<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:37:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Griffon]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-griffon/article/1556510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-griffon/article/1556510?custom_click=rss

Name: Griffon

Breed: German Wirehaired Pointer

Owner: Robert Erickson

Griffon's story: He was on his way to the pound after several aggressive incidents. We rescued him a year ago and with the help of Camp Bow Wow on Northpark he is now a really well behaved dog and a joy to own.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:10:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 30, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-30-2015/article/1556509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-30-2015/article/1556509?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.

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.

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.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Dog, 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 10; bealuckydog.com/rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3050 N. Powers Blvd. and 9835

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]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Peak region pups help out in healthcare facilities]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-pups-help-out-in-healthcare-facilities/article/1555728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-region-pups-help-out-in-healthcare-facilities/article/1555728?custom_click=rss

Watson makes his way across the room, stopping for pet here and a scratch behind the ears there, slipping gingerly through a maze of metal walkers and wheelchairs to sit obediently at Marilyn Kirkpatrick’s feet. “That’s a good boy, just rest here right by me,” Kirkpatrick cooed, her delicate, wrinkled hands rewarding Watson with head rubs.

It might seem like just another day in the life of a dog, but the six-year-old Newfoundland poodle – or “Noodle” – is doing his job as a house dog at MorningStar Senior Living’s Assisted Living & Memory Care at Mountain Shadows facility, located at 5355 Centennial Boulevard.

“We are so blessed to have him,” said Shirley Colvard, director of community relations at



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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:58:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 23, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-23-2015/article/1556124?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-23-2015/article/1556124?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, Petco, 5020 N. Nevada Ave.; 266-1224.

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.

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.

Lucky Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:05:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Pet of the week: Lola]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-lola/article/1556037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-lola/article/1556037?custom_click=rss Name: Lola

Breed: Tuxedo shorthair

Owner: Pamela Alton

Lola's story: I don't really think anyone can "own" Lola." Lola is a rescue cat and she always keeps you on your toes. You know the song "what Lola wants Lola gets" - that could not be more true in our house! You never know what's going to happen next as the photo demonstrates. She is a fantastic and very loving cat. We are thankful that we found this great friend.

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, 23 Jul 2015 04:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Picture of hugging dogs leads to their adoption after pet rescue center warned they would be put down]]> http://gazette.com/picture-of-hugging-dogs-leads-to-their-adoption-after-pet-rescue-center-warned-they-would-be-put-down/article/1556003?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/picture-of-hugging-dogs-leads-to-their-adoption-after-pet-rescue-center-warned-they-would-be-put-down/article/1556003?custom_click=rss

Two dogs that were set to be put down were saved following the publication of a photograph showing one pooch wrapping its arms around the other.

Dogs Kala and Keira were seen together in the snap shared Monday by the Georgia charity Angels Among Us Pet Rescue on Facebook.

In an online post asking for assistance, the charity wrote in the voice of Kala, imagining the dog afraid of death.

The post said: 'I'm Kala. This is Keira. We're so scared in here. The people working in the shelters see how scared we are but just told each other that today is our deadline.

 

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:36:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado pit bull named Beefcakes recovering from post-shooting surgeries]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-pit-bull-named-beefcakes-recovering-from-post-shooting-surgeries/article/1555969?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-pit-bull-named-beefcakes-recovering-from-post-shooting-surgeries/article/1555969?custom_click=rss

Beefcakes, a 62-pound pit bull found shot in the jaw at close range earlier this month, is expected to go home from the vet soon and enter foster care after several attempts last week to stabilize his broken jaw so it can heal.

The dog's also become a favorite with the staff members at Longmont's Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, where he's receiving care. He's been dubbed “Beefy” and described as “the sweetest big-headed goof.”

“He's been really the best dog,” said Rachael Brady, a certified veterinary technician. “He's just super stoic. He's a testament to pit bulls and how wonderful they can be.



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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:21:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Quiz: Test your ability to solve house training issues]]> http://gazette.com/quiz-test-your-ability-to-solve-house-training-issues/article/1555729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/quiz-test-your-ability-to-solve-house-training-issues/article/1555729?custom_click=rss

House training failures can frustrate pet owners and often send dogs to rescues. Take this house training quiz to see how you fare with the more difficult house training issues. Choose the true statement under each topic.

Punishment and house training:

A. Rolled up newspapers can be used to teach a dog not to mess in the house, as long as you don’t strike your dog too hard when disciplining.

B. Rubbing a dog’s nose in a mess can help it understand what it did was wrong.

C. Using punishment is counterproductive to house training. It is better to take a dog outside at the appropriate time and reward it for success.

D. Both A and B are correct.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:36:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Dear Miss Kitty: Helping cats, babies live harmoniously]]> http://gazette.com/dear-miss-kitty-helping-cats-babies-live-harmoniously/article/1555727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dear-miss-kitty-helping-cats-babies-live-harmoniously/article/1555727?custom_click=rss

Dear Miss Kitty,

I'm expecting a new baby in a few months and am worried about my cat Ranger, who was my first "baby." What can I do to help him adapt to my little one?

A photo on social media shows a forlorn kitty locked outside with the caption "I thought I was your baby." Perfectly wonderful cats end up in shelters all the time because their guardians never taught them about the changes a baby brings.

Cats adapt best to big changes if they have time to adapt to smaller ones, a little at a time. Here are five tips for helping your cat adjust and maybe saving him or her from being abandoned.

New sounds

Cat hearing is thirty percent more acute than that of dogs.



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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Lost Pet Alert reunites Falcon dog, family]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-lost-pet-alert-reunites-falcon-dog-family/article/1555718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-lost-pet-alert-reunites-falcon-dog-family/article/1555718?custom_click=rss

Oliver went missing April 22 in Calhan when he escaped from a sitter’s home. Within four days, the Falcon community, Colorado Springs Lost Pet Alert and countless others helped bring him home safely. Oliver’s family expressed its gratitude and relief in a letter submitted to PETacular the day they were reunited:

It is often hard to be eloquent with gratitude when you are so completely overjoyed, but in this immediate moment of feeling content and at peace because our family is whole again, we write this to you all knowing that there are not enough words to communicate how blessed and grateful we are for each and every one of you in helping us bring Oliver home.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:39:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 16, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-16-2015/article/1555700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-16-2015/article/1555700?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.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs less than 15 pounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1820A W. Uintah St.; 578-1123.

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.

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.

Lucky Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Dog, 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd., Suite 10;



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:10:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Springs feline shelter rehabs, rehomes hundreds of cats annually]]> http://gazette.com/springs-feline-shelter-rehabs-rehomes-hundreds-of-cats-annually/article/1555605?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/springs-feline-shelter-rehabs-rehomes-hundreds-of-cats-annually/article/1555605?custom_click=rss

Happy Cats Haven (HCH) is a nonprofit rescue and adoption center for homeless cats and kittens in the Pikes Peak region, working hard to match them to their perfect homes.

Since 2011, HCH has rescued more than 900 cats and kittens, including 372 last year. Placing a cat a day means HCH can take in more of the 60-80 cats it receives monthly than it turns away. Every cat adopted saves two: the one that goes home and the scared, homeless cat waiting to be rescued on the other side of HCH’s door.

Cats are the world's most popular pets. At the same time, many people see them as disposable, ready to give up at the first sign of unwanted behavior or circumstance.

At Happy Cats Haven, staff and volunteers treat cats



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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:36:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Kitty Pot has a higher purpose]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-kitty-pot-has-a-higher-purpose/article/1555489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-kitty-pot-has-a-higher-purpose/article/1555489?custom_click=rss

Nepeta cataria.

It's not the newest dance craze, supermodel or voodoo curse, but the drug of choice for liberal cats everywhere - ragdoll, tabby and domestic longhair alike. For the legions of feline fans/voyeurs who grew up spiking throw rugs and scratchy pads and grooving on the cat antics, there's finally a product to complete the joke.

Take a swipe at what inspired Cynthia Bullock to create Colorado Kitty Pot and you'll only be half right.

"A friend, that's what she always called catnip," said Bullock, who says the plant thrives on her property in Black Forest. "I was looking at the catnip and listening to the news about all the hoopla about marijuana legalization and I thought, 'If we rebrand, we'd have something



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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:34:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Harley's Hope striving to help pets in southern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/harleys-hope-striving-to-help-pets-in-southern-colorado/article/1555485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harleys-hope-striving-to-help-pets-in-southern-colorado/article/1555485?custom_click=rss

When someone knocked on the door of her family's Pueblo West house in the early hours of Nov. 10, 2013, Cheryl Gonzales expected bad news - an accident in the neighborhood or someone in trouble needing help.

She was right, only the tragedy had yet to occur.

Gonzales recalls hooking her fingers through Blue's collar to restrain the dog - a neglected and euthanasia-bound pit bull recently deposited in her care by a family acquaintance - before opening the door. She quickly closed it when she saw two would-be intruders wearing masks and brandishing semi-automatic weapons. The gunmen opened fire, shooting six times through the closed door and striking her twice, in the chest and arm, before running away.



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