All aboard for a distracting announcement

All aboard for a distracting announcement

At a grammar school in the 1980s, we held fortnightly departmental meetings in a local pub (Letters, 20 January ).Working as a bus conductor in the 1970s, I remember that whenever a management meeting was held in the lounge bar of a local pub, a union meeting was arranged in the adjacent public bar.

Pet parties: the surprising – and occasionally dangerous – trend for animal birthday celebrations

Pet parties: the surprising – and occasionally dangerous – trend for animal birthday celebrations

But if I avoid ostentatious drone displays and public health violations, should I still have a birthday party for my pet?So you’re saying that pet birthday parties don’t actually have anything to do with the animals?

A party vote – and the eyes have it

A party vote – and the eyes have it

Richard Griffiths Syderstone, Norfolk.Each time a travel insurer asks me if I have a pre-existing illness (Letters, 7 December ), I feel like telling them that pre-existing means “before it existed”.John Huntley Letheringsett, Norfolk.

The viral 'demonic' Chihuahua has multiple Halloween costumes — see pics

The viral 'demonic' Chihuahua has multiple Halloween costumes — see pics

But Prancer has come a long way since his adoption in April — so no, he won’t be wearing a Chucky costume on Oct. 31) Instead, Prancer’s Halloween costumes will showcase more sparkling facets of his personality, which has begun blossoming since he was adopted from Second Chance Pet Adoption League in New Jersey by Connecticut resident Ariel Davis.

Angela Merkel pecked by parrot during visit to German bird park

Angela Merkel pecked by parrot during visit to German bird park

Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel provided a rare splash of color amid Germany’s staid election campaign while visiting a bird park where she posed with half a dozen parrots.

Pooches come together with their hoomans at this pet party

Pooches come together with their hoomans at this pet party

Last year, the organisation could not organise the main event due to the pandemic and restrictions on social gatherings, but on Sunday, it managed to host a small party for pets, keeping COVID protocols in place, with just 100 people.

Major Biden's virtual 'Indoguration Party' will support his former shelter

Major Biden's virtual 'Indoguration Party' will support his former shelter

That means inauguration day is as big a deal for Major as it is for his owners, Joe and Jill: Along with older brother Champ, Major will be ascending to the highest canine office in the land, First Dog. To celebrate, the shelter from which the Bidens adopted Major, the Delaware Humane Association, will be holding their own livestreamed inauguration event on January 17: Major Biden's Indoguration Party.

A Christmas Gift from Bob review – family-friendly festive sequel

A Christmas Gift from Bob review – family-friendly festive sequel

When a literary agent suggested he turn his story into a book Bowen wrote a bestseller about recovering from heroin addiction and finding purpose looking after Bob. It’s a happy ending against all the odds, so I find it hard to be unkind about this family-friendly festive sequel – an undeniably good-hearted film.

Dogged battle under way for custody of Instagram-famous cavoodle Oscar

Dogged battle under way for custody of Instagram-famous cavoodle Oscar

“In other words, both parties want the dog,” the NSW district court judge Judith Gibson said of the case, which was first reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Intelligent Pup Turns Himself In At Police Station As A Missing Dog

Intelligent Pup Turns Himself In At Police Station As A Missing Dog

Whenever a child or vulnerable person gets lost, usually a search party must start as soon as possible.The owner responded quickly to the Facebook post the police station made about their new visitor.

McDonald's-loving Titch set to become Britain's oldest living dog

McDonald's-loving Titch set to become Britain's oldest living dog

20-year-old Titch is on track to be the oldest dog in the UK (Picture: Luke and Candice Kay / SWNS)Meet the dog on course to become Britain’s oldest – reaching a ripe old age of 20 thanks to a diet of McDonald’s.

Rescued dog with terminal cancer ticking off bucket list with help of owner

Rescued dog with terminal cancer ticking off bucket list with help of owner

The items range from shopping sprees and beach visits to a half-birthday party, in case she does not make it to her fifth birthday in June.Adorable Bumble enjoying a swim (Image: PA) A shopping spree in Pets At Home (Image: PA).

Rock out your dancing shoes, a sausage dog disco is coming to London

Rock out your dancing shoes, a sausage dog disco is coming to London

It’s disco, baby (Picture: Dachshund Cafe)If you’re a fellow dog lover, then by now you’re probably familiar with Pug Café – the company that hosts pop-ups of the greatest kind: with dogs.

Forget cat ladies: the real tribes of modern dating, from fantasists to routiners

Forget cat ladies: the real tribes of modern dating, from fantasists to routiners

Too late to date … a couple of friends have ended promising relationships with night owls because they like to sleep by 9pm.

There’s a hotel that will bring puppies and prosecco to your room

There’s a hotel that will bring puppies and prosecco to your room

But one hotel has stepped it up a notch – by offering guests the chance to have prosecco and puppies delivered to their door. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco, in Denver, has launched a new ‘Puppies + Prosecco Package’, where guests can book their own private puppy party while drinking bubbles.

Couple got married and had a dozen dogs attend with one as their best man

Couple got married and had a dozen dogs attend with one as their best man

Kelly had all of her pups at the wedding (Picture: Kelly Bleach /SWNS.COM)A pair of animal overs had a dozen dogs attend their wedding party – including one who was their best man.

Let your dog express their political frustration with this Boris chew toy

Let your dog express their political frustration with this Boris chew toy

Complete with messy hair and an untucked tie – classique (Picture: )If you’re less than pleased at the news that Boris Johnson is now leader of the Tory party – and therefore our new Prime Minister – there are a few things you can do.

Dog jumped out of train and walked 125 miles to find owner who rejected her

Dog jumped out of train and walked 125 miles to find owner who rejected her

Maru was exhausted and injured when she was found (Picture: Darya Stulinskaya/The Siberian Times) She walked and ran for 125 miles (200km) (Picture: Siberian Times)Two-and-a-half days later, the wounded and tired dog was found at an industrial estate, close to where her owner lives.

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

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How to Throw the Ultimate Puppy Bowl Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Puppy Bowl Party

By Chewy Studios On the invitation, include all pertinent party information: day, time (it’s best to start the party a little before the game begins), place and how and when to RSVP.