<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/pets Mon, 02 May 2016 04:56:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Read this before blaming road rage on your cat]]> http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss

Pity the cats. They're always getting blamed for something.

In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IX declared them evil and worthy of death, which led to their widespread killing. More recently, they've been accused of killing off U.S. birds and other wildlife, as well as of being all-around jerks.

Now there's this: Cats cause road rage.

That's been one common takeaway from a study, published last month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that is the latest to link the common parasitic infection toxoplasmosis to behavior changes or psychiatric disorders in humans.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:47:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 28, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-28-2016/article/1574988?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-28-2016/article/1574988?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

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

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.

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;

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:25:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Fun & games]]> http://gazette.com/fun-games/article/1574987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fun-games/article/1574987?custom_click=rss

On the trail, in the water or on the lawn, let your dog in on some Olympic-inspired fun with new gear and activities. And remember: Safety is key when investing in summer fun or recreational sustenance for your pets.

Summer games: You like old-fashioned lawn games and so might your dog. Kurgo Products sells versions of stick ball, badminton, bowling, lawn darts, horseshoes and others made just for pets.

The toys are rubber and include a "durability meter" on packaging. Other pet suppliers also sell toys such as bowling pins and dog-safe flying discs.

Life preserver: Numbers on how many dogs drown each year are hard to come by, but Lynne Peters, president of Hedz UP Pets Inc., said exhaustion plays a role.

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:25:04 -0600 <![CDATA[First parrot cafe in the United States to open in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/first-parrot-cafe-in-the-united-states-to-open-in-colorado-springs/article/1574766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-parrot-cafe-in-the-united-states-to-open-in-colorado-springs/article/1574766?custom_click=rss

Sterling is having a tantrum on his perch at The Perch, the first parrot cafe in the nation.

The 13-year-old, sky blue, golden yellow and Kelly green macaw with a bite strength of about 400 pounds per square inch does not appreciate being left alone while his mama, Michele Wolf, steps away for a few minutes. He bobs and screams, only quieting when Wolf walks over, picks him up and nuzzles him like one typically would a dog or cat.

"My favorite thing is how special their love is for you," said Wolf, operations and adoptions director of the nonprofit Metro Denver Parrot Rescue and co-founder of The Perch. "Think about the journey the bird has to take to trust you. You could crush it with your hand. It's an intelligent prey



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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:04:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Why we love dogs and cats but not bats or rats]]> http://gazette.com/why-we-love-dogs-and-cats-but-not-bats-or-rats/article/1574271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-we-love-dogs-and-cats-but-not-bats-or-rats/article/1574271?custom_click=rss

Why do we adore hamsters but abhor rats? Cuddle kittens but curse raccoons? Pay to keep birds inside and bats outside?

A big reason, say researchers, has to do with our grandparents, our friends, Hollywood and the Queen of England. In other words, our culture.

Hal Herzog, an animal behaviorist who wrote the book "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat," has studied the people-animal connection for 30 years and writes about it in a blog for Psychology Today. He said the reasons we love some critters and loathe others is complex.

"What you see are these big themes in human nature: part biology, part culture, part voodoo magic that we don't understand," Herzog said.



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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:35:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Pet Expo returns, with starring duo's farewell tour]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pet-expo-returns-with-starring-duos-farewell-tour/article/1574497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pet-expo-returns-with-starring-duos-farewell-tour/article/1574497?custom_click=rss

Eric Melvin didn't realize his Australian cattle dog puppy was deaf until several weeks after adopting her. By then, he was too in love with Angelyne to consider putting her down.

Instead, he trained her using a system of hand signals and the two put together a talent act, "Eric & Angelyne the Amazing Deaf Cattle Dog," that began drawing crowds. Ten years later, Melvin and Angelyne have helped redefine the understanding of human-animal communication and are known internationally for their work advocating for humans and animals with disabilities.

The Greeley-based duo plans to retire at the end of the year, and the 2016 Colorado Springs Pet Expo will mark their final appearance as tour regulars.



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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:33:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 21, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-21-2016/article/1574545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-21-2016/article/1574545?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 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, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd. Check event calendar for changes: chihuahua-smalldogrescue.org.

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.

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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]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Animal Planet explores ASPCA program for second chance dogs]]> http://gazette.com/animal-planet-explores-aspca-program-for-second-chance-dogs/article/1574145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-planet-explores-aspca-program-for-second-chance-dogs/article/1574145?custom_click=rss

Animal Planet soon will celebrate the success of a unique program aimed at second chance dogs, often shy and traumatized victims of puppy mills, hoarders and abandonment.

In an hourlong special, the network delves into the Behavior Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey. It's a pilot program of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that began in 2013 and soon will be expanded, in time for the ASPCA's 150th anniversary.

Called "Second Chance Dogs," to air at 7 a.m. Saturday, the show starts at the center's beginning, when the ASPCA decided to try rehabilitation for hard luck cases.

Of 259 dogs sent to



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:20:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Sizzling Signature Gala Is Helping Local Animals]]> http://gazette.com/sizzling-signature-gala-is-helping-local-animals/article/1574059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sizzling-signature-gala-is-helping-local-animals/article/1574059?custom_click=rss

In just a few weeks, one of Colorado Springs must-attend galas of the year, the 2016 Fur Ball is being hosted by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR). The signature gala, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, GE Johnson Construction Company and Petco Foundation, helps raise funds to benefit the nearly 50 homeless and abused animals that come through HSPPR’s doors every day.

The 19th Annual Fur Ball Gala takes place Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and this year’s theme is "Howlin Hot Night in Havana." Dust off your fedora, reserve your seat, and be carried away to old Havana. A sizzling night with cocktails and a gourmet dinner are combined with an evening of



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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:18:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting April 14, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-14-2016/article/1574146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-april-14-2016/article/1574146?custom_click=rss

ADOPTION FAIRS

9-Lives Rescue Inc. - For cats and kittens, 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. Sunday, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave. Check event calendar for changes: chihuahua-smalldogrescue.org.

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

National Mill Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; 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,

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