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Calendar viewers celebrate National Dog Day

It's National Dog Day and Calendar viewers have been posting pics of their four legged friends on our Facebook page and telling us what makes them special. Here's just some of the contributions we've had, but you can see even more here.

Shelly Hardwick: Our gorgeous border collie cross, Bane. Super intelligent, will sit, stay, high give, speak, sit 'pretty' and lots of other things to earn a treat, but we cant seem to get him to stop eating the post! He also doesn't seem to realise that he is a bit big for sitting on knees!!
Jane Shepherd: They're just so cheeky x
Grace McHale: My little Lady loves Ice Cream!
Sarah Coffey: My beautiful staffie, Buster. We have had him since he was 9wks old and he's now 12yrs young he's the best companion so loving and gentle he's epileptic but that doesn't stop him running round like a puppy really couldn't wish for a better dog
Helen Young, Ilkley: My two doggies Herbie & Lottie sharing the love, only had for a couple of years couldn't imagine the house without them.
Jasmine Fretwell-Parker: Coming Home to a heard of wagging tails!
Kelly Sales:Meet Lola and her 6 puppies. Lola had her baby's 4weeks ago delivered by c-section all doing great
Emily Kerr: Humphrey always has a big grin on his face and loves going out for a run with me.

Fire service rescues trapped pooch

Lily ran head first into the gate and got stuck

A Pekingese pooch got into quite a pickle this afternoon after becoming trapped in a garden gate. Owner, Pat Cole, dialled 999 as a last resort after eight-year-old Lily ran head first into the gate and became tightly lodged. Technical rescue officer Ian Stead was quickly on the scene and used a tried and tested technique to tilt Lily by 90 degrees and dislodge her. Fortunately Lily was not hurt by her ordeal and is back home safe and sound.

Lily is safe and sound after her ordeal

Parents urged to be 'dog aware'

Parents in the Calendar region are being urged to educate their children on how to behave safely around dogs. New research by the Dog's Trust charity reveals 39% of parents in Yorkshire and the Humber say their child comes into contact with a dog on a daily basis, while over a third say they would allow their child to approach a dog they don't know. Over a thousand children were taken to hospital in the UK with dog bites between 2013-2014. As part of the trust's Be Dog Smart' campaign, parents are being encouraged to recognise the signs when a dog may be agitated. David Wood reports.


Improvements made in sniffer dog training

Scientists at the University of Lincoln are trying to improve the way sniffer dogs are trained and understand more about the way they think.

Instead of teaching them to identify specific scents, like TNT or Semtex, they're being taught groups of odours in the hope that the dogs might start to recognise the similarities.

It is hoped training them in this way will make them more effective at recognising improvised explosive devices:

South Yorkshire rescue centre caring for burnt dog

An animal rescue centre in South Yorkshire is caring for a dog which is thought to have had boiling water or chemicals poured onto its back and before being thrown into a canal.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Colin by those who found him, suffered horrendous burns and those caring for him fear it may have been done on purpose.

James Webster reports:

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