‘Londoners could be shortening their pets’ lives by two years’

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Londoners could be shortening their pets’ lives by up to two years by giving them extra treats, an expert has claimed.

Leading vet charity PDSA estimated 1.4 million dogs and cats across the UK piled on the pounds during lockdown, contributing to the ‘pet obesity epidemic’.

The problem in London is greater than anywhere else in England, with ten per cent of London pet owners admitting to overfeeding their pets instead of six per cent elsewhere in the country.

And 13 per cent of Londoners admit to feeding their four-legged family members more human treats since the pandemic began, compared

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The highlights and heartbreak that come with having a dog in retirement

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When Maureen Lloyd decided it was time to move from her condo to a retirement home this year, she really had only one stipulation: the place would have to allow her to move in with her cockapoo Lucy and cat Gulliver.

The 82-year-old looked at three or four possible destinations before settling on the Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence in Oakville, Ont., because of its pet-friendly policies.

There are some compelling reasons for considering a dog in retirement. (And sorry cat lovers, our feline friends do not offer the same array of benefits.)

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Many of the positives

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When the Criminal Is Furry and Has a Penchant for Garbage

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We also learn of something called the “fecal harness,” a contraption to collect animal waste — “a sort of feed bag in reverse.” Wildlife excrement furnishes huge amounts of information for inquiring naturalists, whose analysis has come a long way. In the bad old days, “if you wanted to know what a species was eating, you opened a few hundred stomachs,” Roach writes. A paper on screech owls from 1900, for example, lists the contents inside 255 owl innards. Reading about all that killing made her tired and sad, Roach writes, but she also found it “vaguely festive” thanks to

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How to make your dog or cat an Instagram star like Jiffpom

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I’m trying to get my dogs to sit still for a photo. If you’ve ever tried to get a spaniel to sit still you’ll know what a challenge this can be. Two spaniels? No chance. I wave a treat above their heads, desperate to get at least one of them to face my phone camera and pose. Bingo! Penny, the elder, stares straight into the lens and tries out a cute head tilt.  

I snap away as the younger of the two, Flo, bounces around excitedly, a blue roan blur next to Penny’s – for now, static – black. At

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Council says there are no plans to limit cats and dogs in Waynesboro

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) – Waynesboro’s cat and dog owners can take a deep breath, as Waynesboro City Council took no action Monday night to change animal laws, thereby letting some proposals die.

Mayor Bobby Henderson spoke near the start of a meeting Monday night at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro. He acknowledged an upset crowd at last month’s meeting when an ordinance proposed limiting dog ownership to four and cat ownership to five, giving people 90 days to comply if passed. But this meeting came with reassurance and a request for more information.

Henderson says City Council is behind

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