Pets

Soggy Doggy, Puppy Pot: inventions by and for pet owners

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:43

Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.

“The kids thought it was funny. They’d chase the dog,” said Rein, of Larchmont, New York. “I’d run behind them all with towels. Buddy thought it was a game.”

When dog meets skunk

Written by Beth J. Harpaz,
AP writer
Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:17

Buddy is a New York City dog, accustomed to bedtime walks around the block on a leash. But on family vacations in rural Maine, I let her out the back door each night unaccompanied.

One night last summer, she was gone awhile. I called to her and when she finally stumbled back, she seemed stunned. Her fur and face glistened in the dark.

Series aims to counter ‘Black Dog Syndrome’

Written by From The AP Thursday, 02 July 2015 02:47

An image from Black Dogs Project: Extraordinary Black Dogs and Why We Can't Forget Them.
PHOTO: Fred Levy

It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off.

‘Pit Bull’ Proud: Adoptions available

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 07 June 2015 12:45

From now through October, MADACC is offering a discounted adoption fee of $45 for pit bull terriers and mixes. The dog adoption fee is typically $75.

The joys and perils of fostering dogs

Written by Linda Lombard,
AP writer
Friday, 28 August 2015 07:46

Ask anyone who fosters dogs and they’ll tell you that everyone says it.

“I hear it almost every time I adopt out a dog: ‘I don’t know how you do this, I wouldn’t be able to let them go,’” says Anne Auditore of Richmond, Virginia, intake coordinator for Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue.

Puppy family reunions are really for people

Written by Karen Schwartz,
AP writer
Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:12

It wasn’t up to Guinness World Record standards, but I was pretty shocked when the rescue dog we were fostering had 13 puppies. And although it was a ton of work, I resisted when the vet told me they usually divided such large litters among multiple temporary homes until they were old enough for adoption.

Soggy Doggy, Puppy Pot and other inventions by and for pet owners

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:38

Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.

"The kids thought it was funny. They'd chase the dog," said Rein, of Larchmont, New York. "I'd run behind them all with towels. Buddy thought it was a game."

Gardening with your pet in mind

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 06 June 2015 12:43

Veterinarians are beginning to preach the gospel of gardening — primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family pets.

Petfest returns Aug. 29

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 01:06

The Summerfest grounds will host Petfest on Aug. 29, offering an opportunity to meet with vets, small business owners and other pet lovers, as well as pet-tacular activities.
—Photo: Fromm Family Foods

Petfest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront on Aug. 29 for the second year in a row. The free, tail-wagging, lakeside pet-tacular takes place on Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, and those who attend can look forward to a bigger and better experience that’s definitely worth barking about. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with veterinarians, pet lovers, small business owners and each other in a show of furry camaraderie.

Twin Cities group adds stray dogs to facial recognition app

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:36

The American Humane Society in the Twin Cities is adding photos of stray dogs it takes in to a database that uses facial-recognition technology to reunite lost pets with their owners.

The Star Tribune reports the organization started adding photos to smartphone application Finding Rover’s database last week. Graham Brayshaw with the Animal Humane Society says it’s another tool in helping to find pets’ owners, in addition to collars, identification tags and microchips.

Feline fans are the cat’s meow at CatConLA

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:12

Their cat tails wagging and whiskers twitching, feline fans, some in shirts emblazoned with “Check Meowt,” chattered about their “purrfect” pets as they waited in line for hours for a selfie with a kitty celebrity.

No one was as serious as Laura E. Mart of Los Angeles, who donned a ballgown she crafted from 300 fabric cat photos, its skirt several feet wide. She also wore a tall, furry hat, complete with a long tail she swung about.

HELLO KITTY: Milwaukee animal control waives fees for adult cat adoptions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 05 June 2015 12:47

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission will waive adoption fees for all adult cats (over 5 months old) through Sept. 30.