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The trouble with ticks.. read more

Can you help Ozzie?

Two dogs that had been abandoned without adequate food, bedding or exercise have been rescued by Margaret Green Animal Rescue.

Staff at the charity were left shocked after seeing first-hand the neglect suffered by two lurchers. Now named Vinnie and Ozzie, the two dogs were both extremely underweight and were suffering from painful pressure sores which suggested they had been left without bedding or soft ground for a significant length of time. Their claws were so long that some had snapped off and both dogs were very underweight.

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Insect bites & stings... read more

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Arthritis in pets - it's a common problem... read more

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updated Thursday 9 April 2015

Massive destruction at St Catherine's Hill & Town Common Nature Reserve in Christchurch

The Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) are continuing to work with volunteers to rescue wildlife from the huge area of devastation following the deliberate fire at St Catherine's Hill & Town Common.

Follow this link to ARC's Facebook page to find out about the latest updates on volunteering and the rescue:

Follow this link to ARC's website to find out about the fire:

The Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) manages St Catherine's Hill & Town Common alongside Christchurch & East Dorset Council's Countryside Service.

SEE fire or smoke on a heath?

CALL 999 &
MOVE well away

  - heath fires change direction radically, jump over distance and even flare up from the ground unexpectedly.

Heath fires kill wildlife, devastate habitats and threaten people's lives & homes.

bills face Upton JN 09

It's not just Easter eggs & chicks emerging now - so find out why the doggy do code gives the advice it does (on paths or on lead - depending on site - whilst birds are nesting on the ground in habitats like heaths, downs & wetlands) - watch this short film narrated by Chris Packham -

It's made for the New Forest area and is equally relevant for Dorset.

(The film was made & copyrighted for the New Forest National Park Authority, supported by the Forestry Commission & RSPB and is equally applicable in Dorset).

Lola the Cockapoo

It's been a crazy few months at the studio since Christmas and I thought I would share some of my favourite Pet Portraits that I have been lucky enough to be commissioned to paint.  The pooches were not my only subjects, during the winter months, I did my first duck and continued with my Alpacas, but these chaps brought some sunshine to the gloomy weather outside.  Tip from Dorset Dogs - do follow those links they will make you smile!....Read more & see more portraits

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Can you pinch an inch?  read more....

The pups are feeling much better after recieving plenty of TLC at Margaret Green Animal Rescue (400x223)Staff at Margaret Green Animal Rescue where left shocked when six abandoned dogs were brought into their care recently.

The pups, who are all aged between 6 months and 4 years old, are Poodle crosses who were found abandoned on a local farm. They were malnourished and covered in matts and dried faeces. more