How my dog Daphne taught me responsibility – and led to a baby, a book and a better life

How my dog Daphne taught me responsibility – and led to a baby, a book and a better life

I wanted, in no particular order apart from the first one: a dog; to go hillwalking more; travel less; have a baby; write a book; sort out my chronic back pain from years of typing thousands of words a week; learn the names of trees, flowers and birds; and so on.

The baby is here! April the Giraffe just gave birth for the 5th time

The baby is here! April the Giraffe just gave birth for the 5th time

The 17-year-old mom delivered a healthy calf right around noon on Saturday at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. Viewers tuned in to see the fifth-time mom give birth and bond with her new baby.

My cat loves to be petted, but the comfort is mine, too | Hannah Jane Parkinson

My cat loves to be petted, but the comfort is mine, too | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Miles arrived in my flat and bolted under the desk and didn’t come out for days. He likes petting, which has no practical purpose except his own comfort and pleasure. Cats are said to gravitate towards dying patients in care homes, to comfort them in their final hours.

Why you want to squeeze this puppy’s face

Why you want to squeeze this puppy’s face

The survey looked at how cute participants found the photographs, and the level of cute aggression they experienced in response. (Picture: Getty)Stavropoulos said: ‘There was an especially strong correlation between ratings of cute aggression experienced toward cute animals and the reward response in the brain toward cute animals.

See Jimmy Fallon's hilarious reaction to meeting Robert Irwin's animals

See Jimmy Fallon's hilarious reaction to meeting Robert Irwin's animals

Jimmy Fallon with an aardvark and and animal expert Robert Irwin. When comedian Kevin Hart co-hosted "The Tonight Show" with Fallon, Irwin was a guest and brought some exotic animals to the set that caused Hart to run off the stage.

Kaley Cuoco helped rescue a baby sea lion on Thanksgiving: 'My heart is full'

Kaley Cuoco helped rescue a baby sea lion on Thanksgiving: 'My heart is full'

The “Big Bang Theory” star posted Friday a heartwarming Instagram video from Thanksgiving day of a group of marine and wildlife volunteers responding to her call when she and husband Karl Cook found the struggling baby animal.

Hunt for cruel person who left dog chained to lamppost in freezing temperatures

Hunt for cruel person who left dog chained to lamppost in freezing temperatures

Someone very cruel left this frightened dog chained to a lamppost in freezing temperatures. Someone very cruel left this frightened dog chained to a lamppost in freezing temperatures (Picture: BPM Media)‘I then took him to Newbrook Animal Hospital for a checkup.

Baby boy fighting for life after being attacked by dog

Baby boy fighting for life after being attacked by dog

The baby, who is yet to be identified, was attacked at 1.47am on Sunday at a house in Yaxley, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Picture: SWNS)A 28-year-old-man and a 31-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been seized following the incident.

Festive care tips

Festive care tips

It’s festive time again… lots of fun, loads of delicacies, beautiful decorations, and it’s time to let your hair down. Once the baby is home, let a relative or friend take care of the child, while you spend a little time with your pooch.

7 Wickedly Cute Large Dog Costumes

7 Wickedly Cute Large Dog Costumes

The one-piece costume fits dogs with a chest size of up to 31 inches and features adjustable Velcro straps for comfort. The two-piece costume fits dogs with a chest size of up to 31 inches and includes a striped shirt and little hat.

Kathie Lee and Hoda meet a baby tiger named Olive!

Kathie Lee and Hoda meet a baby tiger named Olive!

Kathie Lee and Hoda meet a baby tiger named Olive! Dave Salmoni, Animal Planet’s big cat expert, joins the fourth hour with a baby tiger named Olive, as well as a puppy who has been helping teach Olive about playing.

Cocker spaniel Huey’s love of bubbles keeps him fit

Cocker spaniel Huey’s love of bubbles keeps him fit

Vet Dr Claire Stevens with Huey, a one-year-old cocker spaniel who just loves bubbles. Huey, a one-year-old cocker spaniel, is highly addicted to chasing bubbles and loves to run around on the beach near his home on the Gold Coast.Vet Dr Claire Stevens said she had never seen anything like Huey’s attraction to the transparent soapy spheres before.“All dogs love to chase.

Dog owners shouldn’t treat pets like humans

Photo: Claudia BaxterSource:News Corp Australia OPINION IF YOU order food for your dog at a cafe, let him sit at your table and talk about him more lovingly than your own children, it’s time to question whether you’ve forgotten that your pooch is not a person.