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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 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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The Night Fairy: A Cat Short Story

IN THE July 5 ISSUE

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by Ron Van Sweringen



The little creature slipped in through a keyhole in the bedroom door. Her gossamer gown floating about her on the air. Silver moonlight through an open window, fell across the bed, illuminating a sleeping child and her golden ringlets.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Shelley Freydont



This week we have a review of Independence Slay by Shelley Freydont, a mystery involving the 4th of July. We also have a fun guest post from Shelley about Pets and Cozy Mysteries. At the end of this post are details on how to win a copy of the book, and a link to purchase it.

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by Jackie Dale



I was thrilled when my friend Melissa called to tell me that her adoption application at The Cat House had been approved. Melissa and her son, Jonathan, were anxious to find a purrfect kitty and arrived for their appointment promptly, carrier in hand. I was even happier when I found out they were in the market for an older kitty.

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by Karey Wedemeyer


The moment Ryan and Bridgette brought their puppy, Bruzer, home their lives changed. Of course the newly married couple now had the responsibility of an energetic puppy, but this change was much larger than potty training and chewed up shoes. The Puppy would change their lives beyond imagination.

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Ferret Legalization in California

IN THE June 14 ISSUE

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by Kat Richardson


Whether you call them “California stretch kittens,” “tube rats,” or “furry knee socks,” the domestic ferret is a charming little creature, welcomed as a pet in forty-eight states of the United States and every country in Europe. Current estimates place the number of pet ferrets in the U.S. at between seven million and ten million with no negative impact on the economies, agriculture, health, or welfare of any state where they are legal.

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Just a Rat Rescue and Sanctuary

IN THE June 14 ISSUE

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by Diana Hockley


KRL enjoys featuring the many rat rescues around the county. This month we are chatting with Just A Rat Rescue and Sanctuary in Texas.

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A Kiss is Still a Kiss: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Linda had been a Shih Tzu breeder so she knew the breed well. She had also done pet therapy work so when she and her husband, Joe, retired they were determined to dedicate some of their time to pet therapy.

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by Cynthia Chow



There is little doubt that the Greyhound rescue organization, Greys Matter, was calling their all-gray dress code fundraiser a Fifty Shades of Greyhound Charity Ball in order to cash in on the fervor for the popular book. However, the worthwhile charity group has been instrumental in saving racing greyhounds who were once put to sleep at the end of their careers even though they could have lived for another ten more years or more. For Caro Lamont, a trained therapist and Laguna Beach Professional Animal Wellness Specialist (PAWS), this is a cause close to her heart.

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