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Pets and owners give blood together Pets and owners give blood together

Pets and their owners have been given the chance to give blood together at a veterinary surgery in Doncaster. The move is intended to encourage the donation of human and canine blood, which is vital in the effort to save lives. ...

Cat in electricity pole drama Cat in electricity pole drama

A cat has been rescued after a fur-raising electricity pole drama. Mogel, a 13-year-old feline from the Isle of Man, clawed his way 35ft to the top and was perched there inches away from live wires carrying 33,000 volts. Electricity ...

One week left for feline Oscar nominations One week left for feline Oscar nominations

Organisers of the UK feline Oscars have reminded cat owners they have one week to register their animals ahead of August's glitzy award ceremony, it has been reported. The search for the nation's favourite feline offers four categories ...

Exotic pets found in raid Exotic pets found in raid

Hundreds of exotic pets have been found following a raid on two houses in Oldham, it has been reported. Police discovered the animals alongside drugs, jewellery and a machete, according to BBC News. Sergeant Rob Haworth, from Greater ...

Pet owners urged not to advertise personal details Pet owners urged not to advertise personal details

The owners of missing cats and dogs are being targeted by pranksters making hoax calls about the animals, it has been reported. According to the Evening Times, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has warned ...

Great Danes 'the most expensive' Great Danes 'the most expensive'

The Great Dane breed of dog is the most expensive type of canine to own, it has been claimed. Research has shown that over its lifetime the doggy giant is more likely to scratch doors and rip furniture covers than other breeds, esure ...

Surfer dude dogs catch some waves Surfer dude dogs catch some waves

Some plucky pooches tested their surfing skills at the third Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition at Imperial Beach in California over the weekend. Sporting Hawaiian shirts, shades and baggy t-shirts, the four-legged ...

Best boozer's barking brill Best boozer's barking brill

A London pub has been lauded for being the friendliest boozer in the country for dogs, according to one commentator. Peckham's Rye Hotel offers "proper dog bowls" for your four-legged-friends to enjoy their refreshments ...

Dog survives paragliding ordeal Dog survives paragliding ordeal

A pet chihuahua has survived a terrifying paragliding ordeal. The canine, who was strapped to his owner, plunged from the skies and ended up dangling in a tree 35m above the ground. Extreme sport enthusiast Paul Hansen, 42, who ...

Tiger-like cats on show Tiger-like cats on show

Cats specifically bred to look like smaller versions of tigers are set to be the number one attraction at a show this Saturday. The animals, owned by Gaynor Gean-Louise, from Worcestershire, are known as Toygers and have the distinctive ...

Children appeal for help over missing pet Children appeal for help over missing pet

Two young children are appealing for help after their beloved pet rabbit was snatched during the night. According to a report in the Stoke and Staffordshire Sentinel, Ben and Laura Baker of Gordon Road, Sandyford, woke at 08:00 GMT ...

Urban chicks 'lay golden eggs' Urban chicks 'lay golden eggs'

Families around the country are flocking to keep their own chickens to lay eggs during the economic downturn, it has been reported. According to the Guardian, urban hen keeping is on the rise and the animals are being touted as ...

Pope borrows pooch? Pope borrows pooch?

A holy feline fan is borrowing a cat during his trip to Australia, it has been reported. Newspapers down under claim organisers of World Youth Day 2008 say they helped Pope Benedict XVI acclimatise to his dwellings by loaning him ...

Fight the flab with fido launched at agility show Fight the flab with fido launched at agility show

A unique phenomenon in fitness is sweeping the UK that is set to fight the flab not only in humans but in their four legged friends who are feeling the effects of our inactive lifestyles ...

Doggy donor saves sibling Doggy donor saves sibling

A life-saving Labrador donated blood to its kennelmate suffering from a liver defect, it was reported. Sally helped Fifi, a Bichon Frise, make a full recovery after giving blood to help in a tricky operation to correct a life-threatening ...

Airport dogs need new home Airport dogs need new home

Usually when a dog is at an airport it is on duty, sniffing out drugs and bomb-making equipment. But dogs at HAL airport in Bangalore, India have left authorities looking at ways to improve security. The airport in one of India's ...

UKs Top 21 Dog Walks Revealed UKs Top 21 Dog Walks Revealed

Following a public vote organised by tourism bodies EnjoyEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and pet food company Hills Pet Nutrition the UKs 21 top dog walks have been revealed ...

Pooch goes to rehab ? to help Pooch goes to rehab ? to help

A dog is helping patients in Devonshire rehabilitation centres get involved with gardening classes. Deacon, a two-year-old dog, has been working with people recovering from drug and drink dependencies at Plymouth's Closereach and ...

Purrfect police officer retires Purrfect police officer retires

London's last remaining station cat has retired after 11 years of service working for the Snow Hill police division, it has been reported. Reagan was hired by the force when he was eight months old along with another feline, Carter, ...

TV star's tortoise finds love TV star's tortoise finds love

TV star Ruth Jones' pet tortoise has found love, according to reports. The Gavin and Stacey actress' beloved companion recently went missing for five weeks, eventually turning up at Cardiff's Lamby Way after climbing into a dustbin ...

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