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Dogs (and their owners) flock to the NEC in Birmingham

Today is the start of the Ladies Kennel Association Championship. Credit: ITV News Central
More than 158 different breeds will be on show. Credit: ITV News Central
Dog lovers from across the country flocked to the NEC. Credit: ITV News Central
One of those competing is 13-year-old Elise O'Conner from Malvern. Credit: ITV News Central

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Dog's Trust look to play Cupid this Valentine's Day

Murray the five year old boxer Credit: Dog's Trust, Shrewsbury

The Dog's Trust in Shrewsbury are hoping to find a new home for desperate pup this Valentine's Day.

Five-year-old Murray, a Boxer, has been at the centre for over a year and it is time he finds a loving home.

Louise Campbell, the Rehoming Centre Manager said:

"Murray is very loyal, and as he loves humans so much he isn’t too keen on being left alone. He has such a huge heart; he would make the perfect companion this Valentine's Day."

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Rare bush dog pups born at Twycross Zoo

Bush Dog pups Credit: Courtesy of Twycross Zoo

Three South American bush dogs have been born at Twycross Zoo, the first litter of bush dog pups to be born at the Zoo in almost a decade.

Bush Dog pups Credit: Courtesy of Twycross Zoo

The pups arrived safely on 21st August 2013. The pups have so far remained off show in their nest, but are now beginning to venture into their outdoor viewing area and explore their new surroundings.

Bush Dog pup Credit: Courtesy of Twycross Zoo

Bush dogs are members of the dog family and produce a strong scent that resembles vinegar. This has led to them being nicknamed the 'vinegar dog'. Bush dogs are well adapted for a semi-aquatic lifestyle and have webbed feet to aid swimming.

Dogs trained in underwater search techniques

An underwater search and rescue company is today training dogs to detect bodies in the water.

The dogs are able to detect the scent of a drowning victim even at great depths.

Sonar equipment

Sarbot has traditionally used sonar equipment and robots to rescue drowning victims or recover bodies, as in the case of Dylan Cecil from Northamptonshire, who was blown off a pier while on holiday.

Dylan Cecil

If a body can be brought to the surface within 90 minutes, they can generally survive with no lasting injuries.

Sonar equipment

The company hope to have a dog permanently based in the East Midlands.

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