It’s been another busy week in the wonderful world of dogs. Let’s take a look at the stories that captured the world’s interest.
1. Dogs Trust released a new app: Doggy Dub
This isn’t Dogs Trust’s first foray into the app world – last year they released a doggy emoji keyboard. Their latest trick is completely different.
You might be familiar with an amusing app called Dubsmash (which allows users record themselves on video by lip syncing to a song, catchphrase, joke or any other short audio clip), well, Dogs Trust’s new app walks a similar path.
However, in this instance you record the words instead and try to match them to the looks and barks of preloaded dog videos. This Doggy Dub will give you an idea of how it works.
Although it will never compete with this classic dub that’s been circulating the internet for years.
2. A free-range dog sanctuary opened our eyes
Thanks to the people over at Huffington Post we discovered the magic of a free-range dog sanctuary in Costa Rica called Territorio de Zaguates. Visitors are welcome to spend time with the dogs at the sanctuary and they can even go on a guided walk with a whole pack of dogs. Dogs are also available for adoption. These images will show you the true magic of this dog haven.
Thank dog for video drones.
3. A hero dog was awarded a medal
Lucca, a German Shepherd, was awarded the Dickin Medal by the PDSA for her heroism in the line of duty. She was involved in over 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan – spending her time sniffing out bombs and ammunition. She lost a leg in an explosion but thankfully, her handler Corporal Juan Rodriguez was on hand and employed first aid to save her life.
4. Microchipping became a legal requirement
A new law came into force on the 6th of April which requires all dogs to be microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old. In an effort to make the process of getting your dog chipped easy and cheap, many local authorities and dog charities have been offering free microchipping. You can find a map of free dog microchipping locations here.
The reasoning for this law is to reduce the number of stray dogs and to help reunite stolen or lost dogs with their owners. The importance of microchipping your dog is covered in more depth here.
5. Purina donates 500,000 lbs of dog food to dog rescues
Purina released a video and made a promise – for every view (up to 500,000) of their video they would donate one pound of dog food to Rescue Bank, which, in turn, distributes the food to non-profit rescues.
The video has a great feel good factor so it has surpassed the 500,000 goal already. If you want a taste you can watch it below.
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