Top gadgets for pets

Today marks the launch of YummyPets, the UK’s first social “petwork”, a social media site for pet lovers with features such as classified pet ads, missing pet notices and pet shopping.

Boy, 2, has emergency surgery after savage attack by family dog

A two-year-old boy has undergone surgery on his face after he was savaged by a family dog.

New dangerous dogs legislation does not go far enough, say MPs

The Government's moves to tackle irresponsible dog ownership do not go far enough, a committee of MPs has warned.

Postcard from... Milan

US man bites dog to stop it attacking wife

A US woman whose nose was severely injured by an attacking dog says her husband bit the animal to make it stop assaulting her.

Postcard from... Antwerp

Would you say you're more of a cat person, or a dog person? Or a Blairite?

Anyone who finds dachshunds charming and humorous immediately goes up in my estimation. Even certain former British prime ministers

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star as lifelong partners growing rancorously old together in ITV's new sitcom Vicious

Will new ITV sitcom Vicious starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi prove a watershed for gay relationships in TV drama?

Take our poll: Are LGBT characters fairly represented on British TV?

Paws for thought: Gary Downie, founder of Streetkleen, isn’t one to shy away from dog mess

Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement

Scourge of the nation’s pavements is to be turned into electricity

Jack proudly balances biscuits on his nose

Meet Jack, the dog with a very balanced diet: perfectly-poised pooch becomes internet hit

In recent years followers of British talent shows have seen more than their fair share of celebrity canines and posing pooches, but it's fair to say that Jack, an Australian cattle dog from San Franscisco, probably takes the biscuit.

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VisitEngland has come up with a list of 101 Things To Do In England. On the evidence of the list, the reasons for staying put are not compelling.

Paul O'Grady will present the first British Animal Honours

Has TV gone barking mad? British Animal Honours takes the biscuit as the latest in a slew of canine-themed viewing

Britain is known for being a nation of animal lovers, but has TV programming gone a bit barking mad?

The Bluebird restaurant in London has launched a new dog-friendly menu to win over dog-owning customers.

The dog-friendly restaurants where the meat is best served on the bone...

On Friday, invitations went out to next week’s “VIP launch night of Bites and Bones” at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Held to celebrate a new dog-friendly menu, the event promises “doggie cocktails,  canapés and goodie bags”.

'Narrative' at the Royal Court theatre

Theatre review: Narrative, Royal Court Upstairs, London

Anthony Neilson's work at the Royal Court has been remarkably varied in tone and psychological provenance. It has ranged from a telling fantasia on the operations and import of bipolar disorder (in The Wonderful World of Dissocia) through to a piece (Relocated) that raised the spectre of the Josef Fritzl case and ripped the scab off our sense of the atrocity and it has incorporated a Yuletide show for young people in Get Santa. This latest piece, called with a slightly irritating baldness Narrative, is not at the X-rated end of Neilson's fertile and multiform imagination, but neither is fun-for-all-the-family (the theatre suggests that it is suitable for 14-year-olds upwards).

Harry Harper, who died in hospital in Telford, Shropshire

Week-old baby boy died with fractured skull after cot attack by pet dog

A week-old baby boy died of head injuries after being attacked by a normally-placid pet dog as he slept in his cot, an inquest has heard.

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