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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Calendar of events starting July 14, 2014

    PET NOTES 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.; 390-7838; dreampower.org . LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats...

  • Lost pets fill up Weld animal shelter

    The Humane Society of Weld County has been overwhelmed by an influx of stray or lost pets since the Fourth of July. Since July 3, 102 stray and lost animals have found safety at the Humane Society of Weld County, but only 32 of the animals have been reclaimed by their original owners. About 75 percent of the stray or lost cats and dogs that...

  • Enter to win four tickets to the Renaissance Festival

    Calling all lords and ladies: enter now for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to the 2014 Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colo. Visit the PETacular Facebook page and sign up with your email address and zip code. It's that easy! While you're there, invite your friends and share your pet adventures. This contest is...

  • Driver of stalled pickup finds slithering surprise

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand. Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block. A police lieutenant responded to a call for...

  • World's smallest dogs can be a big handful

    Living little carries big risks. The smallest dogs weigh less than 7 pounds and easily can slip through cracks in a fence, get stepped on or even hugged a little too hard. A few other "little" problems are inherent in the popular "toy" pooches that people love to tote in purses, push in strollers or carry along on errands. They can be...

  • Artist: Santa Fe police pulled rifle for dog poop

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary. Pueblo painter Mateo Romero told The Associated Press that a Santa Fe officer pointed a weapon at him during the bizarre misunderstanding Monday that...

  • Leaving an animal in hot vehicle now a crime in Rhode Island

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It is now a crime in Rhode Island to leave a pet in a sweltering hot vehicle. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle that puts it in a life-threatening situation because of prolonged extreme temperatures. That also includes the cold. The legislation...

  • Chaplain finds canine partner helps erode barriers

    FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) — She is known simply as the "chaplain with the dog" to the many soldiers she has served with at Fort Bliss and Afghanistan and even to the people she meets in the El Paso community. Chaplain Maj. Karen Hallett has a sidekick she is seen almost everywhere with — her dog, Sgt. Zoe, a psychiatric service dog who is...

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