Dog Desk Radio Podcast

Michelle & Medina Bark It Out


IFAW’s Patrick Ramage Talks To Us About The Plight Of The North Atlantic Right Whale

Like so many species the NARW is critically endangered. Patrick & I chat about some of the challenges we face to keep this magnificent animal in our waters.

Noise pollution is a big problem as is seismic exploration & shipping.


Michelle Interviews Medina

Medina guests on Dog Desk Radio. She tells us about her early life including her abandonment & rescue. She tells us that she isn’t too keen on dog politics & gives us some advice on how to make our dogs happy.


Greg Keightley The Commercial Slaughter Of Kangaroos

Greg Keightley owns a country property in Australia for the conservation of native species.

After 10 years of observing the brutal slaughter of protected kangaroos he is speaking out. What is peddled by big industry as a clean & green process Greg tells us about the roos who are injured rather than killed outright & joeys pulled from their mothers pouches & battered to death.

We question the practice of slaughtering in the field & transporting carcasses for distances in the heat. I wonder how many products kangaroo leather sneaks in to without our knowledge & ask what we can do to help this iconic animal.


IFAW’s Andreas Dinkelmeyer Joins Us To Talk About Wolves

A replay of a conversation Michelle had with Andreas during lockdown.

Wolves are back in Germany after an absence of more than 100 years. Michelle asks Andreas how they are getting on, how farmers are coping with their return & about the role IFAW plays in helping wolves & people to live happily beside each other.

A fascinating conversation about Livestock Guardian Dogs, electric fences, threats including hybridisation & much more. One of our favourite broadcasts.

Billie Groom founder of Upward Dogology talks to us about how CBT is saving dogs lives

Billie is an animal advocate who uses CBT to rehabilitate dogs. She is passionate about her work which saves the lives of countless dogs, some on death row

One of the most satisfying conversations we have had on Dog Desk Radio, Billie is changing attitudes toward challenging dog behaviour, giving dog guardians hope where there was none & cancelling euthanasia based on behaviour

To find out more about Billies work or to contact her here


Michelle caught up with Romana Vice President of NGO Todd’s Welfare Society an organisation which seeks to reduce suffering in homeless dog populations in Pakistan.

We spoke about life on the streets, the skills homeless dogs need to survive & how their behaviour bothers humans at times.

Culling in Pakistan needs to stop & be replaced with trap, neuter, vaccinate, release programmes which, in conjunction with government & local support will reduce the homeless dog population & improve the quality of life of some of the worlds most vulnerable dogs.


Operation Ark Pen Farthing

Nowzad founder Pen Farthing is now safely out of Afghanistan as are his Afghan staff & rescue animals.

Michelle catches up with Pen for a chat about Operation Ark, a humanitarian mission launched to support people & animals fleeing a country in turmoil.

Graham Whiddett Founder Of Wiggle Waggle Talks Dog Traing & Behaviour

Michelle took a closer look at dog trainers & behaviourists & discovered that, if she needed one she wouldn’t actually know how to choose one. She wasn’t alone either, when she asked listeners & social media followers most were equally confused. More on this subject later.

This is a conversation she had with Graham Whiddett founder of Wiggle Waggle. A gentleman who clearly has a deep concern for each dog that he helps & total empathy for the dogs guardians

If you would like to find out more about Graham & Wiggle Waggle you can find him here


Dog Desk Awards Lockdown Buddy 2021 Mr Stumpjumper

Michelle & Nick remember when people were in & out of lockdown spending time in isolation & facing an uncertain future. While we were confined to our homes wildlife flourished in our absence.

Nick was visited by a one pawed squirrel called Mr Stumpjumper whose regular visits helped Nick maintain his connection with nature & provided much needed companionship


Dog Desk Awards 2021 Inspirational Vegan Of The Year Peter Egan

Well respected & much loved animal advocate Peter Egan joins us to chat about his acting career, veganism & dogs.

Michelle gets excited hearing about Peter’s early acting, his role in an Alan Bennett play at the national, new boy Seb makes an appearance & Peter tells us how important plant based living is to him.

If you would like to support our work raising funds for Dog Desk Animal Action CIC which feeds hungry dogs, spays & neuters homeless dogs & dogs living in poverty, vaccinates homeless dogs & supports dogs & cats under threat from economic euthanasia we would be extremely grateful.


Dog Desk Awards 2021 Unsung Hero Paul Christian

Paul & Michelle catch up to chat about Paul’s work for wildlife, his fundraising for Miracle’s Mission, an organisation he is proud to be a patron for, mental health, a hat Michelle really can’t afford & jumping out of planes.

The dogs featured at the start of the clip are Danny & Lara, both Miracle’s Mission dogs who Paul met when he visited the charities new premises.

To find out more about Protect All Wildlife & support the amazing things they do please visit them here



Big Cats, Captivity & Cash

Meredith Whitney from charity IFAW spoke to Michelle during lockdown about big cats in captivity in the USA with an emphasis on Tigers involved in commercial ventures as well as in private ownership.

Did you know that there are more Tigers living in captivity in the USA than there are in the wild.

A lucrative business venture, cubs are able to be separated from their mothers at very young ages for cub petting. When they get too old for that they are often sold on to magicians or put in “warehousing” until they are large enough to be killed & sold for parts.

How do we really know that our activities do not support this cycle of cruelty? Listen to find out

Meredith Whitney is Animal Rescue Programme Officer for IFAW USA


Scientists, Statues & The Search For Justice

Little Brown Dog a novel by Paula S Owen

Today we speak to Paula S Owen author of Little Brown Dog, a novel based on true events in London in 1900’s.

There are rumours of cruel experiments being conducted in Londons medical schools. Two ladies decide to place themselves in the lecture rooms so that they can observe & diarize events. They are horrified by what they see & embark on a quest for justice which leads to courtroom drama & public unrest.

A fascinating step back in time which will resonate with many engaged in protecting the rights of those who are unable to speak for themselves.

It is our bookclub book of the month for November. If you aren’t already a bookclub member please sign up. We meet via zoom every Thursday for book chat, companionship & chatter. If zoom isn’t for you drop in to our forum & say hello there.

Show Links

Little Brown Dog website can be found here you will find an updated list of stockists, a blog, competition, a bandana shop & more.

Register your interest in Dog Desk Book Club here


Kabul Small Animal Rescue Takes In Dogs & Cats As Their Guardians Flee Kabul & The Taliban

Charlotte Maxwell- Jones & her team have been doing the most amazing work these past few days in addition to their normal work load they have been in the streets of Kabul picking up the cats & dogs left behind as their families flee the country

Kabul Small Animal rescue is a charity which rescues & rehomes cats & dogs in Kabul

Their door is open to anyone needing to find a safe place for their cat or dog, which is the most amazing compassionate thing ever. As this awful takeover occurs hearing about the selfless actions a small group of people are doing for others is truly humbling

I asked Charlotte about the situation in Kabul right now, the rescues exit plans & whether or not they were getting external support.


This week we talk to David Hartshorne managing director of Cellmark Forensic Sciences. We chat to David about DNA Protected & the dog DNA database that might just reunite us with our stolen dogs.

Backed by Gloucestershire Constabulary with others to follow DNA Protected is an excellent tool with a strong role to play in reuniting stolen dogs with their guardians. A simple swab taken from a stolen dog sent to the doggy DNA database for analysis & matching could have your dog safely at home with you in days.

It gets a thumbs up from Michelle & a big bark out from Medina. A powerful piece of kit in our dog safety toolbox. We are normally a tough crowd to please, listen to David answer our questions to find out why Medina will be DNA Protected.

Show Links

DNA Protected is a service from leading forensic company Cellmark Forensic Services.  Having your dog’s profile on the Forensic Dog DNA Database will assist with crime prevention as well as helping the police to ensure your dog’s safe return should your family pet be stolen.  

Dog Desk Animal Action CIC is a not for profit dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable animals. The organisation has four core programmes, one being the reduction of the stray dog population in Europe & Asia to reduce street suffering & the burden on rescue organisations. Dog Desk Animal Action is trying to sterilise 2000 strays this year. For more information see here


Vets, Vocation & Venom

The Reverend Vet Jenny McKay joins us in the studio this week.

Jenny is a Veterinarian, Curate and Minister in Secular Employment, Environmentalist, Activist and Self Confessed Cat Junkie.  

Jenny & I caught up to chat about science & faith, how important our vets are to us, their emotional well being, how our behaviour impacts on them, social media interactions between vets & the public & more.

I found Jenny’s approach to her mission refreshing. Coming from a backgound where ministry was always stiff & starchy it was a pleasure to be in the company of someone so utterly present in the community. A very caring, friendly approachable lady & she likes cats too!

You can catch up with Jenny on social media, her twitter is here & Jenny is on facebook here


In Conversation With Nicky Campbell Sunday Times Best Selling Author Of One Of The Family

Nicky Campbell broadcaster, presenter, author, lover of dogs & all animals joins us on the launch of his Sunday Times bestseller One Of The Family.

Nicky & I talk about the dogs in his life, his love of all animals & how this has shaped his world. We talk about his parents & the loving environment he was brought up in. I get to know childhood dog Candy a little better & ask some questions about the effect adoption has on a persons life.

A thoroughly decent chap with a huge heart, a quick mind & a witty sense of humour. If you haven’t read One Of The Family please do, It’s an excellent read. You can find it here


A Visit To Nowzad

Today I zoomed over to Afghanistan to catch up with Nowzad founder ex marine Pen Farthing. Pen started the charity after rescuing a battle torn dog who had been forced to participate in dog fights arranged by Afghan police. In Pen’s words they “fell for each other” and when Pen received orders to pull out he couldn’t possibly leave the dog behind.

Charity Nowzad, named after that dog Pen rescued & the town they were protecting has devoted itself not just to reuniting soldiers with the dogs who kept them sane while on active duty, but caring for the stray dogs of Kabul & working donkeys in the area.

In this broadcast you will get to see the clinic, some of the dogs that have been rescued, Pen’s clinical team & the newly married Mrs Farthing.

You can find more information about Nowzad here


Dr Ruth Osborne On The Lives Of Vets & Dogs On The Streets Of Bucharest

Animal Spay Neuter International is a charity with dual registration in America & the UK. Founded by Nancy Janes after a holiday in Romania, Nancy was distressed by the volumes of dogs on the streets & the uncertain nature of their lives.

Nancy saw mass sterilisation as a solution to the street suffering she witnessed in conjunction with educational outreach. The only charity solely dedicated to the sterilisation of homeless dogs & dogs living in poverty ASNI have neutered a staggering 94,000 dogs since their inception.

Dog Desk Animal Action has chosen ASNI to be the recipient of their spay & neuter fund raising this year & is hoping to finance an extra 900 spays for them in 2022.

You can find Dog Desk Animal Action here

Animal Spay Neuter International can be found here