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  • 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...

  • The Country Life: Colorado Horsecare Foodbank offers helping hand to horse owners

    When the plight of a group of horses in Black Forest came to light recently - more than a dozen dead, 10 others seized by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the owner charged with animal cruelty - it was upsetting for all animal lovers. But the situation particularly rocked my wife and me and others in the horse community. While we don't...

  • Police: Dog drowned in river with bowling ball, man sought

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police say a dog was found drowned with a bowling ball tied to it in a Northern California river and they're looking for a suspect. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1rwsxvP) reports Sunday that the 12-year-old border collie named Zelda was found in the American River with a leash on its collar tied to a bowling bag with...

  • Pet of the week: Jessie

    Pet of the week Name: Jessie Breed: Papillon Owner: Mike and Diane Armstrong Jessie's story: We adopted her through Colorado Papillon Rescue when she was about 18 months old. She is now 13, with cataracts and going deaf, but still our baby and she sticks to me like glue when I am home. She loves boating, camping, hiking - anything we...

  • Getting animals to dazzle on screen is a wild job

    For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken. Casey the bear, seen in "Evan Almighty" and other movies, had that diva-like demand written into his contract. KFC was his favorite, and it had to be...

  • Pet Notes for Sept. 27, 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...

  • Horses seized from Black Forest property are improving under care of Sheriff's Office

    The 10 horses found Sept. 19 in Black Forest are slowly recovering at a law enforcement holding facility on the front range. On Friday, they chomped on hay in their pens, lapped up water out of tubs and licked mineral blocks. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Greg White said the six stallions and four mares can have hay and water and receive...

  • Pit bull that killed small dog had Colorado owner

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials investigating the case of a pit bull that fatally mauled a small dog on a Portland streetcar say the pit bull was reported missing last June by its Longmont, Colo., owner. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/EUTUNj ) that Multnomah County Animal Services Director Mike Oswald says his agency contacted the owner after...

  • Humane Society: One of the worst cases of animal starvation we've ever seen

    The La Plata Humane Society is looking for information on what it's calling one of the worst cases of animal starvation the shelter veterinarian has ever seen. "The La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) has seen many cases of starving dogs, cats and horses, but recently a stray dog was dropped off and she shocked everyone that saw her," the...

  • Leashed dogs or loose dogs around Colorado Springs? Effort to enforce laws stir trail debate

    Think patrolling for people with off-leash dogs is a walk in the park? Ask Joe Stafford of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region about the time a repeat violator saw two officers approaching in a park and took off running, only to turn and start hurling rocks as they followed in pursuit. Though hardly typical, it's an extreme example...

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