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Dog rescued from washing machine Dog rescued from washing machine

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has rescued a pet dog which got its head stuck in a washing machine vent. Molly, a ten-week-old Labrador Springer Spaniel cross, was playing with another puppy when ...

Cat owner bids for 'Most Mischievous Kitten' Cat owner bids for 'Most Mischievous Kitten'

Cat food manufacturer Felix has launched a competition to find the UK's most mischievous kitten and one owner in Kent believes her pet has what it takes. Titus, a seven-month-old tabby kitten, has been entered for the contest and ...

Sharon Osbourne's dog saved after snake bite Sharon Osbourne's dog saved after snake bite

Kelly Osbourne has praised her fiance Luke Worral's quick thinking after he saved her mother's pet dog from dying after having been bitten by a snake. Goldie, which belongs to X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, was rushed to a vet's ...

Dog escapes from hole after losing weight Dog escapes from hole after losing weight

A dog which was stuck in a rabbit hole for 25 days has escaped after losing enough weight. Jake, a Jack Russell from Wales, was presumed lost by his owners Rick and Jill Thomas after he disappeared while out on a walk in Haverford, ...

Women 'like to talk' to their pets Women 'like to talk' to their pets

New research by Tesco Personal Finance has found that women enjoy talking to their pets. Over 75 per cent of the respondents to the survey said that they have conversations with their pets as if they were human, while 34 per cent ...

Cat returns after four years thanks to microchip Cat returns after four years thanks to microchip

A family in Frome, Somerset, whose cat disappeared while they were away on holiday four years ago, has seen its return after a microchip placed in the animal was scanned. Michele and Simon Shapland came back from their holiday in ...

Sainsbury's announces 20% off pet insurance Sainsbury's announces 20% off pet insurance

Pet owners looking to reduce their outgoings during the recession have been given a helping hand by Sainsbury's, which has announced a discount on its pet insurance service. Those looking to make savings on veterinary bills, costs ...

Cat enjoys a good Twitter Cat enjoys a good Twitter

More than 500,000 people have signed up to "follow" a cat on the popular microblogging site Twitter. The cat updates his site with short musings on his life at the house of Jason Scott, his owner - including sleeping habits, ...

Will You Be My Pooch-Friend? Will You Be My Pooch-Friend?

Itís been 3 months since Valentines Day and are you still lonely? Petplan have discovered that one of the best ways to bag yourself a date is by having a pet. ...

First mobile pet blood bank launches First mobile pet blood bank launches

A pet health charity has launched the UK's first mobile blood bank for dogs, which is to travel around to country to look for donors. Dogs which undergo the five to seven-minute long procedure receive a meal and a goody bag of pet ...

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 ...

Dog chews up car keys Dog chews up car keys

A dog in Yorkshire left his owner stranded on Thursday (May 14th) when she dropped her car keys and they were quickly gobbled up by the hungry pup. After noticing that the dog had started to feel unwell, Charlotte Hanson had to rush ...

Climbing feat earns pet 'Spider-cat' nickname Climbing feat earns pet 'Spider-cat' nickname

A feline daredevil who can climb 13 feet up the wall of a block of flats has earned the nickname Spider-cat for his superhero-like abilities. Seven-year-old Charlie, whose owner Hannah Smith lives on the first floor of the Falkirk ...

Cat film selected for Cannes Cat film selected for Cannes

A short film featuring a man from Yorkshire sprinting against his one-eyed cat has been selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Martin Humphries is a parish councillor in his home village of Wrose of Shipley ...

Family warns of flystrike rabbit disease Family warns of flystrike rabbit disease

A family has urged rabbit-owners to make sure they are aware of a deadly disease which was contracted by their beloved pet, Max. Flystrike is an infestation of maggots of green bottle flies under the rabbit's skin when their fur ...

Dogs Trust launches Lets for Pets campaign Dogs Trust launches Lets for Pets campaign

Pet charity the Dogs Trust has announced a new campaign which aims to stop animals being abandoned by people who are forced to move into rented accommodation. Landlords often ban pets in their leased homes, but the organisation says ...

Dog rescued from 100 ft hole Dog rescued from 100 ft hole

A dog owner could only look on in horror as her pet Springer Spaniel fell down a 100-foot deep crater on land owned by Prince Charles. The crater was formed in February when thousands of tonnes of earth crashed into an unused mineshaft, ...

David Hasslehoff to meet namesake dog David Hasslehoff to meet namesake dog

A dog in Gloucestershire is to be visited by David Hasslehoff after the Baywatch actor heard that they shared names. Nathan Williams' dog, Hoff, made the news after he woke his owner to alert him to a fire in his Cinderford house, ...

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 ...

Pets can fly Pets can fly

Pets will now be able to travel in luxury after the launch of an animal-only airline in the US. With its first chartered flight planned for July 14th, leaving from New York and stopping at Washington, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles, ...

Cats rescued from house blaze Cats rescued from house blaze

Three cats have been pulled from a burning house and given treatment for their injuries by fire-fighters in Dorset. According to the Southern Daily Echo, the owners of the cats, Liz Bromley and Rachel Coles, were attending a BBC ...

Dog receives request for eye test Dog receives request for eye test

A dog-owner in Wiltshire has been stunned by a letter received in the post reminding his pet that a sight test was due at his local Vision Express opticians. Rob Fryer, a retired press worker, originally thought the letter was for ...

Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution

A pet cockatoo which can successfully bob its head in time to music it has never heard before has helped researchers at Harvard University in their studies of evolution. Scientists believe that Snowball, a member of the parrot family, ...

Dog helps police find drugs haven Dog helps police find drugs haven

The owner of a dog who alerted the police when she noticed her pet was displaying the symptoms of being affected by cannabis has helped them to shut down an illegal drug-growing operation. Sixty-six-year-old Valerie Bailey's suspicions ...

Cat gets head stuck in car wheel Cat gets head stuck in car wheel

A curious cat in Suffolk which poked his head into a hole in a car wheel has been rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Passers-by noticed Casper, the Siamese cat, and alerted the pet charity, ...

Terminally ill animal-lover gets pet tattoos Terminally ill animal-lover gets pet tattoos

A woman who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2007 is having images of all of her 20 pets tattooed on her body. Forty-seven-year-old Jayne Jubb keeps raccoons, a piranha, a snake and a fox in her house and now wants them ...

Dog eats dog Dog eats dog

A dog in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has undergone an operation to remove a plastic toy dog from his stomach after eating it. The Springer Spaniel, called Alfie, had to be taken to a veterinary practice in Cheadle after his owner Joanne ...

Joyriding dog wrecks owner's truck Joyriding dog wrecks owner's truck

A dog which was left alone in his owner's truck has caused £1,200 of damage after riding it down a hill and into two parked cars. Roddy Garden had just popped out of the truck to see a friend, but Buster, the Staffordshire bull ...

Dogs 'therapeutic' for child readers Dogs 'therapeutic' for child readers

Children at a primary school in Wales have been reading books to dogs in an attempt to make them feel more comfortable with reading aloud. Sarah Ellis has taken her dogs Charlie and Saffron to Templeton primary school in Pembrokeshire ...

Coronation Street's Chesney raises cash for RSPCA Coronation Street's Chesney raises cash for RSPCA

Actor Sam Aston, best known for playing Chesney Battersby-Brown on popular soap Coronation Street, has been on a sponsored dog walk to raise money for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The 15-year-old ...

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