I thought I’d put my fair share of nutters online – then I advertised my pet

I thought I'd put my fair share of nutters online – then I advertised my pet

Well, it happened. I’ve moved. Again. For the third time in two years. I must admit, the packing up and moving stuff is carrying me down, but I’m hopefully only one move away from a permanent home now – one I own, as opposed to renting or looking after for a friend, like this one. … Read more

How to leave your dog (happily) when you go on holiday

How to leave your dog (happily) when you go on holiday

‘Will we have our own pool, Mummy? my eight-year-old daughter asks. “Will I get to pack my own suitcase? Is Luna allowed to come on the plane with us?” “Don’t be silly, they don’t allow dogs on planes. She can’t come with us,” her 10-year-old brother retorts. My daughter’s eyes widen in horror. “What do … Read more

Monkeypox could become endemic if it makes the jump to pets

Monkeypox could become endemic if it makes the jump to pets

Monkeypox could become entrenched in Europe forever if the current outbreak jumps to pets, health officials have warned as cases in Britain have tripled to 57. All but one of the UK cases are in England, with the UK Health Security Agency announcing on Monday the identification of 36 more infections in England to go … Read more

Keep your cats indoors on sunny days to stop them losing ears to sunburn, owners urged

Keep your cats indoors on sunny days to stop them losing ears to sunburn, owners urged

Cats should be kept indoors between 10am and 3pm on hot sunny days to prevent skin cancer, while owners of pale-coloured pets should consider keeping their animals inside even in cooler weather, experts have advised. The charity Cats Protection said the warming climate meant they were increasingly seeing animals with sunburnt ear tips which needed … Read more

Alton Brown Is Rethinking Some Classic Recipes for His New Cookbook

Alton Brown Is Rethinking Some Classic Recipes for His New Cookbook

Alton Brown | Photo by Cole Cassell Alton Brown | Photo by Cole Cassell Chief Alton Brown is many things at once. He has the warmth and the charm of Chef Massimo Bottura, and the sass and humor of Gordon Ramsay. He is precisely like Heston Blumenthal, but also playful like Jamie Oliver. It’s hard … Read more

I talked my wife into getting a puppy – and now I’m lumbered with looking after it

I talked my wife into getting a puppy – and now I'm lumbered with looking after it

Six months ago, after two years of lobbying, I finally talked my wife into getting a puppy. I have such fond memories of the black labrador I grew up with and wanted our three children to have the same experience, but to start with my wife was immovable, maintaining that a dog was too much … Read more

Why letting your dog lick your face might render antibiotics useless

Why letting your dog lick your face might render antibiotics useless

Letting your dog lick your face risks spreading antibiotic resistance, a study has found. People should also avoid kissing their pet, not let them eat food off their plate and wash their hands after stroking them or picking up their waste, said experts. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest problems facing humanity, as pathogens … Read more