Fireworks and pets

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Bonfire night is a scary time for animals what with all of the loud noises and bright, flashing lights. We have created this infographic to help you when looking after your pet not only on Bonfire Night ,but the days surrounding the event, so that they can stay as happy and settled as possible. (more…)

Marianne Helping With Born Free’s Vital Work In Kenya

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Former Charity Coordinator for Animal Friends Pet Insurance, Marianne Matthews (Maz), is currently living out her dream volunteering with Born Free in Kenya and we are delighted to be able to sponsor her. Welcome to the first of Maz’s guest blogs, a series we will be running to see how she is making a difference to wildlife conservation.  (more…)

Keeping Your Pet Safe at Halloween

Keeping your pet safe at Halloween is something that is of the upmost importance. Whilst the night is a time of fun and frolics for most humans, many animals can be spooked by all of the bright lights and loud noises. There are quite a few dangers for pets during Halloween, more than you’d probably think. With that in mind we have created this infographic of Halloween pet safety tips.

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Five Reasons to Love Black Cats

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Today is National Black Cat Day. As animal lovers we were startled to learn that, according to the RSPCA, people are less interested in adopting black cats because they aren’t as photogenic as other colours. In addition, some cultures are still prejudiced against black cats due to superstitions and folklore. And, did you know, that some shelters in America have been forced to suspend adoptions of black cats around Hallowe’en to prevent them from being used as a Hallowe’en prop and then discarded. I’m going to stick up for our black moggy friends, bust some myths and tell you why you should consider a black cat. (more…)

Happy Dogs; Walking a Dog for the First Time

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Whether it’s with a puppy you have sourced from a reputable breeder or dog you have adopted, walking a dog for the very first time is an experience that no owner will forget.

This wonderful video of Crunchy the Cavapoo illustrates the sheer joy that a dog gets from taking in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. (more…)

Growing up with Dogs

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For a long time my household couldn’t have a dog, but while I was growing up dogs were always in the picture. I mean this quite literally; you couldn’t take a family photo without a tail in the corner or a furry head appearing somewhere in the shot. My wider family were very close when I was little and we met up a lot so I always felt like my grandparents’ dogs were my dogs too. (more…)

IFAW Honours Bravery From Animal World

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Yesterday I went to the IFAW Awards, hosted in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords. The Awards celebrated the achievements and actions of fantastic animal lovers in the UK. Among all of the human recipients of awards for their amazing efforts, we sponsored the award for Animal of the Year. (more…)

The Dangerous Dogs Act: What has Changed?

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In 1991 the UK government passed a piece of legislation called The Dangerous Dogs Act. The act was brought into place to try and help reassure a worried public after a spate of dog attacks, particularly involving children. The Act made it illegal to breed or own a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Filo Brasiliero without specific exemption from the court. (more…)

Animal Friends Visits Dogs Trust Salisbury

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On Tuesday 7th October two Animal Friends Pet Insurance employees headed over to Dogs Trust in Salisbury to present a cheque for £1,000 and to learn a little more about the work that goes on at the rescue. (more…)

Are Dogs Like Their Owners?

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A question that is often discussed throughout the canine world is ‘are dogs like their owners?’ You’ll often hear people say that dogs take after their owners. It’s difficult to disagree with this in my house; you’ll often find my dad asleep on the sofa of an evening with Buffy the Labrador lying upside-down on the floor next to him, both snoring like a pair of chainsaws. The debate really lies in whether dogs simply mimic their human family or if it’s a little more complex than that. (more…)