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.

HEARTBREAKING: The 'adorable' dog so unlucky in love he has been rejected 3,000 times

HEARTBREAKING: The 'adorable' dog so unlucky in love he has been rejected 3,000 times

We absolutely adore him and just want to see him settle into a long term home.” Blue the lurcher is described as calm and friendly and yet nobody has offered him a home (Image: RSPCA) Playful Blue has been overlooked by more than 3,000 potential owners (Image: RSPCA) As the RSPCA was making a case for Blue to be rehomed, it detailed the average times different breeds spend waiting at its rescue centres before being adopted.

You can go speed dating with Battersea’s loneliest residents for Valentine’s Day

You can go speed dating with Battersea’s loneliest residents for Valentine’s Day

(Picture: Heal’s) It’s almost Valentine’s Day and this speed dating event means you can get the perfect match.

3 Impulse-Control Activities to Calm Down a Dog

3 Impulse-Control Activities to Calm Down a Dog

Once the dog bowl is on the ground, say “take it” and let your dog enjoy his food. Once your dog has released the toy, hold it at your chest level and ask the dog to sit.

Fury after emaciated dog found tied to fence - 'It must have been TERRIFYING for him'

Fury after emaciated dog found tied to fence - 'It must have been TERRIFYING for him'

There are plenty of animal charities in the UK ready to offer help.” It is not known how long Mario was tied to fence (Image: RSPCA) Lead and chain used to tie Mario to fence show signs of wear (Image: RSPCA) Appealing for help to trace those who abandoned Mario, the RSPCA investigator urged angry members of the public not to call its emergency line unless they had information.

Roaming eye of the tiger! Mighty big cat on mission to woo tigress at London Zoo

Roaming eye of the tiger! Mighty big cat on mission to woo tigress at London Zoo

Sumatran tigers number as few as 400 in the wild (Image: ZSL London Zoo) Stocktaking figures warn that recent assessments in Myanmar show no breeding animals, although less than 10 per cent of potential tiger territory has been surveyed.

Puppy found dumped in woods in a Sports Direct bag now has her forever home

Puppy found dumped in woods in a Sports Direct bag now has her forever home

(Picture North News / NNP) ‘I was lost for words that someone could, just days after Christmas, dump a tiny, vulnerable puppy in the freezing weather. Antony said: ‘I dread to think what Christmas was like for Eleven last year just days before she was discovered dumped in the woods.

Pippin, the face of WeRateDogs, has died

Pippin, the face of WeRateDogs, has died

The WeRateDogs account shared the news with photos of Pippin as a puppy and on his birthday, writing: ‘This is Pippin, but you know him better as my profile picture. This week Pippin’s owners let Matt know that their dog had passed away.

Uses of Prescription Steroids for Dogs

Uses of Prescription Steroids for Dogs

If your dog suffers from an inflammatory condition, such as skin hot spots from flea allergies or a swollen ear from an aural hematoma, then your veterinarian can prescribe a low-dosage steroid to provide anti-inflammatory effects.

Dog makes incredible save during football match in Argentina

Dog makes incredible save during football match in Argentina

Belgrano looked on course to go four goals down when their goalkeeper kicked the ball against a Juventud player, who then took a shot towards the empty net. But in the nick of time, a dog came out of nowhere to race across the line and nod the ball away from goal.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats: Symptoms and Treatment

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats: Symptoms and Treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, often is misused in veterinary circles as a catchall term for chronic gastrointestinal diseases—not unlike when we humans say we have a cold, but we don’t know what virus is causing it.

How to Train Your Dog to Settle Down on a Mat or Dog Bed

How to Train Your Dog to Settle Down on a Mat or Dog Bed

(You can use a release cue if your dog knows one.) While he’s busy eating the treats, pick up the mat. 8. Once your dog is lying down on the mat right away every time, you can start feeding the treats at set intervals.

'Discard like RUBBISH' Flea-riddled dog left to die in freezing car park

'Discard like RUBBISH' Flea-riddled dog left to die in freezing car park

Tragic dog died as it was being rushed to vet (Image: RSPCA)The dying pet was wrapped in a duvet and then stuffed into a bag before being dumped on a grass verge.

Four-legged therapists

Four-legged therapists

Question: Last year, I saw a lot of my friends buy a proper bed for their dogs to brave the winter chill. If your dog doesn’t like to sleep on the mattress, make him wear a half-sleeve sweater or coat.

Grumpy Cat and Other Feline Celebrities Meet in Los Angeles

Grumpy Cat and Other Feline Celebrities Meet in Los Angeles

As reported by Claudia Puig, of USA Today, Los Angeles hosted the Internet Cat Video Film Festival this past weekend and showcased 85 cute kitty “meow-vies.” The footage ranged from only a few seconds-long to short films.

Six puppies dead after dogsnappers held knife to pregnant mum's stomach

Six puppies dead after dogsnappers held knife to pregnant mum's stomach

Only two of the stolen French bulldog have been reunited with their mother after thieves attacked Leeanne Corbett, 26, at her home in Stretford, on Tuesday night, Greater Manchester Police said.

The colour of your dog could determine how long it’ll live

The colour of your dog could determine how long it’ll live

A study by the University of Sydney has found that Labradors of certain colours have shorter life expectancies, and also suffer from more health problems. Breeders targeting this colour may therefore be more likely to breed only Labradors carrying the chocolate coat gene.

Firefighting Goats Protect Property in San Francisco

Firefighting Goats Protect Property in San Francisco

Tucked away in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco you’ll find City Grazing--a goat landscaping business. City Grazing is a small business which allows them to know and name each goat.

Bindi and Robert Irwin: our family pug is ‘one of the sweetest animals’ we know

Bindi and Robert Irwin: our family pug is ‘one of the sweetest animals’ we know

Bindi and Robert Irwin: our family pug is ‘one of the sweetest animals’ we know copied! In the third episode of “My Pet Tale,” Robert and Bindi Irwin detail their immense love for their family pug, Stella.

Cat Cruelty: Hunt for sadist who hanged cat from motorway bridge

Cat Cruelty: Hunt for sadist who hanged cat from motorway bridge

Whoever did this must be covered in scratches.”Claw marks could help provide a clue to the identity of the culprit who hanged Hugo from the bridge with a piece of blue twine.RSPCA inspector Thomas Hutton is appealing for witnesses after being called out to the incident.Police, along with the Highways Agency and local fire and rescue service, were at the grisly scene to recover Hugo’s body.

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