Tim Dowling: my wife wants to adopt a dog to live on our farm. Wait – what farm?

Tim Dowling: my wife wants to adopt a dog to live on our farm. Wait – what farm?

Later that night, I find my wife at her desk, looking at what appears to be a website dedicated to the adoption of abandoned dogs from around the world.“What are you doing?” I say.“Look at Lucky!” she says.“Are you trying to adopt a dog?” I say.“To live on our farm!” she says.“But we have a dog,” I say.

Cat who's spent over 8 years in a shelter wins $10K donation

Cat who's spent over 8 years in a shelter wins $10K donation

Grace entered Colonial Capital Humane Society in New Bern, North Carolina, as a kitten.Grace is mama cat for scared newcomers at Colonial Capital Humane Society in New Bern, North Carolina.

Tiger nearly tears off volunteer's arm at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

Tiger nearly tears off volunteer's arm at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

A park volunteer named Candy Couser was feeding a tiger named Kimba at the rescue in Tampa when she reached inside an enclosure to open a gate and was bitten on the arm and then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance about 15 to 20 minutes later, according to a Facebook post by Big Cat Rescue.

Farmer shot family’s tiny cockapoo in face ‘then smiled at owner’

Farmer shot family’s tiny cockapoo in face ‘then smiled at owner’

The pet dog was shot dead by a farmer who said it attacked one of his sheep (Picture: Kerri Malley / SWNS)A dog owner has claimed a sheep farmer ‘smiled at her’ after shooting her pet in the face.

A tiny puppy has been born with green fur in Sardinia

A tiny puppy has been born with green fur in Sardinia

Compared to his sibling (Picture: REUTERS) Look at him (Picture: REUTERS)It’s incredibly rare for a dog to be born with green-coloured fur and it’s thought to happen when light-coloured puppies come into contact with a green pigment called biliverd in their mother’s womb.

Unfur-gettable: Meet Pistachio, the puppy born with green fur

Unfur-gettable: Meet Pistachio, the puppy born with green fur

Pistachio, a puppy who was born with green fur, on the day he was born on the island of Sardinia, in Pattada, Italy, October 9, 2020.Cristian Mallocci / ReutersMallocci runs a farm on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia with his brother-in-law Giannangelo Liperi.

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.

Little boy spends so much time with pet dogs he thinks he’s one of the pack

Little boy spends so much time with pet dogs he thinks he’s one of the pack

Having a drink with his pets (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)Sarah has, however, had to put a stop to Alec’s habit of eating dog food, but supports his drinking spot as she thinks it will boost his immune system.Chill time (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)Sarah adds that Alec much prefers the company of dogs to human children.

Tim Dowling: we’re looking after a puppy. It’s riding our dog

Tim Dowling: we’re looking after a puppy. It’s riding our dog

I set my alarm for 7am to release the puppy from the cage at its accustomed hour, but when it goes off, my wife is already downstairs, the tiny dog running figures of eight round her ankles.“I knew you’d be down here, sucking up to it,” I say.“Did you want to be the one to let it out?” she says.“No,” I lie.“The extractor fan man will be here soon,” she says.“That’s today?” I say.

Mum refused service for not wearing face mask after dog ripped off nose

Mum refused service for not wearing face mask after dog ripped off nose

Shereen Mawson had to have surgery to reattach her nose after a dog attack (Picture: SWNS)A woman recovering from painful surgery to reattach her nose after a dog attack says she was brought to tears when pharmacy staff refused to serve her for not wearing a face mask.

Take a look at these happy dogs before and after their much-needed haircuts

Take a look at these happy dogs before and after their much-needed haircuts

Staff at Bone Idol grooming salon in Brighton have been capturing snaps of pups after their makeovers, having noticed a surge in clients booking their dogs in after lockdown measures were relaxed.

Thieves ran over puppy as they stole 22 dogs

Thieves ran over puppy as they stole 22 dogs

One of the stolen puppies (Picture: Lancs Police/Triangle News) The thieves also made off with adult dogs (Picture: Lancs Police/Triangle News)‘We are really concerned for the welfare of these animals and we don’t know whether they will be looked after properly.

Man rescues ‘puppy’ from the side of a road but it’s actually a baby fox

Man rescues ‘puppy’ from the side of a road but it’s actually a baby fox

So cute (Picture: @marcy_com/Twitter)If you saw an abandoned puppy on the side of a road, you might try to go and help it (unless you’re a monster).It’s illegal to keep foxes as pets in Japan (Picture: @marcy_com/Twitter)‘We have completed handing over the fox to Kita Kitsune Farm,’ he updated his followers.

Dog born with hair growing through eyes gets saved from being put down

Dog born with hair growing through eyes gets saved from being put down

‘The man picked him up and he was a little dog with big fluff coming out of his eyes and I was told that because he was blind and he couldn’t be used on the farm or be sold as a pet.

Dad nearly loses arm after scratch from pet dog gave him sepsis

Dad nearly loses arm after scratch from pet dog gave him sepsis

The dad-of-seven was told he was lucky to be alive (Picture: Caters News) Medics at the Royal United Hospital in Bath cleared the infection and left a huge open wound (Picture: Caters News)‘Penny was definitely missing me and the first thing she did when I got home was jump up for a cuddle- we are best friends.

Dog adopts and feeds baby goat Rita after she was abandoned by mum

Dog adopts and feeds baby goat Rita after she was abandoned by mum

Farmer Glori Rushing, 18, said the minute Rita’s mum Smore refused to feed her, maternal Blizzie took over – jumping into the pen and carrying the kid to lay with her own puppies, who she’d given birth to just days before.

Hollywood hounds: canine film stars – in pictures

Hollywood hounds: canine film stars – in pictures

It was meeting a collie called Hey Hey, a direct descendant of the first dog to play Lassie, that gave author and film journalist Wendy Mitchell the idea for her new book, Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies.

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

The deaths come as the RSPCA says that complaints about illegal puppy farming have increased dramatically over the past 10 years and that 87% of current puppy trade calls are about animals purchased online.

Dachshund won't let his short legs stop his dream of being a sheepdog

Dachshund won't let his short legs stop his dream of being a sheepdog

Archie on the farm (Picture: Ebony Hewitt)‘Archie would almost be my pick if I had to choose – he is small and has very fast little legs which means he can get around the sheep with ease and speed.

Animal cruelty horror: Heartbreaking end for helpless dogs at puppy farms exposed

Animal cruelty horror: Heartbreaking end for helpless dogs at puppy farms exposed

Their welfare was completely compromised as the puppies were left “damaged” and “at risk”.Mr Abraham said: “When I went undercover in puppy farms, it’s basically dogs kept as agricultural animals which obviously they’re not designed to be.