August 30, 2003
Re "She Can Fetch $150,000," Aug. 21: So the dog walker is charging $25 per dog to take dogs, illegally off-leash, into rattlesnake territory, and then regretfully has a snakebite incident? Or she takes them to the dog park (where she cannot possibly monitor all 12 dogs, much less pick up after them). And she is hurt by the celebrity's accusation that she might have leaked personal information (while cheerfully doing so to The Times)? Responsible dog owners take note. And save your $25. Janine Smith Los Angeles
March 5, 2012 |
For 53 days, Barbara Bagley waited for news of her Shetland sheepdog, Dooley. The 4-year-old dog vanished after a December car accident in a remote swath of Nevada that broke Bagley's ribs and punctured her lungs. Her husband, Brad Vom Baur, and their other sheepdog, Delaney, were killed. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there,” Bagley, 48, told the Associated Press. “I wasn't 100% sure, but I didn't grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.” Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City, and a group of Nevada residents who heard about her plight on Facebook spent weeks combing the sagebrush near Battle Mountain, a blip of a town along Interstate 80. People there had repeatedly a spotted a skittish, “Lassie-type” dog. On Feb. 18, searchers finally cornered Dooley, who'd subsisted on roadkill and water from nearby ranches.
October 17, 2012
Re "Michael Vick, dog owner," Editorial, Oct. 14 Why take up the cause of a man whose crimes shocked even hardened animal rescue workers? The Times argues that because Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has served his time, he deserves a second chance at dog ownership. In fact, Vick only served time on dogfighting charges. The animal abuse charges against him were dropped in a plea deal. This is what happened the last time Vick owned dogs: The dogs were starved, chained, shot, strangled, electrocuted, beaten and slammed into the ground until they died.
September 23, 2011 |
Medieval alchemists may have spent lifetimes seeking a way to turn base metals into silver or gold, but Gary Johnson, the libertarian former governor of New Mexico, seemingly has found a way to make political gold out of dog poop. In a throwaway line at the GOP presidential debate on Thursday night, Johnson, whose campaign for the nomination is struggling to get into single digits, won the comedy award of the night during questioning about the Obama administration's stimulus spending plans.
April 18, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Nicolas Cage got himself arrested in New Orleans over the weekend. Luckily for him, Dog the Bounty Hunter was there to bail him out. ( Los Angeles Times ) With a full lineup of 21st century bands, Coachella was no nostalgia fest this year. ( Los Angeles Times ) The TV Land Awards, however, were a total nostalgia fest. ( Los Angeles Times ) After seven straight weeks of depressed box office, movie grosses appear back on track.
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June 9, 2000
Re "Airliner Makes Unscheduled Stop to Save the Life of a Dog in Cargo," June 6: With the exception, of course, of the baggage handler who erroneously put the dog in the unheated cargo hold, United Airlines did everything right. The flight crew's decision to land and then to let Dakota ride to San Jose in the passenger cabin was humane and a nonthreat to corporate accountability. I'd like to think that had an error been discovered that may have affected the safety of a flight, the same "forget the blame and remedy the situation immediately" tactic would be used.
October 23, 2011
Visitors should pay valet fee In regard to the letter "Hidden Charges" [Oct. 16], I think letter writer E. Siegel should have paid for the service they used. They agreed to use the valet parking service, after having showed up later in the evening, and were presented with a free option that they refused to use. If the charge bothered them so much, they should have parked elsewhere and burned a couple of calories. People like that should stay home and count their pennies instead of going to Vegas.
September 28, 2012 |
The waitresses at Penny's Diner in Vaughn, N.M., have heard all the jokes: The town's new police chief has fleas, four legs and likes to go fetch. Everybody's laughing, but the truth is that a drug-sniffing dog now is the only certified member of the police force in the small eastern New Mexico town of about 450 residents 100 miles east of Albuquerque. Police Chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo resigned this week after it was learned that he wasn't allowed to carry a gun because he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas.
March 28, 2010 |
Outside of a Dog A Bibliomemoir Rick Gekoski Constable & Robinson: 278 pp., $23.95 At last, a book about a life with books that puts the little buggers in their place. After his divorce, Rick Gekoski spent a few weeks wondering who he was without his books (the ex held them for ransom). They were, he thought, "as close as I came to a soul." In a flash (epiphany-like), he realized that he didn't actually need to have them with him at all times to recognize their importance in his life.