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December 19, 2013 |
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.
December 11, 2013 |
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.
November 19, 2013 |
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...
November 14, 2013 |
When it comes to evolutionary debates, this one is a major dogfight. Since the time of Charles Darwin, scientists have argued over the origin of domesticated dogs, speculating wildly about how, when and where a toothy, flesh-eating beast was first transformed into man's best friend. Some experts believe humans were naturally drawn to small, furry wolf pups, and seized them as novelties. Others suggest they were raised for slaughter by early agrarian societies. Yet another theory holds that early proto-dogs were enlisted as helpers by roving bands of hunters, long before humankind ever experimented with agricultural livestock.
November 12, 2013 |
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
November 10, 2013 |
Question: I am a partner in a small property management company. I know that disability and reasonable accommodation issues need to be handled carefully, so I try to keep up with the latest rules. However, I have recently received "certificates" from tenants for their pets from a website, certifying their pet as an emotional support animal. My owners are very worried about being sued and are afraid to say no when they see these very official-looking certificates. Are we bound to allow these pets just because we receive these Internet certificates?