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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 ...

Cat takes 6,500-mile trip Cat takes 6,500-mile trip

Workers in Mansfield took delivery of a container and found a cat inside which had come all the way from Taiwan, it has been reported. Ginger, as the feline has been dubbed, accidentally made a 6,500-mile journey in the shipping ...

Bring your pet with you, says Cruise Line Bring your pet with you, says Cruise Line

A cruise line has urged pet lovers to consider taking their animals on holiday with them rather than locking them up in kennels and catteries and risk driving them mad. Stena Line is encouraging customers to spare their pet the distress ...

Prickly pals 'to become' the pet to have Prickly pals 'to become' the pet to have

The new "must-have pet" for animal lovers this season is a hedgehog, according to one commentator. Claudia Winkleman, wrote in the Independent, that these prickly pals will not spoil sofas like the nation's other favourite ...

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 ...

CD therapy for dogs CD therapy for dogs

One animal welfare charity is urging dog owners to start preparing their pets to minimise the misery suffered on bonfire night. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is appealing to people to use sound ...

Cat lover warns of traps Cat lover warns of traps

A Wiltshire woman has described her moggy's lucky escape after it returned home one night with a noose tied to its neck, it has been reported. Cat lover Jackie Dickman, 61, of Haydon View Road, Pinehurst, described the incident as ...

Dogs become part of the family Dogs become part of the family

Dogs are acquiring a growing status in American homes, experts claim. The names owners choose for their canine companions are being held up as evidence that they are now fully-fledged family members. It would appear traditional ...

Dog rescued after 40ft plunge Dog rescued after 40ft plunge

A dog has been rescued after surviving a 40ft plunge into a ravine. Otto, a German pointer, had his brush with death after being let off the lead. After unsuccessfully trying to free him, his owner called the rescue services. Ar ...

The hounds of luck The hounds of luck

Coastguards rescued two helpless hounds that had fallen from the top of Pembrokeshire cliffs this weekend, it has been reported. The poor pooches were not the strongest of South Wales swimmers and had a lucky escape after being saved ...

PDSA offer 'pet MOT' PDSA offer 'pet MOT'

One animal charity is offering dog lovers the chance to get their four-legged friend's health checked out for free. The PDSA's PetCheck tour will tour the country in order to give man's furry friends a once over, whether they are ...

Unwanted pets 'destroying UK waterways' Unwanted pets 'destroying UK waterways'

Pet owners are being warned to think about how they dispose of their unwanted pets after some real-life ninja turtles are wreaking havoc on the country's waterways, it has been reported. British Waterways claims many invasive species ...

Fire kills dog Fire kills dog

One family has been left devastated following a house fire which claimed the lives of their beloved pet, it has been reported. The Northamptonshire household was gutted by a blaze on Saturday morning while the occupants were out, ...

Wellard to visit the pearly gates Wellard to visit the pearly gates

A veteran telly-favourite canine is to hang up his paws after one final show-stealing performance, it has been reported. Eastender Wellard is going to be killed off in a tear-jerking scene set to remind pet owners nationwide how ...

Doggy 'leads the way' in home defence Doggy 'leads the way' in home defence

A new superdog is being touted as the ultimate property protector, it has been reported. Titan wonderdogs are being trained to protect family homes by tracing and trapping intruders until the police arrive, according to the Telegraph. ...

King can do tricks King can do tricks

A pedigree cavalier King Charles spaniel has amazed his owner by doing an array of tricks. Eight-year-old Cindy's showstopper is balancing objects on all four paws while lying down. She was taught her tricks after being taken in ...

Pet power Pet power

Pets are increasingly powerful when it comes to making decisions about holidays, home furnishings and cars, according to a leading insurer. A new study by Petplan shows that many cat and dog owners would only stay with a partner ...

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