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Howling for forever homes

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Features, From the cover, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Butler

If you’re looking for Halloween plans that are more sweet than spooky, Howl-O-Ween Hounds may just be the treat for you.

Howl-O-Ween Hounds, an adoption event at Grossmont Center, brings together dozens of pet adoption agencies ­— 23 and counting, at the time of publication — in an effort to connect these animals with loving owners.

Ferret-friendly

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Joyell Nevins

A group fighting a 20-year legal battle is now employing a new tactic. “Legalize Ferrets,” founded by La Mesa resident Pat Wright, still has the ultimate goal of having ferrets as legal domestic pets in the state of California — but now they are working with council members to declare the city of La Mesa a “ferret-friendly” or “ferret sanctuary” city.

“We know there are ferrets and people who love ferrets in our city,” La Mesa councilwoman Kristine Alessio told the Legalize Ferrets group at a meet-and-greet on July 15. “I have taken on the challenge.”

Is your cat in pain?

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | 1 Comment

By Sari Reis In a study done at Texas A&M, it was discovered that 90 percent of cats over the age of 10 had x-ray evidence of painful arthritis and their owners had no idea. Although this is disturbing, it is completely understandable as cats are well-known for hiding any signs of illness, weakness, or […]

Don’t take pets for granted during holidays

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis As the holidays approach, I encourage you to invite your social, furry kids to participate in as many festive experiences as possible. When friends and relatives come to visit, allow your pets to interact with guests, rather than relegating them to a crate or behind a closed door. If you are planning […]

Training a dog with leash reactivity

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis Does your sweet sociable canine turn into Cujo when he sees another dog while walking on leash? If so, he is likely displaying “leash reactivity.” I have met numerous dogs that are as sweet as can be off leash at the dog park but unruly and obnoxious when walking on leash. This […]

In case of emergency

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis A few weeks ago I was involved in a situation that still has me reeling. It involved a friend of mine who was caring for a couple of dogs. He is 72 years old and in good health. I had been calling him daily as one of the dogs in his care […]

Is your cat drinking enough water?

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis Water makes up 80 percent of your cat’s body and is the most important nutrient they need. Unfortunately, as descendants from desert-living felines who got most of their water from their kills, drinking water from a bowl doesn’t come naturally for many of our domesticated cats.