Q: My husband and his friends want to play their paintball games on our rural property. Our dogs would be confined to the house during the games, but I'm concerned about their safety once they're back outside. Are dogs attracted to unexploded paintballs, and if so, are the paintballs safe to eat?
A: Paintballs are spherical gelatin capsules ...Read more
My Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix drinks his water much too quickly. He starts coughing and wheezing as the water goes down the wrong pipe. I hold him on my lap, hold his chest and slap his back. It helps but only after much coughing.
Any suggestions that might help the little guy? He drinks from a raised water bowl alongside his food ...Read more
(UPI) A California sheriff's department shared video of a deputy coming to the rescue of a cat spotted running around with a ramen noodle package stuck over its head.
The Cabazon Sheriff's Station said the sergeant was on patrol in Riverside County when he spotted the cat with a Top Ramen bag stuck over its head.
The sheriff's station said the...Read more
(UPI) A Manitoba man who struck what he thought was a dog on his way to work loaded the animal into his back seat and only later discovered the canine was a coyote.
Eli Boroditsky said he was on his way to work at the Bothwell Cheese factory in New Bothwell, south of Winnipeg, when an animal ran out in front of his car and was clipped by the ...Read more
(UPI) A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of a dog spotted struggling to swim off the coast of Florida.
The Coast Guard's Station Fort Myers Beach said the night crew were just started their shift Wednesday when they were alerted to a "dog in distress" off Bowditch Point.
The crew shared photos and video from the rescue of the ...Read more
(UPI) A British woman said her dog may have broken a world record when she gave birth to a litter of 21 puppies.
Joanne Hine said her Great Dane/American bulldog mix, Mary Jane, was initially expected to deliver a litter of six to eight puppies, but the dog ended up having 21 babies when she went into labor Nov. 20.
The Guinness World Record ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- After years of delays, a railroad safety system that federal regulators say could have prevented 300 deaths since 1969 is finally close to full implementation -- but large gaps remain, with commuter railroads using the system on fewer than half of the tracks required by December 2020.
Overall, the news for supporters of the so-...Read more
Q: Our new daughter-in-law owns a garden center and wants to fill our home with poinsettias over the holidays. I told her I'd have to check with you first to be sure they are safe for our cats.
A: You may accept your new family member's generous gift without worrying about your cats. Poinsettias were once thought to be toxic based on a century-...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twenty women who say they were raped or sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers have filed a lawsuit charging that the ride-sharing giant ignored their complaints and does little to ensure the safety of female passengers. Two of the plaintiffs are from Minnesota.
The suit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, and ...Read more
(UPI) Firefighters in Britain said a kitchen fire was caused by a family dog that somehow turned on the microwave.
The Essex County Fire & Rescue Service said firefighters responded Monday afternoon to a small fire at a Stanford-Le-Hope home.
Firefighters discovered the fire had started in the kitchen when the owner's dog, a husky, started...Read more
My 1-year-old cat, Princess, is affectionate and sweet, but when she rolls on her back and wants to be petted, she grabs my hand with her front paws and pulls them in her mouth and then the back claws attack. This is becoming a serious problem.
Is there any way I can break her of this habit? She does not like to be held for more ...Read more
Chances are you have a lot of pet lovers in your life. According to the latest National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 67% of U.S. households have a pet, which equates to about 85 million families.
With holidays just around the corner, we thought we could make life easier for you by sharing some gift ideas...Read more
(UPI) A British couple are offering nearly $40,000 a year for a full-time dog-sitter to take care of their two golden retrievers.
The job posting on Silver Swan Search seeks a full-time, live-in caretaker for golden retrievers Milo and Oscar at the London home of the canines' owners.
The owners wrote they are both business executives who often...Read more
Q: I mentioned to a friend that I am sending Bert, our new dog who is wild and undisciplined, to a training school to learn to settle down and mind his manners. My friend responded that this trainer uses shock collars to train dogs, which she feels is inhumane. What's your opinion?
A: The preponderance of research evidence says your friend is ...Read more
(UPI) Police in Louisiana shared security camera footage from an incident at a gas station involving a chihuahua that managed to drive its owner's vehicle across a street.
Slidell Police shared security camera video from the Gause Boulevard gas station, where a 5-pound chihuahua had been left alone inside an SUV Friday.
Police said the ...Read more
(UPI) A wildlife sanctuary in South Africa said a newborn giraffe found abandoned and comatose is now improving with help from his new adopted parent -- an anti-poaching dog.
The Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo Province said Jazz the giraffe was only 2 days old when he was found alone and in a coma.
The giraffe was brought to the facility, where ...Read more
(UPI) Authorities and wildlife rescuers were summoned to a home in India where a leopard chased a family dog inside the house.
Dilip Jagtap, a resident of Pimpalgoan Rota village in Parner Taluka, Ahmednagar, alerted the Forest Department when a leopard chased his dog into his house about 7 p.m. Saturday.
Jagtap said the dog escaped from the ...Read more
Dear Joan: Would you let us, as readers and dog walkers, know what to do if an unleashed stray dog approaches while we're walking? It was heartbreaking to hear about a woman being attacked on a trail by two dogs that killed her small dog.
What could she have done, if anything, to protect herself and her dog. I've heard pepper spray isn't a good...Read more
(UPI) Authorities in Illinois came to the rescue of an unlucky coyote that was struck by a vehicle and ended up stuck in the bumper.
The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded just before 5:30 p.m. to a location in the Sterling area on a report of an animal struck by a vehicle.
Deputies arrived to find "a distant relative to...Read more
Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, many of our homes are filled with lots of tempting foods, not just for us, but for our pets. While it's best to keep pets on their regular diets, some people want to share some of their human food and figure if given in small amounts, the pets will be fine. But even the smallest changes in ...Read more