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Puppy mills muddy Issue 2 debate

By jim Published: October 30, 2009

By Bob Downing
Beacon Journal staff writer

- Opponents believe plan would protect breeders; supporters say it wouldn't -

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Remembering Sheena

By Grant Published: October 27, 2009

It appears that Lexi and Murphy have crated Grant in their new offices of Perfectly Pawsible and are keeping him on a short leash until the renovation and the move are complete, which will be wrapped up this week. Grant will be back next week, but in the meantime, he has asked me to guest post today. My name is Michele Randolph, I am Grant’s Virtual Assistant, and I’d like to tell you about my best friend.

My Shepherd Collie/German Shepherd mix, Sheena, had been a faithful companion and loving family member to us for over 15 years. She grew up playing fetch, tag and frisbee with ‘the boys’, who were ages 2, 6, and 32(hubby!) when she came to us at eight weeks old. Her unconditional love and excited-to-see-you greeting would bring a smile to us no matter what our mood. Sheena happily shared her pack family with several cats over the years, always winning them over as best friends despite their initial instinct of fear. She also loved the many children who ran through our house and yard; neighbors, nieces, nephews and friends – the more the merrier - Sheena loved the fun and excitement the kids brought with them, and they all loved her.

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Pit bull saves two women, and dies still wagging his tail.

By BrookeLynn Published: October 27, 2009

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." -- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Courtesy of DogsInTheNews.com

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This 21-pound gray tabby cat rules an Air Force base clinic

By jim Published: October 27, 2009

Meet Max, a 21-pound gray tabby cat, who was brought to the Luke Air Force Base Veterinary Clinic in Arizona in July of 1999 after he was discovered in a gutter.

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Assistance dogs give help hearing impaired

By jim Published: October 27, 2009

Linda Lombardi
Associated Press

Ray Dobson and the dog he now calls Goblin both had a problem.

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Bots. Warbles. Disgusting.

By Gay Published: October 27, 2009

Warbles are the larvae of the bot, cutereba, which is a very large fly with feelers and utterly disgusting. It does not bite or sting, but invades a host, which can include horses, dogs, cats, and yes, even humans. They are most commonly found in rabbits or burrowing animals, but the bot is opportunistic and will deposit her eggs in any animal . The eggs turn into larvae, or warbles, which are easily visible. It takes a number of weeks for the process, and the animal may develop an ulceration and an abscess underneath.

I found a sweet little cat one hot day at the hospital, and he had a puncture mark, most likely a bite from another cat. The tech said it might be a warble, but it wasn’t—nothing was visible, and the sore healed nicely from treatment. It was the first I had heard of warbles, although I know of bots, which can be problematic in hroses. Usually, cats and dogs are not attacked, but it can happen, and it needs attention. It may take the larvae 20 days up to 60 to turn into pupae. Usually, you see a lump with a hole at one end—that is the breathing hole for the larva. Some people put alcohol on it or Vaseline, which smothers the larvae, but you do not want it staying in the body.



If you see pupae emerging, do not squeeze the area, as it may burst or burrow back down into the body. It is really critical that you don’t as it will cause even more infection. Pieces of it may remain in your animal. They can cause sores a quarter inch in diameter, and underneath the open sore may be a hardened abscess which will suppurate.

If your dog or cat is afflicted, it needs treated by a veterinarian. The vet can determine if the wound is a warble or simply an infection. Either way, the animal needs antibiotics. Some people who prefer a natural method use black walnut hull ground fine. I like a natural method for some things, but for this—seek veterinarian assistance.

They can spread to you or your family if there is an open wound. Since there is no sting, like a horsefly, you don’t know it’s there until the dreadful wound.

Chances of your cat or dog being invaded by a bot are not great, but they might ingest the eggs which migrate throughout the body or while running through areas where bots live, pick it around their legs.

Again, I emphasize that this needs a veterinarian’s attention. It’s not likely to happen, but you need to know what you are dealing with if it does.

Submitted by Gay Fifer, Parsley Hollow, Inc.

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Finally, a stylish dog-poop bag

By jim Published: October 26, 2009

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Blame it on the dog.

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Video: Fashion Goes to the Dogs

By jim Published: October 24, 2009

No word if dogs like dressing up for Halloween, but many pooch owners in Lithuania hit the runaway with their dressed up canine to compete in a Halloween costume contest. A bee look-alike took the top prize.

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Halloween costumes ... for dogs?

By jim Published: October 23, 2009

SpoiledRottenDoggies.com was featured in a posted at Salon.com we'll charitably title "risque Halloween costumes for dog."

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Costumed Canines

By BrookeLynn Published: October 22, 2009

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Guinness, Master of Destruction

By Gay Published: October 22, 2009

Guinness is my granddog. He is so cute, you can not help but love him. He is a fascinating blend of many breeds, and he got a bit of naughtiness from most of those, I suspect. But he is so cute, and so loving. My daughter-in-law got him from a Humane Society, and there had obviously been trauma in his former life. He was a young dog, when they got him, but he was nervous, and he fretted when they were at work. I went to visit the three of them about six years ago, when he was still relatively new to them. Guinness quickly exhibited his boundless energy. He would play fetch till he dropped. He would hike the Appalachian Trail. And he missed his people. My son is a surgeon, and my daughter-in-law is a Physician’s Assistant, so their hours are long. Guinness, however, was the center of attention when they got home. While I was there, I was determined to harness his penchant for chewing, running away, and yanking arms out of socket while walking. He was a pup still; he weighed about twenty five pounds. Who was clearly going to be the winner, I, right?

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Caught on Tape: Dog Makes Daring Escape - updated

By jim Published: October 22, 2009

Surveillance cameras captured a German shepherd getting out of his kennel, unlocking a door and then escaping a New York animal hospital through a door. (Oct. 21)

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The Difference Between Dogs

By Grant Published: October 21, 2009

Seems I hear a hundred dog stories every week. From the cute ones to aggression issues to pains in someone’s life to just about everything in between.

While I am in transition and will end up with one dog, right now regular readers know I have a Golden Retriever (Murphy) and a German Shepherd (Lexi). They are so totally different, yet in many ways the same.

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Poll: Majority of owners willing to go mouth-to-muzzle to save their pet

By jim Published: October 21, 2009

By Sue Manning
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES: Most pet owners would leap into action for an injured pet, even if it meant risking dog breath by going mouth-to-snout.

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Feeding Pets

By Gay Published: October 20, 2009

I recently ran across an article that stated that feral cats, those in the wild, will eat as often as ten to twenty times a day. That seems excessive, because they have to expend a great deal of energy to catch the mouse, the squirrel, the chipmunk in order to dine. So, the article continued, how often should you feed your cat? The author recommended leaving a bowl of food out all day.

Ah, but therein lies the rub! If you have multiple cats, you have multiple eating habits. I have different feeding “stations” for each of my cats, but none is polite enough to be satisfied with his or her own. One of my cats will deliberately pass by his own goodies and go to work on another cat’s who lies asleep, oblivious to the thievery of this cat stalking her food. I have tried putting up the unfinished bowls, but that doesn’t help the cat who did not finish his meal, preferring to wait for a hungrier time.

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9 lives per gallon? Cat stuck in SUV engine is OK

By jim Published: October 20, 2009

A cat who rode two miles through New York City while stuck in the engine compartment of an SUV has lived to meow about it. Wilfred Rodriguez heard rattling while he was driving Monday in the Bronx. After he parked, he spotted a bushy tail and a paw sticking out of the SUV's front end.

His initial reaction: "Oh my God! I killed a cat." He was relieved when the paw moved.

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Wadsworth man accused in beating death of 9-year-old Rottweiler

By jim Published: October 19, 2009

Another act of animal cruelty is sparking outrage in northeast Ohio.

A 71-year-old Wadsworth man faces charges after authorities said he beat his son's girlfriend's dog to death with a fence post.

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Dick Whittington And His Cats

By jim Published: October 18, 2009

The story of Dick Whittington and his cat has been known for six hundred years.  According to the tale, Dick Whittington wandered into London in the 1400’s from a small village, carrying the only thing he owned, a cat he loved dearly.  Being penniless, he made a bet on the cat, and the bet was that the cat would bring great good luck for a ship bound for parts unknown and return with great treasure.  Dick sadly parted with his cat, who was taken on board the ship and treated well, where he began to earn his keep quickly by ridding the ship of any mice or rates that had wandered on board.  He killed hundreds of rats, and the sailors were well pleased with the cat and made much of him.

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Animal advocates shot at during protest

By jim Published: October 16, 2009

Members of an animal rights group were the victims of sniper fire during a protest and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest in front of the Aquarium & Pet Center to protest the retailer's alleged sale of "puppy mill" dogs, or purebred pups that have been bred in inhumane conditions. That's when the shots rang out.

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Jaycee Dugard’s pets

By Gay Published: October 15, 2009

I have just finished reading about the reunion of Jaycee Dugard with her family. This remarkable young woman endured horrific things, but she managed to teach her two girls, fathered by the pedophile who kidnapped her, despite having gone to school only through the sixth grade. This blog is not about what I feel should be done to the Garridos. It is, instead, about love.

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Have you ever eaten cat or dog food? Why?

By jim Published: October 15, 2009

This is the question posed at the Experience Project.

While I've always been curious to sample our Maine Coon kibble, I've not been THAT curious. My favorite answer from the above site:

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Invisible dogs swarm Brooklyn

By jim Published: October 14, 2009

What happens when you unleash more than 2,000 people walking invisible dogs in a Brooklyn neighborhood? The folks at Improve Everywhere answer that question. Click the link to see more photos and a behind-the-scenes look at the event after watching the video below.

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Hallowoof

By BrookeLynn Published: October 14, 2009

Halloween is by far my favorite time of year.  This is a perfect time for ghoulish scares, candy corn, and of course dressing up my Golden Retriever, Teddy.  What should my male 100 pound hairy monster be this year?  I haven't quite decided just yet.  Hey, I don't have kids...so this is what I have to think about.

But there is one thing I have decided. We need to have a giant costumed pet parade here in Akron.  Watching this video, I found myself getting a little jealous and plotting our town's parade for next year...

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Volunteers build doghouses for neighborhood dogs in need

By jim Published: October 13, 2009

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — About a year ago, Alex Johnston noticed that two dogs living in pens in his neighborhood needed better shelter.

Johnston, a board member for the Humane Society of the Flint Hills, thought he might be able to build doghouses for the pets and went online to find information or instructions on how to construct them.

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Canine sports: Putting the fun into dog training

By jim Published: October 13, 2009

By LINDA LOMBARDI
For The Associated Press

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Cleaning a dog’s anal glands

By Gay Published: October 13, 2009

I know, I know—this is definitely an unpleasant subject, and one which we all hope to never have to know about. But impacted anal glands are terribly uncomfortable for your dog, and if you see him dragging his rear end across the floor, you know he—and you—have problems.

The anal sacs are two pouches under the dogs tail by the anus. They accumulate a foul liquid. When I say foul, I don’t mean just like rotting vegetable matter, dead animal carcass, an overturned porta-potty, I mean really, really, I’m-gonna-throw-up- FOUL. Usually the glands empty themselves each time your dog moves his bowels (one reason to be sure your dog has enough exercise and good food, not people food and sweets), but sometimes, alas, they don’t. I don’t know of any dogs that are prone to impacted anal glands—it can happen to any. Generally speaking, a well-toned dog who eats a proper diet and gets plenty of exercise will not have this problem.

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Humane Society of Greater Akron Adopt-A-Thon, Oct. 17-18

By jim Published: October 13, 2009

Saturday October 17th 10 - 6
Sunday October 18th 12 - 5

During the Humane Society of Greater Akron Fall Adopt-A-Thon all cats and kittens will be $15 and dogs will be $99.

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Abandoned dog becomes mountain guide

By jim Published: October 12, 2009

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — The dog found her.

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Recession pushes pet owners, shelters to the brink

By jim Published: October 12, 2009

BRISTOL, Ind. (AP) — A lack of donations and surge in the number of pets being surrendered has pushed many animal shelters to their physical and financial limits.

Kim Intino, director of shelter services for the Humane Society of the United States, said the economy has affected many shelters in the country.

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Grieving pets

By Gay Published: October 12, 2009

We know now, because the scientists have told us what we knew all along—dogs and cats (all animals) are far smarter and more emotional than anyone thought. Except, of course, for those of us who have lived with animals for a long time.

I always wondered about kittens and puppies taken from their mothers. What did the mother think? Was she grief-stricken?

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Pet Place - Oct. 10

By jim Published: October 12, 2009

Humane Society of Greater Akron Adopt-A-Thon - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 4902 Quick Road, Boston Township. The public is invited to bring pets to a Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m. Oct. 17. All adoptable cats and kittens will be available for a $15 adoption fee; all dogs are $99. Refreshments will be served. Adoptions include initial vaccines, spay or neuter, deworming, flea preventative, heart-worm test for dogs, FIZ/FELV test for cats and microchip, pending application approval.

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Party - 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 downtown Hudson. dogs and their families are invited to trick-or-treat at shops in downtown Hudson. Photos, dog training techniques, agility course demonstration for participating dogs, and dog CPR and Heimlich maneuver demonstration. Sponsored by Hudson Hydrant Dog Boutique.

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Perfectly Pawsible is on the Move!

By Grant Published: October 11, 2009

 We are taking a brief break from blogging this week in order to make the necessary preparations to better serve our clients, as well as acclimate Lexi and Murphy to their new den.  Who knew painting bone-shaped clouds on the ceilings, laying indoor/outdoor carpeting, and hauling in trees would be so much work?  And does anyone know where we can get an out-of-service fire hydrant?

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Why MUST dogs rotate before settling down on the floor?

By Gay Published: October 11, 2009

My dog Jake can count. I’m not making this up; he can really count, at least up to seven. The reason I know he possesses this incredible mental ability is because he turns exactly seven times before settling down on his favorite spot on the floor. Should he decide to settle in on HIS couch, he makes two rotations, not seven. So, floor—seven. Sofa—two.

He has done this since he was a baby, a little golden, curly teddy bear of a golden retriever, big triangular deep brown eyes, big black nose and smiling mouth. I’d say, “Come on Jake, come sit with me” and pick him up and plop him on my lap. Didn’t work—he had to make two turns before he fell into puppy sleep.

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'Loyaultie me lie'

By Gay Published: October 10, 2009

The above is the standard of Richard III of England, who fought to keep his crown and was grievously betrayed. Nevertheless, despite bad press (Shakespeare did much to sully his reputation, because Great Elizabeth's father is the man who defeated Richard and became the usurper of the throne), Richard III was a good ruler, a good man (for the times), and when he gave his oath, he remained loyal to it. All of this happened over 515 years ago, of course, but the expression describes a dog perfectly.

"I am loyal."

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National Feral Cat Day is October 16th, time to plan

By jim Published: October 9, 2009

Via Alley Cat Allies:

We know how much you care about cats and want to help protect them. Now you can celebrate NFCD by reaching out to others with the message that feral cats are healthy and happy outdoors and that Trap-Neuter-Return improves cats' lives. Get involved and show your support for stray and feral cats by distributing educational materials or hosting local events like workshops, fundraisers, or special neuter clinic days.

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Pit bull burglar really wanted a play date

By jim Published: October 9, 2009

This is a story you have to love and points out that not all pit bulls are bad natured.

Folks in a Dallas neighborhood had noticed a pit bull roaming from house to house for a few days. Diana Session noticed it clawing at the window of a neighbor who was away at work. Her Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier were inside the home alone. Session was alarmed later when she saw the pit bull was now INSIDE the house. She even snapped a photo after alerting the authorities.

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Self-grooming in cats

By Gay Published: October 9, 2009

Cats are just naturally dainty creatures. They take pleasure in cleaning, grooming and preening, and they enjoy a mutual grooming session. They learn this behavior from their mothers, before they leave her and strike out on their own. If their mothers are not around or never learned to groom, the kitten may or may not have an inclination.

We had a feral cat who was on his own from about four weeks. It took a year and a half to capture him, but we finally did. He was in fairly good condition, but he was thrilled to have our other cats snuggle up to him and wash him. They had taught him how to survive the bitter cold winters by leading him to the hood of a just-run car, where to burrow down in an area of leaves—and how to walk into our humane trap!

It only took a day or two for him to engage in mutual grooming, and he craved it. When he approached his favorite cat, he’d duck his head and the favorite (also the alpha cat) would oblige by gently untangling tangles and burrs and snarls, then proceed to wash. Cats are so flexible, so they can reach most areas, but if there is a difficult spot to reach, they simply load up their paws with spit and use them as washcloths. There is not a cat-lover alive who hasn’t enjoyed watching a cat preen its face.

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Woman pays $1,000 to get her dog back

By jim Published: October 9, 2009

Associated Press

CLEVELAND: A missing dog in Cleveland has been returned by a woman who got a $1,000 cash reward and says she had purchased the 5-year-old Maltese/Shih Tzu mix for $150.

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Woman's 7-foot-long dog could be record holder

By jim Published: October 8, 2009

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Boomer may be a buster: Measuring 3 feet tall at the shoulders and 7 feet long from nose to destructive wagging tail, he might be the world's tallest living dog.

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Cat Man doing 'fabulous job for the city'

By jim Published: October 8, 2009

WINDSOR, Ont. -- Virtually every morning you’ll find the Cat Man stalking his prey: feral felines.

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A Natural Laxative for Cats

By Gay Published: October 8, 2009

Our cat, Frogger, all 35 pounds of him, came to us grievously injured, which included spiral fractures, a ruptured spleen, damage to his bowels. Frogger is a Turkish Van, and as such, he is an enormous cat. But he kept getting bigger and bigger and he was obviously in pain and discomfort. We took him to the doctor, who said he had a megacolon (I think that was the medical term), which it made it difficult for him to eliminate. He would have to take medicine three times a day to assist his bowels in doing their job of moving food through the alimentary track. Getting the pills down him was next to impossible. He’d claw, bite, twist, and ultimately, escape. All my cat-pilling tricks were useless, and he kept getting fatter and less mobile. So, the doctor prescribed a medicine that we spread on the inside of his ear flap. That was much better, but it was three times a day, and one vial lasted not quite a month, and it was ridiculously expensive.

So, I looked through my notes and books and recipes and old-timey cures, and I came across raw pumpkin. Yep, plain old pumpkin from a can. It’s about 79 cents for 16 ounces. Not the pumpkin pie pumpkin, just pure pumpkin. I put a tablespoon of it on his food morning and night, thinking, “Yeah, right, this will work. Like he is going to eat a yellow vegetable.”

Surprise! He did, and he loves it. If I neglect to take the time to mix his dry food with it, he does the job himself and eats every little bite, licking the bowl clean. He loves it with his wet food. Best of all, it works. That cat is now a pooping machine! He has lost at least five pounds, and he is much more comfortable than he has been since we found him seven years ago.

If your cat has trouble performing his daily ablutions, ask your vet if raw pumpkin might be the answer. It’s cheap, effective, and evidently delicious. Our other cats are pleased to have a little every now and again. I wouldn’t say that Frogger is exactly svelte, but you know, he is getting there, and while he used to stay holed up in the house, adjusting his body, trying to get a modicum of comfort and crying with the effort, he now goes outside, runs around a little, and then he comes in and curls up next to his best cat friend and has a good, uninterrupted sleep.

And neither my husband nor I are lacerated and bloody. What a great fix!

--submitted by Gay Fifer, owner, Parsley Hollow, Inc.

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Pet owners can decorate stylishly, strategically

By jim Published: October 8, 2009

BY MELISSA RAYWORTH, For The Associated Press

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Shelter dogs turn show biz in 'Dalmatians' musical

By jim Published: October 7, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — There are no divas among the cast of "The 101 Dalmatians Musical," but plenty of stars. Take Rascal, the puppy with a broken leg who was rescued from the side of a road.

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Couple combs downtown Cleveland for lost dog, offers $1,000 reward

By jim Published: October 7, 2009

CLEVELAND (AP): Two people looking for a lost dog have plastered downtown Cleveland with hundreds of posters, are offering a $1,000 reward and have enlisted the homeless and Cleveland Browns tailgaters in the search.

Maverick, a 5-year-old Maltese/Shih Tzu mix, has been missing for a week, ever since Mike Frate says he left the dog out of his sight for less than a minute outside. Frate was dog-sitting for girlfriend Kelly Durkota while she was out of town on Sept. 30.

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Why you can't afford a dog (or cat)

By jim Published: October 7, 2009

The following article comes via MSN Money. What are your thoughts on this article? Does our love of animals cost us too much, or is the money well spent considering what animals bring to our lives, such as longer lives?

How much is that doggy in the window?

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Drug-resistant staph could be swapped between animals and owners

By jim Published: October 6, 2009

For decades, the drug-resistant germ called MRSA was almost exclusively a concern of humans, usually in hospitals and other health care settings.

But in recent years, the germ has become a growing problem for veterinarians, with an increasing number of infections turning up in birds, cats, dogs, horses, pigs, rabbits and rodents. And that, infectious-disease experts say, is becoming a hazard to humans who own or spend time with these animals.

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Pup obedience school teaches competitive agility

By jim Published: October 6, 2009

PASADENA, Md. (AP) — A miniature Australian shepherd dashes down a long yellow tunnel, up and down a steep plank and through a plastic tire swing, his owner cheering him on the whole time.

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US court hears free-speech case of pit bull videos

By jim Published: October 6, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices on Tuesday indicated that a federal law aimed at graphic videos of dog fights and other acts of animal cruelty goes too far in limiting U.S. free speech rights.

The court heard argument on the Obama administration's appeal to reinstate a 10-year-old law that bans the production and sale of the videos. A federal appeals court struck down the law and invalidated the conviction of Robert Stevens, who was sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull fights.

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Leads, Leashes & Collars, Oh My...

By Grant Published: October 6, 2009

I was trying to make that come out like, "Lions, Tigers & Bears" but just couldn't pull it off.

I had an interesting reaction to a post a few weeks ago, so thought I'd follow up...

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Former sheriff's deputy in Texas became subject of murder case due to sniffer dogs

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

The story of how a veteran law enforcement officer became a murder suspect is at the heart of a controversy over an investigative forensic tool called dog-scent lineups.

Read the full story at CNN.

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October is American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

The American Humane Society offers several tips to help you decide if you're ready to take the plunge.

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What Cats Are Really Thinking

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

Your daily cat humor

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Ohio police investigating cat poisonings

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

WAKEMAN, Ohio (AP) — Police in the northern Ohio village of Wakeman say they are investigating several cases of cat poisoning over the past two weeks.

Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker says he’s had about 15 reports of poisoned animals and guesses the total number of cases, including unreported poisonings, is higher.

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Mall store opens for fashionable pets

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

Beacon Journal staff report

Moochie & Co. is the newest retailer in Summit Mall in Fairlawn. The specialty retail concept for dogs, cats and their owners offers pet treats, accessories, toys and home decoration products.

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Pet Place - Oct 3

By jim Published: October 5, 2009

Fall Dog Walk and Costume Party — Freedom Greyhound Rescue will sponsor the two-mile event at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Sunny Lake, 885 Mennonite Road, Aurora, during the city's Family Fall Festival. Doggie trick-or-treating will be held along the trail and there will be Boo Treat bags for all registered pooches. Registration is $3 per dog with a $5 maximum fee. Dog games and costume judging will take place following the walk. The event benefits Freedom Greyhound Rescue and local animal rescue groups. For information, visit http://www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org.

Shot clinic —The Summit County Health Department will offer rabies and other vaccinations for dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Green Recycling Center, 5383 Massillon Road. Veterinarians from PetGuards will provide the shots for dogs and cats only. Available shots are a rabies vaccine for 1- and 3-year-olds for $6; annual cat booster for $14; kitten shot, including wormer, for $10; feline leukemia shot for outdoor cats only for $16; dog annual booster for $14; adult dog shot for over 5-year-olds for $18 (good for three years); bordatella for $14; puppy shot including wormer for $10; and a microchip identification insertion for $19.95.

Telethon to benefit PAWSibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron — 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at Canal Park Akron Aeros Stadium. Broadcast live by Time Warner Cale Channel 23. Local businesses are invited to team up to participate in corporate challenges to raise ''canine and feline'' dollars to benefit the abused, neglected and discarded animals of Summit County. Information and registration form (due Oct. 12) available at http://www.summithumane.org/events.asp.

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Coyote + Wolf = Big, Carnivorous Coywolf

By jim Published: October 3, 2009

New DNA evidence reveals that coyotes have bred with wolves in the the northeastern United States, turning mice-eating coyotes into much larger animals with a hunger for big prey, such as deer.

Read the full story at Discovery.com

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Illinois' attorney general sides with family in service dog case

By jim Published: October 2, 2009

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' attorney general is siding with a family suing their southwestern Illinois school district in hopes of allowing their autistic son to bring his service dog to school.

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Nintendo's 'Wii Fit Plus' adds pet support

By jim Published: October 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pet owners can weigh themselves with their furry friends on "Wii Fit Plus," the follow-up to the top-selling Nintendo workout game.

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Duct-taped kitty 'Sticky' gets a new home

By jim Published: October 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cat found wrapped in duct tape in a North Philadelphia yard has a new home.

Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokeswoman Liz Williamson says the gray tabby, nicknamed "Sticky" by animal welfare workers, has been adopted. Williamson says the family who took the cat wishes to remain anonymous.

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Animal friends have 'pawpawties' for charity

By jim Published: October 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dougal and Romeo live in different countries and have never met in person. One's a dog, one's a cat. But they're quite the party animals.

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'SuperFetch,' where any dog can learn any trick

By jim Published: October 1, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe you don't worry about spoiling your new manicure before your nails can dry. But Anne does.

Maybe you don't have a problem with company leaving your toilet seat up or, worse, forgetting to flush. Kimberly does.

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