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Mel B gives dog spice life Mel B gives dog spice life

Spice girl Mel B has given her dog a taste of the spice life by relocating him to America. Melanie Brown, the 'Scary' one, moved Lord after deciding the arthritis-suffering animal would be better off in the warmer climes of California. ...

The World's Best Stress Buster The World's Best Stress Buster

A recent study reveals that the most effective way to de-stress after a long day is by stroking a long-haired dog ...

Dogs 'can recognise other dogs' Dogs 'can recognise other dogs'

Dogs are able to distinguish between different complex images, research has shown. A study in Austria suggested that dogs can recognise other dogs, even if they are of different breeds and feature in pictures with other objects in ...

Financial education good news for providers Financial education good news for providers

Providers of financial products will welcome news that more young people are learning how to better manage their money. Figures from the IFS School of Management this morning revealed that more than 10,000 14 to 19-year-olds are ...

$12m dog gets death threats $12m dog gets death threats

A dog who was left $12 million (£5.8 million) in her owner's will is now the subject of death and kidnapping threats, according to reports in the US. The American real estate millionaire Leona Helmsley named her beloved Maltese ...

'Bionic' cat survives second fall 'Bionic' cat survives second fall

A "bionic" cat has miraculously survived two separate 21 ft falls from its owner's South London home. Following its latest fall, vets decided that the cat, named Baby, would need to have metal plates and screws fitted ...

Dog owners do it themselves Dog owners do it themselves

Dog owners in the US are flocking to do-it-yourself washing facilities to keep their furry friends odour free. A number of centres have opened up offering owners access to washing facilities so that they can clean up their dogs before ...

Dogs still top cats Dogs still top cats

Dogs remain the most popular pet in Britain, according to new research. A study by the pet charity PDSA revealed that in most parts of the country, dogs squeeze out their traditional rivals. The figures also showed a significant ...

Hero dog saves woman from fire Hero dog saves woman from fire

A dog from Boise, Idaho in the US has been hailed a hero after rescuing her owner from a fire. Candace Jennings was asleep in her mobile home when Anna, her blond heeler, nudged her awake. The dog's actions saved Jennings' life ...

A dog is not even for Christmas A dog is not even for Christmas

Animal welfare groups once used to remind prospective dog owners that pets were a long-term commitment. A dog is "for life not just for Christmas", the tagline once read. But now it seems even Christmas is too long for ...

Pet insurance cheaper for mongrels Pet insurance cheaper for mongrels

Pet insurance premiums are cheaper for mongrel dogs because they are less likely to succumb to illness, according to the RSPCA. The cross-breeds have higher tolerance levels than their pure-breed cousins and therefore do not have ...

Pet insurance 'extremely important' Pet insurance 'extremely important'

Pet insurance is "extremely important" when planning for unexpected vet fees, according to the RSPCA. Research by the animal welfare charity shows that only 17 per cent of dogs and 11 per cent of cats are covered by pet ...

Dog munches pants Dog munches pants

A dog with an unusual appetite has munched his way through a boy's pants. Three-year-old Liam Saayman's Bob the Builder pants had to be surgically removed from his pet dog's stomach. Taffy, a Springer Spaniel, seems to have a particular ...

Cat in 70-mile ordeal Cat in 70-mile ordeal

A cat had a lucky escape after surviving a 70-mile road trip stuck inside a car bonnet. Tilly, a grey tabby, ran out in front of Paul Younger while he was driving through Godalming, in Surrey. He stopped to see if the cat was okay ...

Blind bullmastiff wins top dog award Blind bullmastiff wins top dog award

A blind bullmastiff abandoned as a puppy has been voted top dog in a nationwide vote. Oliver won the RSPCA dog of the year award after having survived being left for dead when he was just five months old. A heartless breeder dumped ...

Courageous cat commemorated Courageous cat commemorated

The heroic exploits of a courageous cat are being commemorated by Royal Navy officers who survived a siege nearly 60 years ago. They are laying wreaths on the grave of Simon the cat who was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria ...

Dog averts tragedy Dog averts tragedy

A heroic quick-thinking dog has averted a tragedy. The Chihuahua "saved the day" or in this case night, when a fire took hold in the kitchen of the two-storey cottage near Woodbridge, reports the East Anglian Daily Times. ...

Cool cat gets lift home Cool cat gets lift home

A cool 12-year-old cat is confounding everyone with his nightly adventure. Every evening, Sgt Podge, a black, longhaired feline takes off from the family home in Bournemouth, Dorset and re-appears each morning at the same spot on ...

Dognappers sniff out 750 Dognappers sniff out 750

A ransom has been handed over by a couple after 'dognappers' struck. The dog, a lurcher called Buddy, was snatched by two men in September while tied up outside a local supermarket and driven away in an estate car. His worried owners, ...

New software speeds up pet insurance claims New software speeds up pet insurance claims

New software has been designed to help speed up the process when claims are made under pet insurance contracts. The surge in claims due to the increased popularity of the policies - the fastest rising sector of insurance sales - ...

Kylie pines for dog Kylie pines for dog

Kylie Minogue is pining for her pet dog. The Australian pop star says although she has definitely split up with her French actor boyfriend, Oliver Martinez, their dog Sheba still held a place in her heart. In an interview with ...

Pet insurance ombudsman complaints rising Pet insurance ombudsman complaints rising

Rising numbers of complaints about pet insurance providers are landing on the ombudsman's mat. There has been an 18 per cent increase to date in 2007-08 after a leap of 23 per cent in 2006-07, according to a report by the Guardian. ...

Mobile pet clinic boost Mobile pet clinic boost

A new mobile pet clinic is set to boost pet healthcare in the north of England. The new service, introduced by the RSPCA, will be touring areas generating the most animal welfare calls in Bolton and may be loaned to other parts ...

Pet insurance vital Pet insurance vital

Pet owners need adequate insurance cover for their pets in order to cover sky-high vet bills, experts have warned. With ever more sophisticated treatments available, pet-loving Britons are digging deep into their pockets in order ...

New breed of mouse 'no longer fears cats' New breed of mouse 'no longer fears cats'

An experiment to show how mice can be genetically altered enabling them not to be scared of cats has succeeded. The process involved using sophisticated genetic engineering techniques letting scientists determine what certain brain ...

'Open for dogs' sticker campaign 'Open for dogs' sticker campaign

The Kennel Club is launching an 'Open for Dogs' sticker campaign highlighting the benefits of letting dogs enter normal no-go areas. Shops, taxis, restaurants, workplaces and a host of others often have 'no dogs allowed' policies ...

Loyal Bobby honoured in walk of fame Loyal Bobby honoured in walk of fame

A dog who loyally kept vigil at his master's grave for 14 years is to be honoured in the first ever Dog Walk of Fame. Viewers of Sky Movies voted Bobby, so famous Disney made a film about his life, among the top six canine silver-screen ...

Dog winched to safety after cliff fall Dog winched to safety after cliff fall

A dog trapped on a cliff edge has been dramatically winched to safety. Specialist cliff rescue coastguards from Burnham-on-Sea attended the incident after the dog's owners from Yeovil dialled 999. The four-year-old golden retriever, ...

Free pet insurance offer Free pet insurance offer

Sainsbury's is offering a no strings attached 30 days of free pet insurance. The offer is open to anyone applying before November 27th and if applying online a further ten per cent discount is deducted from the yearly premium. Both ...

Cat brews up mystery Cat brews up mystery

Mystery surrounds how a black and white cat came to be in the back of a lorry delivering lager to a pub. The driver of the Carlsberg van was unaware of his feline stowaway until the delivery was made to The Swan in Ironbridge, Shropshire. ...

Noisy fireworks 'should be banned' Noisy fireworks 'should be banned'

Noisy fireworks scare household pets and should be banned altogether. That is the feeling of most UK vets (79 per cent) and pet charities (91 per cent), according to research by pet insurer, Petplan. TV vet Marc Abraham says pets ...

Cat gene research 'can help humans' Cat gene research 'can help humans'

The first complete gene map of a cat is being hailed by researchers as a breakthrough in the fight to treat common human diseases. The hero of the hour is Cinnamon – a four-year-old Abyssinian cat used in the study. Findings ...

Pets prepare for scariest night of the year Pets prepare for scariest night of the year

Halloween might be the eeriest night of the year for humans, but for animals, the events over the following few days are much scarier. Between now and the start of next week Brits will be celebrating bonfire night with public and ...

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