<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:16:49 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[GoDaddy pulls controversial Super Bowl commercial after social media uproar]]> News services http://gazette.com/godaddy-pulls-controversial-super-bowl-commercial-after-social-media-uproar/article/1545356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/godaddy-pulls-controversial-super-bowl-commercial-after-social-media-uproar/article/1545356?custom_click=rss

GoDaddy has decided to pull their ad from the Super Bowl and remove it from YouTube after causing an uproar on social media, according to USA Today.

The company released their Super Bowl ad early, and it certainly has people talking-- but they're probably not saying things the company wants to hear. Thousands took to Twitter and Facebook to let the company know they're outraged.

The commercial, titled "Journey Home," features a cute puppy that's been separated from its family on its journey home, but the ending is what's causing the uproar, when you find out the owners are happy to see the puppy because they just sold it on a website built using GoDaddy.

A change.



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GoDaddy has decided to pull their ad from the Super Bowl and remove it from YouTube after causing an uproar on social media, according to USA Today.

The company released their Super Bowl ad early, and it certainly has people talking-- but they're probably not saying things the company wants to hear. Thousands took to Twitter and Facebook to let the company know they're outraged.

The commercial, titled "Journey Home," features a cute puppy that's been separated from its family on its journey home, but the ending is what's causing the uproar, when you find out the owners are happy to see the puppy because they just sold it on a website built using GoDaddy.

A change.

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Officials: Colorado dog owners face fines over wildlife harassment]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/officials-colorado-dog-owners-face-fines-over-wildlife-harassment/article/1545044?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-colorado-dog-owners-face-fines-over-wildlife-harassment/article/1545044?custom_click=rss DURANGO — State wildlife officials are cautioning dog owners not to let their pets chase vulnerable wildlife during the winter, saying some people have been fined because of their animals' actions.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday one dog owner faces a $277 fine after a pet chased a herd of 20 elk into the Animas River north of Durango in early January.

Three other people face fines of $275 each after their dogs killed three elk in the San Luis Valley.

In another incident, a dog suffered minor injuries when it tangled with a mountain lion.

Parks and Wildlife officials say state law gives game wardens and police officers the authority to shoot dogs that are chasing wildlife.



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DURANGO — State wildlife officials are cautioning dog owners not to let their pets chase vulnerable wildlife during the winter, saying some people have been fined because of their animals' actions.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday one dog owner faces a $277 fine after a pet chased a herd of 20 elk into the Animas River north of Durango in early January.

Three other people face fines of $275 each after their dogs killed three elk in the San Luis Valley.

In another incident, a dog suffered minor injuries when it tangled with a mountain lion.

Parks and Wildlife officials say state law gives game wardens and police officers the authority to shoot dogs that are chasing wildlife.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:04:54 -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.

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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.

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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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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


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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.

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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 <![CDATA[Side Streets: Relief, joy as Nugget recovers from months of pain, amputations]]> http://gazette.com/side-streets-relief-joy-as-nugget-recovers-from-months-of-pain-amputations/article/1544583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/side-streets-relief-joy-as-nugget-recovers-from-months-of-pain-amputations/article/1544583?custom_click=rss

It has been a tough year for my family's best friend, but you'd hardly know it.

He broke a bone and never uttered a complaint. Just limped around quietly in pain.

When the bone didn't heal after six weeks in a cast, he endured an amputation.

Despite near constant pain and discomfort, he had a smile each time I saw him and a friendly wag of his tail.

Of course I'm talking about Nugget the Wonder Dog, the Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who has been our family pet for nearly eight years.

In fact, Nugget turns 8 on Friday. And given his recent health issues, I was contemplating what life without him would be like. I quickly concluded our family is lucky to have the 11-pound fur ball in our lives.

No doubt, a few

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He broke a bone and never uttered a complaint. Just limped around quietly in pain.

When the bone didn't heal after six weeks in a cast, he endured an amputation.

Despite near constant pain and discomfort, he had a smile each time I saw him and a friendly wag of his tail.

Of course I'm talking about Nugget the Wonder Dog, the Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who has been our family pet for nearly eight years.

In fact, Nugget turns 8 on Friday. And given his recent health issues, I was contemplating what life without him would be like. I quickly concluded our family is lucky to have the 11-pound fur ball in our lives.

No doubt, a few]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:40:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police arrest man in apartment filled with trash, 9 pit bulls]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-man-in-apartment-filled-with-trash-9-pit-bulls/article/1544325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-arrest-man-in-apartment-filled-with-trash-9-pit-bulls/article/1544325?custom_click=rss A man was arrested Friday after police and firefighters encountered an apartment filled with nine pit bulls and trash Colorado Springs police said.

David Mack was taken to the El Paso County jail after police went to the New Horizon apartment complex at El Camino Drive, around 11 a.m., after receiving reports about squatters in several vacant apartments.

Because of foul smells and unsanitary conditions in one apartment room, which contained the dogs and a large amount of trash, the Colorado Springs Fire Department's hazardous material crew was called in to test the air quality. Officials said there was no issue with the air.

Police did not say why Mack was arrested, but noted that he was not a squatter.

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A man was arrested Friday after police and firefighters encountered an apartment filled with nine pit bulls and trash Colorado Springs police said.

David Mack was taken to the El Paso County jail after police went to the New Horizon apartment complex at El Camino Drive, around 11 a.m., after receiving reports about squatters in several vacant apartments.

Because of foul smells and unsanitary conditions in one apartment room, which contained the dogs and a large amount of trash, the Colorado Springs Fire Department's hazardous material crew was called in to test the air quality. Officials said there was no issue with the air.

Police did not say why Mack was arrested, but noted that he was not a squatter.

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