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  • Denver-area man who shot Clifford the dog acted in self-defense, wife says

    A Commerce City man who shot a neighborhood dog Saturday did so to defend his own dog, which was being attacked by the other canine after it had jumped a backyard fence, the shooter's wife said Tuesday. Clifford, a 4-year-old chocolate Labrador/collie mix, was fatally shot Saturday evening in the 14800 block of East 116th Drive,...

  • National Dog Week lineup: Mixed breed pooches top the list

    This is National Dog Week. So give your pooch a smooch. But it also begs (and they certainly know how to beg, don't they?) the question: which are the most popular breeds? Mixed breeds are number one according to a list compiled by Trupanion, a medical insurance company for dogs. Some of the newer ones mentioned in that category are yorkipoo,...

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Insurance another tool in providing cat care

    Dear readers, Most pet owners understand the importance of having health insurance for themselves, but they may not think it's important for their cats (or dogs for that matter). My opinion? Having health insurance for our furry loved ones is equally as important. Think of pet insurance as another tool - along with health and wellness...

  • Dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania. A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State. A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal shelter south of Portland to find the...

  • Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

    Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can...

  • Pet Notes calendar Sept. 20, 2014

    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. LookWhatTheCatBroughtIn - Cats...

  • If 'Fluffy' won't do, check out these bizarre cat names

    California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance has just released its annual ranking of the most bizarre cat names in its database. Here are the top 5: l. Snuggle Butt Le Lee 2 Count Flufferton 3. Katy Purry 4. Walter Croncat 5.

  • Boa constrictor captured after escaping Idaho cage

    NAMPA, Idaho — A 9-foot Columbian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped its southwest Idaho cage has been found after two days on the loose. Trinity didn't appear to have traveled far after being spotted Sunday in the garage that holds the snake's cage. Jittery neighbors with small pets and children went on alert after the owner...

  • What's in a name? For these dogs, something wacky

    Last week the California-based Veterinary Pet Insurance released a list of the most bizarre dog names in its database. Here are the top five: 1. Peanut Wigglebutt 2. Sir Hog Knucklehead 3. Sasha Biggiepotamus Fierce 4. Otto Von Longdog 5.

  • Submit a great photo of your pet

    Starting this month, The Gazette will feature a pet of the week in Saturday's Life section. 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. These photos also will be highlighted at gazette.com.

  • Pet of the week: Tessa

    Name: Tessa Breed: Shih tzu Owner: Sue Giesbrecht Tessa'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.

  • Pet notes for Sept. 13, 2014

    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 and kittens, 10...

  • Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

    It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their dogs' personalities, find the ideal setting and use favorite toys to bring out the best in the animals they shoot, knowing that portraits will outlive the pets...

  • World's tallest dog dies at age 5

    The Great Dane from Michigan that held the title of world's tallest dog has died at age 5. Owner Kevin Doorlag told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus made his debut in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the tallest living dog. Zeus was 44 inches tall at the shoulder and 7 feet, 4 inches on his hind legs. Zeus weighed 165 pounds and...

  • Captured cobra had intact venom glands

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A monocled cobra that roamed a California neighborhood for days could have given a potentially deadly bite, a snake expert said Friday. "There's no indication that it's had its venom glands removed," said Ian Recchio, curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Los Angeles Zoo. The snake, about 3 feet long, was captured on...

  • Social media helps S.C. woman find bird

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Seventeen years before he crashed a cookout, Deano the cockatiel flew into Amy Kemper's heart. There were no cats or dogs in her childhood home. Her mother is allergic to fur, so they thought they would try feathers. Kemper was 7 when her mother brought the cockatiel home. His previous owner no longer wanted him....

  • Dear Ms. Kitty: Don't deprive cats of ability to scratch

    It's been a very busy year in the animal rescue industry for kitten adoptions! Dozens of kittens of all ages, sizes and colors have been lucky to find their furrever families. Two of the more common questions I hear from adopters are whether to declaw the kitten and whether the kitten should be kept strictly indoors. Here is my advice on...

  • 5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

    LOS ANGELES - Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy, too. The 4-year-old, 5-pound Pomeranian blazed into the 60th edition of the Guinness World Records book, which comes out Wednesday. He can run 10 meters (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76...

  • Pet calendar for Sept. 1, 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...

  • Caly the cat among dozens of pets to find new homes at Colorado Springs shelter event

    Nine-year-old Caden Murphy did his part to empty the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region shelter Saturday, walking out with an 18-month-old cat he named Calypso, or Caly for short. "I just liked her coloring and she's really playful," Caden said. Caly meowed softly from a cardboard box in the arms of Caden's mother. "As soon as my son...

  • More rabid bats discovered in Pueblo

    Residents are advised that more rabid bats have been discovered. The Pueblo City-County Health Department confirmed six bats tested positive for rabies and as a result of contact with these bats, 22 people have started rabies vaccine.   Read more here.

  • Animal shelter cats out of quarantine and ready for adoption

    The Human Society of the Pikes Peak region resumed cat adoptions on Wednesday, about a week after quarantining its felines amid concerns of a virus outbreak. About 50 cats are available for adoption, and the rest can be adopted out once the nonprofit removes their quarantine - a process that varies for each cat, and could take a couple weeks,...

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