Tim Dowling: is the dog’s friendship with the fox sweet – or a bad omen?

Tim Dowling: is the dog’s friendship with the fox sweet – or a bad omen?

My wife sits up in bed.“What’s going on?” she says.“The dog is barking,” I say, standing up to look out the window.If you open the front door at night, the dog will often run out between your legs to chase the fox down an adjacent lane.

If you bought a dog during lockdown, they'll need help coming out of it

If you bought a dog during lockdown, they'll need help coming out of it

Having a dog around has helped many people cope with lockdown.A big worry for dog owners is the long-term impact of lockdown on their ability to cope with being left at home on their own.

Tim Dowling: there’s a cold snap forecast. The tortoise is in peril

Tim Dowling: there’s a cold snap forecast. The tortoise is in peril

While I’m always pleasantly surprised when in rains for four straight hours instead of seven, this can make it difficult to balance the tortoise’s desire to be outside with spring’s eccentric schedule.“Harold,” says the cat.“Keep trying,” I say.When I look up an hour later, the grapes and the tortoise are gone.

‘Klepto’ chihuahua caught with dozens of items stolen from other dogs

‘Klepto’ chihuahua caught with dozens of items stolen from other dogs

He was named and shamed with this picture of his haul (Picture: Jam Press)Courtney shared the picture of Frank posing happily with his bounty of stolen goods on Facebook earlier this week.

Tim Dowling: the dog needs a haircut, and I’m next in line

Tim Dowling: the dog needs a haircut, and I’m next in line

“I think that looks pretty good,” my wife says, standing back.“In the box,” my wife says.“Fix what?” the youngest says.“These are dog attachments, but whatever,” I say.He looks at me, and the youngest one, and then me again.“I’m good,” he says.

Tim Dowling: the cat has plenty to say. But why should I listen?

Tim Dowling: the cat has plenty to say. But why should I listen?

The cat crosses the room, jumps on to the worktop, sits down at the edge of the sink and turns in my direction.“Ray,” it says.“I’m not Ray,” I say.

Dog has no regrets after turning on tap and almost flooding home

Dog has no regrets after turning on tap and almost flooding home

It wasn’t me (Picture: Facebook/Paige Bodden )Video shows Paige asking Shiner: ‘Did you turn on the bathtub while we were gone?.Seriously (Picture: Facebook/Paige Bodden )‘I normally get home much later but I had to meet someone to fix our dryer vent.

Labrador fetches beers for his owner and puts the empties in recycling

Labrador fetches beers for his owner and puts the empties in recycling

Boone the Labrador not only grabs beer for his owner, Brent Kramer, he also recycles all the plastic bottles and metal cans when they’re empty.Brent says he plans to start making videos to teach other dog owners how to train their pups to fetch beer.

$3,000 ‘doggie door’ connects to your phone to let your pet in or out the house

$3,000 ‘doggie door’ connects to your phone to let your pet in or out the house

Called the MyQ Pet Portal, it can replace the standard analogue catflap on your door with a smart, sliding-door that connects to a collar sensor to know when to let your pooch out automatically.

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

The puppy we’re looking after for friends appears at the garden door with a shoe in its mouth.The dog sits on the garden table, lip curled in a sneer, while my wife runs the trimmer over its back.“It’s for dogs,” my wife says.

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

Postman’s hand ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’ after dog bite as calls for action grow

There were over 1,600 days of absence from Royal Mail because of dog attacks last year (Picture: Getty Images)In the last year, most dog attacks on postal workers happened at the front door, in the garden or in the street.

Jock the Staffy so excited to go outside he gets stuck in the cat flap

Jock the Staffy so excited to go outside he gets stuck in the cat flap

A tweet from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: ‘We have just been out to assist Jock the Staffy who had managed to get his head stuck in a cat flap.

Pet raccoon spends his days riding a boat and hanging out with a golden retriever

Pet raccoon spends his days riding a boat and hanging out with a golden retriever

As the pet of Caryn Williamson, 44, who lives in Hudson, Indiana, Rebel gets to spend his days travelling around in a boat, eating his daily egg for breakfast, and hanging out with his best friend, a golden retriever called Remington.

Family adopts neglected dog after she wandered into their home

Family adopts neglected dog after she wandered into their home

"I went downstairs, and on the first floor, in the middle of our house, there was sitting what looked to be like a cold, wet puppy," Jack said.Jack said he and Emily stayed up for the rest of the night looking up things like "What do you do when you find a dog?".

Dog greets her owner with weird and wonderful gifts she finds each day

Dog greets her owner with weird and wonderful gifts she finds each day

Each time Kelly arrives home, the seven-year-old pup, Xena, greets her at the door with something she’s found that day, whether it’s sellotape, a green bean, or a single strand of spaghetti (yes, these are all things given to Kelly by Xena).

Woman turns the space under her stairs into a luxury dog house

Woman turns the space under her stairs into a luxury dog house

Kimberly and her husband did all the work themselves (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram) They began by adding a door then installing electric (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram) Jersey even has her own mailbox (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram)The couple even had a custom artwork made to look just like Jersey.

Clever dog rings doorbell at 2am after getting locked out

Clever dog rings doorbell at 2am after getting locked out

Robert accidentally left Chika outside when he was locking up for the evening but thankfully, he heard the doorbell and woke up to find his pet sat on the porch.

Dog owner devastated after burglars break into flat and steal Frenchie puppy

Dog owner devastated after burglars break into flat and steal Frenchie puppy

Ayla Williamson has been left devastated by the disappearance of Winston (Picture: Mercury)Burglars who spied on a young woman as she took her dog for a walk later ransacked her home and stole him, says a heartbroken pet owner.

Disabled Dog Fights Through Pain to Save His Guardian’s Life

Disabled Dog Fights Through Pain to Save His Guardian’s Life

The dog had blood on his nose and paws, which the neighbors thought was from Chance trying to help Collins off the floor.The neighbors followed Chance back to the house where they found Collins on the floor and were able to get him the help he needed.

Wolfgang, the obese beagle, is on his way to losing 65 pounds

Wolfgang, the obese beagle, is on his way to losing 65 pounds

But, Wolfgang uses it more for self-care.“He seems to like floating in the pool more than exercising,” McManis said."We had a real special connection with Wolfgang and really wanted to see him reach his weight loss," McManis said.