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Vodafone’s Knocked 25 Per Cent Off its Pet Tracker

It's National Pet Day today, which doesn't mean a whole lot besides even more photos of animals on Instagram (yay!) – but it does mean a bit of money off a pet tracker, if you've been considering getting one. Read More >>

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We Need to Talk About this Robo-Dog Companion That Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Helped Design

A company called Tombot thinks it’s come up with a way to improve the quality of life for seniors facing challenges when it comes to being social: a robotic companion dog that behaves and responds like a real pup, but without all the responsibilities of maintaining a living, breathing animal. The company even enlisted the talented folks at the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to help make the robo-dog look as lifelike as possible. It’s a noble effort, but it also raises lots of questions. Read More >>

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Pixar’s Emotional New Short Will Make a Pet Lover Out of You

Those of us who have them know that pets are basically like best friends who are guaranteed to never desert you, and will always do their best to make you feel better when times are rough. That’s a big part of what makes it difficult to see people who abuse animals. Read More >>

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Sony Gives Aibo a New Paint Job and Plans to Teach It Some Home Security Tricks

Resurrected back in 2017, Sony’s robotic dog Aibo made a big splash at CES 2018, but there wasn’t much fanfare for the pup at Sony’s CES booth this year. A few weeks later, however, Sony has announced a new version of the robotic companion featuring a beagle-inspired tri-colour paint job, and some new tricks that expand the pricey toy’s capabilities. Read More >>

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Ford’s Noise-Cancelling Kennel Keeps Dogs’ Ears Safe From Fireworks

Good Boy Of The Day goes to Ford, which has used its knowledge of noise cancelling tech to create a kennel that protects dogs from firework noise. Read More >>

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The Best Pet Tech You Need This Christmas

Pets are part of the family, which means though they might not understand what Christmas is, they still deserve an exciting treat under the tree. Some of our choices here are more for you than them, but if a chilled out owner means more cuddle time, that works for everyone. Here's our pick of the pet tech for 2018. Read More >>

housing crisis
SpareRoom Invites Actual Pets To Think Tank About Renting With Animals

Renting with pets is a big issue at the moment. First we had Cats Protection's excellent Purrfect Landlords campaign, then came Battersea's Pet Friendly Properties, and now we have renting website SpareRoom's pet think tank. Read More >>

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New Charity Campaign Asks Landlords To Let People Have Cats, FFS

A new campaign from Cats Protection is asking the landlords of the UK to consider allowing their tenants to have just a tiny bit of joy in their lives. Read More >>

animals
Demand for Chocolate Labs Is Making Them Sick and Prone to Early Death

New research shows that chocolate Labrador retrievers are more likely to experience health problems and die younger compared to their black and yellow canine compatriots. A likely reason, say scientists, is a tightening genetic bottleneck caused by consumer demand. Read More >>

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New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

If you’re a dog person who has suspected that your four-legged friend may know exactly what you mean when you use certain words or phrases – for example “toy,” or “car,” or maybe even “who’s the good boy?” (he is) – you may be correct. Read More >>

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Pet Store Puppies in America Are Spreading a Diarrhoea-Causing Superbug to Humans

One of the few bastions of purity left in this forsaken world—puppies—might be inadvertently spreading a bacterial superbug that causes diarrhoea. Last week, the US Centers for Disease and Prevention reported that an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni has sickened more than 100 people across 18 American states in the past two years. And most of these victims had recently come into contact with a pet store puppy. Read More >>

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Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?

Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats – or at least some cats, some of the time – can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me. Read More >>

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New Zealand Village Plans to Ban Cats

Cats are nuisances. But cats are also cute and fuzzy and make quite nice pets, so we tend to mostly ignore their bad habits. You know, their innate need to murder smaller animals for fun. Anyone who owns a cat who goes outside will have been greeted with a dead mouse, bird, rabbit or vole on their doorstep at some point. You'll grimace, laugh, dispose of the carcass and call little Tiger a naughty little bugger and forget all about it. Well, until they do it again a few days later. Read More >>

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Land Rover Develops Spill-Resistant Bowls and Pet Showers for Dogs of the Nouveau Riche

Jaguar Land Rover has been doing a bit of thinking about what the owners of its cars really need, and the team has come up with some pet-based solutions that could keep your favourite animal friend Instagram-ready at all times, including an integrated Land Rover branded dog shower. Read More >>

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Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids

A recent survey suggests that some people struggling with opioid addiction might be turning to a tragically desperate method to get more prescription painkillers: Hurting their own pets. And veterinarians themselves, particularly in the US, may be abusing opioids or helping to illegally sell them. Read More >>