<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:02:13 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado ranks No. 3 in the nation for healthiest pets]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-ranks-no.-3-in-the-nation-for-healthiest-pets/article/1597884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-ranks-no.-3-in-the-nation-for-healthiest-pets/article/1597884?custom_click=rss

Studies routinely name Colorado as one of the pet-friendliest states in the country, but now Care.com says results of an in-house study rank Colorado as the No. 3 state with the healthiest pets.

That’s no shock, considering Colorado has also long been ranked the least-obese state in America. But knowing that our healthy lifestyles extend to our dogs, cats and other critters also gives us insight into the apparent ripple effect of such designations.

The Waltham, Mass.-based company, which connects families with child care, senior care, pet care and other services, used its “Think Tank” analysts to look at pet-care data in each state, ranking them across four categories: Illness, Access to Vet



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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:58:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 28, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-28-2017/article/1597815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-28-2017/article/1597815?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, saintanimalrescue.org.

SLV Animal Welfare

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]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:20:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Pet turtle safe and warm after rescue on Vail Pass]]> http://gazette.com/pet-turtle-safe-and-warm-after-rescue-on-vail-pass/article/1597761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pet-turtle-safe-and-warm-after-rescue-on-vail-pass/article/1597761?custom_click=rss

VAIL — A pet turtle is safe and warm after being rescued by firefighters following a crash on Vail Pass.

Eagle County Paramedic Services says that after all the people hurt in the crash on Interstate 70 had been treated and taken to the hospital Sunday, one of the youngest patients said he had lost his pet turtle, which is named Turtle.

Firefighters began searching for Turtle but when they found it, the animal was frozen. They put it in the sun for 30 minutes and say it sprang back to life. Turtle was then reunited with its owner.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:35:06 -0700
<![CDATA[VIDEO: A disturbing reality behind that Chinese tiger drone video making the Internet rounds]]> http://gazette.com/video-a-disturbing-reality-behind-that-chinese-tiger-drone-video-making-the-internet-rounds/article/1597576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-a-disturbing-reality-behind-that-chinese-tiger-drone-video-making-the-internet-rounds/article/1597576?custom_click=rss

When the tigers struck the drone from the sky, as seen in a recent and popular YouTube video, the act of animal destruction at first seemed playful.

The sight of a few chubby cats romping around in the snow helped. Certainly, a few observers found the scene amusing for the same reasons the Greeks told the tale of Icarus: Look, kids, raw nature kneecapping technological hubris. Once the cats swatted the drone to the ground, the tigers chewed on the machine for a bit, causing the object to smoke (quadcopter, quadcopter, burning bright!), before staff members took the drone away.

Hunting the drone around the tiger park was, reportedly, a form of exercise for the animals.



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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:48:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Dog shot during home invasion in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/dog-shot-during-home-invasion-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1597564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-shot-during-home-invasion-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1597564?custom_click=rss

A homeowner's dog was shot when a man broke into a downtown residence Thursday and demanded money.

The dog was taken to an animal emergency clinic, Colorado Springs police said. Its condition was not known Friday.

The homeowner was not harmed.

The resident said he was at his home in the 700 block of East Vermijo Avenue about 8:31 p.m. when a stranger walked in, pulled out a silver automatic handgun and demanded money. When confronted by the owner's two dogs, the burglar shot one of them before being handed money and running away, police said.

The culprit was not found.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or leave an anonymous tip with Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers



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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:43:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Dog seriously injured after run-in with skier in Aspen]]> http://gazette.com/dog-seriously-injured-after-run-in-with-skier-in-aspen/article/1597537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-seriously-injured-after-run-in-with-skier-in-aspen/article/1597537?custom_click=rss

A dog named Snoopy received 66 stitches during the course of a three-hour surgery Monday, but his injuries weren't because of a brawl with another canine, an attack by a wild animal or being struck by a vehicle.

Instead the 50-pound cattle dog was, according to his owner, kicked by a skier in the Tiehack area of Buttermilk about one minute after Snoopy snapped loose from a leash. Three of Snoopy's ligaments were severed and the violent encounter left what owner Danny Brown called a "bloody mess" on the slopes of Tiehack.

Aspen Skiing Co., which operates Buttermilk, has a no-dogs policy during lift hours. The Tiehack lift closes at 3:30 p.m.



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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:19:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Feb. 21, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-21-2017/article/1597305?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-feb.-21-2017/article/1597305?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, 9690 Prominent Point. 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.

National Mill Dog Rescue - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Furry Friends, 3586 Hartsel Drive; milldogrescue.org.

New Hope

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:20:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes]]> http://gazette.com/toughening-penalties-if-pets-are-harmed-during-crimes/article/1597230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toughening-penalties-if-pets-are-harmed-during-crimes/article/1597230?custom_click=rss

FLORIDA, N.Y. — When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog, Quigley, was lying dead on his favorite blanket in the living room.

Burglars who tore through her hilltop farmhouse north of Albany made off with several televisions, a laptop, some cheap jewelry and change. And, police say, they apparently shot her friendly, goofy dogs on their way out the door.

"It was just a mean, nasty thing," Krohn said.
A year later, the crime remains unsolved.



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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:00:20 -0700
<![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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