‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

Not only has my new treadmill seen me through lockdown, it’s also keeping me on an even keel, as I live in a crowded area and don’t really enjoy running outside any more.It’s quick, easy to use and makes having a morning coffee feel a little bit special during this strange time.

Guilty dog is caught in the act by owner after destroying cushions

Guilty dog is caught in the act by owner after destroying cushions

But when David Videcette found his living room covered in cushion stuffing, he didn’t have to try too hard to fins the culprit – his very guilty looking dog.

Law firm advertises job for £30,000-a-year dog walker

Law firm advertises job for £30,000-a-year dog walker

Law firm Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, which is based in London , has placed an advert for a personal assistant/dog-walker role which is a ‘predominantly non-desk based’ position.The job description reads: ‘An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Private Assistant Dog Walker role to support one of our senior leadership team.

23 Walks review – dog-lovers follow the path to romance

23 Walks review – dog-lovers follow the path to romance

Pensioner Dave (played by Dave Johns, from I, Daniel Blake ) is a retired psychiatric nurse, living alone near Hampstead Heath, London, where he regularly walks his gentle, elderly German shepherd Tillie.There are also some well-observed touches, especially concerning the fleeting friendships dog-walkers make with each other and the diversity of London’s population.

Not such a mystery for dog owners?

Not such a mystery for dog owners?

| For the love of Brahms | Hand-washing tunes | Living in the United Queendom.• I’m now washing my hands to the tune of Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) (Letters , 20 July).

You can now get paid to look after two dogs and live in a luxury home

You can now get paid to look after two dogs and live in a luxury home

The family are usually away two weeks every month, but when they are home they want you to work five days per week with duties ranging from cooking meals to housekeeping, shopping and caring for their two dogs.

Why the internet loves this photo of mice fighting each other

Why the internet loves this photo of mice fighting each other

A photo of two mice squaring up for a brawl over a crumb in a London subway has earned photographer Sam Rowley the 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award in a competition held by London's Natural History Museum.

Army veteran turned away by Indian restaurant because he had a PTSD support dog

Army veteran turned away by Indian restaurant because he had a PTSD support dog

Richard says he has heard of PTSD sufferers being turned away because of their dogs in the past and thinks more education in workplaces is needed (Picture: Richard Mearns)But Ziggy has ‘without a doubt’ changed his life by creating space around him and calming his nerves as he navigates through the Big Smoke’s bustling streets.

Dog ‘raped by human until intestines fell out’ saved from being put down

Dog ‘raped by human until intestines fell out’ saved from being put down

Olive was found with horrific injuries in the streets of west London (Picture: Olive’s Fight Against BSL)A new home has finally been found for a stray dog who was suspected of being raped by a human before authorities threatened to put her to sleep.

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends

“Many people kept cats during the Victorian period and felt affectionate towards them, but they were still very much seen as utility animals, which kept mice and vermin down,” Hamlett said.

The BEST city for dogs to live in England - Study REVEALS

The BEST city for dogs to live in England - Study REVEALS

Research has found the best place for dogs to live in England (Image: EXPRESS)The inaugural BARK (Best Places of Residence for K9s) study created by pet wellbeing experts ranked the nations 25 largest cities based on environmental and social factors that affect a dog’s life.

Roaming eye of the tiger! Mighty big cat on mission to woo tigress at London Zoo

Roaming eye of the tiger! Mighty big cat on mission to woo tigress at London Zoo

Sumatran tigers number as few as 400 in the wild (Image: ZSL London Zoo) Stocktaking figures warn that recent assessments in Myanmar show no breeding animals, although less than 10 per cent of potential tiger territory has been surveyed.

Dog riddled with cancer found collapsed and tied up in park

Dog riddled with cancer found collapsed and tied up in park

Passers-by grew concerned after spotting him at Clissold Park, in Stoke Newington, on Wednesday (Picture: Google Maps)The charity has appealed for information and is trying to find out why someone ‘dumped’ him at a time he ‘needed them the most’.

Jack Russell somehow ends up on a ledge while making break for freedom

Jack Russell somehow ends up on a ledge while making break for freedom

However, despite his precarious position, Max ended up being rescued by a fire crew from Paddington who were called to the building in Maida Vale.

Gardening with the red trousers brigade | Brief letters

Gardening with the red trousers brigade | Brief letters

• Absolutely agree with Fr Julian Dunn (Letters, 10 August). • Don’t forget Hilda Ogden, Peggy’s cat in The Archers (Letters, 13 August). • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters

A weakness for microwave jam | Brief letters

A weakness for microwave jam | Brief letters

Mike Pender (Letters, 20 August) may well be right about the microwave oven’s contribution to the UK’s excessive consumption of sugar. • The reviewer might have crucified The Cafe (G2, 20 August), but I am a Guardian reader and I adored it. • Join the debate – email [email protected]