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  • Watch: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Puppy Bowl

    The Big Game came early in Colorado Springs, well, at least for these pups. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region posted its Puppy Bowl Saturday on YouTube. The 3-minute video had almost 300 views Saturday night. Watch it here.

  • 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,...

  • Pet reptile not a lizard, Lithuanian student finds out

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A baby caiman has found a new home at a Lithuanian zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realizing that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom wasn't a harmless lizard. Officials at the Kaunas zoo said authorities confiscated the spectacled caiman from a student who had posted...

  • Large, brown dog called 'Shaggy' evades capture for 6 months

    CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A large, brown dog spotted wandering neighborhoods in western Michigan has evaded capture attempts for more than six months. The dog, called "Shaggy" after his shaggy appearance, has made his home in an area that's surrounded by wooded areas and large ravines. MLive.com reports that some area residents want to...

  • Ohio man says dog got the best of would-be burglar

    PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A family in northern Ohio says a man trying to break into their home left behind a trail of blood after meeting their dog at the front door. The family in Port Clinton says they were home when their 11-year-old pit bull named Mamma heard something at the door and began growling. Tony Byrd Jr. tells The Blade...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

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