<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Thu, 26 May 2016 14:44:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-26-2016/article/1576941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-26-2016/article/1576941?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.;

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 04:35:14 -0600 <![CDATA[As you get older, let your pet carry some of the load]]> http://gazette.com/as-you-get-older-let-your-pet-carry-some-of-the-load/article/1576927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-you-get-older-let-your-pet-carry-some-of-the-load/article/1576927?custom_click=rss

Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it.

The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new.

Between 1946 and 1964, 76.4 million baby boomers were born. Once December arrives, about a third of them will be between 65 and 70.

Gayle Krigel is 65 and doesn't need help now, but she's training her dogs so that when the time comes, they'll be ready. She has two rescues, a very intelligent husky mix named Shammy and a slightly less brilliant St. Bernard mix named Mousse.

After Shammy learns how to fetch the newspaper from the yard during the winter, the dog will start learning

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]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 04:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Bubba, a puppy found high on meth and heroin, goes to rehab]]> http://gazette.com/bubba-a-puppy-found-high-on-meth-and-heroin-goes-to-rehab/article/1576700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bubba-a-puppy-found-high-on-meth-and-heroin-goes-to-rehab/article/1576700?custom_click=rss

When Tustin, Calif. police officers entered 40-year-old Joshua West’s hotel room in March, they found alleged illegal drugs, used needles and Bubba.

According to a statement from the police department earlier this month, Bubba is a terrier mix puppy that “was found to have heroin, methamphetamine and nicotine in his system due to living with his drug using owners.”

Animal control officers who were called to the scene saw that Bubba appeared lethargic.

“This strikes me as pretty horrible,” Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright told CBS Los Angeles last week. “This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence.



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Mon, 23 May 2016 13:56:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Tortoise burned in fire gets custom 3D printed shell]]> http://gazette.com/tortoise-burned-in-fire-gets-custom-3d-printed-shell/article/1576719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tortoise-burned-in-fire-gets-custom-3d-printed-shell/article/1576719?custom_click=rss

A tortoise has a second chance in life after a team of designers in Brazil custom-made a 3D shell for the reptile, who was badly burned in a fire.

The Animal Avengers, the animal rescue group that saved the tortoise, consists of a 3D designer (Cicero Moraes), four veterinarians (Roberto Fecchio, Rodrigo Rabello, Sergio Camargo and Matheus Rabello), and a dental surgeon (Paul Miamoto). The group combines technology with members' love for animals to create innovative ways to help maimed creatures. They have already saved seven animals that would have been euthanized, Moraes told ABC News.

"The tortoise Freddy was found alongside a road in early 2015.



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Mon, 23 May 2016 11:22:30 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Pastor starves dog for Bible lesson, receives praise from followers]]> http://gazette.com/video-pastor-starves-dog-for-bible-lesson-receives-praise-from-followers/article/1576478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-pastor-starves-dog-for-bible-lesson-receives-praise-from-followers/article/1576478?custom_click=rss

A viral video of an Alabama pastor giving a Bible lesson to his dog triggered an animal-abuse investigation that ended with authorities ultimately determining the pet to be in perfect health, police said.

In the video, Rev. David Perry of New Selmont Baptist Church in Selma can be seen kneeling beside his pet pit bull, Cowboy, and a heaping bowl of dog food.

“I believe that after you spend some time walking in dominion, everything around you should obey you. Now I know, Cowboy, I ain’t fed him in about two days just for this video,” Mr. Perry said in the video clip he recorded on his cellphone last month and later uploaded to Facebook.

As the pit bull anxiously awaited a bite, the pastor pressed on



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Thu, 19 May 2016 16:01:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-19-2016/article/1576443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-19-2016/article/1576443?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, 1820A W. Uintah St. 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.; lookwhatthe catbroughtin.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

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 04:35:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Tiny paw-thletes compete in Hallmark's Kitten Summer Games]]> http://gazette.com/tiny-paw-thletes-compete-in-hallmarks-kitten-summer-games/article/1576435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tiny-paw-thletes-compete-in-hallmarks-kitten-summer-games/article/1576435?custom_click=rss

What do the four-legged footballers of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl do in the offseason? They go for the gold in their own Summer Games, including a de-cat-hlon and freestyle wrestling.

And, bonus, the 90 or so furry Olympians were up for adoption by the rescue group North Shore Animal League America, organizers said last month at the taping of the TV special to air Aug. 5, in time for the human games in Rio de Janeiro.

The cuteness quotient was off the leash as the tiny competitors found their footing on bite-sized playing fields, frolicking on scratchable rings at the gymnastics "venue" and jumping little hurdles decked out with delectable feathers intended to keep competitors on the move over at track and field.

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 04:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[New York could become 1st state to ban declawing of cats]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-could-become-1st-state-to-ban-declawing-of-cats/article/1576286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-could-become-1st-state-to-ban-declawing-of-cats/article/1576286?custom_click=rss

New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.

Several vets — along with a spokescat named Rubio — came to the state Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for the ban. They say the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through bone, tendon and nerves to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes, is unnecessary and cruel. Australia, Britain and several European countries already ban the practice. It's also illegal in Los Angeles and some other California cities.

"It's a disfiguring, inhumane and misguided procedure," said Eileen Jefferson, an Ulster County veterinarian who does not perform the procedure. She said about 25 percent of cats



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Tue, 17 May 2016 12:20:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Tame, housebroken half-ton bison for sale by Texas owner]]> http://gazette.com/tame-housebroken-half-ton-bison-for-sale-by-texas-owner/article/1576145?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tame-housebroken-half-ton-bison-for-sale-by-texas-owner/article/1576145?custom_click=rss

ARGYLE, Texas — An 8-year-old bison named Bullet has outgrown its Texas home and the owner wants to find a new place for the 1,000-pound pet to roam.

Karen Schoeve, of Argyle, told WFAA-TV that Bullet is occasionally allowed inside the family's house but needs more space and grassland. She says the bison is tame and housebroken.

The family has posted a Craigslist ad listing Bullet as for sale for almost $6,000, as long as the new owner will allow the bison to continue interacting with people.

Schoeve says Bullet is used to being around people but warns that the big animal should never be left alone inside a house or with children.

Argyle is 30 miles northwest of Dallas.



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Mon, 16 May 2016 09:31:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado pet store owner convicted of animal cruelty]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-pet-store-owner-convicted-of-animal-cruelty/article/1576104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-pet-store-owner-convicted-of-animal-cruelty/article/1576104?custom_click=rss

The owner of a suburban Denver pet store has been convicted of animal cruelty for confining animals in unsanitary conditions without food, water and care.

The Denver Post reports 61-year-old Kenneth Kubic was convicted Friday of 18 counts of animal cruelty. Prosecutors say he neglected kittens, hedgehogs, reptiles and rodents in his store, Jurassic Pets. Some of the animals died.

One customer said her son cried when he saw how the animals lived. Denver Zoo vice president Scott Larson testified that some of the creatures were so dehydrated they had to be put down.

Kubic faces sentencing in June. His son, 22-year-old Brian Kubic, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. A June trial is set for the elder Kubic's



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Sat, 14 May 2016 19:09:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Python escapes in school after show-and-tell]]> http://gazette.com/python-escapes-in-school-after-show-and-tell/article/1576088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/python-escapes-in-school-after-show-and-tell/article/1576088?custom_click=rss

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — A python that slithered away after show-and-tell at a school in South Carolina has been found.

Media outlets report that a student brought the ball python to Laing Middle School in Mount Pleasant to show during science class on Friday. Later in the day, it was discovered the snake had made a break from the plastic foam container in which it was kept.

School officials called a wildlife removal company. More than five hours later, the python was finally found lodged in a gap behind a cabinet.

School officials did not say how long the python was but sent a message to concerned parents saying the snake was not poisonous and there was no danger to students.

The subject line of the



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Sat, 14 May 2016 15:21:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting May 12, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-12-2016/article/1575937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-may-12-2016/article/1575937?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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Furry Friends, 3586 Hartsel Drive; milldogrescue.org.

New Hope Rescue Inc. - Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.;

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]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 04:30:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Forget Fluffy; Luna is in]]> http://gazette.com/forget-fluffy-luna-is-in/article/1575667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forget-fluffy-luna-is-in/article/1575667?custom_click=rss The new R-rated kitten comedy "Keanu" has lots of things that real-world scenarios do not - and one that many do: a pet with a person name.

According to Rover.com, a nationwide network connecting dog and cat pet sitters and walkers, more of today's feline "pet parents" in America are eschewing old-school descriptive names, such as Fluffy and Whiskers, in favor of human monikers, with Oliver and Luna being the top names for male and female cats, respectively.

The top four male cat names after Oliver are Leo, Charlie, Milo and Max; after Luna, top female cat names are Chloe, Bella, Lucy and Lily.

From 2014 to 2015, the pet care network noted a 22 percent increase in cats named after people, but about half of pet owners



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Tue, 10 May 2016 13:13:51 -0600
<![CDATA[30-year-old Siamese cat is named world's oldest living cat]]> http://gazette.com/30-year-old-siamese-cat-is-named-worlds-oldest-living-cat/article/1575761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/30-year-old-siamese-cat-is-named-worlds-oldest-living-cat/article/1575761?custom_click=rss

MANSFIELD, Texas — A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan's administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living cat.

Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Owner Gail Floyd attributes Scooter's longevity to staying active. She tells Guinness he keeps busy by traveling and has visited 45 of the 50 states. Some of his favorite activities include getting blow-dried after baths and snacking on chicken every other day.

Scooter isn't Guinness' oldest cat of all time, though. That mark belongs to a fellow Texas cat, which lived to be 38.



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Tue, 10 May 2016 10:37:14 -0600