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You couldn't make it up!

First hand experiences from Newshound, our undercover retailer. Share your own retail views and experiences.

A tiny dog is winning hearts all around the world after a video emerged of her appearing to say ‘hello’.
A runaway Hermann’s tortoise has finally been found a whole year after he went missing, having travelled just over half a mile at an average speed of only 0.00007mph!
An Oxfordshire man has revealed the life-changing impact that his assistance dog from Dogs for Good has made.
A car engine was found to be purring for a good reason in Stockton-on-Tees – a tiny kitten was found trapped in the chassis.
Many people daydream about what they might do if they run into a favourite celebrity.
Oregon resident Kate Felmet put up a sign that said ‘My cat is a thief’ in an effort to return gloves, hats and other items stolen by Esme, her black feline.
A specialist RSPCA Cymru team has rescued a lamb in the Llŷn Peninsula who was stuck on a cliff edge and was being pecked by birds.
A plucky teenager shoved a mother bear off a wall at her Los Angeles home when the bear, which was walking along the top of the wall with two cubs, swatted at and grabbed one of the girl’s small dogs.
A video of an ex-sniffer dog has gone viral after it showed his reaction to the word ‘cocaine’.
A facebook video showing a cat massaging a sheep has attracted more than 14 million views.

A pet shop that was gutted by a serious fire that killed several animals has reopened.
A veterinary nurse has teamed up with vets around the country to launch a new business for the film and TV industry.
The UK’s pet cat population increased by about 600,000 as more young people turned to the company of a feline friend during the pandemic.
HRH The Princess Royal visited Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging last month to recognise the company’s 2021 Queen’s Award for Innovation, highlighting the value of veterinary innovation to the wider community.
The British Independent Retailers Association has welcomed a move by Lord Navnit Dholakia to have ‘damaging’ clauses regarding shop theft removed from a piece of legislation.
RAW dog food business Poppy’s Picnic has launched a cat food range.
Pet grooming brand Bugalugs has gained its first major listing with award-winning retail chain Just for Pets.
Small Business Saturday is putting wheels in motion for a new nationwide roadshow to support small businesses across the UK.
The best of the best in the pet industry were last night recognised at the Pet Industry Federation Awards 2021, held at Whittlebury Hall, in Northamptonshire.
Pet care brand Bob Martin has formed a new partnership with Pets As Therapy, with a pledge to help raise awareness of the mental and physical support pets can provide.
A Midlands-based sustainable pet brand that is behind the production of a low carbon pet food has secured contracts with retailers in the UK and globally just six months after business support from Coventry University helped get its product to the market.
The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched a new trading platform for ‘indies’.
OATA has presented a special Stakeholder Engagement Award to Alasdair Scott, of the Fish Health Inspectorate, in recognition of his long-standing work with the industry.
This National Reptile Awareness Day (October 21), the British Veterinary Association is urging all owners to ensure they are meeting the welfare needs of their pets and for anyone considering buying a reptile to #ThinkTwice and speak to a vet for advice.
Pet professionals and pet-friendly venues are being encouraged to have a staff member who is qualified with the canine first aid further education course.
A permanent reduction of business rates must be a top priority for the Chancellor when he makes his Autumn Statement later this month, the British Independent Retailers Association says.
Orvis UK has introduced an eco-friendly dog bed collection – Comfortfill – as part of the brand’s ongoing shift towards sustainability.
A blaze that ripped through a pet shop earlier this month causing extensive damage has been deemed accidental by investigators.
Group55 has launched its ‘next generation’ of Animology sprays and shampoos.
As the last remaining indie pet shop in Cambridge, this unique business has quite a few tales to tell, as owner Jules Brown reveals to Justine Thompson
Small Business Saturday is putting wheels in motion for a new nationwide roadshow to support small businesses across the UK.
Family-owned retailer Trusty is opening a pet supplies superstore in Derby at the end of this month.
New Zealand pet food brand Nood has hit UK shelves this week, launching its premium product range exclusively at Tesco.
A new aquatic shop has opened in a former furniture store and will be run by a father-and-son team of enthusiasts.
Hundreds of rare fish on the Red List of Threatened Species have moved into a new home after a college joined forces with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to help protect them.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has launched a new report examining the trade in fish for home aquariums and garden ponds in a bid to tackle misconceptions about the industry.
As the doors closed on the biennial AQUA show today (Thursday, October 14), there was general agreement among visitors and exhibitors that the event had proved to be a massive tonic for the aquatics and water garden industry.
The opening day of AQUA 2021 proved popular as the biennial two-day industry exhibition gave aquatic and water garden retailers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with suppliers.
Seven new aquatic, reptile and water garden innovations have been confirmed as this year’s winners of the AQUA 2021 New Product Awards, sponsored by pbwnews.
Maidenhead Aquatics has launched a new Click and Collect service, bridging the gap between traditional retail outlets and its website.
Interest in keeping axolotls has soared after the introduction of an animated version of the amphibian in the computer game Minecraft.
The Ornamental Aquatics Trade Association has welcomed Matthew Hill as its new scientific support officer.
As the industry looks forward to the return of the aquatics and water gardening trade exhibition, Aqua, next week, OASE has unveiled some of its latest innovations.
Terrapins living in a country park lake have been rehomed into a specialist turtle sanctuary in a bid to safeguard their future wellbeing and protect the water’s ecosystem.
A US city has urged residents not to discard unwanted pet goldfish into local lakes.
UK aquatic companies are being urged to support an initiative aimed at protecting Amazon fish species.
Aquatic Now has taken over as the UK distributor of Italian company ELOS Aquarium Products.
An animal conservationist who is ‘rewilding’ zoo animals has now set his sight on aquaria.
The owners of a new aquatics shop are aiming to recreate a friendly ‘tattoo parlour’ vibe, alongside a reputation for cool and unusual livestock.
A new study by Marine Megafauna Foundation is the first to describe a population of endangered zebra sharks (also commonly called leopard sharks) in Africa.