Pet time and power naps: working from home during the Covid crisis

Pet time and power naps: working from home during the Covid crisis

For Lauren Hutchcraft, 30, working from home has allowed her to spend more time with her pets, two dogs and a recently adopted cat – even if it does make for a rather chaotic office set-up.

Deaf sheepdog returns to work after learning sign language

Deaf sheepdog returns to work after learning sign language

Eight-year-old collie Peggy was given up by her previous owners after going deaf (Picture: PA)A sheepdog who was given up by her previous owners after losing her hearing is back at work after learning how to read hand signals.

Deaf sheepdog forced to retire learns sign language to continue herding animals

Deaf sheepdog forced to retire learns sign language to continue herding animals

A COLLIE who lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.Eight-year-old working collie, Peggy, lost her hearing and could no longer communicate.(Image: RSPCA) Peggy was trained to work without hearing voice commands.

Smart dogs become first in world - by sniffing out and saving endangered newts

Smart dogs become first in world - by sniffing out and saving endangered newts

Spaniels Rocky and Arnie have been trained to detect and protect great crested newts (Image: Network Rail/SNWS) Great crested newts are a protected species (Image: Getty Images) Network Rail teams in Hitchin have called in the detective duo ahead of essential maintenance work (Image: Getty Images)The idea is that the detective dogs can cover a large area much faster than humans and accurately detect any newts - saving both time and money.

Pink introduces new puppy with adorable family photo

Pink introduces new puppy with adorable family photo

In the caption, Pink revealed that the family adopted their newest family member from the Labelle Foundation in Los Angeles and shared the dog's unique name: Habañero Mountain Guy Kadashi Hart.

From the archive: the mouse breeders of Shipley, 1983

From the archive: the mouse breeders of Shipley, 1983

According to the National Mouse Club, ‘the mouse should be long in body, with long clean head, not too fine or pointed at the nose; the eyes should be large, bold and prominent; the ears large and tulip-shaped, free from creases, carried erect with plenty of width between them …’ There were fashions in mouse colours, too.

Pandemic pets: What people have learned from the past year

Pandemic pets: What people have learned from the past year

While Dr Gaines says suddenly spending time alone may be “particularly stressful” for puppies bought during the pandemic, she warns that this time could also be stressful for older pets too.“What we’re urging people to do now is to prepare for life post-lockdown and to get dogs, especially, ready for what is going to be a very different way of life for many of them,” she adds.

How to join Alexandra Burke and Pete Wicks on our charity walk this June

How to join Alexandra Burke and Pete Wicks on our charity walk this June

With a fundraising minimum of just £300, the money you raise will help the charity invest in their dogs so they can continue their lifesaving work.

Very good boy Bailey in training to become champion canine lifeguard

Very good boy Bailey in training to become champion canine lifeguard

Good dog (Picture: Caters News Agency)Say hello to Bailey, a Golden Retriever in training to be a lifeguard.Very busy and important (Picture: @gold_dog_bailey / Caters News) Bailey knows how to drag people from the water (Picture: @gold_dog_bailey / Caters News)Everita said: ‘I think Bailey is competitive because we try not to miss any training.

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: I train dogs to sniff out deadly diseases

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: I train dogs to sniff out deadly diseases

‘We have to mimic being the client essentially, which is the most effective way for the dog to learn.’ (Picture: Simmy Moore)‘It’s also a challenge for the dog because it’s a change,’ he adds.

Dog theft specialist officer appointed as cases surge

Dog theft specialist officer appointed as cases surge

Nottinghamshire Police said there is ‘growing alarm over the threat of dog theft’ as they revealed the new role following warnings from charities.

Put your lockdown walking to good use and help fight cancer

Put your lockdown walking to good use and help fight cancer

There’s no doubt that MDD’s work does saves lives, so why not consider all your lockdown walking as training in progress and sign up (details above) to help raise money and be a part of the amazing difference they make.

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: Meet the dogs saving lives just by their sniff

Metro.co.uk Lifeline: Meet the dogs saving lives just by their sniff

Like any charity, Medical Detection Dogs rely on donations to keep doing their lifesaving work, which is why we’re raising much-needed money for them – but we need your help to do it!

Milly may be a shelter dog, but she rescues me every single day

Milly may be a shelter dog, but she rescues me every single day

‘I didn’t even know such dogs existed’ (Picture: Yvonne Nicholson)It meant I wasn’t able to work either, but I was desperate to put my time to good use, so eventually decided to volunteer for a charity.

Dr Christian: ‘Detection dogs could be vital in our fight against Covid’

Dr Christian: ‘Detection dogs could be vital in our fight against Covid’

‘If you think of the bigger picture with the pandemic, these dogs could be a real game-changer.’ (Picture: MDD)As I watched them work, it just seemed like such an obvious thing to do.

Metro Lifeline is back and we need you – and your dog – to help!

Metro Lifeline is back and we need you – and your dog – to help!

Already signed up to join our 10k Woof and Walk for MDD are singer Alexandra Burke , TV’s Dr Christian Jessen , reality star Pete Wicks and presenter Debbie Flint.singer Alexandra Burke, TV’s Dr Christian Jessen, reality star Pete Wicks and presenter Debbie Flint will be joining our Woof and Walk for MDD.

I know a dog’s sense of smell can save a life because it happened to me

I know a dog’s sense of smell can save a life because it happened to me

Our idea was that if we could train dogs to sniff out diseases by learning how they smelt, they not only could help with early detection, but also support people who lived with certain illnesses, such as nut allergies and Type 1 diabetes, and let them know if their health was in danger.

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

‘My soupmaker is so quick!’ 15 lockdown buys that helped Guardian readers

Not only has my new treadmill seen me through lockdown, it’s also keeping me on an even keel, as I live in a crowded area and don’t really enjoy running outside any more.It’s quick, easy to use and makes having a morning coffee feel a little bit special during this strange time.

Ellen Pompeo looks to Meredith Grey for strength after beloved dog's death

Ellen Pompeo looks to Meredith Grey for strength after beloved dog's death

In a on Saturday, Pompeo thanked her supporters for their love after hearing of Valentino’s passing, saying she has been reflecting on her work as Dr. Meredith Grey to work through her loss.

What to Expect After a Year of the Unexpected

What to Expect After a Year of the Unexpected

At the beginning of the health crisis, organizations were focused on business continuity, employee welfare and productivity, but as we look toward the “next normal,” sustainability efforts will accelerate in the same way remote work has.