<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:29:54 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4]]> http://gazette.com/love-your-country-love-your-dog-keep-pets-safe-over-july-4/article/1554865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/love-your-country-love-your-dog-keep-pets-safe-over-july-4/article/1554865?custom_click=rss

To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The populations of many shelters will increase 30 percent over the holiday weekend, according to the animal safety group Found Animals.

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]]> To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during holiday festivities can scare dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.

More pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The populations of many shelters will increase 30 percent over the holiday weekend, according to the animal safety group Found Animals.]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Leia]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-leia/article/1554863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-leia/article/1554863?custom_click=rss

Name: Leia

Breed: American Longhair

Owner: Anjuli Wieseler

Leia's story: Leia brings great joy into my life and that of my husband's. She is a great companion and has really helped me deal emotionally with an ongoing heart condition. We were very lucky to have found her at our local animal shelter. - Wieseler

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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]]> Name: Leia

Breed: American Longhair

Owner: Anjuli Wieseler

Leia's story: Leia brings great joy into my life and that of my husband's. She is a great companion and has really helped me deal emotionally with an ongoing heart condition. We were very lucky to have found her at our local animal shelter. - Wieseler

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, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting July 2, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-2-2015/article/1554862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-july-2-2015/article/1554862?custom_click=rss ADOPTION FAIRS

Dreampower - 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.

EVENTS

Wednesday

Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks - Bark in the Park - 7:05 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., go online for ticket prices: skysox.com.

July 9

Super Animals: All Breed Rescue And Training Children's Program - 10:30 a.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; ppld.org.

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Dreampower - 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.

EVENTS

Wednesday

Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks - Bark in the Park - 7:05 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., go online for ticket prices: skysox.com.

July 9

Super Animals: All Breed Rescue And Training Children's Program - 10:30 a.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free; ppld.org.]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 25, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-25-2015/article/1554418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-25-2015/article/1554418?custom_click=rss

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Smart, social - and messy - birds make great pets, fans say]]> http://gazette.com/smart-social-and-messy-birds-make-great-pets-fans-say/article/1554417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smart-social-and-messy-birds-make-great-pets-fans-say/article/1554417?custom_click=rss

Atina Cote's three birds roam freely in her home, participate in making bird treats and bird toys, nibble playfully at her fingers as she types at her computer keyboard and even join her in the shower.

When she walks in the front door, she says, her beloved Beeker, Schroeder and Charlie joyfully sing, "Hey Bird! Hey Bird!"

"We're one big happy flock," says Cote, of Toronto, who has a tattoo of Beeker, her spectacled parrotlet, on one shoulder. (Schroeder is a cockatiel and Charlie a black-capped conure.)

"Birds make great pets, but it's important that you have plenty of time for them," she said. "Each one has its own personality and they really want to hang out with you as much as possible. You can teach them tricks,

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]]> Atina Cote's three birds roam freely in her home, participate in making bird treats and bird toys, nibble playfully at her fingers as she types at her computer keyboard and even join her in the shower.

When she walks in the front door, she says, her beloved Beeker, Schroeder and Charlie joyfully sing, "Hey Bird! Hey Bird!"

"We're one big happy flock," says Cote, of Toronto, who has a tattoo of Beeker, her spectacled parrotlet, on one shoulder. (Schroeder is a cockatiel and Charlie a black-capped conure.)

"Birds make great pets, but it's important that you have plenty of time for them," she said. "Each one has its own personality and they really want to hang out with you as much as possible. You can teach them tricks,]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Marvin]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-marvin/article/1554416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-marvin/article/1554416?custom_click=rss

Name: Marvin

Breed: Schnoodle

Owner: Ben Fromuth

Marvin's story: I am submitting his name to you because he has brought so much love and comedy to our home. He is ecstatic to see each of us when we come home from school. He loves to walk, hike and join us when we go for a drive. When one of us is sick, he stays right with us - almost like a little medical attendant. Marvin barks at the UPS carrier, but strangely not at the FedEx carrier. He is a snuggler and a great companion. That's why we love him.

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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]]> Name: Marvin

Breed: Schnoodle

Owner: Ben Fromuth

Marvin's story: I am submitting his name to you because he has brought so much love and comedy to our home. He is ecstatic to see each of us when we come home from school. He loves to walk, hike and join us when we go for a drive. When one of us is sick, he stays right with us - almost like a little medical attendant. Marvin barks at the UPS carrier, but strangely not at the FedEx carrier. He is a snuggler and a great companion. That's why we love him.

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, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Life changes must be met with patience, faith]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-life-changes-must-be-met-with-patience-faith/article/1554276?custom_click=rss

A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.



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A new member joined my animal family Saturday - Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an adopted dog. It always smacks of human ego to me. The poor dog's adapting to a new home; it's not like he needs to adjust to a brand new name too. But this time I cut myself some slack. Butter had had his previous name - Summit - for only a month, courtesy of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

He's a 10-year-old American Eskimo. Buttery white, fluffy and delicious. Like butter.

Puppy mill dogs live in horrible conditions. They're held in cages out in the elements with little to no human contact. When it does come, it's rough and unkind.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Expansion, renovation on tap for Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region]]> http://gazette.com/expansion-renovation-on-tap-for-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expansion-renovation-on-tap-for-humane-society-of-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1554076?custom_click=rss

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region plans to break ground next week on a multimillion-dollar expansion that will include an addition to its animal shelter on Colorado Springs' west side.

In the past several years, the Humane Society's services have increased as demand has risen. The organization performed more than 7,000 surgeries last year and has reached its limit of what it's able to provide at its existing facility, according to a news release issued Friday.

An organization spokeswoman declined to provide specifics about the expansion, preferring to wait for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday.

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]]> The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region plans to break ground next week on a multimillion-dollar expansion that will include an addition to its animal shelter on Colorado Springs' west side.

In the past several years, the Humane Society's services have increased as demand has risen. The organization performed more than 7,000 surgeries last year and has reached its limit of what it's able to provide at its existing facility, according to a news release issued Friday.

An organization spokeswoman declined to provide specifics about the expansion, preferring to wait for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday.]]> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:16:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting June 18, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-18-2015/article/1553989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-june-18-2015/article/1553989?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 under 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 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aspen View Veterinary Hospital,

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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.

Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue - For dogs under 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 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aspen View Veterinary Hospital,]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:15:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Pet of the week: Zoe]]> http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-zoe/article/1553987?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-of-the-week-zoe/article/1553987?custom_click=rss

Name: Zoe

Owner: Debra Horton

Zoe's story: She came to me with another cat as a stray. She looked so much like one of my cats that died 2 years prior I just had to try to make her mine. The two were starving, it was freezing cold and it broke my heart. Two months working with the cats outside I gained their trust. I found a home for one and brought Zoe inside. I could tell she had been abused for she was afraid of my hands and my feet. Her hair was matted and thin, she was very underweight. But look at her now! She is beautiful and healthy. She is still shy with other people, but she is so lovable, and a talkative pretty girl. She snuggles with me every evening on the recliner - she has learned that I won't hurt her and hands

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]]> Name: Zoe

Owner: Debra Horton

Zoe's story: She came to me with another cat as a stray. She looked so much like one of my cats that died 2 years prior I just had to try to make her mine. The two were starving, it was freezing cold and it broke my heart. Two months working with the cats outside I gained their trust. I found a home for one and brought Zoe inside. I could tell she had been abused for she was afraid of my hands and my feet. Her hair was matted and thin, she was very underweight. But look at her now! She is beautiful and healthy. She is still shy with other people, but she is so lovable, and a talkative pretty girl. She snuggles with me every evening on the recliner - she has learned that I won't hurt her and hands]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:15:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Soggy Doggy, Pup Pot among inventions by, for pet owners]]> http://gazette.com/soggy-doggy-pup-pot-among-inventions-by-for-pet-owners/article/feed/244339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soggy-doggy-pup-pot-among-inventions-by-for-pet-owners/article/feed/244339?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.

"The kids thought it was funny. They'd chase the dog," said Rein, of Larchmont, New York. "I'd run behind them all with towels. Buddy thought it was a game."

She used her dirty floors to her advantage, creating a line of dog-drying doormats and special towels called Soggy Doggy.

With people putting more money into products for pets — whether for pampering, aiding aging animals or just keeping the house clean — some entrepreneurial owners invented their own helpful devices and turned them into multimillion-dollar ventures, including Rein.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.

"The kids thought it was funny. They'd chase the dog," said Rein, of Larchmont, New York. "I'd run behind them all with towels. Buddy thought it was a game."

She used her dirty floors to her advantage, creating a line of dog-drying doormats and special towels called Soggy Doggy.

With people putting more money into products for pets — whether for pampering, aiding aging animals or just keeping the house clean — some entrepreneurial owners invented their own helpful devices and turned them into multimillion-dollar ventures, including Rein.]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:34:36 -0600 <![CDATA[3 new dog breeds join American Kennel Club pack]]> http://gazette.com/3-new-dog-breeds-join-american-kennel-club-pack/article/feed/243676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-new-dog-breeds-join-american-kennel-club-pack/article/feed/243676?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — An Italian truffle-sniffer, a French sheep herder nurtured back from near-extinction and a small Californian shepherd are joining the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized dog breeds.

The lagotto Romagnolo, the berger Picard and the miniature American shepherd will be eligible as of July 1 to compete in the AKC's shows, the organization announced Monday. That means they could appear at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show as soon as next year.

With the newcomers, the AKC's pedigreed pack consists of 187 breeds, and the three new ones represent some of its diversity of attributes and histories.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — An Italian truffle-sniffer, a French sheep herder nurtured back from near-extinction and a small Californian shepherd are joining the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized dog breeds.

The lagotto Romagnolo, the berger Picard and the miniature American shepherd will be eligible as of July 1 to compete in the AKC's shows, the organization announced Monday. That means they could appear at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show as soon as next year.

With the newcomers, the AKC's pedigreed pack consists of 187 breeds, and the three new ones represent some of its diversity of attributes and histories.]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:48:34 -0600 <![CDATA[720-acre Colorado sanctuary home to more than 400 lions, bears, tigers]]> http://gazette.com/720-acre-colorado-sanctuary-home-to-more-than-400-lions-bears-tigers/article/1553776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/720-acre-colorado-sanctuary-home-to-more-than-400-lions-bears-tigers/article/1553776?custom_click=rss

Just over 100 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, more than 400 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, wolves, lynx, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions roam freely on 720 acres of protected land.

Rescued from zoos, foreign circuses, and basements, these animals have been rehabilitated from illegal and abusive environments and given the chance to live the rest of their natural lives in a healthy and stimulating habitat – all thanks to the vision and dedication of one man.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Pat Craig, founder and executive director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS), located outside Keenesburg, Colo.

Founded in 1980, TWAS rescues between 50-100 animals each year and is the largest



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Just over 100 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, more than 400 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, wolves, lynx, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions roam freely on 720 acres of protected land.

Rescued from zoos, foreign circuses, and basements, these animals have been rehabilitated from illegal and abusive environments and given the chance to live the rest of their natural lives in a healthy and stimulating habitat – all thanks to the vision and dedication of one man.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Pat Craig, founder and executive director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS), located outside Keenesburg, Colo.

Founded in 1980, TWAS rescues between 50-100 animals each year and is the largest

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:58:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Pet photo series aims to counter 'black dog' theory]]> http://gazette.com/pet-photo-series-aims-to-counter-black-dog-theory/article/feed/243413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-photo-series-aims-to-counter-black-dog-theory/article/feed/243413?custom_click=rss

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) — It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

A woman was talking about "Black Dog Syndrome" — a theory that black dogs are less likely to be adopted than those with lighter coats, perhaps because of superstition or a notion that black dogs are aggressive. Experts debate whether it's a myth or reality, but it struck Levy.

"A dog shouldn't be overlooked just because of its coat," Levy said. "That's a minor element when it comes to the dog."

That dog park visit was almost two years ago, but it inspired Levy to take on a project that's still gaining international attention.

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]]> MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) — It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn't shake off.

A woman was talking about "Black Dog Syndrome" — a theory that black dogs are less likely to be adopted than those with lighter coats, perhaps because of superstition or a notion that black dogs are aggressive. Experts debate whether it's a myth or reality, but it struck Levy.

"A dog shouldn't be overlooked just because of its coat," Levy said. "That's a minor element when it comes to the dog."

That dog park visit was almost two years ago, but it inspired Levy to take on a project that's still gaining international attention.]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:16:02 -0600