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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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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

Two African servals escape from pet store owner's barn in Alabama

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(UPI) A pair of exotic African servals are on the loose after escaping from the barn where they were being kept in Alabama.

Lacey Harring, owner of pet store 256Exotics, said in a Facebook post that two servals -- African cats that resemble small leopards -- escaped from her Huntsville barn Sunday night.

Harring said the felines escaped by ...Read more

Fans catch falling cat in U.S. flag at University of Miami football game

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(UPI) Fans at a University of Miami football game used a U.S. flag to break the fall of a cat that fell from the upper deck.

Craig and Kimberly Cromer said it was the second quarter of the school's game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami when the crowd's attention was captured by a cat dangling from the ...Read more

Dog steals ball during cricket match in Ireland

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(UPI) A dog stole the show during the Women's All-Ireland T20 Cup cricket semi-final match when it ran out onto the pitch and stole the ball.

The cameras were rolling during Saturday's game between Bready and CSNI when the canine darted out onto the pitch and ran off with the ball.

"The dog has the ball," announcer Heatley Tector can be heard ...Read more

How to keep your dog happy during your transition back to the office

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It’s no surprise that many people got dogs during the COVID-19 pandemic. When people were home all day by themselves, dogs seemed to be the perfect antidote for their isolation and loneliness. People had plenty of time and nowhere to go, and many new dogs that came into people’s lives during the pandemic got used to constant attention and ...Read more

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'You keep Fluffy. We don't want Fluffy.' LA County animal shelters try a new approach

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LOS ANGELES -- Ulysses Sandoval was desperate to save his dog.

Chia needed surgery to remove a large stone in her bladder, but Sandoval had lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic. He had asked family members for help and was ready to take out a loan and sell his car to come up with the $2,200.

Frantically calling rescue groups, he dialed ...Read more

How expensive is owning a dog?

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If you’ve considered adopting a dog during the coronavirus, you’re not alone. Adoption rates for dogs and cats have skyrocketed over the course of 2020 and 2021 as people spend increasingly more time at home. A report by Rover.com, the dog walking and boarding app, found that 93% of people who adopted pets during the pandemic experienced ...Read more

African serval on the loose in California county

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(UPI) Residents of a California county reported numerous sightings of an unusual escaped animal in the area: an African serval.

Kristi Clark, of Olivenhain, said she initially did not know the identity of the unusual animal she spotted in her back yard last week.

"I mean your first instinct is, is that a leopard? Did the zoo lose an animal or ...Read more

Lost dog reunited with owner after taking solo ride on city bus

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(UPI) A lost dog in England was reunited with his owner after climbing aboard a city bus, where passengers soon realized the canine was riding solo.

Passengers aboard a Plymouth CityBus on Tuesday said the dog followed a human passenger onto the vehicle, and it was a short time later when they discovered the human was not accompanying the ...Read more

How expensive is owning a dog?

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If you’ve considered adopting a dog during the coronavirus, you’re not alone. Adoption rates for dogs and cats have skyrocketed over the course of 2020 and 2021 as people spend increasingly more time at home. A report by Rover.com, the dog walking and boarding app, found that 93% of people who adopted pets during the pandemic experienced ...Read more

Large dog rescued from small drain pipe in California

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(UPI) Emergency responders and municipal workers gathered in a California city to rescue a large dog that became stuck in a small drain pipe.

Tuolumne County Animal Control said officers were called out Monday on a report of an animal trapped in a drain pipe, and they arrived to find a large pit bull wedged in the small pipe.

The Tuolumne Fire...Read more

Make the commitment to be a responsible dog owner

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September is Responsible Dog Ownership month. Sure, puppies are adorable, but those cute, cuddly puppies are completely dependent on their owners to help them become happy, healthy, well-adjusted adult dogs.

Because adding a dog to your home is a major commitment, the American Kennel Club shares the following responsible dog ownership tips ...Read more

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Top 10 dog-friendly cars include some not-so-obvious choices

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Melody Bond of Livonia, Mich., loved her 2014 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car so much she named it Esmeralda.

But Esmeralda had to go when Bond's all-white German Shepherd puppy, Jasper, grew up and got too big for the sports car.

"He weighs 100 pounds and when he sat in the Camaro, his head touched the ceiling and his feet were on the floor," ...Read more

Bengal tiger briefly escapes from enclosure at Indian zoo

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(UPI) Officials at a zoo in India confirmed a royal Bengal tiger escaped from its enclosure, leading to an evacuation of the facility.

The Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar said a tiger named Suraj escaped from the Tiger Safari exhibit by breaking through a rusted section of wire.

Visitors were quickly evacuated from the zoo, and ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Why does cat prefer sitting on hard objects rather than soft ones?

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DEAR JOAN — Why do you think a cat would move from lying on a nice comfortable bed to lie on a knitting loom or some other lumpy item that I put on the bed? They all seem to do that.

Linda, Antioch, California

DEAR LINDA: Oh, I do so love trying to unravel the mystery that is the cat.

There are a few reasons for your cat's choice of knobby ...Read more

Veterinarians correct puppy's upside-down paws

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(UPI) Veterinary surgeons at Oklahoma State University announced they successfully performed a corrective procedure on a puppy born with her paws upside-down.

OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, which previously made headlines for performing a similar procedure on a dog named Milo, said the rat terrier puppy, Siggi, was born with her paws ...Read more

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Pets Q&A: Tail-chasing in a cat could be a sign of a health issue

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DEAR JOAN — What do you know about cats chasing their tails?

Our cat, who found us and said "I live here now, feed me," has chased his tail (before), although only one or two times. Within the last week he seems to be aggressively going after his tail.

I know this is worrisome. Obviously, I need to take him to the vet. To be sure I get the ...Read more