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Choc’s away for flying hound
A canine pilot with more than 250 flying hours has become the only dog in the UK to have her own crew card.
Callie, a chocolate Labrador, has flown an amazing 50,000 miles around the country with owner Graham Mountford in his Cessna 210 Centurion, the orangenews website reports.
“She has been flying since she was 12 weeks old and is a very well-travelled dog,” said Graham, 50, from Leighton Buzzard, in Bedfordshire.
The pair fly most weekends, visiting beaches such as Barra in Scotland, Perranporth in Cornwall and Caernarfon in Wales, where Callie enjoys a run on the sand and a sausage.
The puppy pilot has now been given an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Aopa) air crew card, which entitles her to a host of VIP benefits.
“I went to an aeroexpo exhibition and visited the Aopa stand and they decided Callie had more flying hours than many humans, so I jokingly asked if she could have a crew card,” Graham said. He was shocked to receive a membership pack in the post for Callie a week after his tongue-in-cheek request.

Polar bear is latest casualty
Members of the public have been warned that dropping their possessions when visiting zoos could pose a fatal risk to animals.
The warning follows the death of a polar bear at a Stuttgart zoo, which is thought to have died after eating a coat and bag left in its enclosure.
The 25-year-old polar bear, named Anton, died of severe intestinal injuries, the zoo said.
The death is not the first tragedy of its type at the German zoo.
Charly, the last elephant seal in the zoo, died after swallowing a teddy bear, and a hippopotamus called Egon died several years ago after swallowing a tennis ball.
According to The Times around 200 children’s shoes have been discovered in the polar bear enclosure­, along with a wide variety of other items.

Another brood attracts at-ten-tion
A duck that laid her eggs in the grounds of a school for the third year in a row has been released with her new family by the Scottish SPCA.
Staff and pupils at Moray Primary School, in Grangemouth, were given a special surprise when they discovered the recently-hatched ducklings and their mother wandering around the playground.
The mother duck has become somewhat of a mini mascot for the school, where pupils have affectionately named her Poppy, and was making a return for the third year to lay her eggs, which hatched into 10 fluffy ducklings.
Head teacher Lynda McDonald said, “Our school has two internal gardens and three years ago Poppy laid 10 eggs in our grounds. There’s a burn not too far from the school which has a lot of ducks so it’s possible she thought the school would be a safer location for her offspring.
“Last year she returned and instead flew into our nursery garden to make a nest in a plant pot where she laid nine eggs. Our nursery children were able to follow the whole process and it was an extraordinary event for them to see first-hand.”
The ducklings were later released by Animal Rescue Officer Robyn Cooper at Gartmorn Dam, near Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
Robyn said, “It took the efforts of several teachers and the janitor to help catch all of the ducklings. One of them was hiding under a shed so we had to wait it out to catch him. It was certainly a very entertaining morning.”
In a separate incident, eight orphaned ducklings that wandered into a conservatory in South Queensferry are recovering in the Scottish SPCA’s care.
A resident of Dalmeny contacted the welfare charity after the birds walked in through a door which had been left open. They ducklings are now recovering at the SSPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire.

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Pets Choice and Vitakraft UK in merger

Pet food manufacturer and distributor Pets Choice has announced it will take over the sales and distribution of Vitakraft UK products from January 1, 2015.

Petcetera to host grooming seminars and talks

Petcetera is hosting a series of seminars for owners, groomers and breeders in November.

UK to set up new equine ID register

The UK is to establish a new central equine database as part of a more robust – and enforceable – equine identification (horse passport) system after EU member states endorsed proposals for stronger regulations after flaws were laid bare in last year’s horse meat scandal.

Scampers helps save the hedgehogs

A pet store is doing its bit to help hedgehogs in need.

Cattery owner launches pet hampers

A cattery owner is about to launch a range of pet hampers for dogs, cats and horses.

Making it a family affair at Eurostitch

Richard Wright has joined the Lucky Pet mobile sales team at Yorkshire-based pet bed business Eurostitch.

Aquarama adds another string to its bow

Next year’s Aquarama – the biennial international ornamental fish trade exhibition held in Singapore – will include a programme of events tailored to public aquarium personnel.

Tetra owner steps forward to buy IAMS and Eukanuba

Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc, which already owns Tetra and Furminator, has signed ‘a definitive agreement’ to acquire Procter & Gamble’s European pet food business, consisting of the IAMS and Eukanuba premium dog and cat brands.

Bubbly duo show support for PupAid event

The ‘Dog Fashion Police’ mother-and-daughter team of Josie Carter and Kelly Pearce were out supporting the PupAid event in Primrose Hill, London.

Sales of natural products in US continue to grow

Market research in the US indicates that sales of natural pet products, including food, are set to grow 15% in the next three years.

Rescued tortoise has new lease of life

A member of staff at Pets Corner’s Swindon branch drew on the company’s animal welfare training recently to rescue a tortoise.

NT Labs makes pledge to ‘true aquatic retailers’

NT Labs is establishing a list of authorised retailers to ensure its products are ‘being sold by true aquatic retailers’.

PetLondon takes on FuzzYard distribution

Australian pet product manufacturer FuzzYard has appointed PetLondon as its exclusive UK distributor.

Dogs Trust campaign sees 20,000 dogs microchipped

Dogs Trust – the largest dog welfare charity in the UK – is working with specialist outsourcing firm Echo Managed Services on a major drive for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped by 2015/16.

Last chance to tour Kennel Club building

With the largest dog library and collection of dog paintings in Europe and a history that spans more than 140 years, the Kennel Club can rival London’s most popular museums and is offering free tours to all dog lovers.

Authority issues new guidance on invasive species

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has welcomed new guidance to the pet industry on invasive species from the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and says the sector has already been doing much of what’s recommended for more than a decade.

Arson dogs’ home warns of appeal scam

Manchester Dogs Home has issued an urgent warning about an appeal scam targeting the Worsley in Greater Manchester.

Dogs & Co offers businesses drop-shopping option

Dogs & Co Ltd is now offering pet businesses the opportunity to supply its dog lawn burn prevention product, Green Peez, via drop-shpping.

Adopt a feral cat to control rodents, says charity

Visitors to the Your Horse Live show will be able to find out more about the ultimate in rodent control – adopting a feral cat from Cats Protection.

Over 200 exhibitors head for China show

China’s 2015 Guangzhou International Aquarium Show (GIAS 2015) will be held from May 9 to 11, 2015, and is expected to attract in the region of 200 exhibitors.

Bedford aquarium planning permission runs out

Planning permission for a £600-million aquarium in Bedfordshire has expired, with millions of pounds of public money invested in it.

One step at a time

Pet and aquatic shopfitting specialists CASCO Europe has brought out a new Ladder & Rail that ‘takes store ladders to the next level’.

Cornish aquarium closes without warning

Falmouth Aquarium closed suddenly in early September, less than two months after re-opening under new branding in July.

Mars Fishcare appoints ALF as main distributor

MARS Fishcare has appointed Bedford-based ALF as its main ‘preferred official’ distributor to aquatic specialist stores in mainland UK starting November 30. API and Aquarian products will also be available through Norwood Aquarium for the aquatic channel.

Animals and fish return to flood-ravaged sanctuary

Seals, turtles, penguins and other creatures have returned to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, destroyed by floodwaters last December, in preparation for its re-opening on October 16.

Trade lines up to be part of aquatics show

More than 80% of stand space has already been sold for AQUA 2015 with a year to go before the show opens for business.

Fire service saves aquatics store from blaze

The owner of an aquatics store has praised the fire service after a blaze threatened hundreds of fish worth thousands of pounds at his shop in Leicester.

Vetark brings out new product to counter flukes

Vetark has launched a new solution against fluke infections, Fluke-Solve.

Trade body lobbies MEPs ahead of Euro conference

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is writing to all UK MEPs in advance of a conference on animal welfare organised by Eurogroup for Animals.

Stop throwing dead fish, demands Swiss group

A Swiss animal rights group has called on Zurich’s guild of fishermen to stop throwing dead fish as part of the city’s traditional annual Sechseläuten festival.

Baby corals and fish smell their way to the best home

New research suggests that baby fish and coral larvae smell their way to healthy habitats.

Agency called out to rescue stranded fish

Scores of fish have been rescued from the River Teme in Herefordshire.

JBL gives a boost to planted tanks

Planted tank hobbyists or aquarists with a special interest in plants may sometimes opt to supplement a fertiliser with specific components, either individually or in form of a NPK fertilizer.

Believe it or not…

A 23-year-old Canadian software developer has created a video stream featuring two goldfish playing Street Fighter II Turbo on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Claw blimey!

A woman had a shock when she discovered two live crabs scuttling about in a Birmingham tower block lift.

Arapaima now extinct in some parts of the Amazon

The giant Arapaima has been fished to extinction in a number of areas in the Amazon river, say scientists.

Four-star hotel for mums-to-be

Spawning boxes for fish have been around for a long time, but a new launch promises ‘to beat all records’, says JBL.

Mexico porpoise on brink of extinction

China’s appetite for the swimbladder of the Totoaba marine fish has pushed the Vaquita marina, a tiny porpoise, to the brink of extinction.

Malaysia aims to export 900m ornamentals

Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ministry had set a target of exporting 900 million ornamental fish by the year 2020.

OFI appoints new secretary general

Global aquatics trade body Ornamental Fish International has appointed Roberto Hensen as secretary general.

Aquatics chain appears on Love Your Garden

Maidenhead Aquatics was a supplier in a recent episode of Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden.

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