Pets

The SNP don’t speak for Scotland? Don’t be so sure…

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Speaking for Scotland Sir: I wonder if it is wise of Charles Moore (Notes, 18 March) to assume — as…

Dear Mary: my friends’ annoying habit when referring to their toddlers

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. Most of my friends have small children and being mostly media types in west London, have given them silly…

Clueless dog owners are to blame for a huge increase in sheep-worrying

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Clueless dog owners are behind a huge increase in sheep-worrying

From kittens to claret: an ideal education

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Call me a sentimental old whatever, but watching a four-year old hearing The Tale of Samuel Whiskers for the first…

A Tommy rescues two canaries from a ruined house on the Western Front in 1915. Canaries were treasured not only as gas detectors but also in ambulance trains, where their song comforted wounded soldiers

Foreign fields forever England

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In July 1915 the poet Edward Thomas enlisted as a soldier with the Artists’ Rifles, even though, at the age…

Looking after my dog Leo is a full-time job

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just spent a day looking after our one-year-old vizsla and, to be blunt, I have some sympathy with Michael…

‘Donald’s always been the outgoing one’: meeting the Trump parents

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I have never met Donald Trump, but I knew his parents. A fact that makes me feel about 100 years…

The six-year-old loved it – but they don't ever get the bigger picture: The Secret Life of Pets reviewed

25 June 2016 8:00 am

The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animation from Illumination Entertainment, which also brought us Minions and Despicable Me,…

Adventures of a hell-cat in heaven

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Over the weekend I officiated at a funeral. Earlier in the morning there had been lowering rain clouds, but by…

The Spectator, 1916: To win the war, lose the dogs

28 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Food dictatorship’, The Spectator, 27 May 1916: Nobody would like to see the whole race of dogs exterminated, but…

Meet Leo... my soppy, dopey, affectionate, deadly predator

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Leo, the Hungarian Vizsla my wife brought home unexpectedly last year, is approaching his first birthday and not getting any…

Gentlest and sweetest of dogs

Beautiful, wilful, never dull: in praise of Clumber spaniels

7 May 2016 9:00 am

For the first time in more than 30 years we have no Clumber spaniel. We have had five: Henry, Judith,…

Why compulsory microchipping is bad for caring dog-owners

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Compulsory microchipping of dogs will hurt caring pet owners – but help busybodies

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Dreaming of bringing your favourite pet back to life? Soon it could be reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich are already bringing beloved dogs and horses back to life. Soon the rest of us will be able to do it too

The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In my London neighbourhood, an argument about urban foxes is turning very nasty indeed

Dear Mary: How will Joan Collins introduce herself now she’s a dame?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Q. We enjoyed the Christmas University Challenge series featuring mature graduates, some of whom were more in the public eye than…

Spectator letters: Bereaved parents against press regulation, and a defence of Tony Benn

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why we need a free press Sir: As bereaved parents and (to borrow from some signatories of last week’s advertisement)…

The battle against the dog police

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Feral bureaucrats are banning dogs from places they’ve been walked for generations. But now owners are fighting back

What nannies know

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Soon after moving to London at the age of 20, Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister Vic saying, ‘Being a…

What a tortoise can teach us

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Five lessons from my new pet

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?