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Dog behaviour examined Dog behaviour examined

Dogs are becoming increasingly clever and are learning morals from their human owners, it is being claimed. Scientists maintain the fact that dogs play rarely escalates into a fight shows the animals abide by social rules, it is ...

Dog devours stick Dog devours stick

A pet dog was left needing surgery after swallowing a two-foot stick. Hector, an 11-stone Great Dane, devoured the 25-inch conifer branch and even managed to finish off his tea before refusing breakfast the following morning, prompting ...

Roaming reptile returns to shell-shocked owners Roaming reptile returns to shell-shocked owners

One pet tortoise has returned to her owner's garden after doing a runner last month, it has been reported. Sioux escaped from her Bellingdon garden, near Chesham, on August 7th leaving her owners searching for her everyday, according ...

Animal bakery moves to Knightsbridge Animal bakery moves to Knightsbridge

An Essex woman dubbed the 'animal world's answer to Delia Smith' is enjoying the booming success of her pet treat emporium, it has been reported. Stephanie Mehanna has been invited by swanky London department store Harrods to open ...

Stray dog becomes life guard Stray dog becomes life guard

A stray dog in India has joined the local police force. Julie could once be found wondering Marina Beach in Chennai, but now she is a life-saver. Local police say the hard-working hound helps them patrol the beach, barking at swimmers ...

Dog hailed as a hero Dog hailed as a hero

A dog has been hailed as a hero following a house fire. Lennox, a rottweiler, alerted firefighters to where his owner, Carl McMahon, 19, was laying unconscious. The loyal dog had stayed by his side in thick black smoke at the house ...

Cat trapped in shed for two months Cat trapped in shed for two months

A trapped cat has amazingly survived a two-month shed imprisonment nightmare. Ten-year-old Emmy had followed her owner into the garden shed in Toray, which he then locked up for the winter. She was given up for lost until the owner ...

Pet lovers 'worried about renting' Pet lovers 'worried about renting'

A pair of pet lovers have spoken out over the difficulty of finding animal-friendly rental accommodation, it has been reported. The couple - Ashley Glendale and Anthony Styles - say they had to vacate their home yesterday (November ...

Pet protector named Pet protector named

A youngster from East Anglia has been named as the country's best protector of pets, it has been reported. Nathan Williamson, from Fleggburgh, was given the award by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), according to ...

Therapy 'makes firework fears go up in smoke' Therapy 'makes firework fears go up in smoke'

Pets should be prepared for bonfire night so they are not afraid when the big night comes, the RSPCA has said. According to the pet charity, dog owners should offer their pooches sound therapy to get them used to the sudden bangs ...

Dog proves he can help Dog proves he can help

A Labrador that failed to make the grade as a guide dog has helped an autistic boy learn to speak, it has been reported. Five-year-old Joe Craik could only manage single words before he hooked up with Lacey, who helped him overcome ...

Homed hounds walk with canines keen for keepers Homed hounds walk with canines keen for keepers

North Yorkshire pooches paraded around in red ribbons in an attempt to attract new owners on Sunday (June 15th), it has been reported. Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (Sara) held a family fun day in a hope to find new homes for ...

Giant schnauzer wins Crufts Giant schnauzer wins Crufts

A giant schnauzer won best in show at Crufts last night. The leading dog show in Britain and, in fact, the world concluded yesterday after four days of competition. The winner, called Philippe, is owned by Kevin Cullen of St Leonards ...

TV shows pedigree TV shows pedigree

Mars brand Pedigree is to become the first advertiser on UK terrestrial TV to fully fund a programme. The factual series for ITV1, entitled Dog Rescue, gives an insight into the world of animal rescue and pet re-homing. Although ...

More people 'taking out pet insurance' More people 'taking out pet insurance'

An increasing number of Britons are taking measures to protect their pet's health, according to the latest figures. Research carried out by companiesandmarkets.com found the pet insurance industry has enjoyed strong growth in premium ...

Three-legged Siamese cat spotted in Sidford Three-legged Siamese cat spotted in Sidford

A three-legged Siamese cat has been spotted in Sidford, making it the second one to be seen in the area this year, according to the Sidmouth Herald. Cat lover Julie Stedham saw the bedraggled moggy hobbling across the road last week ...

Dog survives cliff fall Dog survives cliff fall

A clumsy canine came close to being a cropper after falling 80 feet down a cliff, it has been reported. Six-year-old Kiko was rescued after the fall from a clifftop at Pierfields in Berwick on Saturday (July 19th) morning, according ...

'Beloved bunny' pinched from hutch 'Beloved bunny' pinched from hutch

A little girl has been inundated with calls from caring Malvern pet owners after her rabbit was stolen from her family's back garden, it has been reported. Her mother Becki Mathieson claims the family could set up their own rabbit ...

Cat gets contacts Cat gets contacts

A rescue cat has undergone surgery to have a contact lens fitted after he was suffering from an eye condition, it has been reported. Ernest, who lives at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Godshill, ...

Dog teaches boy how to behave Dog teaches boy how to behave

A mother has spoken of how a pet dog helped the family deal with raising a severely disabled son, it has been reported. Nuala Gardner, 39, has paid tribute to Henry - the Golden Retriever that helped her autistic son Dale, now 21, ...

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