<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/pets Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:48:11 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/ad-by-special-effects-master-pits-cats-vs.-dogs-for-a-cause/article/1545411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ad-by-special-effects-master-pits-cats-vs.-dogs-for-a-cause/article/1545411?custom_click=rss

From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday.

It's a rare ad urging viewers to spay or neuter their pets and uses elaborate computer-generated images and live-action shots of cats and dogs in pet-sized football helmets and pads facing off in a stadium full of cheering fans, falling confetti and exploding flashbulbs.

It won't air on NBC during Sunday's big game but on one of the game-day alternatives for animal lovers - the Kitten Bowl.

The Hallmark Channel hosts the feline counterpoint to the beloved

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]]> From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday.

It's a rare ad urging viewers to spay or neuter their pets and uses elaborate computer-generated images and live-action shots of cats and dogs in pet-sized football helmets and pads facing off in a stadium full of cheering fans, falling confetti and exploding flashbulbs.

It won't air on NBC during Sunday's big game but on one of the game-day alternatives for animal lovers - the Kitten Bowl.

The Hallmark Channel hosts the feline counterpoint to the beloved]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:30:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Sam Taylor]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sam-taylor/article/1545402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-sam-taylor/article/1545402?custom_click=rss

Name: Sam Taylor

Breed: Boxador (Boxer/Lab)

Owner: Emily Taylor

Sam's story: She is one special pup to our family. She was a gift from my husband before his deployment and kept me company throughout as a reminder of him. She has traveled from my hometown in Georgia and back. From spending the summer on the beach to returning home here and loving the snow. Since my husband has returned, Sam still considers herself as a "human" companion and not so much of a dog. She is the most loving and friendly dog aside from her funny/quirky side. Everyone that meets her has fallen in love and has even asked how to find a great family dog like her. - Emily Taylor


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]]> Name: Sam Taylor

Breed: Boxador (Boxer/Lab)

Owner: Emily Taylor

Sam's story: She is one special pup to our family. She was a gift from my husband before his deployment and kept me company throughout as a reminder of him. She has traveled from my hometown in Georgia and back. From spending the summer on the beach to returning home here and loving the snow. Since my husband has returned, Sam still considers herself as a "human" companion and not so much of a dog. She is the most loving and friendly dog aside from her funny/quirky side. Everyone that meets her has fallen in love and has even asked how to find a great family dog like her. - Emily Taylor


To have your pet considered, email a high-resolution photo to]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:15:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 29, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-29-2015/article/1545400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-29-2015/article/1545400?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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

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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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Pals Forever - For dogs and puppies, 11]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:15:10 -0700 <![CDATA[The Country Life: How to handle a snowstorm and the challenges due to isolation]]> BY BILL RADFORD bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-how-to-handle-a-snowstorm-and-the-challenges-due-to-isolation/article/1545295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-how-to-handle-a-snowstorm-and-the-challenges-due-to-isolation/article/1545295?custom_click=rss

Though winter appears to be taking a break this week, it'll be back. And recent snowstorms - including one that kept me holed up in a downtown hotel overnight instead of venturing home - have had me thinking about emergency preparedness.

While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret, was home, so there was someone there to keep an eye on the house and all the critters. But what if we were both stranded away from home? Or what if we were stuck AT home?

It could easily happen. As the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County, in its chapter on winter storms, notes: "In rural areas, homes and farms may be isolated for days."

We lived in town when the October 1997 blizzard struck, but my late sister-in-law, Stevie, had



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Though winter appears to be taking a break this week, it'll be back. And recent snowstorms - including one that kept me holed up in a downtown hotel overnight instead of venturing home - have had me thinking about emergency preparedness.

While I was stuck in town, my wife, Margaret, was home, so there was someone there to keep an eye on the house and all the critters. But what if we were both stranded away from home? Or what if we were stuck AT home?

It could easily happen. As the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for El Paso County, in its chapter on winter storms, notes: "In rural areas, homes and farms may be isolated for days."

We lived in town when the October 1997 blizzard struck, but my late sister-in-law, Stevie, had

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:02:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Trail Talk: Horses get in on fun at park]]> By Susan Davies Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/trail-talk-horses-get-in-on-fun-at-park/article/1545035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-talk-horses-get-in-on-fun-at-park/article/1545035?custom_click=rss

Staff members at Cheyenne Mountain State Park think of their park as a toddler.

Opened in 2006 for day use, 150,000 annual visits is a small amount compared with older, more established state parks. Expect that number to grow - especially now that horses have been granted access to a portion of the 21-mile trail system.

Until now, horses were excluded due to the constantly moving shale soil. Recently, though, the decision was made to open part of Sundance Trail and portions of North and South Talon trails to horses. The soils in the southern portion of the park are more stable and less fragile. In all, 8 miles of trail (round trip) are open to equestrians.

Plans are underway to complete the Top of the Mountain Trail.



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Staff members at Cheyenne Mountain State Park think of their park as a toddler.

Opened in 2006 for day use, 150,000 annual visits is a small amount compared with older, more established state parks. Expect that number to grow - especially now that horses have been granted access to a portion of the 21-mile trail system.

Until now, horses were excluded due to the constantly moving shale soil. Recently, though, the decision was made to open part of Sundance Trail and portions of North and South Talon trails to horses. The soils in the southern portion of the park are more stable and less fragile. In all, 8 miles of trail (round trip) are open to equestrians.

Plans are underway to complete the Top of the Mountain Trail.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:15:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Pet of the week: BJ]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-bj/article/1545034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-bj/article/1545034?custom_click=rss

Name: BJ

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer

Owner: Frankie Roland

BJ's story: I rescued BJ 12 years ago. He is the first dog to get to live at the Medalion apartments, a retirement community on Bijou Street. He brings many smiles throughout the day to the residents here and he greets each one who wants to pet him. We also go through the medical center here daily and see the love he gives and gets. Sometimes it takes him 20 minutes to get through the lobby. He is a very special part of our community. - Frankie Roland


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: BJ

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer

Owner: Frankie Roland

BJ's story: I rescued BJ 12 years ago. He is the first dog to get to live at the Medalion apartments, a retirement community on Bijou Street. He brings many smiles throughout the day to the residents here and he greets each one who wants to pet him. We also go through the medical center here daily and see the love he gives and gets. Sometimes it takes him 20 minutes to get through the lobby. He is a very special part of our community. - Frankie Roland


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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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:15:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 22, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-22-2015/article/1545030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-22-2015/article/1545030?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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies,

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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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies,]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/feline-fame-in-cyberspace-gives-species-a-boost/article/1545028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feline-fame-in-cyberspace-gives-species-a-boost/article/1545028?custom_click=rss

Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer.

We adore Nora the piano-
playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru leaps into cardboard boxes. We revel in Grumpy Cat's permanently sour expression. And with millions watching videos of other kitties getting tongue baths from horses and playing peekaboo with their owners, cats have become online stars.

For feline fans, it's a sea change. In the affections of Americans, cats often get short shrift compared with dogs. Some see cats as aloof, poor companions and indifferent to attention that dogs enjoy.

But with cats' celebrity expanding, experts say cyberspace is aiding their

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]]> Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer.

We adore Nora the piano-
playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru leaps into cardboard boxes. We revel in Grumpy Cat's permanently sour expression. And with millions watching videos of other kitties getting tongue baths from horses and playing peekaboo with their owners, cats have become online stars.

For feline fans, it's a sea change. In the affections of Americans, cats often get short shrift compared with dogs. Some see cats as aloof, poor companions and indifferent to attention that dogs enjoy.

But with cats' celebrity expanding, experts say cyberspace is aiding their]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:15:04 -0700 <![CDATA[The Country Life: Bag of Chips at home in home]]> By Bill Radford bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-bag-of-chips-at-home-in-home/article/1544905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-bag-of-chips-at-home-in-home/article/1544905?custom_click=rss

I've written about our goat Nana, who we rescued at an early age and who spent a bit of time indoors; though she and her companion, Christmas, now live outdoors, Nana has made it clear she'd be perfectly happy hanging out on the couch with the dogs.

Cheryl Sellin has a goat that truly is a house goat.

Cheryl and her husband, Bill, raise goats at their Spiritwood Ranch near Black Forest. Specifically, myotonic goats - more commonly known as fainting goats. You may have seen humorous YouTube videos of fainting goats; they don't really faint, but when startled their muscles lock up and they may fall over. While they're meat goats, the Sellins raise them as pets or show animals.



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I've written about our goat Nana, who we rescued at an early age and who spent a bit of time indoors; though she and her companion, Christmas, now live outdoors, Nana has made it clear she'd be perfectly happy hanging out on the couch with the dogs.

Cheryl Sellin has a goat that truly is a house goat.

Cheryl and her husband, Bill, raise goats at their Spiritwood Ranch near Black Forest. Specifically, myotonic goats - more commonly known as fainting goats. You may have seen humorous YouTube videos of fainting goats; they don't really faint, but when startled their muscles lock up and they may fall over. While they're meat goats, the Sellins raise them as pets or show animals.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:53:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Fountain man constructs doghouses to match owner's RVs]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/fountain-man-constructs-doghouses-to-match-owners-rvs/article/1544848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-man-constructs-doghouses-to-match-owners-rvs/article/1544848?custom_click=rss

Let's get this out of the way: My Buddy RVs are not for dolls.

The miniature campers, modeled after their life-sized counterparts, are strictly for the dogs - and their owners.

"This almost became a Barbie RV ... almost," said Bob Ruston, of Fountain, a former heavy line mechanic and street rod airbrush artist who's hoping to spin a love of dogs, RVing and a relatively newfound flair for carpentry into a unique retirement pursuit. He's four months in and still kicking tires, with four unsold demos, including the prototype built for his pug, some fliers up around town and an ad on Craigslist.

Got an RV? Ruston will make a dog-sized one just like it for your four-legged traveling companion.



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Let's get this out of the way: My Buddy RVs are not for dolls.

The miniature campers, modeled after their life-sized counterparts, are strictly for the dogs - and their owners.

"This almost became a Barbie RV ... almost," said Bob Ruston, of Fountain, a former heavy line mechanic and street rod airbrush artist who's hoping to spin a love of dogs, RVing and a relatively newfound flair for carpentry into a unique retirement pursuit. He's four months in and still kicking tires, with four unsold demos, including the prototype built for his pug, some fliers up around town and an ad on Craigslist.

Got an RV? Ruston will make a dog-sized one just like it for your four-legged traveling companion.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:50:28 -0700
<![CDATA['Paw-paparazzi' take note: World Dog Awards honor star pets]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/paw-paparazzi-take-note-world-dog-awards-honor-star-pets/article/1544600?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paw-paparazzi-take-note-world-dog-awards-honor-star-pets/article/1544600?custom_click=rss

Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements such as best mutt instead of best actor.

At the inaugural World Dog Awards hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honoring the best in entertainment and social media.

There are no long speeches or fashion critics at the show, airing Thursday on The CW network. At this event, the podium is packed with dog treats, patches of grass allow pets to do their business and signs call for barking instead of applause. Plus, pooches lounge on couches and sniff out swag bags boasting pet food, collars and toys.

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]]> Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements such as best mutt instead of best actor.

At the inaugural World Dog Awards hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honoring the best in entertainment and social media.

There are no long speeches or fashion critics at the show, airing Thursday on The CW network. At this event, the podium is packed with dog treats, patches of grass allow pets to do their business and signs call for barking instead of applause. Plus, pooches lounge on couches and sniff out swag bags boasting pet food, collars and toys.]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:15:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Suki]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-suki/article/1544598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-suki/article/1544598?custom_click=rss

Name: Suki

Breed: Ragdoll

Owner: Philip Tabor

Suki's story: He was born on Christmas 10 years ago. At a younger age, he loved to chase paper balls and retrieve them like a dog. To this day he still loves his belly rubbed,and has the loudest meow. - Philip Tabor


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: Suki

Breed: Ragdoll

Owner: Philip Tabor

Suki's story: He was born on Christmas 10 years ago. At a younger age, he loved to chase paper balls and retrieve them like a dog. To this day he still loves his belly rubbed,and has the loudest meow. - Philip Tabor


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, 15 Jan 2015 04:15:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 15, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-15-2015/article/1544638?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-15-2015/article/1544638?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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Pals Forever - For

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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 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. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.; newhoperescue.homestead.com.

Pals Forever - For]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:15:03 -0700