Joe and Jill Biden are bringing a cat to the White House

Joe and Jill Biden are bringing a cat to the White House

"President-elect @JoeBiden and his wife @DrBiden won’t just be bringing their German shepherds, Major and Champ to the White House,” a Friday evening tweet from CBS Sunday Morning read.President-elect @JoeBiden and his wife @DrBiden won’t just be bringing their German shepherds, Major and Champ to the White House.

Tim Dowling: the tortoise will not only outlive me, it’ll outwit me, too

Tim Dowling: the tortoise will not only outlive me, it’ll outwit me, too

It is just after 11pm and I am in the garden in a downpour that began precisely as I stepped outside, searching for the tortoise by the light of my phone.“I suppose it would be terrible if he were to sadly pass,” my wife says.

So we’re getting a dog. Can I avoid the trap of talking about it all the time?

So we’re getting a dog. Can I avoid the trap of talking about it all the time?

A while ago, my wife and I took the kids to an agricultural fair, which is like a regular trade fair except you spend £30 on chilli jam and pretend to a salesman that you are going to come back and look at a ride-on mower again, even though you have plastic grass (more of that in another column).Part way through the day, we went into a barn full of people selling rabbits.

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

Tim Dowling: Is the puppy homesick? The worry is all-consuming

The puppy we’re looking after for friends appears at the garden door with a shoe in its mouth.The dog sits on the garden table, lip curled in a sneer, while my wife runs the trimmer over its back.“It’s for dogs,” my wife says.

Tim Dowling: we’re looking after a puppy. It’s riding our dog

Tim Dowling: we’re looking after a puppy. It’s riding our dog

I set my alarm for 7am to release the puppy from the cage at its accustomed hour, but when it goes off, my wife is already downstairs, the tiny dog running figures of eight round her ankles.“I knew you’d be down here, sucking up to it,” I say.“Did you want to be the one to let it out?” she says.“No,” I lie.“The extractor fan man will be here soon,” she says.“That’s today?” I say.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay: When you adopt an animal you're actually giving back to Mother Nature; the feeling is gratifying: Kunal Thakur

Kasautii Zindagii Kay: When you adopt an animal you're actually giving back to Mother Nature; the feeling is gratifying: Kunal Thakur

The actor recently brought home a new family member — an adorable kitten named Caramel Thakur — feels that this bundle of joy has brought a lot of love and positivity in his life, even in the lockdown.

In 18 months, we've had 30 cats – and it's been wonderful | Tom Hawking

In 18 months, we've had 30 cats – and it's been wonderful | Tom Hawking

Photograph: Tom Hawking One and a half years on, we have fostered some 30 cats: a cavalcade of kittens, two nursing mothers with their babies, two separate cats named Pebbles, a couple of senior catizens, and a strange beast by the name of Cami who liked to lick my head every night, without fail, at 3am.

I've Zoomed and I've dog groomed and I still don't know how to stay alert

I've Zoomed and I've dog groomed and I still don't know how to stay alert

On 30 April – possibly owing to Kevin saying his voice was a little huskier than usual, but more likely because of the government’s desperation to meet its 100,000 daily target by the end of the month – he was told he was eligible for a test and was invited to go to a centre in Cambridge the next day.

Dog born with hair growing through eyes gets saved from being put down

Dog born with hair growing through eyes gets saved from being put down

‘The man picked him up and he was a little dog with big fluff coming out of his eyes and I was told that because he was blind and he couldn’t be used on the farm or be sold as a pet.

Shuttering of animal shelters prompts surge in pet fostering amid pandemic

Shuttering of animal shelters prompts surge in pet fostering amid pandemic

Shapiro is among thousands of volunteers who answered the call of animal shelters nationwide to foster a pet amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.The number of animals needing homes is likely to climb, said Susan Schroeder, of owner Bronx Tails cat rescue in New York City.

If you have a dog who hates being alone, a podcast for pooches could be the answer

If you have a dog who hates being alone, a podcast for pooches could be the answer

However, you can’t avoid having to go out all the time, and your dog will need to eventually overcome their separation anxiety.Created by the University of York’s Alex Benjamin, My Dog’s Favourite Podcast for Spotify is designed specifically for pups who are home alone.

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.

Our neighbours’ yapping dogs are driving us mad. What can we do?

Our neighbours’ yapping dogs are driving us mad. What can we do?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.It’s so bad that my wife is thinking of putting our home on the market.

Dog bit chunk out of arm of pensioner, 82, in park

Dog bit chunk out of arm of pensioner, 82, in park

The shocking wound to Charles Brown, with his wife Ann, is too graphic to show (Picture: Caters)An elderly man had a ‘chunk of his arm’ ripped off by a dog in a savage attack that left his bone exposed.

Melbourne dog attack leaves man dead and woman badly injured

Melbourne dog attack leaves man dead and woman badly injured

The dog, believed to be an American Staffordshire Terrier, was reportedly taken away in an animal control van about four hours after the attack and euthanised on Wednesday night.

Luke Bryan and his family mourn the death of their 18-year-old rescue dog

Luke Bryan and his family mourn the death of their 18-year-old rescue dog

The time that Luke Bryan and his family had with their "sweet prince" of an adopted 18-year-old dog was short, but the lovable pooch won't soon be forgotten.

Thieves steal 11 French bulldogs, wad of cash and Mercedes from home

Thieves steal 11 French bulldogs, wad of cash and Mercedes from home

The French bulldogs were stolen during a raid on January 4 (Picture: Wales news service) South Wales Police covering the area of Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan said the raid took place in Barry, Wales, at around 9am.

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, pays respects to late president at US Capitol

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, pays respects to late president at US Capitol

Former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, arrived at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning to pay his respects to the late commander-in-chief, who is lying in state.

Tim Dowling: me and the squirrel, it's war

Tim Dowling: me and the squirrel, it's war

Early on Monday morning, a damp autumn chill greets me when I open the garden door. One afternoon, I look up from my work to see the squirrel sitting on my office step, watching me through the open door, and eating a cherry tomato with both hands.

Husband forced to choose between saving wife and dog from house fire

Husband forced to choose between saving wife and dog from house fire

(Picture: MEN Media)The house caught fire when they had left a pan of food on low heat for when the couple’s son Correy, 23, returned from work at around 11pm.