<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/pets Sun, 24 May 2015 23:37:58 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 21, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-21-2015/article/1552288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-21-2015/article/1552288?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224.

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, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 5830 Stetson Hills Blvd.; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and

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9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224.

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, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 5830 Stetson Hills Blvd.; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Sugar]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sugar/article/1552262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sugar/article/1552262?custom_click=rss

Name: Sugar

Owner: Sherry Kuhlman

Sugar's story: We adopted a rescue dog 3 years ago. We named her "Sugar" as she is white & so sweet! She loves to go for rides jumping up & down with happiness when she gets to go. She follows me everywhere even to the bathroom. She tries to talk by opening & closing her mouth while looking in your face, but doesn't make a sound while doing it. Life is truly more fun when you have a dog. - Kuhlman

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.

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]]> Name: Sugar

Owner: Sherry Kuhlman

Sugar's story: We adopted a rescue dog 3 years ago. We named her "Sugar" as she is white & so sweet! She loves to go for rides jumping up & down with happiness when she gets to go. She follows me everywhere even to the bathroom. She tries to talk by opening & closing her mouth while looking in your face, but doesn't make a sound while doing it. Life is truly more fun when you have a dog. - Kuhlman

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.]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 16:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Roman's odyssey: The tale of a stolen dog in Manitou Springs]]> http://gazette.com/romans-odyssey-the-tale-of-a-stolen-dog-in-manitou-springs/article/1552057?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romans-odyssey-the-tale-of-a-stolen-dog-in-manitou-springs/article/1552057?custom_click=rss

Sometime during the evening of May 2, the front door of Elizabeth Schnepp and Jeremy Geschke's Manitou Springs home blew open and the couple's 2-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, Roman, went roamin'.

What truly ensued in the three and a half days that followed, only Roman knows, and he's not talking. For his owners - and the thousands who rallied on social media and in the real world to track him down after homeless youths sold him to a transient for $10 - the part of the story that matters is the happy, slobbery one bounding around the backyard.

"It was amazing how many people on the Internet and at the church down in town helped us find him. Everyone was looking for him," Schnepp said.



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Sometime during the evening of May 2, the front door of Elizabeth Schnepp and Jeremy Geschke's Manitou Springs home blew open and the couple's 2-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, Roman, went roamin'.

What truly ensued in the three and a half days that followed, only Roman knows, and he's not talking. For his owners - and the thousands who rallied on social media and in the real world to track him down after homeless youths sold him to a transient for $10 - the part of the story that matters is the happy, slobbery one bounding around the backyard.

"It was amazing how many people on the Internet and at the church down in town helped us find him. Everyone was looking for him," Schnepp said.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 07:20:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 14, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-14-2015/article/1551709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-14-2015/article/1551709?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; 578-1123.

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, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Dog, 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 10; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N.

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9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 2965 New Center Point; 591-4640; colorado9lives.com.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; 578-1123.

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, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Dog, 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 10; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N.]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 04:10:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Just what the cat needed: a hat]]> http://gazette.com/just-what-the-cat-needed-a-hat/article/1551706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/just-what-the-cat-needed-a-hat/article/1551706?custom_click=rss

It's not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren. No, dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster. They need to knit hats for cats.

What started as a lark - and to honor the grandmother who taught her to knit - has turned into steady work for Sara Thomas, author of "Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty."

Thomas hopes the book, with quick knitting and crochet patterns for a dinosaur, chicken, bunny, turkey, cupcake, extraterrestrial, banana, Santa, elf, lion, baby bear and more, will free up time so she can knit and crochet something else.

"As much as I love the cat hat ... I do want to do other things," admits Thomas, of Nashville, Tenn.

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]]> It's not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren. No, dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster. They need to knit hats for cats.

What started as a lark - and to honor the grandmother who taught her to knit - has turned into steady work for Sara Thomas, author of "Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty."

Thomas hopes the book, with quick knitting and crochet patterns for a dinosaur, chicken, bunny, turkey, cupcake, extraterrestrial, banana, Santa, elf, lion, baby bear and more, will free up time so she can knit and crochet something else.

"As much as I love the cat hat ... I do want to do other things," admits Thomas, of Nashville, Tenn.]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Sheriff]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sheriff/article/1551705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sheriff/article/1551705?custom_click=rss

Name: Sheriff

Breed: German Shepherd

Owner: Mick Greene

Sheriff's story: He is a 100-pound German shepherd house dog who is an AKC Conformation Champion. He is smart, friendly, affectionate, and understands everything said to him. A wonderful companion, he chases a racquet ball off leash in an open field every morning for 30 minutes. We are looking to breed him to have one male puppy to continue his excellent blood line. - Greene

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.

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Breed: German Shepherd

Owner: Mick Greene

Sheriff's story: He is a 100-pound German shepherd house dog who is an AKC Conformation Champion. He is smart, friendly, affectionate, and understands everything said to him. A wonderful companion, he chases a racquet ball off leash in an open field every morning for 30 minutes. We are looking to breed him to have one male puppy to continue his excellent blood line. - Greene

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.]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Don't let the slobber fool you, your dog could be a brainiac]]> http://gazette.com/dont-let-the-slobber-fool-you-your-dog-could-be-a-brainiac/article/1551590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-let-the-slobber-fool-you-your-dog-could-be-a-brainiac/article/1551590?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service dog.

Brozman, who has a movement disorder called dystonia, had taken her golden-Labrador retriever mix, Caspin, outside for a potty break without attaching the pulling harness he wears to guide her. Suddenly, she couldn't move.

"I couldn't talk or yell. I had no phone to text a message. I thought I would be stranded until someone found us," said Brozman, who lives on her own in Santa Rosa, California, with a wheelchair and Caspin, who understands English and sign language.

Caspin put his neck under her hand until she got a finger looped on his collar.

"Then, very slowly, he



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LOS ANGELES — When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service dog.

Brozman, who has a movement disorder called dystonia, had taken her golden-Labrador retriever mix, Caspin, outside for a potty break without attaching the pulling harness he wears to guide her. Suddenly, she couldn't move.

"I couldn't talk or yell. I had no phone to text a message. I thought I would be stranded until someone found us," said Brozman, who lives on her own in Santa Rosa, California, with a wheelchair and Caspin, who understands English and sign language.

Caspin put his neck under her hand until she got a finger looped on his collar.

"Then, very slowly, he

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Wed, 13 May 2015 19:11:30 -0600
<![CDATA[The Country Life: Saying goodbye to Christmas the goat]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-saying-goodbye-to-christmas-the-goat/article/1551349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-saying-goodbye-to-christmas-the-goat/article/1551349?custom_click=rss

In the final seconds, she fought.

Before Christmas the goat would cross that rainbow bridge, before she would go to sleep forever, veterinarian Dr. Gary McEntyre had to administer more than twice the medicine normally needed. Goats, he said, are tough.

Caroline Schmalz, a vet tech, held a limp Christmas in her lap, stroking her head, talking to her softly. There was a shudder, a final bleat. And she was gone.

We've had to say goodbye to many animals over the years. Several dogs, including three Boston terriers - Gizmo, Gadget and Gordon. Any number of guinea pigs. Cats. Rabbits. Two horses that lived well into their golden years.

And now a goat.



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In the final seconds, she fought.

Before Christmas the goat would cross that rainbow bridge, before she would go to sleep forever, veterinarian Dr. Gary McEntyre had to administer more than twice the medicine normally needed. Goats, he said, are tough.

Caroline Schmalz, a vet tech, held a limp Christmas in her lap, stroking her head, talking to her softly. There was a shudder, a final bleat. And she was gone.

We've had to say goodbye to many animals over the years. Several dogs, including three Boston terriers - Gizmo, Gadget and Gordon. Any number of guinea pigs. Cats. Rabbits. Two horses that lived well into their golden years.

And now a goat.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 10:34:33 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Fur Ball 2015: Indiana Bones and Raiders of the Lost Bark]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-fur-ball-2015-indiana-bones-and-raiders-of-the-lost-bark/article/1551115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-fur-ball-2015-indiana-bones-and-raiders-of-the-lost-bark/article/1551115?custom_click=rss

Turn "Indiana Bones" loose at the Fur Ball and doggies and kitties all over southern Colorado benefit.

The 18th annual Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region gala, Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark, drew more than 400 animal lovers to Cheyenne Mountain Resort on April 25, living up to the benefit's fun tradition of imaginative themes.

There were Harrison Ford-worthy leather jackets and whips - including emcee Joe Cole's - intermingled with black tie and long gowns as please-take-me-home animals from the shelter paused for cuddles and petting. After the reception and dinner, dogs and cats who are being fostered by volunteers walked the runway with gala guests to oohs and aahs. The majority of the evening's furry

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]]> Turn "Indiana Bones" loose at the Fur Ball and doggies and kitties all over southern Colorado benefit.

The 18th annual Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region gala, Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark, drew more than 400 animal lovers to Cheyenne Mountain Resort on April 25, living up to the benefit's fun tradition of imaginative themes.

There were Harrison Ford-worthy leather jackets and whips - including emcee Joe Cole's - intermingled with black tie and long gowns as please-take-me-home animals from the shelter paused for cuddles and petting. After the reception and dinner, dogs and cats who are being fostered by volunteers walked the runway with gala guests to oohs and aahs. The majority of the evening's furry]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 04:20:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado dog missing for 4 years heads home from Illinois]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-dog-missing-for-4-years-heads-home-from-illinois/article/1551175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-dog-missing-for-4-years-heads-home-from-illinois/article/1551175?custom_click=rss It's a Colorado man's American dream: Getting back the dog that vanished four years ago on the Fourth of July.

Denver resident Kelly Booker's 9-year-old Shih Tzu, Lilly, was found last month wandering the streets nearly 1,000 miles away in Elgin, Illinois, suffering from a severe infection and exposure. Her nails grew long, and people who found her said she was in bad shape.

Booker said Thursday that his pet disappeared on July 4, 2011, when he put her in the backyard as he headed to a fireworks show. He does not know if Lilly got frightened by the explosions and ran away or was stolen.

"Kids were outside popping fireworks. We went looking for her and she was gone.

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]]> It's a Colorado man's American dream: Getting back the dog that vanished four years ago on the Fourth of July.

Denver resident Kelly Booker's 9-year-old Shih Tzu, Lilly, was found last month wandering the streets nearly 1,000 miles away in Elgin, Illinois, suffering from a severe infection and exposure. Her nails grew long, and people who found her said she was in bad shape.

Booker said Thursday that his pet disappeared on July 4, 2011, when he put her in the backyard as he headed to a fireworks show. He does not know if Lilly got frightened by the explosions and ran away or was stolen.

"Kids were outside popping fireworks. We went looking for her and she was gone.]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 15:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Fozzie]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-fozzie/article/1551105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-fozzie/article/1551105?custom_click=rss

Name: Fozzie

Breed: Maine Coon

Owner: Bonnie Steward

Fozzie's story: Fozzie is a gentle giant. We currently have three cats and through the years have had several more but there is something extra special about our Foz. He is loving and patient. When he was a kitty and my daughter was 4 years old, he let her carry him around and dress him in doll clothes without complaint. He has been so patient with our young kittens and has let them walk on him and eat his food. Every vet he has ever visited has remarked on both his fine form as well as his calm nature. They don't even have to hold him down when giving him his shots (my other two take at least 3 people to restrain). He loves to play fetch with sparkly balls and



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Name: Fozzie

Breed: Maine Coon

Owner: Bonnie Steward

Fozzie's story: Fozzie is a gentle giant. We currently have three cats and through the years have had several more but there is something extra special about our Foz. He is loving and patient. When he was a kitty and my daughter was 4 years old, he let her carry him around and dress him in doll clothes without complaint. He has been so patient with our young kittens and has let them walk on him and eat his food. Every vet he has ever visited has remarked on both his fine form as well as his calm nature. They don't even have to hold him down when giving him his shots (my other two take at least 3 people to restrain). He loves to play fetch with sparkly balls and

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Thu, 07 May 2015 04:10:05 -0600