October 17, 2004 |
It is tough being an alpha wolf -- the pack leader -- as Michael McDonald knows too well. It means deciding when they eat, where they live and, sometimes, which ones have to die. When he is near, the packs at Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary, near the southern coast, jump up and start circling. They know he's the top wolf, but, he says, "I irritate them. I have to take all the harsh decisions. I am always the enemy."
December 3, 1989 |
IN THE PAST TWO years, California legislators have introduced three bills that would regulate the pet industry. Only one of them--a bill backed by the million-dollar-a-year pet-store lobby--is still pending. Assemblyman Sam Farr (D-Santa Cruz) introduced two measures that would have prohibited the importation and commercial sale of any puppy under 12 weeks of age.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995 |
The sleek, slithering animals came from miles around Saturday. There were tangerine Honduran milk snakes from south of the border. A bearded dragon lizard came from Australia. And Mexican red-eared sliders swam about in aquariums brought by their owner from Cerritos. The scaly critters--an estimated 5,000 of them--converged at the Sequoia Conference Center for Orange County's first All-California Reptile Swap Meet.
April 9, 1989 |
Walking catfish, poisonous toads and armadillos are a few of the foreign creatures that have invaded Florida and created headaches for naturalists and residents, a wildlife expert says. Fire ants from Argentina, flesh-eating piranhas and monkeys are other examples of the state's many exotic species, said Wayne King, a curator of reptiles at the Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus. "An introduced species may literally outfeed our native species and spread to become real pests, and then we end up spending millions, if not billions, of dollars trying to control it," he said.
August 13, 1995 |
Dr. Joni Edwards knows that a balding tarantula is not sick--just in the mood for love. Her veterinary office treats the hairy arachnids and other "exotics" like iguanas, cockatoos and ferrets, along with cats and dogs. As pet owners seek low-maintenance companions, veterinarians with small practices are challenged to keep pace. "The fastest-growing is reptiles, including snakes, iguanas, turtles and lizards," said Marshall Meyers of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
December 24, 1995 |
The chic pet of Christmas '95 won't fetch slippers or play catch. But it doesn't shed or bark either, and it won't clamor for a walk in the middle of a snowstorm. Meet the lizard with the punk haircut--the iguana. Their fans say iguanas are intelligent, trainable creatures with an independent, easygoing nature. "They are the neatest things I've ever seen," said Sebastienne Mitrisin of Aurora, Colo., who has a 4-year-old green iguana named Marius.
July 30, 1989 |
In booths that held dazzling displays of high-powered hair dryers, stew-flavored bones and other pet products, manufacturers welcomed retailers who carried shopping bags. The only animal in sight, except for fish in aquariums, was a poodle in a polka-dot dress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2003 |
State wildlife managers on Wednesday recommended that California allow pet stores to sell a small tropical fish that has been genetically manipulated so that it seems to glow red in daylight or ultraviolet light. But a final decision by the California Fish and Game Commission isn't likely at least until January and possibly not until May because of an executive order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger halting all regulatory changes for 180 days.
August 12, 1999 |
Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. on Wednesday announced it would buy specialty pet food maker Iams Co. for $2.3 billion, marking P&G's largest purchase and its first foray into pet products. The move raises the stakes in the fast-growing premium pet food business and would pit P&G on another front against one of its chief rivals, Colgate-Palmolive Co., whose Hill's Pet Nutrition is the market leader.
November 12, 1998 |
It's come to this: Dogs can now have birthday cakes and biscotti concocted just for them at a specialty bakery. But it doesn't end there. The delicacies also meet specifications that would delight a dietitian: no sugar, no salt and, please, carob instead of chocolate. Three Dog Bakery, a canine-centered patisserie set to open this month in Corona del Mar, and later in Pasadena, West Hollywood and Santa Barbara, is just the latest purveyor in an expanding luxury pet-care market.