July 15, 2013 |
A dozen records into a 30-plus-year career and the British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys sound as vital, catchy and frustrated as ever. Modern without feeling forced and filled with the melodic bounce that typifies their best work, "Electric," in a word, bangs, and sees the Pet Shop Boys at their most celebratory and wittiest. "Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" giddily denounces love with a big thumping dance beat while in the background a men's choir offers majestic harmony. "Shouting in the Evening" builds to a crescendo while Neil Tennant sings of a simple pleasure: "What a feeling, shouting in the evening.
July 13, 2013
Regarding "Bow & Wow!" by Rosemary McClure, July 7: I don't think people who have enough money for $500-a-night pet-friendly hotel rooms need to read your Travel section for tips. But silly me, a high school teacher on a budget, I thought I did. I'm looking for something on a budget for my husband and me and our darling Bernese Mountain Dog. What weird, rarefied air do you think average people in L.A. traverse to appreciate an article in which every lodging place described ranges from $400 to $610 a night?
July 10, 2013 |
There's plenty of controversy over the suitability of pit bulls as pets. Some are temperamentally more suited than others. But few people would think a pit bull that was actually used in the illegal sport of dogfighting could be transformed into a gentle pet. Yet that's what the staff at Best Friends Animal Society did with Michael Vick's grand champion fighting dog, Lucas. After Vick, the pro football player, was convicted of felony charges stemming from his connection to an illegal dogfighting ring in 2007, the animal welfare group was given custody of 22 dogs from the fighting kennel operation.
July 8, 2013 |
BEIJING - With his Lassie-like looks, QQ might seem like the kind of dog that would win kudos from cops for thwarting a break-in or rescuing a neighbor from a burning home. But these days, the 2-year-old Scottish shepherd is in hiding on the eastern edge of the Chinese capital, his owners seeking to keep him out of sight of the police. QQ's downtown-dwelling owners have shelled out nearly $700 to keep their pooch boarded at a veterinarian's office for a month, hoping that a crackdown on what Beijing police describe as "large and vicious dogs" will be eased.
July 7, 2013
WHERE TO STAY Peninsula Beverly Hills , 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; (800) 462-7899, http://www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills. Doubles from $550 per night. Pet fee $35 per night (per dog). Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara , 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara; (800) 332-3442, http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara. Rooms for two from $444 a night. No pet fee (but 50-pound weight limit). Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel; (866)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 |
Officials in Riverside County are urging people to take precautions to protect their pets when Fourth of July fireworks explode Thursday. The noise can be a frightening and fatal experience for many pets, officials said. Last year, more than 300 dead animals were recovered the day after the Fourth of July, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said. It was the highest number of dead animals recovered in a single day since the department began tracking Fourth of July statistics in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 |
A Castaic man was in custody for allegedly killing his family dog and cat by stabbing them with a spear-like weapon and later setting the dog's corpse on fire, sheriff's officials said Thursday. Jared Foster, 23, was taken into custody Wednesday night after his brother told deputies he had returned home to find the suspect acting irrationally and aggressively, officials said. Fearing for his safety, the brother left the house and called the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 |
Los Angeles firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from an early morning pet store fire in East Hollywood on Monday but numerous others died. Among those saved were 25 puppies, some rabbits, mice, frogs and fish, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Others, including birds, mice, guinea pigs and fish, died and were discovered later in the heavily damaged store. The pet shop was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. in an attic of a strip mall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue.
May 20, 2013 |
Most of us will put up with a cramped middle seat on a short flight. But on trips more than three hours long, we are ready to crack open our wallets and pay for a window or aisle seat. That is one of the findings of a recent Harris Interactive poll of 2,276 adults on the subject of airline pet peeves and passenger fees. On flights shorter than two hours, 33% of those surveyed said they would pay for extra legroom. If the flight lasts more than three hours, 58% said they would be willing to pay. Thirteen percent said they'd pay more than $25. But even if fliers are willing to pay the fees, they won't necessarily be happy about it. Creed Mamikunian, a doctor from Anchorage, describes all airline fees as ridiculous and offensive.
May 16, 2013 |
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.