It isn't just people who need shelter and provisions in the event of a wildfire. As a tremendous number of individuals in Southern California were evacuated from their homes, managing pets became a critical component of their exodus. Arriving at shelters, many people discovered that pets were not allowed in and were forced to remain in the parking lot rather than leave their pets, making an already stressful situation even more difficult.
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Meet Bara, a 4-year-old spayed female Belgian malinois, and a member of the Massachusetts State Police Canine Explosive Detection Program. Bara is one of hundreds of working dog teams in the United States. Bara and her handler were trained in a special military program at Lackland Air Base in Texas that was started in the mid '70s and Boston was one of six cities first enlisted in the program.
Have you ever looked at your pet and thought, "You oughta be in pictures"? After all, pets display so much character at home; you may already have miles of antics and tricks on videotape, enough to stretch from your home to Hollywood. But how do you persuade a casting director that your pet is just perfect for the part?
Battling through high winds and poor trails, Norwegian Robert Sorlie won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The 45-year-old firefighter completed the 1,100-mile course in 9 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes. Sorlie didn't break any records, but this year is notable for several reasons. First, he is the second non-Alaskan to win the Iditarod (and this is the second time he has completed the entire Iditarod).
Another Academy Awards ceremony and no pets invited - again. When Hollywood honors its top performers for the 75th time, there will be no pet connection. A pet has yet to come off the stage with an Oscar in his mouth, but various ones have helped their two-legged companions win the coveted prize. Here's a rundown of some of those: Child star Jackie Cooper was nominated for best actor for "Skippy" (1931) about a boy trying to raise money for a dog's license.
No clowns or magicians get hired for this birthday boy. A simple backyard romp with half a dozen friends suits Harley fine. Plus birthday cake, of course. "Harley was born seven years ago on Thanksgiving and we've always done something special every year," says Liza Rawlings of Darien, Conn. Something special usually includes grilling a T-bone steak for the 100-pound lab to share with his pals and scouting out pet-proof party hats.
At the end of a movie, television program or even a commercial, you may see the "No animals were harmed" credit, which is issued only by the American Humane Association. The credit is common today in Hollywood, but a tragic history lies behind it. Since 1877, the American Humane Association has fought for animal welfare.
In the movie Cats & Dogs, a secret society of cats is poised to vanquish their ancestral enemy - the dog - to become masters of the world. But in the real world, who dominates the hearts and homes of America - the loyal, eager-to-please dog or the independent, prideful cat? Well, two independent polls show that there's little chance that we're going to be watched by "Big Kitty" any time soon.
America's presidents have a rich history of pet ownership. While the White House has been home to some strange and unusual animals throughout the years, dogs and cats have been the most common pet residents at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In keeping with the tradition of presidential pets, President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, began looking for a family dog shortly after taking office.
Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans & Animals Can Change the Way We Live by Dr. Allen M Schoen. Broadway Books, $23.95. As the title implies, this intoxicating blend of tension and passion is all about bonding - not male, female or the at-the-office type. But man and animal. It opens on a fast track, if that's possible, on a frigid New England winter night, detailing how Schoen and his "attending assistant, nurse and helpmate," Megan, save the life of an embattled Jesse, a pregnant Jersey cow in labor, and quickly moves across the emotional terrain of many other cases.
With a bark and a belly flop, a dark bundle of fur dives over the side of The Good Ship Jollipup, paddles through the chilly chop of San Francisco Bay, snags a bobbing baseball and heads back to the cabin cruiser. With a few strong strokes, the curly-haired dog is back aboard the Jollipup with a valuable catch: a baseball that a local animal adoption facility can auction off for big bucks.
Bari Spielman, a board-certified internal medicine veterinarian at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, speaks about her work, endoscopy and discovering ET (yes, like the movie). site: What are your cases like? Spielman: As an internist, it can be anything from a chronic vomiter to a diabetic to an anemic animal.
The narrator of a short commercial film, produced by the Wonderland Park greyhound racing track in Massachusetts, paints a warm picture of how well the track cares for its canine competitors. “You don't have to win a special race to receive the special treatment all of our greyhounds are given,'' says the narrator as the film shows a dog, Heidi, getting “a relaxing massage by a master masseuse,'' complete with lotions.
We never want our pets to be sick, but sometimes it happens. If your cat gets sick, you will probably have to take care of him until he gets better. Depending on how sick he is, you may have to give him medicine, feed him or help to keep him clean. This can take up a lot of your time. Your sick cat should stay indoors until he feels well again.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PISCES! Born under the 12th sign of the Zodiac, perceptive Piscean dogs are as mystical as cats with their extraordinary powers. As a Pisces, you're an imaginative and sensitive pooch. Actually, your amazing canine sixth sense makes you an insightful creature. And your humans are aware of your gift.
One day you might notice that your dog is acting "funny." Sometimes a dog can be sick for days before you know about it. Sometimes the best way to tell that your dog is sick is to learn everything about your dog so that you will know when he isn't feeling well. You should know how he sleeps, eats and plays.
We never want our pets to be sick, but sometimes it happens. If your dog gets sick, you will probably have to take care of him until he gets better. Depending on how sick he is, you may have to give him medicine, feed him or help to keep him in his bed. This can take up a lot of your time. You will have to do exactly what your veterinarian tells you to do.
Our pets can read us like an open letter. They can usually tell our mood by watching the flash of our eyes and the movements of our limbs. Sometimes they read us better than we read ourselves. Authors Edward J. Kaczmarek III and Michael J. La Rue challenged scores of New Yorkers to put into words what their pets already know.
When Douglas Brum was a child, he went through a stage in which he hoped to grow up to become a paleontologist/comedian. And though he no doubt would have excelled at it - and maybe even pioneered an entirely new career track - dogs and cats all over greater Boston would today be the poorer for it. Brum is a general medicine veterinarian.
Barbara and Gerald Kawadler adore their dog Lucy, so when the Labrador retriever mix nearly died from eating a strychnine-laced hamburger, they were completely distraught. The nightmare began the day after Christmas 1998. The Milton, Mass., couple let Lucy and their daughter's two dogs out in the yard.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGO! As an earth sign you have no problem staying even-tempered, and you're a loyal dog like Lassie. Your furry friends and human pals know that you're a smart canine, too. After all, you're an apt pupil indoors and outdoors. What makes you a good dog: You love to work like a dog. Like a good sporting canine you aim to please, and are always on your paws (so to speak).