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  • Watch: Loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix; social media explodes

    SUN CITY, Ariz. — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour....

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 26, 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. AWR Cat Tails Rescue - 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.com. Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and noon-3:30...

  • Pet of the week: Dash

    Name: Dash Owner: Moira Pugsley Dash's story: Dash is a rescued kitty, rescued from a life of loneliness, fear, hunger, cold, illness and certain death. We are a Canadian Military family on our last year of a four-year posting. We had two beautiful cats and had no desire to have any more. Well Dash had different ideas. If Dash was a...

  • Crafts: Pup needs a second coat? Try making it yourself

    It's that time of year when many dogs need extra protection - a coat or a sweater - when going out into the cold. Why not make it yourself? Small breeds such as Chihuahuas, pugs and Shih Tzus; several kinds of terriers; and some larger, short-haired breeds such as greyhounds and Doberman pinschers are among those that need to be dressed for...

  • The Country Life: What to do with your horse when it crosses over the Rainbow Bridge

    This is not a pleasant topic. But it's a question pretty much any owner of horses or other large animals - llamas, goats, etc. - will have to face at some point: What do you do with the body when your animal dies? It's not a goldfish you can send to a watery grave. It's not a cat you can lovingly cradle in your arms and take to the vet for...

  • Pawscars honor top animal actors, including prolific primate

    Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and - sometimes - creatures. A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepted the "lifetime diva achievement award" looking every bit the part in a...

  • Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club. At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno — in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only...

  • Colorado Springs canine agility champ competes at Westminster

    A Colorado Springs resident, Kathy Matejka, and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Zinger!, go up against the deftest on four legs Saturday at the second annual Master's Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. The 10½-year-old dog is the first of her breed to earn five Preferred Agility Champion titles, the...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 12, 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,...

  • Pet of the week: Dylan

    Name: Dylan Breed: Border collie Owner: Marsha Torbet Dylan's story: He is a great Broncos fan because nothing is more fun than having his mom and dad watch the games while they throw balls and frisbees for him to catch. Dylan would rather play or go for a walk or bark at the neighbors walking by than eat food. To have your pet considered,...

  • Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings

    When pet owners dress dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love. These animal lovers say pooches can feel real longing for other pets, but experts aren't so sure. Most agree a wedding is for fun or charity when the groom is drooling and the bride's gown needs tailoring for...

  • String of dog-related shootings in Colorado Springs raise concerns about increasing confrontations

    An unleashed dog approached a person in late January and was greeted by the muzzle of a gun and three white flashes. The incident - depicted on surveillance footage captured from a residence on Colorado Springs' west side - may have been the fourth dog-related shooting in three weeks across Colorado Springs, according to police and media...

  • Pet of the week: Zig Zag Zip

    Name: Zig Zag Zip Breed: Quarter Horse Owner: Jonette Strain Zig Zag Zip's story: This 24-year-old has been a member of our family for eight years. We bought him as a first horse for our daughter when she was 7. Our daughter turns 16 this month and Zig Zag Zip is still her best friend. For many years, he was a competitive show horse. As of...

  • Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events Feb. 5, 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,...

  • Tablet apps let cats catch critters in cyberspace

    When Laura Fritz's felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest simply loses interest. If you've had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the device over to your tech-savvy cat. Every cat app, no matter the maker, has something for felines...

  • Website will help reunite people with pets after disaster

    In the hours and days after the Black Forest fire erupted June 11, 2013, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region began the task of reuniting people with their misplaced animals - including horses, cats, dogs, cattle and even a parrot separated from their owners. Shelter and veterinary clinics opened their doors to hundreds of lost animals...

  • Safety, companionship benefits of hiring in-home pet sitter

    You might not be home for the holidays, but you don’t have to deprive your pets of the luxury. Hiring an in-home pet sitting service might be the best option for your family when you are out of town.

  • 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...

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