Disabled Chihuahua named G.I. Joe inspires others with his positive spirit

Written by Jill Schramm,
Minot Daily News writer
Friday, 27 November 2015 12:54

GI Joe —PHOTO: Facebook

An 8-1/2 pound survivor named G.I. Joe has experienced an amazing turnaround in his life. The long-haired chihuahua cross owes a lot to his new-found human friends, but it’s his friends who are thanking him for showing them what it means to be a fighter.

The road to Kitten Bowl III paved with unspeakable cuteness

Written by Leanne Italie,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 06:18

Scene from Kitten Bowl II

How do you wrangle a bunch of furry paw-thletes on a kitten-scale football field? With a tiny little ball on a string dangling from a great big TV camera.

Scientists invent canine ‘contraceptive vaccine’

Written by Reuters Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:47

Veterinary scientists in Chile have invented a contraceptive vaccine for dogs, which can be used in both males and females, and may provide an inexpensive option to help control the country's growing canine population.

Scientists from the University of Chile Veterinary and Livestock Faculty developed the vaccine from an existing formula used to sterilize pigs, as professor Leonardo Saenz explains.

2 cocker spaniels re-enact ‘The Incredible Journey’

Written by Brett French,
Billings Gazette
Saturday, 26 September 2015 22:41

After spending almost two weeks in July wandering on their own deep into Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jim Cain’s two English cocker spaniels seem to have recovered from their re-enactment of The Incredible Journey.

Animal Planet introduces world to ‘Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet’

Written by Sue Manning,
Associated Press writer
Saturday, 21 November 2015 12:58

Dr. Dee Thornell bought the first heated surgery table in the state of Alaska — for animals. But as a veterinarian with an animal hospital in Fairbanks, she doesn’t always get to use that table. She’s just as likely to be flying to some remote location, performing surgery using a church pew, pool table or truck bed.

Thornell also is the first veterinarian from Alaska with a reality television show. Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet, debuted on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. CST.

Study: People act a lot like their dogs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 26 October 2015 08:29

We’ve all heard the old cliché that people look like their dogs.

But would it surprise you to learn that people and their dogs tend to socialize, eat and learn new skills in very similar ways, too?

Utah county bans pet store sales of commercially bred dogs, cats

Written by The AP Thursday, 15 October 2015 19:41

Utah's most populous county banned the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores, joining a growing number of cities around the country in a step designed to reduce the number of pets born in inhumane conditions.

Animal welfare groups this week urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the standards of care for dogs kept in commercial breeding facilities.

St. John’s on the Lake makes room for residents’ furry friends

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 07 November 2015 19:49

Anyone who’s ever had an animal companion knows just how much joy they bring. Our companion animals play an important and irreplaceable role in our lifestyles and emotions. They help to guide us through life’s many struggles and have been proven beneficial to our health and happiness. 

One challenge we all face is aging, particularly when the time comes to move into a retirement community. It’s a hard choice to leave one home for another, and many seniors must face the decision of whether to take a beloved furry friend with them. 

Kibbles and Bits: Pet Briefs
Oct. 22, 2015

Written by WiG Sunday, 25 October 2015 08:30

A new dog park in Rhode Island got some help from a group of land-clearing specialists: goats.

Hush puppies: Vet says music curbs shelter barking, stress

Written by Sue Manning,
AP writer
Friday, 09 October 2015 02:20

Can music tame the savage beast? Can it hush puppies and calm kitties?

Chinese district threatens to kill all pet dogs

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:06

A Chinese district government is giving dog owners a stark choice: Get rid of your pets or we’ll come to your home and kill them on the spot.

Even in a country where dog ownership is tightly regulated, the order issued this week by the Dayang New District in the eastern city of Jinan is extreme.