Royal photographs normally fall under significant scrutiny, and the adorable pictures of three year-old Prince George are no exception.
Warnings have been rightly issued on the dangers of the potential toxicity of ice creams to dogs, but the photo of the young prince offering his dog, Lupo, a lick of his ice cream also gives us a valuable lesson in the training of a family dog.
Just as children hold on to the idea of reindeers, sleigh bells and Santa Claus at this time of year, there are certain Christmas myths about rescue life that pop up as regularly as re-runs of The Wizard of Oz.
Here are the four we most frequently hear, in no particular order:
It was nearly a year ago that I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 consumer programme You and Yours and its Christmas Eve special dedicated solely to the subject of dogs and rehoming.
Dogs Today editor Beverley Cuddy was a guest and her enthusiastic talk for a US scheme that transformed rehoming centres into “universities” for rescued pets struck a chord.
An online poll conducted by the National Animal Welfare Trust has revealed that the majority of respondents (84%) don't think the changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act are an effective piece of legislation, a year after they were introduced.