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Friday, June 30, 2006

Dog Wash at the Bark Park (please check date; I goofed in initial posting)

Get your pooch pampered and support a good cause at the same time. The Pet Project is hosting a dog wash Sunday July 30, 9 am-3 pm, at Snyder Park, 3299 SW 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Donations are $10. In fact, this event takes place the last Sunday of every month.

This nonprofit group has a great mission: to help low-income pet owners living with AIDS, terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses, keep their pets (and keep them healthy and well fed).

Click here to visit the website.

More of Your Pet Pix

I'm loving that so many of you are e-mailing photos of your critters, so I can post them here (send to It's like a little present for me every time I open one of the e-mails and find a picture that makes me smile, laugh out loud or just go "awwww!" So keep 'em coming.

This ADORABLE little guy is Max, a Jack Russell mix, according to Mila, his mom, who said he was a stray. He could totally star in Frasier now that Eddie - real name, Moose - has died.

And here's Max with his pal, Jack: a rescue flame-point Siamese mix. Who says cats and dogs don't get along?

Now: Meet some of the Dusch "kids." Mom Pilar sent a whole slew of pix and said she loved them all and couldn't pick just one.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

It's Easier to Love Some Critters Than Others

I know that lots of folks keep and have great affection for rats. Not a pet I myself would choose, but that's just me.

All the same: Too much is too much, and that seems to apply in this case of a hoarder and his furry friends. Click here to read the story.

Wounded Pup Gets a Home

Poor little thing got shot in the face but is recovering at a loving foster home. Click here to see the picture and read the story.

Miami Pets Alive Joins

Here's the press release:

TUCSON, June 29, 2006—Miami Pets Alive, Miami, recently has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area who list their homeless pets on, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 201,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

More than 9,500 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on Click here to view the Miami Pets Alive site.

Once visitors to the site find a pet they are interested in, they contact the shelter where it is housed. Each animal placement group has its own policies and handles its own adoptions. is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and has facilitated over ten million adoptions since it was created as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to help end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. It is ranked 124th on the Internet for number of page views and is the largest pet site on the Web and includes not only adoptable pets, but a large library of pet related information, message boards, and more.

Purina is the Web site’s premier sponsor. Other exclusive sponsors are The Animal Rescue Site, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, a national pet supply retailer that sponsors in-store adoptions and provides coupon books for new adopters, and Merial, maker of the number one veterinary-recommended flea and tick preventative FRONTLINE®, and heartworm preventative HEARTGARD®.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

NOT Cruelty? I Don't Get It

Granted, I didn't hear the testimony, but from what I do know about the case of the guy who blew his cat's head off, it certainly seems odd that a jury found him not guilty. Click here to read the story in today's Miami Herald.

Now here's a much happier item. Malo, a long-lost Miami dog, has been found (see June 5 posting). Click here to read the item in my colleague, Joan Fleischman's, column.

Pet News from the UK, (Where They're Even Crazier for Critters Than We Are)

Click here to read about new humane laws in Britain.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Adios, Eddie

Eddie (real name: Moose), the playful, exasperating Jack Russell Terrier who co-starred with Kelsey Grammer on Frasier, has gone to doggie heaven at the ripe old age of 16.

To read the obit, click here.

Feral Cat Report from Rhode Island: First State to Require Feline Spay/Neuter

Click here to read a Providence Journal report on feral cats (it opens with a great photo).

As long as you're there, you can read about the new state law. It was meant to reduce overpopulation, which is a good thing.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Pet Travel: Not Just Car Trips and Budget Motels Anymore

Vacations with pets are getting evermore lavish and specialized. For today's New York Times travel section, here's a story about all the services you can expect for your best friend at some destinations (plus a GREAT photo of a surfing pooch). Click here.

The Heartbreak of Animal Cancer

I've been through this, and getting a diagnosis of a pet's cancer was almost as painful as getting my own (back in '85; I'm fine now). Kendall, my 16-year-old German shepherd, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer nearly two years ago. She underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor, then we were referred to a veterinary oncologist, who recommended a course of chemo.

I had a lot of factors to consider, not the least of which was Kendall's age. In the end, I opted not to do chemo - which can make an animal violently ill - and indeed, her cancer never returned. I had to let her go after her back end pretty much gave out, and she could no longer walk or stand.

Click here to read a story about vet oncologists and the often emotional work they do.