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Dog friendly hotel site reports 41% surge in bookings as UK lockdown eases

Dog friendly hotel site reports 41% surge in bookings as UK lockdown eases

UK-based dog friendly booking site PetsPyjamas has reported a 41% spike in forward bookings in the UK in May 2020 compared to April 2020 as pet parents look to go on holiday amid the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Most of the bookings are for holidays planned for later in the year or early 2021. In addition to the 41% increase in forward bookings, PetsPyjamas has also seen a 30% rise in traffic to its website this month. PetsPyjamas co-founder and…

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Kennel Club warns of leaving your dog in a hot car

Kennel Club warns of leaving your dog in a hot car

As the UK continues to ease its lockdown, more people are finding themselves on the road during the hot weather, with some taking their four-legged pals along for the ride. Now, UK-based Kennel Club has urged pet parents to be extra vigilant about not leaving their dog in the car, especially as the weather reaches blazing temperatures. Some businesses that were pet friendly before the lockdown, such as garden centers, may not be pet friendly anymore due to Covid-19, so…

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Meet the therapy dog who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree

Meet the therapy dog who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree

An 8-year-old Labrador Retriever therapy dog has received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech university. The dog is surely going to receive tons of treats and praises too. Moose, the therapy dog, has spent a career serving and supporting the university community and was recognized in a special virtual commencement ceremony. Moose, who came to Virginia Tech in 2014, is now one of four dogs at the counseling center who serve as working therapy animals and ambassadors…

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British pets will need EU pet passport to travel to Northern Ireland

British pets will need EU pet passport to travel to Northern Ireland

British pets, including dogs, cats, and ferrets, will need an EU pet passport to travel to Northern Ireland after the end of the Brexit transition period, according to The Telegraph. The creation of an internal “pet border” in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 is a result of the Withdrawal Agreement the prime minister negotiated with Brussels. That deal effectively keeps Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, in the EU’s customs territory and moves the border between…

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The Guide to Social Distancing With Your Dog: Dogfriendly.com

The Guide to Social Distancing With Your Dog: Dogfriendly.com

As dogs all over the world are happy that their pet parents are home so much more during the lockdown and taking them on walks, dogs during this time need to stay on leashes more than ever as they can create more human to human contact. By visiting with other dogs, your dog will bring you close to the other dog parents and visa versa. Also, although there is no evidence of dogs catching coronavirus, they are certainly capable of…

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UK government launches sniffer dog trial for Covid-19

UK government launches sniffer dog trial for Covid-19

Trials for specially-trained ‘Covid dogs’ that may be able to detect coronavirus in humans, even before symptoms appear, are set to begin as part of new research. The trials will establish whether they could be used as a potential new non-invasive, early warning measure to detect coronavirus in the future. World-leading researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will carry out the first phase of a trial in collaboration with the charity Medical Detection Dogs and…

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A robot buddy for your pet: Trying out the VARRAM pet fitness robot

A robot buddy for your pet: Trying out the VARRAM pet fitness robot

A new kind of companion for busy pet parents who worry about leaving their pets at home alone over long periods of time, VARRAM has launched the VARRAM Pet Fitness Robot, an industry-leading, artificial intelligence-powered, five-sense-stimulating pet companion. The company’s innovative robot was designed to appeal to pets, but it is not your average pet toy. The pet fitness robot’s advanced technology allows pet owners to remotely track and monitor their pet’s activity, decide when their pets are active, set the…

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Blind man with guide dog takes Uber to court after being refused a ride over 100 times

Blind man with guide dog takes Uber to court after being refused a ride over 100 times

A blind man from Cardiff, Wales is taking ride-hailing giant Uber after he was refused a ride with his guide dog on more than 100 different occasions. Dan Williams, an entrepreneur based in Cardiff, is bringing the legal challenge against Uber claiming they regularly refuse to give him a ride with his dog Zodiac. Under Uber’s page for taking dogs, it says: “The ground rules: you must always allow service dogs in Uber rides to accompany their riders – it’s…

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Pet parents organizing a Noah’s Ark style flight for pets to come home during pandemic

Pet parents organizing a Noah’s Ark style flight for pets to come home during pandemic

A Noah’s Ark-style flight from Australia to the US is being organised by pet parents desperate to get their cats and dogs home during the Covid-19 pandemic. The cost of the Boeing 747 private charter could exceed USD 1 million (AUD 1.5 million) with pet owners and other passengers on the flight splitting the cost. Families, including Americans who were working in Australia but suddenly lost their jobs and visas when the crisis hit, were faced with the dilemma of…

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The 18 best dog friendly beaches in the US

The 18 best dog friendly beaches in the US

Almost nothing gets dogs more excited than heading to the beach! Warm sand under their paws, sunshine, cool breezes and the smell of the sea! WTOP News put together a list of the top 18 dog friendly beaches in the US! Many beaches in the US offer special amenities to accommodate beachgoers who bring their pooches with them. The list covers beaches in the West Coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico,  Florida and Maine as well as the…

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