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Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:05 PM
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A California family who thought their beloved cat, Thomas, was killed in the wildfires that destroyed their home in October received a pleasant, purring surprise this week.
Dani Stockham can thank a compassionate park ranger, and a microchip for the miraculous reunion.
After a cat's remains were found in the rubble of the Stockham's residence days after the fire, the family assumed it was Thomas and said their goodbyes, KTVU reported.
Seven weeks later, San Francisco Park Ranger Shannon Jay contacted the family with good news. He had been setting traps to capture pets lost in the wildfires. The cat's microchip was scanned, confirming that the Stockhams were the owners. Jay was able to reach the Stockham family via email, KTVU reported.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
— Owning a dog can be extremely rewarding, but if you're a pet parent who lives in the heart of a city or in an apartment, you might face a few extra challenges.
From a lack of yard space to nearby neighbors who can easily hear your dog barking, you may need to make some adjustments for the good of your lifestyle and your neighbors.
Try these seven hacks for a safe, happy city or apartment life with your pooch:
1. Choose the right breed.
If you haven't yet become a pet parent, choose a dog with your living situation in mind, according to this Pets Best Insurance blog. A puppy may be more rambunctious and need more bathroom breaks than an older dog. And while you might assume that larger dogs won't work well in the city or in an apartment, that's not necessarily true. Depending on the breed, they may bark less and be less energetic than smaller dogs.
2. Prepare for potty trips.
If you live several stories up in an apartment building, potty trips outside can be more of a hassle. You may have to improvise by using some training pads or trying a dog potty with real or synthetic grass,according to the experts at Bella’s House and Pet Sitting. Disposable and permanent versions are available, and you can place them inside or outside on a balcony.
3. Help your dog adapt.
If you have a new dog or one that's used to a different living environment, he or she may need time to adjust to city or apartment living. Introduce your pet slowly to the sounds of traffic, neighbors, and other animals, giving him or her extra attention and time to feel safe.
4. Help your pooch get plenty of exercise.
Your dog will require plenty of exercise and will need to be walked at least two to three times a day. For outdoor playtime in some wide-open spaces, try one of Atlanta's best dog parks, where you and your dog can socialize.
5. Protect your dog's paws.
As the summer sun heats up Atlanta's asphalt and concrete, it can be dangerous for your dog's paws. If you're taking your dog for a walk in hot weather, check the pavement for heat by putting the back of your hand on it for at least seven seconds. If it's too hot, stick to grassy surfaces, wait until a cooler part of the day, or invest in some dog booties.
6. Use and swap out toys.
Leave your dog some toys to play with to keep him or her from getting bored and destructive when you're not home. A few Kong toys – which have hollow centers to put treats inside – can help provide some stimulation and entertainment while you're gone. And it never hurts to swap out an old toy and add a new one to the mix now and then to keep your dog interested.
7. Get some help.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 8:34 AM
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat.
T2 was reunited with his dad after being missing for 14 YEARS! He went missing in 2004 for during hurricane season and...Posted by Humane Society of the Treasure Coast on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.
It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm.
The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved on to other ventures, or to that great catnap in the sky.
That all changed on March 9 with a phone call.
“Someone said, 'What if we told you T2 was alive?' I figured it was a mistake," Martin told TCPalm. "It was too crazy to believe."
Worn and weary, the fiery feline was found wandering the streets of Palm City.
He was brought into the shelter, where a scan of his skinny shoulder detected a microchip, which eventually led him back to Martin.
Next thing you know, the tabby, now 18 years old, is back snuggling on his owner’s lap.
The cat is content, but Martin’s questioning persists.
"Could you imagine if he could talk for just 15 minutes to tell us what he's been through?" Martin told TCPalm. "He'd probably say, 'Why did you keep the door shut, Dad?'"
Read more at TCPalm.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
GALESBURG, Ill. — The dogs awaiting adoption at one Illinois animal shelter no longer have to sleep on a cold floor.
The Knox County Humane Society posted a Facebook video Monday of their adoptable dogs lounging comfortably in donated chairs. Goober, Mickey, Tango and Buster Brown are seen making themselves at home on the chairs until they find their forever home.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:39 AM
— The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.
Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such as pollen.
Just like humans, dogs and cats can sneeze, get watery eyes and runny noses. Allergies can make these symptoms worse. According to the Humane Society, dogs often express pollen allergy symptoms by itching. The pollen gets on their fur, makes its way down to their skin and irritates it.
Here are some ways to help your pet cope with seasonal allergies: