UK Pets

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...

Fireworks Night - Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Pets and Wildlife Safe

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Remember the good old days when Fireworks Night lasted for just two or three nights? Nowadays it seems to last from mid-October until way past New Year's Eve, with fireworks of all shapes and sizes, colours and noises, readily available on most street corners.

Dog Adoption Month Stats Show We've Run Out of Excuses for Neglecting Our Pets

Sean O'Meara | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sean O'Meara

While only the most unsympathetic among us would blame someone for handing their dog over to the welfare system if they'd been evicted or become ill, there is still a massive lack of accountability among those on whom these dogs rely.

Will Legislation Ever Prevent Dog Attacks?

Clare Williams | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Clare Williams

Dogs are not born dangerous. Yes some breeds are obviously going to inflict more damage than others in the wrong hands because of their size, power and 'gameness', but the environment they grow up in and the training they receive (or lack of it) also play a major part in their development.

Cat Lovers

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I started panicking, putting posters up, contacting every cat loving organisation and tweeting frantically, and if I'm honest it's been a shoddy few weeks since that night. We miss her incredibly and can't get over how much.

Dogs Vs. Robots: The Endless Battle Continues

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech

Dogs are capable of bring best pals with almost anything. But they are not best pals with robots. This picture from Reddit and Imgur perfectly i...

Pet Therapy, and Why Dogs Are Tops

Louise Gillett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

am not usually the sort of person who prefers canine company to that of her husband and children. But just now I felt instinctively that I needed Coco. She would have climbed onto the bed, peacefully settled down near me. My warm, cuddly teddy bear would have comforted me silently and in turn she would have been soothed by my presence.

Animal House: Helping People Help Animals

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

The world of animal rescue is full of brave, heroic and hard-working individuals. Every rescued animal has experienced tragedy. Every rescue is powered by compassion. Every charity is hoping for broader financial support. Sadly the stories of everyone cannot be shared, but more public exposure will certainly help.

How To Work At Home With Cats (And Not Get Anything Done)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cats rock (yes we're biased). However they're also incredibly good at getting in the way. Whether they're trying to chase the mouse cursor across ...

Is Your Vet Rabbit Savvy?

Jo Hinde | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Jo Hinde

You may be shocked to find out that not all vets are well trained in rabbits (many can have as little as a two week slot for exotics as a whole including reptiles, birds and small furries). This means that the majority of vets out there have very little knowledge of rabbits needs, behaviours, ailments and how to treat them correctly.

Pit Bulls, Witchhunts, Genocide and Dogifestos

Beverley Cuddy | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Beverley Cuddy

Pit Bulls are the most vilified and legislated-against type of dog in UK history and had the Dangerous Dogs Act done the job that Kenneth Baker and the Tory government had intended it to do, the 1991 generation would have been the last. The Act ordered all Pit Bull types to be neutered or killed.

Notes From a Housesit: Brixton

Roberta Verdant | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I arrived in London on the Friday afternoon and caught up with one of Otto's dads. He filled me in on Otto's new routine, changes in Otto (Otto's got a bad eye, thanks to the mass of rumpled skin there. He's awaiting surgery). Otto's developed a new muscular physique. I can only presume he's been working out to impress the girl-dogs. He continues to look like a child's cartoon of a dog...

This Is Why You Shouldn't Have More Than One Cat

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If, like us, you aspire to become one of those cat ladies (or cat men?) living in a house with dozens of moggies, drinking tea and just generally enjo...

Dogs: Raw v Cooked Food

Kristina Johansen | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

Many people do swear by feeding their dogs raw food and as a canine dietician, I sometimes feel that owners aren't aware of all the facts. The blind faith given to raw food diets could land your dog in trouble.