John Gray: 'What can we learn from cats? Don't live in an imagined future'

John Gray: 'What can we learn from cats? Don't live in an imagined future'

Readers of Gray will recognise this book as a postscript or coda to Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals , the 2002 bestseller in which he elegantly dismantled the history of western philosophy – with its illusory faith in our species living somehow “above” evolving life and outside the constraints of nature.

Purrfect match: cats and their human doubles

Purrfect match: cats and their human doubles

In 2018, Gethings had created a series of photographs of dogs that resemble people – based on looks, attitude or hairstyle – which became a bestselling memory-card game, matching poodles and chow chows with their human counterparts.

For how long do you really need to walk different breeds of dog?

For how long do you really need to walk different breeds of dog?

While it’s an admirable effort to make sure that people don’t take on pets lightly, it’s actually not true that dogs necessarily need two one-hour walks per day.

Adorable ‘puppy wrestling match’ confirmed for AEW Fyter Fest show

Adorable ‘puppy wrestling match’ confirmed for AEW Fyter Fest show

How about a casual puppy break after that first match #FyterFest #AEWDynamite — All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT).Meanwhile, the main event saw Kenny Omega and Hangman Page retain the tag team titles over Best Friends before facing off with FTR and Young Bucks after the bell.

Winning by a nose: the dogs being trained to detect signs of Covid-19

Winning by a nose: the dogs being trained to detect signs of Covid-19

When Medical Detection Dogs was tasked with finding out whether malaria had a distinctive smell, Asher was assigned to the project.“If a dog comes up to something they like the odour of, they sniff really hard and rapidly, don’t they?” explains Guest.

Skilled dog balances rubber ducks on his legs while sleeping

Skilled dog balances rubber ducks on his legs while sleeping

Just a dog and his duckies (Picture: Silvio Salvan / SWNS)The owner decided to see if he could position the ducks on his sleepy companion who managed to balance eight at a time.Sparky was none the wiser (Picture: Silvio Salvan / SWN).

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

Now I know how fast everything can change, I won't take life's joys for granted

This week I’d planned to write about the cats that pass through my garden and how, because the circumference of my life has contracted to the flat’s perimeter, a drop-in from these nimble-pawed visitors was the day’s excitement.I have no idea what any of it means, other than having had enough of living through “historic” times.

Something to chew on: New Zealand man sets up 'stick library' for dogs

Something to chew on: New Zealand man sets up 'stick library' for dogs

“While trimming the trees, my dad found himself with a lot of dead branches, and knowing from experience how hard it can be to find a good stick, and that the new dog park was opening soon, he had the idea that he would save them and put them in some kind of box,” Reece told Metro.

Dad creates ‘stick library’ for dogs

Dad creates ‘stick library’ for dogs

Tayla Reece, Andrew Taylor and the ‘stick library’ (Picture: Caters News Agency)Andrew’s invention has been a hit with dogs and their owners at the park.

This pizza shop is helping pet owners find their lost dogs and cats

This pizza shop is helping pet owners find their lost dogs and cats

After posting an invitation on Facebook for locals to drop off flyers with their own missing pets to be put on pizza boxes, he woke up the next morning to dozens of messages, texts and phone calls.

Game of Thrones fans WARNING as Stark direwolf pets spark spike in dumped dogs

Game of Thrones fans WARNING as Stark direwolf pets spark spike in dumped dogs

Games of Thrones' Jon Snow with a direwolf cub (Image: HBO)The stark reality of the highly-acclaimed fantasy series is a phalanx of unwanted dogs bought by fans enchanted by the idea of having their own direwolves.

Protect your furry friend from toxic Holi colours

Protect your furry friend from toxic Holi colours

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when it comes to Holi colours and your pets. It’s important to know that these colours contain lead which can be toxic to pets. Holi colours may cause...

Dog dies after eating brownies that contained sweetener

Dog dies after eating brownies that contained sweetener

Ruby, a Hungarian Vizsla, had cheekily stolen two brownies which contained Xylitol, a form of sweetener, which is toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure (Picture: Caters) Owner Kate Chacksfield, 51, was left heartbroken when Ruby died on October 19 2018 just eight days after falling ill – despite her owners spending £10,000 in a bid to save her life.

Feral Cat Saves a Helpless Kitten during Tornado

Feral Cat Saves a Helpless Kitten during Tornado

“The cat was covered in dirt and debris and wood splinters,” says Cantrell on bideawee.org , “I thought the cat was injured, then I went to examine it and I saw a little head with two little beady eyes pop up covered in mud, and I realized the larger cat was clinging onto a kitten.” As it would turn out the larger cat was a feral male.

Covering your dog’s balls in glitter is now a trend – but vets warn it’s a bad idea

Covering your dog’s balls in glitter is now a trend – but vets warn it’s a bad idea

They said: ‘I just thought I would let everybody know the latest creative grooming trend is glitter balls! Posting for your entertainment.’ Other pages though, showed off dogs with ‘the nicest set of testicles in the Grooming Industry.’ (Picture: Facebook) Most people were pretty taken aback by the idea though.

Giving Pets as Gifts: The Do’s and Don’ts

Giving Pets as Gifts: The Do’s and Don’ts

This makes the idea of buying a pet quite useless, don’t you think? I understand that some people want a particular breed of dog, and I don’t condemn that. That said, if you really want to gift pets, please consider adopting instead of buying.

Dog poop bags are a menace. But what's the green alternative?

Dog poop bags are a menace. But what's the green alternative?

“I reckon that conservatively one in five dogs are having their poo picked up in plastic bags.

World’s Bravest Cat Chills Next to a Rattlesnake

World’s Bravest Cat Chills Next to a Rattlesnake

In a heart-stopping pic snapped by the Laguna Vista Police Department in Texas, a cat was spotted hanging out mere inches away from a deadly rattlesnake. Image via Laguna Vista Police Department Facebook

Four-legged therapists

Four-legged therapists

Question: Last year, I saw a lot of my friends buy a proper bed for their dogs to brave the winter chill. If your dog doesn’t like to sleep on the mattress, make him wear a half-sleeve sweater or coat.

Two dogs tie the knot in a wedding ceremony at a care home

Two dogs tie the knot in a wedding ceremony at a care home

(Picture: Ethan Allen Residence/SWNS.COM)Boy wore a collar and bow tie and ate dog treats during the vows as 80 guests, most of whom were residents at the home, cheered them on.