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October 17, 1985
Regarding the photo in the Sept. 22 edition of The Times of Rex, the Labrador retriever who likes to ride in the back of owner Katy Corneille's pickup truck: Do Katy Corneille and other truck owners know that thousands of dogs all over the country die on our nation's roads and freeways every year because owners think they are doing their pet a favor by letting it ride in the back of a pickup truck? A fast take-off, a swerve, a fast stop and your dog flips out the back and onto the road.
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."
November 9, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Children may be most vulnerable to dog bites when they're left alone, a new study finds, and the guilty party may most often be the family dog. Researchers from the University of Colorado, Denver looked at data on 537 children up to age 18 who were treated at Children's Hospital in Denver for dog bites to the face from 2003 to 2008. Children 5 and under were the most frequent victims of dog bites, accounting for 68% of cases. The children knew almost all of the dogs that attacked them: About half were family pets, about 15% belonged to a neighbor, about 13% to a friend, and about 10% to a relative.
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 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.
May 16, 2013 | Meghan Daum
We got another dog right away. That wasn't the plan. But back in March, less than two weeks after Rex died and when I still had faint bruises from digging my fingers into my forehead amid uncontrollable sobs, I signed us up to "foster" a Saint Bernard mix that had been rescued from a crack den. It was a classic rebound move, but the unbearable silence of the dogless house was too much to take. You don't realize how much a dog's presence defines the contours of your home until, in its absence, the walls seem to relocate themselves.
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.
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