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September 21, 2011
Unwanted neighbors are vexing, but when they happen to be coyotes, eviction isn't always an option. Unlike bears that wander into neighborhoods, coyotes, by law, cannot be returned to a nearby wilderness. And they'll take a lushly landscaped block in Glendale, where residents reported a pack living in a burned-out house earlier this month, over the Angeles National Forest anyway. Coyotes thrive near humans, bedding down in bushes and feasting on garbage, low-hanging fruit, pet food left outside — and the small pets it's left for. Aggressive hunters, they can hop a fence and snatch up a small dog or cat and flee before a stunned owner can utter a word.
August 6, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Something good has come out of the dreadful 2007 melamine pet food recall: The Pet Event Tracking Network was launched this week to allow the Food and Drug Administration and federal and state agencies to share information in real time about pet food-related incidents such as food-borne illnesses and defective pet products. Announced by the Partnership for Food Protection and the FDA , PETNet will allow members to post about suspicious incidents and product defects, alerting others who can then track the data and share more information.
July 31, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Having a pet can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be expensive. Caring for a typical medium-sized dog will cost you about $1,580 the first year, according to the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, while a cat will run you about $1,035. Here are some ways to control pet-care costs: 1. Spay or neuter your pet. This not only protects you from the costs of caring for an unexpected litter of kittens or puppies, it also saves money by curbing serious health problems such as uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer, the ASPCA said.
July 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
When Gabriel, a 10-year-old rescue cat from Chinatown, tucks into his morning meal, you won't see any Friskies or Meow Mix in his bowl. Ahi tuna and duck are more the ticket. "I think there's more than enough pesticides and chemicals and that kind of stuff in human food," says Gabriel's owner, Jason Lanum, on a recent expedition to the Urban Pet, a Los Angeles specialty pet store. "I eat natural food, and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't give it to my cat. " These days, our pets may be eating better than we are. Big-box pet stores and precious pet boutique shelves are increasingly stocked with gourmet edibles that are corn-free, wheat-free, locally sourced, byproduct-free, free-range, minimally processed and raw. Many come with homey, inviting labels, and some look palatable even for humans.
April 11, 2011
Discount chain 99-Cent Only Stores formed a special committee to evaluate a $1.34 billion takeover proposal by members of its founding family and Los Angeles buyout firm Leonard Green & Partners, as well as other options. The City of Commerce-based company said the panel is made up of independent directors Lawrence Glascott, Marvin Holen and Peter Woo. The three were previously asked to evaluate a $19.09-a-share cash offer March 10 by Leonard Green Partners, the company said in a statement today.
February 7, 2011
$22.1 billion: Total U.S. retail pet food sales expected in 2015, compared with $18.4 billion in 2010 4%: Average annual growth rate for retail sales of all pet foods through 2015 12%: Average annual growth rate for retail sales of organic and natural pet food through 2015, when sales are expected to hit $2.8 billion Source: Packaged Facts
February 7, 2011 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Organic, raw and even gluten-free food choices aren't just for people anymore. These options are showing up at local pet shops that are looking to distinguish themselves from big-box competitors. After a slowdown in sales of premium-priced food during the recession, independent pet shops said the sector was recovering. At the Modern Dog, a boutique in a Venice bungalow, co-owner Lance Castro was looking to add two new brands of freeze-dried raw food and premium kibble to the seven he already sells.
December 15, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
A constellation of needy cat and dog owners found their way Tuesday to the holiday pet pantry outside the headquarters of animal welfare agency PAWS/LA in downtown Los Angeles. They were the unemployed, the underemployed, the disabled. "During the winter, it's hard on me. I have to decide whether I'm going to feed my cats or have heat," said Eddie Trejo, 50 and disabled, as he wiped away tears. He sat near the four boxes of cat food he'd received for free. "It's a blessing," he said.
August 21, 2010 | Chris Erskine
That was some party in the right-field pavilion Saturday night — some 500 dogs in attendance, a minor league stunt in a major league venue. In order to enter the stadium, the dogs had to have proof of vaccinations, a requirement so successful that Dodger brass might one day extend it to the fans themselves. OK, let us get the obvious jokes out of the way: Yes, the dog days of August are upon us. Dodger dog, anyone? Now coaching third base, Larry Bow-wow. Sorry, couldn't resist, nor could I resist attending this oddly wonderful evening, dubbed "Bark in the Park," the Dodgers' first-ever bring-your-pooch event.
August 9, 2010
Well, do I recall the time my kid, about 6 months old, crawled toward me across the kitchen floor then opened her sweet little mouth to reveal…a big wad of chewed-up wet cat food. I think it was around this time that I decided that sterilizing bottles would no longer be my highest priority.  (For my mother, decades earlier, the "Eureka!" moment came when she caught my younger brother eating an earthworm.) My kid was far from atypical, it appears, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health departments in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio that was published in the journal Pediatrics.
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