Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Mr Farthing said he was ‘so bloody happy’ when his staff managed to get to Pakistan last month (Picture: PA)He added: ‘Definitely the American government and the British government could have planned this withdrawal a lot better and in a different way, without a shadow of a doubt.

What our treatment of Afghan people tells the world about us

What our treatment of Afghan people tells the world about us

The emotive language of Gaby Hinsliff’s article (What a story to tell the world: Britain values dogs more than Afghan people, 30 August ) not only risks deflecting attention from the consequences of the reactive, rather than proactive, response of the British government, but also suggests that one cannot care equally about the victims of humanitarian crises and the plight of other innocent species in manmade conflicts.

Afghanistan: Fears dog rescuer Pen Farthing may not be able to leave

Afghanistan: Fears dog rescuer Pen Farthing may not be able to leave

It is feared time is running out for Pen to be able to get home – even alone (Picture: @PenFarthing) He is not currently at the airport, but said this morning that he is going to try again (Picture: PA) Pen speaking to the BBC last night for an update on the situation (Picture: BBC)‘The Taliban obviously control the outer part of the airfield, so there is nothing I can do.

Crackdown on cruel puppy smuggling trade could see tough curbs on dog imports

Crackdown on cruel puppy smuggling trade could see tough curbs on dog imports

More than 66,000 dogs were commercially imported into the UK last year (Picture: PA)New rules to clamp down on the ‘grim trade’ of puppy smuggling and prevent cruelty to dogs are being proposed by ministers.

Animal rescue charities race against time to get staff, pets out of Afghanistan

Animal rescue charities race against time to get staff, pets out of Afghanistan

Charlotte Maxwell-Jones has been working for months to evacuate the many animals her charity, Kabul Small Animal Rescue, have saved in Afghanistan, but it’s the safety of her 40 workers that she’s most concerned about at the moment.

Ex-marine given fresh hope over plea to rescue his 200 cats and dogs from Kabul

Ex-marine given fresh hope over plea to rescue his 200 cats and dogs from Kabul

Pen Farthing was told he would have to leave the animals in the country as people are being prioritised (Picture: AP)An animal rescue charity may be able to fly hundreds of cats and dogs out of Afghanistan after all following a change in tone by the defence secretary.

A war evacuee shares her recollections... and reveals how well it works

A war evacuee shares her recollections... and reveals how well it works

We talked in the garden and, as Spitfires from the local war museum droned overhead, giving rich folk a taste of danger, she remembered two young brothers whose mother had ordered them to return to London to be with her.

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.

Death by chocolate: Kennel Club in Easter warning to dog owners

Death by chocolate: Kennel Club in Easter warning to dog owners

According to data from the the Kennel Club, incidents of canine chocolate poisoning more than double over the Easter period when compared with other months.“Obviously there is chocolate around at Christmas, but let’s be honest, Easter is the time for chocolate, and where everybody seems to have chocolate Easter eggs,” said Bill Lambert, the head of health and welfare at the Kennel Club.

The incredible mental health benefits of walking and hiking

The incredible mental health benefits of walking and hiking

Carmen says walking improves our mental health in the following ways: Quietens our nervous system and balances our internal systems keeping us fit and well.

One-eyed ‘Cyclops’ puppy with two tongues and no nose born in Philippines

One-eyed ‘Cyclops’ puppy with two tongues and no nose born in Philippines

Aside from its distinct one eye, because it had no nose it could not drink milk from its mother.Sadly, the puppy didn’t survive the dayThe grieving pet lover’s vet said the mother dog may have eaten toxins while it was pregnant which caused the puppy’s condition.

Thrill of the hunt leaves a bitter taste

Thrill of the hunt leaves a bitter taste

• Alice O’Keeffe makes no mention of people like me who live alone, when she mused on the loss of her social life (I feared the social isolation of lockdown most – but I’m tougher than I thought , 1 February).

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.

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

As of 1 January 2021, the UK government was advising travellers visiting the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, to have at least six months left on their passport.

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.

AP News Digest 2 p.m.

AP News Digest 2 p.m.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-US SURGE — Americans returning from Thanksgiving break face strict new coronavirus measures around the U.S. amid fears from health officials that holiday gatherings and travel over the weekend will worsen the already out-of-control surge of infections.

Brexit: what will change for Britons in the EU on 1 January?

Brexit: what will change for Britons in the EU on 1 January?

Also, if you are living in the EU before the end of 2020, you will be allowed an Ehic card issued in that country that will be valid in the UK and elsewhere.

Farewell to a good girl

Farewell to a good girl

As recompense, I sent my dad a book called Test Your Dog’s IQ and he revelled in the fact that she aced every test, so much so he didn’t even mind when Caoimhe and Eddie flooded WhatsApp with pictures and videos of her completing each task.

Meet the 'hero' mine-sniffing rat who's saved countless lives

Meet the 'hero' mine-sniffing rat who's saved countless lives

In the past five years, Magawa has found 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, clearing more than 141,000 square meters of land and making the areas safe for local communities.

Animals lost in Beirut explosion begin to be reunited with their owners

Animals lost in Beirut explosion begin to be reunited with their owners

Mr Mier said: ‘The goal really now is to reunite people with their lost pets, and that’s been working well, we’ve found owners of at least 20 dogs and cats so far.’.