April 2003 - Puppy Swallows Kitchen Knife And Lives
12-week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Jake swallowed a
7-inch kitchen knife, which was only discovered when vets took an X-ray.
It was the length of his body, and the tip was pointing at his throat.
Remarkably, after an operation to remove it, the dog is fine.
2002 - £100 Million To Be Spent On Pets This Christmas!
survey conducted by The Times estimates £100 million
will be spent on Christmas presents for pets in the UK. Plus, a fifth
of cats and a quarter of all dogs will have a turkey dinner. Yum!
August 2002 - Pets Could Help Reduce Allergies
research has found that spending time with cats and dogs as a child
means you're less likely to become allergic to them. Millions of children
in the UK suffer from asthma and other allergic conditions like eczema,
which have been linked to animal fur.
July 2002 - Pet Obesity Is A Growing Problem
50% of UK cats and dogs are overweight, mainly due to overfeeding. Obese
animals will have trouble walking and breathing, develop heart problems
and diabetes. The solution: stop feeding your dogs and cats treats!
February 2002 - Cloned Cat
first cat clone has been created. Named Cc (Copy cat, or, Carbon copy),
the cat is the genetic copy of a cat called Rainbow, and was born on
22 December 2001.
marked differences in colour, weight and personality between the two
cats have developed, proving the important effect of the environment
on the way an animal develops.
is huge concern about the ethics of this project. Derek Conway of Cats
Protection said "The cloning of cats interferes with nature and
raises serious questions concerning whether a pet can ever be truly
creation was funded by Genetic Savings and Clone. For updated information,
December 2001 - Watchdog Report Revels 'Pets At Home' Cruelty
Watchdog report into the chain of pet stores 'Pets At Home' revealed
that staff were actively cruel to animals. Dead fish were left floating
and decaying in tanks for days before being removed. Sick animals were
left until they were so ill they had to be put down. David Woodward,
a former employee, said: "Basically, if there were any sick animals
they were placed out the back. It was basically just the warehouse.
They were placed on a shelf and it was very, very cold. A lot of the
time during the winter we wore coats to work in there, that's how cold
it was. The animals were just kept on a shelf in the open; they weren't
closed off or anything like that. The cages were just stacked on top
of each other."
conditions were horrific, with the company concentrating on their financial
affairs rather than the welfare of their animals. A vet inspecting the
premises said: "I was disgusted. Vast overcrowding, just dirt and
filth all over the floor. Sawdust bedded in hamster cages three and
four inches deep, with dead hamsters at the bottom of it. Live hamsters
running around on the top. It was horrendous." For
more information visit the Watchdog
2001 - Pets Are Good For You
After a National
Opinion Poll conducted by the Blue Cross, 77% of GPs said that they
believed owning a pet makes you healthier. Benefits to owners include
lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and faster recuperation from
illness. Dr. Stephen Henry of Wiltshire said "It's a pity we can't
put pets on prescription."
November 2001 - Cat Trained To Spy On Russia
CIA spent £10 million training a cat to spy on Russia in an operation
termed "Acoustic Kitty". The cat was fitted with microphones
and an antenna to transmit conversations, the only problem being its
short attention span. Unfortunately the operation failed horribly when
the cat was run over on its first mission spying in a park.
2001 - Harry Potter Owl Worries
seeing the Harry Potter movie it is thought that many children will
want owls for Christmas. Harry has a Snowy Owl named Hedwig, and hundreds
of owls star in the movie. Owls do not make good pets and experts worry
that many will be illegally released into the wild if their owners can't
cope. For more owl information, visit the World