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Animal sanctuary threatened by Los Angeles wildfires

As wildfires burn in the Los Angeles officials have ordered area residents to leave. However, in spite of the orders, Tippi Hedren is staying at her animal sanctuary and hoping for the best.

Thick black smoke hovers overhead as dozens of lions, tigers and other large cats roam actress Tippi Hedren’s animal sanctuary, seemingly unfazed by a wildfire raging only a mile away.

Fire officials ordered Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror classic “The Birds,” to evacuate the Shambala Preserve days ago. But she sees no need to load up the animals yet.

“Nobody wants lions and tigers going down the road,” Hedren, 79, told The Associated Press on Tuesday in a phone interview from her home on the preserve in northern Los Angeles County.

“We’ve never had to do that. I’m knocking on wood right now. We’ve been through floods, fires, incredible things Mother Nature has the capability of handing us.”

Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith, said she has spoken with the Fire Department and has steel crates and trailers ready to move the 64 big cats if the fire gets closer to the property. In addition, the preserve conducts fire clearance every six months and has a 22,000-gallon water tank, a lake, firefighting pumps and backup generators.

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Dog survives after being thrown off roof

Brooklyn dog survives after fall

A dog named Oreo survived after being thrown off the roof of a six floor building in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK – A New York City man has been arrested, accused of throwing his one year old dog from the roof of a six-floor city housing project in Brooklyn, critically injuring the animal.

Joseph Pentangelo, assistant director at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says surgeons reassembled the terrier mix’s front legs.  All four of the dog’s limbs had to be surgically repaired with plates and screws. She also suffered internal bruising and damage to her lungs

“This was unquestionably an act of cruelty,” he said.

The 45-pound dog, named “Oreo” by investigators, is able to walk again.

“She is healing, but it is a long road ahead,” Pentangelo said.

ASCPA officers arrested 19-year-old Fabian Henderson on Friday on felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment. His lawyer’s name was not immediately known.

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NYC dog walker also makes dog treats

NYC dog sitter is now in the dog treat businessA New York City dog walker and dog sitter has started his own dog treat company.

On any afternoon, Jack Walker can be seen in a T-shirt, jeans and shell-toe Adidas sneakers chatting with neighbors and walking a few furry friends around Fort Greene.

Mr. Walker, 65, who lives on Cumberland Street, spends his days as a dog walker and music composer. And soon he will unveil Papa Jack’s organic dog treats, with daughter April Walker.

Mr. Walker says the idea came after a weekend of dog sitting.

“The owner brought a home-made version of her dog food, which wasn’t very appetizing to the dog,” he said. “So I took the idea, got rid of some of the stuff she had included and decided to try and improve upon it.”

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Are guinea pigs the newest fad pet to own?

guinea-pigThanks to Disney’s new movie, G-Force, guinea pigs may be the next fad pet to own.

After the debut of popular movies including “Marley & Me” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, public demand has skyrocketed for the movie’s pet stars. Then, sadly, after a few months, countless said “it” pets are surrendered to shelters because they don’t automatically act like the well-trained actors of the silver screen.

The new Disney movie “G-Force,” which opened last week, stars a squad of specially trained, computer-generated guinea pig spies. Some guinea pig rescue groups have already posted pleas to parents to “just say no” when their young children beg for a furry little rodent of their own. It’s a common misconception that guinea pigs make good starter pets; in reality they are simply too fragile for young children.

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The Dog Museum of America

Founded in New York, the Dog Museum of America is now in St. Louis, and boasts some of the most famous works of art depicting dogs.

The Dog Museum of America is not only the only fine arts museum devoted to the dog in the United States, it is the only such museum in the world dedicated to man’s best friend.

It was founded in New York in 1982 and was moved to St. Louis in 1986. It is housed in the historic Jarville House (1853) in Queeny Park.

The museum owns close to 2,000 works of art — paintings, sculptures, ceramic figurines, pastels, prints, drawings and photographs — fewer than half of which are on display at any given time, director Barbara Jedda McNab says.

Several works are by major 19th century artists, including canvases by Sir Edwin Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favorite painter, and sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye, the leading French animal sculptor.

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Make preparations for traveling pets

If you’re traveling with your pets rather than leaving them with a pet sitter, it’s important to make sure they’re ready to hit the road. Here are some things to have ready before and during your trip…

Water and water bowl
It’s a good idea to bring a few gallons with you, rather than risk your dog getting sick from water he’s not used to. If you run out, bottled water is an option as well.

Take along enough of your pet’s usual food with you. When you’re on the road is no time to run out or try out new foods. Many pets suffer a bit of stomach upset when going on long car rides, and adding a new food on top of that may cause some pretty smelly results!

Up-to-date rabies certificates
Some campgrounds and other accommodations will want to see up to date rabies certificates before allowing you to bring a dog into the campgrounds.

An extra leash and collar
Believe me, it’s a real pain when a dog’s leash breaks and you’re camping 20 miles from any store! Take an extra leash & collar so you won’t have to spend time hunting for a leash when you could be out hiking.

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The pet sitting business is growing

In spite of the economic issues, the pet industry is still going strong, and pet sitting is one business that continues to grow.

Christie Joy goes to work every day in jeans and a T-shirt and works with some real animals. “The best part of pet-sitting is it’s something you can be proud of and passionate about,” says Joy, of Treasured Pets, Tyler, Texas. She takes care of all types of pets and enjoys getting to know the pets and their families. “It’s an intimate business because not only are you taking care of what some people feel are their children but you’re going into their homes,” says Joy.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

People spent more than $43 billion on their pets last year, according to Pet Sitters International (PSI) and the American Pet Products Association.


Pet sitters do more than show up to pour out a few scoops of food and refill the water bowl. Joy says they also might administer medications, walk dogs, play with cats “and, my favorite, give out treats.” Most pet sitters also perform house-sitting duties such as bringing in mail or taking out trash, opening and closing blinds and turning alarms and lights on and off.

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From military officer to pet sitter

Former military officer now owns pet sitting businessThe former Corporal Wendy Waghorn, of Canada, is now Pet Sitter Wendy Waghorn. She’s traded in her military life for one that includes plenty of dogs, cats, and other pets.

When former military Corporal Wendy Waghorn was deployed overseas in Turkey, she never thought she would miss her dog so much. Little did she know then that missing her dog would soon bring thousands more into her life.

Now running one of the largest pet sitting businesses in Kingston, Waghorn never suffers a dull moment.

“I honestly havn’t even missed the military,” she says. “I am so busy with all of these animals, I’m now busier than I ever was.”

Waghorn has been all over Canada and has now chosen to stay put, here in Kingston. She says it was hard not knowing exactly what she wanted to do when she stepped out of the military.

“I actually had to wait two years to fully support myself but my business, Kingston Pet Sitting, took off quick.”

Much of Waghorn’s business has been through word of mouth and online. With over 600 customers and over 1,000 animals a year, she couldn’t be more pleased with the success.

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Passengers on these planes are animals

puppy-on-a-planeThe world’s first pets only airline is off the ground.

For pet owners that are weary of checking their travel companions into the cargo hold, there’s now a first-class option for fur flying the friendly skies. Pet Airways, the first pet-only airline, had it’s maiden flight out of Farmingdale, N.Y on Tuesday.

Started by husband and wife team Alysa Binder and Dan Wiesel, the airline will fly dogs and cats between New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles with tickets ranging from $150-$299 each way. The fare is comparable to pet fees on major U.S. airlines, and all pets fly in the main cabin of a Suburban Air Freight plane.

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Pitbulls seized in dogfighting raids

More than 400 pit bulls were seized from dogfighting operations in six states face an uncertain future.

ST. LOUIS – Many of the 400-plus pit bulls seized in multistate dogfighting raids appear happy in their new digs at a temporary shelter in St. Louis, where one volunteer described them wagging their tails in seeming gratitude for newfound human contact.

But animal welfare officials say it may be hard to find the dogs permanent sanctuary.

Fair or not, the stigma attached to the American Pit Bull Terrier, coupled with the sheer number of those seized this week in federal raids in at least seven states will hurt their chances of adoption, animal welfare groups say.

Unlike the dogs taken from NFL star Michael Vick’s BadNewz Kennels, the roughly 450 pit bulls being kept at shelters in several states have no celebrity owners to pay for their upkeep. Vick, who pleaded guilty to operating a dogfighting ring in August 2007, was ordered by a court to pay nearly $1 million for his dogs’ care.

The raids this week resulted in the arrests of 26 men, who face federal criminal charges related to dogfighting in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.

The pit bulls’ seizure comes as U.S. shelters are inundated with abandoned dogs and cats, 3.7 million of which are euthanized each year because they can’t find homes.

You’ll also find more here: Fighting Pit Bulls Rescued — But What Will Happen to Them?


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