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Barking can bite at relationships among neighbors

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Published: March 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES: Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn't be blamed for fights that involve their masters.

Incessant barking has stirred neighborhood violence and bred an industry of shock and sound devices decried as hurtful by some but hailed as solutions by their makers. Ultimately, owners need to take responsibility for devoting enough time to pet care, experts say. They urge people to get to the root of the problem before boredom, anxiety or fear turn into shredded bedspreads, puddles in the house or escape attempts. Make sure bored animals get plenty of exercise and find out what's upsetting them — maybe it's just a car's backfire.

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Dog who suffered gunshot wound up for adoption at Portage APL

By Published: March 3, 2014

After being saved by the Stow Kent Animal Hospital, a dog on the mend is now up for adoption at the Portage County Animal Protection League.

Augie, a chow/retriever mix, was brought to the vet about two weeks ago with a mangled back leg. After being examined, veterinarians determined he suffered a gunshot wound and had a shattered femur.

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Video: Cat wiggles ears while feeding

By Published: February 26, 2014

This is just the cutest thing you'll see all day. Via the Huggington Post:

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New humane officer appointed at Portage APL

By Published: February 14, 2014

Wanda White was appointed the new humane officer at the Portage APL on Monday.

White is replacing Kathy Cordaro, who has been the acting humane officer for the last year.

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At Westminster, dog show style gets spotlight, too

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press Published: February 11, 2014

NEW YORK: When they step into a ring at the Westminster Kennel Club show, they're supposed to be well-groomed examples of functional elegance.

No, not the dogs. The handlers.

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