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Video: Dog and cat perform popcorn alley-oop

By Ohio.com Published: November 26, 2013

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson take note, here is how to execute the perfect alley-oop:

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Time.com rankins the 15 most influential animals

By Ohio.com Published: November 26, 2013

Time.com put together a list of the 15 most influential animals ever. The key there is the phrasing. It's not the most interesting pets, so the list is populated mostly by wild animals.

There's also no numbered ordering to the list, but it starts with Lin Wang, an Asian elephant who helped haul supplies for the Japanese in World War II and is considered to be the oldest elephant ever, dying at age 86. The list culminates how you'd expect with Michael Jackson's pet monkey Bubbles.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: November 25, 2013

Thanks4Giving black animal adoption event — One of A Kind pet rescue is discounting adoption fees by 50 percent for all black animals adopted over the Black Friday weekend starting Friday and continuing through Dec. 1. In addition, there will be a 10 percent discount on all store items excluding food during the event. The adoption center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Nov. 30 and from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 1. One of a Kind is at 1929 W. Market St., Akron.

Santa Paws portraits — Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron is offering photos with Santa from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the shelter at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. Sitting fee is $10, and photos will be available online in time for use on holiday greeting cards. For more information, contact the HSGA at 330-487-0333.

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Portage APL hosting wine and beer tasting benefit Dec. 7

By Ohio.com Published: November 21, 2013

The following is a press release from the Portage County APL:

RAVENNA, Ohio (November 18, 2013) Portage APL and their furry friends invite you to attend PAWS TO TASTE 2013 Wine and Beer Tasting to benefit Portage Animal Protective League. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 7th at the Fairways at Twin Lakes and tickets are $45.00 per person (assigned seating). Event sponsorships are also available. The evening will include a sampling of select wines, Great Lakes beers, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, a silent auction and raffles. Purchase wine and beer (by the bottle or case) for yourself or as gifts for others.

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Summit Mall hosts pet photo nights with Santa

By Ohio.com Published: November 19, 2013

The following is a press release:

Fairlawn, Ohio (November 19, 2013) – Santa Claus is coming to town and his four-legged, furry friends are invited to join him! On Sunday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., Summit Mall will host Pet Photo Night.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: November 18, 2013

Pets for Vets — One of A Kind pet rescue is offering men and women who served in the military special adoption rates with proof of service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at its adoption center, 1929 W. Market St., Akron. A Swensons food truck will be on site at 11 a.m. and volunteers for the rescue are sponsoring a bake sale beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call 330-865-6200 or visit www.oneofakindpets.com.

Photos with Santa — Pawsibilities, the Humane Society of Greater Akron is raising money for homeless animals with Santa PAWS from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 at the shelter at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. Sitting fee is $10 and photos can be ordered online along with other novelty items that will be ready in time for Christmas.

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Trainer to stars says any dog can learn new tricks

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: November 13, 2013

LOS ANGELES: If it seems like your dog knows every trick in the book, try changing books.

Babette Haggerty, veteran dog trainer to the stars, has packed 106 teach-them-yourself stunts into her new book, "The Best Dog Tricks on the Planet." Pets that master the basic sit, stay and heel commands can learn to help around the house and even appear to read, pirouette or do the "Hokey Pokey," she says, picking up party tricks to dazzle guests or special talents for TV and movie work.

Teaching canines of the rich and famous is a trait she picked up from her legendary father.

Haggerty, 45, of Oakland, N.J., figures she has trained 1,000 dogs over the years, many at her school, Babette Haggerty's School for Dogs. She's got a ways to go to catch dad Arthur "Captain" Haggerty, who died in 2006 at age 74. He trained an estimated 100,000 dogs.

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Video: Time-lapse footage of a cat sunbathing

By Ohio.com Published: November 12, 2013

Ever wonder what your cat does all day when you're at work. Most likely it's sunbathing. Maybe not so comfortably. Check out time-lapse footage of this cat's napping:

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: November 11, 2013

Winter Break Camp ­— Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing back Winter Break Camp for kids ages 5-8. Camp runs from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3 with half-day (from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions available. Kids will meet in the Jungle Lab classroom at the RainForest before exploring the zoo to learn about how animals stay active during winter and how zookeepers keep them comfortable year around. To learn more about fees and to register, visit clemetzoo.com/education/breakcamps or call 216-635-3391.

Pawsibilities Rummage Sale — Final day for the Humane Society of Greater Akron rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Stow-Kent Shopping Center, 4301 Kent Road, Stow. Lots of home goods, holiday decor, toys and collectables. For more information on the event, visit www.summithumane.org. Proceeds will be used to help rescue, rehabilitate and care for abused, neglected or abandoned animals and finding loving “forever” homes for them.

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Video: Cat goes to the pet shop

By Ohio.com Published: November 8, 2013

Even cats like to make a visit to the pet shop.

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Advocates believe dogs will make schools safer

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: November 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.

Gomer's for-profit company has sent a gun- and drug-detecting dog to patrol the halls of an Ohio high school, while Schiller is launching a nonprofit in Houston to give schools the trained canines for free. Their programs are still in their infancy, so questions remain about dogs that can distract, scare or send kids into sneezing fits. But they think they can cultivate their ideas to help schools across the country stay safe.

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