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Pets Q&A: Man willing to take extreme action to keep cats out of his yard

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DEAR JOAN — I am not a cat or dog lover. I have a backyard with plenty of birds and the inevitable squirrels.

My neighbors, a decent couple, have just gotten two cats. One cat has already dug under our fence and is sauntering around in my yard. I absolutely don't want it there. Is there anything either my neighbors or I can do to keep this ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: What exactly was a raccoon doing at the back gate?

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DEAR JOAN — I've written to you before about animals we see on our creek side security camera. Recently, we recorded a large raccoon stopping at our back gate around 2 a.m. and looking like it is marking a spot by scratching and kicking back the ground with its rear feet, somewhat like my aggressive husky does to mark territory.

We have never...Read more

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Beloved cat Cole, of Cole and Marmalade fame, has died

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TAMPA, Fla. — Revered internet feline Cole, a Tampa resident and half of the YouTube-famous duo Cole and Marmalade, has died.

On Sunday, Cole’s owners posted on Facebook that the family would be saying goodbye to the cat later that day.

“He put up a brave fight that was helped by all of the love you sent his way, but his body can’t ...Read more

Escaped African caracal cat safely recaptured in Michigan

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(UPI) An exotic African caracal cat that escaped from a Michigan home was safely captured and returned to its owner, animal rescuers said.

South Lyon Murphy Lost Animal Recovery said the caracal, which escaped from its owner's Royal Oak home Wednesday morning and was located in a yard later in the evening. The rescue group was able to place a ...Read more

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Beloved cat Cole, of Cole and Marmalade fame, has died

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TAMPA, Fla. — Revered internet feline Cole, a Tampa resident and half of the YouTube-famous duo Cole and Marmalade, has died.

On Sunday, Cole’s owners posted on Facebook that the family would be saying goodbye to the cat later that day.

“He put up a brave fight that was helped by all of the love you sent his way, but his body can’t ...Read more

Marlene Greene/Dreamstime/HO

Pets Q&A: What exactly was a raccoon doing at the back gate?

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DEAR JOAN — I've written to you before about animals we see on our creek side security camera. Recently, we recorded a large raccoon stopping at our back gate around 2 a.m. and looking like it is marking a spot by scratching and kicking back the ground with its rear feet, somewhat like my aggressive husky does to mark territory.

We have never...Read more

Firefighters rescue dog with head stuck in iron door

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(UPI) Emergency responders in Hungary came to the rescue of a family dog that ended up with its head stuck through a hole in an iron door.

Hungary's National Directorate General for Disaster Management shared a video on Facebook showing the scene that unfolded when firefighters were summoned to a home in the village of Veresegyhaz, Pest County....Read more

Florida firefighters rescue kitten trapped inside Tesla

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(UPI) Firefighters in Florida came to the rescue of a kitten that crawled up into the inner workings of a Tesla and became stuck.

Estero Fire Rescue said a crew was dispatched to Hertz Headquarters in Estero when a kitten was found trapped inside a Tesla parked in the business' garage.

The crew partially disassembled the electric vehicle to ...Read more

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Florida city has too many stray cats, officials say. Here's how they plan to fix the problem

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — It started with one defenseless kitten wandering in a circle by itself on Lake Ida road.

“I pulled over and picked her up,” said Delray Beach City Commissioner Juli Casale. “She was so tiny, she needed to be fed formula. Once I brought her home and she stayed.”

She took in another stray the next year, but one ...Read more

Tips for fall hiking with your dog

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Hiking is a great way to take advantage of the cool fall weather and beautiful foliage. Many dog owners can agree that no one makes a more willing and eager hiking buddy than your dog. Going for hikes with your dog is a great way for both of you to get some exercise while enjoying all the season has to offer. The American Kennel Club offers ...Read more

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CDC banned dogs entering US due to rabies concerns. Politicians trying to find other ways to get the pets tested

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Rabies concerns are preventing dogs that might have been abused or slated for meat markets in other countries from being adopted in America as pets.

But a group of U.S. lawmakers say the ban, implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is unnecessary, and they’re taking action.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, a self-...Read more

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CDC banned dogs entering US due to rabies concerns. Politicians trying to find other ways to get the pets tested

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Rabies concerns are preventing dogs that might have been abused or slated for meat markets in other countries from being adopted in America as pets.

But a group of U.S. lawmakers say the ban, implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is unnecessary, and they’re taking action.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, a self-...Read more

Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS

'Flight nannies' chaperone pandemic puppies to their new homes

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MINNEAPOLIS — Just after sunrise on a recent Sunday, travelers hustling through MSP airport got an eyeful of cute near Gate C25: a curly-haired puppy, looking almost like a teddy bear come to life.

A little girl stopped to wave. A guy in a sport coat paused to ask about its breed. A lady dragging a roller bag screeched to a halt. "Omigod, so ...Read more

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'Tiny acts of grace' -- the fine art of kitten fostering

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LOS ANGELES — Oh, please, not another dead kitten.

My wife, Ikuko, and I exchanged looks. No words were necessary.

The roughly 1-week-old kitten we'd just picked up from a Los Angeles shelter was much smaller than we expected from the online photo, about the same size as our last foster kitty.

And that one, despite our best efforts, didn't...Read more

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With cannabis edibles everywhere, dogs are getting stoned on neighborhood walks

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LOS ANGELES — Bentley seemed to be in a haze. Normally this 12-pound Chihuahua-terrier mix would never refuse hot, fresh French fries from a drive-through fast food joint. But on a recent warm afternoon, he turned his head away at his owner's offer.

"He wouldn't take them, so I knew something was wrong. He was just out of it," said Dana Long,...Read more

What to know about pet insurance

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All pets, like people, get sick or have a medical emergency at some point in their lives.

But unlike with human medicine, many people have not considered or accurately estimated the cost of care or how they would pay if their pet needed expensive care. Veterinary medicine has come a long way in the past several decades, and people now expect...Read more

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With cannabis edibles everywhere, dogs are getting stoned on neighborhood walks

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LOS ANGELES — Bentley seemed to be in a haze. Normally this 12-pound Chihuahua-terrier mix would never refuse hot, fresh French fries from a drive-through fast food joint. But on a recent warm afternoon, he turned his head away at his owner's offer.

"He wouldn't take them, so I knew something was wrong. He was just out of it," said Dana Long,...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why is Chihuahua screaming at the neighbor?

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DEAR JOAN — I have a 3-year-old apple head Chihuahua who has a bad habit of screaming loudly every time I open the front door, and she sees our next door neighbor.

She gets so excited that she scratches the screen and starts screaming. I've tried squirt bottles, closing the door and keeping the door closed as long as she screams. Nothing ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why is Chihuahua screaming at the neighbor?

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DEAR JOAN — I have a 3-year-old apple head Chihuahua who has a bad habit of screaming loudly every time I open the front door, and she sees our next door neighbor.

She gets so excited that she scratches the screen and starts screaming. I've tried squirt bottles, closing the door and keeping the door closed as long as she screams. Nothing ...Read more

WATCH: Dog runs Dodger Stadium bases in 21.06 seconds for Guinness World Record

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(UPI) A Jack Russell terrier broke a Guinness World Record when he ran the bases at Dodger Stadium in only 21.06 seconds.

Lori Signs, owner and trainer of the canine, named Macho, put balloons at each of the bases to motivate the dog to touch each base in order to pop them as he passed.

"I didn't sleep at all, nervous jitters," Signs told the ...Read more