Meet Boken, a lovable new children’s character with a difference: he’s fun, cheeky and educational

Authored by News Desk

In Spring 2020 a friendly new canine face has been launched into the children’s leisure and entertainment market Worldwide. Boken is a fun-loving real-life miniature Schnauzer who lives in Spain with his mum Sara Mastriforte and dad Neil Egerton.

Starting with a few videos and a couple of short books they’d written about Boken, Sara and Neil have now created a whole world of fun,...

Silentnight launches 'The Pet Factor' for your four-legged friends

Authored by Mary

Silentnight is launching a nationwide competition, The Pet Factor, ahead of National Pet Day on 14 April to search for a set of four-legged faces for its collection of pet beds.

Brits are invited to enter by simply sharing a ‘paw-fect’ portrait of their pet on social media. Silentnight’s judging panel will be looking for the ideal mix of personality and good looks amongst their three...

Avoid fast fashion and help good causes

Authored by Mary

The RSPCA’s Charity Shop Challenge aims to encourage people to show off stylish second hand finds and save the planet whilst raising money for charity.

Fast fashion is clothing that moves quickly from catwalk to stores in order to meet new trends. The items are often cheap and disposable and ultimately end up in landfills.

The Charity Shop Challenge (January 20-26)...

Look back on 2019: Animals do the funniest things...

Authored by Mary

RSPCA officers never quite know what they’re walking into from one job to the next.

The charity - which rescues more than 110,000 animals every year - is often called out to shocking, and upsetting incidents of animal cruelty and neglect. But the RSPCA ’s rescuers are also on the frontline when it comes to helping animals who find themselves in a spot of bother - and these can often...

Raising awareness of modern-day loneliness in Plymouth

Authored by ben26rings

A new initiative is being launched in Plymouth this month to raise awareness of modern-day loneliness. Sisters Jennifer Hamer and Carolyn Campbell, who are running the campaign, are concerned about the impact loneliness can have on people’s mental health when working from home.

Carolyn Says:

“Working from home can be great for work-life balance but it can be very lonely. It can...

Vets offer advice to keep pets warm during the cold snap

Authored by Mary

If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your pet – that’s the key message from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) as it urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their dogs, cats and other small pets are kept safe from hidden and potentially fatal hazards as temperatures plunge around the UK.

As with humans, pets can fall ill upon exposure to extremely cold temperatures...

It’s official, Plymouth is mad about pets!

Authored by Mary

Pet lovers in Plymouth have shown just how barking mad they are about their pets as they helped raise over £830, for local pet rescue, Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home.

Running from 6th June - 3rd July, a nationwide fundraising event was launched by Support Adoption For Pets, in conjunction with Pets At Home, with the aim to raise £550,000 to award to pet rescues across the UK. The...

Rental boom adds to Plymouth's homeless pet problem

Authored by News Desk

PLYMOUTH’S thriving rental market is fuelling a worrying increase in animals being parted from their owners due to landlords’ strict housing policies.

Woodside Animal Welfare Sanctuary at Elfordleigh, on the outskirts of Plymouth, currently has more than 50 animals on its waiting list who cannot remain with their owners due to landlords’ ‘no pet’ policies.

And the charity has...

Oxygen masks for pets are Pawsome!

Authored by Mary

Pets across Devon and Somerset now have a greater chance of surviving household fires, thanks to new oxygen masks specially designed for animals that are being carried on selected fire engines. The ‘Smokey Paws’ masks are available in three sizes, so a large dog, cat, guinea pig, even a tortoise can be treated.

Two sets of these masks have kindly been donated by Quantock Veterinary...

Shock after pets killed in arson attack

Authored by News Desk

Police are appealing for information after a guinea pig hutch containing two family pet guinea pigs was set alight in an arson attack in St Budeaux, Plymouth.

The attack happened between 12am-1am on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at the Sherwood’s family home on Clearbrook Avenue.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information about the attack on the family pets, who...


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