<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/pets Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:09:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 16, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-16-2015/article/1549781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-16-2015/article/1549781?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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10

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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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Coco]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-coco/article/1549734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-coco/article/1549734?custom_click=rss

Name: Coco

Breed: Havashire

Owner: Sue Fletcher

Coco's story: She is presently in training to be a therapy dog for a nursing home that our church goes to once a month.

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: Coco

Breed: Havashire

Owner: Sue Fletcher

Coco's story: She is presently in training to be a therapy dog for a nursing home that our church goes to once a month.

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, 15 Apr 2015 12:05:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Tough pup lives through RV wreck, 5 days in desert before reuniting with family]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/tough-pup-lives-through-rv-wreck-5-days-in-desert-before-reuniting-with-family/article/1549672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tough-pup-lives-through-rv-wreck-5-days-in-desert-before-reuniting-with-family/article/1549672?custom_click=rss

Zena’s family will never know her full survival story – just the beginning and the end. But that’s enough for them to be amazed she’s alive.

It was 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Chris Lind had woken up before the rest of her family to a cool, summer morning full of anticipation. She and her husband Jim Lind were driving their RV to California, with a daughter, granddaughter, and 10-year-old schnauzer-sheltie mix Zena in tow. The Linds had pulled out of Colorado Springs the night before, determined to make it in time for their daughter’s medical school graduation in Yucca Valley.

“I thought I’d go for coffee, just get us to breakfast,” Chris said. “We wanted to be there by noon.



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Zena’s family will never know her full survival story – just the beginning and the end. But that’s enough for them to be amazed she’s alive.

It was 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Chris Lind had woken up before the rest of her family to a cool, summer morning full of anticipation. She and her husband Jim Lind were driving their RV to California, with a daughter, granddaughter, and 10-year-old schnauzer-sheltie mix Zena in tow. The Linds had pulled out of Colorado Springs the night before, determined to make it in time for their daughter’s medical school graduation in Yucca Valley.

“I thought I’d go for coffee, just get us to breakfast,” Chris said. “We wanted to be there by noon.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:38:21 -0600
<![CDATA[The Country Life: Contrary to reputation, goats are picky eaters]]> BY BILL RADFORD bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-contrary-to-reputation-goats-are-picky-eaters/article/1549651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-contrary-to-reputation-goats-are-picky-eaters/article/1549651?custom_click=rss

If you're a parent, and your children at mealtime used to decorate the high chair and floor with food without getting much in their mouth, then you know what it's like to feed goats.

Despite their reputations for eating anything, including tin cans, goats are generally picky eaters. And wasteful ones.

"Goats are terrible about wasting food," says Cheryl Sellin, who raises fainting goats at her Spiritwood Ranch near Black Forest. Our goats, Nana and Christmas, are proof of that, though at least the wild birds seem to enjoy much of the food that they leave strewn across the goat pen.



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If you're a parent, and your children at mealtime used to decorate the high chair and floor with food without getting much in their mouth, then you know what it's like to feed goats.

Despite their reputations for eating anything, including tin cans, goats are generally picky eaters. And wasteful ones.

"Goats are terrible about wasting food," says Cheryl Sellin, who raises fainting goats at her Spiritwood Ranch near Black Forest. Our goats, Nana and Christmas, are proof of that, though at least the wild birds seem to enjoy much of the food that they leave strewn across the goat pen.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:24:32 -0600
<![CDATA[TV vet takes to sky, dives into sea to help injured animals]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/tv-vet-takes-to-sky-dives-into-sea-to-help-injured-animals/article/1549375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-vet-takes-to-sky-dives-into-sea-to-help-injured-animals/article/1549375?custom_click=rss

Not every veterinarian would call it paradise.

Scott Sims gets to far-flung locales in the Hawaiian Islands by flying a plane he built himself or by biking, riding an ATV or swimming to reach sick or injured animals. He will wrangle overweight pigs, scuba-dive to free a sea turtle tangled in a net and patch up patients in unexpected places, operating in a barn or the back of a truck.

He stars in Nat Geo Wild's show "Aloha Vet," which debuted last month. He treats pets, of course, but also takes flight or bumps along Kauai's lone cross-island road to help wild animals - something that sets him apart from other veterinarians in rural or hard-to-reach U.S. areas who often travel to treat livestock or pets.

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Scott Sims gets to far-flung locales in the Hawaiian Islands by flying a plane he built himself or by biking, riding an ATV or swimming to reach sick or injured animals. He will wrangle overweight pigs, scuba-dive to free a sea turtle tangled in a net and patch up patients in unexpected places, operating in a barn or the back of a truck.

He stars in Nat Geo Wild's show "Aloha Vet," which debuted last month. He treats pets, of course, but also takes flight or bumps along Kauai's lone cross-island road to help wild animals - something that sets him apart from other veterinarians in rural or hard-to-reach U.S. areas who often travel to treat livestock or pets.]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:15:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 9, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-9-2015/article/1549374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-9-2015/article/1549374?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.

Colorado Greyhound Adoption - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820 W. Uintah St.; Jane Troyer, 633-2524.

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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E.

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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.

Colorado Greyhound Adoption - 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820 W. Uintah St.; Jane Troyer, 633-2524.

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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E.]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado dog gets prosthetics for all 4 legs]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-dog-gets-prosthetics-for-all-4-legs/article/1549102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-dog-gets-prosthetics-for-all-4-legs/article/1549102?custom_click=rss

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A 2-year-old Rottweiler who lost his paws when he was left out in the freezing cold as a puppy is learning to walk on prosthetics for all four legs.

Brutus received the prosthetics through the donations of hundreds of people. New owner Laura Aquilina of Loveland says the ultimate goal is to give Brutus the gift of being a dog.

Felix Deurr, an orthopedics professor at Colorado State University who focuses on small animals, says such prosthetics have been developed only in the past 15 years. A study on their effectiveness is due out later this year.

A good Samaritan noticed Brutus' injuries when he was offered for adoption in a store parking lot in Canon City. A breeder amputated Brutus'



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LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A 2-year-old Rottweiler who lost his paws when he was left out in the freezing cold as a puppy is learning to walk on prosthetics for all four legs.

Brutus received the prosthetics through the donations of hundreds of people. New owner Laura Aquilina of Loveland says the ultimate goal is to give Brutus the gift of being a dog.

Felix Deurr, an orthopedics professor at Colorado State University who focuses on small animals, says such prosthetics have been developed only in the past 15 years. A study on their effectiveness is due out later this year.

A good Samaritan noticed Brutus' injuries when he was offered for adoption in a store parking lot in Canon City. A breeder amputated Brutus'

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:27:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Man donates replacement trailer to Humane Society to honor pilot dad's love of animals]]> By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/man-donates-replacement-trailer-to-humane-society-to-honor-pilot-dads-love-of-animals/article/1549114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-donates-replacement-trailer-to-humane-society-to-honor-pilot-dads-love-of-animals/article/1549114?custom_click=rss

Keaton Hughes has "countless" family stories about saving animals from dire situations, including a Siamese cat picked up from the side of the road.

So when he heard about a Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region emergency response trailer that was stolen in December and left damaged beyond repair, the 19-year-old decided to make a donation in honor of his late father.

"He just loved animals so much," said Hughes, a student at Pikes Peak Community College. "We're just a very animal-loving family."

A family trailer, which had been used to transport motorcycles, would be in better hands with the Humane Society, Hughes thought. It would also be a chance for Keaton to honor his father, Daniel, who died Jan.



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Keaton Hughes has "countless" family stories about saving animals from dire situations, including a Siamese cat picked up from the side of the road.

So when he heard about a Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region emergency response trailer that was stolen in December and left damaged beyond repair, the 19-year-old decided to make a donation in honor of his late father.

"He just loved animals so much," said Hughes, a student at Pikes Peak Community College. "We're just a very animal-loving family."

A family trailer, which had been used to transport motorcycles, would be in better hands with the Humane Society, Hughes thought. It would also be a chance for Keaton to honor his father, Daniel, who died Jan.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:24:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 2, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-2-2015/article/1548965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-2-2015/article/1548965?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.

Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Pals Forever - For dogs and puppies, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1234 E. Woodmen Road; 528-6590; palsforever.org.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs,

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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.

Dreampower - For dogs, cats and small caged pets, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; dreampower.org , 390-7838.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835 Prominent Point; milldogrescue.org

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Pals Forever - For dogs and puppies, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Wag N' Wash, 1234 E. Woodmen Road; 528-6590; palsforever.org.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs,]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:15:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Americans spend $58 billion to pamper, protect pets]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/americans-spend-58-billion-to-pamper-protect-pets/article/1548964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/americans-spend-58-billion-to-pamper-protect-pets/article/1548964?custom_click=rss

We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs.

Here's a snapshot of how we spend money on pets:

Where the money goes

The association measures five areas of spending. Last year, people spent $22 billion on food; $15 billion on veterinary care; $14 billion on supplies such as beds, bowls and collars and over-the-counter medicine to fight ailments such as fleas, ticks and colds; $4.8 billion on other services; and $2 billion on animals themselves.

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]]> We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs.

Here's a snapshot of how we spend money on pets:

Where the money goes

The association measures five areas of spending. Last year, people spent $22 billion on food; $15 billion on veterinary care; $14 billion on supplies such as beds, bowls and collars and over-the-counter medicine to fight ailments such as fleas, ticks and colds; $4.8 billion on other services; and $2 billion on animals themselves.]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:15:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Kaia]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-kaia/article/1548845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-kaia/article/1548845?custom_click=rss

Name: Kaia

Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer

Owner: William Field

Kaia's story: My longtime girlfriend Catherine and I are in the U.S. Air Force. I wanted a hunting dog and Catherine just wanted a dog to cuddle with. Kaia has been assisting me in hunting all kinds of upland birds since she was 2 months old. She is the first dog I have trained and she has exceeded all expectations. She is very well behaved and though she has a ton of energy when we are outside, she is a couch/bed potato as soon as we go in the house. She loves people and feels the need to be touching us at all times (we don't mind). She is our little princess and has brought joy to our lives.

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]]> Name: Kaia

Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer

Owner: William Field

Kaia's story: My longtime girlfriend Catherine and I are in the U.S. Air Force. I wanted a hunting dog and Catherine just wanted a dog to cuddle with. Kaia has been assisting me in hunting all kinds of upland birds since she was 2 months old. She is the first dog I have trained and she has exceeded all expectations. She is very well behaved and though she has a ton of energy when we are outside, she is a couch/bed potato as soon as we go in the house. She loves people and feels the need to be touching us at all times (we don't mind). She is our little princess and has brought joy to our lives.

To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Jake]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-jake/article/1548844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-jake/article/1548844?custom_click=rss

Name: Jake

Breed: Standard Schnauzer

Owners: Sarah and Mike Cole

Jake's story: Jake is 10 years old and has kept us entertained since we adopted him seven years ago. He is an intelligent and lovable dog who thinks he is more human than canine. He is proud to contribute to the household chores by collecting the newspaper every morning, as long as a treat is given in return. He also enjoys hiking in the woods, napping on one of his four beds and stealing steaks from the grill.

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: Jake

Breed: Standard Schnauzer

Owners: Sarah and Mike Cole

Jake's story: Jake is 10 years old and has kept us entertained since we adopted him seven years ago. He is an intelligent and lovable dog who thinks he is more human than canine. He is proud to contribute to the household chores by collecting the newspaper every morning, as long as a treat is given in return. He also enjoys hiking in the woods, napping on one of his four beds and stealing steaks from the grill.

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.]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:02 -0600