UK Pets

Poundstretcher "Rabbit Prison": Product Withdrawn

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

The campaign itself could be seen as proof that informed individuals working together for the same cause really can make a difference to the lives of animals. It also provides an interesting insight into animal welfare micro-campaigning and the power of social media.

Life as a Vet Student

Elly Berry | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elly Berry

Studying to become a vet has been a varied and exciting - if challenging - experience... There are going to be tricky times during your time on the course, not to mention when you're out there working, so try to make absolutely sure this is for you.

Notes From A Housesit: Florence

Roberta Verdant | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I'm currently kitty-sitting in Florence (or "Firenze," if you prefer.) I'm caring for a cat-trio: Ben, Katie and Nellie, in their art-filled apartment...

Pound Stretcher's Rabbit Prison Exposed

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, with an estimated 1.6 million kept in and outside of our homes. They are also the most neglected and mistreated animal companion in the nation. Out-dated preconceptions that rabbits are hutch loving, carrot crunching, cheap, small-child friendly pets is largely to blame.

Raw Fed Dogs

Clive Norman | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

I remember the first time my mum gave our Border collie some ground up, well, something. It was in the late sixties and I believe, roughly when dogs (and I guess cats) were first given 'kibble', as we know it today. I think the main reason was convenience, no more smelly empty cans of dog food, far less heavy when going shopping etc, etc.

Dangerous Dogs, Reckless Owners and Irresponsible Programme Makers

Clare Williams | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Clare Williams

Why is it that the moral compass of programme makers goes haywire when filming programmes about dogs? Why are they allowed to film and show scenes of animal abuse when they would never dream of filming scenes of child abuse in the same way. Dogs are covered by legislation too.

My Story, or How I Settled on Dogs

Anna Roth | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

I've combined my love for dogs with my knowledge of dog training. It's so much fun when my four-legged friends do what I want and not vice versa. At the same time, my dogs should be happy, because if my dogs aren't happy, neither am I.

Summer Pet Dangers - Tips on Keeping Your Pet Safe

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

Most of us humans know only too well the many health risks associated with hot weather, often taking sensible precautions to avoid painful sunburn, annoying allergies, and dreaded heatstroke. But are we looking after our pets enough to allow them to enjoy their summers too?

Dog Actually Faints With 'Overwhelming Joy' At Seeing Owner

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

This dog seriously cannot handle all the feelings right now. Casey the Schnauzer was so overwhelmed with joy at seeing a family member, after two y...

My Top 10 Dog Lit Books: The Best Holiday Reading For Dog Lovers

Monica Cafferky | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Cafferky

First there was Chick Lit, then came Dog Lit. And I confess, Dog Lit has become my guilty pleasure. I read it all from memoirs about naughty Labradors to novels about Eskimos and their sled dogs.

Who Brings the Zoo to You?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.

Can I Think Like a Dog? I Try to Find Out What's Behind My Spaniel's Odd Behaviour

Monica Cafferky | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monica Cafferky

Problem dogs, we've all met them. As a child a neighbour's Collie regularly chased me the length of the street, at the time it felt like I was running for my life. But now I know that the dog wasn't trying to eat me, it was herding me. It was following its natural instinct and doing the job it was bred to do.

How to Deal With Pet Hair

Hilary Wardle | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

Don't you just hate it when you come home from work and find a circle of dark dog or cat hair on your white duvet cover or sofa? Does it drive you crazy? Do you spend all of your spare cash on lint rollers?Do you get tired of finding drifts of it under beds, on clothing and along skirting boards?

The Mysterious Case of the Dog in the Park...

Judith Hackitt CBE | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Hackitt CBE

You may have read pop singer Will Young's Huffington Post blog recently in which he rightly railed against park wardens who refused to help him find his dog Esme due to 'health and safety rules'. Three times the worried singer asked wardens for a lift in their vehicles to help search for his errant pooch and three times he was refused on 'health and safety' grounds.

One Woman Is Eating Pet Food For A Month - Here's Why...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There are some strange diets out there, from the ice diet to the cabbage soup diet - but have you ever met a person on the pet food diet? One woman...

Poorna Bell

How Borrowing A Dog Can Help Beat The Stress Of A Long Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Borrow My Doggy offers a brilliant service where you can co-opt another person's dog for a few hours. It's genius - like being an aunt or an uncle but...

Notes From a Housesit: Brighton

Roberta Verdant | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

This (long) weekend's housesit is for a Brightonian couple who have headed off to Glastonbury festival. Their home has a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere. A friend of the homeowners, Alicia, welcomed me there on my first day.

The Dangerous Dog Owner Problem

Rachel Cunningham | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Cunningham

We need penalties for those owners who allow their dogs to attack and kill other dogs, cats, and other animals. We need better controls on dog breeding, advertising and sales. Only when we insist on better behaviour from the person on the other end of the lead will we be able to address the dangerous owner problem.

Is the Dog Ban in Public Venues Helpful?

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Glazebrook

It seems to be one of the perils of running a business in a city, if we were in the country I'm pretty certain I could make use of a church hall, a rugby club or a horse riding centre. My issue is that if we want our dogs to be properly socialised in the right way, for owners and dogs to be taught, to receive advice and learn then I need to be able to provide a safe and productive space to do this.

Boy Used Pocket Money To Feed Stray Dogs, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Instead of doing what most kids do and spend pocket money on treats for themselves, 9-year-old Ken Amante used his to do something amazing - feeding a...

Who's Smarter Cat People Or Dog People?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There are two types of people in this world - those who favour dogs and those who favour cats. Of course there the odd stragglers who are unable t...

Notes From a Housesit: Introducing Otto

Roberta Verdant | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Otto's a quintessential Shar Pei (a rare Chinese breed of dogs, highly intelligent and intuitive. They were traditionally used as guard dogs.) His enormous face is not un-hippo-like. It seems altogether too large for his body. Otto rarely barks.

Why Do Cats Eat More In Winter?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cats, like humans, tend to eat more during winter. This may sound like a No Sh*t Sherlock revelation - but it means pet owners should feeding them mor...

There Is Now A 'Tinder' App For Adopting Dogs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forget flicking through endless online dating profiles, now there's a better way to pass the time on the bog - browsing through pictures of dogs in ne...

25 Cats Who Are Winning At Life

Huffington Post UK | Philippa Warr | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Comedy

If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, you'd be forgiven for assuming that a cat's daily routine consists of freaking out, wearing costumes and f...