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Pet detective reunites Florida woman with dog missing for 59 days

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(UPI) A Florida woman was reunited with her Yorkshire terrier 59 days after the canine went missing thanks to a pet detective.

Anita Maharaj said her dog, Milo, went missing from her Lake Worth Beach home in August, after a security guard in her subdivision spotted the canine leaving through an open gate.

"It was heartbreaking," Maharaj told ...Read more

Oregon dog's 12-inch ears earn Guinness World Record

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(UPI) An Oregon woman's black and tan coonhound earned a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long.

Guinness said Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).

Olsen said she always knew Lou's ears were "extravagantly long," but she only decided to ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Do hummingbirds recognize the woman on the 11th floor?

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DEAR JOAN — I live on the 11th floor of a building and I do not have a hummingbird feeder hanging from my window, but several of my neighbors do. Hummers fly up to my windows and look in on me, even though I don't feed them.

I wonder if they recognize me from my gardening in the park a few blocks away, where hummers enjoy my flower bed. It is...Read more

Ask the Vet: After Home Fire, Bathe Pet and Visit Veterinarian

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: When our house caught fire, the firefighters rescued our cat, Jinx, so all of us were safe. They gave her oxygen using a child's face mask and she recovered. They recommended we bathe her and take her to her veterinarian. She seems fine now, and the fire has given us a lot to do, so we're wondering if it's really necessary to follow their ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help your pet cope with your vacation

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

My three-year-old golden retriever is extremely attached to me. I’m retired and with her almost 24/7. She’s like my shadow. Wherever I go, there she is. She has never been without me more than two days since I got her as a pup. I have planned a 10 day vacation sometime back. Now the date is fast approaching. I have a very ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Readers offer suggestions for sleepless puppy

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Recently, I answered a question about a new puppy that was having trouble sleeping in his bed without whining and barking through the night. I suggested some crate-training tips, but I’ve had lots of emails from across the country offering a few other ideas.

Here's a collection of those tips, along with my thanks.

DEAR JOAN: We got our new ...Read more

Kitten rescued from engine compartment of vehicle in New York

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

(UPI) Police in New York conducted an unusual rescue when a resident called to report a kitten was trapped in the engine compartment of their vehicle.

The Ramapo Police Department said two officers and the city's dog control officer responded to a Ramapo home on a report of a kitten in distress.

The department posted a video to Facebook ...Read more

Florida woman's lost dog turns up on Facebook nearly a year later

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(UPI) A 15-year-old dog that went missing from his owner's Florida home was reunited with the woman nearly a year later when she spotted his photo on an animal rescue's social media page.

Lisa Raulerson said she was living in a West Palm Beach cottage in October 2020 when her 15-year-old dog, Sparky, escaped through a gate that mistakenly had ...Read more

How to deal with a hypercative dog

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

Hyperactivity is one of the most commonly reported behavioral concerns of dog owners. In many cases, it's not the dog, but rather that more breed education is needed, and the dog may need a more suitable exercise plan.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for the owner of the energetic dog:

• Daily exercise. Adequate ...Read more

What's with all the salmonella alerts for people and dog food?

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

It seems like every week, the Food and Drug Administration issues an alert about salmonella contamination in the food supply. You're told to avoid eating prosciutto and salami (we say they're always to be avoided anyway) or to ditch your dog's fancy food. Recent outbreaks of salmonella illness have been linked to contaminated fruit and ...Read more

How Do I Tell My Kids Our Dog Died?

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

Dear Annie: One of our two sweet dogs died recently. Do you have any suggestions for how to explain it to our two children, who are 3 and 7 years old? She had heart disease that progressed quickly -- within a month and mainly over the last five days of her sweet life.

Thank you very much. -- Explaining to Our Children

Dear Explaining: Losing a...Read more

Dog, three humans rescued from Colorado lake

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(UPI) Firefighters in Colorado rescued a dog trapped in the tall reeds of a lake the morning after rescuing three people who unsuccessfully attempted to reach the canine.

The Pueblo Fire Department said rescue crews were dispatched to Lake Minnequa on Wednesday evening to rescue three adults who became stuck in the lake while searching for the ...Read more

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Pandemic prompts cycling surge -- and calls for new protections

Pets / Pet Help /

Early this month, Lorna Rae Moss, a 69-year-old woman who loved to compete in triathlons, was killed when her bicycle was struck from behind by a minivan on a western Iowa road. The driver allegedly was drunk.

Moss, who taught water fitness classes and often rode her bike, left behind her husband of 47 years, three children and two ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why are hummingbird feeders so moldy?

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DEAR JOAN — Is there a way to prevent the black mold that shows up on hummingbird feeders?

I clean the feeder every time I fill it, but the mold persists.

Rada Ford, Mountain View, California

DEAR RADA: Mold can be an unfortunate byproduct of the sweet nectar we feed hummingbirds. It can be worse in the summer when high temperatures may ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why are hummingbird feeders so moldy?

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DEAR JOAN — Is there a way to prevent the black mold that shows up on hummingbird feeders?

I clean the feeder every time I fill it, but the mold persists.

Rada Ford, Mountain View, California

DEAR RADA: Mold can be an unfortunate byproduct of the sweet nectar we feed hummingbirds. It can be worse in the summer when high temperatures may ...Read more

Scooter-riding dog and cat duo earn Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A pair of Canadian pets with a unique hobby set a Guinness World Record for the fastest 5 meters on a scooter by a dog and cat.

Melissa Millett, 40, a professional dog trainer in Ontario, said 5-year-old Boston terrier Lollipop and 7-year-old Bengal cat Sashimi formed a close friendship when they were very young.

Millett said she trained...Read more

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GM tells Bolt owners to park 50 feet from other cars in parking garages, confirms 12 fires

Pets / Pet Help /

DETROIT — As it seeks a solution to a battery fire risk, General Motors issued yet another safety recommendation Wednesday for Chevrolet Bolt owners: If you're pulling into a parking deck, keep your car at least 50 feet away from other vehicles.

A customer's concern about the safety of leaving their electric vehicle in a parking garage led ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Rescue puppy is having trouble sleeping alone

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DEAR JOAN: My adult daughter is struggling with sleep deprivation because her new 4-month-old puppy won’t let her sleep through the night. Any tips?

She and her husband got a puppy Monday from a rescue group where the pup was used to sleeping in crate with rest of the litter. The pup wouldn’t sleep in its crate at its new home and barked ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Better Treatments For Nuisance Barking Than Devocalization

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: We live in an apartment complex where many dogs bark. Some of the tenants want to require the owners of these dogs to have them debarked. What do you think about this?

A: I am against it, and because it's widely considered to be inhumane, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association have ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog still scared a year after being rescued

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

My family and I adopted a dog, Oreo, that was rescued from a hoarding situation along with 100 other dogs. When we first got her, she did not trust anyone. She was scared, very sensitive to sound, and was on guard 24/7.

Fast forward a year and a half later and Oreo has made great strides and come a long way, but she’s still not ...Read more