NICK BARNETTChristmas is a joyful time for animals, so joyful in fact, that they often get lost in the baubly beauty.
These wee humans got to play under the snow for an hour: the tears they keep on coming.
Cherie Thompson's dog Kaiser made short work of new bedding in his dog motel.
When Jimmy saw the opportunity for a second helping of breakfast, he took it.
NICK BARNETTLeft to their own devices, our pets would probably never don Christmas headgear, and what a loss that would be!
The Smithsonian National Zoo announced it's new panda cub would be named 'Bao Bao'.
Can a cheetah really be friends with a dog? And a hippo and a tortoise?
Saying cheese with a chimp? You may be supporting its abuse.
Rosie doesn't usually play up, but when she does, she knows to use her best "I'm sorry" face.
These pets have seen a lot and smelled a lot (warning: you may cry while reading this).
One lucky pit bull pup has survived more than a week buried in a tornado ravaged apartment building.
Emma Cooper needs eyes in the back of her head to avoid this situation again.
Ronnie took advantage of a day at home alone inside. With disastrous results.
It's time to name and shame the animal anarchist in your house.
NICK BARNETTThe beauty of a kitten or puppy is something we can all agree on, however old or young we are.
Fireworks nearly killed Ninja the turtle but Clarice Ford brought her back to life using turtle CPR.
Toddler and puppy cuddle up 'like brothers' in these unbearably cute photos.
Rob Kidd watches the work of our Customs officers' four-legged friends.
NICK BARNETTThere's a very good reason the phrase 'puppy-dog eyes' caught on.
NICK BARNETTIt's not as simple as plonking the bowl down, there are various sub-rituals that must be upheld.
Rupee the rescued rubbish dump dog braves Himalayan snow to reach new heights.
Apparently, the only creature immune to a baby panda's charm is another baby panda.
NICK BARNETTWhy not celebrate the warmer season with some spritely balls of fluff.
The baby animals at Wildlife Reserve Singapore's parks are a great reason to visit.
NICK BARNETT - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt was only an hour, but it was an uncomfortable and frightening one for the dogs.
This heart-meltingly beautiful video captures the precious first few months of the monochrome twins.
This is officially the greatest cover of all time.
NICK BARNETT - © Fairfax NZ NewsLet's simply pay tribute to the pink miracle that is a pet's tongue.
NICK BARNETT - © Fairfax NZ NewsHumans weren't the only ones left emotionally damaged by the Canterbury quakes.
An Emory University neuroscientist is studying a premise all dog lovers believe and trying to prove it through the science of brain mapping.
NICK BARNETTLet's all have a blonde moment before proceeding with our day.
Get the hayfever meds and pull out the tissues, we're about to show you an outrageously fluffy pet...
NICK BARNETTFriendship between pets is a beautiful thing to watch.
The Vietnamese love of dogs is going beyond the traditional fondness for canine cuisine.
Here's your happy cry of the day: a birthday message from a two-year-old to her mum.
Janie, the oldest animal at Auckland Zoo, is put down due to age-related health problems.
Doing a crazy amount of online wedding research? Here's an interesting detour ...
NICK BARNETTPets always think about that forbidden act; their instinct is for crime.
NICK BARNETTDon't use your hands as toys, and other rules for playing with your pet.
Move over Grumpy Cat, there's a new puss in town and his name's Snoopy.
Like grandfather, like grandson - this year's top dog at the national show had winning in his blood.
Dogs and hedgehogs in their Sunday best line pews to be anointed the Lord's creatures.
These will truly cheer you up and totally make your day. Nay, your week.
NICK BARNETTIt's about sleep - getting ready for it, doing it, and being ever so slightly roused from it.
Three capuchins to join santuary
For years, this monkey's closest companion was a cat, but now he finally has a family of his own.
For Wellington Zoo's pygmy marmoset, Wicket, even a single grape can be a sizeable snack.
NICK BARNETTFor at least three-quarters of each day, my pets are asleep.
Check out these talented canines surfing up a storm in California.
It doesn't matter where he is, he will 'monk' and compromise his own breathing to do so.
NICK BARNETTHave you ever watched a cat, watching?
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