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Note to dog owners: Hot sand burns pets' paws, too

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NORFOLK, Va. — Cayla Harper’s two jobs require her to keep her cool. She interacts with the public, helping people in distress, even saving lives as she splits her summer weeks between working as a firefighter/medic and a lifeguard supervisor.

But there’s one thing that really bothers her: owners bringing their dogs to the beach when the ...Read more

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Bidens mourn loss of their pet dog Champ

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Champ, one of the Bidens' two German shepherds, died Saturday, June 19, at the first family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, after months of his health declining, the president said. He was 13.

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement.

“In our most joyful ...Read more

Runaway dog in Manhattan takes the tunnel to Queens

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(UPI) A New York dog who fled from a sitter in Manhattan was found seven days later in Queens after crossing between the boroughs via the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Heather Angus said Indie, a dog rescued three months ago from Kolkata, India, gave a dog sitter the slip on the evening of June 8 on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Angus said sightings ...Read more

A Good Dog Story, Because We Could All Use One Right Now

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

This is a story about a good dog. A lake dog, to be specific.

His name was Cooper. I introduced the world to him back in 2016 after a family trip to Great Bear Lake in Michigan. We rented a place on the lake and soon met a friendly, wet, muddy golden-Labrador-ish canine who was, to put it mildly, a real presence.

He would show up unannounced, ...Read more

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Note to dog owners: Hot sand burns pets' paws, too

Pets / Cats & Dogs News /

NORFOLK, Va. — Cayla Harper’s two jobs require her to keep her cool. She interacts with the public, helping people in distress, even saving lives as she splits her summer weeks between working as a firefighter/medic and a lifeguard supervisor.

But there’s one thing that really bothers her: owners bringing their dogs to the beach when the ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Prepare Now for Natural Disaster

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: Climate change seems to be causing more hurricanes, flooding and wildfires than we had years ago. If something like that happens here and we're told to evacuate, what should I do about my cats?

A: Take them with you. The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, or PETS Act, became law in 2006, ensuring that pets and service animals ...Read more

My Pet World: How to help a dog who panics over fireworks

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I was wondering with the Fourth of July coming if you can dedicate a column to how to deal with fireworks anxiety with your pets? I had a Maltese for 14 years that had no problem with fireworks, but now I have a little 18-month-old “shichon” who’s terrified of them. I really don’t know what to do. — Monica, Deer Park, New ...Read more

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California reopening: Why officials say it's safer this time around

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LOS ANGELES — Tuesday is not the first time California has tried to reopen its economy during the pandemic.

But officials are hopeful it will be the last.

In the past, efforts to lift or ease restrictions on businesses and activities have triggered new surges of COVID-19. That deadly domino effect played out last spring, and again in the ...Read more

WATCH: Contractor finds seven kittens, nine cats inside wall of vacant home

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(UPI) A Philadelphia contractor who was taking down a wall at an abandoned home when a kitten fell out ended up rescuing nine cats and seven kittens from the inside the wall.

Philadelphia Animal Care and Control said in a Facebook post that the contractor was taking down a wall at a vacant home where meowing had been heard inside the walls and ...Read more

Pet etiquette dog owners should follow post-COVID-19

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"Etiquette" describes the requirements of behavior according to the conventions of society. This includes proper conduct that is established by a community for various occasions in everyday life.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to alter basic conduct. We stopped hugging and shaking hands when greeting each other and had to socially...Read more

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Why some urge adopters to give older pets a second chance at life

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ATLANTA — Jolie Gallagher and her husband were not looking to expand their pack when they spotted the black dog on an animal welfare organization's Instagram page in March.

The friendly Australian Shepherd mix, later renamed Cricket, was found as a stray and brought to the shelter.

Because of her age, 8 years old, Cricket would most likely ...Read more

Golden retriever gives woodchuck a ride to shore in Massachusetts lake

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(UPI) A woman visiting a Massachusetts lake with her dog captured video when the canine picked up an unexpected passenger in the water -- a hitchhiking woodchuck.

Lauren Russell said her 2-year-old golden retriever, Wally, was swimming in Lunenburg's Hickory Hills Lake when he encountered a woodchuck in the water.

"He was about 100 meters out ...Read more

Dog missing after highway crash found herding sheep days later

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(UPI) A family dog that went missing after being ejected during a highway crash was found days later herding sheep at an area farm.

Linda Oswald said her family was driving on Idaho State Highway 41, south of Rathdrum, on Sunday when their GMC Yukon collided with another car, and Tilly, the family's 2 1/2-year-old border collie-red heeler mix, ...Read more

Dog rescued by ship crew after wandering Arctic for over a week

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(UPI) The crew of a Russian icebreaker ship rescued a dog from an ice field that turned out to have been lost in the Arctic for more than a week.

Yegor Agapov, the captain of the icebreaker Alexander Sannikov, said the ship was headed toward an oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob when the crew spotted a Samoyed dog wandering in the ice fields.

A ...Read more

Ask the Vet: Ensure Internet Pharmacy Is Legitimate With '.Pharmacy'

Pets / Ask The Vet /

Q: Our six dogs and cats are on preventives throughout the year to protect them from heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. We want to continue buying them from our veterinarian, but he can't match the prices we found online.

A friend learned the hard way, though, that some online pharmacies sell counterfeit medications. How can we ...Read more

My Pet World: When introductions between cats aren’t going well

Pets / My Pet World /

Dear Cathy,

I have a sweet, 10-year-old cat named Sunny. I thought it might be a good idea if she had a companion. I found a beautiful male Siamese at the Humane Society who is 7 years old. It was love at first sight for me, so I adopted Lucky and brought him home.

Lucky is terrifically shy. I gave him free roam of the house at night, keeping ...Read more

Escaped zoo bobcat on the loose in Ontario

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(UPI) Police and the owners of an Ontario zoo are asking members of the public to keep an eye out for an escaped bobcat believed to have been released from its enclosure by a vandal.

Ontario Provincial Police said the owners of the Saunders County Critters Zoo and Sanctuary in North Grenville found an animal outside of its enclosure on Saturday...Read more

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Infant sleeper makers ignored safety warnings, report finds

Pets / Pet Help /

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers warned baby sleeper manufacturers Monday that if they don't improve internal safety procedures following a series of recalls linked to dozens of infant deaths, Congress would step in with tougher consumer protection laws.

"Stronger regulation could prevent these tragedies," said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), ...Read more

Tips for taking your dog to work

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For our dogs, spending time in a new environment such as your office can increase socialization skills and get them used to new people, smells and experiences. There is also a calming, soothing effect that dogs can have on humans. Studies have shown that having dogs in the workplace increases productivity, decreases stress levels and even ...Read more

Dog's alarm credited with saving New York church after fire erupts

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(UPI) A New York woman's German shepherd is being hailed as a hero by members of a church after he alerted his owner to a late-night fire at the facility.

Kim Lewis said she was awakened Sunday morning at her home in Somers, Westchester County, when her 4-year-old dog, Bear, started barking loudly.

"I was awakened by Bear, he had an alarming ...Read more