<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:50:47 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Pet rats from El Paso County linked to multi-state virus outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-rats-from-el-paso-county-linked-to-multi-state-virus-outbreak/article/1596972?custom_click=rss

A rat breeding facility in El Paso County is linked to an outbreak of a rodent-borne virus that has reached 15 states.

El Paso County public health officials have confirmed that there have been two confirmed human cases of the Seoul virus in the county. The infected El Paso County rats originally came from breeding facilities in Illinois.

People can contract the diseases if they come into contact with urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents. The virus is not known to spread from person to person, El Paso County public health said in a statement.

The virus can lead to unpleasant symptoms - fever, headache, chills, nausea, and rashes - and, in rare cases, kidney disease, kidney failure or both. Most infections



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:40 -0700
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Pet squirrel hailed a hero for fighting off a burglar]]> http://gazette.com/video-pet-squirrel-hailed-a-hero-for-fighting-off-a-burglar/article/1596965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-pet-squirrel-hailed-a-hero-for-fighting-off-a-burglar/article/1596965?custom_click=rss

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.

The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel's attack "scared him, obviously, because he wasn't expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him," said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. "So basically he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could."

The squirrel's owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower garden by a friend's daughter when he was about a week old.



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:25:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Rumor the German shepherd comes out of retirement, wins best in show at Westminster]]> http://gazette.com/rumor-the-german-shepherd-comes-out-of-retirement-wins-best-in-show-at-westminster/article/1596829?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rumor-the-german-shepherd-comes-out-of-retirement-wins-best-in-show-at-westminster/article/1596829?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Rumor the German shepherd has become America's top dog.

Cheered loudly all around the ring by a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, Rumor was picked as best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.

Rumor became just the second German shepherd to win the nation's most prestigious pooch parade, joining the fittingly named Manhattan in 1987. Rumor retired after a near-miss at Westminster last year, but she returned a month ago to give it another try.

The 5-year-old Rumor is named for the Adele hit song "Rumor Has It." This was the 104th career win for Rumor, and handler and co-owner Kent Boyles said earlier in the day that this would definitely, for real, be her last major show.



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:13:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Rumor has it: German shepherd scores at Westminster dog show]]> http://gazette.com/rumor-has-it-german-shepherd-scores-at-westminster-dog-show/article/1596770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rumor-has-it-german-shepherd-scores-at-westminster-dog-show/article/1596770?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — She's no longer a Rumor at America's top dog show.

A German shepherd called Rumor who just missed winning at the Westminster Kennel Club last year came back to score a big victory Monday night, beating out favored Preston the puli in the herding group.

To the cheers of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, Rumor joined a miniature poodle, a Pekingese and a Norwegian elkhound in the best-of-seven final ring. She'll face three more group winners still to be picked Tuesday night, right before the champ is chosen.

Rumor was the nation's No. 1 show dog last year when she came to the Garden. But she fell short when a German shorthaired pointer named CJ won in a surprise, and it was thought that Rumor



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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:12:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Evergreen dog park will likely close over health, safety and hundreds of pounds of dog poop]]> http://gazette.com/evergreen-dog-park-will-likely-close-over-health-safety-and-hundreds-of-pounds-of-dog-poop/article/1596590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/evergreen-dog-park-will-likely-close-over-health-safety-and-hundreds-of-pounds-of-dog-poop/article/1596590?custom_click=rss

Hundreds of pounds of dog poop and other health and safety issues at Evergreen’s Elk Meadow dog park has open space officials considering closing the popular area.

“We are going to close the park at some point at some level for what is referred to as our Natural Resource Protection act,” said Matt Robbins, a Jefferson County Open Space community connections manager. “The intent at that point is to go in and clean up what we believe is in excess of 500 pounds of dog waste.”

Jefferson County Open Space officials broke the news to community members at a meeting Feb. 9.



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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:02:00 -0700
<![CDATA[The truth about cats at the Westminster dog show]]> http://gazette.com/the-truth-about-cats-at-the-westminster-dog-show/article/1596482?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-truth-about-cats-at-the-westminster-dog-show/article/1596482?custom_click=rss

For fans of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the headline might have been alarming: "The Westminster dog show is adding cats this year," Newsweek informed the world last week.

But while this was not exactly fake news, it was also not exactly true. Cats are not about to tread on show dogs' sovereign terrain or usurp their hold on prime-time television pageantry (kitties already rule the internet, after all). Westminster is still a dog-only show - for now.

What is true: Cats will, for the first time in several years, be on display at a joint Westminster-American Kennel Club event Saturday, two days before the canine competition begins.

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]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:10:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Don't stop believin': Journey of Colorado Springs headed to Westminster dog show]]> http://gazette.com/dont-stop-believin-journey-of-colorado-springs-headed-to-westminster-dog-show/article/1596371?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dont-stop-believin-journey-of-colorado-springs-headed-to-westminster-dog-show/article/1596371?custom_click=rss

Journey, a locally bred grand-champion collie, performs unfazed under the critical eye of the world's top dog show judges.

But offer up a nibble of cheese or a bit of steak, and her composure may crumble.

The collie, owned by mother-daughter dog breeding duo Shelley and Laura Bergstraser, will go snout-to-snout with some of the world's top pooches next week in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

"A dog like this just goes in and says, 'There is no other dog on the field. Look at me,'" said Shelley Bergstraser, who has been breeding collies for more than 30 years.

The 6-year-old, 53-pound collie bears little resemblance to Lassie, with a "smooth," or short, coat of black, speckled



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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:01:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 7, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-7-2017/article/1596194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-7-2017/article/1596194?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.

Misfits Dog Rescue - 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Bike Shop, 622 W. Colorado Ave.; misfitcrusaders.com.

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, 07 Feb 2017 04:25:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Final dog found after running away from fatal I-25 crash]]> http://gazette.com/final-dog-found-after-running-away-from-fatal-i-25-crash/article/1596127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/final-dog-found-after-running-away-from-fatal-i-25-crash/article/1596127?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO — The fourth and final dog that ran away after a fatal crash on Interstate 25 has been found.

KUSA-TV reported Saturday (http://on9news.tv/2lgu8Hi ) that according to Rescued Pet Movement, shepherd mix Kelly was found alive after 22 days on her own. The rescue organization says the dog lost 14 pounds while out in the elements and has very sore paws but is otherwise expected to recover.

Kelly and three other dogs became lost after 59-year-old Charles Roberts of Katy, Texas, crashed Jan. 13. Roberts died in the crash.

The van had been carrying 27 dogs from Houston to several Colorado rescue organizations.

Read more at 9 News.



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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:17:01 -0700
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Annual Puppy Bowl in Colorado Springs promotes adoption]]> http://gazette.com/video-annual-puppy-bowl-in-colorado-springs-promotes-adoption/article/1595907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-annual-puppy-bowl-in-colorado-springs-promotes-adoption/article/1595907?custom_click=rss

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region had its 3rd annual Puppy Bowl on Thursday.

Each pup wore red or blue to represent the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

The event also promotes adoption. The puppies can be adopted starting February 8th.



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:33:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Jan. 31, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-31-2017/article/1595558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-jan.-31-2017/article/1595558?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,

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