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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...

  • Puppies benefit from time spent with their siblings

    State law mandates that puppies not be sold until they are 8 weeks old. Some argue that it is better to leave puppies in their litters until they are 12 weeks old. This wide range can leave a dog owner wondering: What's the right age to bring home a puppy? To answer that question, I contacted Dr. Nancy Kay, a veterinarian and author of...

  • 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,...

  • VIDEO: Fort Carson soldier provides care for four-legged heroes

    My Friday Military Salute focuses on four legged U.S. military heroes that are getting the medical care they deserve in Afghanistan.  A Fort Carson soldier is among the animal care specialists at two major veterinary clinics in Afghanistan.  Specialist Christopher Kilby said to a military reporter at the facility on...

  • 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...

  • Colorado on the Web: Allow Paul to inspire lifetime of adventure

    I want to be best friends with Paul. Paul is everything I want to be. Well, almost. Paul is fearless, loves outdoor adventures and even hiked one of Colorado's fourteeners. Oh, and Paul is a house cat in Colorado. Paul, 2, clearly didn't read the lazy cat handbook. All of the cats I've owned preferred to lie in the sunlight or on...

  • 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...

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