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Wellness Program for Pets provides care for pets of terminally ill

Life: Pets Fri, Dec 19, 2014 - 9:54 AM 0

Eighteen years ago, a Colorado Springs hospice nurse named Joanne Bonicelli realized there wasn’t a safe place her patients could send their pets when they could no longer care for them. She made up her mind to do...

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  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge," director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour...

  • Having pets in classroom remains tradition for Colorado Springs school

    Draco won't have to fight traffic and airport lines Friday like the millions heading out on holiday. Instead, the bearded dragon will be wrapped in a warm beige towel and stuffed into a blue bag for the short ride to Palmer Elementary School teacher Laura Wirsig's home. It's a packing ritual repeated in schools everywhere as classroom pets go...

  • Cat books: Purrfect holiday gifts for feline fans

    The felines are fighting back - on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of online sensations such as Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and Nora, the piano-playing cat. For the cat lovers on...

  • Pet of the week: Eamon

    Name: Eamon Breed: Yellow Labrador retriever Owner: Vicky Campbell Eamon's story: Read how this dog went from being the runt of the litter to a dog-angel at gazette.com/pets. 
To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to pets@gazette.com. Please include the pet's name and breed along with your name and a short...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 18, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838. LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn -...

  • Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it's a statement; for others,...

  • Elsa, kitten found in frigid Denver, finds a home

    DENVER — The story of a kitten found in sub-zero weather in Denver and named after Elsa from "Frozen" has a happy ending. The Dumb Friends League said Monday that the orange tabby has been adopted by the volunteer who helped nurse her back to health. Elsa was found tangled in some electric wires on a porch during last month's arctic blast....

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Bringing home a kitty for Christmas

    Christmas is only 10 days away. If you're thinking of adding a cuddly kitten to your household, here are some tips to ensure your house is ready for the new arrival. Let's take on the biggest challenge first - the Christmas tree! This likely will be the most interesting thing in your feline's world. It's a good idea to leave off decorations...

  • Coats 4 Canines helps care for pets of the homeless

    About a year ago, Vicki Gramm and her husband stopped by the Kmart on Nevada Avenue to buy office supplies to donate to a nonprofit animal rescue group. On her way into the store, Gramm noticed a man and two large-breed dogs hunkered down in the bitter cold. "You could tell he was transient and pretty much carrying his life in his backpack,"...

  • Treat pet allergies with thorough cleaning during winter months

    There is not such a thing as hypoallergenic pet, said Dr. Matthew Bowdish, FAAAAI, FACAAI. “People will say some breeds are hypoallergenic, because they shed less, like poodles, airedales, terriers and some short hair cats,” said Bowdish, a board certified allergist at William Storms Allergy Clinic, 1625 Medical Center Pt., Ste. 190. “But if...

  • Helping hearts: Food drivespart of Boutique’s aid to local pet community

    Sponsored: Rescued Hearts Unique Boutique is no ordinary thrift store. It’s a non-profit, all-volunteer thrift store with great buys on donated clothing, household goods, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, and pet supplies. But that’s just the beginning. After nearly two years, Rescued Hearts, 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., is continuing its mission...

  • Feline shelter expands to former home of spay/neuter clinic

    Sponsored: Look What The Cat Brought In (LWTCBI) has taken up a new residency on the eastern edge of Downtown, in the Knob Hill neighborhood. But this isn’t the first time 2129 E. Boulder St. has been home to a locally beloved pet institution. Hamlett Spay & Neuter Clinic operated out of the two-story building from 1977-2012. The clinic...

  • Pet of the week: Bella

    Name: Bella Breed: Akita Owner: Dee Maloney Bella's story: Bella first belonged to my granddaughter Jennifer, but we ended up with Bella when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Bella was real close to my husband, who has since passed. Bella is now my constant companion, protector and my best friend.. 
To have your pet considered,...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 11, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 
591-4640; colorado9lives.com. Colorado Greyhound Adoption - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820 W. Uintah St.; Jane Troyer, 633-2524. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m....

  • Slobbery sidekicks: Dogs ride in bikers' sidecars

    Some silken-haired beauties are eager sidekicks to motorcycle riders, wind whipping their thick locks as passers-by watch the wild ride with envy. That is until the slobber starts. These passengers are pooches - mastiffs, Labradors and Chihuahuas, often clad in goggles and tiny leather jackets, that fly along in blimp-shaped buckets attached...

  • Puppies in motion: Photo book captures memorable moments

    This much cuteness should be a crime. Photographer Carli Davidson - also an animal rights activist, pet foster parent and trainer who lives in Portland, Ore. - has a follow-up to her best-seller, "Shake," her picture book of dogs shaking themselves silly. It's "Shake Puppies" (Harper Design), which takes her original idea and scales it down...

  • Pet of the week: Zorro

    Name: Zorro Breed: Doberman Pinscher mix Owner: Rita Steinhauer Zorro's story: Hi, my name is Zorro. I am a Doberman Pinscher mix. My Dad rescued me as a puppy 3 1/2 years ago. I am from Colorado and I love outdoors Colorado - anywhere outdoors in Colorado. I love to hike. I wrote an article in The Gazette when my favorite place, Blodgett...

  • Scratch & sniff: Your cat’s claws serve a purpose

    Sponsored: “Can a kitten be declawed at birth?” Someone recently asked this question at Happy Cats Haven. It's a fact: cats come with claws. Scratching with their claws is a basic cat instinct, like eating or purring. It keeps their bodies functioning properly and is a major part of how they communicate.

  • Holiday Pet Events

    Take your pets to these great holiday events around the Pikes Peak region.

  • Cutest Pet Contest winner: Charming mug, spunky personality earn title

    Josh and Liz Jans knew their dog Chase was special the first time they saw him at a 4 Paws 4 Life adoption event in January 2014. “There were a bunch of little black dogs, but he was the fluffiest one,” Liz said. “And the only boy; I liked him right away.”

  • The Country Life: Helping outside animals survive winter's icy grip

    The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but Mother Nature doesn't always pay attention to the calendar - thus the bone-chilling cold that gripped the Pikes Peak region, and much of the nation, last month. Our nighttime temperatures fell below zero, stirring not-so-fond memories of last winter's polar vortex. Which leads to the...

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Area leads way in treatment of cats

    A recent blog post by the Best Friends Animal Society criticized the U.S. shelter system for failing cats. The post called the system, which was started in the late 19th century to address stray packs of street dogs, archaic. The post also noted that when cats were "added to the mix," the "psychological well-being of impounded animals was...

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