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  • Colorado Springs couple searching for their dog Buddy

    Where in the world is Buddy Myers? The goofy, energetic dog, who loves cheese and his bone-shaped squeaky toy and dresses up for holidays, has disappeared. His family, Alejandra and Tyler Myers are heartbroken. "He's like our son," Tyler said of their 4½-year-old lab and beagle mix with maybe a touch of pit. He disappeared July 19 in...

  • Pet longhorn roams outside 2 suburban homes

    HELOTES, Texas (AP) — In Marin Hollow, deep in the Helotes Hill Country, lives a pet unlike the cats and dogs in the area. He's Red the Longhorn, a mischievous steer that's the color of rust-colored leaves. His horns stretch more than 6 feet, tip to tip, and slope like an old cowhand's handlebar mustache. He weighs more than 600 pounds and is...

  • Huge Florida reptile farm supplies snakes globally

    NEWBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Less than a mile from downtown Newberry, hidden almost in plain sight, sits a group of unmarked gray warehouse buildings that contain either endless wonders or the stuff of nightmares, depending on how you feel about snakes. The Gourmet Rodent, established in 1986, is a 56,000-square-foot indoor reptile farm that houses...

  • Dog found with chemical burns sent to Colorado for surgery

    CLOVIS, N.M. — A dog will undergo surgery and then be placed in a foster home in Colorado after being found in New Mexico with chemical burns that will likely force removal of an eye. Cindy Clayton of Cindy's Hope for Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Clovis says the 2-year-old pug was found wandering the streets of Clovis last week. According...

  • University's "outreach" reindeer is a charmer

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Henry the outreach reindeer likes to play in water sprinklers, sample lichen from the hands of children and prance around the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus on a leash. Thanks to his charisma, bystanders come to him from all sides to see him. They leave more informed about the Arctic's unique domesticated...

  • Zoo mourns the passing of popular striped skunk

    Tiger Lilly, a striped skunk who lived at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and traveled across the region to visit schools, retirements and community events died Friday afternoon. She was 8 years old. A release from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced her death. Lilly came to the zoo in 2008 and was one of the first animals in the Loft Exploration...

  • The Country Life: The strange life of the spadefoot toad

    I was walking last week through our pasture, which had been transformed into swampland by days of relentless rain, when something jumped from the weeds. I squinted my eyes and spotted a tiny toad on the muddy ground. I scooped it up, and my wife and I studied it. It was, we believe, a spadefoot toad — likely a plains spadefoot — but lacking...

  • Pet notes: Colorado Springs-area calendar of events starting July 21, 2014

    ADOPTION FAIRS 9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado 9lives.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Pet-Smart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; 390-7838; dreampower.org . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats and kittens, 10...

  • When it comes to pet burials, there are several unique options

    More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit. From companies that will send your pet's remains to the heavens to those who will turn them into a gemstone for your favorite broach, there's a vast array of...

  • Boy seriously injured by pit bull in Commerce City

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Commerce City were considering possible charges Monday against the owner of a pit bull who mauled a toddler who tried to pet the dog. Police say the dog was tied up to a pole Sunday night when the 19-month-old boy approached it to pet it. The dog attacked the child, who was taken to the hospital with...

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Cats' emotions hard to read

    Dear Ms. Kitty, I have a hard time telling what my cat Marty is thinking. Sometimes he just stares at me and doesn't meow or meet me at the door like my dog does. How can I tell what he's feeling? Dear reader, When you get home from a hard day at work, your dog may be barking at the door, waiting for you. You come in, you get wags and...

  • Former Springs teacher and coach pens pooch-inspired book

    In her 33 years as a teacher at Mitchell and Doherty high schools, and an even longer career coaching swimming and running at the high school and college levels, Sandra Allen Badger saw dedication and passion triumph in countless ways, in scholars and in athletes. She learned that talent carries the gifted only so far. Success, personal or...

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