UK Pets

The Death of Embarrassment Over Pet Bereavement

Marie Carter | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Marie Carter

There is little doubt that losing a beloved pet can leave a massive hole in a family's life. Unlike the death of a human family member, which understandably attracts a huge outflow of sympathy, love and care in both actions and words, the death of a pet can be bewildering for other reasons.

Deliberate Animal Cruelty Such As Microwaving Pets Has Risen, Says RSPCA

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Animal cruelty is on the rise, the RSPCA has warned, with pets being increasingly subjected to horrific acts of violence. Figures from the animal w...

Surprising (And Equally Cute) Facts About How Animals Sleep At Night

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered how dolphins and whales sleep? Or maybe you're intrigued to know whether migrating birds ever find time to stop for a recharge? The ...

What's So Wrong With 'Pet Parenting'?

Marie Carter | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Parents
Marie Carter

What's so wrong anyway with treating a dog or even a cat like a 'fur kid'? Or perhaps I am already on a losing argument when I use the term 'fur kid', as it is so often derided? Pets have 'personhood'; they can act and create a relationship.

This Is Why Puppy Eyes Make You Go Weak At The Knees

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're convinced your dog has a powerful hold over you, then this will certainly explain why. Staring into a dog's eyes can increase oxytocin l...

Dogs Can Sniff Out Prostate Cancer With Over 97% Accuracy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Dogs really are man's best friend - especially when it comes to sniffing out potentially lethal cancers, a new study has found. Research suggests t...

Failure To Clean Up Your Dog's Poo Will Now Cost You £100

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There are few things worse than realising you've trodden in dog poo, especially if it's before an important meeting or a hot date. But dodging the ...

Is Poor Assessment of Our Pets' Body Shape Fuelling Pet Obesity?

Elaine Pendlebury | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Pendlebury

Obesity is the number one concern among vets when it comes to man's best friend but worryingly, nearly half of people surveyed are not aware that it's a major issue. Yet obesity is linked to serious problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and a shorter life expectancy.

In a Stew Over Easter Bunnies

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Just as we try to discourage people from buying puppies as Christmas gifts, animal welfare campaigners busily spread the word that the only kind of rabbit to give at Easter should be a toy bunny, or one that's made of chocolate.

Ten Things No-One Told You When You Decided to Get a Dog

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Ashby

It's not like having an extra child. Children learn to wipe their bums and muddy feet, and they learn to feel embarrassed. Dogs never learn that dragging their bum across the patio to clean it (usually when you have visitors) is not nice to see. And your dog will never feel embarrassed.

Pet Cat Gets Revenge On Hungry Snake From Beyond The Grave

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK

An 11-foot snake has died due to complications from digesting an Australian man's cat. Francis Bakvis, of Clifton Beach, Queensland, was shocked wh...

Dogs Trying And Generally Failing At Life

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Comedy

These dogs are trying so, so hard... but just not quite getting there. But they can't be faulted for a lack of determination. (function(d, s, id) ...

Women and Big Dogs: An Easy Target for Everyday Sexism

Joy Jewell | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Jewell

Bruce wasn't difficult down to the fact that he's a big dog with a puppy personality, no, I was failing him because having a vagina means I am ill equipped to train anything taller than my ankles.

Man's Best Friend?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

While it may seem clear that pets are sometimes a profoundly positive influence on the lives of their owners, people vary enormously in terms of the quality of their relationships, human and animal alike, and the benefits derived from them.

Open Letter to Pet Industry Federation (PIF), 25 March 2015

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

You claim this Quality Assurance measure will ensure the "highest standards" are reached by pet shops but you do not appear to recognise that these ought to apply to the entire supply chain rather than just the sale premises - which rarely provide for the young puppy's emotional and developmental needs.

Nutrition for Dogs With Cancer

Kristina Johansen | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

No other disease strikes as much fear deep within our hearts as cancer. We panic and start searching the Internet for something that can save our dog. There is a lot of information out there, some websites even offering miracle supplements and cures for cancer. Please remember that promises that seem too good to be true very often are.

The Cutest Thing You'll See Today: Farmer Tweets Birth Of Sheepdog Puppies

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Brace yourself for a cuteness overload... a farmer has live tweeted the birth of ten sheepdog puppies and the photos are too adorable for words. W...

R.I.P. Our Beloved Irish Wolfhound

Anna Roth | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

Today I wanna write about Zozo, our Irish wolfhound. She died last year at the age of 11, and since days constantly she comes to my mind. Now she is laying under the earth on a hill, side by side with Mikroula, her best dog friend.

Ten Reasons Why Pets Are Powerful

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

It's incredible how those animals formed an integral part of my childhood theatre, and that they were not only very much a part of the action, but they were also key protagonists.

This Ugly Truth Behind the UK's Biggest Beauty Pageant for Dogs

Violet Owens | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Violet Owens

If the Kennel Club changed the breed standards to put the welfare of the dogs first and only awarded prizes to those breeding healthy dogs, the lives of thousands if not millions of dogs could be improved.

The Truth About Jagger's Death After Crufts

Caroline Kisko | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Caroline Kisko

Crufts organiser, the Kennel Club, has seen the toxicology report and can confirm that Jagger died after ingesting fast-acting poison (carbofuran and aldicarb - both banned in the EU so not easy to get hold of) some 28 hours or more after attending Crufts. The timescales involved in this sad story strongly indicate that the poison was almost certainly eaten in Belgium and helps to put the rumours of other poisoning incidents happening at Crufts to bed.

London's Pets and their People

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Trisha de Borchgrave

London living with a dog has one exceptional joy and that is access to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, particularly during the months of meteorological misery when one can pretty much have this oasis to oneself.

Frankie The Dog Can 'Sniff Out' Thyroid Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A former bomb-sniffing dog named Frankie is using his astute sense of smell to 'sniff out' thyroid cancer. The German Shepard has been trained usi...

Meet Sam, The Cat With Incredible (Freaky) Eyebrows

Barcroft Media | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought the path to riches and fame was via hard work or a lottery ticket, think again. It's by owning a pet with an oddball facial feature. ...

The 'Betty Moment'

Trevor Silvester | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Silvester

If I look back for other occasions in my life when I've felt so helpless, so utterly incapable of influencing a situation, where I've surrendered to an imminent horror, none spring to mind. I'm sure if I persevered I could dredge a few up, but why burn happiness doing that?