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  • Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause

    From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday. It's a rare ad urging viewers to spay or neuter their pets and uses elaborate...

  • Pet of the week: Sam Taylor

    Name: Sam Taylor Breed: Boxador (Boxer/Lab) Owner: Emily Taylor Sam's story: She is one special pup to our family. She was a gift from my husband before his deployment and kept me company throughout as a reminder of him. She has traveled from my hometown in Georgia and back. From spending the summer on the beach to returning home here and...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 29, 2015

    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. Look What The Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday,...

  • Officials: Colorado dog owners face fines over wildlife harassment

    DURANGO — State wildlife officials are cautioning dog owners not to let their pets chase vulnerable wildlife during the winter, saying some people have been fined because of their animals' actions. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday one dog owner faces a $277 fine after a pet chased a herd of 20 elk into the Animas River north of...

  • Trail Talk: Horses get in on fun at park

    Staff members at Cheyenne Mountain State Park think of their park as a toddler. Opened in 2006 for day use, 150,000 annual visits is a small amount compared with older, more established state parks. Expect that number to grow - especially now that horses have been granted access to a portion of the 21-mile trail system. Until now, horses...

  • Pet of the week: BJ

    Name: BJ Breed: Miniature Schnauzer Owner: Frankie Roland BJ's story: I rescued BJ 12 years ago. He is the first dog to get to live at the Medalion apartments, a retirement community on Bijou Street. He brings many smiles throughout the day to the residents here and he greets each one who wants to pet him. We also go through the medical...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 22, 2015

    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. Look What The Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday,...

  • Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost

    Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-
playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru leaps into cardboard boxes. We revel in Grumpy Cat's permanently sour expression. And with millions watching videos of other kitties...

  • The Country Life: Bag of Chips at home in home

    I've written about our goat Nana, who we rescued at an early age and who spent a bit of time indoors; though she and her companion, Christmas, now live outdoors, Nana has made it clear she'd be perfectly happy hanging out on the couch with the dogs. Cheryl Sellin has a goat that truly is a house goat. Cheryl and her husband, Bill, raise...

  • Fountain man constructs doghouses to match owner's RVs

    Let's get this out of the way: My Buddy RVs are not for dolls. The miniature campers, modeled after their life-sized counterparts, are strictly for the dogs - and their owners. "This almost became a Barbie RV ... almost," said Bob Ruston, of Fountain, a former heavy line mechanic and street rod airbrush artist who's hoping to spin a love of...

  • 'Paw-paparazzi' take note: World Dog Awards honor star pets

    Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements such as best mutt instead of best actor. At the inaugural World Dog Awards hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honoring the best in...

  • Pet of the week: Suki

    Name: Suki Breed: Ragdoll Owner: Philip Tabor Suki's story: He was born on Christmas 10 years ago. At a younger age, he loved to chase paper balls and retrieve them like a dog. To this day he still loves his belly rubbed,and has the loudest meow. - Philip Tabor 
To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to pets@gazette.com....

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 15, 2015

    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. Look What The Cat Brought...

  • Side Streets: Relief, joy as Nugget recovers from months of pain, amputations

    It has been a tough year for my family's best friend, but you'd hardly know it. He broke a bone and never uttered a complaint. Just limped around quietly in pain. When the bone didn't heal after six weeks in a cast, he endured an amputation. Despite near constant pain and discomfort, he had a smile each time I saw him and a friendly wag of...

  • Colorado Springs police arrest man in apartment filled with trash, 9 pit bulls

    A man was arrested Friday after police and firefighters encountered an apartment filled with nine pit bulls and trash Colorado Springs police said. David Mack was taken to the El Paso County jail after police went to the New Horizon apartment complex at El Camino Drive, around 11 a.m., after receiving reports about squatters in several vacant...

  • Pet of the week: Dash and Sadie

    Name: Dash and Sadie Breed: Rhodesian ridgebacks Owner: Alysse Seligman Dash and Sadie's story: Read it 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 explanation of why your pet is so special.

  • Furry fashions

    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, it's a way to match...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 8, 2015

    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. Sunday,...

  • Humane Society looking for help in restocking stolen trailer

    An emergency response trailer belonging to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was stolen Christmas Day, dumped on the side of the road and damaged beyond repair, the agency said Tuesday. The Community Animal Response Team trailer was stocked with supplies to house evacuated pets in case of an emergency, according to a release from the...

  • Grants available for classroom pets

    The Pets in the Classroom grant program is accepting applications from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade teachers, who work in public and private schools. The program is sponsored by the Pet Care Trust and provides money for teachers to buy and maintain small animals in their classrooms, so children have an opportunity to interact with...

  • Blood donors can be a lifesaver to dogs, too

    Monk and Shiloh are blood hounds. Actually, they are gigantic goofy Newfoundlands who help save the lives of other dogs by giving blood. Their Colorado Springs owner, Herb Culbertson, takes them to HemoSolutions every couple of months, where the dogs each donate a pint of blood - which can help as many as eight dogs with transfusions....

  • Pet spas? Coffee bars? Colorado Springs apartment complexes take amenities to new levels

    When Amber and Lyle Drones were looking for a new apartment last summer, they wanted a pet-friendly place to accommodate Zarra, their 18-month-old Boston terrier-pug mix. After they scouted about 50 apartment complexes, the couple - both stationed at Fort Carson - settled on the Mesa Ridge Apartments in Fountain. It wasn't just the...

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