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A charity we've supported from the off will celebrate its 10th birthday next month.

The Canine Concern Scotland Trust has been going from strength to strength.

And the good news is that the Trust's application for Lottery funding has been successful.

It will pick up pounds 66,759 over the next three years.

The Lottery cash is a welcome boost to a charity whose work until now has been voluntary.

The grant will mean better facilities, including setting up a small office and taking on a full- time member of staff.

The Trust aims to educate the public and children in particular about more responsible dog ownership. Its work includes videos, material and visits.

All work is carried out free of charge, including the best-known aspect - Therapet - where pets are taken to cheer long- term patients and residents in old folks' homes, hospices, special schools and hospitals for the mentally and physically disabled.

Details from administrator Marjorie Henley-Price on 01586-810314.

Another well-known doggie charity is the National Canine Defence League.

The League has issued this year's Canine Challenge, inviting all children to design a poster which will make people "paws for thought" and consider the serious responsibilities of dog ownership.

The overall "top dog" will win a trip to Disneyland Paris.

There is also a special prize for school group entries to create a huge mural with the expert help of artist Gordana Bjelic- Rados (and Peggy, her dog).

The runners-up will receive goodie bags, courtesy of the magazine Animals And You.

This super contest is open to all children aged between five and 16.

It will be judged in three age groups - five to seven years; eight to 11 years; and 12 to 16 years.

There is also a special category for schools;.

Full details are published in Junior Wag! - the NCDL's new magazine for children - available free from the NCDL at 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7LT. Or call 0171- 837-0006 ext 656. The closing date for entries is May 1.

At Glasgow zoo, we receive several phone calls a week from the owners of pet green iguanas.

In the wild in Central and South America, these animals are extensively killed for food (they taste like chicken) and collected for the pet trade.

In Mexico, their eggs are stripped out of the female, hard boiled in huge vats and sold at the roadside to commuters.

In captivity, they present all sorts of problems, most of which are avoidable with a little care and knowledge.

Ayrshire-based David Blatchford is an acknowledged expert on iguanas and their maintenance and care.

On Thursday, March 19, David will be delivering a talk on the green iguana to the International Herpetological Society's West of Scotland branch.

Anyone interested is welcome. Meet at 7.15pm in the foyer of the Graham Kerr Building of Glasgow University (ask security for directions at the main entrance off University Avenue).

SATURDAY: Samoyed Association Championship show in the Leisure Centre, Larkhall. Perthshire Canine Club's 223- Class Open Show in the Fraser Hall Agricultural Centre, Perth.

SUNDAY: Carrick District Canine Club's 100-Class Open Show in the Magnum, Irvine. English Setter Society of Scotland's Open Show in the Cochrane Hall, Alva. Italian Spinone Society of Scotland's annual general meeting at the Meadow Park Hotel Bridge of Allan, near Stirling.
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Date:Mar 12, 1998
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