Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Emma explains that pets have a huge benefit for our mental health and wellbeing – and often provide a place for people who are looking for somewhere extra to put their love, but can’t have, or don’t want children.

‘They’re always side by side’: Beagle and toddler are inseparable best buds

‘They’re always side by side’: Beagle and toddler are inseparable best buds

Mum Emma Adams, 28, has shared pictures and videos of the pair cuddling and playing together, and credits dog Jax, four, with helping Marley, three, hit certain milestones.Emma said: ‘They love to nap together, they have done for Marley’s whole life.

Bones or no bones? The internet's mood is now determined by Noodle the pug

Bones or no bones? The internet's mood is now determined by Noodle the pug

Emmaline Childs, 37, said she first saw Graziano's videos of Noodle a few weeks ago, and fell in love with the sweetness of the "no bones" game.

Huge dog and tiny baby pony are best friends who love giving each other kisses

Huge dog and tiny baby pony are best friends who love giving each other kisses

Emma said: ‘We can’t wait to continue to see how their bond strengthens and grows’ (Picture: Caters)‘It is completely extraordinary,’ said Emma.

Untrained pandemic pups present dilemma for Americans

Untrained pandemic pups present dilemma for Americans

Marissa Sunny, CPDT-KA, a certified professional dog trainer and dog behavior specialist for the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, said as things open back up, it’s important to prioritize training and socialization to help prevent an influx of untrained adult dogs in shelters.

'A brilliant way to get humans to behave': the shelter where volunteers read to farm animals

'A brilliant way to get humans to behave': the shelter where volunteers read to farm animals

“We started the reading program a few years ago with two goats, Marieke and Michaela,” says Ahern.Veterinarian and behavioural expert Dr Emma Hughes says the Edgar’s Mission reading program might be unique in Australia, at least for livestock and farmed animals.

Dog owner's warning after pet impaled on stick during game of fetch

Dog owner's warning after pet impaled on stick during game of fetch

Jemma, 22, from Willenhall, West Mids, admits she thought Marley, was dead when she ran over to find the branch she had just thrown lodged deep in his throat.

Woman's mini felt model of her dog looks 'like it's had a stroke'

Woman's mini felt model of her dog looks 'like it's had a stroke'

Oh dear (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)Emma Allen was left in fits of giggles after ordering a mini felt replica of her Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Missy – and ended up getting one that looked ‘like it’s had a stroke’.

Dog overjoyed family is staying home wags tail so hard he sprains it

Dog overjoyed family is staying home wags tail so hard he sprains it

Rolo was very excited to see his family working from home (Picture: Emma Smith)We might be struggling with being cooped up due to coronavirus-related self-isolation and social distancing, but some are benefiting from the lockdown.

Kennel worker gets dogs to pose for nativity scene Christmas card

Kennel worker gets dogs to pose for nativity scene Christmas card

Emma previously made a Love Actually inspired card with her dogs (Picture: WHINNEY HILL KENNELS / MERCURY PRESS)Emma Ashenhurst, 30, spent three days getting six dogs to pose for a gorgeous nativity scene to spread Christmas cheer.Emma has been creating Christmas cards with her dogs for the last seven years (Picture: WHINNEY HILL KENNELS / MERCURY PRESS).

Beagle Luigi is crowned pet slimming champion after giving up roast dinners

Beagle Luigi is crowned pet slimming champion after giving up roast dinners

Missi put on weight thanks to a passion for ice cream (Picture: PA)Owner Gemma Pittaway, from Walsall, said at the start of Missi’s challenge: ‘She gets very excited when she hears the ice cream van coming – it’s her favourite.

Bonfire night 2019: How to keep your dog safe during fireworks

Bonfire night 2019: How to keep your dog safe during fireworks

Bonfire Night 2019: Turn up the TV or music to help drown out the bangs (Image: GETTY)Gemma Cunningham, Campaign and Communications Manager at pet supplement manufacturers Lintbells, said: “Many dog owners are calling for a change around firework laws, with over 60 percent calling for an outright ban on unlicensed fireworks, according to the study we conducted, with 96 percent believing that the laws around fireworks should be changed.

Sad dog photographed riding bus alone in England

Sad dog photographed riding bus alone in England

Gemma Louise Burton said she boarded the bus on her way to college last week and immediately noticed there was a dog riding by herself.

Adorable kitten fighting for life after eating flower pollen – 'Small amount can be fatal'

Adorable kitten fighting for life after eating flower pollen – 'Small amount can be fatal'

Suspecting Luna had swallowed lily pollen, the quick-thinking owner knew her pet needed expensive emergency treatment. Veterinary care assistant at PDSA Jemma Hughes explains: “Lilies have become quite popular in Easter bouquets, but all parts of the plant, including the flower and leaves are toxic to cats.

Missing puppy found hanged by a noose outside owner’s home days after being stolen

Missing puppy found hanged by a noose outside owner’s home days after being stolen

12-week-old Wilma was stolen during the burglary (Picture: Triangle News)Cruel robbers had hung Wilma in a wire noose and left her little body tied to the family’s garden gate, following Gemma’s Facebook appeal, which received hundreds of shares.

How could someone dump this tiny, vulnerable, just weeks old puppy in a FREEZING field?

How could someone dump this tiny, vulnerable, just weeks old puppy in a FREEZING field?

Adorable Hockney weighed less than a bag of sugar when he was found in a field (Image: Dogs Trust) Hockney needed urgent veterinary care when he was found (Image: Dogs Trust) Emma Cooper, assistant manager at Dogs Trust Leeds who is helping to care for Hockney, said: “Puppies of this age shouldn’t be away from their mother, let alone left to fend for themselves in a field.

Girl with Down’s Syndrome, 8, forms beautiful friendship with Golden Retriever

Girl with Down’s Syndrome, 8, forms beautiful friendship with Golden Retriever

Milli Gunn, eight, liked Emma from their first meeting (Picture: PA) The schoolgirl also has a serious heart condition and has already had open heart surgery twice, with the first operation taking place when she was just four months old.

What to buy the dog (or the dog lover) in your life this Christmas

What to buy the dog (or the dog lover) in your life this Christmas

(Picture: Prezzybox)Personalised dog tag, £9.99, Getting Personal (Picture: Getting Personal)Pet snack launcher, £5.99, Prezzybox (Picture: Prezzybox)Spot & Mog – Prosecco Bottle Dog Plush Toy, £6.00, Debenhams (Picture: Super Socks)Personalised Blue Star Small Pet Bowl, from £20.95, Emma Bridgewater

Dog with rare medical condition has his very own high chair to help him eat

Dog with rare medical condition has his very own high chair to help him eat

Buck was taken in by the charity Team Edward Labrador Rescue before his story was spotted by University of Nottingham vet and teaching associate, Emma Drinkall. (Picture: Emma Drinkall / SWNS.com)Buck weighed only 17kg (37.4lbs) when he was taken in by the charity Team Edward.

See police officers encounter a massive whale while out on patrol

See police officers encounter a massive whale while out on patrol

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