Pets


5 new dog books make great gifts for your pup-loving pals

Heroic dogs that serve in the military, loyal mutts that enter our families and our hearts, goofy dogs that make us laugh. As the holiday

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 A group of Great Pyrenees dogs from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving holiday brings its own set of hazards for pets

Pets can get into trouble while their owners are distracted by Thanksgiving cooking tasks and visitors.

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 President Barack Obama, right, with daughters Sasha, third from right, and Malia, second from right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Also with Cheese are Gary Cooper chairman of the National Turkey Federation and owner of Cooper Farms and his son Cole Cooper, far left.

Obama defends legal authority to pardon turkeys

Following a longstanding tradition, President Barack Obama granted presidential pardons sparing two turkeys from the Thanksgiving table.

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See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don’t stop with people. You won’t see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and

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Talking dogs: Being thankful for canines, whatever their condition

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, a time to reflect on all good things.

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Animal Island: Sparrows cram birdhouse for warmth

Q: As an avid bird-watcher, I spent time a few years ago counting birds for the Audubon Society. They found that the blue jay was in

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A feast for furry friends that will put a lid on Thanksgiving vet calls

If love translates to food, Americans are loving their pets to death.

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In defense of treating pets like children

Let me tell you about my boy. He’s 6 years old, smart as a “Jeopardy!” champion and as cute as a baby bunny at springtime. He’s my very own

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 A canine is used to demonstrate the Department of Transportation-tested Solvit Pet Products pet safety harness .

Shake up pet gift giving with unique holiday options

Pet owners looking to launch the next Internet sensation or just longing for a new view of their dog’s dashing and digging won’t have to

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K9 handler sues Allegheny County over care of dog

The lawsuit states the county is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Thanksgiving safety tips for dog owners

There’s a lot to think about during the holidays — family, food and keeping everyone happy — but it’s important to keep your pup in mind,

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 Congui, a domesticated huitia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands.

Cuban couple keeps rodents called hutias as pets

Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets. But in Cuba, where a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild, Ana Pedraza and her husband

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BRIEF: Pets of the Week 11/23

Find a pet who needs a new home at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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 Cheryl Lauer of Beaver prepares her dog Sophie for a distance jumping competition during the Pet Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center last Sunday.

Pet Tales: Frick Park dog run to stay open despite attacks

Despite a second incident at Frick Park, Pittsburgh is moving slowly on changes to off-leash area and rules on dogs.

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Pet Points: License, ID tags, microchip can help find a lost pet

Licenses, ID tags, microchips and photos are all helpful in finding lost pets, but the best strategy is to keep them close.

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 A giraffe walks past an Acacia tree, their principal source of food, at Crescent Island Wildlife Sanctuary on Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list for environmental crimes released by Interpol

Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar?

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Animal Island: Winter doesn’t freeze birds’ need for water

Q: We have had a bird feeder and birdbath set up in our yard all summer, and we were wondering if the birds needed the bath for the winter.

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Give your pet something unexpected over holidays

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pet owners looking to launch the next Internet sensation or just longing for a new view of their dog’s dashing and

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Pet Vet: Scottie’s changes point to Cushing’s disease

Mac is a 10-year-old Scottish terrier who has lived with Joe and Paula for almost all of his life. He has always been a healthy dog. Joe

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Tips for dog owners on beating the holiday bulge

As the cold weather drives us and our pups back indoors, putting on a few extra pounds of padding isn’t hard for us to do. With a decrease

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 Noreen and Robert Kohl rescue large breed dogs on their property in New Sewickley, Beaver County.

Pet Tales: Judges weighing fate of giant breed rescue

Sixty people turn out to support Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Rescue in Commonwealth Court hearing.

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After swinging from zoo to zoo, baby orangutan gets a surrogate mother

CHICAGO — For a 10-month-old orangutan, Kecil is a pretty well-traveled guy.

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 The off-leash dog park in Squirrel Hill's Frick Park in Squirrel Hill was empty at mid-day Wednesday.

Dog mauling at Frick Park spurs call for safety measures

A greyhound killed a cockapoo at the off-leash area in Frick Park in Squirrel Hill.

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Animal Island: Bearded dragon can make good pet for allergic child

Q: My son is allergic to dogs and cats, so we told him he could get a reptile as a pet. He has done some research and narrowed down his

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Animal shelter manager says it’s a 24/7 job to save lives

SACRAMENTO — Gina Knepp remembers the confused looks she got last year when she decided to haul adoptable cats and dogs to a “drag-queen

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Family who lost home in Northern Cambria fire still looking for their pets

A Northern Cambria family who lost their home last week to a fire is now hoping the blaze won’t claim their two dogs, too, a friend said.

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Tips for petting your overexuberant puppy

Exuberance in a puppy is a good trait, but there are times when pups get too excited. Greeting a new person can result in spinning and

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Strangers help man with expenses for sick pet

AKRON, Ohio — David Turner called me recently to share a sweet story.

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Pet Points: Holidays can be hazardous for dogs, cats

Leftover Halloween treats, especially chocolate, need to be hidden well from counter-surfing dogs, who can die from eating one candy bar.

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 U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Harrington while on duty overseas with Ryky. The veteran and the Belgian Malnois were reunited after a two-year separation and will participate in New York’s Veterans Day parade Tuesday.

Pet Tales: War dogs are veterans, too

Ryky and other military dogs will have their day Tuesday, when they march with their soldiers in New York City’s Veterans Day parade.

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Author Nicholas Sparks’ contest will put adopted dog’s tale in his next book

Author Nicholas Sparks is using the power of the pen to bring awareness to the joys of rescue animals.

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Suburban Life: In-home euthanasia an option for pets' final moments

Smokey was lying on a blanket on the living room floor, breathing heavily, his front legs splayed out to the sides.

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 Tammy Richards handles animals Wednesday at The Dog Stop in Monroeville, one of two franchises open in the region.

Dog Stop founders aim to expand pet care concept

Pittsburghers Jesse Coslov and Chris Kane see franchising in the future for the dog day-care business they launched in 2009 in the East End.

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In Care of Cats to open second sanctuary in Elizabeth

The center, opening on site of closed Fallen Timber Animal Shelter, will find homes for sick and injured cats taken from rescue facilities.

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Humane Society works to open another shelter in Westmoreland County

The existing shelter in Hempfield is overcrowded with more than 100 cats and dozens of dogs.

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Animal Island: Favorite breed? Lassie, come home, but not quite yet

Q: We have had five golden retrievers in our family for the past 40 years — one after the other. We just love that breed, and we shall

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Feeble Fido: Scientists dig into key to extend dogs’ lives

SEATTLE — When Daniel Promislow jogs with his Weimaraner, Silver, it pains him to see age creeping up on the 11-year-old canine.

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Pet Vet: Ailing cat overdue for a visit to the vet

Several times in the past I have received letters concerning health problems in beloved companions, problems that should have been

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Suburban Life: In-home euthanasia an option for pets' final moments

Smokey was lying on a blanket on the living room floor, breathing heavily, his front legs splayed out to the sides.

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Raising a confident canine: socialization tips for your puppy

Socializing your puppy is extremely important and should start early on, as it sets the stage for your dog to feel happy and confident

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11 pets saved from West York fire

Update - Nov. 2 at 9:44 a.m.

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11 pets saved from house fire in West York

Clint Miller was enjoying his Saturday afternoon, watching television and holding his baby nephew.

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 The Bahm family of Mt. Lebanon relaxes after taking part in the Mt. Lebanon Pumpkin Patch Parade on Washington Road last Saturday. From left are David Bahm, Amy Bahm, Evan, 11, with Lilly, an 8-year-old Labradoodle, and Bryan, 14.

Pet Tales: Shelter benefits from overripe produce

Animal Rescue League’s wildlife center is happy to get fruit and vegetables that are past their prime.

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Talking dogs: Halloween a sweet time for training opportunities

There are few holidays that offer so many dog training opportunities as Halloween. I currently have a 15-month-old dachshund, Curtis, who

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Animal Island: Death of new fish means tank water needs testing

Q: We have a 55-gallon fish tank that has been set up now for three years. Two silver dollars, six glowlight tetras, four white tetras and

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