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Video: Cat performs the high bar routine

By Published: May 31, 2013

It may not be an Olympic year, but don't tell his kitty. Watch as it does the high bar routine. This cat sticks the landing, but I get it a 3.0.

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Don’t miss Hogs & Dogs poker run for Portage APL

By Published: May 30, 2013

The following is a press release from the Portage County Animal Protective League:

On June 15, 2013, Portage APL will be holding its Hogs & Dogs Poker Run benefit once again! Motorcycles and even cars are welcome. All proceeds benefit the APL and the hundreds of animals rescued and adopted each year. The ride will make a few stops and end in Ravenna at the Big Dog Bar and Patio.

Registration begins at 11:00 am at Portage APL located at 8122 Infirmary Rd in Ravenna (Coffee & snacks available). The first Bike out at 12:00 pm and last Bike in at: 5:00 pm at Big Dog Bar & Patio on Highland Rd. in Ravenna. Once folks arrive they will enjoy food, DJ, huge patio, and amazing raffle items. Pre-register by June 11, 2013 at $15 per rider and $10 per passenger and save! Day of registration is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger.

The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to make our community a safer place for thousands of animals, who have no voice. We continue to rescue animals every day and the need is constant. To register or for more information, please call the Portage APL at 330.296.4022 or visit our website at

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How a dog helped save the life of its owner

By Published: May 29, 2013

Earlier this year, there was a report about pet ownership being linked to better heart health. 

One dog in Texas is taking that idea to the next level. Cookie is being hailed as a hero for helping save the life of her owner. 

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Togs day afternoon: dress your pooch for the beach

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: May 28, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: Here's a rule that only applies to dog beaches: they are all clothing optional.

So if you're one of the rare owners that dress up your dog, designers have options for your beach-bound hound.

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Video: Oklahoma woman reunited with dog following tornado

By Published: May 21, 2013

Sorry about the ad. It's worth sitting through.

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Dogs give comfort -- and controversy -- in court

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: May 16, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: The twins were 7, shy and scared. Talking was tough and describing what happened nearly impossible.

So the prosecutor preparing them to testify against the father they said molested them borrowed a dog named Jeeter.

"It was a last ditch effort to try to build rapport with my kids, who are terribly shy," said Kelly Dempsey, the twins' mother. "The prosecutor had no idea how to get through to them. ... He just believed down to the depths of his soul the girls had been wronged and he wanted so badly to find justice for them."

In Seattle 10 years ago, Jeeter became the first professionally trained dog to help a child testify, experts said. Dogs have been used with thousands of victims and witnesses since.

Today, there are 41 courthouse dogs working in 19 states and several more being considered, but some challenges are working their way through the courts, driven by attorneys who claim the dogs are distractions or sympathy magnets. So far, all lower courts have upheld the use of dogs.

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Video: The excitable Corgi

By Published: May 14, 2013

No offense to other dog breeds, but Corgis are just the best. Just look at how excited this little one gets about playing with a ball.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: May 13, 2013

Wishing Well Program — Acme Fresh Market collected just under $16,000 in its 2012 program that was donated to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, Stark County Humane Society, Portage County Animal Protective League and the Parma Animal Shelter. The amount, collected when customers drop spare change into a wishing well, is a 37 percent increase over 2011.

We Speak Doggy — Posche Paws Pet Resort and Spa will present a free dog safety program at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 3712 Commerce Drive in Copley Township. The one-hour, interactive program, presented by Patty Vesalo of CleverPup 101 Family Dog Training of Bath Township, will kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Children will meet therapy dogs, decorate doggie cookies for their pets and view a video. For additional information, call 330-620-6180 or 330-670-8200.

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Video: Smart cat forces owner to lock door

By Published: May 9, 2013

Cats are great and all, but this would be just awful.


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Video: The obvious cat trap, and it's not so obvious perpetrator

By Published: May 9, 2013

This is a video of a cat being caught in a box trap. No big deal right? Can you spot the orange culprit in the background?

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti, Beacon Journal staff writer Published: May 6, 2013

Model needed — Pet nutrition supplements company NoviPet is seeking a pet whose image will adorn the packaging of the company’s new puppy nutritional supplement. Owners can enter the contest by submitting a picture of their puppy on NoviPet’s Facebook page at before 3 a.m. May 13. The winner will win a professional photo shoot in their hometown, a $1,500 cash prize, a one-year supply of NoviPet canine supplements, a one-month subscription to DOGTV and a streaming player to stream the show to a TV set.

Mother’s Day garden party — Moms and their families are invited to a breakfast buffet from 9 to 10 a.m. May 12 in the Akron Zoo’s education center, Komodo Kingdom, where they will be entertained by disc jockey Kenny Kidd. Mothers will receive a gift and the opportunity to spend their special day at the zoo at 50 percent off admission. Activities will include entertainment, crafts and tea and snacks provided by Main Street Gourmet. Reservations are required and are $19 for adults and $16 for children; $13 for member adults and $11 for member children, and can be made at 330-375-2550, ext. 7231, or at Regular zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Video: Dog steers car

By Published: May 2, 2013

We're probably not seeing the driver's hand on the wheel in this video, but it's still scary. Or stupendously cute.

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Love is in bloom at Portage APL adoption event

By Published: May 1, 2013

The following is a press release from the Portage County Animal Protective League:

Join Portage APL in partnership with Stow Kent Animal Hospital for the Love is in Bloom Adoption Event. On May 5, 2013 Stow Kent Animal Hospital will be hosting the APL in hopes to increase adoptions and awareness for homeless animals.

Adopt a homeless APL animal; schedule a free wellness exam with each adoption; bring a donation to help homeless pets; enjoy snacks and refreshments, giveaways, raffle drawings and activities for the whole family! Dr. Jacobson said “Stow Kent Animal Hospital is a proud supporter of Portage APL and we want to help them boost adoptions and generate support. They are always in need of donations and good families for their rescued animals.”

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