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Published on December 06, 2013 by Clare Williams

Fur is currently flying in Tesco’s direction over a page in its new Tesco Gift Guide featuring a young child in front of a blackboard on which is written ‘All I want [for] Christmas is a pupp[y]’ . Part of the wording is obscured. Whether deliberate or simply bad judgment, the photograph has successfully raised awareness of the retailer’s gift guide!

Published on November 01, 2013 by Clare Williams

Halloween traditionally presents rescue centres with an opportunity to feature black cats looking for homes, as it is a curious fact that black-coated animals generally take longer to find homes. Perhaps it is because of our deep-rooted folklore beliefs such as black cats being witches' familiars or black dogs guarding the borders between this world and the next. On a more prosaic level, maybe it's the fact that their features are less distinct or even that their teeth look whiter and more prominent than in other coat colours?

Published on September 05, 2013 by Clare Williams

I have a new man in my life - but just before you think my mother will be rushing out to buy a big hat, I must explain that he is a 12-week old puppy. Old age got the better of my first dog Heidi in March this year and life has not been the same without the energy and enthusiasm of a Staffie in the house. I should explain that Staffie or Staff are the names used by fans of this breed whereas the formal title is Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

He answers to the name Sprout because I've always liked the name and also because his wind has a very distinctive odour!

Published on July 25, 2013 by Clare Williams

As soon as news of the Royal baby's safe arrival was announced, the speculation started on the chosen names for the infant. One can't imagine how much time was spent deliberating on suitable names that both parents liked and fitted with Royal convention. Protocol aside many pet owners find the naming process equally as complex.

Published on July 12, 2013 by Clare Williams

I was asked the other day if we had ever taken in a cat fitted with cat claw caps. We hadn't, but intrigued, a quick search led me to images of claws in soft plastic covers - available in a range of pretty colours (including glitter) which are apparently 'easily' attached with adhesive. The manufacturers have clearly not met my cats.


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