<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - pets]]> http://gazette.com/rss/pets Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:34:41 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[12 Strays of Christmas: Colorado Springs-area animal rescues encourage folks to open hearts, homes]]> http://gazette.com/12-strays-of-christmas-colorado-springs-area-animal-rescues-encourage-folks-to-open-hearts-homes/article/1617276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/12-strays-of-christmas-colorado-springs-area-animal-rescues-encourage-folks-to-open-hearts-homes/article/1617276?custom_click=rss

Adding a dog to your family can be one of your best decisions ever.

The warm fuzzies grow exponentially if you open your arms, hearts and homes to a pooch who might be overlooked by those wanting puppies or purebreds.

National Mill Dog Rescue and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region have thrown open their kennels in hopes of finding loving families for one dozen special pooches.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:05:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Two dogs mauled their owner to death while she was walking them in the woods, sheriff says]]> http://gazette.com/two-dogs-mauled-their-owner-to-death-while-she-was-walking-them-in-the-woods-sheriff-says/article/1617381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-dogs-mauled-their-owner-to-death-while-she-was-walking-them-in-the-woods-sheriff-says/article/1617381?custom_click=rss

Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented.

There, authorities say, he found her two dogs, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass.

“Much to his horror, discovered that it was not,” Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew told reporters at a news conference Friday.

Investigators in Goochland, Va., a rural community about 30 miles outside of Richmond, say the petite, 5-foot-1 young woman, who weighed a little more than 100 pounds, was mauled to death by her dogs, which had a combined weight of about twice hers, while out on a walk earlier this week.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:55:12 -0700
<![CDATA[WATCH: Video shows coyote attacking family's dog in Illinois]]> http://gazette.com/watch-video-shows-coyote-attacking-familys-dog-in-illinois/article/1617385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-video-shows-coyote-attacking-familys-dog-in-illinois/article/1617385?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO -- A family's dog was attacked and injured by a coyote this week in Northfield, Illinois, CBS Chicago reports.

It was Wednesday morning, and Boozer had to go, but as he looked for the perfect spot in his Northfield, Illinois, backyard, a coyote from the distance approaches him and attacked. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video.

"When you are running to work and you let your dog out for 30 seconds before you go, you think that's going to be okay," Boozer's owner Barnaby Dinges said.

The terrier has been part of the family for about 15 years, and Dinges said. He hopes that sharing the surveillance video will show people what can happen in the span of just a few seconds.

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:40:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Cat named D-O-G is star canine trainer]]> http://gazette.com/cat-named-d-o-g-is-star-canine-trainer/article/1617338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cat-named-d-o-g-is-star-canine-trainer/article/1617338?custom_click=rss

ST. LOUIS — A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs.

Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH'-jee). He's more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems.

Support Dogs president and CEO Anne Klein says D-O-G is "fearless" around the larger canines and plays with their tails, sleeps in their beds and eats and drinks from their bowls instead of his own.

The dogs go through a two-year training program before they're given to

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Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:07:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Summit County avalanche rescue dogs train to save lives]]> http://gazette.com/summit-county-avalanche-rescue-dogs-train-to-save-lives/article/1617309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summit-county-avalanche-rescue-dogs-train-to-save-lives/article/1617309?custom_click=rss

Summit County's resorts employ a number of ski patrollers who work to keep people on the slopes safe. Helping out their two-legged companions are the avalanche rescue dogs, ready to sniff out trouble at a moment's notice.

The Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (CRAD) program certifies dogs and dog handlers used for search and rescue missions.

Dogs start training at a young age and, in Summit County, are owned by their handlers, meaning the dogs spend nearly all their time with the same person in both work and play.

“By living with the dog and having it be yours, and a dog you work extremely closely with, you develop a bond and you learn to read each other.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:10:37 -0700
<![CDATA[A man was living with 166 cats. 55 of them were dead, officials say]]> http://gazette.com/a-man-was-living-with-166-cats.-55-of-them-were-dead-officials-say/article/1617229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-man-was-living-with-166-cats.-55-of-them-were-dead-officials-say/article/1617229?custom_click=rss

GAHANNA, Ohio — An animal group has removed more than 100 cats from a central Ohio home where 55 other felines were found dead.

The Dispatch reports workers from Columbus Humane wore protective suits while removing 111 cats Wednesday morning from the home of a 60-year-old man in Gahanna.

A Columbus Humane spokeswoman says many of the cats were in “deplorable” condition and that veterinarians are examining them to gather evidence and determine their future. Spokeswoman Kerry Shaw said the organization was so overwhelmed Wednesday with cats that it closed its shelter to the public.

Columbus Humane handles animal cruelty and neglect complaints for police. Shaw said the organization will seek criminal

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:24:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 12, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-12-2017/article/1617033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-12-2017/article/1617033?custom_click=rss


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, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Petco, 1650 E. Cheyenne Mountain 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.

Happy Cats Haven - Kitten adoption fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 571 N. Academy Blvd.; 362-4600, happycatshaven.org, office@happycatshaven.org.

Look What the Cat Brought In - 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2129 E. Boulder St.; lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org.

New Hope Rescue Inc. -

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]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:15:14 -0700 <![CDATA[25 race horses killed by Southern California wildfire]]> http://gazette.com/25-race-horses-killed-by-southern-california-wildfire/article/1616825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/25-race-horses-killed-by-southern-california-wildfire/article/1616825?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO — Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for.

Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall when the fire erupted amid strong Santa Ana winds Thursday, and workers risked their lives to free horses from stalls and herd them into safer areas, a board statement said.

Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center, which is just a few miles from

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:06:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets ]]> http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/1616773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterinarians-seek-permission-to-research-pot-meds-for-pets/article/1616773?custom_click=rss

BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.

"The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains. "The 'Calm and Quiet' is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety."

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.

That's because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:11:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Which animals are smartest: Dogs, cats or ... raccoons?]]> http://gazette.com/which-animals-are-smartest-dogs-cats-or-...-raccoons/article/1616724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/which-animals-are-smartest-dogs-cats-or-...-raccoons/article/1616724?custom_click=rss

Cat people and dog people long have sparred over which species is smartest.

Team Cat points to the feline's self-reliance and ability to hunt, which isn't great for wildlife but showcases the cunning predator lurking within lap kitties. Cats also clean themselves, relieve themselves in tidy litter boxes - or even toilets - and are generally better at food portion control than their canine housemates.

Team Dog cites the canine's ability to learn complex tasks, especially those that benefit humans. Dogs guide the blind, herd livestock, sniff out explosives and find survivors buried beneath earthquake rubble. They also have strong memories and an impressive capacity to understand human language.

But all this boasting may

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:09:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Dec. 5, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-5-2017/article/1616573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-pet-adoption-fairs-and-events-starting-dec.-5-2017/article/1616573?custom_click=rss


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.

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,

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]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:15:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Cat banned from library develops social media following]]> http://gazette.com/cat-banned-from-library-develops-social-media-following/article/1616421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cat-banned-from-library-develops-social-media-following/article/1616421?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians.

The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves.

The library put up a wanted-type poster asking patrons, "Please do not let in the cat."

The Star Tribune reports that the conundrum has caused a stir on Twitter and Reddit, where people have been posting Max-inspired artwork. Someone even made a library card for Max, who has been grounded by his owner over his naughty behavior.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:08:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Clever beagle at an animal shelter caught in daring escape attempt]]> http://gazette.com/clever-beagle-at-an-animal-shelter-caught-in-daring-escape-attempt/article/1616406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clever-beagle-at-an-animal-shelter-caught-in-daring-escape-attempt/article/1616406?custom_click=rss

WINDSOR, Va. — A video of a beagle at a Virginia animal shelter scaling her cage in an escape attempt has generated calls of interest from across the country.

Emily Glickman, a caretaker at the shelter in Windsor, said by phone Thursday that its new owner plans to take her home Friday.

The adopter claimed the dog, named Buttermilk, long before the video went viral.

The Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter posted a Facebook video of the escape attempt Tuesday, generating more than 70,000 views. It shows Buttermilk gingerly climbing a 4-foot cage's wall before perching atop it.

The shelter often rescues hunting dogs, particularly after the season. Glickman said Buttermilk was rescued three weeks ago.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:17:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Cat’s life saved after surviving a week with head stuck in mayonnaise jar]]> http://gazette.com/cats-life-saved-after-surviving-a-week-with-head-stuck-in-mayonnaise-jar/article/1616200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cats-life-saved-after-surviving-a-week-with-head-stuck-in-mayonnaise-jar/article/1616200?custom_click=rss

WILKES-BARRE -- One lucky cat is counting its nine lives after a wild adventure.

The recently rescued cat had to get its head removed from a mayo jar at Pittston Animal Hospital.

The stray cat, now named Miracle, had been running around the area of Chestnut Street in Wilkes-Barre.

“I saw this cat coming to eat and it had a mayo jar and I was like, 'Oh, my God!' and it ran away. The next day, I was literally able to get the mayo jar and try to get its head popped out and it ran away again,” Linda Ruggere of Wilkes-Barre said.

Ruggere tries to take care of cats on her street, but this worried her. Besides cars driving by, there were plenty of other threats for the short hair cat to avoid.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:22:42 -0700