NICK BARNETTEvery week you see numerous photos of our favourite furry creatures. Today, meet some of their female owners.
Julie Rossman likes whales. No, she reaaallllly likes whales. She's a fool in love with whales.
It's the Internet's favourite time of year, as online voting kicks off for the best cat video.
NICK BARNETTA set of less mainstream reasons why we adore the most elegant of domestic creatures: the feline.
One lovely pup decides to teach his tiny human sister how to get around on the ground: our hearts melt.
NICK BARNETTThe shortest, darkest day may be almost upon us, but in the brief rays of wintery sunshine you'll find pets.
This video of an elephant getting snoozy while being sung to is your happiness trigger for the day.
A month shy of his first birthday, Prince George toddles off, pursued by his mother.
Busta's abundance of torque means he now gets walked with an industrial strength chain.
NICK BARNETTThese adorabled four-legged creatures will take your life-hardened heart and melt it a little. You're welcome.
NICK BARNETTKnowing a disabled pet's future isn't going to be standard, would you adopt it?
NICK BARNETTIf your pet could write you a thankyou note, the humble blanket would undoubtedly get a glowing mention.
Is baby shaming just a new way of sharing the everyday frustrations of parenting? Or is it something we should be concerned about?
NICK BARNETTIt's hard to think of anywhere safer and more homey than the place where heat comes from - pets certainly agree.
This wee goat's reaction to the return of his donkey friend will melt your heart.
Kleptomaniac cat has eye for baby clothing
Helen Cooper wants to find the owners of the baby's facecloth, pair of socks, scarf and knitted cardigan Rascal brought home.
A huge influx of unwanted kittens is prompting vets to take action by cutting the cost of desexing cats.
NICK BARNETTYou may think pets live simple lives, but every minute of the day, there's a job to do.
Your chance to meet Cango and Shomari
Two more cheetahs are heading to Wellington Zoo, direct from the wilds of Christchurch.
A fall from a truck and befriending a hunter are the escapades that brought two pigs together.
This video is without a doubt the most heart-warming thing you will see today.
Yes, someone has actually studied why we love cat videos. How? By watching a ton of them.
A painting by Kashin the elephant, who died five years ago, is expected to bring up to $3000 at auction.
These adorable fluffballs are up for adoption - but get in quick, the cuteness factor has never been higher.
Meet the 'top live trapper of beavers in North America'. She's a hairdresser. She's fabulous.
It's a long way from the Hutt to the Chatham Islands, but that's the journey two kittens made.
Cats and cats, cats and dogs, goats and goats. Here are some super cute besties.
When Lucky was diagnosed with Lymphoma, the bottom came crashing out of my world.
NICK BARNETTEven a shivering puppy is better than anything else, so long as you can cuddle it and return it to its warm, wiggly state.
Betty the kitten breaks hearts at SPCA
Wellington SPCA's newest resident has full use of three legs - but she needs surgery to remove her fourth.
"My dog does this really great trick, he just exists and makes my entire life better."
Wee Ralphee has a neurological disorder, but her canine pal Max is always there to make sure she's safe.
200 cats from all over the country turned out to let their fur do the talking this weekend.
A white Bengal tigress, a gift from former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, gives birth to four cubs.
They lost their loved pet in Superstorm Sandy, but guess who they found when they went to the pound to get a new dog.
Cub makes daring escape and roams zoo
A daring cheetah cub has escaped from its enclosure at Orana Wildlife Park to roam freely in the public area.
Watch this tiny ball of fluff tuck in to some painstakingly prepared (and delicious looking) burritos. It's magical.
NICK BARNETTAre you sitting comfortably? If you were a cat, I wouldn't need to ask, because the answer would always be yes.
Here's something happy to cheer up your day: her reaction has well and truly stolen our hearts.
NICK BARNETTPets don't have to do any arduous squinching and smizing in photos - their posing is natural and continuous.
His chubby little cheeks had us at hello, here are his best moments.
An Aussie furball with a devilish reputation is spinning up a storm at Auckland Zoo.
An Easter Egg hunt with a difference has provided plenty of fun for a family of gorillas.
They were only apart for one night, but Wills and Kate couldn't wait to get back to their little guy.
Prince William and Kate's family pooch Lupo is to be kitted out in a New Zealand-made coat.
NICK BARNETTCats spend many hours fully awake but reclining, or as I like to call it, conscious recumbency.
NICK BARNETTIn the world of celebrity cats - and yes, there is such a world - this little special needs puss is near the top.
GUEST POST BY EVA PETROSimba, a reader's pet, was a supersized, creamy ginger kiss - and about as calorific.
NICK BARNETTThere is no joy like that of a dog enjoying the great outdoors ...
NICK BARNETTOne of the joys of the whole culture of dog-walking is the joy of the familiar, not just the new.
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