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Heroic hound rescues couple from a lift Heroic hound rescues couple from a lift

A South Carolina couple stuck in a lift were saved after a dog played detective and discovered them in their elevator prison, it has been reported. Louie, a four-year-old Brison Frise, dragged his owner Jim Upperman across a street, ...

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 ...

RSPCA to bring in clairvoyant RSPCA to bring in clairvoyant

An animal welfare charity is set to give pet lovers in one Lancashire city the chance to speak to their four legged friends, it has been reported. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Preston is inviting ...

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 ...

Abandoned dog in safe hands Abandoned dog in safe hands

A distressed Lancashire dog is being nursed back to health after being abandoned in a field, it has been reported. The abused Rottweiler from Bolton is now in the capable hands of the Animals in Distress Sanctuary, according to the ...

Arnie takes on a lion Arnie takes on a lion

It's a match made in heaven - but there will be a bittersweet ending to the love story between felines Arnie and Zara. For while they have whiskers, paws and tails in common, the two cats are worlds apart and lioness cub Zara will ...

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 ...

Fire dog celebrates 100th investigation Fire dog celebrates 100th investigation

A specially-trained dog has been recognised for his contribution to the fire service after visiting his 100th fire scene. CC the Labrador is one of only 17 fire dogs in the UK and has helped sniff out the cause of fires across the ...

Army to send in the dogs Army to send in the dogs

The British Army is set to send a crack team of commando canines into some of its war zones, it has been reported. A group of German shepherds are currently being trained in preparation to jump out of military airplanes from heights ...

'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, ...

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