Racing dogs visit patients for grooming and walking sessions, in a new type of pet therapy, which could be rolled out across the UK.
If ITV Tyne Tees viewers are anything to go by animals, children and the sunny weather make the people of the North East happy.
The RSPCA has reported a big rise in the number of dogs brought into the UK illegally, which could cost their new owners.
A North East vet says dog owners feed their pets chocolate - which can be fatal to them - simply because it tastes good to them.
North East vet, Claire Hinchcliff, warns that Easter treats are not for pets, especially dogs.
An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.
The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.
He is 63 in dog years, well over the eligible age to vote, although unfortunately not the right species. Nonetheless, the Hoyle family's pet Rottweiler, called Zeus, was issued a polling card for the European elections.
His owner Russell explained how it happened:
Drinkers may have been toasting the Chancellor for lopping a penny off a pint of beer, but in one corner of North Yorkshire, there's one ale enthusiast who enjoys a regular tipple and it's just very difficult to gauge his reaction. What is clear though is he likes a drink. Jon Hill reports.
Simon Grant, from North Yorkshire, shows us his special bond with 11 foot, beer loving camel, Jeffrey:
A man from North Yorkshire has a best friend of a different variety - an 11 foot camel called Jeffrey.
Originally from Russia, it is thought that Jeffrey, owned by Simon Grant, from Sutton-on-the-Forest, is the UK's only pet camel.
Not only that, Simon read that Camels enjoy drinking beer, so after finding this to be true, Jeffery now gets a couple of pints mixed into his feed on special occasions.
Racing camels are often given a swig of beer before races to make them livelier.
Bactrian camels can survive temperatures of around -25 Celsius, and are instantly recognisable by their twin humps.
There are thought to be around two million living in the world, but only around 800 of these are wild, living mostly in remote areas of Mongolia and Siberia.
Jeffrey was bought as a birthday present for Simon's son, Tom, seven years ago, and was brought over from Holland. The family bought him for £3,000 and nursed him back to health, after Tom mentioned in passing he was fond of the animals.
Simon, a former racehorse jockey and trainer has trained the camel to be ridden.
Jeffrey could live until the ripe old age of 60, and will have his favourite tipple to thank in his old age.
The higher-than-average temperatures are good for our flowers and frogs, but they also make a good breeding ground for another creature we like less - midges.
The tiny fly larvae have been gifted the perfect conditions to survive.
Ross Hutchinson reports.