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Video: Dog does the squats with exercising owner

By Published: June 28, 2013

Everyone needs a workout partner. Watch as this dog does the squats with its owner.

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2013 Car Show to Benefit Portage APL on July 6

By Dan Kadar Published: June 26, 2013

The following is a press release from the Portage APL:

On July 6th the 2013 APL Car Show will be here! Join us at Mongoose Motorsports and Schumann’s Roadside and Towing in Ravenna for a fantastic event. Hundreds of hot rods, oldies, and cool cars can register for a $10 donation. There are over 70 trophies to be given as well as music, food, APL merchandise and animals! All proceeds benefit the APL and the hundreds of animals rescued and adopted each year.

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Upcoming area pet events

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

Mobile low-cost spay and neuter clinic — 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6, NEFCO building, 180 E. South St., Akron. Cats Having Alterations Professionally (CHAP) Inc. is sponsoring the clinic for cats. Kittens and cats need to be at least 12 weeks old, in good health and weigh at least 3 pounds. Cost is $40 for males, $60 for females. Low-cost vaccines; flea, tapeworm and ear mite treatments; nail trimming; and ear tipping for feral cats will also be available. Registration is required. 330-724-6181.

Bow Wow Meow Luau Adopt-a-thon — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29, PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg. Adoption fees for dogs over the age of 6 months will be $55 and cats over 6 months will be $5. All animals are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccines, micro-chipped and include a 30-day free trial of pet insurance upon adoption. To preview adoptable animals, visit 330-487-0333.

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Video: Watch this monkey buy itself a drink

By Published: June 20, 2013

First it's the horror of a snake opening a door. Now here is further proof that animals will someday be our overlords. It's a monkey excitedly buying a drink.

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Cat with litter now nursing pit bull puppy at Cleveland APL

By Associated Press Published: June 19, 2013

CLEVELAND: A cat caring for four newborn kittens now is nursing an orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland.

Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said Wednesday that the nursing mother cat, named Lurleen, welcomed Noland the puppy to her "unusual little family." The puppy was dropped off at the animal shelter last week when he was a day old.

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Local Canine Named Iams Love Tails Contest Finalist

By Published: June 18, 2013

The following is a press release:

*"Like" Your Favorite Finalist on the Iams Facebook Page June 24 through June 28; Grand-Prize Winner** to "Star" in National Ad*

*WHO**: *Kozmo, a dog from Uniontown, Ohio, was named a finalist in the Iams Love Tails Contest that began on Valentine's Day. Kozmo and nine other finalists were awarded a cash prize and a year's supply of Iams pet food, plus the chance to be featured in a national advertisement for Iams.

*WHAT**: *Iams Love Tails is a nationwide contest in search of heartwarming love stories between pets and their owners. The grand-prize winning family and their pet will star in a national advertisement for Iams, featuring their real-life "Love Tail."

Dog and cat owners submitted their stories and photos for consideration from February 14 - March 3, 2013. Ten finalists were selected based on the unique bond that they share with their dogs and cats, and the important role Iams plays in those relationships.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: June 17, 2013

Howls & Growls Team — The Akron Zoo and the Magical Theatre in Barberton have teamed up to do 15 appearances to introduce the public to the Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge this summer and at the grand opening of the exhibit on July 20.

The team will be performing a short skit at several community interactive events, featuring a family living out in the woods talking about Grizzly Ridge, with kids playing the leading roles. Audience members will be expected to do the howl and growl hoedown.

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Video: Guide dog saves trainers' lives

By Published: June 13, 2013

A California guide dog for the blind saved his trainers from an out-of-control driver. with seconds to spare and it's all caught on camera.


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New Ohio rules on puppy mills call for roomy cages

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press Published: June 11, 2013

COLUMBUS: A new set of regulations meant to crack down on high-volume dog breeding operations in the state would ensure animals live in spacious, clean cages, receive veterinary care and are transported in safe enclosures.

The rules bolster the standards for treatment of animals housed in puppy mills and force the facilities to obtain state licenses. They were drafted by the state Department of Agriculture, but their implementation is being delayed for at least two weeks.

High-volume breeders had faced a Thursday deadline to apply for licenses. But the department has forgone it until the guidelines receive the approval of two state panels — one headed by Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's office and the other consisting of a bipartisan group of legislators. The delay is expected to last at least two weeks.

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Video: The most dramatic dog ever plays dead

By Published: June 11, 2013

If you thought your dog was good at playing dead, think again.

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: June 10, 2013

World Oceans Day — The Akron Zoo is joining accredited zoos and aquariums to celebrate World Oceans Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with displays and activities focusing on water and animals. Visitors can participate in a turtle migration game, activities surrounding the reef and aquatic themed crafts. The zoo is at 500 Edgewood Ave. 330-375-2550.

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month — The Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, and the Portage County Animal Protective League, 8122 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, are offering special adoption rates for cats and kittens through June. Adoption fees for cats 6 months and under are $30 and $20 for adults. The Humane Society will offer cats over 6 years old for $10. Contact the Akron humane society at 330-487-0333 and Portage County APL at 330-296-4022.

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Vet recommends medical marijuana for pets in pain

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: June 6, 2013
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LOS ANGELES: Until she introduced "magic cheese" to her sick and aging bulldog, Laura Bugni-Daniel watched him suffer for two years. He'd spend his days lying down or throwing up.

Today, at age 12, he plays like a puppy through the day, his fur is soft and he sleeps at night, soothed not by magic, but by the dose of marijuana in that cheese.

Bugni-Daniel is part of a growing movement to give medical marijuana to pets in pain. Many urge caution until there's better science behind it. But stories abound about changes in sick and dying pets after they've been given cannabis — even though it isn't a proven pain killer for man or mutt, and it's an illicit drug under federal law despite being legal for people in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Leading the charge is Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer, 36, known as the "Vet Guru," who felt it was his duty to speak out while he has no family that would feel a verbal or financial backlash.

"I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn't doing everything I could to make their lives better," he said. "I felt like I was letting them down."

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Video: Don't forget the towel

By Published: June 5, 2013

It's nearly pool season. This dog knows to bring its towel for after a swim.

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Adoptable cat of the week: Meet Dexter

By Published: June 4, 2013

In January, this big handsome guy lost his daddy and there was no one to care for him. Dexter's world was turned upside down and now he is at Portage APL. For almost 5 months, he has been hoping for a new home. He is about 4 years old and seemed to have enjoyed a good life. He is a big, cuddly guy at 17lbs. He is also neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines.

He will probably need a little time to adjust in a new home since he's been through so much but what a great cat! Please come and meet Dexter. You won’t regret it.

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June is adopt a cat month at Portage APL

By Published: June 3, 2013


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

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Upcoming area pet events

By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: June 3, 2013

Paws-4-A-Cause Adopt-a-thon and Family Fun Day — 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation Polo Field in Moreland Hills, sponsored by the Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio. Free admission and parking. More than 20 animal rescue groups will participate. Dogs with yellow bandanas will be looking for forever homes. Contests, raffles and canine demonstrations. There also will be pet-related and craft vendor booths and food from six local vendors. For more information, visit

Chefs Who Care — The Humane Society of Greater Akron and Blue Canyon Restaurant are teaming up to present an after work cocktail hour event from 5-9 p.m. June 27 at Blue Canyon Restaurant, 8960 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg. Heavy appetizers, cash bar, music and a live auction are included in the $35 ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 330-487-0333, ext. 232.

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