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March 11, 2010
Dear Amy: I euthanized my beloved cat. Aside from the grief of losing my pet of 15 years, I feel tremendous guilt. She was 17 or 18 years old and was recently diagnosed with an illness affecting her ability to breathe. Ever since she died, I have been reliving that conversation and wishing I had not made the call. The vet said the illness would cause a horrible natural death, but I feel like I ended her life prematurely, whether by a few weeks or a month.
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NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
The safety of family members is the first concern for most people during and after a major earthquake. For many of us, family also means our family pets. Monday's magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles was a good reminder to be prepared with an earthquake plan and emergency kits. If you're a pet owner, you should also include your animals in your disaster planning. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles offers earthquake preparedness tips for pet owners.  First, it suggests getting dogs and cats microchipped and outfitted with current ID tags to enable easy identification if they are lost or wander away during an emergency.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
The minute I saw Monte, I knew something was terribly wrong. My year-old Havanese normally jumps up when he hears any of us come home - deliriously happy, his body shaking, tail wagging. But on this Saturday morning, he didn't even look up. He was lying on his favorite chair, near-comatose, eyes glazed over. When my daughter picked Monte up, he began twitching as if he were having a seizure. When she put him down, he tried to walk, but dragged his hind legs. He couldn't sit up on his own. I was terrified that he'd had a stroke and was paralyzed.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
It's been so long since Los Angeles suffered a major earthquake -- the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake was 20 years ago in January -- that it's been easy to put disaster preparedness on a back burner. But Monday's 6:25 a.m. jolt was a strong reminder that earthquakes are not an "if" but a "when" in Southern California. Luckily, there are things you can do to help protect your home and family. Many are easy DIY projects -- relocate heavy mirrors and wall hangings away from sleeping areas, install latches on cupboards where glass and ceramics are stored, anchor valuable keepsakes with adhesive or putty.
TRAVEL
June 13, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure
WHERE TO STAY Catalina: Hermosa Hotel, 131 Metropole St., Avalon; (877) 241-1313, http://www.hermosahotel.com. This century-old hotel, which includes some small guest cottages, is among the few dog-friendly accommodations on the island. Lodgings are simple and economically priced and only a block from Avalon Bay. Doubles from $79 a night. No pet fee. Big Bear Lake: Pine Knot Guest Ranch, 908 Pine Knot Ave.; (800) 866-3446, http://www.pineknotguestranch.com. Individual cabins, most with fireplaces, kitchenettes and in-room spas.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Like cats after the cream, Parisians are flocking to a new cafe whose centerpiece is not food but felines. Le Café des Chats , which opened a little more than two weeks ago in the 3 rd arrondissement in the heart of the City of Light, was an instant hit and has been reluctantly turning away those who arrive without reservations. The attraction, besides an elegant but simple menu that last weekend featured a 20-euro ($27) menu that included freshly squeezed orange juice and eggs scrambled with chanterelle mushrooms, are the furry denizens (10 females, two males)
BUSINESS
June 20, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
Gentleman Ratty says he's "humbled" by the honor.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2009
NATIONAL
July 13, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
America's shelters euthanized an estimated 3 million to 4 million animals last year. Most had been lost, abandoned or otherwise unwanted. But animal rights experts say it doesn't have to be that way, and people looking to help don't necessarily have to adopt a pet or even write a check to make a difference. One of the most powerful tools out there? Social media. Using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Pinterest can help animal rights organizations, rescues and municipal shelters spread the word about critters available for adoption.
TRAVEL
May 28, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: We're moving to Honolulu next year for our jobs and are curious about how to get to the islands with our cat, Ana. None of the airlines will allow you to travel with a pet in the cabin, only in the hold. We're scared this will be too much for our cat to handle. What can we do? Anthony Amend Laguna Beach Answer: The options are limited for Ana, Amend's 14-year-old pound cat whom he describes as "old but spry. " Because Hawaii is a rabies-free state, the regulations on importing animals are strict, although not as strict as they used to be. There's a five-day quarantine for all animals if certain other conditions are met. You can find out the particulars — and they are very particular — at http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info/.
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Do pets require perfection?," Column, March 8 There are the many people who are informed, responsible pet owners, and there are others who believe that having a dog requires only love and attention. The highest priority for dog rescues is to find homes where a dog will be well cared for and part of a family. If rescues did not carefully screen applicants, adoptions would largely become temporary instead of forever. Many people have little knowledge of the needs of dogs.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In their new book, "My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens" (Rodale, 246 pages, $17.99), chicken experts Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres of the online resource My Pet Chicken have assembled an informative insider's guide to raising chickens at home. "My Pet Chicken Handbook" teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock. We recently asked Lucas and Torres about what people most want to know about chickens. Chickens are popular right now. Why?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I've been accused of ruining the reputation of the entire animal rescue movement - dooming thousands of dogs to death - with my column on Tuesday about a spat over a lost-and-found pet. If you missed the column , here's a recap: Rosa Torres' dog disappeared from her backyard, landed in a shelter with no tags or ID and was bailed out by an animal rescue group, Karma Rescue. The group adopted the dog out to a new home the next day even though it had received calls and emails from Torres trying to reclaim her lost pet. It bothered me that Karma Rescue didn't respond to Torres until her dog had already been placed with the new family.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash. " The small pooch wore a vest identifying it as a service dog. "It didn't particularly look...very legitimate," Power told a state Senate committee looking into what the disabled community, dog trainers and businesses call a growing problem: fake service dogs. Representatives of the California restaurant, retail, hotel, apartment and condominium industries testified that dog owners, who don't want to be separated from their pets, are abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws by falsely identifying their canines as working animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Volunteers are hoping to fill one of Los Angeles' largest animal shelters with more than 200 pet beds so dogs and cats will have a soft place to sleep this holiday season. Tracy James, who has been volunteering at the L.A. Animal Services North Central Shelter since 2009, came up with the idea after reading about a similar drive at another shelter. The beds, which have frames made of metal or PVC pipe and vinyl support, are a better alternative to the hard concrete floors or plastic beds - sometimes used as chew toys - currently in the shelters, James said.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In their new book, "My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens" (Rodale, 246 pages, $17.99), chicken experts Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres of the online resource My Pet Chicken have assembled an informative insider's guide to raising chickens at home. "My Pet Chicken Handbook" teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock. We recently asked Lucas and Torres about what people most want to know about chickens. Chickens are popular right now. Why?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2001
Re "Perpetual Pets, Via Cloning," March 16: The individuals who want to clone their pets have a truly sad misunderstanding of the basic nature of life and death and are reducing what they think is love to a simple desire to replace an object for which they feel affection, something akin to trying to replace a broken, one-of-a-kind antique. And the companies taking advantage of this misguided desire should be ashamed and run out of business. Not only can cloning not replicate the unique personality that makes each pet so special, but it's totally unnecessary, considering the millions of unwanted cats and dogs that languish in city shelters all over the country, doomed for euthanasia if they aren't adopted.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Sure, those awkward holiday portraits with the mall Santa are funny, now . But for some of us, those shots of terrified, tearful children trigger memories of frightening Santas and evil-looking elves. Poketo designer Ted Vadakan said his own memories of such portraits inspired him to host a fun alternative at his downtown L.A. store this Saturday. Vadakan has invited set designer Adi Goodrich , who has worked for Anthropologie and Barneys and bands including Youngblood Hawke, to create patterned backdrops for free family holiday portraits.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Meg James
With more than 269,000 followers on Instagram, Lil Bub is an Internet sensation. Now the dwarf cat, rescued two years ago from a tool shed in rural Indiana, is one of four celebrity pets featured in an advertising campaign rolling out Tuesday from TBWAChiatDay for the Best Friends Animal Society.  Lil Bub was the runt of a feral litter, born with several deformities, including bulging green eyes, disportionately small limbs and few teeth, which...
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