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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
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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.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Shan Li
Confectionary giant Mars Inc. is buying most of Procter & Gamble's pet food business for $2.9 billion, a move that will shore up the company's growing pet care business. The all-cash deal will add the Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in North America and Latin America to Mars' pet food lineup. Tom Lachman, the global president of Mars Petcare, said he viewed the acquisitions as “exceptionally strategic.” PHOTOS: World's most expensive cities “The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science,” he said in a Wednesday statement.
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.
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.
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/.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 6 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Yee-haw! Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host "The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" in Las Vegas. 8 p.m. CBS Amen! Taraji P. Henson hosts "Celebration of Gospel 2014" at Downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre. 8 p.m. BET Let the patriot games begin in the new Revolutionary War-era espionage drama "Turn.
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.
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.
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 22, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: The apartment community I manage has instituted a "no pets" policy by giving all the tenants a 30-day written notice of change of terms. One of my tenants has kept a black Labrador retriever in his unit for three years. He asked me if he can be allowed to keep his dog despite our new policy. This tenant was in a bad car accident about a year ago. He is unable to work right now because of the accident and mentioned that he still has to get physical therapy for some of the injuries he suffered.
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?
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.
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