<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:09:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty]]> http://gazette.com/worlds-ugliest-dog-contest-awards-underdogs-inner-beauty/article/1605778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worlds-ugliest-dog-contest-awards-underdogs-inner-beauty/article/1605778?custom_click=rss

PETALUMA, Calif. — The World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California is celebrating the inner beauty and imperfections of man's best friend on Friday.

The pooches — many of which are adoptable or previously adopted — will face off in a red carpet walk and "Faux Paw Fashion Show," organizers said. The contestants are judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year's competition and walked away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to New York for media appearances with her owner, Jason Wurtz. The then-17-year-old champion proved that third time's the charm after falling



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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:05:08 -0600
<![CDATA[DNA shows early spread of cats in human world]]> http://gazette.com/dna-shows-early-spread-of-cats-in-human-world/article/1605583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dna-shows-early-spread-of-cats-in-human-world/article/1605583?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world.

A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them. Genetic signatures the felines had on those journeys are still seen in most modern-day breeds.

Researchers analyzed DNA from 209 ancient cats as old as 9,000 years from Europe, Africa and Asia, including some ancient Egyptian cat mummies.

"They are direct witnesses of the situation in the past," said Eva-Maria Geigl of the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris. She and colleagues also looked at 28 modern feral cats from



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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:45:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 20, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-20-2017/article/1605531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-20-2017/article/1605531?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, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Pestmart, 2160 Southgate Road. 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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]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Open horse shelter in Calhan gives owners humane option]]> http://gazette.com/open-horse-shelter-in-calhan-gives-owners-humane-option/article/1605442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/open-horse-shelter-in-calhan-gives-owners-humane-option/article/1605442?custom_click=rss

They arrived hungry, tired and broken.

And in some cases, they were fine.

No matter their condition, the horses brought in during Sunday's One Day Open Door Shelter event at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan were accepted without judgment or cost. In all, 35 horses were surrendered by owners who no longer wished to take care of the animals.

Some owners can't pay for medical treatment while others believed owning a horse crowded their other life responsibilities, said Tawnee Preisner, president of Hohenwald, Tenn.-based Horse Plus Humane Society, which hosted the event.

The organization takes the surrendered horses and evaluates them to see if they can be adopted later. And if a horse is in grave condition,



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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:01:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Vet wants to put your dog's health record online]]> http://gazette.com/vet-wants-to-put-your-dogs-health-record-online/article/1605419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vet-wants-to-put-your-dogs-health-record-online/article/1605419?custom_click=rss

I was reading the Forbes list of the wealthiest, self-made women in the United States recently. One of them is Judy Faulkner, founder of a privately held software company, called Epic Systems, that keeps medical records on more than half of the American population.

She is worth $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Washington area veterinarian/entrepreneur Mark Olcott wants to do the same thing with the 160 million dogs and cats in the nation. He is building a computerized animal-health-care clearinghouse with one purpose: making it easier for veterinarians and pet owners to share information.

Olcott, 47, is the chief executive and co-founder of Columbia, Md.-based VitusVet.



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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:50:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado officials warn of moose after attack on women, dog]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-warn-of-moose-after-attack-on-women-dog/article/1605238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-officials-warn-of-moose-after-attack-on-women-dog/article/1605238?custom_click=rss

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are calling for people to be wary of moose after one attacked two women and a dog.

The Daily Camera reported Wednesday that a 64-year-old woman was gardening in her backyard when she heard her dog barking and turned around to see a moose with two calves attacking the dog.

The woman told a Boulder County sheriff's deputy the moose began attacking her when she ran toward her house. A 60-year-old woman who was inside the house heard screaming and came outside; then was attacked too. The moose stopped attacking and fled when one of its calves ran away.

A neighbor drove the women to the hospital for treatment. They suffered minor injuries.



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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:18:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Camp Bow Wow’s new corporate offices in Westminster take dog-friendly to the next level]]> http://gazette.com/camp-bow-wows-new-corporate-offices-in-westminster-take-dog-friendly-to-the-next-level/article/1605134?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/camp-bow-wows-new-corporate-offices-in-westminster-take-dog-friendly-to-the-next-level/article/1605134?custom_click=rss

When your entire business is dogs, it makes sense that you would allow canine companions in the office.

But Camp Bow Wow, the rapidly growing dog daycare and boarding franchise that got its start in Denver in 2000, took the idea of being a dog-friendly workplace a step further with the design of its new corporate offices in Westminster.

Cubicles are laid out to maximize hang-out space for four-legged friends. Long corridors cry out for impromptu games of fetch. One wide-open room, with concrete floors and dog gates on either end, is just for socialization breaks — of the canine variety.



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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:18:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Couple pleads guilty to hoarding 170 Yorkies in California]]> http://gazette.com/couple-pleads-guilty-to-hoarding-170-yorkies-in-california/article/1605071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/couple-pleads-guilty-to-hoarding-170-yorkies-in-california/article/1605071?custom_click=rss

POWAY, Calif. — A San Diego County couple has pleaded guilty to hoarding more than 170 Yorkshire terriers and Yorkie mixes in filthy conditions.

Authorities say Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo entered pleas Monday to animal neglect. They face probation and counseling and can't own pets for a decade.

Investigators who went to their Poway home in January found dozens of dogs in a dark room. The floor and walls were covered in excrement, and the dogs had a variety of problems, including fleas and matted hair.

About 30 dogs were seized later at another location and another 46 were found in a motor home in Primm, Nevada, where Calvert was arrested after fleeing the state.

The dogs — including puppies born to



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:28:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Chinese man caught with 500 imprisoned cats destined for restaurants]]> http://gazette.com/chinese-man-caught-with-500-imprisoned-cats-destined-for-restaurants/article/1605036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chinese-man-caught-with-500-imprisoned-cats-destined-for-restaurants/article/1605036?custom_click=rss

BEIJING - In China, it is legal to eat cats and dogs. Even so, ordinary people reacted with alarm this week as news broke of a Chinese man caught with 500 cats, crowded into tiny cages, which he intended to sell to restaurants.

The man had used sparrows and caged birds to lure both stray cats and domestic ones in the city of Jiujiang in southern Jiangsu province, the 163.com and news.ifeng.com websites reported.

Many of the cats were found in cages in the back of a small truck, some near death and mewing faintly in the heat, while others were recovered in a hut near a highway, cooled only by a ceiling fan. The man usually sold the cats for around 30 yuan ($4.40) each, the report said citing a local policeman.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:56:54 -0600
<![CDATA[California couple pleads guilty to hoarding 170 Yorkies]]> http://gazette.com/california-couple-pleads-guilty-to-hoarding-170-yorkies/article/1605069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-couple-pleads-guilty-to-hoarding-170-yorkies/article/1605069?custom_click=rss

POWAY, Calif. — A San Diego County couple has pleaded guilty to hoarding more than 170 Yorkshire terriers and Yorkie mixes in filthy conditions.

Authorities say Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo entered pleas Monday to animal neglect. They face probation and counseling and can't own pets for a decade.

Investigators who went to their Poway home in January found dozens of dogs in a dark room. The floor and walls were covered in excrement, and the dogs had a variety of problems, including fleas and matted hair.

About 30 dogs were seized later at another location and another 46 were found in a motor home in Primm, Nevada, where Calvert was arrested after fleeing the state.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:10:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Man dies in septic system after rescuing puppy]]> http://gazette.com/man-dies-in-septic-system-after-rescuing-puppy/article/1605066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-dies-in-septic-system-after-rescuing-puppy/article/1605066?custom_click=rss A North Dakota man is dead after saving a puppy from an uncovered sewage tank.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:40:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 13, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-13-2017/article/1605028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-13-2017/article/1605028?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.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small caged animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3060 N. Powers Blvd.; 541-3099, saintanimalrescue.org.

SLV Animal Welfare Society - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:30:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Rescuers save dog from rushing Boulder Creek west of Nederland]]> http://gazette.com/rescuers-save-dog-from-rushing-boulder-creek-west-of-nederland/article/1604809?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rescuers-save-dog-from-rushing-boulder-creek-west-of-nederland/article/1604809?custom_click=rss

If a dog could say "thank you," a 7-year-old Labrador retriever named Sage might thank rescue crews for saving her on Thursday from Boulder Creek's rushing rapids.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call at around 1:30 p.m about a "dog in the water" in the South Fork of Boulder Creek, which is located to the west of the Hessie trailhead, Fourth of July Road and Nederland.

The owner said Sage was running off leash along the trail, when she went out of view from their vantage point on the trail. A minute or two later, Sage was seen in the creek being swept downstream.



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Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:00:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Humane Society responds to outcry over euthanized dog, Charlie]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-humane-society-responds-to-outcry-over-euthanized-dog-charlie/article/1604575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-humane-society-responds-to-outcry-over-euthanized-dog-charlie/article/1604575?custom_click=rss

The euthanasia of a dog from a local animal shelter has people heated.

Monday at a city council workshop, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region explained why they put down a dog.

You may recall the story of a puppy, named Happy, who failed a behavior test at the Pueblo Animal Shelter and was scheduled to be put down. Several people heard about Happy and demanded something be done. Happy was eventually sent to a behavior specialist in Boulder and was adopted to Kent Hill.

Hill joined dozens of others rallying in front of city hall Monday night before a meeting to address the euthanasia of another dog, named Charlie, who many believed could have been adopted out.

Rachael Haddan reached out to 11 News in



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Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:52:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 6, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-6-2017/article/1604564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-6-2017/article/1604564?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.

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

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.

SAINT Animal Rescue - For dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small caged animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco,

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