The pair, who divorced in 1996, both reside at the Royal Lodge on the Windsor estate.
The source told CNN that the Duchess bonded with the monarch over a shared love of dog-walking and horse-riding.
Even after her divorce from Prince Andrew, Sarah continued her friendship with the Queen by walking dogs through the Windsor estate, the source added.
The Queen, who died at the age of 96, is reported to have had four dogs, two of whom are Pembroke Welsh corgis, Muick and Sandy.
She is also reported to have left behind an older, mixed breed "dorgi" called Candy and a cocker spaniel named Lissy. It is unclear who will be looking after Candy and Lissy.
Corgis have become synonymous with the monarch, who throughout her long life was regularly photographed with a Welsh corgi at her feet.
The Queen was often credited with creating the dorgi breed when her corgi mated with a dachshund owned by her sister, Princess Margaret.
The Queen's passion for corgis dated back to her childhood, when she fell in love with her father King George VI's dog, Dookie. In 1944, on her 18th birthday, she was given a Pembroke Welsh corgi puppy named Susan. Such was her attachment to Susan, she reportedly took her on her honeymoon in 1947. Susan died in January 1959.
The monarch went on to own dozens of corgis in her lifetime. One, Willow, famously appeared alongside her in the James Bond sketch that she recorded for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
When Willow was put to sleep at the age of 14, the Queen lost the last descendant of her original corgi, Susan. According to Reader's Digest, the Queen had a fondness for corgis because of their "energy and untamed spirit."
The Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah, will take care of the dogs.
Prince Andrew stepped back from public duties in 2019 following a firestorm of criticism over an interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Earlier this year, he paid a settlement to sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre, according to her attorney, and a US district judge agreed to dismiss her lawsuit against the Duke of York.
The prince has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Still, the allegations against Andrew, 62, have dramatically tarnished his public standing.
Black bows have been tied onto each of the hives in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, with the role of breaking the sad news to the bees falling to 79-year-old royal beekeeper John Chapelle.
He also told them that King Charles III is their new boss.
Informing the bees of their owner’s death isn’t a royal tradition as such—it’s a centuries-old superstition mainly predominant in western Europe and the U.S.
It’s believed that failure to inform the bees that their owner has died will result in the bees’ own death, or them ceasing to produce honey.
The beekeeper told the Daily Mail that it’s tradition when the “master or mistress of the hives” has died that “you go to the hives and say a little prayer and put a black ribbon" on them.
He went on, "You knock on each hive and say, 'The mistress is dead, but don't you go. Your master will be a good master to you.’”
Each hive contains over 20,000 bees. At the height of summer, Mr. Chapelle is in charge of over a million of them.
He revealed that he got the role of royal beekeeper accidentally 15 years ago—when he was summoned for an interview, he thought there was a “problem with bees”, but when it turned out they wanted someone to look after the hives he took on the responsibility.
In 2020, the royal family tweeted that Buckingham Palace’s bees had produced over 200 jars of honey, enough for the palace to be “self-sufficient.”
US-based environmental group Seafood Watch has added the lobster and some other species in its "red list", urging people to delete it from their food menu saying that the ropes used to fish for lobsters often entangle North Atlantic right whales, declared critically endangered both in the US and internationally according to The New York Times. The announcement was made last week and also included snow crab, Atlantic rock crab and species that are caught in pots, traps, or gillnets.
The organization rates the sustainability of seafood using a four colour scale - from green ("Best Choice") to red ("Avoid"). Previously, the American lobster was kept under amber-coloured rating, warning seafood lovers to be aware of its harvest methods.
The need for this stringent warning was felt because the population of North American right whale has fallen drastically, with US wildlife authorities saying it faces extinction, according to NYT.
"I think consumers need to understand the impacts of the fishing practices used to catch the food that they consume," Mark Baumgartner, a marine scientist, was quoted as saying by the outlet.
From the various types of lobsters, the American lobster is most popular among consumers. These crustaceans are being caught along the US east coast and Canada since the 1800s.
However, fishermen are furious over the move. The Maine Lobstermen's Association told USA Today that their traps are regulated that they have not had an interaction with right whales in nearly 20 years.
Some politicians, like Maine Governor Janet Mills, have attacked Seafood Watch for unfairly attacking the lobster industry. "Seafood Watch is misleading consumers and businesses with this designation," Governor Mills was quoted as saying by the outlet.
Agroforestry Group after several years of successful research and development, is pleased to announce that it has begun planting Aquilaria trees as an intercrop across its durian plantations. The Aquilaria trees are being planted at a ratio of 3 to 1 based upon the plantation grid pattern and will generate additional revenue for the company and its clients.
Mr. Paul Martin, Agroforestry Group's MD said "We are excited to be planting Aquilaria trees as an intercrop as it increases the profitability of our plantations and is environmentally sustainable. The Aquilaria trees will be pruned monthly with leaves processed into high value, healthy, medicinal herbal tea, and coffee."
He added that the entire intercropping process was environmentally friendly, converting the leaves from pruned branches into valuable by-products rather than have them go to waste. The unnecessary branches once taken off, will be stripped of their leaves and slowly dried in an oven, before being processed into herbal tea and coffees. A typical established Aquilaria tree can generate approximately 0.5 kg of dried leaves per month per tree.
Aquilaria leaves contain numerous health and medical benefits, with its extract is commonly used in Asia to help:
- Deal with feelings of anxiety and stress
- Improving quality of sleep
- Cleanse the body of harmful toxins
- Promote healthy body weight
- Promote healthy, clear skin
- Stabilizes blood sugar
Global Market demand for tea and coffee is increasingly rapidly with Globe Newswire reporting, it is expected to grow 11.2% this year, from USD 100.78 billion in 2021 to USD 112.03 billion. By 2026, the market is expected to reach USD 165.88 billion. Aquilaria teas and coffees are common across Southeast Asia but growing in popularity across the Middle East and West as consumer consumption increases, as they seek more unique healthy teas and coffees.
Attend the first in-person Pet Night since 2019 to celebrate the benefits of pets in our lives. Learn the winners of the Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest!
Pet Night on Capitol Hill gives members of Congress an opportunity to meet with leaders in the pet care community to learn more about the importance of pet-friendly policies and how the human-animal bond positively impacts our mental, physical and social health.
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 5 - 7 p.m.
Rayburn Cafeteria & Courtyard, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy interacting with Pet Partners registered therapy animals, meet Just So Jamie of Jadon, a champion show cat, Trumpet, the 2022 Westminster Best in Show Winner and Biscuit, the Washington Capitals Service Dog in Training. Hear the announcement of the Animal Health Institute’s Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest winners.
The Human-Animal Bond Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-5) in recognition of his dedicated service championing animal health and the human-animal bond.
A New Jersey family is devastated after their dog’s run-in with a porcupine proved fatal.
The pit-bull mix pup’s ill-fated encounter began at about 2 a.m., pet parent DeGennaro recounted. When it was over, the canine was full of quills.
A North American porcupine sports a good 30,000 quills, each one armed with 700 or 800 barbs on the four millimeters closest to the tip, according to Science magazine.
A vet was able to remove dozens sticking out of Chester’s face, neck, chest and paws, according to a Facebook post from DeGennaro.
“They said at the animal hospital they have never seen quills that bad in their entire life,” DeGennaro told NJ.com.
The third-largest rodent, porcupines weigh between 15 and 35 pounds, according to Veterinary Centers of America Inc., a nationwide network of animal hospitals. Their quills are actually modified hairs and are covered with scales that act like fishhook barbs, which helps them travel deeper in once they’re embedded in soft tissue.
There, they can pierce vulnerable organs. While the quills are not poisonous, they can carry bacteria that could cause infection.
“The quills don’t really show up in CAT scans and X-rays, the damage is what shows up,” DeGennaro told NJ.com. “You can’t even do anything to see exactly where they are, so they did the best they could. But being that he swallowed some, they just went everywhere…. around his heart, his lungs, his esophagus and in his digestive system.”
Faced with the possibility that traveling quills could pierce Chester’s heart or other organs, the family opted to operate. But their beloved dog didn’t make it, and died on the table.
Now DeGennaro and her family are not only in mourning but also faced with a nearly $20,000 vet bill. “He really did need the surgery, and obviously we all thought he was going to live,” DeGennaro said. “I really thought he was going to make it. I’m devastated.”
Tom Cruise was met with an unexpected dilemma on the set of “Mission: Impossible 8.”
The actor and his crew were forced to hit the brakes on production after an unlikely confrontation with a flock of sheep in England’s Lake District.
The animals were seen heading toward the filming area and began chewing on the grass near a marquee set up for filming.
The 60-year-old Hollywood star couldn’t help but laugh at the hold-up and was even seen moving out of the way so the animals could pass through, Fox News reports.
The actor, who stars as crime-solving hero Ethan Hunt in the film franchise, has been filming scenes for the film since July.
Cruise, who is famous for performing his own stunts, was recently seen jumping off a mountain and paragliding during filming.
The seventh film from the franchise is set to be released in July 2023. A release date for the eighth film has not yet been announced.
Cruise executed the final scene of the shoot after the sheep were cleared from the area.
It seems as though England had several surprises in store for Cruise.
A group of local walkers in Lake District got more than what they bargained for on after accidentally stumbling upon the actor in the countryside.
The actor happily posed for snaps with a couple of passersby, before thanking them and returning to filming.
“He was nice and polite and really humble. Tom Cruise apologized for the noise of the helicopters and asked if we were alright,” Adam Wheeler told The Northern Echo.
“He was making sure everybody who wanted to, got their photos with him. We were the last ones to get his picture and then he just paraglided off the mountain back to his camp next to Buttermere.”
“It was a real pleasure meeting one of the most famous Hollywood celebrity actors out there – one of the richest as well. It was not what we expected while out walking on the fells,” Wheeler added.
A viral video has been making the rounds that claims an ‘invasion of crocodiles’ in Brazil has locals ‘panicked’ after thousands of crocs swarmed a beach.
First things first, this isn’t some random touristy beach in Brazil. The crocodilians seen in the viral video are in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil which is around ten times the size of the Florida Everglades.
Also, these aren’t the massive saltwater crocodiles people worry about. The reptiles seen in this video are caimans which are smaller and they’re all huddled around a watering hole to fish and stay cool during Brazil’s dry season which runs from March through November, opposite to the Northern Hemisphere.
To see a video visit talkinpets.com, we posted the viral video on our home page
They’re invasive and destructive, and in the last few years Miami Beach residents say the iguana population has been expanding exponentially.
“Something more needs to be done,” said resident Barbara Benis. She said she had to re-build her sea wall after iguanas destroyed it.
Video from several days ago shows an iguana hunter paid by the city, shooting and collecting the scaly critters. But city leaders, who met Wednesday, will be quadrupling the budget for iguana remediation and looking into more solutions.
By phone, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said last year’s budget for iguana removal was $50,000 and has been upped to $200,000. He would like to tackle the problem on both private and public properties.
Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez raised the idea of putting a bounty on the reptiles.
“I don’t know - dead or alive. But if we pay per iguana we’re going to get more iguanas,” she said. “People are going to go out and hunt them for money. I think that’s a better use of our money.”
Gelber said a bounty plan could work, as long as it’s legal and does the job.
An ad-hoc committee will be formed to look into best practices and competitive bids for removal services have been requested.