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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

  • Jesse Knott was an Army Staff Sergeant based in Afghanistan when he first met Koshka the cat. And before his tour was over, they would both save each other in more ways the one. This isn’t an action-hero story, this is a story about the importance of friendship in unimaginably difficult circumstances.    The sight of cats on the base was not uncommon, there were always plenty passing through or hanging around. But it was Koshka that really stood out from the crowd. “He had a...
  • We’ve all heard stories of heroic pets protecting their owners from snakes, fires, rattlesnakes and myriad other hazards. These action hero pets are truly remarkable, but this story is about another kind of hero, a cat who’s helped save not one, but two lives by alerting his owners to serious medical conditions. Hobbs was around 8 years old when Boots Dumbaugh, from Florida, adopted the tomcat. He was fiercely independent, not wanting to be touched or held by anyone. Nobody could...
  • Whichever field they work in, service dogs are already heroes and worthy of our adoration. Be they searching for survivors after an earthquake, sniffing out explosives or simply helping people live as independently as possible. They truly are our best friends and often our bravest and most reliable companions. That’s certainly true of Figo, a golden retriever and the seeing eye dog of 62-year-old Ms Stone.   photo credit; newyork cbslocal Ms Stone is a resident of the village of...
  • 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...
  • There may be no Hollywood film about Lefty the pit bull, but given that she took a bullet for her “Dad” there probably should be. In the middle of the night, in Accomack County, Virginia, four intruders broke into her owners’ house and discharged a weapon. Luckily for her “Dad” Lefty jumped in front of the muzzle of the gun, taking a bullet to the shoulder for her trouble.   An incredible story of canine courage, but just the beginning of this particular tale. Whilst Lefty was...
  • If you’re heading off on the trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to leave your furry 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, wellington boot up and take your four-legged friends out for a stroll. Wherever you are in the USA there’s sure to be a good spot for a wander, not too far away.   Oregon Snowy mountains can make a festive winter walk more of an uphill battle, a beach and forest stroll is...
  • During the festive season, we all love a treat. Mulled wine, mince pies, chocolate treat 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...
  • 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 down and...
  • Good food, good mood

    The old age, you are what you eat, is as true for dogs and cats as it is for us humans. And we’re not just talking about physical health. What goes in their bowl affects their behavior too.   Trainability   Even the sweetest, most good-natured pups and kitties can be a pain to train. But there’s a super simple way you can make them more responsive to your efforts. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a fatty acid that’s added to certain puppy and kitten foods and studies have...

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