Red Rain Boots Make Clive One Mod Mini Pig

A miniature pig named Clive has sent shockwaves through the swine style community with his choice of bold footwear! A resident at the Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, the little pig’s keeper thought dressing him up in cherry red wellington boots would be a good training exercise for Clive, who will one day be adopted by a family.

“Miniature pigs are sold only as pets,” Chris Murray explains “and therefore we know that, as all pets are, they will be played with … its important that nothing particularly worries them or gets stressful.”

So they picked up the adorable red boots — originally made as accessories for a Paddington bear stuffed animal — from a local toy shop and Clive tried them on for size, and a photo op was born.
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Beekeepers Lose One Sixth Of Hives

Beekeepers lost one in six hives last winter due to disease and cold weather, according to the latest statistics. The losses are much higher than the natural rate of up to 10 per cent and reflect growing concerns that bee numbers are falling in Britain.

However, beekeepers are optimistic that colonies are in better shape than previous years, especially after such a harsh winter. In 2008/09 one in five hives were lost over the winter and a third died out the year before.
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Crufts Dog Show Judges On Alert For Competitors In Makeup

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Judges at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, are on high alert this year for canine competitors whose looks have been enhanced with cosmetics, reports the (U.K.) Telegraph. We’re not talking blue eyeshadow or contouring blush, but the use of products such as hair removal creams and color dyes.

“Although competition rules do not specifically ban the use of cosmetics and other beauty treatments on dogs, they do forbid anything that alters an animal’s appearance during dog shows, to gain extra marks from judges, who award prizes for entries that best match the ‘ideal’ characteristics of each breed,” reports the Telegraph. Dog owners who show hairless Chinese crested dogs have been suspected of using “female depilatory creams” to rid their champion canines of excess hair. Owners of other breeds have been suspected of using lipstick, eyeliner and Clearasil acne cream.
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Britain's 'Big Cat X Files' Revealed

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There have been more than 100 sightings of exotic and unidentified animals in England since 2005, according to a dossier compiled by Natural England. They are the stuff of rural legend – but for decades, alleged sightings of big cats stalking the British countryside have been dismissed as hoax or fantasy.Yet now the head of a Government agency responsible for investigating such incidents has declared that he believes these mysterious creatures do indeed exist. His comments follow the release of a dossier by Natural England which lists more than 100 sightings of exotic, non-native and unidentified animals in England since 2005.

Of these, 38 were “big cats”. In some cases, members of the public claimed to have seen the creature itself; on other occasions, they reported finding farm or wild animals which had been attacked or killed.The documents – Britain’s “big cats X Files” – show the extent to which Natural England takes the reports seriously.
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Britain's 'Big Cat X Files' Revealed

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There have been more than 100 sightings of exotic and unidentified animals in England since 2005, according to a dossier compiled by Natural England. They are the stuff of rural legend – but for decades, alleged sightings of big cats stalking the British countryside have been dismissed as hoax or fantasy.Yet now the head of a Government agency responsible for investigating such incidents has declared that he believes these mysterious creatures do indeed exist. His comments follow the release of a dossier by Natural England which lists more than 100 sightings of exotic, non-native and unidentified animals in England since 2005.

Of these, 38 were “big cats”. In some cases, members of the public claimed to have seen the creature itself; on other occasions, they reported finding farm or wild animals which had been attacked or killed.The documents – Britain’s “big cats X Files” – show the extent to which Natural England takes the reports seriously.
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Government Wants Competence Tests Before You Can Be A Dog Owner

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Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.

The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.But critics said responsible dog owners would be penalised by yet more red tape and higher bills – one expert estimated the extra costs at £60 or more – while irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs would just ignore the measures.

They added that genuine dog lovers could end up paying for efforts to control a small number of ‘devil dogs’ that terrorised socially deprived areas.The RSPCA said last night it would welcome a review of legislation which has failed to curb the numbers of dangerous dogs that can attack, and sometimes kill, children and adults.
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Man's Best Friend In Life And Death

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UK Pet Owners Making Plans to Spend Eternity With Their Furry-Tailed Companions A loyal dog can be as cherished a companion as there is. A horse can live up to 30 years and bring its owner joy every day. Cats? Well, cat lovers will defend their beloved, fuzzy friends to their dying day. And even then, many are determined not to let go of the leash.

In the U.K., an increasing number of pet owners are making plans to be buried alongside their furry-tailed companions.
Penny Lally runs the West Penwith Woodland Burial Place in Cornwall, England. She started her business as a natural cemetery for people in 2001 on her own farm’s property. She maintains some plots for people alone, but others are open to people and their pets. The only thing that differentiates the grave sites from those of people are the headstones. “A lot of people who wanted to be buried here also wanted to be buried with their pets,” she says.

“British people love their pets. They live as part of the family,” she said. “They give a massive amount of love back so why not?”Once each plot is full a tree is planted atop each grave. Eventually, the plots grow into naturally wooded forests which are designated as Memorial Gardens. Lally says she is receiving more and more requests to purchase these kinds of plots for people and their pets.
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Man's Best Friend In Life And Death

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UK Pet Owners Making Plans to Spend Eternity With Their Furry-Tailed Companions A loyal dog can be as cherished a companion as there is. A horse can live up to 30 years and bring its owner joy every day. Cats? Well, cat lovers will defend their beloved, fuzzy friends to their dying day. And even then, many are determined not to let go of the leash.

In the U.K., an increasing number of pet owners are making plans to be buried alongside their furry-tailed companions.
Penny Lally runs the West Penwith Woodland Burial Place in Cornwall, England. She started her business as a natural cemetery for people in 2001 on her own farm’s property. She maintains some plots for people alone, but others are open to people and their pets. The only thing that differentiates the grave sites from those of people are the headstones. “A lot of people who wanted to be buried here also wanted to be buried with their pets,” she says.

“British people love their pets. They live as part of the family,” she said. “They give a massive amount of love back so why not?”Once each plot is full a tree is planted atop each grave. Eventually, the plots grow into naturally wooded forests which are designated as Memorial Gardens. Lally says she is receiving more and more requests to purchase these kinds of plots for people and their pets.
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Decoding Your Cat's Behavior

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There are actually more pet cats in the United States than dogs, yet dogs firmly hold the title of man’s best friend. Many say it’s because dogs are easier to understand.But “Early Show” resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell offered a lesson in de-coding your feline friend’s behavior.Bell explained cats are just as social and expressive as dogs.She said, “You just have to know how to speak their language.”

Helen Abramsom owns six cats, and believes cats are perfect communicators.She told Bell, “I believe cats, in general, are almost human-like.”Bell asked Abramson whether she feels she knows what her cats are thinking and how they feel at any given moment. “I do,” Abramson responded, “because each cat is unique in their own way. They have different meows that I recognize.”
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Decoding Your Cat's Behavior

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There are actually more pet cats in the United States than dogs, yet dogs firmly hold the title of man’s best friend. Many say it’s because dogs are easier to understand.But “Early Show” resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell offered a lesson in de-coding your feline friend’s behavior.Bell explained cats are just as social and expressive as dogs.She said, “You just have to know how to speak their language.”

Helen Abramsom owns six cats, and believes cats are perfect communicators.She told Bell, “I believe cats, in general, are almost human-like.”Bell asked Abramson whether she feels she knows what her cats are thinking and how they feel at any given moment. “I do,” Abramson responded, “because each cat is unique in their own way. They have different meows that I recognize.”
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