When pet owners are separated from their pets for a period of time whether it be a few days, a week or even a month, there is no doubt that they will be missing each other. Well this heart warming video of a soldier reuniting with her dog after a year, is just super adorable and even had some of the audience members in tears. It’s lovely to see that the bond between a pet and its owner is always strong no matter the circumstance.
Are you feeling the pressure from an upcoming exam? Maybe you have a deadline at work that you are struggling to complete. Well students at Sheffield University enjoyed the first of many pet therapy sessions where they petted dogs as a way of de-stressing. The pilot was attended by hundreds of students looking to improve their well being and mood by using pet therapy. The university has adopted labrador puppies training with the Guide Dog Association – as well as a therapy dog called Mouse and they will be a regular fixture at the pet therapy café. And it seems to have worked for the students that attended, who concluded that they felt more relaxed after the event. Sheffield University are the second in the country to adopt this type of therapy, with Edinburgh University already using animal assisted therapy to reduce stress, blood pressure, isolation and boredom. So next time you feel yourself getting a bit worked up, remember your pet can always help you to relax and feel calm again.
If you own a Skye terrier, consider yourself very lucky as they are now rarer than the giant panda. According to registration statistics by the Kennel Club, the breed which is one of the most vulnerable of Britain’s native dog breeds has fallen to a record low of just 17 puppy registrations in 2013. Whilst other foreign breeds continue to thrive, it is estimated that there are just 400 left in the UK. This makes the Skye terrier the rarest native breed alongside the Otterhound. If you own a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Deerhound they are among the top 25 most vulnerable native breeds in the country. On the other side, the most popular breed to be registered in 2013, was the French Bulldog knocking out long term British favourite, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Every dog is special but for those that own the rare breeds like the Skye terrier, your dog is truly one of a kind!
Sometimes we forget just how much joy and happiness our pets bring to us. But equally we don’t realise the happiness and joy we give to our pets everyday. This fantastic collection of ’25 of the Happiest Dogs on the Internet‘ puts together pictures of dogs that are glowing with elation and are so full of life. I hope you enjoy going through them as much as I did.
Are there times that you feel your dog actually understands you? Well you might be surprised (and happy) to know that according to a recent study, dogs can process the emotions and vocals of humans just like we do. In the first research of its kind published in the journal Current Biology , it found that our canines have dedicated voice areas in their brains and are sensitive to the acoustic cues of emotion just like us. This further strengthens the alliance that a dog and owner already has. Emotional sounds, such as crying and laughter showed a high pattern of activity in the part of the brain responsible for audio.However as much as dogs are responsive to human sounds, their reactions are far stronger when it came to canine sounds such as whimpering and barking. So next time you talk to your dog, remember they can understand you.
Cats are very interesting creatures and there are so many weird and wonderful facts that you might not know about your feline friend. I put together a few of my favourite facts about cats, hopefully you learn a thing or two:
There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it. If you think your cat or kitten has had an accident in your home, use a black light to find the mishap.
Cats spend 15% of their day grooming themselves and a massive 70% of their day sleeping.
21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore.
The most popular names for female cats in the U.S. are Missy, Misty, Muffin, Patches, Fluffy, Tabitha, Tigger, Pumpkin and Samantha.
A cat’s hearing ability is unique. They can hear ultrasonic sounds!
Have you ever noticed a cat’s tail quivering when it is near you? This is an expression of love.
Cats have amazing vision! They can see anything up to 120 feet away and their peripheral vision is roughly 285 degrees.
The average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring in a lifetime.
When a group of cats get together they are called a “clowder”
It seems we are a nation that loves our pets – so much so that three quarters of pet owners believe that their pet’s health is as, or more important that their own. According to a recent survey carried out on behalf of the National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) also shows that vets topped the list of who owners trusted the most regarding advice on pet healthcare. The survey which is part of NOAH’s ‘I Heart My Pet‘ campaign suggests that when choosing a veterinary practice owners’ top three priorities were: expertise of the staff,convenience of practice location and clean,modern facilities.
Remember if you would like any advice on your pet’s healthcare, you can visit our website to find your local easipetcare practice. If you are looking to save money your pet’s essential healthcare, take a look at our 356 Pet Care Plan which can save you up to 40%.
The run-up to the prestigious annual dog show,Crufts, is always packed with lots of animal friendly programmes and shows. Superstar Dogs is a daytime show on Channel 4 which sees dogs and owners from across the country competing in a series of daily challenges with the winner crowned during Crufts. If you are a lover of all things canine, this is a fantastic show to keep you entertained. You might even pick up a few tricks or two to try out with your pooch!
Everyone knows about the world famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, but I bet you didn’t know they have one for dogs! Celebrations began this week with a pre-Carnival bash for the pooches ,gearing up for the main event which opens on the 28th of February. About 100 dogs turned up to kick start the Carnival season with a ‘dog street party’ known locally as ‘Blocao’. The colourful dogs and their owners descended onto Copacabana Beach with a brass band and singer opening the party singing Rio’s anthem song ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (Marvelous City).
Here are some of my favourites images from the carnival:
Looks like some owners really made an effort and they all look very colourful!
You would have definitely heard of a selfie but what about a petsies?According to a poll by Samsung, two thirds of Brits are more likely to post pictures of pets than themselves or thier family on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.Our obsession as a nation with our pets has resulted with a sudden boom in this trend which has been referred to as ’Petsies’ – animal version of selfies. Dogs and cats make up the bulk of the photos shared online but rabbits,guinea pigs and other furry friends are not far behind on sharing the petsies limelight. An average of six petsies posted every week whilst just five photos are posted of family memebers (but rememeber your pet is a family memeber too!)
So are you guilty of sharing too many pesties? Don’t forget you can share your pesties on our Facebook pages and Twitter account – you can even enter them into our Valentine’s day and Pet of the month competitions. Find out more here!