Boris Johnson authorised evacuation of dogs from Afghanistan, email shows

Boris Johnson authorised evacuation of dogs from Afghanistan, email shows

Pen Farthing’s rescue mission gained a lot of public support, but was also accused of taking up valuable resources (Picture: REX/PA)Boris Johnson personally authorised the evacuation of 173 dogs and cats from Afghanistan during the Taliban ’s takeover, a government email reveals.

A party vote – and the eyes have it

A party vote – and the eyes have it

Richard Griffiths Syderstone, Norfolk.Each time a travel insurer asks me if I have a pre-existing illness (Letters, 7 December ), I feel like telling them that pre-existing means “before it existed”.John Huntley Letheringsett, Norfolk.

The inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think about hugs, happiness and humans

The inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think about hugs, happiness and humans

“They have been stigmatised as evil because they are thought to be amoral,” says the philosopher and writer John Gray, author of Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life .“Cats are a window outside the human world,” says Gray, “They are themselves, and they stay themselves.

Blocking Boris: how to avoid the PM

Blocking Boris: how to avoid the PM

In the 1980s, Private Eye published a “Thatchcard” stating: “In the event of an accident, the holder of this card wishes it to be known that he/she does not wish to be visited by Mrs Thatcher in any circumstances whatsoever.” Perhaps a similar card could be created for Boris Johnson in light of his photo opportunities at hospitals (Letters, 10 November )?.

A dog’s breakfast: John Stanmeyer’s best phone picture

A dog’s breakfast: John Stanmeyer’s best phone picture

Because he takes photographs all the time, with his phone as much as any other camera (the former being, to his mind, simply “a camera that makes calls”), and because great danes were bred to childlike levels of dependency, he shoots Frida constantly.

Sir David Amess’s French Bulldog crowned Westminster Dog of the Year

Sir David Amess’s French Bulldog crowned Westminster Dog of the Year

The competition is open to all canines belonging to MPs and Lords (Picture: PA) The French Bulldog scored ‘tens of thousands’ of votes (Picture: PA) His pet ‘always lifted his spirits and made him smile’ (Picture: Sir David Amess)Boris Johnson had encouraged the public to vote for Sir David’s dog earlier in October.

Digested week: #binspace is the kind of Britain I want to live in

Digested week: #binspace is the kind of Britain I want to live in

Thanks to the continued commitment of 2021 seemingly to give me simultaneous infarctions in every organ, the week opened with the news that Ian “Beefy” Botham is to become the new trade envoy for Australia and John Cleese is to host a new series looking at “wokeness” and “cancel culture”.Now look.

'Meant to be': Man finds loving home for senior rescue dog 3 days before dying

'Meant to be': Man finds loving home for senior rescue dog 3 days before dying

In the spring of 2019, Pawpaw needed a new home because his owner was dying.John Weston adopted Pawpaw from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.

Brexit deal is a rubbish gift for a gullible public

Brexit deal is a rubbish gift for a gullible public

• I have been teaching French and Spanish for 37 years and see first-hand the benefits of the Erasmus scheme (UK students lose Erasmus membership in Brexit deal , 24 December).• So the Brexit deal is Boris Johnson’s Christmas gift to the nation.

Downing Street dog Dilyn centre stage as he stars on PM’s Christmas card

Downing Street dog Dilyn centre stage as he stars on PM’s Christmas card

Jack Russell Dilyn was adopted by Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds in September 2019 (Picture: Reuters/Downing Street)Boris Johnson ’s dog Dilyn is the star of the Prime Minister’s 2020 Christmas card.

Boris’s dog Dilyn believed to have caught Covid during No 10 outbreak

Boris’s dog Dilyn believed to have caught Covid during No 10 outbreak

The Jack Russell terrier was reportedly wheezy and too tired to go for walks (Picture: LNP / Getty Images)Boris Johnson ’s dog Dilyn is thought to have caught coronavirus at the time the Prime Minister was taken into intensive care.

Schoolgirl used her own body to protect her dog from Staffie attack

Schoolgirl used her own body to protect her dog from Staffie attack

Elisha Aitken, 14, was left with a fractured wrist and other injuries as she put herself in the way of her pet dog Basil.Johnson, a brewery agent from Tottington, admitted being in charge of dog dangerously out of control and causing injury at Manchester magistrates court, and was ordered to pay Elisha £300 compensation.

John Gray: 'What can we learn from cats? Don't live in an imagined future'

John Gray: 'What can we learn from cats? Don't live in an imagined future'

Readers of Gray will recognise this book as a postscript or coda to Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals , the 2002 bestseller in which he elegantly dismantled the history of western philosophy – with its illusory faith in our species living somehow “above” evolving life and outside the constraints of nature.

Behold Rothstein, the talented bulldog who loves to surf the waves

Behold Rothstein, the talented bulldog who loves to surf the waves

The bulldog absolutely loves being out in the water, whether that’s surfing, swimming, or just hanging out at the beach.Rothstein loves to ride the waves (Picture: John Garcia / SWNS.COM)‘We surf around five-days-a-week,’ said John.

Gogglebox: Do Giles and Mary know Boris Johnson?

Gogglebox: Do Giles and Mary know Boris Johnson?

Do Gogglebox’s Giles and Mary know Boris Johnson?It has been reported that Giles and Mary are very close with Boris Johnson and his sister Rachel.

‘Do-gooder’ attacks seem like bad faith

‘Do-gooder’ attacks seem like bad faith

As a Dutch reader living in the UK, I was pleased to see John Crace (Digested week , 9 October) refer to the Dutch “activity” of niksen, ie, of “doing nothing”.

23 Walks review – dog-lovers follow the path to romance

23 Walks review – dog-lovers follow the path to romance

Pensioner Dave (played by Dave Johns, from I, Daniel Blake ) is a retired psychiatric nurse, living alone near Hampstead Heath, London, where he regularly walks his gentle, elderly German shepherd Tillie.There are also some well-observed touches, especially concerning the fleeting friendships dog-walkers make with each other and the diversity of London’s population.

Kerith the golden retriever is offering comfort to California firefighters

Kerith the golden retriever is offering comfort to California firefighters

“We are tasked with things that push our limits,” John Aitchison, a firefighter in Marin County, told TODAY.The test Kerith had to take in front of five judges to obtain her therapy dog certificate was a rigorous one, Carman said.

Ricky Gervais among stars urging Boris Johnson to help end exotic pet trade

Ricky Gervais among stars urging Boris Johnson to help end exotic pet trade

Sonul Badiani-Hamment, UK external affairs adviser at World Animal Protection, said that a global effort is needed to end the exotic pet trade.

Americans help animal shelters during coronavirus pandemic

Americans help animal shelters during coronavirus pandemic

Things were looking good for Axel Evensen, 17, when the coronavirus outbreak led to a stay-at-home order in California.“This has been his best and happiest year of school,” his mom, Jill Evensen, told TODAY.Axel Evensen, 17, cuddles his foster dog, Johnny.

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