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Dogs being trained to help people suffering with dementia

Alzheimer Scotland recently challenged the Glasgow School of Art to suggest ways to improve the lives of dementia sufferers. In response, four students came up with the idea to train guide dogs to help care for people afflicted with dementia. The dogs could be taught to assist people struggling with memory loss. Their idea received funding by government health agencies and is being backed by the guide dog charities Dogs For The Disabled and Guide...
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Barking dog helps man win huge online jackpot

Next time a dog's noisy barking keeps you up late at night, keep this story in mind. A man in Ayrshire Scotland turned the annoyance into a £5 million winning jackpot. Unable to fall back to sleep when awoken by a noisy neighbor's dog, a young man went online to play an internet slot machine game.  A friend recounted how the man won: "He was woken up one night last week by the sound of a...
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Happy new beginning for saddest dog in Scotland

Scotland's "saddest dog" has finally found a forever family. The Scottish SPCA dubbed a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier as the "saddest dog in Scotland" because of the extraordinary length of time the dog had spent with them. The dog named Scooby had been living in kennels for over 15 months, longer than any other animal that they looked after, and over half his life. Staff at the Aberdeenshire Rehoming and Rescue Centre feared he was...
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Heroic stranger saves dog from car seconds before it explodes

A heroic stranger risked his own life to save a dog from a car just seconds before it burst into flames. Ciara Hartley was returning from an outing at Beecraigs Country Park in Scotland with her baby daughter and her Jack Russell Izzy, when the brakes in her car failed. Smoke started to come from the engine and into the car through the vents. "I managed to stop the car and get Amber out and...
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Rescued dog nurtures orphaned goslings

Cara adopted five orphaned goslings soon after being adopted herself. Cara lives at Lunan Bay Farm on the East Coast of Scotland. She was rescued from Help for Abandoned Animal's shelter by Bonnie and her boyfriend Scott just before the goslings were born, who run a farm.  Bonnie says: "She [Cara] was brought into the rescue centre as she was found wandering the streets. She is quite a placid dog and makes friends easily." All...
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Boxer gets boxed on the nose by a seal (PHOTOS)

A white boxer dog had a one-in-a-million encounter, but lost his ball in the process. The dog got quite a surprise when he went into the sea to get his ball back. The dog was a few feet from shore on the coast of Scotland when a curious baby seal popped up to say 'hello'. Lynne Morris was walking along the beach with her husband in Fife, Scotland last April, when she watched as the...
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Heroic guide dog saves blind owner's life

A heroic guide dog was hit by a car while saving his blind guardian's life. Kent, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever was crossing the road with Robert Ferguson on a busy road in Ayr, Scotland. Robert, 54, was returning from shops near his home when he stopped at the corner before crossing. Listening carefully, he did not hear any vehicles so gave Kent the signal to lead him across. They were almost to the other side...
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Devoted dog found by side of deceased guardian after 8 days

In a heartbreaking story, a loyal dog was found just hours from death after he was discovered by the side of his deceased guardian in her rural home in Scotland. It's thought the devoted 9-year-old Jack Russell cross named Jack, had remained by her side for eight days without food or water. Jack and the elderly woman's body were found after worried friends raised the alarm. Much like Greyfriars Bobby, a dog who guarded the...
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Abandoned, unruly deaf dog becomes star canine good citizen (VIDEO)

Horus was abandoned when he was young because he is a deaf dog. Seen as unruly and untrainable, he spent his first few months of life in a drug den and was eventually brought to a rescue where he languished prior to being adopted. Under the loving care of his guardian, Rosie Gibbs, the clever dog has excelled at learning sign language and now knows over 50 commands. Horus was taken in by the Dog...
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Overjoyed man welcomes back missing dog he believed he just buried

It is a Christmas miracle for Scott Walker when he was reunited with his missing dog days after burying a another dog he believed to be his beloved Jimmy. Jimmy had gone missing after he ran after a deer on a lunchtime walk in the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott searched frantically for his Border Terrier and he and his girlfriend Cathy Herse, looked for Jimmy for a week but could not find any...
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Man jailed for neglecting 57 dogs on illegal puppy mill

A man will spend 8 months in jail for operating illegal puppy mill and running an unlicensed pet shop. Charles Swan, 67, has been also been banned from having any contact with animals for 10 years and cannot own any pet shops for 5 years. *** WARNING graphic images below may be distressing to some *** Swan was sentenced at Falkirk Sherrif Court in Scotland on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty earlier to operating an...
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Lost dog rescued by herd of cows

A Border Collie who was missing for a week in freezing temperatures was rescued by a herd of cows. The lost dog named Harley survived 6 nights of freezing cold trapped between stacks of hay bales in a farm in Scotland. She was discovered by her family after curious cows alerted them of her whereabouts. Leyonnee Donald was visiting her parent's farm in Aberdeen with her kids when Harley went missing. The family searched frantically...
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Special dogs trained to help with dementia give couples 'their lives back'

Kapsa the dementia assistance dog with Ken and Glenys Will Two very special dogs have begun work to help families who are coping with dementia. The two Golden Retrievers are the first of their kind to be specially trained as "dementia assistance dogs" and have transformed the lives of two couples in Scotland. The 2-year-old Labrador Retriever named Kapsa has already made a huge difference in the lives of Ken and Glenys Will. Ken was...
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222 Golden Retrievers gather for celebration in Scotland (PHOTOS)

222 Golden Retrievers gathered in Scotland. Photo: Gordon Richardson 222 Golden Retrievers from around the world converged for three days in July in Scotland to honor the birthplace of the breed. Hundreds of dogs and their guardians traveled to the Scottish Highlands to the small village of Tomich and made a pilgrimage to Guisachan House, where Lord Tweedmouth established the breed in the mid-1800s. 222 Goldens outside of Guisachan House. Photo: Gordon Richardson The celebration...
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Curious cows rescue lost dog trapped in manhole

A group of curious cows helped rescue a missing dog in Scotland. Cassie, a 2-year-old Beagle was reported lost by her elderly owners on Monday after she ran off. They contacted Help2Rehome who broadcasted that Cassie was missing and asked for help in locating her. And that's what the cows did on Tuesday morning. Cassie had fallen down a manhole in a nearby field to the cows. When a local noticed the crowd of cattle...
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UPDATED: Puppy with spit nose still looking for forever home

A homeless dog named Snuffles is having some trouble finding a forever family because he has a unique facial feature - two noses. The Belgian Shepherd mix actually has one nose which didn't properly fuse together before he was born, so each nostril is separate. Snuffles can move each nostril independently. Unfortunately, his unique appearance is making it hard for him to find a permanent home. He was only four months old when he arrived...
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