‘We sponsored an opera seat for our cat’: readers on commemorating their beloved pets

‘We sponsored an opera seat for our cat’: readers on commemorating their beloved pets

Lindsey Manton’s tattoo of her yorkshire terrier, Kimi.Photograph: Lindsey Manton/Guardian Community.Photograph: Stephanie/Guardian Community.Photograph: Valeria/Guardian Community.Photograph: Jennifer/Guardian Community.Photograph: Andrew Lewis/Guardian Community.Photograph: Nicholas Cook/Guardian CommunityWhen our lurcher Nelson passed away during lockdown, it was crushing.

Smart dog fetches owner a tinny when she says it’s ‘gin o’ clock’

Smart dog fetches owner a tinny when she says it’s ‘gin o’ clock’

She turned to Bear, said ‘it’s now gin o’clock’, and off he trotted, heading off to the kitchen to bring back a can of Tanqueray gin and tonic.Janice has been training Bear since he was an adolescent, and finds his skills super after her double hip replacement.

Vets pull rubber duck from dog's stomach after he swallows whole toy

Vets pull rubber duck from dog's stomach after he swallows whole toy

After using an endoscopy – which involves passing a video camera down the animal’s oesophagus before entering his stomach – the team used a simple loop to pull the toy out of the one-year-old pooch.

Hermès is selling a dog bowl for £960

Hermès is selling a dog bowl for £960

A bowl fit for canine royalty (Picture: Hermès/Getty)We all love to pamper our pooches, but a new product from Hermès really takes the (dog) biscuit.The bowl – which is inspired by the brand’s Chaine d’Ancre design – is ideal for sharing as it includes two different compartments, attached by a central magnet.

'I might cry' Cat Deeley near tears as Adam Henson delivers Easter lambs

'I might cry' Cat Deeley near tears as Adam Henson delivers Easter lambs

CAT Deeley got emotional when Adam Henson delivered two twin lambs live on Lorraine.Cat Deeley is standing in for Lorraine Kelly this week and today’s show featured a chat with Springtime on the Farm star Adam Henson.

Tim Dowling: there’s a cold snap forecast. The tortoise is in peril

Tim Dowling: there’s a cold snap forecast. The tortoise is in peril

While I’m always pleasantly surprised when in rains for four straight hours instead of seven, this can make it difficult to balance the tortoise’s desire to be outside with spring’s eccentric schedule.“Harold,” says the cat.“Keep trying,” I say.When I look up an hour later, the grapes and the tortoise are gone.

The UK’s most popular dog and cat breeds during lockdown - Revealed

The UK’s most popular dog and cat breeds during lockdown - Revealed

The UK’s most popular dog and cat breeds during lockdown - Revealed.(Image: Getty)The researchers also revealed the most popular dog breeds and the names most commonly assigned for each:.The most popular names for British Shorthair cats was also Luna.

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman brings animal rescue to new audience

NASCAR driver Alex Bowman brings animal rescue to new audience

Alex Bowman, a stock car racing driver who competes full time in the NASCAR Cup Series, kicked off the season yesterday at Arizona’s Phoenix Raceway by driving a car with a paint scheme honoring the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society.

Meghan Trainor shares pic of her son and dog: 'Cutest thing I've ever seen'

Meghan Trainor shares pic of her son and dog: 'Cutest thing I've ever seen'

Trainor's brother, Ryan Trainor (aka Riley's "funcle"), snapped the photos.meghan_trainor / InstagramTrainor, 27, revealed the news of Riley’s birth on Valentine’s Day, sharing photos of her son from just after he was born.

Woman's Best Friend Project shows bond between dogs, women

Woman's Best Friend Project shows bond between dogs, women

Courtesy of Kristen Kidd PhotographyThe stories in Woman’s Best Friend Project are not just inspiring — they also help dogs.Courtesy of Kristen Kidd PhotographyThe Woman’s Best Friend Project has helped Kidd recognize the special bond she shares with her own rescue dogs, Hudson and Hermanito.

Queen’s Balmoral Estate slams dog walkers for littering land with poo bags

Queen’s Balmoral Estate slams dog walkers for littering land with poo bags

Up to twenty bags have had to be cleared from the estate (Picture: PA)Andy puts it down to the fact that there are fewer people outside during lockdown so the dog owners don’t feel like they are being watched.

What’s worse than discovering a mouse problem? Half a mouse problem

What’s worse than discovering a mouse problem? Half a mouse problem

In the afternoon, the oldest one throws away all the old seeds and hoovers the drawers, but the mouse returns at night.

Scientifically speaking, these are technically the cutest dog breeds

Scientifically speaking, these are technically the cutest dog breeds

(Picture: Getty Images)The research also used to ratio to try and find the world’s cutest pets overall, and found that cats were technically the closest to adhering to it.To determine these results, used the average percentage adherence to the golden ratio across the same 100 most popular breeds.

Daycare system in Kochi for pets gets a thumbs up from owners

Daycare system in Kochi for pets gets a thumbs up from owners

Six-month-old Retro jumps on to Kumkuma Sara Jacob and Arjun Guru as they walk into the home of musicians Neha Nair and Yakzan Gary Pereira.That’s when a group of youngsters including Arjun, Kumkuma and Liz came up with the idea of offering foster care for pets.

Homesick doggy daycare escapee Daisy treks seven miles to get home

Homesick doggy daycare escapee Daisy treks seven miles to get home

Charlotte said: ‘Never in a million years did I think she would be able to find her way home’ (Picture: BPM MEDIA)Phil and Charlotte don’t blame the day care for ‘headstrong’ Daisy’s daring escape.

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

Not only has my new treadmill seen me through lockdown, it’s also keeping me on an even keel, as I live in a crowded area and don’t really enjoy running outside any more.It’s quick, easy to use and makes having a morning coffee feel a little bit special during this strange time.

Springer spaniel given ‘animal OBE’ for helping thousands in virtual therapy

Springer spaniel given ‘animal OBE’ for helping thousands in virtual therapy

Max’s owner, Kerry Irving, said the springer spaniel was his ‘reason to live’ (Picture: PA)A virtual therapy dog is being honoured with the animal equivalent of an OBE after comforting more than 10,000 people around the world.

Clever golden retriever learns how to climb ladder so he can visit owner on roof

Clever golden retriever learns how to climb ladder so he can visit owner on roof

Later, he checked one of his home surveillance cameras and watched as Ace climbed the ladder, while Vince’s other dog Bo looked on.Vince also shared a jokingly doctored video of Ace appearing to climb back down the ladder himself.

Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets

Changes, challenges: The not-so-secret life of pandemic pets

With this month’s U.S. rollout of vaccinations offering hope for normalcy in 2021, long-term impacts aren’t known.“If we think how much time most of our pets prior to the pandemic typically would spend without people around to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it’s quite a lot,” says Candace Croney, a Purdue University professor who teaches about animal behavior.

Was this a tale of true love, or of a conman finding another mark?

Was this a tale of true love, or of a conman finding another mark?

It’s weird how people are conditioned to suffer for true love/grand passion.The consultation is partly in response to the lockdown pet boom, during which people have been acquiring predominantly cats and dogs, which is fantastic, particularly where animals require rehoming.

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