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Want to truly have empathy for animals? Stop owning pets | Troy Vettese
Dogs lead lives of loneliness. Grey parrots die years earlier than their natural lifespans. And it is hard to fathom the boredom of pet fish

Troy Vettese

04, Feb, 2023 @11:25 AM

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Portuguese pooch crowned world’s oldest dog
Thirty-year-old Bobi snatched crown from US pup in upset; longevity credited to human food and ‘calm, peaceful environment’

Maya Yang

04, Feb, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Feline uncertain? Cats do give clues if the fur’s about to fly, study finds
Study of 105 pairs of interacting felines decodes the cat behaviour that puzzles humans – and flags up the unsubtle battle cry of claws and yowling

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

26, Jan, 2023 @5:16 PM

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The one change that didn’t work: every dog is an emotional support animal – except mine
Dogs can do so much for you – but try one that isn’t a bald, psychopathic wrecking ball with a raw, tenacious savagery

Zoe Williams

26, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Bring back Guardian Soulmates – my go-to for ‘invariably socialist’ online dating | Brief letters
Brief letters: Reliable in romance | Smooth operator | Tory chatbot | Swimming tortoises

22, Jan, 2023 @4:12 PM

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‘To sit with him, to feel the softness of his fur’: what makes me happy now
In a series of short essays, writers consider what happiness means to them now, after the reckoning of the past few years

Ashley Hay

21, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Tail-blazers: fashion houses turn to pet clothing as ‘humanisation’ trend grows
The four-legged clothing market is soaring as designers create outfits for their faithful friends and the high street follows suit

Alice Fisher

21, Jan, 2023 @5:00 PM

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The Welsh words lost in translation | Brief letters
Brief letters: Meirw v meirwon | Jacinda Ardern | Tim’s menagerie | Swimming tortoises | Clever penguins

20, Jan, 2023 @5:12 PM

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Meet Hugo and Huxley, the ‘pet influencers’ making £100k a year
Boom in advertising trend for creatures to promote everything from cars to collars and ferries to wellies

Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent

20, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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‘It felt good to be needed’: how getting a cat prepared me for motherhood
Mackerel turned out to be a Trojan cat for all the things I didn’t want to confront – and she taught me how to care again

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

18, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The Year of the Cat by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett review – kitten heals
The author’s memoir about her acquisition of a pet in lockdown triggers an insightful exploration of womanhood, society and her own traumatic past

Bidisha Mamata

16, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Altruism towards other species may have helped humans thrive, study finds
How toddlers interact with dogs helps explain how humans came to domesticate animals, scientists say

Ian Sample Science editor

16, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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