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US Secret Service dog gets animal OBE
“Hurricane was such a legend within the Service. He loved working and his talent for the job impressed me every single day."
Honour recognises dog’s courage in protecting the president

A US Secret Service dog has been awarded the PDSA Order of Merit for his courage in protecting the president during a security breach at the White House.

Special operations dog Hurricane is the first animal outside the UK to receive the award, which is known as the animal’s OBE.

On 22 October 2014, Hurricane was on duty at the White House when a man vaulted the fence and sprinted across the lawn, towards the area where President Obama and his family were residing.

Initial attempts by the Secret Service canine team to stop the intruder were unsuccessful. Seeing the first struggle, Officer Marshall Mirarchi gave the command to Hurricane, who is famed within his unit for outstanding drive, determination and courage. He made contact with the suspect, intending the push him back to the perimeter fence.

The ensuing struggle saw Hurricane kicked, punched and swung through the air, but the dog kept his jaw locked onto the suspect’s arm. Finally, he grounded the intruder so that armed forces could take him into custody.

Hurricane will officially receive his medal from the PDSA this October, during a special ceremony in London.

Officer Mirarchi worked with Hurricane for four years and adopted him when he retired on medical grounds in 2016.

Commenting on his award he said: “Hurricane was such a legend within the Service. He loved working and his talent for the job impressed me every single day. That night, he stepped up and delivered under circumstances that no amount of training could prepare him for. I have never witnessed such violence toward a dog before but it didn’t stop him from doing his job.
“I am so proud of him and extremely thankful to PDSA for honouring his service and actions in this way. We are very excited to visit London – Hurricane will be given the full VIP treatment, just as he deserves.”  

Images courtesy of PDSA

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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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.