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.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is underway. Some tips for staying safe when encountering new animals.

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.

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.

Cats speak with meows, blinks, tails, whiskers

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 08 May 2015 20:51

Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA and author of the new National Geographic book How to Speak Cat, has a word with Wesley.{brea}— PHOTO: AP/Lenny Ignelzi

When it comes to cats, those meows mean … well, a lot of things.

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.

When ‘woof’ means ‘I do’

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 25 April 2015 10:25

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.