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  • Fr. Z: If Pets can go to Heaven, They can also go to Hell

    12/14/2014 10:55:42 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 62 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14/14 | Judi McLeod
    Pet owners worldwide, including CFP’s beloved pet Yorkie, ‘Yankee’, can attest by the millions that Fidos have already found Heaven on Earth. The pithy posts of Father John T. Zuhlsdorf (Father Z) are among my favourite on the Internet. Just as I tune in on my much-admired friend Father Paul Nicholson’s inspiring homilies, I read Fr. Z’s blog most every day. Catholic convert Jimmy Akin of Jimmy Akin blog fame is no slouch when it comes to setting the record straight either. In time for Christmas 2014, visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, has been replaced by visions...
  • Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

    12/13/2014 2:52:13 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    RNS ^ | December 12, 2014 | David Gibson
    (RNS) When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly.Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson It was a sparkling moment on a rainy November day, and the setting in St. Peter’s Square only burnished Francis’ reputation as...
  • Bacon, pet psychic turn up zilch in search for dog

    12/11/2014 7:00:57 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12-11-14 | LISA RATHKE
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Rotisserie chicken, bacon, dog toys, more than a dozen volunteers and even a psychic have not been enough to find Murphy, an elusive golden retriever whose owner's five-month search for the beloved animal has captivated one mountainous area of Vermont.
  • Need advise in selecting new Dog.

    12/02/2014 9:27:12 AM PST · by TNoldman · 142 replies
    12/2/2014 | TNoldman
    My wife and I have had Goldens Retreivers for the last 20 years. We are in our late 70's and recently had to euthanize our 11yo Lady Golden. We still have a 12 yo male Golden and two adopted older cats. All of our pets are rescued or adopted. We live in Indiana and RV travel about 4 months of the year. We are looking to downsize our Pet Family in physical size not quantity. What can our FReeper Friends suggest for our next small sized Dog (10 lbs or so).
  • Top Ten Tips for Feeding Pets Thanksgiving Leftovers

    11/27/2014 6:17:25 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 47 replies
    PetMD ^ | Unk | PetMD
    With the holidays approaching, your dog or cat will inevitably be begging to partake in the big turkey dinner. When polled, 56 percent of petMD readers admitted to sharing Thanksgiving table scraps with their pets. While this can be a wonderful way to add lean protein and fresh veggies to your pet’s diet, there are also hidden dangers in holiday fare. This year, before preparing a heaping plateful for your pet, consult a vet and consider these 10 tips to keep Thanksgiving a safe, healthful holiday for your dog or cat... More at: Top Ten Tips for Feeding Pets Thanksgiving...
  • Toes Go Missing As Man Naps

    11/14/2014 10:41:09 AM PST · by Doogle · 20 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 6/13/2013 | unk
    Brazil, IN – Wednesday morning, Clay County resident, Roger Brown, awoke to find two of his toes missing on one foot. You would think someone would feel them dislodge or fall off, right? According to Brown, he roused from sleep around 4:30 am to find his pit bull licking his foot and, when he glanced down, noticed he was sans two toes – the big and pinky toes. The man suspects the dog likely chewed them off but indicates he did not experience the excruciating pain one would assume comes with having your toes gnawed from your foot. Brazil Police...
  • Animal Rx: 11 Ways Pets Make You Healthy

    11/09/2014 6:28:56 PM PST · by Justice · 31 replies
    Everday Health ^ | Jordan Lite and Madeline Vann
    Of course you can’t resist your golden retriever’s puppy-dog eyes or your tabby’s silly antics, but you’re getting much more from your pet than unconditional love and great pics for your Facebook wall. Nearly two-thirds of American households include a pet — and our animal companions are proving themselves adept at enhancing human health in increasingly diverse ways. From calming patients before medical procedures to motivating owners to exercise, pets may be the best medicine we don’t even realize we’re taking. Here, the notable ways your animal companions can improve your health.
  • Woman dies after farewell to horse at Wigan hospital

    11/07/2014 2:08:54 PM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/7/14
    Staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan granted Sheila Marsh's last wish, by arranging a visit from two of her horses on Monday afternoon. The hospital said the 77-year-old, unable to speak properly due to illness, "gently called" her favourite horse, who then nuzzled her cheek. Mrs Marsh, who used to work at Haydock Park Racecourse, died early on Tuesday.
  • Deadly Ebola virus doesn't sicken pets - so far

    10/22/2014 7:03:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Duncan Banner ^ | 10/22/2014 | By Janelle Stecklein CNHI State Reporter
    OKLAHOMA CITY — A year-old spaniel named Bentley is spending its days in quarantine at a decommissioned military base in Dallas. Bentley is alone because its owner, a nurse at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, is being treated for Ebola. If fears of Ebola's spread weren't bad enough, the dog's life in isolation surely causes pet owners to shudder. The good news is that international research has found that your beloved pooch, cat or cow has little chance of spreading Ebola, said Dr. Rod Hall, Oklahoma's state veterinarian. “There are a lot more things I lay awake worrying about at night than...
  • Dying Man Reunited with Beloved Dog Makes Complete Turnaround

    10/19/2014 1:30:08 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Jerry A. Kane
    Tail-wagging love really does conquer all: James Wathen, a terminally-ill patient at Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky, had stopped eating and had become weak and frail. His condition kept deteriorating, and he was barely able to talk. Wathen managed to whisper to a nurse his wish to see his dog, Bubba, just one more time. The 73-year-old hadn’t seen his one-eyed Chihuahua with no bottom teeth since he arrived by ambulance at the Whitley County hospital six weeks earlier. “One of our social workers realized it was mourning the loss of the dog that was making our patient even...
  • Pomeranian watermelon love

    09/27/2014 3:43:24 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/13 | kyle chun
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgsTgkxGTQo
  • Do Dogs Go to Heaven...?

    09/11/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 76 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Church-sign war!  h/t Kirby
  • What Are Animals Thinking? (Hint: More Than You Suspect)

    08/28/2014 7:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 25, 2014 | Jeffrey Kluger
    The mind of an animal is a far richer, more complex thing than most people know — as a new TIME book reveals.Let’s be honest, you’d probably rather die than wake up tomorrow morning and find out you’d turned into an animal. Dying, after all, is inevitable, and there’s even a certain dignity to it: Shakespeare did it, Einstein did it, Galileo and Washington and Twain all did it. And you, someone who was born a human and will live your life as a human, will end your life that way too. But living that life as an animal —...
  • Dogs Get Blues When Youngsters Go Back to School

    08/27/2014 5:12:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Sue Manning
    Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out.
  • My dog Died Today

    08/22/2014 7:28:40 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 178 replies
    N/A | Today | Me
    I had my Australian Shepard put down today. Her name was Sidney, as in the city in Australia. She was 15 Years 3 months. She had had dementia for the last year or so. For the last year she hadn't been able to control her bowels. She could hold the pee, but number 2 just came when it was ready. Today when I got home, she couldn't stand up. Her back legs just wouldn't work. I took her outside and laid her in the nicest part of the grass. She looked peaceful as the wind blew her face. On the...
  • Dognappers Steal Pomeranian, Demand Ransom, Threaten To Shoot Owner: Police

    08/11/2014 12:09:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.dnainfo.com ^ | August 11, 2014 9:51am | By Erin Meyer and Josh McGhee
    GAGE PARK — A dognapping in which a Pomeranian named Sunny was held for $250 ended with a woman being arrested and the pup safely returned home after detectives listened in on the ransom call, authorities said. "I just thank God I got my puppy back. When you have a puppy for a long time, a puppy is just like your kid," the dog's owner, a 66-year-old woman who asked that she not be identified, told DNAinfo Chicago. Charged in the theft is Daniela Ramirez, 26, of the 6000 block of South Troy Street, who was arrested Thursday and appeared...
  • A Man And His Cat

    08/03/2014 9:14:20 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | TIM KREIDER
    I LIVED with the same cat for 19 years — by far the longest relationship of my adult life. Under common law, this cat was my wife. I fell asleep at night with the warm, pleasant weight of the cat on my chest. The first thing I saw on most mornings was the foreshortened paw of the cat retreating slowly from my face and her baleful crescent glare informing me that it was Cat Food Time. As I often told her, in a mellow, resonant, Barry White voice: “There is no luuve … like the luuve that exists … between...
  • Foster care, new homes needed for soldiers' pets left behind

    08/02/2014 7:25:38 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes h/t Ace of Spades ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Rodger Mullen
    Garcia has her hands full. But when a soldier friend needed someone to give a temporary home to her German shepherd, Garcia didn't hesitate to help. "Taking on a German shepherd, I was like, 'Oh, this is going to be interesting,'" Garcia said. In the weeks since she assumed temporary care of Kaiser, the 7-year-old German shepherd has become like part of the family for Garcia. As soon as her friend gets settled at her new assignment in Florida, however, Garcia will turn the dog back over to his owner. In a military community like Fayetteville, the issue of what...
  • ABC40 Investigates: The Pit Bull Debate

    07/31/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    WGGB ^ | July 30th, 2014
    It’s no stretch to say pit bulls, seemingly more so than any other dogs, are as polarizing as they are popular. Just mentioning them on the news is enough to elicit a strong response from supporters and detractors. But are they truly a dangerous breed as some suggest… or a safe family pet that’s often misunderstood? It’s estimated pit bulls only make up about 6% of the entire dog population here in the US. But last year, despite being regulated in more than 700 US cities – pit bulls were responsible for more bite-related fatalities than any other breed Locally,...
  • God’s Daybreak Comfort to Those in Despair

    07/25/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/25/14 | Judi McLeod
    Internet trolls out there wait for columns like this one. Feeling that inestimable sadness of the heart with all that is going on in our world, I went back out onto my deck just before sunrise yesterday morning to be there for God’s daily morning orchestra, the real Twitter: the spine tingling birdsong that announces the beginning of each and every day. In unison, the birds, like the angels of another realm so many long to someday see, join together in song to praise another dawn.
  • Woman Has 100,000 Cockroaches – Says They Are Her Family

    06/14/2014 4:30:30 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 46 replies
    South Cina Morning Post ^ | Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 3:09pm | Keira Lu Huang
    Woman devotes entire rural home to sweets-loving roach species that she sells to a pharmaceutical factory
  • The Pope Is Right about Pets: Yes, they’re replacing children in the West.

    06/10/2014 7:13:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged. The pope criticized “these marriages in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility.” “This culture of well-being,” he said, has “convinced us: It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree. It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two...
  • PetSmart, PetCo to stop selling pet treats made in China

    05/21/2014 6:53:21 PM PDT · by EBH · 45 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/21/2014
    PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of ongoing fears that they are making pets sick. The company plans to have the treats off all of its store shelves by March 2015. "This is something we've been working toward for some time, and feel it's the right thing to do for pets and our customers," said PetSmart spokeswoman Erin Gray. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration haven't been able to prove that treats made in China are making pets ill. But since 2007,...
  • Heartbreaking video shows abandoned puppy desperately chase owner's SUV in vain

    05/20/2014 12:26:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 74 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | may 20, 2014 | david mccormack
    A Nevada woman who returned home to find an abandoned puppy outside her door was disgusted when she reviewed security camera footage and found that the dog had been cruelly left behind. Toni Luisi of Henderson, Nevada, has released the heartbreaking footage in a bid to help find the dog – who she has named Graci - a loving home and shame the owner who abandoned her. ‘I mean, how do they treat their children if this is how they treat their dog?’ said Luisi. Luisi returned home on May 5 to find the distressed puppy loitering around outside the...
  • 1,000 dog deaths linked to ‘toxic jerky treats’

    More than 1,000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats according to the Food and Drug Administration. And the agency says since 2007, there have been almost 5,000 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats.
  • Living Water Daily Blessings

    05/11/2014 7:19:25 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski's Mothers Day ^ | 5-11-2014 | Revski
    A Very Happy Mothers Day to all mothers that are so loving and caring. This video has family pets enjoying daily life in the back yard. The sound effects of a running brook and voices in animated scenes are wife, grandchild. A child Church member singing, Is Anything Too Hard For God, in a Beautiful Rose flowered scenic background.
  • Veterinarian accused of secretly keeping 'euthanized' pets alive (For their Blood)

    04/30/2014 5:30:30 PM PDT · by equalator · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4-30-2014 | Fox
    "So I brought him in and had our tearful goodbyes, and we went over very specifically our plans for burial of Sid, and that was the end of it,” she said. "I remember coming in and them extracting blood from Sid, and basically shaving him, extracting his blood for the other animal upstairs,” said Brewer. According to the complaint, "The clinic was using Sid (and other dogs) for blood transfusions and other experimental treatments.”
  • Dog used as a blood donor for six months after they took him to be euthanized

    04/30/2014 1:20:12 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30 April 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    A Texas family were shocked to discover last week that their 5-year-old Leonberger named Sid they thought was put down six months ago was being secretly kept by a veterinarian and tapped for blood transfusions. Marian Harris, of Aledo, says that last October, she gave long-time veterinarian Dr Lou Tierce permission to euthanize Sid after the doctor told her that the pup was suffering from a congenital spinal disorder. But last Monday, Mrs Harris got a call from a former employee at the animal clinic telling her that her dog has been kept alive in a cage for the past...
  • TX Deputy Shoots Farmer’s Dog in the Back of the Head After Farmer Called Police About Burglary

    04/24/2014 6:54:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    TX Deputy Shoots Farmer’s Dog in the Back of the Head After Farmer Called Police About Burglary April 24 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com It seems like these stories are happening more and more each week. Stories of officers shooting dogs that simply did not need to be shot. In this case, a third generation Texas farmer, Cole Middleton, called police about a break-in on his property. When an officer finally arrived, Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley, the farmer’s dog ran up to the officer (as dogs do, especially herding dogs), so the officer...
  • Living Water Life’s Daily Bread

    04/21/2014 4:25:58 PM PDT · by Revski
    Revski's Youtube Videos ^ | 4-21-2014 | Revski
    This video has family pets enjoying daily life in the back yard. Voices are wife, grandchild and myself.
  • Voices

    04/20/2014 9:32:01 AM PDT · by Revski
    Youtube ^ | 4-20-2014 | Revski
    This video has family pets and some voices enjoying daily life. The sound effects of the running brook was recorded from the Chepachet R.I. river. Voices are my grandchild and myself. The children song, sang by the eaglet is, (Is Anything To Hard For God).
  • Daily Bread, Eating, Drinking & Singing

    04/17/2014 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Video ^ | 4-17-2014 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This video has family pets eating, drinking and enjoying daily life in the back yard. The sound effects of the running brook was recorded from the Chepachet R.I. river. Voices are my grandchild and myself. The children song, sang by the eaglet is, (Is Anything To Hard For God).
  • Woman performs C-section on dog with steak knife, arrested, charged with cruelty

    03/19/2014 4:49:49 PM PDT · by Renfield · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3-19-2014 | James Nye
    Authorities in Tampa have arrested a 31-year-old woman is facing five-years in prison for animal cruelty charges after she allegedly performed a c-section on a dog with a 'steak knife', no anesthesia and then used glue to close the amateur incision. The Mastiff called Nadia died soon after and now Candace Patricia Hauser is facing a felony charge for removing the last two of the dogs 13 puppies on March 4 even though there was a veterinarian nearby. Investigators arrested Hauser on March 5 when the dog's owner brought her to Veterinary Healthcare Associates in Winter Haven telling them she...
  • Unlicensed Dogs Get New Leash On Life

    03/17/2014 10:46:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/17/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan residents — and their dogs — soon will benefit from actions taken in response to news stories and oversight of school officials and laws in the state. A 95-year-old dog law that required sheriffs to kill unlicensed dogs finally is being repealed, and the secretary of state's office said taxpayers in Traverse City are due a refund on an illegal mailing the school district sent out in 2012. Michigan Capitol Confidential broke the dog law story and brought statewide exposure to the school bond mailing issue. The Michigan House and Senate unanimously voted to put an end to the...
  • Homeless Family Who Held on to Pit Bull Has New Home

    03/11/2014 5:46:47 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 27 replies
    ABC/Yahoo ^ | Mar 11, 2014 | jaime Lutz
    The California family who we reported chose homelessness over abandoning their pet pit bull finally has a happy ending: a dog-friendly apartment. Carol Devia, her husband, Peter, and her adult sons, Leandro and Christoffer, were homeless for months because every apartment they saw within their price range had landlords who were wary of letting a pit bull stay with them.
  • House cat in Oregon attacks baby, traps family in bedroom

    03/10/2014 10:40:00 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/11/2014 | ReutersReuters
    "(Reuters) - A rampaging, 22-pound Oregon house cat with a "history of violence" attacked a baby and trapped a family and their dog in a bedroom at their Portland home before being captured by police, authorities said on Monday."
  • Tradespeople, suppliers 'stiffed' in pet store expansion

    02/24/2014 6:30:20 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Kathy Tomlinson
    A tradesman says he's furious that he hasn't been paid for thousands of dollars worth of work and materials by a contractor after renovating several Pet Valu stores in B.C. “It’s financially ruined our family,” said Scott Payne, a drywaller from Port Alberni, B.C. “These stores are all up and running … and here we are, totally strapped.” Payne and several others were working for Tim Keith, who was hired on contract by Pet Valu in 2012 to oversee major projects at 10 stores. Payne and others claim Keith failed to pay them thousands of dollars for work and materials...
  • Celebrating all things kitteh!

    02/21/2014 4:55:54 PM PST · by workerbee · 57 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/21/14
    Today I took my beautiful feline companion for her final trip to the vet. For nearly 20 years she was with me, through the ups and MANY downs. RIP, my sweet little Heidi, you don't have to struggle anymore.
  • 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/06/2014 9:58:54 PM PST · by expat1000 · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | John Moore/Getty Images
    36 images at the site. Many rescue dogs.
  • Cricket fan to be counseled over pig-smuggling

    02/06/2014 1:00:54 PM PST · by illiac · 12 replies
    myfoxny ^ | 2/6/14 | myfoxny.com
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian cricket fan who allegedly smuggled a pig into a Brisbane sports ground during a test against England has agreed to undergo mediation with the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.
  • The little big cats! Animal haircuts craze sees pets turned into predators.. but is it cruel?

    02/04/2014 9:12:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    You've heard of The Cat in the Hat but the latest fashion craze for animal owners is to turn their pets into something more predatory. Cats and dogs are now sporting new designs in their fur to make them more king of the jungle rather than domesticated house pet. However, one poor ginger feline looks genuinely embarrassed by her new look after its owner rouged-up its cheeks with make-up. We've all had a haircut we didn't ask for but would you subject your pet to some of these styles?
  • Having A Pet Can Improve Your Health

    01/25/2014 10:37:59 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/25/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Over the past 30 years, dozens of articles have appeared in the scientific literature attesting to the health benefits of pet ownership. One oft-cited review from 1999, written by two nurses from University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, is entitled “An exploration of the potential benefits of pet-facilitated therapy.” Authors Sarah Brodie and Francis Biley provide a historical perspective on the subject, invoking Florence Nightingale, among others. And when we say “historical,” we mean it. Humans have had pets for a long, long time. According to Thomas Canby, in his 1979 National Geographic article entitled “The Search for the First Americans,”...
  • What Pet Friendly Hotels Don’t Want You to Know

    01/16/2014 10:21:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Pet 360 ^ | unknown | Carol Bryant
    I’ve traveled the country with dogs for over 20 years, so I can honestly say I have slept in some not so swift rooms and some that have been oh-so-divine. Pet friendly, however, is not always what it’s cracked up to be, and if you’ve had a less-than-stellar experience at a supposed “pet friendly” establishment, you are nodding in agreement. How many of you, when calling a hotel or facility to ask if they are pet friendly ask something like this: “Hi. Can you tell me if you allow pets?” How many of you ask, “Hello, are you pet welcoming?”...
  • The 5 Best Dogs for Your Golden Years

    01/16/2014 9:00:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 143 replies
    Vet Street ^ | March 5, 2013 | Gina Spadafori
    Like many people in late middle age, I find myself wondering if my next dog will be different. I have long shared my life with retrievers — active, field-bred dogs who throw themselves with joy into every situation (and every puddle of water bigger than a dinner plate). Their boisterousness is infectious: My dogs make me happy. But in 10 years, or 15, or 20, will I be up to the demands of dogs like these? Or will a nice, quiet little spaniel be the dog I need? My answer may be different than others, even among people of similar...
  • More Americans Are Writing Their Pets Into Their Wills

    01/12/2014 8:10:36 AM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 12, 2014 | Anne Tergesen
    The number of Americans owning pets is at a record high, and more people are making provisions in their wills to provide for these animals after they're gone. But to ensure your pet is cared for as you intend, it's important to set up a pet trust—an arrangement that 46 states permit. "Pet trusts aren't just for the wealthy," says Frances Carlisle, a trust and estates attorney in New York. For most pet owners, she adds, the goal "is to make sure a plan exists for the care of the animal." Pet trusts can take effect either after you die...
  • Tips to keep your pet safe in cold weather

    01/04/2014 5:54:02 AM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    Despite a few warm days here and there, winter is definitely here and it's getting cold outside, which means pets need a little extra consideration. Just as dogs and cats and bunnies can't be left out in the heat of the summer, cold and snowy days pose their own risks to beloved pets.
  • Kim Jong Un's executed uncle was eaten alive by 120 hungry dogs: report

    01/03/2014 5:49:42 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | Eric Baculinao and Alexander Smith
    BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China's ruling Communist Party. Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po reported that Jang and his five closest aides were set upon by 120 hunting hounds which had been starved for five days.
  • Dogs' pot poisoning soars as pets dig through trash, stash

    12/31/2013 2:29:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 31, 2013 | Katherine Seligman
    San Francisco veterinarian Jill Chase had just finished hosting a birthday party for her son 10 years ago when her dog went limp. After investigating what might have caused the problem, she discovered the culprit: cannabis-infused butter that a neighbor had dumped in the garbage down the street. Her dog, a Tibetan terrier who was a habitual trash surfer, had eaten a large dose.
  • Letter to Santa, from a shelter dog

    12/25/2013 5:04:44 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 39 replies
    Dear Santa Claws, Some people don’t believe in you, but I do, because last year you brought me a tube of tennis balls, some yummy treats, a new dog sweater, and a plush, fleecy blue sheep that goes “Baaa-aaa-aaa” when I squeeze and chew on him. I stayed awake a long time next to the fireplace on Christmas Eve, waiting for you to come down, but I never did see you. Just my human Mom and Dad putting some packages under the tree. Thank you for those nice gifts last year! You are pretty special if you can sneak in...
  • Puppycide A surprising number of dogs are shot by cops.

    11/04/2013 6:03:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | November 4, 2013 4:00 AM | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    On a Sunday afternoon in October of this year, Gabrielle Stropkai’s dog was shot by a police officer investigating a burglary nearby. The dog “was walking by and went ‘ruff ruff’ — just a couple of little ruffs,” a neighbor of the Stropkais’ told local television in Boise, Idado. But “she didn’t jump at him or anything.” In response, the owner remembers, the officer “pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head.” The dog died instantly. The Stropkais are not alone in their grief. A Google search for “dog shot by...