Pets


Pampered pets enjoy the suite life: 130-room resort opens for cats, dogs

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Soft music plays in the lobby as guests check in at the front desk. Chandeliers dangle from the ceilings of suites,

about 22 hours ago


 In this April 2014 photo provided by B.L. Ochman, Ochman poses with dog Benny, an 80-pound labradoodle in New York's Central Park. Hotels ranging from major chains to small outposts are capitalizing on the wave of travelers who bring their dogs, some by charging for perks that pamper pets and others by expanding fees. What started as a basic, one-time pet fee has blossomed into a per-night charge at many places and costs that can total hundreds. (Dominique Milbank/Courtesy of B.L. Ochman via AP)

Traveling with your dog will cost you _ sometimes hundreds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from

1 day ago


Traveling with your dog will cost you _ sometimes hundreds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Having an 80-pound Labradoodle as a travel buddy means B.L. Ochman can quickly separate the hotels that love dogs from

1 day ago


Animal Island: Nesting birds scaring dog away from potty area

Q: My Maltipoo has a potty area in one corner of my yard, and for the last two weeks we have had a lot of problems. Whenever she goes to

1 day ago


 Stoli, who lives in Sewickley with three other golden retrievers and Candace Verduce, is part of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Pet Tales: Study hunts cause of cancer in golden retrievers

Many local golden retrievers are taking part in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

6 days ago


Pet Points: Greyhound recovery emphasizes importance of prompt veterinary care

Even with puzzling symptoms and no known causes of distress, a severely ill dog can be brought back to health with prompt medical care.

6 days ago


Service dogs help farmers with disabilities stay on the land

DeKALB COUNTY, Mo. — As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things.

1 week ago


 Alyssa Howes and her service dog, Flint, pause for a photo at her home in Lakewood, Calif. Alyssa was diagnosed with leukemia at 3, went blind at 4 and started having seizures. Three years ago, 4 Paws for Ability trained Flint for Alyssa, whose leukemia is in remission.

Service dogs that sniff out seizures give kids more normal lives, but experts say they're rare

When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures — up to 20 a day. Then a service dog named Flint came into her life.

1 week ago


Animal Island: Getting dog’s attention may require training collar

Q: We have a very friendly 14-month-old neutered pit bull. You can take a bone out of his mouth, pull his food dish away from him while he

1 week ago


Pet Vet: Cat sent outside because of spraying

Today we are going to deal with a problem I believe to be fairly common among those of us who associate with feline companions. The subject

1 week ago


 Gene Czambel, 71, holds a small birds nest he found in his Collier yard. The nest is lined with the fur from his deceased dog Molly who died in 2014.  Molly, was three-fourths timber wolf and one-fourth German sheperd. Her hair would shed in the yard and the birds would make nests from it.

Pet Tales: New dog park coming in Collier

Molly’s Park in Collier will honor an unusually friendly timber wolf-German shepherd mix.

1 week ago


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Homewood woman arraigned on two counts of animal cruelty

A Homewood woman who police say abused her two pit bulls so badly that one had to be euthanized last month was arrested Thursday

1 week ago


 Visitors and their dogs enjoy a sunny afternoon at a dog park in  Los Angeles. Millions of children, seniors and postal carriers were bitten by dogs across the country last year and California led the way in insurance claims filed, settlements paid and postal carriers bitten.

Reducing dog bites starts with how kids approach pooches

Of the 4.5 million people bitten each year, more than half are kids. Here’s some tips for all ages, including an online video safety series.

2 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Heatworm disease is far easier to prevent than to treat

Today we are going to return to a subject we have discussed here in the past, spawned by a question from Kevin. Even though the question is

2 weeks ago


Animal Island: Conditioning a dog to leave birds alone

Q: I am fostering a 2-year-old pit bull from an animal shelter. He is people- and dog-friendly, walks well on the leash and is fairly well

2 weeks ago


Neglected by its mother, baby chimp starts new life in Florida

Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately,

2 weeks ago


Pet Points: Spring brings flowers and greater risk for rabies

The arrival of spring brings an increase in rabies from contact with wildlife. Be sure your pets are vaccinated.

2 weeks ago


 Susan Platek has been fostering LuLu, an 11-year-old Dutch mix rabbit since August 2014. LuLu has had many health issues, which makes adoption difficult.

Pet Tales: Rescuing rabbits keeps group hopping

Lulu is only one of the many bunnies that have gotten help from Rabbit Wranglers.

2 weeks ago


Battered women can bring their pets to this shelter

PITTSBURGH — When women flee from an abusive husband or a battering boyfriend, they can take their children with them to an emergency

3 weeks ago


Animal Island: The ins and out of house training a dog

Q: We got a Pomapoo puppy for Christmas. She is very clever and learned right away to “go” on the Wee-Wee pads we put out for her. Now that

3 weeks ago


Dog flu outbreaks temporarily close shelters, suspend adoptions

CHICAGO — Frango, a tiny tan Chihuahua mix, lapped chicken noodle soup from a doggy bowl in between hacking coughs on a recent Thursday at

3 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Bee sting causes allergic reaction in dog

Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the air is warming. The sights and sounds and smells of this great time of year are

3 weeks ago


With ‘kitten season’ in full swing, animal groups seek foster parents

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Bottle feeding in the middle of the night. Toilet training. Round-the-clock cuddling.

3 weeks ago


 The cover of  "No Better Friend" shows Judy the pointer, who served in World War II.

Pet Tales: Book details soldiers' best friend

“No Better Friend,” the best dog book since “Marley & Me,” tells the story of Judy the pointer, a canine prisoner of war in WWII.

3 weeks ago


Creatures great and small: Zoo’s head vet keeps an animal kingdom healthy

CHICAGO — Kathryn Gamble is at her desk, animatedly talking about one of the joys in her life: teaching.

3 weeks ago


Black lab bounds into ‘Supraman’ water polo player’s fight against cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ian Supra has endured all sorts of bad medicine while battling esophageal cancer. Insidious chemotherapy pumped into his

4 weeks ago


 In this 1915 photo provided by the American Humane Association, children ride a bandwagon during the first campaign promoting kindness to animals, 100 years ago. The American Humane Association is touting its past to move animal welfare forward by celebrating 100 years of Be Kind to Animals Week, which draws celebrities, politicians and everyday enthusiasts each May to raise awareness about the plight of animals. (Humane Society via AP)

For 100 years, celebrities have helped urge animal kindness

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These days, people pay piles of cash to pamper their pets, but problems remain on the farm and in the slaughterhouse, on

4 weeks ago


Animal Island: Don’t compare beloved spaniel to new terrier puppy

Q: I board my horse at a barn, and the owner has a few Jack Russell terriers. One of them had a litter, and my daughter begged me for one,

4 weeks ago


Talking dogs: Take responsibility for your dog’s actions

Recently, I took a trip with my son. As we stepped into the check-in line at the airport, a child bolted away from his parents and accosted

4 weeks ago



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