My puppy-training advice for Boris Johnson

21 September 2019 9:00 am

President Harry Truman once observed: ‘If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.’ Boris Johnson, as Prime Minister…

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The travesties competing in the Terrier category at Crufts

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Does the BBC suppose that it will convert the public to a belief in equality if it does not, in…

I was hounded by a canine sex pest

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A big part of my problem is that I don’t understand why people do the things they do. I was…

It was either new carpets – or happy dogs

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Instead of carpeting the upstairs of the house, I had grass fragments removed from the dogs’ ears. I can’t say…

A nose for trouble: the beagle

Playful, adorable – and with a real nose for trouble: In praise of the beagle

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Harvey’s finest moment, he would tell you, was the chicken kiev. I’d just made the garlic butter and inserted it…

When the builder boyfriend works late, I have to hunt for food alone, like a lioness

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Last night, I had dinner at the M25 services. I don’t mean I stopped for a break mid-journey. I mean…

A love letter to France from a Leaver

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Bonjour mes amis! Cydney spaniel ici, en France! Well, the Eurotunnel was very nice, although the dog departure lounge could…

If Britain votes Remain, I’m moving to France

18 June 2016 9:00 am

‘This EU passport is an outrage. I want a British one!’ Not my words, Cydney’s. The spaniel is coming round…

Why menopausal women need guide dogs

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Hello, Cydney spaniel here. She’s lying in a darkened room so I’m to tell you what happened. To cut a…

Exciting news: I haven’t done a pregnancy test yet but we may be expecting

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Exciting news. We might be expecting. I say might because I haven’t done a pregnancy test yet. I thought about…

Have I killed my friend’s Jack Russell? Time to check Google

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Toby goes to bed at 10 o’clock sharp every night otherwise he gets irritable. Toby sleeps on the bed always.…

Draft and save is as good a New Year’s resolution as any

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Draft and save. That is as good a New Year’s resolution as any. Never send an email or letter in…

What dogs know about us

2 March 2013 9:00 am

In Aesop’s fable of the Dog and the Wolf, the latter declares that it is better to starve free than…

Pet obsession

16 April 2011 12:00 am

I declare two interests. I own a dog, Lily, and I admire the New York Review of Books. What could go wrong?