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The poop on White House dog Bo

By jim Published: August 31, 2009

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press Writer

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Quit Being Nice...

By Grant Published: August 31, 2009

This weekend a good friend had a salesman in her home. He refused to leave when asked nicely. While things turned out okay for her, it did shake her a bit. I'm constantly telling women to "Quit being nice!" I'm not saying to be mean! I'm saying that in a given situation, you need to insure your safety. And in this case, possibly insure the safety of others in the future!

I could go on about safety for women, but this is a dog-blog. So what's the point? Well; Quit being nice!

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Contest Searches for Real Dogs to “Pawthor” How-To Handbook

By jim Published: August 28, 2009

ST. LOUIS – Forget about doggie day care, spas and designer clothes. According to a recent national survey of American dog owners, the majority say they are pampering their pooches with more simple pleasures, including belly rubs, walks and games of fetch.

The survey, which was conducted by ALPO® brand dog food, reveals that just two percent of dog owners say they have ever pampered their pooches by taking them to a doggie spa and only one percent says they have ever pampered their dog with a professional massage.

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PetFix Northeast Ohio knows promotion

By jim Published: August 28, 2009

You have to hand it to PetFix Northeast Ohio for this very clever video to promote their services:

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The Puppy Diaries

By jim Published: August 27, 2009

A weekly series from New York Times writer Jill Abramson about the challenges and satisfactions of raising a puppy through its first year of life.

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Cat roamed Chicago bar for 17 years

By jim Published: August 27, 2009

Tuesday was last call for Radley, the black cat that had roamed the Empty Bottle on Western Avenue for 16 years.

Radley was one of two cats dropped off 17 years ago by persons unknown at the Empty Bottle's original location a couple of blocks south, at Western and Walton. (The club moved to its current home at 1035 N. Western a year later.)

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Top 10 Best Guard Dog Breeds

By jim Published: August 27, 2009

A total of fourteen expert dog trainers (including police dog trainers) were consulted to compile this list of the top ten best guard dog breeds. During their evaluation they considered not only a dog's temperament and physical strength, but its courage, loyalty, and resistance to pain. There are some dogs who possess all of these qualities but didn't make the list because of their small size. Chihuahuas, most breeds of Terriers, and Miniature Schnauzers are certainly brave, but unfortunately can easily be dealt with by an intruder.

The top 10 guard dogs as chosen by the experts are: [Click to continue...]

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Having a dog or cat can be good for your health

By jim Published: August 27, 2009

At a time when healthcare costs are rising, a burgeoning body of research shows that the best medicine for a healthful, long life may be snuggled up at your feet. Or it should be.

Researchers around the world have shown a direct correlation between pet ownership and improved health. From increased survival rates after heart attacks and surgery to reducing stress, depression and anxiety, pet ownership may not just improve mental and physical health; it may actually extend a person's life.

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SPCA Exec's Dog Left in Hot Car, Dies

By jim Published: August 27, 2009

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A prosecutor says no charges are planned against an executive for an anti-animal cruelty group whose 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after accidentally being left in a hot car for four hours.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said Wednesday charges are not planned against Robin Starr, CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Dog owners taking advantage of license amnesty program

By jim Published: August 26, 2009

Summit County dog owners are taking advantage of a new amnesty program allowing them to buy licenses now without paying a late penalty, officials said today.

The county has sold 99 licenses so far through its ''Pardon My Pooch'' initiative. Pet owners must buy the licenses — which cost $14 each — at selected community events to qualify. Otherwise, they must pay a $14 late fee.

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Spirit is One of Many Special Kitties Looking for a New Home

By Leighangela Published: August 25, 2009

After recently losing my beloved Persian of 12 years, I decided to again start volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Akron. It wasn't long before I fell in love with one of the many, many cats in Purr Town. Her name is Spirit, although we called her Boop. Click here to view video of her!

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Virtual Dog Tricks

By Leighangela Published: August 25, 2009

You can play with a dog from the comfort of your own home with this cute application from Heartgard.com. Go to IDoDogTricks.com and type in tricks for the dog to do like "sit," "shake," "sing," "dance," and "fetch," and he will perform them for you! Don't forget to ask for a "kiss" before you leave!

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Dangerous Dogs

By Grant Published: August 25, 2009

Many of the dog issues we see from day to day have to do with people assuming dogs have the same emotional structure we do.

They don't.

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Canine artistry

By jim Published: August 25, 2009

In Bath Township, paws do the walking in paint to create masterpieces that are doggone divine

By Kim Hone-McMahan
Beacon Journal staff writer

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US dog pack shows fine line between pet, predator

By jim Published: August 24, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dog pack blamed for the killings of a Georgia couple is a reminder of the fragility of mankind's pact with canines. Underlying the relationship between the species is a simple expectation: We feed them, they don't kill us.

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Schools fight families over autism service dogs

By jim Published: August 24, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) — Like seeing-eye dogs for the blind, trained dogs are now being used to help autistic children deal with their disabilities. But some schools want to keep the animals out, and families are fighting back.

Two autistic elementary school students recently won court orders in Illinois allowing their dogs to accompany them to school. Their lawsuits follow others in California and Pennsylvania over schools' refusal to allow dogs that parents say calm their children, ease transitions and even keep the kids from running into traffic.

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Teens lucky to have cat at juvenile detention center

By jim Published: August 24, 2009

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — When juveniles at the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center are upset about their situation or what is going on in court that day, they know that Lucky will understand and help get their minds off their troubles.

Lucky is a 6-year-old domestic, short-haired black cat with green eyes who arrived at the jail in March on Friday the 13th. Jail Administrator Capt. Fran Hall and her staff wanted to adopt a cat for the juveniles at the jail to help provide some therapy, she said.

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Cat massage

By jim Published: August 21, 2009

Watch for the one-liners you will be saying to baffled friends after watching this video.

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Designer Dogs

By BrookeLynn Published: August 21, 2009

Le Designer Dog.

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Dramatic cat

By jim Published: August 20, 2009

The internet is wonderful in how things can take on a life of their own. Spaghetti Cat and Keyboard Cat are two examples.

This dramatic rodent below is perhaps the best known example of something taking on a life of its own:

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Nora the piano playing cat on 'Today Show'

By jim Published: August 19, 2009

We've previously featured Nora is this post. She's become such a star the Today Show came calling:

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This Dog is Uncontrollable!

By Grant Published: August 19, 2009

Murphy, our Golden Retriever, was adopted a while back from a couple that "Can't handle this wild-unruly dog". You can read the story here: Our New Family Member. We've worked with Murphy using our standard methodology. As with the shoe-maker's children, I don't get as much concentration with Murphy as I would like. That said, the changes in his behavior are dramatic! 

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Moscow's stray dogs learn to ride the subway system

By jim Published: August 19, 2009

Amazing story via English Russia:

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Foreclosure threatens to put out 5 Ohio tigers

By jim Published: August 19, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Five tigers have joined the ranks of those threatened with losing homes to foreclosure in Ohio.

The animals are cared for by Jose and Denise Flores at their Tiger Paw Exotic Rescue Center outside Ashland in north-central Ohio. The couple fell behind on their mortgage payments after Jose Flores was laid off several months ago from his job with a tool company, and their property is scheduled to be sold in a sheriff's auction Aug. 24.

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Summer is cat season at shelters, now overflowing

By jim Published: August 18, 2009

LINDA LOMBARDI
For The Associated Press

Patrick Boehringer of Canton, Mich., couldn't be a more satisfied customer. He calls Apricot, his Certified Pre-Owned Cat, "the best animal I ever had."

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Doggie pool open

By jim Published: August 18, 2009

HINCKLEY TWP.: The fifth annual Dog Paddle & More! will be 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ledge Pool and Recreation Area in Hinckley Reservation Metro Park.

Visitors may bring non-aggressive dogs to swim at Ledge Pool for a nominal donation to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Dogfighters get creative as spotlight on Vick case fades

By jim Published: August 17, 2009

When pro quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation in 2007, there was a spike in reports of dogfighting in the United States.

But when the headlines faded, the blood sport grew stronger and went even more underground, with thugs taking inventive precautions to keep police at bay, animal cruelty experts say.

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How much can a cat take?

By jim Published: August 17, 2009

The video below is from Japanese television. Based on the laugh track I have to assume it's part of a comedy show.

An entire fish is placed on a board in what appears to be a park. A cat is then allowed to take the entire fish and run off with it. The next fish is larger. The next, larger still, until they reach about 4.5 pounds.

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Your Cat Has a Litter Problem

By jim Published: August 17, 2009

Humans aren't the only ones in the world with a waste problem. Bill Nye The Science Guy tackles kitty litter and shows how you can help your pet reduce its carbon footprint.

If you watch cats lay around all day, it's hard to imagine anything in their lives that could be harmful for the environment. But, in fact, one small part of a house cat's life is highly resource intensive. By no fault of their own, cats are provided with litter made from a non-biodegradable material that requires strip mining to acquire.

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Dog trainer to speak

By jim Published: August 17, 2009

HUDSON: Celebrity dog trainer Joel Silverman, of Animal Planet's Good Dog U, will answer dog behavior questions and sign his book, What Color is Your Dog at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Hudson Green.

The free event is sponsored by Hudson Hydrant Dog Boutique and the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

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Naughty Pet? Don't Give Up!

By Leighangela Published: August 15, 2009

While hundreds of strays and pets are taken in at the Akron Humane Society and Animal Control each month due to foreclosures, the death of pet owners, and cruelty cases, hundreds more are surrendered because of behavior issues.

But many people see adoption as a promise. They stick with problem pets all the way through to a peaceful, loving home. They realize that training doesn't have to be time consuming, it just needs to be consistent.

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Gander the Canadian war dog to be included in veterans' memorial

By jim Published: August 14, 2009

Gander, a massive Newfoundland dog, was among the 1,975 men and two women who fought for Canada against the Japanese forces that invaded Hong Kong in December 1941. The dog seized a live grenade in its jaws and ran toward the Japanese lines. Gander died in the explosion, but saved the lives of several wounded Canadian soldiers.

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Boy's Poodle 'Fried to Death' at Ohio Dog Groomer

By jim Published: August 14, 2009

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Champion of underdogs saves pit bulls, parolees

By jim Published: August 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pit bulls and parolees. Tia Maria Torres has opened her heart and home to the unwanted.

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Man sentenced to jail for killing cat

By jim Published: August 13, 2009

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A St. Charles man has been sentenced to 21 days in jail and four years probation for killed a young girl's cat with a bow and arrow.

Twenty-four-year-old Ajalon Thomas Corcoran was earlier convicted of felony mistreatment of animals. Corcoran says the cat was eating birds and messing in his garden. Defense attorney J.P. Plachecki says Corcoran didn't know the cat was someone's pet.

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NC woman surrenders 65 cats living in her home

By jim Published: August 13, 2009

CARY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has surrendered 65 cats to animal control officials after a neighbor complained about the numerous pets.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday no charges will be filed against Jeanne Diaz of Cary. The 43-year-old willingly gave up the cats Wednesday after Cary police took possession of them and contacted a local animal rescue.

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Dogs’ Intelligence On Par With Two-Year-Old Human

By jim Published: August 12, 2009

Although you wouldn’t want one to balance your checkbook, dogs can count.

They can also understand more than 150 words and intentionally deceive other dogs and people to get treats, according to psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, PhD, of the University of British Columbia.

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Dog hailed as hero for guiding rescuers to owner's body

By jim Published: August 12, 2009

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A mongrel has proven that dogs really are man's best friend when he helped rescuers find the body of his owner who was killed in a car crash in Australia.

Moja, a small mixed breed, was in the truck with his owner Henry Drew when it crashed off a highway in Queensland and landed in dense shrubs.

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Class teaches owners first aid for pets

By jim Published: August 12, 2009

By Kathy Antoniotti
Beacon Journal staff writer

The love of pet owners for their beloved Fidos and Fluffys is proving popular for courses offered by the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Animal groups in court over Helmsley fortune

By jim Published: August 12, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Animal-welfare groups are accusing the trustees of hotel queen Leona Helmsley's multibillion-dollar estate of ignoring her wishes that the lion's share of the money should go to the dogs.

Helmsley, whose fortune was estimated at $5 billion to $8 billion after her death at age 87, also named her dog, Trouble, as a beneficiary, leaving a $12 million trust fund for the white Maltese. A judge whittled that amount down to $2 million.

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Cat saves man from burning home

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

A pet cat is being hailed a hero after saving a man from his burning home.

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Man who fell after saving cat dies

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A 73-year-old man who fell from a tree after rescuing a cat last month has died after his family had his breathing tube removed. He fell 25 feet after letting the cat down with a rope and pet carrier July 18. [Full story...]

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Human Society calls for limits on dogs-in-chains

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Humane Society of Utah is calling for a new law to prohibit dogs from being chained up for more than eight hours at a stretch.

The society's executive director, Gene Baierschmidt, says it's cruel to keep dogs chained to a tree day after day, especially in cold or sweltering weather.

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'Thunderwear' among remedies for storm-phobic dogs

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer

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Lost Dog Saves Man With Down Syndrome From Nearly Fatal Seizure

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

Talk about a real life Lassie...

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Summit County waives late fees to boost dog license sales

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Hoping to boost dismal dog license rates, Summit County is offering to waive late fees for owners of unlicensed pets.

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Humane Society offers two animals for price of one

By jim Published: August 11, 2009

The Humane Society of Greater Akron has had a record-breaking summer, and to celebrate the number of animals available for adoption, it is offering a Back to School Special — two animals for the price of one.

More than 180 animals have been surrendered to the agency since June 1, the highest number in a two-month period in its 40-year history.

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The Random Cat Project

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

The Random Cat Project records brief encounters in public places with unknown cats, documenting flings with felines both fickle and friendly.

It was established in 2009 by two lifelong cat lovers whose current living conditions in central London do not support pet ownership. So whenever a fleeting meeting with a random cat takes place, it is a bittersweet experience worth recording. This is not about documenting cats we know and love - it’s about the momentary excitement of finding one crossing your path by chance.

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Moscow Cat Theater

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more unusual circus, or father-daughter performing duo. The Moscow Cat Theater is just that: a traveling show of cats that perform amazing tricks for the owners who love and train them. Everybody in Russia may be used to seeing cats perform tricks, as the theater manager explains in this funny, charming film, but felines walking tightropes, crossing the stage on giant balls and walking upside down is not a common sight in most countries.

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Veterinarians using stem cells to treat animals

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

MIAMI (AP) —Five-year-old Lucy the Labradoodle's back limbs have been rendered unusable by rheumatoid arthritis, and she must scoot along the ground with her front paws to grab a bone. Her owners believe that a costly stem-cell treatment is the reason she's even lived as long as she has.

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Low-cost vet clinic opening in North Canton

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal staff writer

Longtime veterinarian Richard A. Weaver is opening a center in North Canton to provide basic animal care at a reduced cost.

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Puppy-mill crackdown worries breeders

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

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DAYTON: Legislation to crack down on puppy mills under consideration by state lawmakers could end up hurting legitimate breeders and even put some small breeders out of business, breeders and industry advocates said.

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Pet vaccination

By jim Published: August 10, 2009

AKRON: The city Health Department, in cooperation with Pet Guards, is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats.

The cost is $5 per animal. City residents also can get Avid Microchips for pet identification for $15.

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What kind of cat are you?

By Gay Published: August 8, 2009

Can you match your personality to one of these ten breeds?

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Dog on a bun

By jim Published: August 7, 2009

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Man blames cat paws for child porn downloads

By jim Published: August 7, 2009

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat.

Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer.

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Woofstock 2009: Outdoor festival for dogs and their people

By jim Published: August 6, 2009

NOVELTY, OH (August 4, 2009) -- Woofstock ‘09, a groovy all-day dog walk and fun family festival at Holden Arboretum, is Northeast Ohio’s largest one-day outdoor festival for dogs and their people. Woofstock is also Rescue Village’s largest fundraiser and raised $71,000 in 2008 for the thousands of animals that come through our door every year.

It’s not too early to start raising funds for the homeless animals by collecting pledges for the Trivia Trail Dog Walk (approximately 1.5 miles and walked at your leisure).  Whether you walk (or don’t walk) as an individual, a family, a corporate team, or a group, you can make a significant difference in the lives of the animals that depend on Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.  Prizes will be given to fundraisers. More information on organizing teams, fundraising tips and how to get started is on the GHS website.

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Rachael Ray plans Mutt Madness pet charity contest

By jim Published: August 6, 2009

By SUE MANNING
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Rachael Ray is looking for 64 charities
to compete in a $200,000 contest to find the most deserving pet
cause in the country.

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Join The Pawty!

By BrookeLynn Published: August 5, 2009

By now you've probably realized that I am quite the social hound in this world of pet blogging.

It's true when I say I never miss a good pawty, especially if my hound Teddy is invited.  For those of you who are looking for a great place to leave your pup when you skip town, take a look at Camp Bow Wow in Cuyahoga Falls.

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Bunnies Drowned at Akron Petland

By jim Published: August 5, 2009

PETA has the photo of the rabbits. Warning. It's shocking and heartbreaking.

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Canine Fun Dys

By jim Published: August 5, 2009

MORELAND HILLS: The 16th annual Canine Fun Days and Greyhound Reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 15-16 at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field at State Route 87 and Chagrin River Road.

Spectators and competitors are invited to attend with or without dogs for events such as lure coursing and agility. A dog show with categories such as ''Best Buns'' and ''Best Tail Wagger'' will be held. A silver trophy and $100 prize will be awarded to the ''Costume Class'' winner.

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Pet-focused reading program aims for empathy

By jim Published: August 4, 2009

LINDA LOMBARDI,For The Associated Press

WHEATON, Md. (AP) — "I have no use for a cat." That's what Mrs. Crump says when the golden cat shows up on her porch and slips in the door. And when she thinks about letting the cat out, one child in Natalie Nelson's kindergarten class can't help but interrupt.

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More than 1,300 stray cats neutered in Cleveland; city spends $40,000 on trap-neuter-return program

By jim Published: August 4, 2009

CLEVELAND — The $40,000 that the city earmarked to neuter stray cats is gone.

Over the last five months, residents and the Cleveland Animal Protective League captured, vaccinated and neutered 1,334 cats that roamed the streets. The felines were then returned to their neighborhoods, where it is hoped they will keep unneutered animals away.

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Ohio farms and stores offer many choices for raw pet food

By Leighangela Published: August 3, 2009

Pet owners in Akron might be surprised by just how many choices they have to find raw food for dogs and cats. There are commercial diets available at pet stores, small family farms that sell whole meats and ground mixes for dogs and cats, and local groups of pet owners who buy in bulk to save money.

Read the full article and find out where you can buy raw food especially made for your pets.

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Decoding Cats

By Gay Published: August 3, 2009

Yes, there a jillion kinds of cats—not only have we pure breeds, but also half-breeds, multi-breeds, and  pure breeds who mix with half breeds and so on.  We know that, and we cat lovers know that we love them all.

Who knows what makes a cat especially lovable?  My cat Frogger, the enormous feline whom we found grievously injured, seems to be every child’s and young teen’s favorite.  Perhaps it is his immensity that delights them.  Like a big dog, he is more laid back and much more accommodating of too-small hands trying to lift him onto too-small laps.  Whatever, despite his absolute bullying of my little female, he is gentle and loving with people.

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Herbal Medicine, part three

By Gay Published: August 1, 2009

I am an avid believer in herbal remedies.  However, I also value—and am extraordinarily grateful for—modern medicinal compounds.  Yes, they often are extremely potent, and yes, they can cause problems with organs.  But they (usually) work, and they work quickly.

One of the difficulties of herbal medicine or holistic medicine, as I have previously pointed out, is that the results are not immediate or nearly so.  With modern antibiotics, one often sees a response to the drug within a few hours.    The following is derived from a study by David W. Ramey.  He has not affinity for herbal medicine, and is, in fact, quite skeptical about it.  Let’s look at some of the reasons why.

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