Animal Friends Visits Dogs Trust Salisbury

Dogs Trust

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?

Girl with dog

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…)

Guilty Dogs: Can Canines Feel True Guilt?

Guilty Dog

You’d be hard pressed to find a dog owner who doesn’t believe that their dog is an emotional animal. Though we can’t communicate verbally, there are physical cues that make us aware of what our pet is feeling: a wagging tail when they are happy or excited, a baleful look when they are gloomy or a head on the lap when they’re feeling loveable. (more…)

Dog Mess and Irresponsible Owners

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For the third week in a row I have found myself stepping in dog mess and I can’t begin to talk about my frustrations with this bugbear. Whilst I am fully aware that there are far more urgent and greater issues going on throughout the world, my job is to talk about those in the pet world, and for me, dog owners who do not clear up after their pet are just plain irresponsible.

I believe that part of what it takes to be a good dog owner is consideration; we should have it for our own dogs, other people’s dogs and for each other. Believe it or not the great outdoors is not our dogs’ private toilet and it shouldn’t be treated as such. Granted, I am quite clumsy and don’t have the best spatial awareness, but that shouldn’t mean that I am punished by stepping into dog mess three weekends on-the-trot. (more…)

Man’s Best Friend: An Introduction to ‘Dog Month’

Dog & Woman

It seems that not a day goes by without a story concerning dogs appearing in the news, they are a constant thought in the media’s mind and it is no wonder, after all they are man’s best friend, and you’d be hard pushed to find an animal that is more loyal to us humans.

Just this week there have been some canine stories of note from around the world. In India a local animal rescue centre went to great lengths to save a dog covered in tar and frozen in place after he fell into a hot tar pit. The team had to remove the tar very slowly using vegetable oil, which took up to 3 hours over the space of two days as the dog was clearly in pain. (more…)

Speaking Your Pet’s Language

Speaking Your Pets Language Infographic

A flick of the tail, flattened ears, loud barking – most pet owners are familiar with these common behaviours, but what exactly do they mean? To make it a little easier, we’ve come up with a cartoon demonstration for reading your cat and dog’s expressions. (more…)

‘Animal Welfare Month’ Recap and Resource Hub

Over September we were looking at issues that concern the animals across the world for our Animal Welfare Month. We’ve explored our oceans, jungles, islands and ice caps as well as examining welfare issues affecting animals closer to home. (more…)

Are laws regarding animal abuse tough enough?

Behind bars

We have been having an ongoing debate here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance headquarters over the past few days regarding animal abuse and the punishment that awaits anyone who commits such an offence. (more…)

The Cost of Owning a Pet

Animal Rights Awareness Week Article Part 1

Throughout September we are running ‘Animal Welfare Month’ and placing our focus upon topics such as endangered species, animal welfare charities and environmental issues that affect billions of animals around the world. Owning and raising an animal is something that falls under the label of animal welfare and we thought we’d take a look at the cost of owning a pet. (more…)

The Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire: And the Two Sides to Human Nature

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Upon hearing the news that Manchester Dogs’ Home was set alight last night (Thursday 11th September) killing 60 dogs (at the time of writing), everyone here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance is in a state of shock. When you think that literally millions of people in the UK alone dedicate their everyday lives to helping animals in need, this just intensifies the sadness around the destruction of a charity that carries out vital work in helping the dogs of Manchester. (more…)