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  • If 'Fluffy' won't do, check out these bizarre cat names

    California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance has just released its annual ranking of the most bizarre cat names in its database. Here are the top 5: l. Snuggle Butt Le Lee 2 Count Flufferton 3. Katy Purry 4. Walter Croncat 5.

  • Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage

    NAMPA, Idaho — A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose. Trinity didn't appear to have traveled far after being spotted Sunday in the garage that holds the snake's cage. Jittery neighbors with small pets and children went on alert after the owner...

  • What's in a name? For these dogs, something wacky

    Last week the California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance released a list of the most bizarre dog names in its database. Here are the top five: 1. Peanut Wigglebutt 2. Sir Hog Knucklehead 3. Sasha Biggiepotamus Fierce 4. Otto Von Longdog 5.

  • Submit a great photo of your pet

    Starting this month, The Gazette will feature a pet of the week in Saturday's Life section. To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to Please include the pet's name and breed along with your name and a short explanation of why your pet is so special. These photos also will be highlighted at

  • Pet notes for Sept. 13, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; 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.; 390-7838; . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats and kittens, 10...

  • Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

    It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their dogs' personalities, find the ideal setting and use favorite toys to bring out the best in the animals they shoot, knowing that portraits will outlive the pets...

  • Captured cobra had intact venom glands

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday. "There's no indication that it's had its venom glands removed," said Ian Recchio, curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Los Angeles Zoo. The snake, about 3 feet long, was captured on...

  • Social media helps S.C. woman find bird

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Seventeen years before he crashed a cookout, Deano the cockatiel flew into Amy Kemper's heart. There were no cats or dogs in her childhood home. Her mother is allergic to fur, so they thought they would try feathers. Kemper was 7 when her mother brought the cockatiel home. His previous owner no longer wanted him....

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Don't deprive cats of ability to scratch

    It's been a very busy year in the animal rescue industry for kitten adoptions! Dozens of kittens of all ages, sizes and colors have been lucky to find their furrever families. Two of the more common questions I hear from adopters are whether to declaw the kitten and whether the kitten should be kept strictly indoors. Here is my advice on...

  • 5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

    LOS ANGELES - Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy, too. The 4-year-old, 5-pound Pomeranian blazed into the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records book, which comes out Wednesday. He can run 10 meters (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76...

  • Pet calendar for Sept. 1, 2014

    PET NOTES ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; 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.; 390-7838; . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats...

  • Caly the cat among dozens of pets to find new homes at Colorado Springs shelter event

    Nine-year-old Caden Murphy did his part to empty the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region shelter Saturday, walking out with an 18-month-old cat he named Calypso, or Caly for short. "I just liked her coloring and she's really playful," Caden said. Caly meowed softly from a cardboard box in the arms of Caden's mother. "As soon as my son...

  • More rabid bats discovered in Pueblo

    Residents are advised that more rabid bats have been discovered. The Pueblo City-County Health Department confirmed six bats tested positive for rabies and as a result of contact with these bats, 22 people have started rabies vaccine.   Read more here.

  • Animal shelter cats out of quarantine and ready for adoption

    The Human Society of the Pikes Peak region resumed cat adoptions on Wednesday, about a week after quarantining its felines amid concerns of a virus outbreak. About 50 cats are available for adoption, and the rest can be adopted out once the nonprofit removes their quarantine - a process that varies for each cat, and could take a couple weeks,...

  • El Paso County woman reunited with her dog after months; ex-boyfriend faces charges

    A woman desperate to find her missing dog called law enforcement after allegedly finding her beloved pet locked in a bedroom of her ex-boyfriend's house. Melissa Shive had been looking for Nevaeh, her Lab-pitbull mix, since November, when her ex-boyfriend claimed he had given the dog away after their breakup. With the help of an...

  • 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 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....


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