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Suit against EPA seeks ban on pesticides in flea treatments

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 07 February 2014 13:58

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit seeking to push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  to respond to its petitions and ban two hazardous pesticides used in popular pet flea treatment products.

The EPA has restricted household use of some neurotoxic pesticides due to concerns that the products can harm children’s brains and nervous systems, but it still allows neurotoxic propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) to be used in flea treatments for dogs and cats.

Beagle bound for Rose Parade after surviving gas chamber

Written by The AP Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:54

Things are coming up roses for a scrappy New Jersey beagle who survived a dog pound gas chamber.

Daniel will be among eight shelter dogs riding on a float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif.

Protect pets from holiday hazards

Written by Statepoint Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:08

You can bet that during the holiday season your pet is bound to sniff out leftovers, dig into the presents and have fun with all of your decorations. And while these holiday effects can spread cheer and joy among your human family members, they can be a real hazard to pets. This season, keep your holidays safe, happy and healthy for pets by taking these key measures:

Program helps abuse victims and their pets

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:26
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Photo: Courtesy

Remember the fate of the pet rabbit in the movie "Fatal Attraction"? Unfortunately, that scenario is not far-fetched. Pets often become tools of manipulation or revenge in unhealthy relationships. 

Labrador retrievers set popularity-ranking record

Written by Jennifer Peltz,
AP writer
Sunday, 02 February 2014 11:47

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It’s puppy love for the record books: The Labrador retriever was the most popular dog breed in the U.S. last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.

Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 17 June 2013 16:37

This mayoral hopeful in Mexico promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes.

Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan: “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.” And he is attracting tens of thousands of politician-weary, two-legged supporters on social media.

What to do when pets don't get along

Written by Leanne Italie,
AP writer
Saturday, 02 June 2012 13:36

Kelly Lucas blissfully wed three years ago. For her cats, it was more like hell.

Pets aid cancer researchers

Written by Todd Ackerman,
AP writer
Friday, 10 February 2012 11:53
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Leading Texas veterinarians are mobilizing to enlist pets in the testing of experimental cancer therapies, a potential benefit to not just dogs and cats – but also people.

Westminster dog show adds event with mixed breeds

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 20 January 2014 13:06

Long the province of the purebred, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is opening a doggie door this year to mixed-breed competitors.

While Labradoodles, puggles and who-knows-whats won’t be able to vie for the prestigious Best in Show award, they’ll be included in its new agility trial.

Saving Sadie
Left for dead, abused dog is reborn through acts of generosity and hope

Written by Stephanie Beecher,
Contributing writer
Friday, 19 April 2013 12:00

In the spring of 2012, Joal Derse-Dauer strolled into a Kenosha animal shelter to donate blankets. It was a regular stop for the avid animal lover, but this time an adorable dog caught her eye on the way out. There was just one caveat: The dog was a victim of a senseless shooting and was presumed to be on her deathbed. 

Adieu to the visible soul of my home

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 06 April 2012 14:57

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Abby came into my life in early January 1999.  It was about a week after a record-breaking blizzard dumped 21 inches of snow on Chicago, where I was living at the time. I remember trudging through a thigh-deep bank of plowed snow lining the curb while she yowled in a plastic carrier.

GPS devices help owners find lost pets

Written by the Associated Press Friday, 27 January 2012 02:40
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This purrfectly lovely feline is less likely to get lost thanks to her Tagg pet tracker GPS collar. The Tagg Master Kit costs $100 and comes with a battery charger and a month of wireless service; service is $8 a month after that. A basic Loc8tor Pet kit costs $100. – Photo: Courtesy

Houdini the dog lived up to his name.