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Rescue dog gets emotional support pug
Pancake and Fraser are best of friends.

Pancake proved to be the perfect companion for timid Fraser

A large rescue dog once too scared to leave his kennel is brimming with new-found confidence thanks to a little pug called Pancake.

One-year-old Fraser found himself at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after a change in circumstances. But his stocky build, cropped ears and docked tail meant that many prospective owners found him intimidating.

But Fraser was a very timid dog, too scared to leave his kennel, even for a short walk. That was until he met six-month-old pug Pancake, who had been adopted by Battersea’s canine behaviourist Elizabeth Kidd.

Battersea staff had tried everything they could to get Fraser to come out of his shell, so they decided to introduce him to another dog. With her confident nature and playful personality, Pancake proved to be the perfect companion.

“Although Pancake and Fraser didn’t appear to be the most likely pairing, it was heart-warming to see how well they got along,” said Elizabeth. “Little Pancake really taught Fraser how to be a brave dog and be more confident in himself.” 

Thanks to the help of Pancake, Fraser has gained so much confidence that he is now ready to find his forever home. Battersea said that he is looking for a family that has plenty of other dogs to keep him company, as this is something he truly benefits from.

“Fraser really thrived in his friendship with Pancake; helping him to come out of his shell,” Elizabeth continued. “Some nervous dogs in a kennel environment may find a friend beneficial. Where appropriate we pair less confident dogs up with those who are more resilient and cope well with new environments, like our kennels. 

“Alongside other tailored behavioural and training support, this can be an additional way to help them feel comfortable whilst with us.”

Image (C) Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.