UK Pets

Why Everyone Needs a Fluffy Animal This Christmas

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Animal-assisted therapy is nothing new, though largely unheard of. Used for varying therapies, from in prisons to deal with aggression to nursing homes to deal with isolation, or, as I have found most handy, to help with depression, the unconditional love of an animal can be a wonderfully soothing thing. Here are seven reasons why you should consider getting a fluffy animal this Christmas:

16 Pups Who Are Dachshund Through the Snow

BarkPost | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BarkPost

Dachshunds go by many names; doxies, sausage dogs, wieners but whatever you want to call them these mischievous little pups have just as many ways to steal our hearts! Here's another dose of cuteness from our mini little friends and it involves snow... Lots and lots of snow.

11 Cute Instagram Cats Worth Following In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

What would Instagram be without #foodporn pics, selfies and, of course, cute cats? In fact, let's not even try to answer that. It's too upsetting to t...

13 Amazing Pooches We Love To Follow On Instagram

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

They pull the best poses, they never look ruff and they've got more followers than you can shake a stick at (they also probably enjoy chasing said sti...

Don't Take a Chance With Your Dog's Health

Kristina Johansen | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

I don't promote any method of feeding. My job is to provide nutritional information for dog owners. However, I do prefer home-prepared diets, raw or cooked. I believe there are many advantages to preparing your dog's food yourself but I must stress the importance of balanced nutrition or it could cause your dog serious trouble.

Britain, Your Pets Are Too Obese And Poorly Trained

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're known as a nation of dog lovers, but the over-indulgence of our pets is resulting in a nation of fat pooches. A combination of being too gen...

Puppies Enjoying Bathtime Is Probably The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

Barcroft | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This adorable puppy may be the most chilled canine on the planet as he blissfully settles into bath time. The two-week-old was close to death when ...

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

How To Gift Wrap Your Cat This Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

What do cats love more than wrapping paper? Being wrapped up in paper, of course! If ever you need to wrap your cat up and offer it as a Christmas ...

Cats: A Story of Witchcraft and Fame

Frontier | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Frontier

Today cats have established themselves as some of the most loved pets in the world, but not all of them are equally popular. After all, looks still matters to children when they visit the pet shop, so let's spend some time honouring those fellows who are less prone to success...

Adorable Dog Photobooth Hopes To Help Rehome Homeless Pets

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's a sad reality, but a reality nonetheless - many dogs in animal shelters, especially the older ones, will not find a new home. Seeing this dile...

Pampered Pooch: Addresses and accessories for your dog

Vogue.fr | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue.fr

With accessories from Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Gucci, celebrity trainers on Instagram, food and grooming tips on Pinterest and chic city hotspots promising five-star treatment, it is safe to say our dogs have never been so fashionable.

Fearless Pooch Protects Baby From Scary Hoover

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

One fearless dog has put its life on the line to protect his baby sister - from the vacuum cleaner. As soon as the hoover starts up, the pooch rush...

Children and Pets

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

I think we often underestimate the benefits that pets can bring to children. I often reflect about how my two boys benefitted immensely from our lovely cat Charlie - sadly no longer with us. He was an elderly stray cat we adopted and he showed them how you had to be tolerant and respect a pet's needs. In return Charlie offered devotion and a listening ear when life was 'unfair'.

Puppy Cut Free After Spending Two Months With Head Stuck In A Jug

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A stray puppy who spent two months with its head stuck in a plastic jug has been cut free - and by the looks of things he couldn't be happier. Loca...

Tiny Dog Still Visits Hospital Where Her Owner Died Two Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's enough to make even the iciest of hearts melt. This loyal pet pooch has turned up every day, for the past two years, at the hospital where her ow...

It's a Dog's Life

Christina Miller | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Miller

This summer, we decided to do a road trip around the UK. Jake hopped in the back of the car, all of us prepared to rough it in a tent; we had no idea that so many hotels were dog friendly - our "working" dog ended up living the high life at some of the UK's finest hotels! It got me thinking: given the choice, where would dogs go on holiday?

Things NOT to Do When You Are 11 ¾ - Or Ever, Four: Keep a Pet In a Cage

Sue Cross | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

It would certainly be illegal. In the UK it's against the law to keep British wild birds in a cage. But caging non-native species like budgerigars and other parrots? That's legal. Goldfinches - Siberian, Himalayan, Gouldian or zebra? That too is sanctioned by law. But the UK's European goldfinch? If you confined one of those you could be prosecuted.

Man Sends 15 Chicks To Ex Girlfriend In The Post...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Break-ups bring out the worst in us (and our exes). Once upon a time your relationship was all fun and games, and suddenly you both become utter weird...

These Cute Kittens Are The Ultimate Stress Relievers

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Yoga and meditation might help to bust your daily stresses, but there's something far better (and far cuter) that can beat the blues. It begins wi...

Nothing To See Here, Just A Cat Having Hydrotherapy Treatment

Barcroft | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forget about lapping up milk, there is nothing thiscat enjoys more than doing laps of his local swimming pool. Meet Roy, the one-year-old puss whos...

Animal Rescues - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Clare Williams | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Williams

In case you think this is Health and Safety gone mad, we cannot be too careful, because if anything goes wrong with the homing, it falls straight back on the charity to prove they took all reasonable steps with the assessments and homing procedures.

What's So Different About Your Dog's Nutritional Needs?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Dogs have a need for much more taurine than humans. Taurine is important for healthy heart function. The diet must also provide a correct balance of calcium to phosphorus. The two work together to maintain the growth and structure of the skeletal system and help to avoid deficiencies.

Animals in War: They Didn't Volunteer - They Had No Choice

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

As well as the millions of human heroes that have given their lives for our freedom, do many of us ever consider those poor animals that also helped bring us peace, specifically employed by mankind for use in warfare? They didn't volunteer - they had no choice.

What Does Your Dog Do Which Makes You Scream (And Then Cuddle Them)?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

All dog owners will know that looking after a pooch has its ups and downs. When our woofers are game for fireside snuggles, we can’t get enough o...