Pets

Old Trainer

Trust a dog’s instincts in rating people

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We have a 9-month old German Shepherd mix named Willie. Last week I took him to the vet and he growled and showed his teeth when the vet started to examine him. I put a muzzle on him, but after the exam the vet said, “That dog has a mean streak. I advise putting him down.” We’ve only had Willie three months, but I have really bonded with him and hate the idea of putting him down. What is your advice?

Pets

How much is too much to spend on a sick pet?

Recently I noticed that J.J., our 12-year-old, black-and-white-spotted mutt, was a little too big around the belly - not in a pregnant way, in a weird way. At the animal hospital, the veterinarian had the reassuring calm of a woman who had delivered a lot of bad news. She said we had to run some "simple tests," costing roughly $1,000.

Pets

Pets of the Week (09/10/2016)

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.

Old Trainer

3 simple exercises to retrain a herding dog

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Rip, my 18-month old Aussie, is the perfect dog, but sometimes I’m shocked at what he does. Yesterday I was playing ball with him and my neighbor came over to watch. With no warning Rip ran over and grabbed his pants cuff, just above his heel, and started barking and pulling on the pants with all his might. Why did he do that?

Pets

Pets of the Week (08/06/2016)

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.

Pets

Pets of the Week (07/30/16)

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.

Old Trainer

Should dogs’ thick fur be cut to ward off summer suffering?

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We got Beau, our 3-year old Husky, when we lived in Jackson Hole. We now live in Kansas City and it is scorching in the summers. Some people tell us to have Beau shaved to help him endure the heat, and some tell us never cut a Husky’s coat because the thick coat protects him from the heat. Which is right?

Pets

Recipe: Add a puppy to your family

Just like staff on an OB ward, where everyone (well, men excepted) should have experienced childbirth so they can empathize, so it is good for a veterinarian to have practical experience with the kinds of patients they treat.

Videos

Hope Stokes talks about El Capitan's win over Buhach Colony

El Capitan defeats Buhach Colony 14-8 to improve to 4-0 in the Central California Conference with the help of Hope Stokes' three goals and five steals on Monday at Buhach Colony High. (By Shawn Jansen/sjansen@mercedsunstar.com).
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Hope Stokes talks about El Capitan's win over Buhach Colony 2:03

Hope Stokes talks about El Capitan's win over Buhach Colony

Stone Ridge Guts out road win over Brookside 4:01

Stone Ridge Guts out road win over Brookside

Highlights of Pitman's 34-27 win over Merced 4:01

Highlights of Pitman's 34-27 win over Merced

El Capitan's Isaac Gonzalez on the Gauchos' Big win 2:06

El Capitan's Isaac Gonzalez on the Gauchos' Big win