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Licking a versatile tool in canine lexicon

Of all the traits dogs are known for — tail wagging, sniffing, eye-brow lifting — the one that seems to communicate their thoughts most clearly is the sloppy, vigorous licking often thought of as...

 

Canine companionship could be saving your life

There are many reasons for the dog in your life, not the least of which are companionship and affection, but added to that is always the possibility that your pooch may save your life one day. You...

 

A historical look at the noble turkey

As Thursday approaches, minds are turning toward a critter who — stuffed, roasted and decorated — will dominate the holiday and star from the center of the table as eager folks gather round. In a...

 

Pets can be both cause, solution for allergies

Unfortunately for pets, all too often they — or more specifically their hair and dander — are triggers that can make things miserable for those prone to allergies or respiratory conditions....

 

Pet diabetes something to watch for

Their habits change — they seem drowsy or stop playing and eating — and it’s obvious your critter isn’t feeling well, but the question is, how bad it is and what needs to be done. Having an...

 

A look at Halloween's animal stars

Dark, spooky and grim — in the most celebratory way possible — today is the one day of the year when tradition makes it alright to frighten, disgust and disturb other people. On Halloween, eerie...

 

Month to consider adopting animal in need

They are places that those with tender hearts stay away from — the wagging tails, echoing barks and sorrowful eyes staring out from cages and kennels at an animal shelter can be too much for some...

 

Take some time to learn about scaly friends

Scaly, leathery or smooth and slimy, reptiles are one of those critters whose mere presence can strike terror in some folks and send them into uncontrollable panic. In some cases, fear of reptiles is...

 

Pets soft spot in politicians' lives

They squabble, debate, posture, pontificate and get mired in the occasional scandal — characteristics that come to mind at the mention of politicians and contribute to a reputation that isn’t...

 

Sometimes nature wins over nurture

Sometimes it just happens — a dog is raised with love and tenderness only to develop aggression issues with no logical explanation. Those of the nurture mindset would argue something in the...

 

Cats' health, happiness needs deeper look

Few things communicate contentment quite like a rumbling, steady purr as the cat snuggles closer. It is signs such as these that we humans rely on to know the kitty is happy. While those rumbles may i...

 

Technology raises as many questions as it answers

While technology provides a lot of answers to questions, ironically, it seems to create just as many if not more — and animals are by no means exempt. Ownership and rights issues are matters of inte...

 

Tarantulas embarking on season of love

Heavy summer rains signal activity for all kinds of things on the High Plains, most notably weeds and mosquitoes. But they’ve also been known to trigger love pilgrimages — of the eight-legged...

 

Salmonella risk chance to teach safe habits

Tucked inside a hard, ornate shell, with leathery skin, bright eyes, slow, deliberate movements and generally peaceful dispositions, turtles are just plain cool. Pairing these turtle traits with kids...

 

Dog days in August? Sounds quite accurate

From the lazy pooch on the couch to the purring cat in the windowsill and all the feathers, scales and fur in-between, pets are an integral part of the modern household and are increasingly viewed as...

 

Lots of lessons to be learned from children

From fairy tales to cartoons, for centuries, make-believe has been the preferred method of capturing the attention of children and critters have been the stars. Dressed in clothes, walking on two legs...

 

Pets' value to family should be measured case by case

Playing, tousling, cuddling and napping side-by-side — a chubby tyke and fur ball romping through childhood together top the list of adorable images. Not only are they well matched in their curious...

 

Pets leaving carbon pawprint

With all the things dogs and cats need, there’s no question pets cost their owners. But with increases in pet ownership, there may be larger costs for the environment and ultimately humanity....

 

Sometimes it's best to just walk away

Fuzzy, small and adorable, few things are as irresistible as a baby animal. Equally difficult to resist is the urge to help them when they appear to be lost and all alone. It’s tough not to act...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 25, 2017

Standardization first step for service, support animals

Emotional support animals — animals whose owners are diagnosed with a psychological disability and whose companionship is prescribed by a health professional — are gaining prevalence. As the...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 18, 2017

Pets, too, need to keep an eye on the pounds

The first hint may be pants that appear to be smaller, though you know they haven’t shrunk. Or maybe one day you realize your seat belt is hidden by pudge. One way or another, humans figure it out...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 11, 2017

Pets can't work miracles with health, well-being

Their healing powers and beneficial attributes have been so highly touted in recent years, pets are beginning to earn a reputation as a medicine of sorts. But it turns out, the benefits might say...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 4, 2017

Domestication leaves dogs and wolves worlds apart

It’s the stuff of legends — a human raises an abandoned wolf pup and they form a lifelong bond that transcends the boundaries between the wild and human worlds. Domestication is more complicated t...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 27, 2017

Keep your pets safe during fireworks season

It’s just not natural, all that popping, whistling and deep resonate booms. And while it may represent celebration to some, for critters, there is absolutely no logical reason why the world should...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 20, 2017

Dogs play role in getting people moving

Sure, dogs can be awesome pillows, great couch buddies and highly efficient bed warmers. But as wonderful as it is to have them around for down time, their true contribution may be found in the fact t...

 

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