August 22, 2014

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Choice career

By SANDY BARNOSKY Special to The Gazette The total pet population in the United States is reported to have reached a record high of more than 282 million with 60 percent of all homes having at least one pet. Many pet owners consider their pet to be part of the family and are willing to Read More…

A Dog in Need

By SANDY BARNOSKY Pet Lady Shadow was the product of a backyard breeder who sold him with American Kennel Club papers for $150 to an unsuspecting buyer. At 8 months old, he weighed only 19 pounds, but the buyer was told it was because he was the runt of the litter. After having him only Read More…

Watch the birdies

By SANDY BARNOSKY The Pet Lady Special to The Gazette A brilliant scarlet cardinal perched outside a window in a snowy landscape is enough to know why winter is the best season for feeding birds. Aside from the joy they bring us, feeding the birds keeps them alive during severe weather and gives them a Read More…

Training time

By SANDY BARNOSKY Special to The Gazette Many people got a new dog during the Christmas season, but first-time dog owners are sometimes unaware of the importance of setting boundaries and teaching puppies what’s expected of them. Basic commands and points of etiquette learned in the first year will shape the dogs they will be Read More…

Legend Cats

Pixie-Bob cats are domestic cats that share many of the physical and personality characteristics of bobcats. These original “Legend Cats” are thought to have originally developed from the naturally occurring matings of American bobcats to barn cats. In the mid-1980s, Carol Ann Brewer of Washington state took two “natural hybrid” kittens and bred them to Read More…

Better behavior

Purchased at a pet store, 5-year-old Cody, advertised as a Chihuahua puppy, now is a 23-pound dog standing 16 inches tall. “He’s always had an attitude problem,” said owner Mindy Williamson. Even after training at a doggy summer camp last July, Cody’s bad behaviors still included aggression (biting), being possessive with items, pulling on the Read More…

SAFE Haven

For many years, experts have documented the link between violence perpetrated against people and that against animals. An abuser in a domestic violence situation may abuse, threaten to abuse, or even kill a family pet to exert power and control over the family members. All too frequently in an abuse case, animals are used to Read More…

Little legends

Dragons may be creatures of legend, but Chinese water dragons are quite real and can be kept as pets. Bright green with bluish-green stripes, they develop large crests on the back of the head and neck. A large portion of their overall length is made up of the tail, which provides balance and propels them Read More…

Top Dogs

Hundreds of fourth grade students entered the Top Dog contest this year. The five top winners received prizes and the first five dog tags for the 2007 year for their dogs. This contest was designed by Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack as a teaching exercise for children to give them the opportunity to work on Read More…

Holiday Hints

Regardless if they’ve been naughty or nice, many families include their pets on the Christmas shopping list. Gifts for pets can include special treats that can be purchased in a gift basket or as individual items resembling human food. Pets spend a considerable amount of time sleeping, so a gift of new bedding can be Read More…