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  • Study: Do dogs get jealous?

    LOS ANGELES - When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. "Stormy's jealous," said owner Amy Putnam, who lives 45 miles east of Los Angeles. "You know how you're supposed to...

  • DEAR MS. KITTY: Help cats' later years be golden

    Dear Ms. Kitty, I have an incredible tuxedo cat named Ranger. He will be 14 years old this fall and is very healthy for his age. Even so, I'm wondering if there is anything I need to watch out for now that he's a "senior" kitty. Dear reader, Thanks for being a responsible, concerned cat guardian. According to the American Animal Hospital...

  • Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

    On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.
com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as...

  • Plague found in wild rabbit in eastern El Paso County

    A rash of prairie dogs deaths near Yoder led El Paso County Public Health officials to a wild rabbit that had plague. According to a Public Health report, the rabbit was found dead and tested Thursday for plague. The report said officials also found prairie dog burrows "with no prairie dogs" on private property near the eastern El Paso County...

  • Humane Society pleased despite possibility it will miss lofty adoption goal

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region may not meet its ambitious goal of saving nearly 4,000 cats and dogs to win the ASPCA's $100K Rachael Ray Challenge this summer, but a spokeswoman said the shelter still came out on top. In May, the nonprofit was chosen along with 50 shelters across the country to compete for a $100,000 grant from...

  • Humane Society halts cat adoptions in Colorado Springs amid virus outbreak

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region halted cat adoptions Wednesday amid concerns that a highly contagious virus may spread among the shelter's felines. The nonprofit also stopped taking in cats after several were dropped off with feline panleukopenia virus, a potentially fatal disease that is particularly harmful to kittens, said...

  • The Country Life: Combating the No. 1 killer of horses

    It was a Sunday night and we were getting ready to go to bed when we heard the first whinny from Nikki, our horse. When she whinnied a second time, my wife and I grabbed flashlights and went out back to investigate, worried that perhaps an animal was in the pasture and upsetting Nikki. We saw nothing, told her good night and went back inside....

  • Found cat gets plane flight, reunion with family

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle cat that ran off as his family prepared to move has been reunited with his people — thanks to a neighbor, a shelter and an airline employee who volunteered to transport him by air. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says Itty Bitty Kitty fled as his owners prepared to move to Ohio. Owner Beth Lewis postponed her...

  • Deer adopts neighborhood, or vice versa

    ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — A furry four-legged animal usually found in the wild is crashing backyard parties and rummage sales in one Rosemount neighborhood. A docile deer has settled into the neighborhood and is completely OK with human interaction. Neighbors say the deer acts more like a dog, following them around and allowing them to pet it....

  • USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a regulation Friday that, starting in 90 days, will require all puppies imported to the United States to be...

  • Puppies benefit from time spent with their siblings

    State law mandates that puppies not be sold until they are 8 weeks old. Some argue that it is better to leave puppies in their litters until they are 12 weeks old. This wide range can leave a dog owner wondering: What's the right age to bring home a puppy? To answer that question, I contacted Dr. Nancy Kay, a veterinarian and author of...

  • Blog: Taking on the top killer of horses

    I talked with Dr. Clint Unruh, with Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, on Thursday. The topic was colic, a term horse owners all know - and dread. It's the No. 1 medical cause of death in horses. It's not a specific diagnosis but a general term referring to abdominal pain. The causes are many and cases range from mild to, again,...

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