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The cat and the crow

By jim Published: September 30, 2009

A stray kitten and a wild crow form a very unusual friendship.

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Miracle dog recovers after shocking abuse

By jim Published: September 30, 2009

Animal rescuers in Madera County, California are calling it -- the worst case of abuse they've ever seen where the pet actually survived. Someone tied up a dog to a post and left him for dead. Now two weeks later, this dog is making a miraculous recovery.

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Daily cat humor: Simon's cat 'Hot Spot'

By jim Published: September 30, 2009

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Trap, neuter, return catching on for stray cats

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

By LINDA LOMBARDI, Associated Press

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Philadelphia Teen Arrested In Duct-Taped ‘Sticky’ the Cat Case

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

Following up on a recent post about a cat wrapped in duct-tape:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators say a Philadelphia teenager wrapped a cat in duct tape, put it in a shopping bag and left it in a neighbor's backyard.

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Ten Tips to Keep Your Senior Cat Healthy and Happy

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

The AVMA celebrates Senior Healthy Pet Month in September, which is a good time to reflect on whether you’re doing everything you can to keep your senior cat healthy and happy.

Cats are considered “seniors” after age 10, and “geriatric” after the age of 13. The AVMA recommends twice-yearly checkups for geriatric cats. That might sound like overkill, but early detection of common senior afflictions (thyroid problems, diabetes, chronic renal failure, cancer, heart problems and the like) can mean the difference between effectively managing the disease long-term and having to euthanize your beloved pet.

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The mouse that roared: Real-life Tom and Jerry display sees rodent chase away prowling pussycat

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

This is pretty amusing. See the photos and story at the Mail Online in the UK.

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Stories You Hear at Dog Events

By Grant Published: September 29, 2009

Ho boy. How long THIS blog can be. I'll try and keep it under 10,000 words. Okay, a LOT shorter than that! Spent most of Sunday at the "Mutt Strutt" event that supports the Stark County Humane Society.
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But first a really cool dog video I just saw. Think our furry friends don't think or feel??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofpYRITtLSg
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I observed a lot on Sunday. Several hundred dog owners and the requisite number of pets makes for very interesting entertainment. Was it Yogi Berra that said, "You can observe a lot by watching."?

A guy with two Golden Retrievers, both at least 80-85lbs. walks down the middle of where we're set up with booths. We all know Golden's are very strong. He can barely hold them back (as in: can BARELY control them). He's got a death grip on both leads. A lady in a booth holds out ONE treat for the two dogs.  One moment here:
    Really? Do people THINK anymore? Do people observe and try to use common sense? "I know, here comes a guy with two dogs barely under control- I think I'll tease them, then be surprised when they tow the owner over to my booth and jump up on me." OBVIOUSLY, "NO" to both questions.
The guy is actually smiling as this all happens. Either he is clueless, or the strain of pulling on the dogs just LOOKS like a smile! "Obedience" doesn't fit here. Weird.
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A guy with a dog that barks at other dogs every time it sees one (see previous observation on HUNDREDS of dog owners). So the dog pretty much barked at everything. You can tell he's very frustrated. He's using a Halti (which in my opinion are pretty much worthless) and the dog is barking. So he pulls the dog back to him, makes him sit, closes his mouth with his hand to get the dog to quit barking, and pets him (giving affection). Then they asked me why he continues to bark. Let's review:
1) Using a collar that provides pretty much no real control over a dog.
2) When the dog barks, YOU close his mouth instead of training him to quit barking.
3) Giving affection to the activity you're striving to stop.

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Greyhound Rescue Fall Dog Walk and Costume Party

By jim Published: September 28, 2009

Please plan on dressing up your pooch and attending Freedom Greyhound Rescue’s 2nd Annual Fall Dog Walk and Costume Party held at Aurora Park & Recreation’s Family Fall Festival located at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora, Ohio (click link for map) on Saturday, October 10th, 2009.

The event features hayrides, petting zoo, demonstrations, rescue groups, crafters, refreshments, and more.

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Old school pet doctor

By jim Published: September 28, 2009

By Malinde Reinke, The Dominion (WV) Post

There's a busy hum in the small crowded waiting room at Dr. Robert Stewart's place.

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What's ugly, smells, kills dogs? Blue-green algae

By jim Published: September 28, 2009

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Waterways across the upper Midwest are increasingly plagued with ugly, smelly and potentially deadly blue-green algae, bloomed by drought and fertilizer runoffs from farm fields, that's killed dozens of dogs and sickened many people.

Aquatic biologists say it's a problem that falls somewhere between a human health concern and a nuisance, but will eventually lead to more human poisoning. State officials are telling people who live on algae-covered lakes to close their windows, stop taking walks along the picturesque shorelines and keep their dogs from drinking the rank water.

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Business is down at pet cemeteries

By jim Published: September 26, 2009

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — In a drizzling rain, family and friends gather around an open grave to bid farewell to Rusty.

The 5-year-old dachshund from Boca Raton died after suffering an injury to his spinal cord that surgery could not fix.

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Kansas Marine reunites with military dog

By jim Published: September 25, 2009

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — He saw a squirrel the other day in his new back yard in Derby and chased it up a tree.

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Cat Wrapped in Duct-Tape

By jim Published: September 25, 2009

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of whoever wrapped duct tape around a female cat from her tail to her neck in Pennsylvania. (Sept. 23)

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Animal society gala

By jim Published: September 24, 2009

AKRON: The ninth annual Humane Society of Greater Akron gala event to benefit animals awaiting adoption will be held at the Akron City Centre Hotel on Saturday.

''Bone, James Bone . . . 00K9'' is the theme for the event that will run from 6 to 11 p.m.

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Large dogs in public housing are now endangered species

By jim Published: September 23, 2009

On May 1 a ban on pit bulls and other large dogs went into effect at New York City’s public housing projects.

The ban, one of the strictest for any public housing authority in the country, prohibits residents from keeping pure-bred or mixed-breed pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers, as well as any dog, with the exception of service dogs, expected to weigh more than 25 pounds when grown.

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Is Your Dog Really "Jealous"?

By Grant Published: September 22, 2009

I take our dogs a lot of places. Various events all over the place. People are always coming up to pet Lexi & Murphy. I find it interesting how often I hear people say, "Oh... my dog is going to be soooo jealous!" And I always think, "Really?"

We pick up a thousand scents everyday that we'll never smell, but our dogs will. I left yesterday for a non-dog appointment and when I got home our two were all over me, smelling specific spots on my pants and shoes. I'm fairly certain they were not jealous as there was nothing to be jealous of; short of me having chicken for supper that they didn't - but then they never get people food, so why would they be? Okay, enough of that!

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Missouri hospital abandons use of cats after protest

By jim Published: September 22, 2009

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri hospital is switching to high-tech mannequins for medical training classes after an animal rights group protested its use of live cats.

A spokeswoman for Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph said Monday the hospital will hold its first class using the $46,000 mannequins on Sept. 30. The classes teach health care workers how to place a tube down an infant's throat to help the baby breathe.

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Cesar Millan dog-based empire adds slick magazine

By jim Published: September 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Cesar Millan's world, two groups most influence America: politicians and their dogs and Hollywood celebrities and their dogs.

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Judge settles it: Former couple must share dog

By jim Published: September 22, 2009

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — When a couple splits up, what happens to the pooch?

A New Jersey judge settled the question Monday in a costly legal battle that began after the Monroe Township couple called off their engagement in 2006. Eric Dare and Doreen Houseman are to share Dexter, the pug they both love.

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What's up with cats hiding in couches?

By jim Published: September 18, 2009

Back in March we reported on a cat who survived in a couch for weeks before it was discovered by a couple who purchased the couch at a second hand store.

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Dog breeds that bark the least / quietest

By jim Published: September 18, 2009

See this handy chart if you are looking for a quiet dog. Your neighbors may thank you.

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Pooch Poop Composting

By jim Published: September 18, 2009

ITHACA, New York (AP) — A group of upstate New York dog owners thinks it has a can-do plan to profitably compost the tons of dog doo left behind by the roughly 50,000 canines that use the city's pooch park each year.

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Stolen dog reunited with family in Va.

By jim Published: September 18, 2009

EDINBURG, Va. (AP) — Benji, a 9-year-old bichon frise, was one hot dog.

Four weeks ago, Benji was stolen, along with his owners' car, from a restaurant parking lot in Jonesville, N.C. On Thursday, the pilfered pooch was reunited with his family at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

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How to teach cats and dogs to live happily ever after

By jim Published: September 17, 2009

So felines have ruled your world up to this day, and now you have decided to add a canine friend to your purring kingdom. The choice of adding a dog to a multi-cat household may appear to be daunting one but it must also be said that it is possible. The key really is to polish a bit your patience and find lots of time to keep a watchful eagle eye on all the dwellers in your home. Following are several tips on how to make this transaction as smooth as possible granting you to enjoy the features of ''both worlds''.

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New Iberia dog, 26, might be world's oldest

By jim Published: September 17, 2009

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Waiting to hear back from the Guinness World Records people is the hardest part about submitting her 26-year-old mixed terrier as the world's oldest dog, Janelle Derouen says.

She does confess to some anxiety about whether Max — who, if you go for the old multiply-by-seven calculation, is about the equivalent of a 182-year-old human — will survive until the confirmation papers arrive.

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Beagle or Bichon: Can Dog Drool Provide Insight?

By jim Published: September 17, 2009

Advances in DNA testing have changed the way we pursue criminals, verify paternity and date medieval manuscripts. Now it's being used to answer one of the greatest riddles mankind has ever faced: What kind of dog is that?

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Suspect: Killed cat because 'it was bothering me'

By jim Published: September 17, 2009

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Police say man suspected of killing a cat by putting it in a washing machine while burglarizing a house says he confessed he did it because the animal was "bothering" him.

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Cat strays 2,400 miles, returns home

By jim Published: September 16, 2009

HOBART, AUSTRALIA: A cat named Clyde was reunited with his owner today after a mysterious three-year odyssey in which the long-haired Himalayan strayed 2,400 miles into the Australian Outback.

Ashleigh Sullivan, 19, said she had given up hope of ever finding Clyde after he vanished when he was about 1 year old from her family home near Hobart city in Australia's island state of Tasmania.

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Killing Your Dog with Kindness

By Grant Published: September 14, 2009

Saturday we had a really nice event at the Buehler's grocery store at Nobles Pond in Jackson Township! Thanks to them for providing the free space and exposure to several pet adoption agencies. There are so many to place. Their support is wonderful.

I had the occasion to speak to a very nice older gal that had a question on the behavior of her dog. This is the kind of lady that after three minutes of conversation, you KNOW you want her as your grandmother! Sweet with a kind voice.

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Paws and Prayers aims to find homes for 1,000

By jim Published: September 14, 2009

By Kathy Antoniotti
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Paws on Parade to benefit Hattie Larlham

By jim Published: September 11, 2009

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 19, 2009
Where: Boettler Park in Green, Ohio

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Dog amnesty

By jim Published: September 11, 2009

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Summit County will offer its Pardon My Pooch amnesty program today through Sunday at PetSmart, 355 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls.

The program allows dog owners to buy licenses without paying the $14 late penalty. The goal is to bring more pet owners into compliance with the state dog licensing law, which requires the purchase of a county license on an annual basis.

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Pup fascinated with underpants

By jim Published: September 10, 2009

Is your dog chewing up your underwear after you have worn it? In this installment of "Ask Dog Lady," she explains why you should be complimented by this behavior.

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Dog playing billards

By jim Published: September 10, 2009

It's bad enough we have dogs gambling.

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Man Jailed For Trying To Scare His Cat

By jim Published: September 10, 2009

This is usually how the Darwin Awards begin:

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Boynton Beach man was trying to teach his cat a lesson when he fired his gun, but the efforts landed him in jail.

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Cats hate water

By jim Published: September 10, 2009

Someone forgot to tell this cat.

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Cat in Ohio survives 26 days under fire debris

By jim Published: September 10, 2009

FRANKLIN, OHIO: A woman's pet cat has been found alive, buried beneath debris 26 days after an Ohio fire.

Sandy LaPierre says she assumed 1-year-old Smoka had died from the Aug. 10 fire in Franklin, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. The blaze broke out in a building housing a flower shop and LaPierre's second-floor apartment.

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Petiquette: Why You Shouldn't Pet a Service Dog

By jim Published: September 9, 2009

You like to think of yourself as the "dog whisperer" of your neighborhood, greeting canines on the street, on the train, in other public places. But when you spot an adorable guide, hearing or service dog, you're all fur-klempt. What are you supposed to do?

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Fur Ball Gala To Benefit Cleveland APL

By jim Published: September 9, 2009

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Animal Protective League is hosting its annual gala fundraiser, the Fur Ball “Cold Noses, Warm Hearts," on Saturday, October 3, at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland. Hosted by Q104’s Rebecca Wilde, the Fur Ball’s proceeds will benefit the APL’s Second Chance Fund. The goal of the Second Chance Fund is to provide veterinary care for wonderful animals who are looking for another chance, a chance not only to survive, but also to heal and start a new, healthy life with a loving family.

Fur Ball 2009 will include silent and live auctions, dinner, and a heartwarming video presentation featuring stories of animals who have benefitted from the Cleveland APL’s Second Chance Fund. Some of the auction items include a multi-course catered dinner for 12, a week’s stay at lovely home in Hilton Head, SC, and the opportunity to have your pet photographed to be on the cover of the 2011 Cleveland APL calendar.

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Please Don't Help Me Train My Dog!

By Grant Published: September 8, 2009

Or Please DO!

Make up your mind, Grant! Do you want help training your dog or not!?

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Resolving Feline Aggression

By jim Published: September 4, 2009

Part one of this series on cat-to-human biting and scratching covers play aggression, pain aggression and over-stimulation.

Part two covers fear/defensive aggression and redirected aggression.

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Fun Cat Adoption Promotion at Pawsibilities

By Leighangela Published: September 3, 2009

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A rescued and blind puppy changes one man's opinion about pit bulls

By jim Published: September 3, 2009

Pit bulls get a bad rap.

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Texas owner dies, neighbors help save 110 cats

By jim Published: September 3, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Texas (AP) — When an elderly Johnson City woman known as the "cat lady" died, leaving behind more than 100 felines, the question arose about what would happen to her precious pets.

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World's oldest dog dies in NY at 21 - or 147

By jim Published: September 1, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world's oldest dog has died on Long Island at age 21 — or 147 in dog years.

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