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  • Found cat gets plane flight, reunion with family

    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle cat that ran off as his family prepared to move has been reunited with his people — thanks to a neighbor, a shelter and an airline employee who volunteered to transport him by air. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says Itty Bitty Kitty fled as his owners prepared to move to Ohio. Owner Beth Lewis postponed her...

  • Deer adopts neighborhood, or vice versa

    ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — A furry four-legged animal usually found in the wild is crashing backyard parties and rummage sales in one Rosemount neighborhood. A docile deer has settled into the neighborhood and is completely OK with human interaction. Neighbors say the deer acts more like a dog, following them around and allowing them to pet it....

  • USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a regulation Friday that, starting in 90 days, will require all puppies imported to the United States to be...

  • Blog: Taking on the top killer of horses

    I talked with Dr. Clint Unruh, with Colorado Equine Veterinary Services in Peyton, on Thursday. The topic was colic, a term horse owners all know - and dread. It's the No. 1 medical cause of death in horses. It's not a specific diagnosis but a general term referring to abdominal pain. The causes are many and cases range from mild to, again,...

  • DEAR MS. KITTY: Prepare your cat for that tiny human addition to the family

    Dear Ms. Kitty, I am due to bring home my new human baby in about two months. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to acclimate my two feline babies (one boy and one girl) to their new brother. I want to make the transition as easy as possible for them. Thanks so much for your advice! Dear Mom, Thank you for your question and...

  • The Country Life: Exploring the special bond between women and horses

    Yes, there's a long history of men on horseback - from warriors to cowboys to jockeys. But there seems to be something special about the relationship between women and horses. I have seen it up close. My daughter and wife share a passion for horses; in fact, my wife's desire to have horses in the backyard is the reason we moved to the...

  • Pets, kids hardwired to take shelter when thunder signals that storms are coming

    In an early scene in the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," the father character (played by Craig T. Nelson) comforts his son, Robbie, during a storm by having the boy count aloud the seconds between lightning and thunder. If the interval between each flash-and-boom set gets longer, dad explains and then demonstrates, it means the storm is on its way...

  • Your pets will tense up if you do

    Your response to a rumble in the sky could be feeding your child's - and your pet's - anxiety, experts say. When a child is unsure how to respond in a new or uncomfortable situation, the child will seek cues from adults. "If parents tense up and run away from the rain, as they do, kids will react by tensing up," said Kirsten Chaney, an...

  • Prize-winning goat disappears from Greeley fair

    GREELEY — Greeley police are investigating who has the goat — the Grand Champion who vanished from the Weld County fair this week. The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1m0UCoU) says that the red-colored Boer goat was reported missing Monday, hours before it was scheduled to appear at the Junior Livestock Auction. Two of its halters were also...

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