sigmund Freud deep relationship with his dogs.
Andrew Rosindell MP
Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford joins Anna to discuss his landmark 10 Minute Rule Bill proposing a new legislation known as #JasminesLaw that will end discrimination against pets in rented, social and leasehold accommodation #APetInEveryHome. Chatting about his Staffies Buster and Spike, Andrew also discusses why Breed Specific Legislation is also discrimination, and why ‘VetsGetScanning’ and one microchip register underpins responsible ownership.
160 Years of Battersea Dog and Cats' Home Part Two
In the second part of Anna's trip to the Iconic pet shelter, Head of Legacies and History, Spencer Wisdom, recounts how Battersea Dog and Cats Home survived and adapted over time, including through two World Wars and how it was all sprung from the unusual (for it's time) compassion for strays of a formidable woman, Mary Tealby in 1860.