<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:23:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Lulu the dog flunked out of CIA bomb-sniffer school because she just didn't care]]> http://gazette.com/lulu-the-dog-flunked-out-of-cia-bomb-sniffer-school-because-she-just-didnt-care/article/1613557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lulu-the-dog-flunked-out-of-cia-bomb-sniffer-school-because-she-just-didnt-care/article/1613557?custom_click=rss

Thousands apply, but only a select elite few are chosen to serve at the CIA. But even then, sometimes a job so stressful and demanding isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

That seems to be the case for Lulu, puppy who was a part of the agency's bomb sniffing puppy class.

Lulu was one of six puppies that were selected to undergo 16 weeks of training in order to become some of the CIA's next K9 agents. According to the CIA, the puppies will become, "the first line of defense against explosive threats to Agency personnel and buildings and Headquarters broad."

Unfortunately for Lulu, the life of a CIA agent did not seem to be for her. The agency said that Lulu had simply lost interest in sniffing for explosives.



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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:30 -0600
<![CDATA[For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice ]]> http://gazette.com/for-ornery-shelter-cats-2nd-chance-is-a-job-chasing-mice/article/1613510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-ornery-shelter-cats-2nd-chance-is-a-job-chasing-mice/article/1613510?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA — Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out.

He was perfect for the job. Because at the Working Cats program, no manners is no problem.

Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats — the biters and the skittish, the swatters and the ones that won't use a litter box — into jobs as mousers at barns or stables.

The shelter recently expanded the program to move cats that were less-than-ideal pets into urban jobs at places like factories and warehouses as a sort of green pest control. The animals are microchipped, vaccinated and free of



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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:38:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Dogs are not wolves, so pet food makers put the veggies back in]]> http://gazette.com/dogs-are-not-wolves-so-pet-food-makers-put-the-veggies-back-in/article/1613376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dogs-are-not-wolves-so-pet-food-makers-put-the-veggies-back-in/article/1613376?custom_click=rss

Tell your dog to get ready for quinoa kibble.

Pet food trends are following their owners' tastes. Even meat-loving brands are marketing plants, the very ingredients they once sidelined - just not the traditional high-protein soybean and corn-gluten meals.

Instead, Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. offers a Chicken & Quinoa Ancient Grains recipe, and a grain-free line from Nestle Purina Petcare Co.'s Beneful now is "accented with blueberries, pumpkin and spinach." Honest Kitchen Inc., which uses only human-grade ingredients, has been selling its Chicken & Quinoa recipe since 2006 and now offers Beef & Chickpea, Duck & Sweet Potato, and Fish & Coconut blends.

Dogs aren't wolves, after all.

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]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:05:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Oct. 17, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-17-2017/article/1613375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-17-2017/article/1613375?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, 17 Oct 2017 04:05:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs service dog trainer agrees to close after failing inspections]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-service-dog-trainer-agrees-to-close-after-failing-inspections/article/1613187?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-service-dog-trainer-agrees-to-close-after-failing-inspections/article/1613187?custom_click=rss

The owner of a local service dog training facility agreed to shutter the business after state inspectors discovered dogs were fed cat food, housed in undersized kennels and returned to their owners with "undisclosed disease, injury and abnormalities."

Noelle's Service Dogs Four Hope at 4923 Northpark Drive will close at the end of the month. Company owner Tina Rivero must surrender her pet care facility license under the terms of an arrangement with the state's Department of Agriculture.

The infractions, uncovered during three evaluations in March and June, were a tipping point for the business, which has been the subject of nearly 40 complaints to the department.

Two of Rivero's former clients were relieved to hear



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Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:08:55 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath]]> http://gazette.com/watch-family-dog-emerges-alive-and-happy-from-wildfire-aftermath/article/1613260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-family-dog-emerges-alive-and-happy-from-wildfire-aftermath/article/1613260?custom_click=rss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver’s mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family’s beloved dog Izzy.

Katherine Weaver was convinced Izzy died in a ferocious wildfire that destroyed their Northern California neighborhood and sent them fleeing for safety, Katherine still in her nightgown.

When the men reached the end of the narrow road, Jack Weaver swore as he saw that the house was completely gone. But then Izzy suddenly came bounding out for a joyous reunion.



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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:08:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Man admits abusing girlfriend’s puppy so badly it lost leg]]> http://gazette.com/man-admits-abusing-girlfriends-puppy-so-badly-it-lost-leg/article/1613166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-admits-abusing-girlfriends-puppy-so-badly-it-lost-leg/article/1613166?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — A man who abused his girlfriend’s puppy so badly that it lost a leg will be sentenced to a year in jail.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark says Roberto Martinez pleaded guilty Friday to felony aggravated cruelty.

The mixed-breed dog, renamed Sally, was rescued, underwent amputation and is now in a loving home. A photo from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shows her looking bright-eyed and alert, with her ears pricked up.

In September 2016, when Sally was 8 months old, Martinez lifted her to his shoulder height then slammed her to the floor. She tried to flee but couldn’t walk.

The girlfriend told veterinarians that Sally had fallen down the



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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:01:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days ]]> http://gazette.com/dog-days-in-italy-count-them-like-family-sick-days/article/1613119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-days-in-italy-count-them-like-family-sick-days/article/1613119?custom_click=rss

ROME — An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.

Italian animal advocacy group LAV says it helped persuade public La Sapienza University to let her use two days' family sick leave to care for 12-year-old Cucciola.

LAV president Gianluca Felicetti says in a statement that anyone who obtains a veterinarian's certificate should enjoy the same benefit, citing Cucciola's case as precedent.

The woman said Cucciola is recovering well from surgery for a breast tumor and a larynx problem. The woman, who is single and has no family help for Cucciola, declined to be



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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:42:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Oct. 10, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-10-2017/article/1612895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-10-2017/article/1612895?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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]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:20:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio cops enlist dog named Reptar to find child porn]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-cops-enlist-dog-named-reptar-to-find-child-porn/article/1612785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-cops-enlist-dog-named-reptar-to-find-child-porn/article/1612785?custom_click=rss

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's investigative agency has added a new weapon in fight against child pornography and exploitation -- a Labrador retriever named Reptar that can sniff out hidden electronic devices.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation says 22-month-old Reptar's specialized training allows him to detect chemical traces in electronic devices like computers, cell phones and USB storage devices.

He's been assigned to BCI's Crimes Against Children Unit. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that Reptar was also trained as a comfort dog.

Agents say Reptar used his nose to find a memory card in the false bottom of a drawer and a flash drive hidden behind a stereo during a search in a recent child



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Sat, 07 Oct 2017 20:49:01 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: South Dakota St. Bernard has record-longest tongue for a dog ]]> http://gazette.com/video-south-dakota-st.-bernard-has-record-longest-tongue-for-a-dog/article/1612653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-south-dakota-st.-bernard-has-record-longest-tongue-for-a-dog/article/1612653?custom_click=rss

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A St. Bernard in South Dakota has set a new, slobbery world record.

Mochi, also known as Mo, holds the Guinness World Records title for having the longest tongue on a dog.

According to Guinness World Records, Mochi's tongue measures in at 7.31 inches (18.58 cm).

Mochi's owner, Carla Rickert of Sioux Falls, says her dog is happy, but also has some breathing problems because of her long tongue and slobbers more than usual when she's nervous. Mochi also needs to be given treats in a certain way and has problems picking items up from the floor.

The 8-year-old Mochi broke the previous record held by a male Pekingese, whose tongue was 4.5 inches (11.43 cm).

Mochi is listed in the



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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:20:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Oct. 3, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-3-2017/article/1612438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-oct.-3-2017/article/1612438?custom_click=rss

Adoption fairs and other pet-related events in and around Colorado Springs beginning Oct. 3, 2017.



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Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:15:53 -0600