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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If a body can be brought to the surface within 90 minutes, they can generally survive with no lasting injuries.
The company hope to have a dog permanently based in the East Midlands.
Hear what Senior Vet Kurt Vandammer told ITV Central about the moment he realised a dog had swallowed three golf balls.
The owner of a dog has told ITV News Central of her shock that he had eaten three golf balls which almost killed him. Azar lost weight and became critically ill when vets found he had eaten three balls. His owner, Louise Powis, says now she keeps a close eye on everything he eats.
A dog from Nuneaton was saved by vets after swallowing golf balls which almost killed him.
Louise Powis, the owner of the doberman called, Azar, became concerned when he suddenly lost a weight and became very ill.
An x-ray showed he had swallowed three golf balls and two of them had moved into his small intestine.
He only survived following surgery at the PDSA hospital in Coventry.
His owner Louise Powis says she still doesn't know where he found the golf balls but says she's very grateful he has survived his ordeal.
A documentary is being aired tonight on ITV1, giving an extraordinary insight into the bond between Guide Dogs and their owners.
"Me and My Guide Dog" shows how young puppies are trained, which takes place in the Midlands.
The Dogs Unleashed event is taking place in Bakewell Showground in Derbyshire this weekend.
It has been running for five years. The organisers say it normally attracts around 5,000 people over the two days.
The event informs the public and dog owners about issues that are regularly seen in the news, such as responsible dog ownership, relationships between children and dogs.
People will also be taught how to deal with the aggression of dogs and shown ways to socialise dogs and improve their health.
There will be microchipping, free health checks and behavioural advice at the event, which will also educate the public about working dogs - the local fire service and search and rescue dogs will be involved in this.
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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was thrown from a car on Wednesday morning in Hednesford.
The dog, which is now being cared for by the RSPCA, was found 'in a very sorry state'.
"When I saw her, she was extremely emaciated. Her claws are extremely overgrown to the point where they were growing back into the pads. She had no collar or micro-chip either so we don’t even know her name," said RSPCA Inspector Jayne Bashford.
The dog was dumped out of a white BMW on Rawnsley Road, Hednesford, at the junction with Stringers Hill.
Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA.
West Midlands Police have tweeted a picture of the puppies competing in this year's Pup Idol competition.
The force is searching for a star spaniel. The fluffy contestants will be trained as specialist search dogs that will help police officers hunt for weapons, drugs, cash, explosives or stolen items.
This competition will see one of them branded 'top dog' at West Midlands Police.