Pets of the Week – Jan. 17, 2015

Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call (209)385-7436.


Talking Dogs: Canine parks not right fit for every dog

Q: I have been taking my 4-year-old dog Bruno to the dog park in our neighborhood for about six months. He likes to sniff around the area, but avoids other dogs and has bitten a few that come too close. What can I do to get him to enjoy the park and get some good exercise playing with other dogs?


Pet supply chain will fetch heavy pet food items for a fee

MINNEAPOLIS - When Patti Bruflodt heard that Chuck & Don's pet food and supplies store, a chain with locations in Minnesota and Colorado, was starting a home delivery service, she wasted little time ordering two 18-pound bags of NutriSource for her 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, Annie. "We don't drive, so we really, really appreciate the service," she said. "It should last her a couple of months."


Troubled veterans feel at peace working with rescue dogs

CHICAGO - James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn't impress, there was one of those "easy" buttons sitting nearby. Vienna smacked it with a paw, triggering a disembodied "That was easy."

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