<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:35:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Watch: Loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix; social media explodes]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/watch-loose-llamas-lassoed-after-running-amok-near-phoenix-social-media-explodes/article/1546942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-loose-llamas-lassoed-after-running-amok-near-phoenix-social-media-explodes/article/1546942?custom_click=rss

SUN CITY, Ariz. — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.

The animals galloped along the sidewalk, through manicured yards and along street medians. The streets looked more like a rodeo arena as several people tried to lasso both llamas.

Their televised breakout quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama



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SUN CITY, Ariz. — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and golf carts stopped in their tracks because of the wayward livestock.

The animals galloped along the sidewalk, through manicured yards and along street medians. The streets looked more like a rodeo arena as several people tried to lasso both llamas.

Their televised breakout quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags including #LlamasonTheLoose, #llamadrama

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:53:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 26, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-26-2015/article/1546915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-26-2015/article/1546915?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.

AWR Cat Tails Rescue - 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.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.

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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.

AWR Cat Tails Rescue - 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Pet Pantry, 5148 N. Academy Blvd.; 369-5107, awrcattailsrescue.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.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:15:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Dash]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-dash/article/1546913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-dash/article/1546913?custom_click=rss

Name: Dash

Owner: Moira Pugsley

Dash's story: Dash is a rescued kitty, rescued from a life of loneliness, fear, hunger, cold, illness and certain death. We are a Canadian Military family on our last year of a four-year posting.

We had two beautiful cats and had no desire to have any more. Well Dash had different ideas. If Dash was a contestant on "Let's Make a Deal," he chose our door, the door behind which was the BIGGEST prize - a life free of fear, filled with love and overflowing with every comfort a kitty could ever wish for.

Here's how Dash found his way into our hearts.

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Owner: Moira Pugsley

Dash's story: Dash is a rescued kitty, rescued from a life of loneliness, fear, hunger, cold, illness and certain death. We are a Canadian Military family on our last year of a four-year posting.

We had two beautiful cats and had no desire to have any more. Well Dash had different ideas. If Dash was a contestant on "Let's Make a Deal," he chose our door, the door behind which was the BIGGEST prize - a life free of fear, filled with love and overflowing with every comfort a kitty could ever wish for.

Here's how Dash found his way into our hearts.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Crafts: Pup needs a second coat? Try making it yourself]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/crafts-pup-needs-a-second-coat-try-making-it-yourself/article/1546912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crafts-pup-needs-a-second-coat-try-making-it-yourself/article/1546912?custom_click=rss

It's that time of year when many dogs need extra protection - a coat or a sweater - when going out into the cold. Why not make it yourself?

Small breeds such as Chihuahuas, pugs and Shih Tzus; several kinds of terriers; and some larger, short-haired breeds such as greyhounds and Doberman pinschers are among those that need to be dressed for winter.

You can buy cold-weather doggy wear, of course. And websites such as Pinterest or Etsy abound with homemade examples, along with other items of clothing for dogs.

There are do-it-yourself instructions online for repurposing sweaters, long-sleeve turtlenecks and T-shirts into warm dog coats and sweaters. Or start from scratch with a pattern and fabric.

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]]> It's that time of year when many dogs need extra protection - a coat or a sweater - when going out into the cold. Why not make it yourself?

Small breeds such as Chihuahuas, pugs and Shih Tzus; several kinds of terriers; and some larger, short-haired breeds such as greyhounds and Doberman pinschers are among those that need to be dressed for winter.

You can buy cold-weather doggy wear, of course. And websites such as Pinterest or Etsy abound with homemade examples, along with other items of clothing for dogs.

There are do-it-yourself instructions online for repurposing sweaters, long-sleeve turtlenecks and T-shirts into warm dog coats and sweaters. Or start from scratch with a pattern and fabric.]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:15:02 -0700 <![CDATA[The Country Life: What to do with your horse when it crosses over the Rainbow Bridge]]> By Bill Radford bill.radford@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/the-country-life-what-to-do-with-your-horse-when-it-crosses-over-the-rainbow-bridge/article/1546791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-country-life-what-to-do-with-your-horse-when-it-crosses-over-the-rainbow-bridge/article/1546791?custom_click=rss

This is not a pleasant topic. But it's a question pretty much any owner of horses or other large animals - llamas, goats, etc. - will have to face at some point: What do you do with the body when your animal dies?

It's not a goldfish you can send to a watery grave. It's not a cat you can lovingly cradle in your arms and take to the vet for cremation.

"If you are an agricultural producer or small acreage owner involved in raising livestock as a business or a hobby, one of the most difficult things you will be dealing with is the disposal of dead livestock," states a fact sheet by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.



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This is not a pleasant topic. But it's a question pretty much any owner of horses or other large animals - llamas, goats, etc. - will have to face at some point: What do you do with the body when your animal dies?

It's not a goldfish you can send to a watery grave. It's not a cat you can lovingly cradle in your arms and take to the vet for cremation.

"If you are an agricultural producer or small acreage owner involved in raising livestock as a business or a hobby, one of the most difficult things you will be dealing with is the disposal of dead livestock," states a fact sheet by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:06:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Pawscars honor top animal actors, including prolific primate]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/pawscars-honor-top-animal-actors-including-prolific-primate/article/1546534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pawscars-honor-top-animal-actors-including-prolific-primate/article/1546534?custom_click=rss

Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and - sometimes - creatures.

A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepted the "lifetime diva achievement award" looking every bit the part in a pink, floor-length gown and necklace during the show streaming online Wednesday.

The capuchin monkey, who played a Ben Stiller-slapping, key-stealing primate in "Night at the Museum" and a drug-dealing monkey in "Hangover Part II," is the "Angelina Jolie of animal stars," said "NCIS" actress Pauley Perrette, who hosted the show with teen actor Lou Wegner.

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A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepted the "lifetime diva achievement award" looking every bit the part in a pink, floor-length gown and necklace during the show streaming online Wednesday.

The capuchin monkey, who played a Ben Stiller-slapping, key-stealing primate in "Night at the Museum" and a drug-dealing monkey in "Hangover Part II," is the "Angelina Jolie of animal stars," said "NCIS" actress Pauley Perrette, who hosted the show with teen actor Lou Wegner.]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:50:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Tail-wagging beagle best in show at Westminster; Colorado Springs dog wins 2 categories]]> Stephanie Earls http://gazette.com/tail-wagging-beagle-best-in-show-at-westminster-colorado-springs-dog-wins-2-categories/article/1546517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tail-wagging-beagle-best-in-show-at-westminster-colorado-springs-dog-wins-2-categories/article/1546517?custom_click=rss

An Old English Sheepdog from Colorado Springs came a few whiskers shy - again - of winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which concluded its 139th year Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

After winning best in breed and then best in herding group, Swagger - registered name "GCh Bugaboo's Picture Perfect" - went up against other group winners for the coveted best-of-the-best honor. Swagger is handled by Coulton Johnson, of Sunrise Kennels in the Springs, who co-owns him with his wife, Heather, and a Pennsylvania couple. Swagger was named reserve best in show his first year at Westminster in 2013 and last year won best of breed at the event.



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An Old English Sheepdog from Colorado Springs came a few whiskers shy - again - of winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which concluded its 139th year Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

After winning best in breed and then best in herding group, Swagger - registered name "GCh Bugaboo's Picture Perfect" - went up against other group winners for the coveted best-of-the-best honor. Swagger is handled by Coulton Johnson, of Sunrise Kennels in the Springs, who co-owns him with his wife, Heather, and a Pennsylvania couple. Swagger was named reserve best in show his first year at Westminster in 2013 and last year won best of breed at the event.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:33:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster]]> http://gazette.com/tail-wagging-beagle-wins-best-in-show-at-westminster/article/feed/205699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tail-wagging-beagle-wins-best-in-show-at-westminster/article/feed/205699?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.

At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno — in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win at the nation's most prominent dog show.

Miss P, however, didn't let out a peep in the ring.

"She is a princess," handler Will Alexander said.

A quiet one, too. Not your normal, everyday, vocal beagle, as most owners can attest.

Instead, it was the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden that seemed to loudly gasp when judge David Merriam picked h

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Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.

At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno — in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win at the nation's most prominent dog show.

Miss P, however, didn't let out a peep in the ring.

"She is a princess," handler Will Alexander said.

A quiet one, too. Not your normal, everyday, vocal beagle, as most owners can attest.

Instead, it was the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden that seemed to loudly gasp when judge David Merriam picked h]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:33:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs sheepdog takes another prize at Westminster Dog Show]]> By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sheepdog-takes-another-prize-at-westminster-dog-show/article/1546434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sheepdog-takes-another-prize-at-westminster-dog-show/article/1546434?custom_click=rss

Swagger, an Old English sheepdog hailing from Colorado Springs, won best of group in the herding class Monday at the Westminster Dog Show in New York.

The win by Swagger, whose registered name is Bugaboo's Picture Perfect, marks yet another triumph in his esteemed career, which included a best of group win and a runner-up finish for best in show in 2013.

Sporting a fluffy gray and white coat, the 3-year-old dog sports a formidable pedigree, with both his parents winning best of breed at the annual event. On Tuesday, Swagger will try to out-class the other 2,700 dogs at the annual event by competing for best in show.

Also competing will be two Great Danes hailing from Calhan - Gordy and Smooch, who will make their



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Swagger, an Old English sheepdog hailing from Colorado Springs, won best of group in the herding class Monday at the Westminster Dog Show in New York.

The win by Swagger, whose registered name is Bugaboo's Picture Perfect, marks yet another triumph in his esteemed career, which included a best of group win and a runner-up finish for best in show in 2013.

Sporting a fluffy gray and white coat, the 3-year-old dog sports a formidable pedigree, with both his parents winning best of breed at the annual event. On Tuesday, Swagger will try to out-class the other 2,700 dogs at the annual event by competing for best in show.

Also competing will be two Great Danes hailing from Calhan - Gordy and Smooch, who will make their

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:27:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak pooch competes at Westminster]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-pooch-competes-at-westminster/article/1546307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-pooch-competes-at-westminster/article/1546307?custom_click=rss

Gordy and Smooch came from a big family, great even by Great Dane standards, with nine siblings. Of all the litter born that November day at Janene Borini's Calhan farm, puppies number two and four had a special connection.

"Gordy and Smooch were really close. They really bonded. They wanted to be pals," said Borini, who founded Peakview Great Danes in the 1970s. She found Smooch a home with a Virginia family when he was 8 weeks old. At 6 months, the puppies began their careers as show dogs. Gordy, whose registered name is Peakview's Gonna Wanna Win, and Smooch, aka Peakview's Kiss And Hug, crossed paths over the latter half of 2014 as each racked up respective wins at American Kennel Club shows across the nation. The reunions were



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Gordy and Smooch came from a big family, great even by Great Dane standards, with nine siblings. Of all the litter born that November day at Janene Borini's Calhan farm, puppies number two and four had a special connection.

"Gordy and Smooch were really close. They really bonded. They wanted to be pals," said Borini, who founded Peakview Great Danes in the 1970s. She found Smooch a home with a Virginia family when he was 8 weeks old. At 6 months, the puppies began their careers as show dogs. Gordy, whose registered name is Peakview's Gonna Wanna Win, and Smooch, aka Peakview's Kiss And Hug, crossed paths over the latter half of 2014 as each racked up respective wins at American Kennel Club shows across the nation. The reunions were

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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:39:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs canine agility champ competes at Westminster]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-canine-agility-champ-competes-at-westminster/article/1546265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-canine-agility-champ-competes-at-westminster/article/1546265?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs resident, Kathy Matejka, and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Zinger!, go up against the deftest on four legs Saturday at the second annual Master's Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The 10½-year-old dog is the first of her breed to earn five Preferred Agility Champion titles, the sport's highest designation bestowed by the American Kennel Club.

"She comes from working dogs and she loves to have a job to do," Matejka said. "She's an amazing little dog and we have fun wherever we go."

It will be the duo's second time at the agility trials at Westminster Week, which draws more than 3,000 of the nation's best canine athletes and examples of the breeds.



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A Colorado Springs resident, Kathy Matejka, and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Zinger!, go up against the deftest on four legs Saturday at the second annual Master's Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The 10½-year-old dog is the first of her breed to earn five Preferred Agility Champion titles, the sport's highest designation bestowed by the American Kennel Club.

"She comes from working dogs and she loves to have a job to do," Matejka said. "She's an amazing little dog and we have fun wherever we go."

It will be the duo's second time at the agility trials at Westminster Week, which draws more than 3,000 of the nation's best canine athletes and examples of the breeds.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:58:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 12, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-12-2015/article/1546202?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-12-2015/article/1546202?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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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.]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:15:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Dylan]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-dylan/article/1546201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-dylan/article/1546201?custom_click=rss

Name: Dylan

Breed: Border collie

Owner: Marsha Torbet

Dylan's story: He is a great Broncos fan because nothing is more fun than having his mom and dad watch the games while they throw balls and frisbees for him to catch. Dylan would rather play or go for a walk or bark at the neighbors walking by than eat food.

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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Breed: Border collie

Owner: Marsha Torbet

Dylan's story: He is a great Broncos fan because nothing is more fun than having his mom and dad watch the games while they throw balls and frisbees for him to catch. Dylan would rather play or go for a walk or bark at the neighbors walking by than eat food.

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, 12 Feb 2015 04:15:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/expect-tiny-tuxes-but-no-real-puppy-love-at-doggy-weddings/article/1546200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expect-tiny-tuxes-but-no-real-puppy-love-at-doggy-weddings/article/1546200?custom_click=rss

When pet owners dress dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love.

These animal lovers say pooches can feel real longing for other pets, but experts aren't so sure. Most agree a wedding is for fun or charity when the groom is drooling and the bride's gown needs tailoring for a tail. After all, "you may now lick the bride" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

The doggy nuptials are gaining attention as Valentine's Day approaches and people find unique ways to pamper their pets.

"Pet marriage or weddings are for people," said Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

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These animal lovers say pooches can feel real longing for other pets, but experts aren't so sure. Most agree a wedding is for fun or charity when the groom is drooling and the bride's gown needs tailoring for a tail. After all, "you may now lick the bride" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

The doggy nuptials are gaining attention as Valentine's Day approaches and people find unique ways to pamper their pets.

"Pet marriage or weddings are for people," said Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:15:16 -0700