Dogs and cats need eye care, too

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 13 April 2015 09:48

A beagle named Hope once was blind but now she sees, thanks to a doctor at the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.

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:

Making clothing to warm cold pets

Written by Jennifer Forker,
AP writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:58

It’s that time of year when many dogs need a little extra protection against the weather — a coat or a sweater. 

Labrador retrievers set popularity-ranking record

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

Yellow Labrador retriever

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.

Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy in a category of his own

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:08

Jackson Galaxy. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jackson Galaxy, author and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, is the definition of a cat whisperer. Since the show premiered in 2011, the cat behaviorist has come to the aid of many cat owners, assisting them in working out various cat-astrophes and bringing harmony to homes with sparring feline frenemies. Galaxy’s new book Catification, written with feline environment designer Kate Benjamin, takes a paws-on approach to renovating your house into a cat-friendly home.

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

The Schmabbers. - Photo: Peggy Morsch

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.