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Bilbo could be back on beach Bilbo could be back on beach

A lifeguard dog who was banished from the beach may be allowed to return, it has been reported. Bilbo, the country's only canine lifeguard, is at the centre of talks between Penwith district council and the Royal National Lifeboat ...

Microchip month begins next week Microchip month begins next week

National Microchipping Month will be launched next week from a London park, it has been reported. The annual event - held to raise the awareness of microchipping among pet owners- will be launched from Battersea Park, according to ...

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 ...

Dog show must go on Dog show must go on

An annual Bolton dog show is to go ahead despite one of its main organisers being hospitalised, it has been reported. The Tongue and District Canine Society's yearly event will still be held to recognise the area's prettiest pooches, ...

TV star adopts chimp TV star adopts chimp

Telly favourite Gemma Atkinson has adopted a battered chimpanzee after he was rescued from its abusive owner in Mexico, it has been reported. According to the Telegraph, the former Hollyoaks actress and her footballer boyfriend Marcus ...

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 ...

Lucky cat strives to save station Lucky cat strives to save station

A Japanese cat is causing a stir in her new employment role as station master in Kishi, it has been reported. Tama, a tortoise shell moggy, wears her black uniform cap while working at the entrance of the station that is attracting ...

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. ...

Manchester Cat Is Officially The Most Mischievous Manchester Cat Is Officially The Most Mischievous

Feline trickster Bella, from Manchester, has been crowned the most mischievous cat in the UK after winning the nationwide Felix Factor competition... ...

Photopod Pooch Portraits Photopod Pooch Portraits

Looking around your sitting room there are probably photos of family and friends dotted about. But what about Ďmanís best friendí? ...

African parrot gets lost in Japan African parrot gets lost in Japan

A parrot who flew out of his cage and got lost kept his beak closed when picked up by the police but spilled the beans to a vet, it has been reported. Yosuke was discovered by local police on the roof of a Nagareyama apartment, ...

Search for top dog is on Search for top dog is on

A competition is being held to recognise rescue dogs of all shapes and sizes and celebrate their second 'leash of life' with loving new owners. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (RSPCA) Dog of the Year 2008 ...

Doggy denied age accolade Doggy denied age accolade

A Derbyshire labrador is being touted as the world's oldest dog, it has been reported. Bella, a 31-year-old pooch, would be 200 in canine years but because there are insufficient records for the dear old doggy, the Guinness World ...

Pet funerals on the rise Pet funerals on the rise

The amount of money American pet owners are spending on their animal's funerals is soaring, it has been reported. Pet funeral services are enjoying a booming trade in the US, according to the Telegraph. The total amount spent this ...

National Micro-Chipping Month National Micro-Chipping Month

Getting your pet micro-chipped is an inexpensive (and painless) way of helping your pet be identified should they go missing. ...

Cannes to crown top dog Cannes to crown top dog

Critics will meet on Friday (May 23rd) to decide which dog to crown at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been reported. The Palm Dog recognises the animals' contribution to the big screen and is backed by a pack of renowned critics ...

Doggy Hasslehoff banned from the beach Doggy Hasslehoff banned from the beach

A Cornish village is up in arms after its very own life-saving lassie was banned from its beach, it has been reported. Bilbo, the country's only lifeguard dog, has been ordered to hang up his red swimsuit and stay off his sandy stomping ...

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 ...

Poll: 11m pets uninsured Poll: 11m pets uninsured

As many as 11 million pets are not insured, according to one industry expert. Despite the rising cost of vet fees, new research from Sainsbury's Finance has found that nearly half (42 per cent) of UK pet owners "don't think ...

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 ...

Fire-fighting feline saves Sheffield home Fire-fighting feline saves Sheffield home

A fire-fighting feline has been credited with saving his owner's life after flames spread through his Sheffield home, it has been reported. Ginger pet Flint woke his owner after the semi-detatched property in Gleadless Townend went ...

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 ...

Oscar's ninth life slipping through his paws? Oscar's ninth life slipping through his paws?

A brave cat is hanging on to his ninth life after a string of unfortunate incidents has left the world-weary moggy's owners with vet bills exceeding £2,000, it has been reported. Oscar was found trembling under a hedge after ...

Moggy given breath of life Moggy given breath of life

A cat was saved in a blaze of glory after nearly perishing in a Dundee house fire, it has been reported. Firefighters pulled the pussy from the inferno at a house in Douglas and saved one of its nine lives by giving it oxygen using ...

Doggy beer available in the UK Doggy beer available in the UK

It might sound barking mad, but a bottle of beer has been released for dogs, it has been reported. Smelling like beer and tasting like beer, the specially formulated ale is packed full of vitamins and no alcohol, according to the ...

Missing cat found on webcam Missing cat found on webcam

A couple living in Cornwall who lost their cat were reunited with their beloved pussy after an American woman said she saw it on a webcam, according to reports. The couple live in the area of Polperro and feared they had seen their ...

Tortoise rescued from garden chair Tortoise rescued from garden chair

A 20-year-old South African Sulcata tortoise called George had a mishap with a garden chair on Wednesday (May 7th) and firemen were called out to help him, according to reports. George's owner Tina Jones called the emergency services ...

Welsh Wag picks up some piggies Welsh Wag picks up some piggies

Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson have bought two miniature pet pigs for their South Wales family home, it has been reported. The Welsh It couple ordered the designer piggies - that fetch £250 each - after taking their baby ...

UK pet numbers up UK pet numbers up

Nearly half of all UK households are home to a pet, according to new research. A Pet Food Manufacturers Association survey, carried out on behalf of National Pet Month (NPM), also revealed there are some 27 million pets in the country. ...

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, ...

Soccer crazy cat takes trip to the football Soccer crazy cat takes trip to the football

A feline footy fan took to the terraces on Saturday to cheer his favourite side on in a relegation-clash, it as been reported. Reading fan Mr Pinky, a nine-year-old puss, joined more than 24,000 supporters that descended down to ...

Firefighers prevent Parrot grilling Firefighers prevent Parrot grilling

A parrot has been plucked from a Morecambe flat's fiery inferno, it has emerged. The pretty polly was rescued by firefighters after a chip-pan fire in a first-floor property on Wednesday (April 30th), according to the Lakeland Echo. ...

Comet the goldfish set for dizzy heights Comet the goldfish set for dizzy heights

Comet the goldfish has proven to be a shooting star among the watery world after learning how to play football, according to reports. The four-inch fella has also learnt how to slam dunk and limbo dance as he struts his swimming ...

Marauding moggy makes 460-mile 'madventure' Marauding moggy makes 460-mile 'madventure'

A puss - without the boots - has made a Dick Whittington-style trip to London, it has been reported. Silver, a six-year-old tabby cat, vanished from her Burnley home to be found two days later strutting her stuff around the streets ...

Tonto proves he is not stupid Tonto proves he is not stupid

There will be no more weeping for a one-eyed cat short-listed for a talent contest, it has been reported. Tonto, a one-and-a-half-year-old Birman, has made it through to the final of Felix Factor – a nationwide search for a ...

Canine attempt on world record is set Canine attempt on world record is set

A north-east teacher is attempting to organise the world's largest dog walk, it has been reported. Tony Carlisle has arranged a walk along the River Tyne in South Shields as he quests to break his own world record, according to UK ...

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