12 animals looking for their forever homes this Christmas

12 animals looking for their forever homes this Christmas

Meet Sparkle, the three-year-old Shih Tzu. Sparkle is just lovely (Picture: RSPCA)Sparkle – like the star on top of your tree – is described as being a ‘very sweet little dog’ with a lovely temperament.

Rescue dogs treated to Christmas grotto that’s totally edible

Rescue dogs treated to Christmas grotto that’s totally edible

We know dogs can’t smile, but look at his happy face (Picture: Dan Rowlands / ) Food artist Prudence makes some last minute adjustments to the dog grotto (Picture: Dan Rowlands / )It came as Wilko revealed research about pets and Christmas that found an average of £27 pounds is spent per-pooch on gifts over the festive season.

Animal magic: how my pet saved me

Animal magic: how my pet saved me

After that, if I heard a noise in the night, I had to sit up to check everything was OK; if I didn’t, I’d feel like there would be another fire.

Man prescribed emotional support dog faces eviction for having a ‘pet’

Man prescribed emotional support dog faces eviction for having a ‘pet’

Christopher Palmer, 63, says he wouldn’t be able to leave the house without his beagle Tammy (Picture: SWNS)A man with severe mental health issues faces eviction after doctors prescribed him an emotional support dog.

Feline fine: How to keep your indoor cat happy, according to scientists

Feline fine: How to keep your indoor cat happy, according to scientists

Highrise living might not be ideal for most pets, as outdoor access can be difficult and there may be limited space indoors.It’s often assumed that older cats may be a better choice because they’re more sedentary and cats with a previous history of living indoors may also adjust more easily to a new indoor home.

Woman turns the space under her stairs into a luxury dog house

Woman turns the space under her stairs into a luxury dog house

Kimberly and her husband did all the work themselves (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram) They began by adding a door then installing electric (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram) Jersey even has her own mailbox (Picture: jersey.thegoldengirl/Instagram)The couple even had a custom artwork made to look just like Jersey.

Your essential oil diffuser could be poisoning your cat or dog

Your essential oil diffuser could be poisoning your cat or dog

Vet, Zoe Costigan, from pet wellbeing specialist firm , told : ‘We need to be cautious when it comes to keeping essential oils in our homes as many oils could be potentially toxic to our pets.

5 Thanksgiving Day safety tips for your pet

5 Thanksgiving Day safety tips for your pet

One of the great things about the holidays is to see people close to you who don’t see them and eat delicious foods that you don’t always cook, such as the famous grandmother’s pie in the USA!Since it is only once a year, your pet may not be focused on during the celebration, and its safety may not be of concern to all the bifurcated events of the day.

The tiger next door: America’s backyard big cats

The tiger next door: America’s backyard big cats

Brittany Peet, director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), says there are a “patchwork of laws” regulating the possession of big cats.

Garrod Kirkwood's best photograph: one man and his whippet in a seaside arcade

Garrod Kirkwood's best photograph: one man and his whippet in a seaside arcade

‘I used to follow Chris and his whippet Edie round Sunderland.When the project was finished, I told Chris that I thought we had got enough He said: “Don’t say that.

Happy Bonfire Night: How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night

Happy Bonfire Night: How to keep pets safe on Guy Fawkes Night

The RSPCA estimate that, in the UK, as many as 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks and other pets such as cats , small animals and horses can also be spooked and affected by the sounds of Bonfire Night celebrations.

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

MPs to consider fireworks sales ban as anger mounts over effect on animals

“That’s exactly why the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is already gathering information on the noise, disturbance and anti-social behaviour that can be associated with fireworks, and the impact on people, animals and our environment.

How to keep your dog calm during fireworks on Bonfire Night

How to keep your dog calm during fireworks on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night can be the scariest day of the year for dogs (Picture: Getty Images)Most of us remember, remember the fifth of November as a time for warm hats, mulled wine and sparkling fireworks.

Hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid headed to White House

Hero dog injured in al-Baghdadi raid headed to White House

President Donald Trump tweets that the military working dog injured in the raid last weekend that killed the Islamic State leader will leave the Middle East for the White House sometime next week.

Two sausage dogs make their relationship official with lavish wedding

Two sausage dogs make their relationship official with lavish wedding

The pair love snuggles (Picture: ERIN ADAMS/ CATERS NEWS)Erin, a photographer, said: ‘We felt we needed to make their relationship official, they are obviously madly in love, Gandalf will only share his food with Galadriel, not the other dogs.

9 ways to keep your dog safe and stress free on Bonfire Night

9 ways to keep your dog safe and stress free on Bonfire Night

Dogs and cats might panic and flee at the sound of a firework bang, so make sure that if they do run off, they’ll be able to be returned to you safely.A walk before the fireworks get going can help (Picture: Getty).

Forgive me, Sherry

Forgive me, Sherry

My younger son wanted a pet as his birthday gift.I asked her not to come inside the house as her hair fall would trouble us.I used to make her eat and she was vomiting it every day.

Big porkie: why do we keep falling for the myth of the micro pig?

Big porkie: why do we keep falling for the myth of the micro pig?

Micropigs “are a fallacy” says Kevin Kersley, who breeds kune kune pigs – which are small, growing to around knee-height, but not micropig-sized – and chair of the British Kunekune Pig Society.

There’s a pop-up coming to London next week and it’s just for dogs

There’s a pop-up coming to London next week and it’s just for dogs

They can get as messy as they want, playing with leaves, rolling around in the dirt or hunt for Proper Treats – the newly launched dog snack from Lily’s Kitchen – in fact, there’s an actual wheelbarrow filled with the goodies.

Alf the agoraphobic sausage dog will finally go outside thanks to new friend

Alf the agoraphobic sausage dog will finally go outside thanks to new friend

Alf is so happy to have his new friend (Picture: Mercury Press)An agoraphobic sausage dog who spent the first year of his life too terrified to leave the house now has the courage to step outside – thanks to his new best friend.