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Man plunges into freezing water to save his cocker spaniel Man plunges into freezing water to save his cocker spaniel

Walkers in Middleton watched in shock as a man saved his dog from drowning in an icy lake after it fell through the ice. The unnamed man had been walking his black cocker spaniel Jarvis in Alkrington Woods when the dog ran out on ...

Women returns home to find trees 'cut back' Women returns home to find trees 'cut back'

A woman who agreed to let her neighbours 'prune' the trees in her garden, was horrified when she returned home to find them as stumps. Mrs Daington, 51 from Wigan had been told that her trees were over hanging into her neighbours' ...

Beagle unveiled as the new face of M&S pet insurance Beagle unveiled as the new face of M&S pet insurance

Retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) has unveiled the new face of its pet insurance products. Following a competition, beagle Molly from south Wales was given the prestigious job. Five-month-old Molly, who lives with the Mainwaring ...

Hamsters at the forefront of nanotechnology Hamsters at the forefront of nanotechnology

Hamsters have been helping scientists at the Georgian Institute of Technology to harness the energy from the movement of their wheels to produce electricity. Current ways of creating electricity require regular mechanical movement, ...

Sainsbury's reveals extent of missing pets Sainsbury's reveals extent of missing pets

Pet insurance provider Sainsbury's Bank has said that 12 per cent of cat lovers and four per cent of dog owners have seen their animals go missing in the past five years. This equates to 3.8 million people in the UK, 55 per cent ...

Dog owners feel bursts of cuddle chemicals Dog owners feel bursts of cuddle chemicals

Owning a puppy can provide people with a similar emotional experience to having a child, according to new research. A study from the Azuba University in Japan shows that playing with dogs gives pet owners a burst of the hormone oxytocin ...

The Cat launches kitten campaign The Cat launches kitten campaign

Red Dwarf actor Danny John Jules (pictured far left), famous for his portrayal of the Cat on the cult sitcom, has helped to launch a campaign by the Mayhew Animal Home in London. According to the charity, summer brings with it an ...

Concerns mount over pet to owner MRSA transmission Concerns mount over pet to owner MRSA transmission

A new review has highlighted the septic syndromes and bite-related infections caused by cats and dogs. The study which is published in this month's issue of The Lancet is written by Dr Richard Oehler from the South Florida College ...

Dog owners 'worried about inherited diseases' Dog owners 'worried about inherited diseases'

The majority of dog owners are aware of possible health problems in their canine friends, but feel powerless to do anything about it, according to a new survey. Research carried out by the Blue Cross animal charity revealed that ...

Pets 'can help children learn vital life skills' Pets 'can help children learn vital life skills'

According to new research, owning a pet can help children learn vital life skills. Half of Brits think that having a companion, such as a cat, dog, rabbit, fish, hamster or reptile around the house helps to teach kids lessons in ...

Robbie Williams spends thousands to visit pets Robbie Williams spends thousands to visit pets

Ex-Take That singer Robbie Williams has spent thousands of pounds to travel between London and Los Angeles just to see his pets. The star's dogs are in his home in the US and cannot join him in England until he receives permission ...

Newfoundland dog in video appeal to keep his job Newfoundland dog in video appeal to keep his job

A 14-stone Newfoundland dog is starring in a special video appeal to get his lifeguard job back. Bilbo, with the help of some friends, produced the Baywatch-style film to show himself in action after he was sacked from his post last ...

Puppy gets head stuck in TV cabinet Puppy gets head stuck in TV cabinet

Fire crews were called to an Armley house early this morning (January 27th) to free a puppy which had got its head trapped in a TV cabinet. Armley Today reports that firefighters had to use a power saw and hydraulic separators to ...

Pets stolen by dog-nappers returned Pets stolen by dog-nappers returned

A family from Mold whose dogs were taken by thieves have had their two pets returned home safely. Ken and Margaret Bennett's dogs Meg and Alfie were pinched from their backyard and the couple later received a letter in the post explaining ...

Dogs and cats bring bugs into the bed Dogs and cats bring bugs into the bed

Leading veterinary charity the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has warned that sharing a bed with a pet can increase the chance of sleeping with fleas. Fleas thrive on debris such as pet dandruff and adult flea faeces ...

Doggy lifeguard back on the beach Doggy lifeguard back on the beach

A doggy lifeguard will be back on the beach this summer after a ban threatening his life-saving career was overturned. Thousands signed a petition to reinstate Bilbo, a six-year-old Newfoundland, after he was banned from the Cornish ...

Pets win prizes for youngsters Pets win prizes for youngsters

A new school holiday scheme for youngsters will see their pets win them prizes. The Pets at Home store in Chichester, is running a series of free Get Ready for Summer sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A series of workshops ...

World's oldest dog still going strong World's oldest dog still going strong

A 20-year-old canine, 102 in dog years, is still going strong despite having to wear cataract glasses. Chanel, a Daschund, became the oldest dog alive after her predecessor, Bella, a Labrador cross, died at the age of 29 in September ...

More pets at risk in heatwave More pets at risk in heatwave

UK pets face misery, pain and even death if their owners fail to heed advice about keeping animals safe in hot weather. ...

Novel paintings for pets Novel paintings for pets

Rather than having pets portrayed as heroic, noble creatures, an artist is attempting to make her name by painting them as most remember them - clumsy, or goofy. Georgia Donovan starting doing her "petraits," when her ...

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