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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 ...

Honda launches canine-friendly website Honda launches canine-friendly website

A car manufacturer has launched a new website aimed at dog lovers, it has been reported. Honda, Japan's second biggest automobile producer, has launched the special online advisory service that will inform pet owners which seat fabrics ...

Cat back home after two years Cat back home after two years

A cat given up for dead by its owners has turned up again two years after disappearing. Five-year-old Barney was found cowering in a back garden in Sawston - six miles from his Whittlesford home. The feline ran of in February 2006 ...

New drug hope for obese dogs New drug hope for obese dogs

A new drug, which has been successfully used in the US to treat obese dogs, is now available in the UK. The treatment, which is being marketed by Pfizer Animal Health and is only available through vets, is seen as a breakthrough ...

Reptiles becoming popular pets Reptiles becoming popular pets

Growing numbers of Britons are warming to cold-blooded pets such as snakes and lizards, new figures show. According to new research from the Federation of British Herpetologists, as many as eight million reptiles are currently being ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dog wins flab fight Dog wins flab fight

A Labrador who once weighed in at a kennel-sized 7st 7lb has won his battle to fight the flab and been named pet slimmer of the year. The award was handed out by the PDSA after its annual Pet Fit Club 100-day diet challenge, which ...

Moggy set to run off with top pet award Moggy set to run off with top pet award

A runaway can is in the running for a top national award at the Feline Oscars in London. Spats, who went AWOL after running away from his home in West Linton, has been shortlisted in the 'most incredible story' category at the 2008 ...

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 ...

Humphrey flops into record books Humphrey flops into record books

Hungry Humphrey has flopped into the record books. The 42in super-sized French lop-eared rabbit is now officially the biggest bunny in the world, tipping the scales at a whopping two stone - the breed normally weighs in at around ...

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 ...

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