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Ferne House with residents

Archive pictures shows Dorset beginnings of animal sanctuary

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  Those with long memories and possible local ancestry may well remember when Ferne Estate, located in the parish of Donhead St Andrew, operated as...
LEAD ROLE: Bobbie the Jack Russell at Shaftesbury Primary School

Bobbie’s a star at school

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At Shaftesbury Primary School, the staff work as a team to help everyone at the school be the best that they can be. One very...
Kim Williams with some of her alpacas at Cary Alpacas

Kim’s creating warm & fluffy moments for people with warm & fluffy alpacas

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A retired Royal Navy Wren is enjoying a new role helping people through interaction with her herd of alpacas. Four years ago Kim Williams,...
Ralphy the Pug

A happy tail of two rescue animals

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Margaret Green Animal Rescue finds forever homes for cats, dogs, farm and small animals. Staff at the Dorset centre love to hear how they...
Lockdown III – time to explore lovely walks around the Blackmore Vale

Lockdown III – time to explore lovely walks around the Blackmore Vale

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The NBV’s Steve Keenan describes the top ten shorter walks in the Vale. The original piece included details of cafes and pubs en route,...
Dedicated to the majestic creatures living in the Vale of the White Hart

Dedicated to the majestic creatures living in the Vale of the White Hart

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The Vale of the White Hart is an ancient legend given to us by a reader who wishes to dedicate it to the two...
LEADING ROLE: Dog groomer Kelly Davis in the BBC1 programme Pooch Perfect

TV star Kelly’s groom at the top

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Six million people watched Wincanton dog groomer Kelly Davis sweep the floor with the competition in the opening round of a hairy TV challenge....
Farm vets and internal specialist referrals

Farm vets and internal specialist referrals

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By Alice Miller BVSC DBR MRCVS Friars Moor Livestock Health If you have been unfortunate enough to have a pet with a complicated or unknown...
GROOM AT THE TOP: Kelly Davis celebrates winning the BBC’s Pooch Perfect prize

TV grooming champ Kelly’s message to inspire youngsters

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Champion dog groomer Kelly Davis hopes her triumph in BBC’s Pooch Perfect show will inspire youngsters to succeed.
 Kelly left school with no qualifications but...
Caring Canines, Dorset

Caring Canines in appeal for four-legged friends

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A furry good reason to paws for a visit from a very special friend Ask anyone who’s had a visit from Caring Canines and they’ll...

Latest Pets Stories

Complex matters of the animal brain

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By Lynn Broom Longmead Veterinary Practice. THE brain is a fascinating and complex organ. We know its basic function involving nerves and electrical impulses, but how...

So, did we domesticate the cat – or did they domesticate...

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By Lynn Broom. Longmead Veterinary Practice Cats have interacted with humans for thousands of years, potentially as far back as 12,000 years ago when humans first...

Should I castrate my dog?

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by Lynn Broom. Longmead Veterinary Practice Pet dogs kept in family houses are often castrated to enable them to be more acceptable companions and to reduce...