<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/pets Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:40:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fireworks may have sparked increase in stray dogs at local Humane society]]> http://gazette.com/fireworks-may-have-sparked-increase-in-stray-dogs-at-local-humane-society/article/1555110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fireworks-may-have-sparked-increase-in-stray-dogs-at-local-humane-society/article/1555110?custom_click=rss

Time is ticking to find Spot.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region ended up with 108 stray dogs from July 1 through midday Monday - most of them likely runaways scared by fireworks before and during the Fourth of July weekend, said Katie McDevitt, a humane society spokeswoman.

As of noon Monday, 51 of them had yet to be reunited with their owners, and McDevitt urged residents who lost their pets to notify the shelter, in case anyone else found them.

By state law, the nonprofit must wait five days before putting stray pets up for adoption, meaning the deadline is fast approaching for many animals dropped off at the shelter, or picked up by animal control officers.

"It's definitely one of the busiest times,"



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Time is ticking to find Spot.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region ended up with 108 stray dogs from July 1 through midday Monday - most of them likely runaways scared by fireworks before and during the Fourth of July weekend, said Katie McDevitt, a humane society spokeswoman.

As of noon Monday, 51 of them had yet to be reunited with their owners, and McDevitt urged residents who lost their pets to notify the shelter, in case anyone else found them.

By state law, the nonprofit must wait five days before putting stray pets up for adoption, meaning the deadline is fast approaching for many animals dropped off at the shelter, or picked up by animal control officers.

"It's definitely one of the busiest times,"

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:36:53 -0600
<![CDATA[The Country Life: A case of canine sibling rivalry]]> http://gazette.com/the-country-life-a-case-of-canine-sibling-rivalry/article/1555051?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-a-case-of-canine-sibling-rivalry/article/1555051?custom_click=rss

Blue and Hank, our ranch dogs, were best buddies - wrestling each other, chasing the ball together, cuddling up on the couch.

Then something changed.

The first fight came in the middle of the night; my wife, Margaret, and I, awakened by a cacophony of barking and growling, ran to the living room and had to pull Hank off Blue.

The next night, another fight. Then the fights erupted in the day. Hank, it seemed, was always the aggressor; Blue, a bit smaller and missing a back leg, was at a disadvantage.

Just like people, animals don't always get along. But clashes are more common when the animals are getting to know each other and a pecking order is being established; we've seen it with goats, chickens and horses.

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]]> Blue and Hank, our ranch dogs, were best buddies - wrestling each other, chasing the ball together, cuddling up on the couch.

Then something changed.

The first fight came in the middle of the night; my wife, Margaret, and I, awakened by a cacophony of barking and growling, ran to the living room and had to pull Hank off Blue.

The next night, another fight. Then the fights erupted in the day. Hank, it seemed, was always the aggressor; Blue, a bit smaller and missing a back leg, was at a disadvantage.

Just like people, animals don't always get along. But clashes are more common when the animals are getting to know each other and a pecking order is being established; we've seen it with goats, chickens and horses.]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4]]> http://gazette.com/love-your-country-love-your-dog-keep-pets-safe-over-july-4/article/1554865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/love-your-country-love-your-dog-keep-pets-safe-over-july-4/article/1554865?custom_click=rss

To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The populations of many shelters will increase 30 percent over the holiday weekend, according to the animal safety group Found Animals.

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]]> To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The populations of many shelters will increase 30 percent over the holiday weekend, according to the animal safety group Found Animals.]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Leia]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-leia/article/1554863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-leia/article/1554863?custom_click=rss

Name: Leia

Breed: American Longhair

Owner: Anjuli Wieseler

Leia's story: Leia brings great joy into my life and that of my husband's. She is a great companion and has really helped me deal emotionally with an ongoing heart condition. We were very lucky to have found her at our local animal shelter. - Wieseler

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: Leia

Breed: American Longhair

Owner: Anjuli Wieseler

Leia's story: Leia brings great joy into my life and that of my husband's. She is a great companion and has really helped me deal emotionally with an ongoing heart condition. We were very lucky to have found her at our local animal shelter. - Wieseler

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, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 2, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-2-2015/article/1554862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-2-2015/article/1554862?custom_click=rss ADOPTION FAIRS

Dreampower - 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.

EVENTS

Wednesday

Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks - Bark in the Park - 7:05 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., go online for ticket prices: skysox.com.

July 9

Super Animals: All Breed Rescue And Training Children's Program - 10:30 a.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; ppld.org.

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Dreampower - 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.

EVENTS

Wednesday

Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks - Bark in the Park - 7:05 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., go online for ticket prices: skysox.com.

July 9

Super Animals: All Breed Rescue And Training Children's Program - 10:30 a.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; ppld.org.]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 25, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-25-2015/article/1554418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-25-2015/article/1554418?custom_click=rss

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Smart, social - and messy - birds make great pets, fans say]]> http://gazette.com/smart-social-and-messy-birds-make-great-pets-fans-say/article/1554417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smart-social-and-messy-birds-make-great-pets-fans-say/article/1554417?custom_click=rss

Atina Cote's three birds roam freely in her home, participate in making bird treats and bird toys, nibble playfully at her fingers as she types at her computer keyboard and even join her in the shower.

When she walks in the front door, she says, her beloved Beeker, Schroeder and Charlie joyfully sing, "Hey Bird! Hey Bird!"

"We're one big happy flock," says Cote, of Toronto, who has a tattoo of Beeker, her spectacled parrotlet, on one shoulder. (Schroeder is a cockatiel and Charlie a black-capped conure.)

"Birds make great pets, but it's important that you have plenty of time for them," she said. "Each one has its own personality and they really want to hang out with you as much as possible. You can teach them tricks,

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]]> Atina Cote's three birds roam freely in her home, participate in making bird treats and bird toys, nibble playfully at her fingers as she types at her computer keyboard and even join her in the shower.

When she walks in the front door, she says, her beloved Beeker, Schroeder and Charlie joyfully sing, "Hey Bird! Hey Bird!"

"We're one big happy flock," says Cote, of Toronto, who has a tattoo of Beeker, her spectacled parrotlet, on one shoulder. (Schroeder is a cockatiel and Charlie a black-capped conure.)

"Birds make great pets, but it's important that you have plenty of time for them," she said. "Each one has its own personality and they really want to hang out with you as much as possible. You can teach them tricks,]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Marvin]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-marvin/article/1554416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-marvin/article/1554416?custom_click=rss

Name: Marvin

Breed: Schnoodle

Owner: Ben Fromuth

Marvin's story: I am submitting his name to you because he has brought so much love and comedy to our home. He is ecstatic to see each of us when we come home from school. He loves to walk, hike and join us when we go for a drive. When one of us is sick, he stays right with us - almost like a little medical attendant. Marvin barks at the UPS carrier, but strangely not at the FedEx carrier. He is a snuggler and a great companion. That's why we love him.

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: Marvin

Breed: Schnoodle

Owner: Ben Fromuth

Marvin's story: I am submitting his name to you because he has brought so much love and comedy to our home. He is ecstatic to see each of us when we come home from school. He loves to walk, hike and join us when we go for a drive. When one of us is sick, he stays right with us - almost like a little medical attendant. Marvin barks at the UPS carrier, but strangely not at the FedEx carrier. He is a snuggler and a great companion. That's why we love him.

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, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Life changes must be met with patience, faith]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss

A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.



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A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 18, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-18-2015/article/1553989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-18-2015/article/1553989?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 under 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.

Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

Look What The Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aspen View Veterinary Hospital,

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]]> 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 under 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.

Four Paws Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1625 W. Uintah St.; 475-9274, wagnwash.com.

Look What The Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

Lucky Dog Rescue - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aspen View Veterinary Hospital,]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:15:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Zoe]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-zoe/article/1553987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-zoe/article/1553987?custom_click=rss

Name: Zoe

Owner: Debra Horton

Zoe's story: She came to me with another cat as a stray. She looked so much like one of my cats that died 2 years prior I just had to try to make her mine. The two were starving, it was freezing cold and it broke my heart. Two months working with the cats outside I gained their trust. I found a home for one and brought Zoe inside. I could tell she had been abused for she was afraid of my hands and my feet. Her hair was matted and thin, she was very underweight. But look at her now! She is beautiful and healthy. She is still shy with other people, but she is so lovable, and a talkative pretty girl. She snuggles with me every evening on the recliner - she has learned that I won't hurt her and hands

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]]> Name: Zoe

Owner: Debra Horton

Zoe's story: She came to me with another cat as a stray. She looked so much like one of my cats that died 2 years prior I just had to try to make her mine. The two were starving, it was freezing cold and it broke my heart. Two months working with the cats outside I gained their trust. I found a home for one and brought Zoe inside. I could tell she had been abused for she was afraid of my hands and my feet. Her hair was matted and thin, she was very underweight. But look at her now! She is beautiful and healthy. She is still shy with other people, but she is so lovable, and a talkative pretty girl. She snuggles with me every evening on the recliner - she has learned that I won't hurt her and hands]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[3 new dog breeds join American Kennel Club pack]]> http://gazette.com/3-new-dog-breeds-join-american-kennel-club-pack/article/feed/243676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-new-dog-breeds-join-american-kennel-club-pack/article/feed/243676?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — An Italian truffle-sniffer, a French sheep herder nurtured back from near-extinction and a small Californian shepherd are joining the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized dog breeds.

The lagotto Romagnolo, the berger Picard and the miniature American shepherd will be eligible as of July 1 to compete in the AKC's shows, the organization announced Monday. That means they could appear at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show as soon as next year.

With the newcomers, the AKC's pedigreed pack consists of 187 breeds, and the three new ones represent some of its diversity of attributes and histories.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — An Italian truffle-sniffer, a French sheep herder nurtured back from near-extinction and a small Californian shepherd are joining the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized dog breeds.

The lagotto Romagnolo, the berger Picard and the miniature American shepherd will be eligible as of July 1 to compete in the AKC's shows, the organization announced Monday. That means they could appear at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show as soon as next year.

With the newcomers, the AKC's pedigreed pack consists of 187 breeds, and the three new ones represent some of its diversity of attributes and histories.]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:48:34 -0600