Meet the artist who will write a song for your dog

Meet the artist who will write a song for your dog

‘Last year, I played a piece for my piano teacher, no lyrics, just a nice little tune, and called it Ted, after my friend’s dog,’ she says.

From the archive: the mouse breeders of Shipley, 1983

From the archive: the mouse breeders of Shipley, 1983

According to the National Mouse Club, ‘the mouse should be long in body, with long clean head, not too fine or pointed at the nose; the eyes should be large, bold and prominent; the ears large and tulip-shaped, free from creases, carried erect with plenty of width between them …’ There were fashions in mouse colours, too.

Covid sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus with 94% accuracy

Covid sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus with 94% accuracy

Last year, scientists at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene began a trial to see if dogs trained to sniff coronavirus could help ease travel restrictions.

Thugs threaten to behead autistic boy’s therapy dog if they’re not given £10,000

Thugs threaten to behead autistic boy’s therapy dog if they’re not given £10,000

Luke Sims, 12, offered all his money to bring his therapy dog home (Picture: Sheila Sims/Caters)Sickening thugs have threatened to decapitate an autistic boy’s therapy dog if his family do not pay £10,000.

Search for man after starving dog dumped in park ‘like piece of rubbish to die’

Search for man after starving dog dumped in park ‘like piece of rubbish to die’

A man who took the dog to the vet reported finding her in the park but left no details, so now the RSPCA and the practice is keen to speak to him.

My dog smelled sepsis after I suffered third degree burns from hair dye

My dog smelled sepsis after I suffered third degree burns from hair dye

Levi and Chico, and right, the damage to her scalp (Picture: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)A woman believes her dog saved her life by ‘sniffing out’ sepsis after she reacted badly to hair dye and suffered third-degree burns.

Video shows moment puppy calls on bigger dog to protect from cat

Video shows moment puppy calls on bigger dog to protect from cat

It’s important to know when you can’t win a fight.Like we said – it’s honourable to know when you’re in a fight you just can’t win and to retreat when that’s the case… even if you started it.

9 best dog carriers for transporting puppies and older hounds

9 best dog carriers for transporting puppies and older hounds

Pushing a pooch around in what looks like a baby buggy might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they can be great for people whose dogs can no longer walk far but still want to be out of the house in comfort – they can sit/lie down in it or rest their paws on the bar for a good view of the outside world.

Your dog may love you, but doesn't love the sight of your face, study finds

Your dog may love you, but doesn't love the sight of your face, study finds

Both dogs and humans, however, do have a brain region that sparks when a member of the same species comes into view.“Faces are central to human visual communication … and human brains are also specialized for faces,” study co-author Attila Andics, an animal behavior researcher at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, said in an email.

Dogs’ brains ‘not hardwired’ to respond to human faces

Dogs’ brains ‘not hardwired’ to respond to human faces

By contrast, regions of the human brain showed different activity depending whether a face or the back of a head was shown, with faces generally generating a stronger response.

Blind teen swimmer and guide dog make 'perfect pair' in Paralympics quest

Blind teen swimmer and guide dog make 'perfect pair' in Paralympics quest

But when she was 14 years old — around the time a little Labrador retriever named Radar became the first “Puppy with a Purpose” for the Isles — Pagonis rapidly lost her vision over the course of two months.

Nora the dog can’t get enough of the pub and even has her own seat at the local

Nora the dog can’t get enough of the pub and even has her own seat at the local

I’ll have what she’s having (Picture: Jam Press)Owner Simon said: ‘During lockdown it just wasn’t the same for Nora as she loves people and all of her doggy friends.

Please enjoy watching this beautiful fluffy cat getting a massage

Please enjoy watching this beautiful fluffy cat getting a massage

One fluffy kitty was pleasantly surprised when his owner gave him an electrical head massage.Muji, whose account featured the massage video, is equally pampered and the pair are often picture living the good life together.

Mum's horror as daughter accidentally shaves head with dog clippers

Mum's horror as daughter accidentally shaves head with dog clippers

Sariah’s hair before and after the incident (Picture: Sian Coombs/Tiffany Wallis)A mum was horrified when her toddler daughter managed to wander off with her dog clippers and shave a patch down the middle of her head.

Meet Nellie the space dog – she’s even been vetted by NASA

Meet Nellie the space dog – she’s even been vetted by NASA

One small step for dog, one giant leap for animals everywhere (Picture: @nelliebritishbulldog/Caters News)Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride have just been joined in the astronaut hall of fame by a highly unusual character – mostly because she isn’t even human.

Unexpected joys of self-isolation

Unexpected joys of self-isolation

Don’t worry, bread-lovers, I have a solution , 1 April).• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit • Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers?

Adorable 'unicorn' puppy has one ear – in the middle of her forehead

Adorable 'unicorn' puppy has one ear – in the middle of her forehead

Please let us introduce the most adorable pooch in the entire world: Rae, the ‘unicorn’ puppy with one ear, placed in the middle of her forehead.

Giraffes have adorable reaction to finally going outside after long winter

Giraffes have adorable reaction to finally going outside after long winter

Warmer temperatures in Chicago allowed the Brookfield Zoo giraffes to head outside for the first time this year and they took !They started running around and stretching their legs.Giraffes Arnieta (left) and Potoka (right) stretch their legs outside for the first time following winter.

Tissue-loving dog Winzee gets her head stuck in the box

Tissue-loving dog Winzee gets her head stuck in the box

The one-year-old Morkie (a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a Maltese) pup loves to play with tissues but took on more than she could chew when her head got trapped in the package.

Hunt for heartless gunman who SHOT mother dog twice in the head

Hunt for heartless gunman who SHOT mother dog twice in the head

SHOCKED animal crime investigators are hunting a gunman who shot a mother dog twice in the head after she had puppies.Vets say the extremely emaciated dog would have suffered considerably before she died and her body dumped in the field.