Good News Roundup - Friday 18th September

18 SEPTEMBER 2020

In these uncertain times, we’re sharing our weekly round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond.

We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

Clever canines join the fight against COVID

The canines training to sniff out COVID

Credit: MDD/BexArts/Nigel Harper

Dogs Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher are ready and raring to be trained to detect COVID-19. These six dogs could soon be trained to sniff out the virus in humans, and will play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in the future.

With a list of likes that include carrots, cuddles and seeing friends at the park, all six dogs are ready to be assessed to work on the vital project, and their noses could pick up its scent in as little as 6 to 8 weeks.

The charity Medical Detection Dogs will intensively train the dogs that pass the assessment working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Durham University.

Find out more about these curious canines on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine website.

Taking 'Taking the lead' to a whole new level

Max the guilty labrador

Credit: Vets Now/PA

Max the Labrador will be taking a back seat for a while as he recovers from eating his lead during a 15-minute car journey. Owned by the Hillman family in Newport, South Wales, seven-year-old Max was on his way to a hydrotherapy session when his owners realised his lead was missing. The family checked the car and the car park but there was no trace of the lead, and they quickly realised what had happened. They took him to the emergency Vets Now clinic in Newport where staff recovered the lead, which had been chewed into 5cm strips. As Max had eaten the lead recently, vets were thankfully able to retrieve all of the pieces without surgery.

The Hillmans say Max is prone to getting at the socks and knickers from the washing, but he normally just bites holes in them and has never done anything like this before. Despite being queasy at first, Max is now on the road to recovery and back to his old self.

Find out more about Max and his escapades on the BBC website.

Stray cat goes for gold in Turkey

The feline race interruptor

Credit: Turkish Athletes Federation / The Guardian

A feline track invader interrupted a 100m race in Istanbul after running across the finish line in the crucial final moments. The cat became an unexpected late entry into the Balkan U20s championship with runners attempting to dodge the cat as it ran across the eight track lanes. Despite the interruption and the cat’s best efforts, the gold medal went to Turkish athlete Umut Uysal.

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