Sheep may safely graze

The increasing number of attacks by dogs on sheep has led to a ban on dog walkers. Fields with livestock near Durrington Walls and  Stonehenge now have restricted access to create some dog free zones after National Trust discussions with tenant farmers concerned by... read more

Perfect pooch pinches top prize

On June 25, Dogwise Training School, Mere, held its annual dog show to help raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home and Happy Landings animal shelter, based in Shepton Mallet. The owner of Dogwise Training School, Tina Hazzard, was delighted to announce that this year’s... read more

Dog of the month – Not just a winning personality

Dog’s Trust ‘Dog of the Month’, Clarence, is such a handsome fella, a unique looking crossbreed with a gorgeous mini-mane that emphasises his natural good looks. Being a sensitive chap, Clarence will need to be the only dog in an adult only home for now. He doesn’t... read more

Cat causes panic

Two women rescued a soldier’s wife after she refused to leave her burning home because she could not find her cat. Eventually, the two Good Samaritans led her to safety from her house in Tidworth, Wiltshire. The 28-year-old was rushed by ambulance to Salisbury... read more

Lenny – Dog of the month

Meet Lenny, Salisbury Dogs Trusts’ Dog of the month. Lenny is a sweet eight-year-old Jack Russell who loves toys and enjoys a good tasty treat. He can take a little while to get to know people, but once he’s settled into a new environment he will bond closely... read more

Fire and rescue service prepares for pet rescue

Pet resuscitation kits donated to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service by Smokey Paws include pet oxygen masks. It is the latest recipient of the animal masks with in Amesbury, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and Swindon stations. Smokey Paws is a not-for-profit... read more

Police go to the dogs

Six new general purpose police dogs joined the force this week. The dogs and their handlers completed 13 weeks of intense training and now take to the streets of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Avon & Somerset to protect the communities. The group trained together... read more

How to find a lost cat

Your cat has failed to come home – something we all dread. What now? Firstly take heart: I reckon 50% or more of such cats come home, so it’s not always an instant disaster. Sometime, something scary may have happened around your house – check every nook and cranny of... read more

Education, education…

Cats have long been seen as mysterious creatures – in reality we simply didn’t understand them. By their very nature, they are not demonstrative or ‘in-your-face’, so interpreting their emotions and needs can be tricky. But huge advances have been made in our... read more

Enjoyable living in senior years

Valley News has put together an informative editorial feature about many different aspects of senior life. The feature provides practical advice on various issues, explains where to get support and information, and introduces several local businesses, including care... read more

Corinne chooses change over stability

By Vaida Tamkiene Starting a business is something many people think about at one time or another during their lives, and underneath a desire to make money, or to be your own boss, often lies a deeper motivation. Wilton-based Corinne Roberts, who has 16 years’... read more

Albino Starling living in Wilton

Mr and Mrs Booth who live in Bulbridge Wilton, by Wilton and Barford Primary School, were amazed when they spotted what they think to be a rare albino Starling on the bird feeder in their back garden. “He moved in about a week ago and keeps coming back. I... read more

Lost dog returns after seven month trip

Pay Grant, 85, was reunited with her beloved Manchester Terrier after more than seven months. The Chalke Valley dog went missing and ended up in Northamptonshire. “We had given up: there was no sign of the dog turning up,” said Pay Grant The Grant family... read more

Ducks rule OK!

People who keep pet ducks on fruit and veg allotments owned by the council will receive new written rules so they can quack in safety. The strict welfare instructions are being introduced at Ludgershall, Wiltshire, because it has become ‘very popular’ for people to... read more

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