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  • Tips to check your cat for obesity, keep it trim and sleek

    Fat cats are those guys who are rolling in dough. But if you have a fat feline who's been rolling in too much tuna it could be a health problem. How do you know if your cat is obese? Sometimes in cats it's not easy to tell, especially with the naturally big guys. An average cat is about 7 to 11 pounds. But ask your vet what the right...

  • Special cat reunited with family after being missing for years

    Sometimes it pays to have a big head. That's the case for Sheldon, anyway. The brown tiger cat is home after three years of adventure somewhere. It all started in 2011, when Sheldon ended up in the shelter of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. The 4-month-old kitten was not a pretty sight, particularly from the side view. His...

  • Looking for a few spooky, stylish pets

    Join the fun Do you dress your pets in costumes? Email high-resolution 
pictures with the subject line "Halloween Pets" to pets@gazette.com and your stylish animal could be featured in Saturday's Home & Garden section. Deadline to receive photos is 1 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Halloween can be scary for pets, Colorado Springs high school grad Elvira warns

    When it comes to Halloween, no one is more familiar with the nocturnal October ritual than actress Cassandra Peterson, better known to millions as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Sporting an oversized black wig, a low and behold form-fitting black dress and enough makeup to give the Avon lady a hernia, Peterson has been playing the campy Elvira...

  • Horse rescued from pool at suburban Phoenix home

    MESA, Ariz. — A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen Saturday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says firefighters, with the assistance of...

  • Costumed critters can be fun but make sure outfits are safe

    Horrors! If anything is scary about Halloween, it is this: Consumers spend more than $330 million each year on costumes - for their pets. That's more than one-quarter of the amount spent on costumes for children, according to the National Retail Federation. But you have to admit, Fido is pretty cute as a ghost and Fluffy looks like a cool...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Oct. 25, 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 - Cats and kittens,...

  • The Country Life: Cruelty to animals - Is there a difference between pets and farm animals?

    How do you define cruelty to animals? Colorado statutes offer a detailed definition that includes such actions as torturing, tormenting, needlessly mutilating or depriving an animal of "necessary sustenance." But while it seems pretty black and white, the issue, in reality, involves various shades of gray. Cruelty is, to some extent, in the...

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Dispelling some cat myths at Halloween

    Cats - particularly black cats - get a bad rap this time of year. Black cats are a common Halloween symbol - unfairly associated with bad luck and witchcraft. There's no better time than now to turn around their luck. Let's start by debunking some myths associated with all cats: - Cats scratch because they are mean. Sometimes cats will claw...

  • Pit bull vote aims to settle disputes over breeds

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Sharee Talbot wants her dog back. For now, though, she has to drive out of town to visit Buddy because the two-year-old pit bull isn't allowed in her hometown of Aurora. "Look at him. He's funny. He's goofy," Talbot said on a recent visit with Buddy and his foster family at an Englewood dog park. Talbot had to give up...

  • Rough-and-tumble dogs top people on knee surgery

    ashing after a ball or tumbling off a couch can lead to the need for a dog to get surgery on a key knee ligament that is similar to the one athletes often injure. Playing sports such as soccer, basketball or volleyball can lead people to tear their anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly known as the ACL. Dogs can get hurt that way, too, but...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events for Oct. 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 -...

  • Pet of the week: Roxy Foxy

    Pet of the week Name: Roxy Foxy Breed: English bulldog Owner: Tina Marie Korum Roxy Foxy's story: Roxy is a special dog to me because when she greets me or just looks at me, her entire body shakes and her little stub tail just wags and you just have to put a smile on your face and give her a kiss and tell her "I love you too!" She just...

  • Want a kitty with that book? Springs-area libraries adopt cat-adoption program

    Three fine felines - Hedwig, Chef and Cupcake - stare out from the bookshelves at Cheyenne Mountain 
Library. Hedwig, who shares the name of Harry Potter's owl, is posed next to a Harry Potter book (of course). Cupcake looks like a double for the black cat on the cover of "Nine Lives to Die." Chef, an orange tabby with six toes on his paws,...

  • List: Top Halloween costumes for your pet

    Horrors! If anything is scary about Halloween, it is this: Consumers spend more than $330 million dollars on costumes -for their pets. That's more than one-quarter the amount spent on costumes for their real children, according to the National Retail Federation. But you have to admit, Fido looks pretty cute as a ghost, and Fluffy looks...

  • Pet of the week: Stella

    Pet of the week Name: Stella Breed: Golden retriever Owner: Rick Ellis Stella's story: Not only is she a huge part of our family, but she brings joy to many others. The kids in our neighborhood come and ask if she can play. Stella is a certified Therapy Dog and visits patients at the hospitals. Her favorite job is being a Rx Pet at The...

  • Pet Notes calendar Oct. 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. Sunday,...

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Shining a spotlight on issue of feral cats

    The purpose of National Feral Cat Day - Oct. 16 - is to educate communities about issues surrounding feral cats, advocate for ordinances addressing feral cat colonies and support the many trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs operating in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. The term feral (or wild) cat simply means that the cat is living...

  • Pet of the week: Molly

    Pet of the week Name: Molly Breed: Cocker spaniel Owner: John Elms Molly's story: Our pet is a 9-year-old cocker spaniel named Molly. There was a time in her younger days when she was anything but special. But she has matured and mellowed and has become a loving companion. We enjoy hiking, camping or just hanging out at home. - John Elms...

  • Pet Notes for Oct. 4, 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. Sunday,...

  • Creature comforts: Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

    These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California, including Parker and Castle Rock in Colorado, and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise...

  • Pumpkin for pups? 5 reasons to give it a try

    Don't throw away that Halloween pumpkin this year. Use it fix a tasty treat for your dog. Yes, pumpkin is good for Fido. There's even pumpkin digestive supplements, according to Vetscience, a company that makes Fruitables dog treats that sound good enough for all of us to snack on (just kidding) while watching the Broncos: Crunchy...

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