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THE POWER OF PETS - DOG LOVE: Caitlin Moran & Matt Chorley

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TIMES TALKS are a series of special 30-minute online events, launched during January 2021 to keep subscribers company during lockdown. We pulled together a selection of your favourite columnists from The Times and The Sunday Times to help you stay entertained and well informed. This event took place on Thursday, February 4, 2021. 

Lockdown is a dog's life: all those Covid-compliant walks and company from owners who never seem to go out.  The parks are full, puppy waiting lists are growing and pet prices are rising as doggie demand grows. But what advice can Times writers share about their four-legged friends?

Caitlin Moran has made no secret of the strength of the dog-love for her beloved Luna and her meno-paws regularly get a mention in her weekly columns. Matt Chorley went to the Conservative party conference, and ended up with a dog, Poppy, who had been rejected from the Guide Dog programme. Join them (and maybe even their dogs) for an evening of answering your questions and just chatting about the joy of dogs.

Caitlin Moran has been writing for The Times since 1992, winning a host of British Press Awards for her work. Caitlin writes a weekly column on Saturdays, and her revered Celebrity Watch appears every Friday.  Caitlin is author of More Than A Woman which was published last September as the follow-up to the international and multi-award-winning ‘Book of the Decade’ How to be a Woman which, won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. The movie of her novel How To Build A Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein, is now available on Amazon Prime. You can read Cailin's reflection on the meno-paws here.

Matt Chorley is a writer and broadcaster for The Times. He presents the political mid-morning show on Times Radio Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm, hosts the award-winning Red Box podcast and writes a column on Saturdays, bursting the Westminster bubble with his pin-sharp wit. You can read Matt's article about how he came to own a dog here