November 26, 2014

Medina
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Healthy as a horse

Horses can be used for transportation, racing, showing, or just plain pleasure riding, but they can live 35 years or more and will need a commitment from the owner to provide for their needs 365 days a year, in good weather and bad. Before purchasing one, make sure you’re realistic about your ability to afford Read More…

Reward for information

Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann and the Humane Society of the United States opened a hotline and announced a reward for information on dog and cock fights. The national HSUS offers up to $5,000 for information that leads to a conviction of anyone involved in illegal animal fighting. The attorney general’s office will take tips Read More…

Puppies for Profit

Mass breeding of puppies has been a hot-button issue for decades with animal welfare activists, but until a NBC Dateline investigation revealed the inside of a puppy mill in April 2000, the general public was unaware of the deplorable, inhumane conditions breeding dogs endured, while their puppies were sold through mass market sources. Overcrowding, filth Read More…

Best of Breed

When you decide to make a dog a part of your family, don’t choose a breed based on what it looks like. Research before you buy, because some dogs require more exercise, training or grooming than others. Price may be a factor, but it’s just as important to know the pup is going to be Read More…

Leader of the Pack

Mel McGrath of Paramount Dog Behavior and Chuck Stella of Elite K-911 share a passion for rehabilitating aggressive dogs. Working from McGrath’s training and rehabilitation facility in Liverpool Township, they’ve rescued about 30 dogs from death row at shelters and turned them into well-adjusted, adoptable pets. Using positive methods of training, they work with owners Read More…

Pet poachers

It’s hard to imagine someone being cruel enough to steal a family pet, but it can and does happen. Being aware and taking precautions are the best way to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Never let your pet roam free in the neighborhood. Besides the obvious dangers of traffic, dognapping by unscrupulous people Read More…

Costumed Canines

Costumes, candy and carved pumpkins lit with candles are all great Halloween fun for humans, but it can be a scary and even dangerous holiday for pets. As much as you’d like to include them in the fun, animals are creatures of habit, and they can become frightened during the noise and antics of Halloween Read More…

Putting on the Ritz: Grooming is important part of pet care

Just like people, dogs have hair that grows and needs to be brushed and washed. Some breeds need more coat care than others, and that should be taken into consideration before adopting a pet. If you don’t have the time, inclination or physical ability to adequately groom your pet, then a professional groomer should be Read More…

Raising Monarchs

Five-year-old Raymond Dean of Spencer knows quite a bit about plants and insects. This summer he recognized a praying mantis cocoon and watched one hatch. He can identify several varieties of milkweed, and he knows more about monarch butterflies than the average person. With his mom, Jennifer, they have fun while learning about nature on Read More…

Pretty birds

“Hi, Elbee” and “kiss the bird” intermingled with wolf whistles come from the screened porch of Gracie Burger’s home. Elbee, a rose-breasted cockatoo, and Krackers, a crested cockatoo belonging to Julie DeMasi, were visiting for a nail trim while DeMasi talked with Burger about the upcoming Exotic Bird Fair. Many years ago, bird fairs were Read More…