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Doggy Enrichment: AKA Ruffian Goes To The Akron Dog Park

By Shannon Published: April 30, 2009

Like it or not, our dogs are captive animals. Regardless of whether they are pets (highly domesticated) or working dogs like ours (often not quite as domesticated), they are captive animals, just like those in zoos.

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Stray dog, goat are inseparable

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

An animal control officer went to an address on Indiana Street to see about a dog and a goat creating a nuisance. She found a plot straight out of Milo and Otis – a pair of star-crossed four-leggeds on an unknown journey, whose bond transcends biological differences and police protocol.

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Bonding with your dog

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

People often insist that the new dog they adopt must come to them in puppyhood in order to bond with the family. The confusion over this idea comes from a study, often borne out by real-life experience, that puppies who do not have any human handling at all during a critical socialization period will grow up with poor socialization skills or sometimes no ability to bond with a human.

What people don't understand, though, is that the human in the puppy's early life does not have to be you. It's the ABILITY to bond that is formed through this early experience. Dogs routinely form new bonds with humans at all stages of life.

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Cockatoo rocks out to Ray Charles

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

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Roxie's cancer journey coming to an end

By Heather Published: April 30, 2009

It is with a heavy heart that I write Roxie's latest update on her journey with Canine Lymphoma- Roxie is not doing well. I was holding out hope that my next update would be good news as it appeared it would be, but the last two weeks have lead me to my decision to finally write what is the here and now- I cant wait for hope any longer.

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How many felines does it take to make you a crazy cat lady?

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

Notice it's a question that only applies to women – although there are enough men who collect animals, too.

The Toronto documentary Cat Ladies, which explores the link between cats and single, lonely women, premieres tomorrow as part of the Hot Docs festival.

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Urban Cat Hunting: Out Trapping Feral Felines For the SPCA

By jim Published: April 30, 2009

On any given day, one to 10 volunteers are off trapping feral cats for San Francisco's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The animals are spayed or neutered, socialized if at all possible (which, after eight months of age, is a lost cause) and put up for adoption -- or released back into the wild. "Mohun Biswas," a veteran volunteer with more than 200 documented feral cat-trappings to his name (which he painstakingly records on yellow legal papers which he can whip out of his back pocket on a moment's notice) loads up a pair of boom box-sized traps and tosses them into the van. It's time for what Biswas refers to as a night of "humane hunting." Read the full story ->

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Pets, owners challenged by increasing allergies

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

Pet allergies are more common than you think. About 10 percent of dogs have allergies, said Sandra Diaz, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She said good data don't exist for cats.

"Allergies we cannot cure. We just manage them and keep them under control so the animal can have a good quality of life," she said.

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Bus driver saves dog from coyotes

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

CALGARY (CBC) - A Calgary bus driver rescued a dog from circling coyotes Tuesday morning, prompting kudos from city officials.

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Dogs are aggressive if they are trained badly

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

From Science Daily:

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Severe Wind Sends Chihuahua Flying Into Sky

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Tinker Bell has been reunited with her owners after a 70-mph gust of wind picked up the six-pound Chihuahua and tossed her out of sight.

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Things My Cat Has Taught Me About Photography

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

Are you chasing your cats around trying to get good photographs, perhaps for the pets.ohio.com photo contest? This photographer has some tips for you.

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Literary cat makes library visits

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

From the BBC:

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Herding cats

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

This funny commercial from 2000 was for Electronic Data Systems and aired during the Super Bowl. According to this article it's one of the ten best Super Bowl ads.


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Greyhound hike

By jim Published: April 29, 2009

HINCKLEY TWP.: Greyhound Adoption of Ohio will host a Hike for Hounds at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Redwing Picnic Area in the Hinckley Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.

Walkers will collect pledges to rescue and support retired racing greyhounds. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise the most money. All who raise more than $50 will receive a gift bag.

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Traveling with your pet

By jim Published: April 28, 2009

It's getting into that time of the year when people are traveling more. Whether it's across the country or across the county, if you're taking your pet along you need to be prepared. Here are just a few tips to help make the trip a little easier.

Ensure that your pet's identification is secure on its collar or leash. Include a phone number where you can be reached while away from home, just in case you and your pet become separated during your travels. Always keep your cell phone with you.

Pack a fun-filled bag with familiar items. Your animal's favorite blanket, chews, treats and toys are always a great idea!

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Top 10 dog care essentials

By jim Published: April 28, 2009

There are few things in life that are more fun and rewarding than bringing a dog into your family. Your dog will offer your family years of love and loyalty, as long as you provide him with food, shelter, responsible care and love in return.

With these ten basic care tips tucked safely under your belt, you will be prepared to offer your pooch the best life he could ask for.

1. Give your dog an identification tag. Every pet should always wear a collar that sports an identification tag with your name, telephone number and address. It is a fact of life that dogs can sometimes get out of their houses or yards, and may need a little help getting back home. If your dog's got some sort of identification, it will greatly increase the chances that he will be returned safely to you.

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Recycle a wine crate into a cat perch

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

Do your cats lounge around on your keyboard? One person solved her problem by making a cat perch out of wine boxes. Read more on this DIY project.

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Missouri animal shelter wins Zootoo prize

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

An aging Missouri animal shelter has won the second annual Zootoo Shelter Makeover contest sponsored by Zootoo.com.

The Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia won an online vote by "a wide margin," says Zootoo founder Richard Thompson, and will get up to $1 million in goods, services and/or cash.

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Local Radio Host Honored for His Advocacy to Help Homeless Animals

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

Tom Erickson of WNIR 100.1 FM as he has been awarded for his advocacy to help homeless animals in Summit County. In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 19-24), DOVIA of Greater Akron awarded Mr. Erickson the "Voice of Volunteerism Award" on April 22, 2009.

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Puppy Mills: Exposed

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

Watch deleted scenes from the upcoming Puppy Mills: Exposed special. Plus, learn what a reputable breeder looks like at Animal Planet.

From the New York Times:

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Medina's Bil-Jac Profiled

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

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Can Your Dog Get Hives?

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

Can your dog get hives? The answer is yes. Although it is not as common as other types of skin conditions your dog may face, it can certainly be a problem and something all owners should be aware of.

There are basically two different forms of hives in dogs; Urticaria, which is an outbreak on their body of swollen bumps, patches, or welts that will appear very suddenly, or Angioedema, which is similar except the swelling happens beneath the skin, not on the skin.

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Ohio Group Rescues Dogs From Pacific Island

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An effort to save discarded dogs from death brought those animals 7,000 miles to central Ohio.

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Microchipping pays off

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

Skitty, a Siamese cat, didn't know that wandering off from her family was a bad idea. What made it worse is the family had road tripped from Florida to Wisconsin to visit relatives. Five months later Skitty was found under a porch as a stray and taken to a vet's office. When a veterinarian scanned the cat for a microchip, the device detected a code identifying the lost cat as Skitty.

The moral of this story? Never get out of the boat. Or, in this case, the motor home. Oh, and get your pets microchipped.

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Happy Pet Parents Day

By Leighangela Published: April 26, 2009

April 26th marks the second annual Pet Parents Day. The day is designated for the last Sunday of April each year.

Thank you, pet parents, for giving a home to a pet in need! This day is for you!

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Like Fer sure duuude: Surfin' Dogs

By BrookeLynn Published: April 26, 2009

Here I am blogging from Sunny California.
Now, before you go getting too jealous: Ohio's weather report was at 80 degrees, and I sat in 70 degree weather yesterday. So, you win.

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Furry friends teach student trainers

By jim Published: April 25, 2009

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — Six months ago, the six puppies adopted by a class at the Ouachita Parish Alternative Center were rowdy, unruly, energetic little balls of fur on their way to the pound.

The pups named Piper, Ace, Dixie, Jet, Bear and Rebel walked calmly beside their trainers April 20, on their way to agility training — a sort of canine graduation ceremony and the final step most of the dogs were to take with the class.

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AKC Announces New Program for Mixed Breeds

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

The AKC's Board of Directors has voted unanimously to proceed with a program for mixed breed dogs which will allow it to act even more broadly and effectively as the dog's champion. The creation of this program ushers in new opportunities for AKC's constituents and clubs and will allow the organization to grow and flourish.

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Maru the cat vs. big box

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

From Japan we present:

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Fluorescent puppy is world's first transgenic dog

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

A cloned beagle named Ruppy – short for Ruby Puppy – is the world's first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light.

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Hero dog's medal sold at UK auction for $35,700

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

LONDON -- A medal awarded to a dog who sniffed out scores of survivors in rubble of the Blitz was sold at auction Friday for 24,250 pounds ($35,700.)

Auctioneers said the buyer chose to remain anonymous.

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Cat thought of the day via Twitter

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

"My cat woke me up just so I could scratch her for two minutes. I feel so used and vulnerable..."

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'Crazy Dog' Bobama Launches Product Frenzy

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

In addition to Bo the Beanie Baby, "Bo, America's Commander in Leash" is about to be released by Mascot Books. Read more ->

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Family dog finds new chew toy: a can of Mace

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

A dog who found a new chew toy this morning received a rude surprise: pepper spray.

The dog, who punctured a can of Mace, forced a family to evacuate their home.

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Animal rights vs. free speech

By jim Published: April 24, 2009

The Supreme Court “has agreed to consider whether a law barring videotapes and other depictions of animal cruelty violates the First Amendment.” The law could result in criminal charges being filed over, say, videos of bullfights or cockfights taken in nations where those practices are perfectly lawful, or taken in U.S. states where until recently various forms of animal fighting were lawful.

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Kittens Play Fighting in Laundry Basket

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

Your daily dose of cuteness

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Pharmacy made mistake in horse drug

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

BRIAN SKOLOFF
Associated Press Writer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An official at a Florida pharmacy said Thursday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

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Basic tips for handling an injured pet

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt, bitten or scratched.

Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch if injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous.

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Dog dies in hot car outside Ore. mall

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

With summer approaching in Ohio, this story serves as a reminder that it's not just kids who should never be left in a car.

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — The warm weather early this week claimed the life of a dog that was left in a car outside an upscale shopping mall.

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Pa. couple with rotting cats fined, forfeit pets

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania couple have each been fined $520 for animal cruelty and must forfeit all pets found when humane officials also found eight decaying cats in their home.

Joyce and Tim Swaney, of Uniontown, were found guilty earlier this month of 36 animal cruelty citations. But they dodged conviction on more serious misdemeanor cruelty charges because the dead cats were too decomposed to determine how they died and be used as evidence.

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First lady jokes energetic new puppy is 'crazy'

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first lady's take on the new White House puppy? He's "crazy."

Michelle Obama says "Bo" the Portuguese water dog loves to bark and play — expected for a puppy — and also likes to chew on people's feet.

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Help needed for rescued Portage County horses

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

DEERFIELD -- Humane Society investigators had warrants to search two properties here owned by the same person.

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You Want Me to Feed My Dog WHAT?

By Leighangela Published: April 22, 2009

I had an interesting visit to the vet today. It was time to start Mr. Blue, my Catahoula dog, on his annual round of flea and heartworm prevention. I also wanted to ask about a few lumps I'd noticed...in particular, some larger ones on his back about where you would assume the kidneys are.

Bracing myself for the worst, I was shocked when the vet said, "the lumps are fat pockets. Reduce his food by a third and fill it back in with fresh vegetables."

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Helmsley estate: $136M to charity, $1M to dogs

By jim Published: April 22, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate baroness Leona Helmsley's estate gave away $136 million Tuesday to hospitals, foundations and the homeless and left $1 million to animal charities, prompting one advocate to accuse the estate of failing to honor the hotel tycoon's wishes.

Helmsley's estate announced 53 charitable grants Tuesday, the bulk of which went to New York City hospitals and medical research. The largest grant, $40 million, went to create a digestive diseases center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, while $35 million went to start two research facilities in Helmsley's name at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Bad cat news

By jim Published: April 22, 2009

File these under "what's wrong with people?"

Therapy cat stabbed at Wash. church rehab center

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Owner fatally beats pit bull after it bites woman

By jim Published: April 22, 2009

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A man fatally beat and strangled his pit bull after the dog chased and repeatedly bit a 20-year-old woman, saying he did what was necessary after the attack.

Kayla Greene received stitches for numerous bite wounds to her arms and buttocks that she suffered before the dog's owner pulled the animal off her.

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EPA Investigating Topical Flea Treatments

By Susan Published: April 21, 2009

Interesting article from the American Dog Owner's Association.

Flea Medications Injure 44,000 Pets

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FDA Investigating Nutro Pet Food

By Leighangela Published: April 21, 2009

After two years of reports of illness and death in pets who were fed Nutro, the FDA has confirmed that they are conducting an ongoing ingestigation on the pet food company.

ConsumerAffairs.com, a private entity for consumer complaints, continuously receives complaints about Nutro from concerned pet owners--nearly 500 in the past year. When the organization attempted to gain information from the FDA on Nutro under the Freedom of Information Act and the request was denied this week, the FDA confirmed that the information could hamper law enforcement actions.

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Summit comes closer to new animal shelter

By jim Published: April 21, 2009

By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

Summit County is moving forward with plans to build its new, environmentally friendly animal shelter.

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Forget Obama's dog, Rush Limbaugh likes cats

By jim Published: April 20, 2009

Love Rush or hate Rush, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak...

Via the Los Angeles Times:

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Ohio Wildlife Center comes to the rescue of animals in need

By jim Published: April 20, 2009

A sick squirrel or wounded rabbit might draw out the nurturing side in many people, but few have the knowledge to care for an animal in distress.

The folks at the Ohio Wildlife Center do.

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A One-Dog Show

By BrookeLynn Published: April 20, 2009

Take a peek at this pup as he belts out a tune.  Talk about talent.

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Spring Clean and Donate that stuff!

By BrookeLynn Published: April 18, 2009

I did it.  Today was the day of spring cleaning, getting rid of stuff that I don't know why I still have... And all in good timing.

If you get that spring cleaning itch tomorrow (Sunday), and want to donate that unneeded stuff, give it to Pawsabilities to help support our local Humane Society!  They are receiving your stuff through tomorrow for their Annual Rummage Sale that is happening next weekend.

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Documentary on Wisconsin fight to kill wild cats to air

By jim Published: April 17, 2009

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — For anyone who wants to relive it, a television show is about to air recounting the heated debate over whether Wisconsin hunters should be allowed to shoot feral cats.

"Here, Kitty Kitty" is scheduled to run on Wisconsin Public Television at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Madison filmmaker Andy Beversdorf started putting the documentary together in 2005.

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West Virginia city devises 'covert' solution to cat woes

By jim Published: April 17, 2009

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — Overrun with dozens of feral and stray cats, Weirton has hatched a plan to get the animals into shelters — the details, though, are secret.

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Husky found after fleeing scene of fatal crash

By jim Published: April 17, 2009

SNOWVILLE, UTAH: Volunteer dog lovers have tracked down a Siberian husky that was missing for two weeks after surviving a car accident that killed his owner.

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You've met Bo the Dog; It's time for Bo the Book

By jim Published: April 17, 2009

LEANNE ITALIE
Associated Press Writer

Now that Bo has his paws firmly planted in the White House, let the marketing begin!

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Name the jaguars

By jim Published: April 17, 2009

AKRON: The Akron Zoo is holding a contest to name the three jaguar cubs that were born at the zoo March 3.

Suggestions for names may be e-mailed to jaguarcubs@akronzoo.org through May 4. A committee of zoo staff members will select six names for the public to vote on from May 10 through June 20.

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Cat Talk Translated

By jim Published: April 16, 2009

Cats Talking

Cats Talking Translated

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Pets keep you healthy & happy

By BrookeLynn Published: April 16, 2009

Looking to ward off minor colds, and keep a smile on your face?

Adopt a pet.

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Elyria animal shelter vying for makeover in national contest

By jim Published: April 15, 2009

Via Cleveland.com:

The Friendship Animal Protective League is a finalist in an online competition to win a $1 million renovation of its deteriorating shelter.

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Roxie's journey to OSU oncology team

By Heather Published: April 15, 2009

With leash in hand that was attached to a smiling carefree little dog, I headed down to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Oncology department early April 2, just two days after Roxie's diagnosis with Canine Lymphoma. I have never been to the OSU clinic, but had always heard wonderful things about their work and clinical trials there. After reading about canine lymphoma on the Internet, I felt very lucky that we here in Akron are only a short two hour drive from such a prestigious team of veterinary professionals while others drive and fly from all over the country.

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Obama family introduces Bo

By jim Published: April 15, 2009

By Rebecca Cole
Chicago Tribune

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It's moving day for Bo the Obamadog

By jim Published: April 14, 2009

By Sharon Theimer
Associated Press

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Cleveland Boy Introduced to Guide Dog for First Time

By jim Published: April 14, 2009

W.A.G.S.4Kids, one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to providing aid dogs to children with special needs, presented Charlie Glazer, a seven year old boy from Mentor suffering from Muscular Dystrophy, with a specially trained aid dog on Friday, April 10. Ruby, a ten month old Golden Retriever, just completed her training in Marion, Ohio. She will help Charlie by being able to retrieve objects by name, open doors, drawers and the refrigerator, hit doorbells, light switches and handicapped access entry buttons.

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Pet control urged

By jim Published: April 14, 2009

CINCINNATI: The mayor of Cincinnati is joining activists such as longtime game show host Bob Barker in urging that pets be spayed or neutered.

Mayor Mark Mallory says the city has an interest in limiting the number of unwanted pets because animal shelters and rescue groups are overburdened.

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Past Presidential Pets

By jim Published: April 13, 2009

Take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about White House pets from the past.

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Dog Ownership 101: Some Advice for the Obamas

By jim Published: April 13, 2009

Now that the First Dog has made its way to the White House, now is a good time for some Dog Ownership 101 lessons.

Lessons to be learned:

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Animal Rights Activitists Busy in Ohio

By Susan Published: April 10, 2009

Once again animal rights activists are busy in Columbus trying to get legislation passed that will make if difficult, if not eventually impossible, for us to own cats and dogs. Here is a portion of a news letter from The Sporting Dog Alliance, with permission to cross post. Please contact your senator voicing your concerns.

For example, not everyone who has an unaltered dog breeds. Some who are active in performance events such as agility and obedience choose to not alter their dogs, especially males. Much of the "research" that activist spot off has been proven to not be true. Example, did you know that a dog has less than 6% chance of getting prostrate cancer? Yet, that is what they say to encourage neutering. What they do not tell you, especially with early spaying and neutering, you almost guarantee that your dog will end up with other forms or cancer which are much more deadly.

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Going green benefits your dog's health as well as the planet

By jim Published: April 10, 2009

You recycle. You eat organic. You put on a sweater before you crank up the heat. But have you ever considered your dog's effect on the environment? And have you thought about what the environment's doing to your dog?

The surprising answer: quite a lot. A recent study from eco-watchdogs Environmental Working Group found that cats and dogs are carrying around a cocktail of 48 different industrial chemicals in their bodies--many of them at much higher levels than what's found in people. Some of those chemicals have been linked to thyroid problems, birth defects, and cancer, among other conditions.

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Easter Pets: Not such a great idea

By BrookeLynn Published: April 9, 2009

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Honda Element's special features are for the dogs

By jim Published: April 9, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — A new offering from Honda Motor Co. may get dogs more interested in checking out the inside of their ride rather than hanging their heads out the window.

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Cat Goes On A Crime Spree

By jim Published: April 9, 2009

A one-year-old cat named Jack is stealing clothes from unsuspecting neighbors. Apparently cat kleptomania is more common than you think. A few years back in New York, a cat made off with a bunch of garden gloves.

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'Gentle giant' Augie top doggie

By jim Published: April 9, 2009

By Kathy Antoniotti
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Missouri tries to shed reputation as 'puppy mill'

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

CHERYL WITTENAUER
Associated Press Writer

SENECA, Mo. (AP) — When authorities raided J.B.'s Precious Puppies, they discovered more than 200 dogs standing in their own excrement, crammed three and four to a cage. Some were so sickly they were missing clumps of hair. The skeletal remains of puppies and adult dogs were found inside pet-food bags.

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Jaguar gives birth to 3 cubs at Akron Zoo

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

By Beacon Journal Staff

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What Every Pet Owner Should Know about Heartworms

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

According to a recent study conducted by The American Heartworm Society (AHS), heartworm disease continues to be a major health concern throughout the United States. The study indicates the need to continue to raise awareness among the more than 82 million pet owners about this potentially deadly disease and correct some of the misconceptions about its transmission, prevention and treatment.

The results of the study show that heartworm incidence in dogs is on the rise in the US and there is a continued increase in the geographical spread of the disease. The extended occurrences were found particularly in the northwest region and around the Rocky Mountain States. The Delta, South-central and Southeast regions also saw an increase in reported cases, with prevalence being the highest in the Delta region.



Heartworm disease is found in all 50 states. All dogs, regardless of breed, size, general health – and whether they are considered indoor or outdoor pets – are vulnerable to it. Once a dog tests positive for heartworms, treatment for the disease is complicated. It's lengthy, traumatic to the pet and its owner, expensive, and can be risky. Cats can get infected too, and while heartworms are easy to prevent, there is no approved treatment if they get infected. .

Heartworms are transmitted by an infected mosquito biting your dog and depositing tiny larvae on the skin which migrate through the tissues and mature until they reach the heart and lungs. There, they cause debilitating damage that can rob the animal of its energy, its quality of life and, eventually, of life itself.

“Fortunately, there is an easy, reliable way to prevent pets from contracting heartworm disease in the first place,” said Dr. Sheldon Rubin, president of AHS. “Heartworm Preventives are highly effective, convenient to administer, and available at a small fraction of the cost of treatment,” he added. They must be dispensed by a licensed veterinarian.

Pet owners are urged to consult their veterinarians about heartworm disease, and to follow his or her recommendations carefully in order to protect their pets. “The American Heartworm Society (AHS) hopes to raise pet-owner awareness of heartworm disease and has designated “April is Heartworm Awareness Month,” said Dr. Sheldon Rubin, president of AHS.

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Dog overboard found four months later

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

SYDNEY (AFP) – A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with its owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said.

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Akron authorities seek dog in mauling of 2-year-old

By jim Published: April 8, 2009

By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 10:42 p.m. EDT, Apr 07, 2009

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Sockington The Cat Is A Star

By jim Published: April 7, 2009

At least to more than 200,000 people who are following him on Twitter he's a star.

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Stop Anthropomorphizing Me - Satire From 'The Onion'

By jim Published: April 7, 2009

What would we do without "The Onion?" Enjoy the following editorial from "Gerald."

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Safe Handling Tips for Pet Foods and Treats

By jim Published: April 7, 2009

Consumers can take steps to help prevent foodborne illness, including Salmonella -related illness, when handling pet foods and treats. These products, like many other types of foods, can be susceptible to harmful bacterial contamination.

Salmonella in pet foods and treats can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and in people too, especially children, older people, and those with compromised immune systems. Salmonella in pet foods and treats potentially can be transferred to people ingesting or handling the contaminated products.

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Canine lymphoma - Roxie's journey

By Heather Published: April 7, 2009

Many dog owners out there should read my latest  blog series on something that may one day affect your dog- canine lymphoma. Studies have shown that approximately 50% of dogs (www.helpyourdogfightcancer.com) are infected with cancer and that once your dog reaches the age of 10, the percentage jumps to 80%!

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Singles Mingle: Find love for a good cause!

By BrookeLynn Published: April 7, 2009

Hey all you single pet parents: Do I have a fun to-do for-you this weekend.

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The House Bunny

By BrookeLynn Published: April 6, 2009

Before you read any further, sorry this tidbit has nothing to do with that feature film filled with young twenty-somethings scantily clad and an older gentleman donning a smoking jacket.  Sorry, guys.

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Benefit raffle for pets

By jim Published: April 6, 2009

Responsible pet owners know one of the best things they can do for their cat or dog is to have them spayed or neutered. The benefits of spaying and neutering are far-reaching, since altered animals tend to be healthier and have fewer behavioral problems.

Also, they don’t contribute to the overpopulation problem, so fewer animals end up homeless, in shelters or on the street. For 28 years the Animals Protection Guild has sponsored low-cost spay and neuter programs in the community.

The group tirelessly raises funds to assist with spay and neuter programs by sponsoring the Animal Attic, a resale store located at 3124 Ninth St. S.W., in Canton. Here they accept donations of new or nearly new items for sale, with all proceeds going to benefit spay and neuter programs. Since 1982 the Guild has financially assisted with over 68,000 surgeries.

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Shoe Store Parrot

By jim Published: April 6, 2009

Kiwi, a 17-year-old African gray parrot, is a popular fixture at Long's Shoes store in Stow.

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The Best Pet for Your Sign

By Heather Published: April 3, 2009

Hello Pet Channel readers, I thought I would start off my first blog article with something fun I found on matching your ideal pet to your astrological sign. Since spring is a popular time for people to add a new furry member to their family, this is a fun way to see if that match is in the stars.  Although my horoscope tells me to get an iguana, I don't think my cats and dogs would like that! It is fun though to read up on what kind of pet you have and let me know if you agree!

A sampling....

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Cat People Vs. Dog People

By BrookeLynn Published: April 3, 2009

Cat People VS Dog People:  Is there really a difference?

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Easter

By jim Published: April 3, 2009

Hope Schultz - WebVet.com

Easter is just around the bend, and while it typically means tons of fun for the kids - Easter egg hunts, colorful Easter baskets stuffed to the brim with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans galore - it could mean real trouble for some of our other family members: our animals. So while the rest of the family is celebrating this joyous holiday, make sure your dogs and cats stay happy and healthy with a few tips on the potential pet perils of Easter.

1 - Easter Lilies

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Teamwork saves Ohio cat from tree top

By jim Published: April 2, 2009

FREMONT, OHIO -- The Society for the Protection of Animals (S.P.A.) received a call Tuesday morning from a Helena resident who was concerned about a cat who had become stuck in a tree more than 40 feet up in the air. He'd been up there for three days, the caller said.

Terry McGrady, S.P.A. vice-president, received a return call from Juan Castillo of Northwest Ohio Tree Services, Inc. around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Mr. Castillo said he'd pick up his bucket truck in Fremont and then meet McGrady in Helena.

"I have never seen anything like it, "Barbara McGrady, S.P.A. president said. "The cat eagerly jump right into Mr. Castillo's arms. Normally, they are very frightened, but this cat was obviously ready to get his four paws on the ground."

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Children’s Book Author Brings President’s Dog Book to the Learned Owl Book Shop

By jim Published: April 2, 2009

Riki, author of Who Said You Can’t Be the President’s Dog, will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop (204 N Main St, Hudson) on Saturday, April 18th from 1 – 3 p.m. She will be reading from her book and signing copies.

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Spotting Arthritis in Dogs

By jim Published: April 2, 2009

Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. It affects not only people of all ages -- including children -- but also strikes our furry friends, too. If you’re a dog-owner, you make sure your buddy takes his heartworm medicine, eats well, looks bright-eyed and playful, and greets you as only a doggy can when you come home. You notice changes in mood and activity, so if your pet isn’t feeling his best you may suspect a cold or stomach virus – but it could be arthritis. In fact, arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.

Spot’s Pals Are Early Diagnosis and Treatment

How do you know if it’s arthritis? Your dog can’t explain what’s wrong with him, so it’s important to watch his non-verbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously.

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PAWS Kicks Off April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

By jim Published: April 2, 2009

The Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio (PAWS) champions the fight to end animal abuse by recognizing April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month. As part of the PAWS mission to work for the prevention of cruelty to all animals, it is important to be able to identify signs of abuse and neglect and to be able to properly notify the proper authorities.

Some signs of abuse:

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Picking That New Rescue

By Susan Published: April 1, 2009

It is always stressful bringing in a new addition to the family, whether it be a two or four legged addition.  Many are now looking to rescue organizations to get their new addition from.  Here are just a few pointers to help that new addition be a good fit for the family.

Before you go, determine what you want and do not want.  If you want a friendly dog without a lot of challenges with training or if you are up to a challenge with a lot of issues to train out.  Also determine if children or another pets will be a factor.

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Woman's Dog Dies After Eating Recalled Dog Food

By jim Published: April 1, 2009

Danielle Drake of Mt. Lookout says she was devastated to learn her 10-year-old dog Abbey died from salmonella poisoning from pet food she had just bought the first week of February. Abbey soon got lethargic, and dehydrated.

"I took her to the vet and within 24 hours she was having seizures, going into cardiac arrest."

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11 Pit Bull Puppies Killed; Poisoning Suspected

By jim Published: April 1, 2009

EDEN, N.C.—Eleven pit bulls lay lifeless Tuesday in the yard of Jerry Alford’s home on College Village Drive in Eden, N.C. The mother pit bull was inside the house, struggling to survive. Alford believes that his dogs were poisoned.

“You can see antifreeze on their coats,“ he said.

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Dead Dogs Investigation Grows

By jim Published: April 1, 2009

LOGAN CO., Ohio -- Officials with the Logan County Humane Society said their investigation into the deaths of 14 dogs, some skinned and mutilated, may be connected with another dead dog case in Randolph County, Ind.

The 14 dead dogs were discovered late Monday in a Logan County creek by Humane Society employee Kyle Holcomb, who was looking for a place to fish.

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What you should know about household hazards to pets

By jim Published: April 1, 2009

Every home contains a variety of everyday items and substances that can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested by dogs and cats. You can protect your pet's health by becoming aware of the most common health hazards found in many pet-owning households.

HAZARDS IN THE KITCHEN

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