Blog Posts | Animal Friends
The UK’s smartest dogs
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It’s official – the Border Collie has been crowned the nation’s smartest dog! We polled 2,000 Brits to find out which breeds of dog they deem to be the most (and least) intelligent. We found that working dogs took precedent at the top of the smart chart, with the German Shepherd (29%) in second place, … Continued

Bella knocks Alfie off top spot in pet names poll
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In our annual top pet names list, Bella has been revealed as the most popular name in the UK, after pipping Alfie to the post for the first time since 2014. Not content with top of the overall pet names poll, Bella also ranks as the nation’s favourite name for dogs. To inform our yearly … Continued

Looking after a dog will cost the owner £9,763 over a lifetime
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017

We all know that dogs are a man’s best friend but we set out to discover the true cost of looking after our furry friends. Our research has found that on average caring for a dog will set an owner back more than £9,763 over their lifetime. Surprisingly, our research also found that the Dachshund … Continued

Paws for Remembrance: 12th February 2017
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This weekend there is a lovely event happening at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Paws for Remembrance is a walk that has been arranged to allow you to walk with your four-legged friend to explore the grounds and remember humans and animals who have lost their lives in combat. Here at Animal Friends we are huge … Continued

How to prepare your dog for boarding
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017

At some point, whether we like it or not, we’re going to have to leave our furry friend behind while we go away. While there are many options these days, including at-home pet sitting, some can be quite expensive. Although owners might feel stressed about the idea of leaving their pet with strangers at a … Continued

How to help your children deal with the loss of a pet
  • Monday, January 30, 2017

Anyone who has lost a pet will know how much it hurts. After all, they’re like one of the family. It’s never easy – expected or unexpected – and children can find it difficult to understand what has happened. Read our helpful guide for some ideas on how to help your children deal with the … Continued

Things to consider before getting a kitten
  • Friday, January 27, 2017

They look very cute – that’s undeniable. But kittens soon grow and are likely to be around for up to 15 years! Have you considered cost, their attention needs, other pets or children, vet care and what you’ll do when you go on holiday? Read our helpful guide for some things to consider before getting … Continued

What should I do if my dog is attacked?
  • Thursday, December 29, 2016

A dangerous dog is one that has already attacked, or makes a person fear for their safety. If your pet is attacked, it can be a frightening experience for both you and your dog. So, we’ve pulled together a guide on what to do if the worst should happen: Why do dogs attack? A dog … Continued

We Have Donated £3 Million to Animal Charities!
  • Saturday, December 24, 2016

It is my absolute pleasure to announce that finally, following our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, we have officially now donated a staggering £3 million pounds helping charities all over the world! Since January 2010 we have helped over 360 charities. We have helped charities of all sizes, not to mention various species of animals! … Continued