August 11, 2013 |
LUJAN, Argentina - Manu Peclat, a tourist from Brazil, had already fed vegetables to elephants, thrown fish to seals and posed for pictures with two white tigers. Now it was time for the bears. A zookeeper unlocked a gate and led Peclat and a few other visitors inside. After trading chunks of raw sweet potato for pesos, the keeper roused 3-year-old Gordo from his slumber. The brown bear languidly lumbered over. Peclat held out his hand and Gordo gently gobbled up the snacks.
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August 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
August 6, 2013 |
If you're traveling with a pet at San Diego International Airport, your four-footed friend can find a potty without having to go outside. The pet relief area inside Terminal 2 features fake grass and a faux fire hydrant as well as two deodorizers, a hand-washing area and free baggies too. "It's with our other restrooms, men's, women's, family and animals," airport spokeswoman Katie Jones says. Jones says San Diego is one of a handful of airports nationwide that have created pet relief places in post-security areas.
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July 26, 2013 |
The veterinarian examined Bella, a spotted cocker spaniel, and quickly concluded she was obese and needed to lose weight. Working with a trainer, Maria Gastelum put her pooch on a nutrition and fitness plan. The regimen produced another benefit: Gastelum started to eat better and exercise more. "If I didn't have her, I wouldn't own a pair of tennis shoes," said the Ontario resident. "It's really unbelievable how she's motivated me. " Los Angeles County public health officials hope that millions of pets living in the region can provide the same sort of inspiration and results for their owners.
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July 18, 2013 |
An animal shelter set up for the massive Mountain fire has morphed into a "Noah's Ark" as people fleeing the flames have dropped off a colorful collection of pets, officials said Thursday evening. The animals at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus include two pygmy goats, a tree frog, an African Grey Parrot, two show horses and about 60 cats and dogs. There are also chickens that laid two blue eggs, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "It's kind of like a Noah's Ark," department spokesman John Welsh told The Times. The shelter, at 581 S. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto, has been operating around the clock since evacuation orders were issued.
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)