Lady Gaga's dog walker recalls how lung collapsed several times in wake of shooting

Lady Gaga's dog walker recalls how lung collapsed several times in wake of shooting

Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer, who was shot in February, learned just how close his brush with death was after he ended up back in the emergency room with a collapsed lung one week after his previous visit to the ER.

How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

How therapy animals brought comfort and joy in pandemic year

Because therapy animal handlers believe so strongly in the healing power of pets, in pre-pandemic times they volunteer to take their dogs and cats to hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, airports, funeral homes, dentist offices and other places where animals can help reduce stress and offer support.

Woman travels 600 miles to reunite 93-year-old with his beloved dog

Woman travels 600 miles to reunite 93-year-old with his beloved dog

Alan and Cap reuniting at his nursing home in Kendal, Cumbria (Picture: SallyAnn Fisher / SWNS.COM)They were able to stay for an hour with him before leaving to travel 300 miles home.

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Therapy dogs spread cheer through virtual volunteering

Duke and Tiger Maynard-White visit residents at Harbor Village Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New London, Connecticut.Tiger Maynard-White "touches" a woman's hand on the other side of the window at a skilled nursing facility.

Dodger the Staffy is every pensioner’s best friend

Dodger the Staffy is every pensioner’s best friend

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier with residents Valerie and George Cook (Picture: Susannah Ireland) The couple love Dodger’s monthly visits with owner Karen Gee (left) (Picture: Susannah Ireland) Dodger ‘knows how to behave with different residents’ (Picture: Susannah Ireland) Karen Martindale, manager of the care home, is a fan of her monthly visitor (Picture: Susannah Ireland).

Cupcake the therapy poodle visits hospital to help patients feel better

Cupcake the therapy poodle visits hospital to help patients feel better

Karen Simmons and Cupcake visiting a hospital patient (picture: Caters News Agency)‘Cupcake is an amazing dog who is calm and obedient – she is perfect for the job.

Christmas pop-up dedicated to cats and dogs opens in London

Christmas pop-up dedicated to cats and dogs opens in London

Because your pet deserves a treat (Picture: Cheshire & Wain/Rachel Oates)Not sure what to get your furry friend this year?The Merchant’s Tail in Hackney was launched by pet labels Cheshire & Wain and Fetch & Follow, and will feature both festive experiences and shopping opportunities for animal lovers.

Advisers advise, but do ministers decide?

Advisers advise, but do ministers decide?

• If Boris Johnson wants to deselect any Tory rebel MPs (Report , 2 September), surely progressive political parties should respond by allowing them to stand unopposed.• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Blind man told he can’t bring guide dog to life-saving hospital appointments

Blind man told he can’t bring guide dog to life-saving hospital appointments

Mark Burchell, 54, pictured with guide dog Judi, survived bladder and prostate cancer in 2017 (Picture: Argus/Sax Rohmer Ltd)‘They were not only affecting my hospital trips but stopping me doing things I’d want to do afterwards, like socialising with friends.

Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep

Theatre by the Lake has got a decent rep

I strongly endorse Robin Hargreaves’s letter (A dignified end for beloved pets , 3 June). • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

Xylitol is not such a sweet treat for dogs

• I was cheered in hard times to hear on Radio 5 Live that Michael Gove had stated that “he was ready to leave the country”. • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling

Assange has been collared. His cat knows the feeling

• It is not easy to feel sympathy for a man who dresses his cat in a collar and tie (Assange faces five years in US jail as standoff ends , 12 April). Let’s have at least one happy, uplifting story on the front page every day. • Join the debate – email [email protected]

Lots of wholegrains for a real dog’s dinner

Lots of wholegrains for a real dog’s dinner

I’ve been seeing spectacular health improvements in pets fed on wholegrains, both home-cooked and commercially, for more than 40 years so I do know a bit about the subject.

Ultimate New Puppy and Dog Product Checklist

Ultimate New Puppy and Dog Product Checklist

“So, being careful not to overwhelm them initially can help them to adjust.” Dr. Mitchell recommends giving your new dog his own space, such as a small room or bathroom, providing him with downtime, and staggering introductions with family and friends so they happen over time, not all at once.

Dog who was in a shelter for eight years finally gets her forever home

Dog who was in a shelter for eight years finally gets her forever home

‘It does not usually take a dog that long to get used to someone but she needed extra time.’ (Picture: Leanne Wenban /SWNS.COM) Roxy now has her own bedroom complete with toys and treats, but she is still settling into the new home.

A very lonely dog is struggling to find a forever home because of his bat ears

A very lonely dog is struggling to find a forever home because of his bat ears

(Picture: SWNS)One of Britain’s loneliest rescue dogs is struggling to find a forever home because people are put off by his large bat-like ears. (Picture: SWNS)‘On paper he’s the perfect dog for many families.

Here’s why conkers are dangerous for your dog

Here’s why conkers are dangerous for your dog

‘When out walking this autumn, it’s crucial to be aware of any dangerous plants and trees that might cause harm to your pet,’ PDSA veterinarian, Olivia Anderson-Nathan, tells Metro.co.uk.

How to teach your dog to be calm around visitors

How to teach your dog to be calm around visitors

Often, when a visitor comes to the door, our dog will give a warning or guarding bark to alert us about the visitor.

Cat Cafe to Open This Summer in Montreal

Cat Cafe to Open This Summer in Montreal

Café Chat l’Heureux will be the first Cat Café in North America and is set to open this summer in Montreal, Quebec, as reported by Michael D’Alimonte of MTL Blog. So if you love coffee and cats, this might be your dreamland!

Political correctness gone mad in jerk row | Brief letters

Political correctness gone mad in jerk row | Brief letters

Christine Benson (Letters, 17 August) need not be concerned. • Join the debate – email [email protected] • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters