Tim Dowling: the cat and I are both struggling with the new cat flap

Tim Dowling: the cat and I are both struggling with the new cat flap

The cat never really mastered the old flap anyway – he sat in front of it for hours, delicately prying it open with one claw and watching it fall back into place.“You don’t pull, you push it, you idiot,” I would say.

Special rescues help ailing owners find pets' next home

Special rescues help ailing owners find pets' next home

While providing pet care or adoption services often isn't top of mind for social workers or nurses, it's a huge emotional driving force for patients and loved ones living far away, McGill said.

Why pet owners believe the Pope is wrong about choosing animals over children

Why pet owners believe the Pope is wrong about choosing animals over children

For pet owners like Greer, however, the main gripe is that the Pope’s comments show a lack of understanding of the close relationship they have with their four-legged friends.

Pope claims couples who choose to have pets but not children are ‘selfish’

Pope claims couples who choose to have pets but not children are ‘selfish’

Pope Francis’ comments are likely to raise eyebrows among childless pet owners (Picture: Getty Images)The Pope has suggested that people who substitute pets for children are selfish.

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Pope calls couples who choose pets over having children ‘selfish’

Pope calls couples who choose pets over having children ‘selfish’

Pope Francis risked the ire of the world’s childless dog and cat owners by suggesting people who substitute pets for children exhibit “a certain selfishness”.Speaking on parenthood during a general audience at the Vatican , the pontiff lamented that pets “sometimes take the place of children” in society.

Truth behind viral '1 tree for every pet picture' trend on Instagram

Truth behind viral '1 tree for every pet picture' trend on Instagram

The trend was started by Plant A Tree Co. who posted a story to their one million followers with Instagram’s new Add Yours sticker.‘We posted the new “Add Yours” story as a fun tree planting campaign where we can show off our awesome pets!,’ said the company in the .

Soundproofing to soft rock: vet tips for a stress-free Bonfire Night for pets

Soundproofing to soft rock: vet tips for a stress-free Bonfire Night for pets

From safe-haven pubs and soundproofed dens to calming Spotify playlists and pheromone diffusers, desperate pet owners are turning to a number of unusual techniques to try to soothe their anxious pets on Bonfire Night .Increasing awareness of the distress caused to animals by pyrotechnics has led to growing backlash against fireworks in recent years.

ASPCA Kid of the Year works to help shelter dogs get adopted

ASPCA Kid of the Year works to help shelter dogs get adopted

"The story is about a dog that was placed into the shelter and got adopted," Evan said.ASPCA Kid of the Year Evan Bisnauth creates animations of shelter dogs to help increase their chances of getting adopted.

Reuniting the pack: it took 16 months and a journey through six cities to bring our dog Luna home

Reuniting the pack: it took 16 months and a journey through six cities to bring our dog Luna home

The first few months adjusting to a new country were tough; my middle child missed her friends and bawled her eyes out almost every night, convinced that she would never be able to feel at home in the US without a dog.

Send your sausage dog to get pampered at these hotel retreats

Send your sausage dog to get pampered at these hotel retreats

Sausage dog owners need not despair, because now you can send your pooch to a hotel to be pampered with nail trimming, teeth cleaning and coat conditioning, as well as playdates with other pups and walks in the countryside.

Save Money and Protect Your Dog With This Highly Rated Dog DNA Breed Identification Kit

Save Money and Protect Your Dog With This Highly Rated Dog DNA Breed Identification Kit

DNA test results include your dog's breed mix by a percentage based on a library of about 250 to 350 unique dog breeds.

Delhi HC orders all stray dogs to have right to food and be taken care of, without any nuisance

Delhi HC orders all stray dogs to have right to food and be taken care of, without any nuisance

It’s a happy victory day for all animal lovers as recently Delhi High Court has passed an order that enables citizens to feed stray dogs food without any intervention.

Hunt for man seen carrying dog by collar across park

Hunt for man seen carrying dog by collar across park

The RSPCA is looking into the incident which took place in east London (Picture: RSPCA)A hunt has been launched to find a man who carried a dog through a park by its collar.

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Lucille Downer, 85, who had dementia, was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: West Midlands Police)Two dogs who killed a great-grandmother in a vicious attack in her own garden have been ‘humanely destroyed’.

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

But in March 2020, just as the world began to change, I headed to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London to meet an anxious greyhound called Jasper.When Jasper and I eventually went home to Sutton, I found that my mother and I disagreed on whether my father had truly loved dogs.

Medical Detection Dogs: The charity behind our Lifeline 2021 campaign

Medical Detection Dogs: The charity behind our Lifeline 2021 campaign

This year, through two sponsored walks, we will raise vital funds for Medical Detection Dogs (MDD), a charity organisation that helps trains dogs to sniff out serious diseases such as cancer , Type 1 diabetes , Parkinson’s and coronavirus.

A socially-distanced dog show is (hopefully) coming to the UK this July

A socially-distanced dog show is (hopefully) coming to the UK this July

An event for four-legged friends and owners alike (Picture: All About Dogs/Blenheim Palace)Remember when day trips were a thing?If you’re struggling to get your four-legged friend to listen to you, various dog experts will also be on hand to offer advice on training and diet – so it’s an opportunity for learning, too.

Homeless woman refuses to go to shelter without her six dogs

Homeless woman refuses to go to shelter without her six dogs

Luz, who lives on the street, has so much love for her dogs (Picture: Omar Camarillo)A 65-year-old homeless woman was found sleeping in bin bags on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, with her six dogs .

I’ve developed influencer envy – and the influencer is a dog

I’ve developed influencer envy – and the influencer is a dog

The thing is, this influencer is a dog.When the Fopadib gets hard to handle, the truism that we never know what anyone (or any dog) is going through takes me to a better place – yes, even better than the dental hygienist.