What’s new, pussycat? How feline film stars are trained to perform

What’s new, pussycat? How feline film stars are trained to perform

Canadian animal trainer Melissa Millett has a novel way of desensitising the cats she works with: she stages mock film shoots at home.

Pen Farthing: ‘Animals in a cargo hold never got in the way of people getting on a flight’

Pen Farthing: ‘Animals in a cargo hold never got in the way of people getting on a flight’

The first time Farthing set off for the airport – with two buses of staff and their families, from one-year-old babies up to 80-year-old grandparents, along with two trucks piled with crates of cats and dogs – they were stopped four times at Taliban roadblocks on the five-mile journey.

A Sad Story About a Good Dog, Adopted in a Pandemic

A Sad Story About a Good Dog, Adopted in a Pandemic

Nola was a three-month-old, foot-and-a-half-long Lab/shepherd mix with a gold coat she hadn’t quite grown into, eyes that gleamed like large buttons, and a brow that conveyed, in turns, bemusement, befuddlement, and serious thought.Nola didn’t seem that sick — certainly not as sick as the puppies we’d read about online.

Couple Flying to Vegas Shocked to Find Their Chihuahua Hiding Inside Suitcase at Luggage Counter

Couple Flying to Vegas Shocked to Find Their Chihuahua Hiding Inside Suitcase at Luggage Counter

What started as a Texas couple’s getaway to Las Vegas led to a hilarious surprise at the Southwest Airlines luggage counter—when they opened up their bag and found a stowaway Chihuahua inside.“I told Kristi, I think this thing’s gonna be real close,” Jared told The Epoch Times.

My pandemic puppy is ruining my hot vax summer

My pandemic puppy is ruining my hot vax summer

Occasionally there’ll be a moment of reprieve as he leaves me and my date alone on the couch briefly to hump his plush toy giraffe beside us, but always maintaining the intense and unbreakable eye contact of a dog who wants only to be reassured that he’s a good boy.

Five ways to help your pets cope with fireworks on Bonfire Night

Five ways to help your pets cope with fireworks on Bonfire Night

With several festive celebrations potentially involving fireworks on the horizon, now is a good time to consider how best to help our pets remain as calm and happy as possible.

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.

Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Pen Farthing’s ‘tears of relief’ as Afghan animal shelter workers resettle in UK

Mr Farthing said he was ‘so bloody happy’ when his staff managed to get to Pakistan last month (Picture: PA)He added: ‘Definitely the American government and the British government could have planned this withdrawal a lot better and in a different way, without a shadow of a doubt.

Jenna Bush Hager picks new book club novel by 'A Gentleman in Moscow' author

Jenna Bush Hager picks new book club novel by 'A Gentleman in Moscow' author

The novel is about three 18-year-old boys: Emmett Watson, Woolly and Duchess, and Watson’s eight-year-old brother, Billy, who travel from Nebraska to New York City in the 1950s searching for adventure and a fresh start.

Climate campaigner's fury over killing of 570 whales

Climate campaigner's fury over killing of 570 whales

CLIMATE campaigners have slammed Norway for killing hundreds of whales this year, despite a dwindling use of whale meat in the country.Whalers, who typically use explosive harpoons, hunted more than 570 minke whales - the highest number in five years, according to Norwegian Fishermen's Sales Organisation data.

Mayim Bialik talks response to 'Jeopardy!' hosting: 'We're all learning as we go here'

Mayim Bialik talks response to 'Jeopardy!' hosting: 'We're all learning as we go here'

Ken Jennings and Bialik will continue hosting "Jeopardy!"On "Call Me Kat" and in a new cat food promotion, Bialik is fine with the felines."We have noticed a marked difference in our lives (since her cats began eating the food)," Bialik, a spokesperson for the brand, says.

Vote for your favorite football food in TODAY's Top Tailgating Food Bracket

Vote for your favorite football food in TODAY's Top Tailgating Food Bracket

There is truly nothing like the spread at a tailgate — when else can you nosh on wings , sliders and nachos all at the same time.Enter TODAY's Top Tailgating Food Bracket.Tailgate Nacho Packets.Chili 'Cheese' Fries.

A dog’s inner life: what a robot pet taught me about consciousness

A dog’s inner life: what a robot pet taught me about consciousness

But Aibo came equipped with language-processing software and could recognise more than 100 words; didn’t that mean in a way that he “understood”?Aibo’s sensory perception systems rely on neural networks , a technology that is loosely modelled on the brain and is used for all kinds of recognition and prediction tasks.

Meet Any, the 'Doggie Eats' delivery dog who works to help a tenderloin shelter

Meet Any, the 'Doggie Eats' delivery dog who works to help a tenderloin shelter

Well that's Any , a charismatic furry who 'works' delivering food to help the tenderloin shelter where she lives and has stolen the heart of the internet.

How to help your dog cope with separation anxiety now you’ve gone back to work

How to help your dog cope with separation anxiety now you’ve gone back to work

You need to understand that your dog’s breed, their breeding and the way the breeder raised them will have an enormous impact on what is achievable for your dog or puppy.

How to take the lead in dog walking – and earn unconditional love in return

How to take the lead in dog walking – and earn unconditional love in return

During a dog walk, according to Anna, host of the weekly podcast A Dog’s Life, owner and pooch should be in constant communication: the hound praised by its owner, returning when it is called (recall), and rewarded with verbal cues or edible treats.

Caring for your senior dog with age-related issues

Caring for your senior dog with age-related issues

Senior dogs are often prone to problems like hip dysplasia, arthritis, diabetes and cancer.Swimming is also a great exercise for senior dogs as water provides support and doesn’t put much strain on your pet’s joints.

Dog trainer reveals the biggest problem caused by the puppy pandemic

Dog trainer reveals the biggest problem caused by the puppy pandemic

Brian got his treats, then said, ‘There’s a good boy, Dougal.’ I told him to keep quiet but then he started saying, ‘You’re so beautiful, Dougal…’ He just couldn’t stop talking to his dog.People were getting puppies hand over fist and panicking dog owners needed help.

Cat owners may be forced to microchip pets as UK thefts soar

Cat owners may be forced to microchip pets as UK thefts soar

Millions of cat owners could be expected to get their cats microchipped or face fines under new government plans as the number of felines being stolen has risen sharply during the pandemic.

Fit in my 40s: am I fat-shaming my dog if we work out together?

Fit in my 40s: am I fat-shaming my dog if we work out together?

He managed that, but by this time had had quite a lot of ham and, somehow, so had I.Paw patrol: three ways to exercise with your dog.You may need to hone your own fitness before you start running with your dog, in other words.