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Pet related articles of all kinds including animal rescue, pet tips & therapy animals.Click on article titles to see full articles.

by Karey Wedemeyer


Volunteer Orientation Day is always fun at Fresno Bully Rescue. A new group of people interested in the bully breed and giving them the love and good life they deserve! It is always inspiring to see families at the orientations. I think of my own family and wish we could have shared this experience. Learning about volunteerism in anyway, whether it be with people, environment or animals could only be a positive experience for us all at any age. I have enjoyed watching families that have grown with FBR from the first day of orientation to working alongside them now.

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by Cynthia Chow



Allison Cuddahee, owner of Mercy, South Carolina’s pet rescue/no-kill shelter, knows a cat who travels on his own to return home always makes national news. When a feline named Clyde treks over two hundred miles to find his cancer-stricken human, it’s sure to be a media sensation. The additional hook of owner Norm Jeffrey’s death before they could be reunited makes the story more irresistible.

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Kilcuddy Kitty: A Cat Short Story

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Elaine Faber


The first rays of sunrise streamed past posters taped to the butcher shop window, casting squares of shade onto the sunny linoleum floor. Beef Kidneys?$.39 a pound, Oxtails?$.15 a pound, Beef bones?$.10 a pound. No one complained about the poor cuts of meat because the best cuts were sent to feed the troops. Rationing and serving meatless meals was considered patriotic in the summer of 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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by Lee Juslin




Kopper is a special needs Dachshund who, despite his challenges, is a happy, loving boy.
Susie, a regional representative for Dachshund Rescue of North America, says Kopper is adoptable, but would need a special home. After some kind of accident in his original home, the owners turned him in to rescue because they could not deal with his medical problems and needs.

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by Cynthia Chow



The last thing hard-boiled Cincinnati private detective Eli Paxton wanted to be called was Pet Detective. Since his last two cases involved a racing dog and a valuable horse, it’s inevitable that when a rich widow needs a gun-for-hire to find her missing cat, Eli gets the case.

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by Kay Kendall



Twenty years ago, several days after Easter, my husband Bruce and I returned home from work, let our Cocker Spaniel outside in the fenced yard and went in the house. Bridget the dog refused to come back in the house, riveted to something white beyond our fence. Long story short–our neighbors had moved out that day, leaving behind a yard full of refuse…and one baby bunny. We cornered the wee frightened thing that felt like bird fluff in my hand, and I immediately dubbed him Precious. And so began our saga of rescuing rabbits.

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Paw and Order By Spencer Quinn

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



When we last saw Chet (the dog) and Bernie (the human), the forces to be reckoned with and the entire staff of the Little Detective Agency (Little is Bernie’s last name), they were in Bayou Country and anxious to head home. On the other hand, Susie is in Washington, D. C. so it’s practically on the way, right? A drop in visit sounds like just the kind of surprise she’d like.

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by Ron Van Sweringen



Buddy woke Mike Williams at four-thirty in the morning, during a cloudburst. The hands on the glow in the dark alarm clock on the nightstand said it was past the point of no return. By the time he let the little Cairn Terrier out, it would be useless trying to go back to sleep. No, like it or not Mike Wilson was up to stay, facing another jobless day.

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by Jackie Dale




I was just relaxing in my chair for a few moments before heading out to teach my yoga class when I got a call from the packinghouse in Orange Cove where I had been conducting a TNR project. I was told that a kitten had been spotted lying under a tree. The woman who called me said she was told that the kitten had been in the same spot all day. Of course I went there immediately. As I approached the kitten lying motionless under the tree, I thought it was dead. Then it lifted its tiny head and meowed at me as if calling for help. I scooped up the poor thing at which point it began to cry piteously. I rushed it to my car and headed off to The Cat House on the Kings.

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Celebrate National Mutt Day July 31

IN THE July 26 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy



In 2005, celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige created National Mutt Day to support the adoption of mixed breed dogs. Mixes are at the highest risk for euthanasia due to overbreeding and lack of available homes, partly due to the popularity of pure bred or designer-mixed dogs like labradoodles, pugapoos, puggles and goldendoodles.

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by Lee Juslin



Jace, an owner turn-in, came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue in rough shape. He was matted, covered with fleas, and as Chris, his foster mom, said,” He came in with his dukes up.” Clearly, he had not been treated well.

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The Truth About Rat-Bite Fever

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

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by Shannon Carr



Despite experts at the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claiming that rat-bite fever is uncommon in the United States, recent events have brought the long misunderstood, four-legged critter front and center under a negative spotlight once again.

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Working From Home…With Cats: A Cat Tale

IN THE July 12 ISSUE

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by Rebecca McLeod



“Ehhhhhhhh!”
This is the sound that my kitten, Floppy, uses for most communicative occasions. It means a variety of things:
“Mom, I think I broke your iPhone!” (Yes Floppy, and I think you broke my foot when the iPhone landed on it.)
“Mom, I’m sitting in the dryer!” (Great Floppy, thanks for pre-shedding the clean clothes.)

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by Lee Juslin



Susie has been a member of Dachshund Rescue of North America since 1999. Currently she is the senior rep for North Carolina as well as a leader and mentor for newer volunteers. Given her experience, Susie is well aware of the problems caused by so-called backyard breeders. So, when she took in Joy-Ci, a double dappled Doxie, as a foster, she was not surprised that the little girl was blind and partially deaf. Dappled Doxies, as with some other breeds, look like they have been splattered with paint. Joy-Ci is a mix of white, black, brown, and grey.

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