When the owner of Yogi, a six-year-old St. Bernard from Plymouth, was told her dog needed delicate heart surgery to survive, she feared he wouldn’t make it to his seventh birthday – but after a complex operation and an emergency blood transfusion, Yogi is back home.
From happily pitter pattering around us while we’re home schooling or working, to excitedly running alongside us on walkies and snuggling up next to us in front of Netflix, our dogs have loved spending so much time with us during lockdown — and the feeling’s mutual.
Elizabeth Lee, 13, from New Malden, has won the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Award ‘Instagram Photo Category’ voted by members of the public. The winning shot featured her dog, Lucky the whippet, in a field of purple heather.
The RSPCA is reminding dog owners and walkers of the importance of keeping their pets under control to avoid attacks on livestock, after three sheep were injured and two passed away following a dog attack in a farmer’s field in the Runcorn area this month.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners to take extra precautions when walking their dogs in the vicinity of water bodies, after a spike in reports of toxic blue green algae in several locations across the UK this summer.
A 10-year-old Beagle cross called Duke, who was found as a stray in Guildford in 2016, has been credited with helping his owner hand-rearing a tiny kitten rejected by his mother.
A Bichon Frise/Jack Russell cross called Teddy had to be helped out by both vets and the fire brigade after he got his toes hopelessly stuck into the metal cover of a plughole.
To the surprise of no animal lover ever, research by OnBuy.com found that “73 per cent of people say seeing an animal in a profile picture makes someone instantly more attractive”.
Every year the RSPCA receives hundreds of reports of animals suffering from heat exposure; here are some tips to keep your dog cool, safe and comfortable throughout summer.