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.

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.

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.

Pets and wildlife among the casualties of wildfires

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Saturday, 12 September 2015 09:09

Smokey Bear saved us the details of what happens to animals in wildfires.

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.

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.

Expanding needs keep Waukesha humane society growing

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 19:11

Since 1965, the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha has been reuniting lost pets with their owners. It’s still doing that today, but also much, much more.

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.