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Talking dogs: Use measures, even medication, to calm dogs during fireworks

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many of us dog owners must begin to prepare for the inevitable: fireworks. The fact that our county and state are even allowing the sale of fireworks to the public during a severe drought is ridiculous, but, alas, that is a topic for another column.

The startling bangs, booms and whistles of ...Read more

Demographics, income feed rising trend in pet ownership in U.S.

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What with Grumpy Cat and therapy goats, $150 granite cat food bowls and $2,600 Gucci dog carriers, it's easy to think that a society that has dedicated pet bakeries, canine-only cable channels and a cat with more Twitter followers than the Dalai Lama has (forgive us) seriously gone to the dogs in recent years.

Even a cursory look at the ...Read more

Quick, she's being cute again: How to capture those pet poses

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Your pet is doing that thing again. It's the cutest thing ever, and it must be snapped, shared and forever immortalized on social media. Cats and Dogs of Instagram, here we come. But what happens? Just as you reach for the camera to compose the killer shot, your subject bolts. The moment is gone forever, as are your dreams of Instagram stardom. ...Read more

Rover on Twitter: Pets are social media stars, but how do they type?

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The world has come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker published Peter Steiner's cartoon of two canines above the caption: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," making us laugh at the absurd notion of household pets on the World Wide Web. Now, more than a dozen years later, your dog -- or cat or hedgehog or pot-bellied pig -- is a...Read more

Quasi Modo named 'World's Ugliest Dog' at California fair

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PETALUMA, Calif. (UPI) -- A 10-year-old mutt with a variety of birth defects took home the top prize at Friday's "The World's Ugliest Dog Contest," held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

The hunchbacked dog, named Quasi Modo, is part pit bull, part Dutch shepherd. Now he's part rich -- or his owner is, at least -- after taking home $1,500 in ...Read more

For some lucky dogs, chef-owners are creating and cooking meals to drool over

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Chef Bryant Ng's chicken rice recipe calls for jasmine rice cooked in a ginger broth and poached free-range chicken. It's a minimalist dish, without any of the Singaporean-Vietnamese flavors, the fermented shrimp paste and sambal sauces that Ng used at Spice Table or that will load the menu at his new restaurant, Cassia. This is because Ng cooks...Read more

Service dogs help farmers with disabilities stay on the land

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DeKALB COUNTY, Mo. -- As Alda Owen messes with cattle, Sweet Baby Jo plops down right in the middle of things.

On her belly, ears up, wide-eyed and ready to spring.

"She don't like 'em getting too close to me," Owen, 62, says of the border collie as the Angus herd crowds around in a farm lot in DeKalb County in northern Missouri.

It's almost ...Read more

Taking a lead from Paris Hilton, et al., owners seek the fashion-forward dog

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Bruiser Woods (or his handler) might have been onto something in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde." The fashionable Chihuahua companion to Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods seemed to be in a new outfit as often as his mistress.

Fourteen years later, the dog fashion industry is intent on making sure your pet is pampered in style. A Google search ...Read more

Alaskan black bear falls off porch when confronted by 'fraidy-cat'

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EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (UPI) -- An Alaska woman shared video of her "fraidy-cat" house cat rallying her courage to scare a black bear off her owner's porch.

The video, posted to YouTube by Eagle River resident Darlis Elliot, shows 2-year-old Savannah cat Nani facing down a black bear through the home's glass back door Sunday afternoon.

"The bear ...Read more

Are owners listening? Overweight pets are unhealthy pets, vets warn

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Garfield is not the only fat cat around.

According to the Assn. for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of the nation's cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90 percent of their owners don't recognize that their pet is carrying around extra pounds.

"People automatically think a fat cat is a happy cat," says ...Read more

Trained guide dogs often welcome, but emotional support animals may get 'no-no'

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LOS ANGELES -- Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people's pets don't get?

Maybe. The law is murky and the answer depends heavily on your animal's skills, your frailties and your conscience.

The good news for your furry friend ...Read more

Meow power: Must. Watch. Cat. Videos. But why?

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No member of the animal kingdom has conquered the Internet like Felis catus, the humble house cat.

YouTube is home to an estimated 10 million cat videos, which, to put it in perspective, works out to an upload rate of roughly two cat-related pieces of content every minute over the last decade. There's a blue-shirted keyboard-playing cat ("...Read more

Oklahoma family hails St. Bernard as gas-smelling hero

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OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- An Oklahoma family is hailing their St. Bernard as a hero after the canine's acute sense of smell alerted them to natural gas.

Jack Damrill of Oklahoma City said he and his family were sleeping recently when the 160-pound dog, Doree, alerted them that something was amiss.

"Probably about 2 o'clock in the morning Doree ...Read more

What to do when the man of your dreams comes with a nightmare dog?

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LOS ANGELES: You're not sure it's going to happen for you, but it does: You find the mate of your dreams. He has an enviable Pacific Palisades, address and you both have top journalism jobs. So can a galoopy mutt named Eddie -- granted, one whose antics prompted the post office to put the house on a "do not deliver" list -- really rain on your ...Read more

Holistic medicine goes to the dogs (and cats, horses, birds)

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MARSHALL, Wis.: Balancing on three legs -- one of her hind legs was amputated because of an injury -- Olive basked under the agile fingers of Julie Kaufman, reveling in her chiropractic session at Animal Holistic Care Specialists.

Two years ago, the long-haired mini dachshund's remaining hind leg stopped moving. Because of their shape, it's ...Read more

Can Your Dog Live Peacefully With Your Cat?

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A lot of people believe dogs and cats are mortal enemies. In reality, they're not. They simply fit the mold of natural predators. They can live peacefully under the same roof as long as their owner takes the right approach in introducing them. In fact, it's not uncommon for canines and cats to not only accept each other, but enjoy each other's ...Read more

Golden Rules For Traveling With A Cat

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Traveling with a cat can bring unique challenges to your holiday. Dogs are often trained ahead of time, but people rarely think about training a cat. So, where do you start with travel-proofing your fussy feline and making sure you all get along on the road?

Before you leave home, you ideally need to spend a few weeks preparing your cat for ...Read more

A treat for owners: It's a dog's life — at work

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CHICAGO -- Take Your Dog To Work Day isn't until June 26.

Diesel, an 8-year-old schnoodle, looks at the calendar and snorts.

Diesel comes to work one or two times a week at Kaleidoscope, a company that assists brand owners through consulting, strategic design and prototyping, in Chicago.

On this particular afternoon, she is walking the aisles...Read more

Osteoarthritis and What Can I Do For My Pet?

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Osteoarthritis affects over 20 million people in the United States alone. But we're not the only ones at risk! Our pets can also develop this crippling form of arthritis. Below I will answer a few questions about it and what you can do to help your pet.

So, what exactly is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease ...Read more

Helping Your Animals Stay Healthy Naturally

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You know the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In this day and age of health and fitness clubs, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, organic foods, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, meditation, massage and preventative medicine for people, this article will guide you through how many of these treatments can be highly ...Read more