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Here you’ll find our latest blog posts on all things cats and dogs. Feel free to have a look around and share with your friends and family

  • Spring cleaning with pets

    Fighting the fur       As dog and cat lovers, we know we couldn’t live without them. The fun, the friendship, the loyalty. But there is one aspect of owning a pet we could do without. The ongoing battle to keep our houses beautiful whilst our friends flagrantly shed their fur like it’s going out of fashion. And. It. Gets. Everywhere. Sofas, curtains, kitchen floors, you name it, if you’re not on your game, they’ll soon be swamped. So, how do you stay on top in the fight...
  • Pet Heroes “Toby Knows”

    It’s pretty incredible that pets can be specially trained to recognise the signs of specific medical conditions in people. What’s more amazing still, is when a pet takes on the mantel themselves. It shows they not only have the ability to “sniff out” health problems, but the emotional intelligence to want to protect their human family members. Toby the cat is one such gifted and compassionate pet. The two-year-old lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with his owner Annette and...
  • Cats are pretty independent as pets go, they tend to spend a lot of their time doing their own thing. But as cat-lovers know, they’re around when you need them most. To play around, have a cuddle, or in some cases do something truly remarkable – like save your life. In the early hours of the 5th of January, Sharon Kane, a nursing support worker from Belfast was tucked up in bed in her flat. And, having taken some strong medication for a chest infection she was in a particularly deep...
  • When people and dogs work together they can achieve truly remarkable things. And so it was proved, in September of 2017 on Hayling Island, Hampshire. Nicola Godliman, her fourteen-year-old daughter, Poppy and her 19-year-old niece, Keira were enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the beach near to the entrance of Langstone Harbour, when disaster struck.      Nicola had been happily watching her daughter splash around with her cousin no more than a few metres from the...
  • You guessed it, it’s your pet. The January Blues can strike pretty hard if you’re not careful. Party season is over, you’re back at work and it’s more than a little chilly. Not a great recipe for feeling at your best. Luckily for all you pet owners out there, one of the best ways to improve your mood is spending quality time with your dog of cat. That could be exercising, playing or simply showing and receiving affection.     The effects can be truly profound, and...
  • That’s how Jacqueline Evans, an Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner describes Sabby, the recipient of the PDSA Order of Merit for Outstanding Devotion. The Black Labrador from Lanarkshire enjoyed a distinguished 10-year career, working with people with learning difficulties both in hospital and in the community. Born into the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy programme, from birth she was earmarked for a service career. However, it was perhaps fate that the natural therapist...
  • If you’re heading off on the trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to leave your best friend behind. And you don’t have to. Because from Europe to Oceania and everywhere in between, there are fabulous feline and canine friendly hotels. And we’re going to take you on a whistle-stop tour of them. First stop, Down Under. At The Langham Sydney you can enjoy spectacular city or bay views, with your furry friend by your side. As well boasting a pool, a spa, tennis courts a hot tub and more...
  • PawsFit Challenge

    Happy New Year, to people and pets, we hope you have a fantastic 2019. No doubt you’ve made some resolutions, some of you may have already broken them. But if Dry January or Run Every Day weren’t enough to capture your imagination, maybe it’s because they lack a vital ingredient – your four-legged friend. How much more fun would getting healthy be, if you could take your cat or dog along for the ride. Well… you can.   Obviously, you could do something as simple as jog with...
  • Christmas is all about the kids, right? Well, on behalf of pets everywhere, we’d like to suggest you share the magic – and by that we mean treats – with your four-legged friends too. To help you out, we’ve put together a little collection of recipes you can try to make your dog or cat’s Christmas.     Honey & Banana Dog Biscuits We know, these tantalising treats from The RSPCA sound too good to be true. But they’re actually very simple. You can watch the...
  • Wonderful Winter Walks

    If we didn’t already know it, Andy Williams confirmed that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. And what a time for a walk. With family and friends all together, ‘tis the season to wrap up, welly up and take your four-legged friends out for a stroll. Wherever you are in the UK there’s sure to be a good spot for a wander, not too far away.   London boasts a few famous parks in and around the centre, but if you want your walk to be epic, then it’s got to be Epping...
  • During the festive season, we all love a treat. Mulled wine, mince pies, chocolate selection boxes you name it. It’s natural to want to share the joy with our furry friends. We’d just like to flag a few things to be mindful of, so that they can enjoy the festivities as much as you.     Chocolate is well known to be poisonous for canines, but you may not know it’s toxic for cats too. The caffeine and theobromine contained in chocolate can cause seizures and, in some...
  •   Bringing a furry friend to work, not only adds a bit of cuteness to your day, it can also be calming and morale boosting for staff and make everyone more productive to boot!   As well as being beneficial in an office environment, pets can be especially important to those who work alone. If, for example, you’re a landscape gardener or remote freelancer they can help you feel less isolated, and be a welcome distraction.   We can all be guilty of getting our heads...

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