Good News Roundup - Friday 15th January

15 JANUARY 2021

As we look to brighter times ahead, it’s the time of the week where we share our round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond. We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

A “MEWS” UPDATE WITH A DIFFERENCE

Screenshot of a tweet picturing the broadcast for pets

In a change to regular scheduling, earlier this week BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcast an alternative news bulletin, just for pets. From weather correspondent Robin with her eyes on the skies to some anonymous feline sources making their feelings very clear about the amount of time their owners are now spending at home, there was something for everyone! Gather your pets and check out their post on Twitter to hear the whole thing.

ICE CREAM MASTERS BEN & JERRY’S TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO PUP-FRIENDLY TREATS

A pup and a cup of the new doggie treat

Credit: Ben & Jerry’s

Life is a little strange at the moment, so it’s important to take the time to treat yourself, and the animals (and people!) that you love. And what better way than with some tasty dog-safe ice cream? Frozen dessert aficionados Ben & Jerry’s have this week announced the launch of an exciting new range of pet-friendly “Doggie Desserts.” The two different flavours that are available are named after animals owned by employees of the company, with ‘Pontch’s Mix’, a peanut butter and pretzel swirl flavour, and ‘Rosie’s Batch’, which tastes like pumpkin and cream, apparently!

Ben & Jerry’s Doggie Desserts are made with very limited amounts of dairy, so are dog-safe as well as being dog-delicious, and while they’re only available in the US at the moment, we’re sure pets around the world will be able to snuggle up on the sofa with a tub of their own very soon. For more information about the Doggie Desserts, head to the Ben & Jerry’s website.

MIRACLE CAT SURVIVES MUDSLIDE AND TURNS UP NEARLY THREE YEARS LATER

Patches the cat and her owner

Credit: Jillian Title/Animal Shelter Assistance Program via AP

A miracle cat named Patches, who was thought to have perished in mudslides that hit Santa Barbara in California back in January 2018 has turned up out of the blue, alive and well. Patches was taken in by the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, a shelter based in Santa Barbara, towards the end of 2020, and identified thanks to her microchip. One of her owners, Josie Gower, sadly died in the mudslides, so it was an emotional, and unexpected reunion, but it’s reported that Patches recognised her family immediately when they arrived at the shelter to collect her. Now she’s safely back home she follows them around and likes to curl up beside them, no doubt making up for lost time.

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