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August 25, 2004
Re "A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do," Commentary, Aug. 20: Mark Derr eloquently illustrates the extent to which people are bringing dogs into their homes while failing to provide the attention necessary to give them a fair chance at coexisting peacefully with their family, friends and neighbors. A large percentage of dogs and cats are surrendered to animal shelters by such families, which give up when they are faced with unexpected yet common animal behavior and care issues. Animal advocacy and rescue organizations should reevaluate their Sisyphean focus upon trying to save from euthanasia every unwanted and abandoned pet forced upon animal shelters.
May 6, 2007
Regarding "Lilly drug targets anxiety in dogs," Consumer Briefs, April 22: The Times reports that a major pharmaceutical company is making medicine to treat pet anxieties. As a person who has owned and loved pets, I can understand drugs that relieve pets' pain and improve their medical condition. As a counselor, I also know the value of medicines in treating psychological disorders, albeit a luxury of the developed world. But for pet anxiety? It is shameful that we make and buy meds to keep Fido mentally stable, while millions of people with treatable or preventable conditions are dying.
January 14, 1996
There is a scourge loose in the Valley. Uncaring and selfish thieves are stealing our pets. They come at night in vans. To get around legalities, so-called breeders hire these people to trap pets, and then the breeders sell the animals to laboratories for experimentation. It matters not that the animals are much loved. To say, "After all, it's only an animal," is not only to demean the roles of the Earth's lesser creatures, it is also a denial of how enriched our lives can be by a beloved pet. I am confident that those who are truly civilized assign to all God's creation a rightful, generous place in the scheme of all things.
June 30, 1991
Please, please make sure your pet is secure and comfortable during the terrifying noise and confusion of the Fourth of July. Even though fireworks are illegal throughout Ventura County, there are those who still insist on setting off firecrackers and other loud and dangerous fireworks. Many pets are so frightened during this time that they bolt through screen doors or plate glass windows, dig under fences and jump over walls. Humane societies and animal control agencies have their busiest week right after the Fourth.
May 6, 1993
I would have laughed at the account of Paul Koretz and his proposal regarding the licensing of cats in West Hollywood if the implications of the further encroachment of the thought-and-speech police had not been so unsettling. Your article noted: "Throughout the discussion, the politically correct term 'animal companion' was favored over the demeaning 'pet.' " This has really got to stop somewhere. My dictionary (American Heritage, Second College Edition) defined pet as "an animal kept for amusement or companionship; an object of the affections; particularly cherished or adored."
May 14, 1989 | From United Press International
A 3-year-old Staten Island boy was attacked by a wolf his family kept as a pet and suffered severe head wounds Saturday, police said. The boy's mother was cited for a health code violation for keeping the wolf, which was beaten to death by her boyfriend after the attack, a police spokesman said.
December 22, 1985 | TARA BRADLEY-STECK, Associated Press
Those much-maligned mischief makers with a badger's face and a weasel's body have been getting a bum rap, say a growing number of ferret fanciers. In fact, the smelly little relative of the European polecat, which was largely unwelcome in the United States until recent years, may be the hottest new pet of the '80s. The ferret fanciers have created a multimillion-dollar industry. "They're the ultimate pet," said Marcus Schneck, 29, of State College, who owns two ferrets.
January 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
LA MESA, Calif. - To Pat Wright, his beloved Fausto, Bailey and Tiger are smart, impish and endlessly entertaining, a counterbalance to the dreariness of modern life. To the state of California, the three domestic ferrets are outlaws, and Wright is a criminal for harboring them. California is one of only two states - Hawaii is the other - that ban the ownership of domestic ferrets. The California Fish and Wildlife Department fears that pet ferrets, a nonnative species, could escape, go feral and prey on native species and out-compete them for food.
October 31, 2011
Your article ["What a Touch Can Do," Oct. 24] really hit a chord with me. In 1998, I was struck with a massive heart attack that put me in a hospital for the first time in my life. It was finally determined that I needed surgery. I was scared stiff and heard very little of what the doctor was saying. He knew this, and he took my hand in his and held it while he explained. It was like a shot in the arm. I remember very little of what he said or even what he looked like. That touching reassurance is what convinced me (and my wife)
June 1, 2008 | Denise Flaim, Newsday
For many of us, dogs are substitute children. So it should come as no surprise that when marriages break up, the decision over custody of the cockapoo can lead to a pitched battle. There oughta be a book, and there is. Jennifer Keene, a dog trainer from Beaverton, Ore., wrote, "We Can't Stay Together for the Dogs: Doing What's Best for Your Dog When Your Relationship Breaks Up." Keene says she and her ex were the "pet parents" of Moxxy, an Australian cattle dog, and Sixxy, a pointer mix, until they divorced in 2005.
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