Pets


Pet Tales: Dealing with deer .. and what they leave behind

When deer wander through the yard, they often leave something behind. Can eating deer feces cause health problems in dogs?

2 days ago


Pet Points: Summer is prime season for fleas, so protect your pets

With a food source of blood and some romance with another flea, life is jumping for these pests.

2 days ago


Paws-itive thinking: Children's lemonade stand benefits homeless pets

When it comes to creating the perfect lemonade stand, Ava and Kasen Mitchell have it mastered.

2 days ago


Beatrix the trapped beaver now awaiting new home and love interest

SEATTLE — Feisty female seeks male with whom to build a home and have offspring. Interested? Please make yourself available to be trapped.

4 days ago


 In this June 12, 2015 photo provided by Discovery Communications, veteran animal trainer Bill Berloni poses with Taran, who was trained to play Winn Dixie in the movie "Because of Winn-Dixie," on his farm in Higganum, Conn. When he isn't performing or modeling, Taran likes to lean on people. Both Berloni and Taran will be in the upcoming Discovery Family Channel show "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," which debuts on Aug. 6, 2015. (David Johnson/Discovery Communications via AP)

Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he’s making it real.

4 days ago


Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he’s making it real.

5 days ago


Dog day care: How to find the best fit for your pup

Day care for your dog? For some pet owners and their pooches, it’s the best solution.

5 days ago


Animal Island: Why does parrot ruffle its feathers at first light?

Q: I have a blue-fronted Amazon parrot and a sun conure. Since we live in a small apartment, I cover their cages at night to keep them

5 days ago


Talking dogs: Tips on training dogs to come when called

Q: Can you give me some tips on teaching my shepherd mix Zeus to come when I call him? So far, what I’m doing isn’t working.

5 days ago


Lusitano horse breeder’s mission: Educate public on all things equine

ST. CHARLES, Ill. — A stallion twitches his nose and bats his long eyelashes for a visitor who has apples in her pockets. Four yearlings

6 days ago


Reptiles, rats beat out ho-hum cats, dogs at exotic pet shop

LODI, N.J. — Pet store owner Joe Averso has found a niche in downtown Lodi that he believes will set him apart from the big-box pet store

1 week ago


 Katelyn Cerciello, 18, of McDonald with a couple of her family's dogs, Gracie, left, and Deliah. Ms. Cerciello posted a story on Facebook and photos about Petland in Robinson, where she had worked and questioned the care the animals were getting.

Pet Tales: The woman behind the Petland complaints

Katelyn Cerciello, 18, who created a firestorm around a local pet store, is a hunter who has four dogs, a horse, 40 chickens, and rabbits.

1 week ago


Samantha Bennett: Are you rubbing your cat the wrong way?

There’s a class on how to massage your cat. No, really.

1 week ago


Ricky Bobby, the diaper-wearing donkey, finds a home

DECATUR, Tex. — This Ricky Bobby is a real jackass.

1 week ago


 Katelyn Cerciello of McDonald worked at the store for about a month.

Ex-Petland worker says Robinson store mistreats animals; manager says that's not true

A former employee’s post July 20 on Facebook was shared more than 40,000 times, generating swift reaction from animal lovers.

1 week ago


 Marty Koontz, co-owner of the Grazin Pig Acres rescue ranch, feeds one of the pot-bellied pigs living on the ranch run by Koontz and his wife, Nancy Koontz, Tuesday July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning

1 week ago


 A pot bellied pig shows off his profile at the Grazin Pig Acre rescue ranch Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Ramona, Calif.  The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by the owners of the ranch, Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning

1 week ago


 Marty Koontz, co-owner of the Grazin Pig Acres rescue ranch, feeds one of the pot-bellied pigs living on the ranch run by Koontz and his wife, Nancy Koontz, Tuesday July 14, 2015 in Ramona, Calif. The ranch is home to 98 pot bellied pigs that have been rescued by Nancy and Marty Koontz, The craze for tiny pet pigs started decades ago and gets reignited every few years. Once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning

1 week ago


Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eva Monroy bought a mini pig for her family and fed it what the breeder instructed: a half-cup of food in the morning

1 week ago


Animal Island: Ants trek into hummingbird feeder

Q: We put a hummingbird feeder up this summer, and we actually have hummingbirds that now visit it every day.

1 week ago


With temperatures rising, take extra to keep dogs safe from the heat

Soaring temperatures and the blazing sun can spell trouble for dogs left outside in the heat.

1 week ago


 Annie, a former racing greyhound rescued by Going Home Greyhounds 10 years ago, recently celebrated her 15th birthday.

Pet Tales: Annie the greyhound a survivor success story

Ten years after a horrific fire killed 73 greyhounds in a kennel, we catch up with a much-loved dog removed just before the disaster.

2 weeks ago


County fair asked to ban event where monkeys race on backs of dogs

CHICAGO — Citing concern for the welfare of animals, a suburban Chicago county board member is calling for the end of a popular county fair

2 weeks ago


 In this June 2015 photo, Skip, a 90-pound Shar Pei and Labrador retriever mix, waits for doctors at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Ore., to patch him up after he tangled with a squirrel while walking with his owner. The squirrel died in the duel. Skip is lucky to still have his left eye and will probably have a scar for life down that side of his face. Pets and wild animals cross paths during the summer more than any other time of year. Hiking, biking and camping take pets to the mountains, deserts and oceans, while fires, drought and loss of habitat drive hungry wildlife into pets neighborhoods. (Karen Vitt/DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital via AP)

Watch pets around wildlife as attacks rise in summer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn’t let their size disparity stop them from dueling.

2 weeks ago


 In this June 2015 photo, Skip, a 90-pound Shar Pei and Labrador retriever mix, waits for doctors at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Ore., to patch him up after he tangled with a squirrel while walking with his owner. The squirrel died in the duel. Skip is lucky to still have his left eye and will probably have a scar for life down that side of his face. Pets and wild animals cross paths during the summer more than any other time of year. Hiking, biking and camping take pets to the mountains, deserts and oceans, while fires, drought and loss of habitat drive hungry wildlife into pets neighborhoods. (Karen Vitt/DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital via AP)

Watch pets around wildlife as attacks rise in summer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn’t let their size disparity stop them from dueling.

2 weeks ago


Watch pets around wildlife as attacks rise in summer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn’t let their size disparity stop them from dueling.

2 weeks ago


Animal Island: Any way to prevent a dog from staining the grass?

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent my puggle-boxer mix from ruining my grass with her urine stains? I have purchased many different

2 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Hound’s blue-tinged eyes a sign of vision problems

Alan has a 9-year-old Basset hound named Hank who seems to be having trouble seeing. Over the past three months or so Hank seems tentative

2 weeks ago


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Brighton Heights man sentenced to jail for decapitating Chihuahua

Matthew Ondo, 31, appeared before Judge Beth A. Lazarra this morning and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

2 weeks ago


Pet points:

Don’t feed your dogs table scraps and they won’t beg at mealtimes. But they still may get into “people” food that can harm them.

3 weeks ago


 Enzo, a -year-old Maltese owned by Elena Nola is ready for his stage debut in the CLO production of "Gypsy."

Pet tales: Reports of the slaughter of dogs and cats in U.S. for food lack credibility

Online petition against U.S. consumption of dog and cat meat contains unsubstantiated claims and no sources willing to speak.

3 weeks ago


Pets can be sensitive to food, commercial or homemade; wrong diet or recalled products can be danger

Pet owners want nothing but the best for their furry friends, especially when it comes to making sure food and treats are safe.

3 weeks ago


Groups ferret out new owners for odd pets

It’s always time for animal adoptions, and there’s a variety of furry friends to choose from.

3 weeks ago


 Heidelberg police Officer Dennis Dixon works with the force's  police dog, Rocky, in 2008.

Heidelberg police dog dies after bout with cancer

Rocky was euthanized June 29 after being diagnosed in May.

3 weeks ago


 Kaylee Doyle, 12, of Scott rides at the Horses with Hope ranch in Bethel Park. Volunteers Joanne Murdy, left, Barbara Bach, center, and Anne Davis assist Kaylee around the track.

Special needs kids, veterans saddle up for equine therapy programs around Pittsburgh

Horses are effective therapy animals, and experts say that’s because both horses and humans interact socially and respond in similar ways.

3 weeks ago


 This undated photo provided by Scott Wyskocil shows Curly a 10-pound poodle at his Los Angeles home. Scott and Elsa Wyskocil took Curly in for a wash and trim in January 2014 at C&C Pet Food for Less, which also operates a grooming business, but Curly didn’t make it home. He died after being placed in a hot dryer, with his internal temperature higher than 109 degrees an hour after his death, documents show. (Scott Wyskocil via AP)

Dog deaths during grooming revive calls for regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Curly, a toy poodle, was 17 years old when he died. But old age didn’t kill him — grooming did, his owners and

3 weeks ago


Dog deaths during grooming revive calls for regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Curly, a toy poodle, was 17 years old when he died. But old age didn’t kill him — grooming did, his owners and

3 weeks ago


Dog deaths during grooming revive calls for regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Recent dog deaths have reignited calls to pass regulations governing grooming, a practice that doesn’t require a license

3 weeks ago


Animal Island: Even tropical pets can overheat on warm days

Q: We have a sun conure that is 6 months old. His wing feathers are trimmed, and he enjoys coming into our backyard with us. On a recent

3 weeks ago


Pet Vet: Macaw owner wonders about having his wings clipped

Amanda is the proud caretaker of Ollie, a 5-month-old blue and gold macaw that she has raised from the egg. Ollie is doing very well with

3 weeks ago


 The ThunderShirt applies a gentle constant pressure that has a calming effect on dogs, according the company's website.

Pet Tales: Fireworks? Let's not spook the pooch

How to help your pet survive fireworks and other summer hazards.

1 month ago



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