Deaf sheepdog forced to retire learns sign language to continue herding animals

Deaf sheepdog forced to retire learns sign language to continue herding animals

A COLLIE who lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.Eight-year-old working collie, Peggy, lost her hearing and could no longer communicate.(Image: RSPCA) Peggy was trained to work without hearing voice commands.

Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

Dogs getting fat in lockdown with London pets putting on most weight

The average dog has put on half a stone during the course of the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)The average dog has put on almost half a stone since the pandemic began with pets in London gaining the most weight, new research suggests.

Dog owners issued warning after petrified lamb drowns running away from pet

Dog owners issued warning after petrified lamb drowns running away from pet

Dog owners are being warned to keep out of private farm land, and are urged to keep their pets on leads while walking on public footpaths next to livestock, especially while lambing season is in full swing.

If your dog goes for my sheep, then I will shoot, UK farmers warn walkers

If your dog goes for my sheep, then I will shoot, UK farmers warn walkers

Farmers are warning that attacks on livestock by dogs are reaching “epidemic proportions” as they brace themselves for a surge in dog attacks heading into peak lambing season.The start of lambing season has been fraught for farmer Gordon Wyeth due to attacks on his sheep by pet dogs.

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

Dog warning issued as 1,500 illegally smuggled puppies rescued after lockdown demand surge

STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust have rescued 1,500 illegally imported puppies (Image: Getty Images ) STOCK IMAGE Dogs Trust is urging the Government to do more to end puppy smuggling (Image: Getty Images)The youngest puppies seized were just four weeks old.

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.

Lockdown boom in UK pet ownership fuels cat and dog food shortage

Lockdown boom in UK pet ownership fuels cat and dog food shortage

Sainsbury’s sent an email alert to customers who buy pet food regularly to apologise about a “national shortage of dog and cat food pouches”.A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “We are seeing an increased demand for pet food pouches and are working hard to maintain stock levels.

Dog attacks on livestock increased in lockdown, say farmers

Dog attacks on livestock increased in lockdown, say farmers

Rather than asking people to “keep dogs under effective control” it should require people to keep their dogs on leads near livestock.“It needs to be properly funded and properly promoted with TV ads in the same way as we’re seeing the Covid ads,” he added.

'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.

Cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated to stop the spread of Covid

Cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated to stop the spread of Covid

Scientists said the continued evolution of the virus in animals ‘poses a significant long-term risk to public health’ (Picture: Getty Images / iStockPhoto)It may be necessary to vaccinate pets in the future to stop coronavirus from spreading back to humans, scientists have said.

How can you tell when someone has a dog? Don’t worry – they’ll tell you

How can you tell when someone has a dog? Don’t worry – they’ll tell you

Then we talked for ages about his stance and gait, the way his rolling shoulders gave him a beautiful wildness, but also made him look a little bit like a CGI terror robot from The Maze Runner , and how his stocky, slightly bowed legs were reminiscent of a young Dennis Waterman.

Autumn Safety Tips

Autumn Safety Tips

Fall is back-to-school time, and those of you with young children know that means stocking up on items like glue sticks, pencils and magic markers.

Puppy nearly drowns after falling into hot tub when owners looked away

Puppy nearly drowns after falling into hot tub when owners looked away

Sales of hot tubs surged in lockdown as families spent more time at home (Picture: Shutterstock)Boris was discharged on Sunday but Ms Cash said the ordeal was ‘such a scare’.

Dogs were ‘stressed’ in lockdown with owners reporting more barking and biting

Dogs were ‘stressed’ in lockdown with owners reporting more barking and biting

Charity the Dogs Trust has warned the pandemic may have caused behavioural problems to develop (Picture: Getty Images / iStockphoto)Dogs have struggled during lockdown with owners reporting an increase in barking and biting.

China could finally BAN eating dog meat ahead of barbaric Yulin Festival

China could finally BAN eating dog meat ahead of barbaric Yulin Festival

China could finally ban the eating of dog meat ahead of the barbaric Yulin Festival (Image: GETTY) China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has officially announced dogs are pets and not livestock (Image: GETTY)Animal charity Humane Society International (HSI) welcomed the decision and called for an end to the Yulin Festival.

Santa claws: UK supermarkets sell festive snacks for pets

Santa claws: UK supermarkets sell festive snacks for pets

It follows the more general trend of cat and dog owners wanting to buy the same products for their animals as they do for themselves, extending at Christmas to pet gifting through festive stockings, accessories and outfits as well as food and treats.

How to train your dog to cope with fireworks

How to train your dog to cope with fireworks

Dog trainer Jay Gray has shared some pearls of wisdom ahead of Bonfire Night (Picture: Jay Gray/iStockphoto)Bonfire Night can be an absolutely hellish occasion for pets across the country who are petrified of loud bangs from fireworks.

Dogs in smoking households passively puff more than 3,000 cigarettes a year

Dogs in smoking households passively puff more than 3,000 cigarettes a year

Dogs who live with smokers are 60% more likely to get lung cancer and cats are twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma (Pictures: Getty Images/iStockphoto)Pets living in smoking households passively smoke more than 3,000 cigarettes a year, a new study has claimed.

Lecturer left dog in boiling car to go to two-hour village meeting

Lecturer left dog in boiling car to go to two-hour village meeting

The three-year-old Cockapoo like the one pictured was left in a boiling hot car for two hours by David Kent (Picture: Getty) David Kent leaves Stockport Maigstrates’ Court after he admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his dog (Picture: Cavendish Picture Agency)Ms Garside said: ‘When he opened the door (the officer) could see that the dog was panting excessively and was physically hot to touch, he also noticed there was no water left in the boot for the dog.

These breeds of dog suffer the most when the weather gets too hot

These breeds of dog suffer the most when the weather gets too hot

Short nosed pets are most vulnerable in hot temperatures (Picture: Shutterstock) French bulldogs can overheat and suffer sun strokes (Picture: Getty Images)If you are concerned about your dog, please call a vet immediately as heat stroke can be fatal if not caught quickly.

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