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.
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.
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.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is underway. And Because children are the most vulnerable and easily injured, the American Veterinary Medical Association is focusing on teaching kids how to deal with dogs.
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.
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 it comes to cats, those meows mean … well, a lot of things.
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.
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.
When Barb and Frank Prevort of Menomonee Falls decided to breed their German shepherds, their 5-year-old granddaughter objected.
“You can’t have babies unless you’re married,” the girl said. So her grandparents staged a wedding for the two pooches in their backyard.