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Dog uses ski-lift Dog uses ski-lift

A snow-loving pet dog has worked out how to use a ski-lift. Guinness, a four-year-old collie, leaps up at a hand pull lift and grabs the bar between his teeth. The clever canine gets up to his tricks at the Glenshee Ski Centre. ...

Personality tests for picky pooches and moody moggies offered at rescue home Personality tests for picky pooches and moody moggies offered at rescue home

One animal rescue centre is offering a personality test to ensure that owners pick up a cat that suits them, it has been reported. Washington Animal Rescue League revealed the new process aims to ensure that people who intend to ...

Police patrol to protect pets Police patrol to protect pets

Police have had to step up patrols on a Carlisle estate to protect pets, it has been reported. Local policing patrols were stepped up due to the extent of residents' concerns about increasing attacks on cats and dogs on the Carleton ...

Army Penguin honoured Army Penguin honoured

One penguin has been awarded a medal by the king of Norway, it has been reported. Nils Olav is the colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian army and was inspecting his regiment - the king's guard - in a parade in Edinburgh before he received ...

'Superdog' saved by train wheel 'Superdog' saved by train wheel

A dog in Wiltshire has been dramatically healed in just three days after being hit by a train, it has been reported. Homer the Labrador went missing while out on a walk with his owner and collided with a train, causing a huge wound ...

Pet hotel buys A-list bed Pet hotel buys A-list bed

Elton's cosy canine cot has found its way to a luxury pet hotel via the Osbournes, it has been reported. Cambridge's Cosy Pet Hotel has shelled out to buy the four-poster bed from Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Jane Rush, the ...

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 walker refuses to pay fine Dog walker refuses to pay fine

A man who was walking his dog through a cemetery might be hauled before the courts for refusing to pay a £75 fine. Sandwell Council, in the Black Country, has rattled a few pet owners' cages by introducing new rules banning ...

Rabbit 'mates' looking for new home Rabbit 'mates' looking for new home

Two abandoned rabbits are looking for a new home after becoming "great mates" at an RSPCA centre in Conwy. The animals, Gladys, five and two-year-old Bandit met after finding themselves homeless at the RSCPCA's Bryn y Maen ...

Girls Aloud team with dog charity Girls Aloud team with dog charity

Popstars Girls Aloud are showing their animal-loving sides by supporting a scheme designed to help children learn how to look after their dogs. The five-piece girl group will be using Nintendo's Nintendogs programme to demonstrate ...

Pleas for help to find orphaned cat's family Pleas for help to find orphaned cat's family

The Cats Protection League is appealing for help in tracking down the owners of an orphaned cat this Christmas, the Sidmouth Herald reports. Newly-named Rufus, who is black and white, was found wandering the streets of Ottery St ...

Sheep is settled now Sheep is settled now

A not so unusual animal is being kept as an extraordinary pet in Wales, it has been reported. Bouncy sheep Nick Boing likes to watch TV with his owner David Palmer in their Cardiff home, according to Sky News. The Welshman told ...

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 ...

Beginners Agility with your Dog Beginners Agility with your Dog

All my life I have had dogs. I have walked them, ridden my horse with them running by my side, been involved in the breeding of them (albeit for friends and never my own) and most recently shown them in breed classes. ...

Dogs becoming fashion statement Dogs becoming fashion statement

Some so-called designer dogs are being bred solely as a fashion statement. That is the fear as increasing numbers of dog owners follow the celebrity trait of mixing and matching breeds to suit their particular needs. For example, ...

Scottish dog is crowned PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year! Scottish dog is crowned PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year!

The amazing ‘tail’ of survival of courageous canine, Fern, from Nairn, who fought back from the brink of death after being impaled on 10-inch stick, has led her to be named PDSA Pet Survivor of the Year! ...

Pet owners warned over electronics Pet owners warned over electronics

Britons have been warned of the dangers electronic equipment present to their pets. A survey of 3,000 animal owners by Petplan found cutting-edge technology regularly found in UK homes could cause an injury to cats, rabbits, dogs ...

Cat contest held Cat contest held

Hundreds of pet owners competed at a regional cat show this weekend, it has been reported. Animal lovers descended upon Doncaster Dome on Saturday (October 25th) to battle it out for glory at this year's Yorkshire County Cat Show, ...

Cat lover falls from tree Cat lover falls from tree

A woman fell out of a tree while trying to rescue her cat, it has been reported. Neighbours feared Angela Axten was dead following the fall as she was trying to help free her beloved animal, according to the Surrey Herald. Her cat ...

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