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Mystery Dog Virus Kills Much Loved Family Pet

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Heartbroken dog owners say their beloved pet fell victim to a mysterious virus which is affecting canines across the country.

Four-and-a-half-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Duke was a “lovely” pup who was “everybody’s best friend” as well as a popular visitor to Consett’s Duke of Wellington pub, which his owner Alan Marshall runs.

On January 9, owner Julie Cox took Duke for an evening walk around Hownsgill Industrial estate. Everything seemed normal, but shortly afterwards the previously healthy pet became seriously ill.

Julie said: “It was at ten past 11, he woke me up wanting to go out, and I thought it was a bit strange because he always goes for a long walk in the morning and at night. I took him out and he had diarrhea. I went back to bed after an hour and he woke me up again, it went on like this about every hour until the morning. He didn’t want his breakfast and Duke normally really ravishes his food.

“He managed about a 10-minute walk and when we got back as soon as I took his lead off he vomited. My daughter, Rebecca, who is training to be a paramedic, said ‘mam, this is not normal, it’s not right’. He was foaming at the mouth and he vomited about four times in ten minutes.

“I rang the vets and they told me to bring him up straight away. As we were taking him to the vets he became really lethargic.”

Vets ran blood tests and Duke’s organs seemed to be ok, so they gave him medication and told his owners to bring him back in 24 hours. But when they got him home they realised he was bleeding from his behind.

The team at Westway Vets in Consett advised them go to the firm’s Newcastle base to be treated overnight. But as they arrived at the West Road practice, Duke suffered a heart attack. Vets did their best to save him, despite managing to stabilise him, they were eventually forced to deliver tragic news to Alan and Julie.

The pair decided to share their heartbreaking story in the hopes of warning other dog owners about the disease.

Losing a dog is some of the worst grief you can experience. Our thoughts are with Duke’s family. Rest in peace beautiful Duke <3

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Biggest Rail Strikes in 30 years to go ahead as talks fail

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Britain is braced for the biggest rail strikes in 30 years after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a row over pay and conditions.

Thousands of staff affiliated to the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 other train operators will walk out tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday.

The RMT says plans by Network Rail – the body which owns stations, track and signals – to cut 2,500 jobs, will put safety at risk. But the industry says it has to modernise and safety will not be compromised.

The Rail Delivery Group – which represents train firms – says the Covid pandemic has led to a decline in passenger numbers and while it wants to offer a pay rise to staff, the way the network operates has to change. But the RMT says it is prepared to take industrial action “for as long as it takes to get a settlement” and warned strikes could take place for the next six months.

It says train operators have now made an offer, but there is no further offer from Network Rail, after one was rejected last Friday. General secretary Mick Lynch said: “The RMT National Executive Committee has now found both sets of proposals to be unacceptable and it is now confirmed that the strike action scheduled this week will go ahead.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, whose department oversees the operation of the network, described calls by the RMT for ministers to intervene as a “stunt” and accused the union of “gunning” for industrial action. He said the strike was orchestrated by “union barons” and will cause misery and chaos to millions of commuters.

Services have begun to be affected this evening, and are likely to be disrupted throughout this week as the impact of the staggered stops cause an impact even on non-strike days.  Talks had continued this afternoon, but the two sides could not reach a deal.

Sources close to the negotiations said Network Rail was prepared to offer striking unions a five per cent pay rise to settle the dispute.

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Aldi launches dog ice cream just in time for the Heatwave

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Aldi will be the first UK supermarket to sell Beechdean Doggy Ice Cream, which comes in two tasty flavours; pea & vanilla and apple & carrot.

Priced at £2.99 per tub, the ice creams will make for the perfect healthy snack for your pooches, with them being 100% plant-based and made with real fruit and vegetables.

And as part of the exciting rollout, Aldi has partnered with local ice cream vendors across the country so pups far and wide can enjoy the tasty treat.

The supermarket has also enlisted volunteer dogs to take part in an adorable ‘dog-livery’ service to help dish out the cooling treat to their furry friends.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “With more of our customers now owning dogs, we’re delighted to launch a nutritious and tasty treat that will help keep dogs cool in the heat.

“Being the first UK supermarket to launch a dog-friendly ice cream comes just in time for summer as we look forward to the warm weather.

“Teaming up with ice cream vans across the country gives us the chance to get the product straight into owner’s hands, so they can share a special moment alongside a tasty treat outside with their furry friend – we’re confident they won’t be able to keep their paws off it.”

Aldi’s Beechdean Doggy Ice Cream will be available in the Freezer aisle – next to Aldi’s full ice cream range – nationwide from Thursday June 16th.

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Man Dies In Download Festival Arena Following Medical Incident Before Iron Maiden Set

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A man tragically died at Download Festival after being taken from the crowd by medical staff just before Iron Maiden started their headline set.

Emergency services saw to the man, who hasn’t been named, after he fell ill in the main arena just before 9pm on Saturday (11 June).

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police confirmed the news, stating: “We can confirm the death of a man who had been attending the Download Festival in Castle Donington at the weekend.

“The man became unwell at the festival on Saturday evening (11 June) and was taken to the Derby Royal Infirmary where he sadly died.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries remain ongoing.”

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