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August 22, 2012 |
She first spotted the dog toddling down a rural highway in Northern California. He was small, maybe 25 pounds, and looked out of sorts. The address on his collar was a post office box. She called the phone number listed. Disconnected. Who was the dog's owner? Answering that would prove more troublesome than anyone imagined. The woman scooped up the French bulldog. He had a black head, a white body, big eyes and what she thought was a cigarette burn on his neck. She hauled him to the local post office.
August 21, 2012 |
Fido can fetch, heel and stay. And if a New Jersey lawmaker has her way, it will be dog owners who have to obey a new law requiring them to buckle up their pets on car trips. And no, the proposal was not inspired by the often-repeated story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's strapping the family dog's crate to the roof of the car during a 1983 vacation. Rather, the legislation stems from concern that loose pets, such as dogs riding on motorists' laps, can be "more of a distraction than a cellphone, especially if the animal is hopping from seat to seat, trying to sit on your lap, or worse, jump down by your feet," says its sponsor, Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, a Democrat - and dog owner. PHOTOS: Rescued animals "I have a small dog and I know how distracting they can be when driving," she said in a statement.
August 20, 2012 |
You plan your escape to the airport carefully, calculating the distance, checking the traffic and printing out your boarding pass. But there is one unknown for which you can't prepare - the length of the security line. There's no way to tell how bad it's going to be until you get there. Unless you're flying out of the main terminal of Dulles International Airport. The airport outside Washington is the first in the nation to adopt a video analytics system to continually count the number of people in the security lines.
August 10, 2012 |
The Roughley Manor in Twentynine Palms looks far more Hogwartian than desert dwelling. The historic bed and breakfast on 25 quiet acres near Joshua Tree National Park was the sole California site on TripAdvisor 's recent list of top 10 pet-friendly properties in the United States. "We have four pet-friendly rooms, and a pet on the grounds, Sammy, our dog," said owner Gary Peters, who has operated the B&B with wife Jan for the last 18 years. The three-story house, made from hand-collected local stone, was completed in 1928 and known as Campbell's Ranch, Peters said. Guests stay in two suites in the main house or 10 other rooms on the property at 74744 Joe Davis Drive [(760)
August 5, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within a month on an ordinance to ban pet stores from selling dogs (as well as cats and rabbits) obtained from any supplier other than a shelter or rescue group. Though we are usually reluctant to support government-imposed constraints on what businesses can buy or sell - and we would ordinarily prefer to see the issue dealt with by tougher regulation - in this case we think the ordinance is justified. Most dogs sold at commercial pet stores across the country come from large-scale commercial breeders, many or most of which are so-called puppy mills that put profit over the well-being of their dogs, according to animal welfare advocates.
July 29, 2012 |
Question: I read the July 18 On the Spot about where to leave Fido when one travels, but what if I want to take him with me? My Fido is 40 pounds, too big to fly in cabin. The pet planes don't leave from people airports, so how do I coordinate both flights? And how do I check safety records? Marcy Kelly Los Angeles Answer: The safety-record question is easier to answer: You can find information on commercial carriers at http://airconsumer.dot.gov/reports/atcr12.htm . The report from 2011 shows that 35 animals died, nine were injured and two were lost, of the hundreds of animals transported.
July 13, 2012 |
America's shelters euthanized an estimated 3 million to 4 million animals last year. Most had been lost, abandoned or otherwise unwanted. But animal rights experts say it doesn't have to be that way, and people looking to help don't necessarily have to adopt a pet or even write a check to make a difference. One of the most powerful tools out there? Social media. Using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Pinterest can help animal rights organizations, rescues and municipal shelters spread the word about critters available for adoption.
July 13, 2012 |
The first few weeks and months with Sid were a challenge. I could tell you about the string of appointments with vets. Or how he spent all that time cowering in a corner, staring at us as if we were his evil captors. But I'd rather tell you about his life today. To start with, we renamed him Rambo. It seemed fitting for a German shepherd. The "B" honors Biggie, our departed 13-year-old shepherd mix. And he certainly looks like he's been through a war. He was 53 pounds when he was found, and 84 the day we brought him home.
July 13, 2012 |
Do you have an animal that you rescued from abuse, neglect or a life on the streets? We want to hear about it. Share your story and upload a picture of your rescued pet to our photo gallery. Also: We're hosting an online video discussion, via Google+ Hangout, next Tuesday, and we'd like to invite L.A. Times readers to share their experiences with rescue pets. Why are we tackling a topic like rescue pets? On the front page of today's Los Angeles Times we told the story of an old, sickly German shepherd who was abandoned in an El Monte junkyard and left to die. An unlikely band of animal rescuers -- including a Hollywood cinematographer, an actress, a retired Beverly Hills record producer, an El Monte vet, a financial analyst for Southern California Edison and this writer -- refused to let that happen.
July 11, 2012
Re "Bill would create state certification for pet groomers," Business, July 7 As a small-business owner, I agree that licensing for certain trades is essential. When a stranger shows up to fix a plumbing or electrical problem, knowing that person is licensed and insured is comforting. But when you drop your dog off at the neighborhood groomer for a bath and a trim, the relationship you have established with that person should be one of confidence and trust and not regulated by anyone else.