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Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

Pets seen as top source of companionship amid pandemic, but many pet owners faced financial challenges

The majority of pet parents in the US say their furry friends have been a top source of companionship this year amid the pandemic, with 58% of new pet owners citing companionship as the main reason for getting a new pet, according to a new report from Mars Petcare. The report, ‘Pets in a Pandemic’, identifies how pet ownership has evolved with the pandemic and highlights the benefits and challenges to pet parents in 2020, including some of the financial…

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Dog parents can now take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’ during lockdown

Dog parents can now take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’ during lockdown

Lockdown just got a lot more exciting as dogs and their parents can now team up to bake some delicious pup treats and take part in a ‘Great Doggy Bake Off’. Just like the popular British television series, ‘The Great British Bake Off’, this Bake Off will see humans, and their dogs, take up various challenges and compete in the kitchen. The winner will be crowned ‘Star Barker’. Launched by dog friendly travel platform Dog Furiendly in collaboration with Doggy…

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England begins second lockdown, here are the rules for walking dogs

England begins second lockdown, here are the rules for walking dogs

England entered its second lockdown today in an aim to slow down rising Covid-19 cases across the UK. The lockdown includes new restrictions that extend until 2 December 2020 when the lockdown is lifted. But until then the UK government says you must: Stay at home, except for specific purposes Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes Close certain businesses and venues But what does this mean for those of us with dogs? According to…

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Charity reminds public: Dogs are for life, not just for lockdown

Charity reminds public: Dogs are for life, not just for lockdown

UK animal welfare charity Dogs Trust is urging the public to remember that ‘dogs are for life, not just for lockdown’. It comes as interest for adopting dogs is on the rise in many part of the world due to coronavirus lockdowns. In the month after the UK’s nationwide lockdown was introduced on 23 March, Google searches for “buy a puppy” increased by 120%, according to Dogs Trust. However, the charity is concerned there may be a spike in people…

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UK: Which online pet shops are still delivering food and essentials?

UK: Which online pet shops are still delivering food and essentials?

During the UK lockdown, the government deemed pet stores as essential retail stores which means they are still open. So while you can still drive to the shops to grab essentials, online shopping is an option if you are unable to make it to the shops. The Independent put together a list of pet shops that are still delivering during the lockdown. Pets at Home. NHS workers receive a 10% discount. Online orders are expected to experience delays. The shops…

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