Pet time and power naps: working from home during the Covid crisis

Pet time and power naps: working from home during the Covid crisis

For Lauren Hutchcraft, 30, working from home has allowed her to spend more time with her pets, two dogs and a recently adopted cat – even if it does make for a rather chaotic office set-up.

Dog-bite Britain: the problem with the pandemic puppy explosion

Dog-bite Britain: the problem with the pandemic puppy explosion

“But there was what felt like a lot of dog bites,” says Simon Minford, an advanced nurse practitioner specialising in cosmetic surgery for trauma patients at Alder Hey.While W54s include dog “strikes” – people being knocked over – Tulloch says records show the vast majority of cases are bites.

On my radar: Nick Laird's cultural highlights

On my radar: Nick Laird's cultural highlights

Arlo Parks: ‘I love the whole summery vibe.’ Photograph: Thomas Jackson/AlamyThe title is taken from a line in one of my wife’s novels, though I’m not listening to it because of that.Capernaum: ‘Astonishingly powerful.’ Photograph: AlamyThe war in Syria entered its 10th year in March.

Pictures capture the reactions of dogs the moment they first spot treats

Pictures capture the reactions of dogs the moment they first spot treats

To capture these adorable moments, a photographer has snapped the reactions of several dogs as they spot treats in their owner’s hands.

'Our rescue cat rescued us': how pets provided unconditional love in lockdown

'Our rescue cat rescued us': how pets provided unconditional love in lockdown

‘She’s the best decision I’ve made in a long time.’ Photograph: Liz My mum died at the start of March 2020, just prior to the first lockdown, and we couldn’t find a home for her cat.

‘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.

Fat felines: we all love a ‘chonky’ cat – but the online trend has to end

Fat felines: we all love a ‘chonky’ cat – but the online trend has to end

The internet is now full of pictures of fat cats that their owners think are adorable but are actually health disasters, barely able to fit through a cat flap, let alone jump on to a ledge.Fat cats on diets are probably OK.

Funeral for Fido: as pet ownership levels rise, so does the end-of-life care business

Funeral for Fido: as pet ownership levels rise, so does the end-of-life care business

The vet who euthanised the small dog arranged to have him cremated for about $400.Our connections with companion animals, and our willingness to spend on them, even after their deaths, is fuelling the booming pet end-of-life business.

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

As of 1 January 2021, the UK government was advising travellers visiting the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, to have at least six months left on their passport.

Was this a tale of true love, or of a conman finding another mark?

Was this a tale of true love, or of a conman finding another mark?

It’s weird how people are conditioned to suffer for true love/grand passion.The consultation is partly in response to the lockdown pet boom, during which people have been acquiring predominantly cats and dogs, which is fantastic, particularly where animals require rehoming.

Dog lover holds maternity shoot for pregnant rescue golden retriever

Dog lover holds maternity shoot for pregnant rescue golden retriever

Caitie Evers organized the maternity shoot for golden retriever, Lily-Mae, just a few days before she gave birth to eight puppies (Pictures: @shaunakiely_photography)A dog lover has held a maternity photoshoot for a pregnant golden retriever she rescued after finding her as a stray on the streets.

Man’s Best Friend: The world’s most beloved pet photographer turns his lens on our canine companions

Man’s Best Friend: The world’s most beloved pet photographer turns his lens on our canine companions

Walter Chandoha was a combat photographer in the Second World War, before a chance encounter with a cat led him on a path that would shape his professional career.

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Interactive: see how your favourite dog breeds are related to each other

Photograph: Phil Crowder/Alamy This created a messy, intertwined relationship between different dog types, with the details of a breed’s origin sometimes recorded only in oral history.The German shepherd shares DNA with Italian dog breeds, including the cane paratore, according to researchers.

Dogs of woe: the pull of a pooch in Covid times

Dogs of woe: the pull of a pooch in Covid times

And what many first-time dog owners didn’t realise was that under Lucy’s Law , which was introduced in April this year, it is illegal to sell puppies through a third-party – all animals must come directly from a breeder, or rescue centre.

How much is that doggie (coat) in the window? The rise of pet fashion

How much is that doggie (coat) in the window? The rise of pet fashion

Model wears a D2 x Poldo check bandana, £55, Dsquared2.“There’s a growing interest for customers to reflect their own individual style and match it with their dog’s through clothing,” Brigitte Chartrand, the vice-president of womenswear buying at Ssense told Women’s Wear Daily.

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.

Pet insurance: how to get the best-value policy for your dog

Pet insurance: how to get the best-value policy for your dog

When we opted for lifetime cover, the site came up with 53 policies ranging in price from £9.97 a month with the insurer Animal Friends to £74.21 with Asda Money.

From ball launchers to activity trackers: the new breed of pet tech

From ball launchers to activity trackers: the new breed of pet tech

Butternut Box’s plans are calculated to a dog’s individual requirements including their age, weight and activity levels, and take into account any health conditions.Photograph: Furbo The Furbo Dog Camera lets you check up on your pet while he or she is home alone.

TV tonight: woof! How did dogs become our best friend?

TV tonight: woof! How did dogs become our best friend?

9pm, BBC Two. The final episode of this series on the Manchester property boom follows interior designer Sarah as she puts the finishing touches to her million-pound penthouse suites at the West Tower development, while the proposed Northern Gateway promises 15,000 new homes.

What cats mean by miaow

What cats mean by miaow

In Japan’s rarified world of cat doctors, the vet Hattori is very much a superstar – but now there is a chance for English-speaking feline fans to benefit from his wisdom thanks to What Cats Want, a translation of his 2017 Japanese best seller Neko no Kimochi Kaibo Zukan (The Encyclopaedia of Cat Feelings).