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Man arrested in theft of van carrying 14 show dogs; second suspect sought

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Redding police have arrested one man in connection with the theft of a van containing 14 show dogs that was stolen from an In-N-Out earlier this month and are asking for the public's help in locating another.

A white van carrying the 14 dogs was stolen from the Redding fast food restaurant's parking lot in the early ...Read more

My Pet World: Helping a small overprotective dog feel at ease

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Dear Cathy,

My Chihuahua is extremely protective of me. No one can touch me or come near me. I want to learn how to teach my dog not to be defensive on my command. -- Rafael, New Castle, DE

Dear Rafael,

With a small dog, overprotectiveness is mostly related to fear. Growling and baring their teeth is an attempt to control everything around ...Read more

Zsa Zsa the English bulldog crowned World's Ugliest Dog

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(UPI) The World's Ugliest Dog contest in California crowned a new champion: a 9-year-old English bulldog named Zsa Zsa.

Megan Brainard, Zsa Zsa's owner, said she drove the aesthetically-challenged canine more than 30 hours from their Minnesota home to compete in the annual event at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma.

Zsa Zsa impressed ...Read more

Animal rescuers free fox stuck in netting

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(UPI) Animal rescuers in Britain are urging residents not to leave netting outside after a fox was rescued from a rope net in an allotment.

The RSPCA said Animal Collection Officer Cara Gibbon responded to a report of a trapped fox Tuesday in the Yenton Grove area of Birmingham, England.

Gibbon was able to rescue the fox and release it back ...Read more

7 ways to protect your dog from heat stroke and hyperthermia

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With temperatures rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity all around, summertime livin' isn't always easy -- especially when it comes to protecting your pup from the dangers of hot weather.

In fact, increased body temperature can lead to heat stroke and hyperthermia and can lead to multiple organ dysfunction, according to PetMD.

Here ...Read more

Dog announces retirement as mayor of Minnesota town

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(UPI) A Minnesota dog's owners announced the canine is retiring as the city's mayor after being elected to four terms in office.

Mayor Duke, a great Pyrenees, was first elected to the mayoral office in Cormorant about four years ago in a write-in campaign and he was reelected to three more terms.

Dave Rick, Duke's owner, said it's time for the...Read more

Tiki the wayward toucan returned to Flamingo Gardens

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Tiki is safe again.

The 2-year-old toucan who flew off from Flamingo Gardens on June 9, was spotted picking at a fruit tree on the property of a Plantation Acres homeowner who called the wildlife sanctuary.

"We're ecstatic about it," said Mike Ruggieri, animal care director at Flamingo Gardens. "We had been chasing this bird up and down the ...Read more

My Pet World; Helping dogs and cats survive the Fourth of July

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With the Fourth of July midweek this year, your neighbors are likely to pop off fireworks before, during and after the holiday. That can mean a stressful week for people with noise-phobic pets.

Dogs and cats that are afraid of fireworks will express their fear in different ways. Cats may run and hide under beds or in closets, and...Read more

Cat rescued from air vent of traveling Ford Focus

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(UPI) A male tabby cat nicknamed Ford was rescued from the air vent of a traveling Ford Focus by Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The owner of the car, Steven Kane, realized that a cat was trapped inside the grill of the vehicle after he had traveled to seafront area, Clacton-on-Sea of England with his family, a...Read more

Georgia grandmother strangles rabid bobcat to death with her bare hands

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(UPI) A Georgia grandmother strangled a rabid bobcat to death with her bare hands.

DeDe Phillips, 67, had just put a bumper sticker on the back of her truck that read: "Women who behave rarely make history" and was about to take a photo of it when the bobcat crept into her backyard, facing her.

"My neighbor's dog was barking and it drew my ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog keeps digging at same spot in carpet

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Dear Cathy,

For the past few weeks, my 10-year-old poodle has been pawing the rug in my living room. As a result, the nape is being pulled up. Please tell me why he is doing this and how I can handle this situation other than correcting him with a no command. -- Evelyn, Massapequa, NY

Dear Evelyn,

I am not sure why you don't want to correct ...Read more

My Pet World: Young reader worries about her lethargic dog

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Dear Cathy,

I am a 13-year-old girl. My parents and I adopted a 3-year-old, mixed lab, female dog last August from a rescue group in South Carolina. At first, Dorie was very timid and thin, but she has gained a lot of weight and is not at all active. She prefers to either lay on her bed or on the back deck in the sun. Although our huge yard is ...Read more

My Pet World: Cats with the gift for gab sometimes drive owners crazy

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Dear Cathy,

My dear friend has a 7-year-old rescue cat that never stops meowing. She tried using a collar for this purpose to no avail. She loves her cat, but the meowing is driving her crazy. Can you offer any advice to stop the constant meowing? -- Marilyn, via email

Dear Marilyn,

Cats use "meow" and its many variations to communicate with ...Read more

My Pet World: Understanding the sound world of cats

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Dear Cathy,

I recently adopted two small kittens and am curious to know if keeping a clock ticking near where they sleep somehow imitates their mother's heartbeat and would make them feel more restful. -- Mike, Garden City, NY

Dear Mike,

What a thoughtful question. People don't often think about the sound world around their felines, and it's ...Read more

My Pet World: Why pets must be supervised with their toys

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Dear Cathy,

I look forward to your weekly column in my paper, however, I'm afraid I must disagree with your mention of foam and aluminum foil as good toys for our cats to play with. Foam is easily bitten in to and swallowed, as is aluminum foil, both of which can cause intestinal problems and blocked colons (where the object can't be passed). ...Read more

My Pet World: Does my cat really want us to watch him eat?

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Dear Cathy,

Oliver is our 3-year-old cat. He was rescued at about 8 weeks old. He has grown to become a happy, healthy and very playful adult cat. However, he has one odd behavior that we don't understand. Before he approaches his food bowls, he will meow at whatever family member is nearby to come and stand next to him while he eats. Sometimes...Read more

My Pet World: Study looks for dogs with CIL disease

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Dear Cathy,

I would like to bring some attention to a terrible disease that strikes all breeds of dogs, but rarely gets any publicity -- Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasis, which is an intestinal disease, causing diarrhea, swelling and malabsorption.

I had never heard of it before my 8-year-old bulldog Daisy was diagnosed through an ultrasound...Read more

My Pet World: When should your dog's pricked ears stand up

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I recently purchased our fourth German shepherd. Two have passed, and we have one who is 11 years old. Our previous puppies' ears stood up at about two to three months, but our new addition turns four months tomorrow, and her ears still droop. We feed her a brand of puppy chow, she has had all her shots, and is otherwise...Read more

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