Nervous dog desperate for owner who understands 'quirks' after year's wait

Nervous dog desperate for owner who understands 'quirks' after year's wait

Gruffalo has been waiting patiently at The Stubbington Ark in Hampshire for a forever home (Image: RSPCA)"Sadly, he does have some behavioural challenges and, for this reason, we need to be really careful to match him with someone who fully understands these quirks.“It takes Gruffalo time to feel comfortable around new people and it can take several meetings until he’s confident enough to say ‘hello’.

The biological reason therapy dogs help us feel better

The biological reason therapy dogs help us feel better

They were all asked to report their levels of pain, depression, anxiety and wellbeing before and after a 10-minute visit from a St. John’s Ambulance dog and their handler.The patients reported a significant reduction in pain, symptoms of depression and anxiety and overall wellbeing.

Why does my dog always stare at me?

Why does my dog always stare at me?

Your dog could be trying to tell you something (Picture: Getty).If your dog stares at you while they’re pooping, it could be because they feel vulnerable and are looking to you for reassurance.

Lurcher named Marigold thanks to mysteriously yellow paws needs a home

Lurcher named Marigold thanks to mysteriously yellow paws needs a home

What a sweetie (Picture: RSPCA)Rachel explained: ‘As Marigold was a stray we know very little about her, and we don’t believe she’s lived in a home before, so she’ll need owners who can give her time to settle.

Why does my dog always follow me?

Why does my dog always follow me?

Caroline Spencer, a natural canine behaviourist, told that there are three main reasons why your dog might be following you around – the last of which can be concerning.

The inner lives of dogs: what our canine friends really think about love, lust and laughter

The inner lives of dogs: what our canine friends really think about love, lust and laughter

This is mainly developmental – a young dog will experience distress in the moment: “I’m on my own and I don’t like it.” As it gets older, Firth says, “it will start to worry that it’s going to have that horrible feeling – worry about worrying, which is essentially what anxiety is.

When our intentions really go to the dogs

When our intentions really go to the dogs

Your article (Paws for thought: dogs may be able to figure out human intentions, 1 September ) was interesting, although like most dog owners, I smile at some of the efforts of scientific researchers to find out what we know already.

Dog adopted after 14 months in shelter is returned one day later

Dog adopted after 14 months in shelter is returned one day later

Rusty was returned to the shelter after one day (Picture: Humane Society Central Texas Facebook)When a dog is rehomed from a shelter, it’s a reason to celebrate.

'Max rescued me!' Owner gives emotional interview on how miracle support dog saved him

'Max rescued me!' Owner gives emotional interview on how miracle support dog saved him

MAX the dog is receiving the animal equivalent of an OBE after his owner, Kerry Irving, revealed his furry friend saved him from depression.(Image: Facebook/Max Out In The Lake District) Max’s owner Kerry Irving says his dog gave him a “reason to live”.

From the archive: are we a nation of cat people?

From the archive: are we a nation of cat people?

For the Observer Magazine of 20 June 1982, Eva Kendall found out why cats in particular were on the verge of becoming Britain’s most popular pets (‘The Cult of the Cat’).‘Their stillness has a spiritual quality,’ one cat breeder told Kendall.

Abandoned blind puppy found wandering in Hyde Park gets a new home

Abandoned blind puppy found wandering in Hyde Park gets a new home

Although dogs like Oliver might need a little extra help, Steve urges those who are struggling with a puppy for whatever reason, to bring it to their local rescue, rather than just abandoning it.

The science of why you’re a dog person or a cat person

The science of why you’re a dog person or a cat person

Cat people, however, would likely tell you that the reason they love their feline friends is that they’re affectionate only when they want to be, and aren’t as needy or naive as dogs.

Keep these safety tips in mind before you buy a new dog toy for your furry friend

Keep these safety tips in mind before you buy a new dog toy for your furry friend

Hence, we thought of listing down a few safety tips that every dog owner should keep in mind when they buy a new toy for their dogs.Either way, you must avoid buying an inappropriately sized toy for your dog.

Strong arguments for giving up meat for good

Strong arguments for giving up meat for good

Thank you for debunking so many ludicrous yet oft-repeated myths surrounding vegetarianism and veganism (Why you should go animal-free: 18 arguments for eating meat debunked , 19 June).

Coronavirus world: Can cats, dogs and other pets spread Covid-19?

Coronavirus world: Can cats, dogs and other pets spread Covid-19?

The virus has also shown itself capable of spreading to pets, with a third animal, a cat belonging to a Belgian owner, being diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday night.(Picture: Getty Images)Belgium’s National Council for Animal Protection has stressed that there is ‘no reason to abandon your animal’ over coronavirus fears.

Police therapy dog hilariously busted for stealing donated toys

Police therapy dog hilariously busted for stealing donated toys

The video of the caper — recorded by the officer who busted Ben — immediately went viral.“I don’t know what goes through the mind of a dog that comes into a room and is overwhelmed with toys and everything else,” Johnson said.

The mother of all annoyances

The mother of all annoyances

How many more times will the Guardian tell us that Ursula von der Leyen is the mother of seven (Report , 19 July)? • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Glenn Close brought her dog to the Independent Spirit Awards

Glenn Close brought her dog to the Independent Spirit Awards

Getty Images Sir Pippin of Beanfield, as he’s known to his 6,000 Instagram followers, even accompanied Close on stage as she accepted her award for Best Female Lead. “He’s my date,” said Close, as Pip adorably rolled around on his back on stage.

Women sleep better with a dog in the bed, researchers say

Women sleep better with a dog in the bed, researchers say

New findings by researchers at Cansius College, New York, showed that women who slept with a dog in their bed enjoyed a better quality of sleep, woke up earlier and felt safer.

Why populists adore cats – and use them in their political propaganda

Why populists adore cats – and use them in their political propaganda

Fans of Matteo Salvini, Italy’s rightwing, populist deputy prime minister, have been sending him images of their cats so he can post the cute, furry faces on his Facebook page and give his relentless attacks on migrants a more cuddly setting.