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Pope Francis: raise kids not cats and dogs

Milo keeps watch.

Pope Francis had a message for married couples on Monday: four-legged friends don’t offer the same opportunities for love and godliness as raising a child.

The Pope addressed a group of 15 couples that have been married between 25 and 60 years during daily Mass on Monday, held in the chapel of the Santa Maria residence in the Vatican. The Pope stressed the importance of three qualities in a successful Christian marriage — faithfulness, perseverance and fruitfulness — during his remarks, according to Vatican Radio.

But the Pope also counseled childless couples to be fruitful and multiply, and not spend time raising pets when they could be raising children. Full story. TIME

But it's okay to have kids AND cats, right? What do you think of the Pope's remarks?

Dog people, cat people really are different

Thor sleeps.

(Newser) – “Dog people” and “cat people” may both fall into the animal lover category, but they're not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive, and non-conformist than the dog-fancying majority, which, besides being more outgoing, was more inclined to follow rules. Perhaps the most contentious finding of those presented on Saturday: Cat lovers emerged as more intelligent, LiveScience reports, without elaboration. Full story.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to me. How about you?

Artist Memorializes Beloved Dogs

As a form of therapy following a stroke, Spokane artist Pat Adams has oil-painted scenics and portraits of family members at her kitchen table for more than 30 years. But after the death of her beloved dog Sage, Adams took her painting in a new direction. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)

They say all dogs go to heaven. In  the Inland Northwest, the most special of our canine companions also make it to Pat Adams’ canvas. Adams is a Spokane painter with a giving heart who memorializes cherished dogs on canvas, capturing their big eyes, perked ears and slobbery grins to bring comfort and peace to grieving pet owners. She also paints the occasional cat, bird and most recently a pet turtle. “This one is for my vet’s father,” Adams said one April morning while using a small brush to outline a handsome tan dog face on a black canvas. She dipped the brush in a dark chestnut paint to draw the tip of the floppy ear/Erica Curless, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think pets go to heaven?

CPD: No Dogs Allowed In City Parks

Coeur d’Alene is the host to numerous outdoor events during the summer months. Many of the planned activities take place in the city parks. Every year animal control officers deal with complaints of citizens bringing their dogs to the parks. Citizens are reminded that dogs are not allowed in any City Parks with the exception of Tubbs Hill. Allowances have been made for users of the Centennial Trail in which dogs are allowed on the concrete portion of the Coeur d’Alene City Park. Softball, Baseball, and Soccer fields are not an exception. Owners are not allowed to bring their dogs to the playing fields. Residents who live in the area of City parks are not allowed to let their dogs use the park as an area for excrement. The 4th of July celebration in the park brings about the largest number of complaints/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

Question: I would like to see dogs outlawed from major community events, like the Art on the Green, Car d'Lene and the 4th of July Parade. How about you?

Deadly dog days

During a demonstration Tuesday, SCRAPS animal protection Officer Francie Rapier monitors a thermometer placed inside a parked car. Even with four windows cracked open, the temperature hit 109 degrees in 25 minutes.

Animal protection Officer Francie Rapier last week responded to a complaint of two dogs left inside a parked car at Spokane Valley Mall.

When she arrived, the outside temperature was 75, but the inside temperature was 100 degrees even though the car’s windows were left partly open, she said.

She seized the dogs and left a notice of violation on the windshield. The owner was cited for unsafe confinement, a misdemeanor. Mike Prager, SR  Read more.

This happens every summer. Why do people leave their dogs or even worse their kids inside parked cars?

Shar Pai

He’s mostly just a pile of wrinkles,
this canine heap of folds and crinkles;
a Size M skin would fit him well,
instead he’s wearing X-X-L.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue (Wikipedia photo)

Wolves Attack Dogs In Wallace Area

Correction: Wild dogs attack Rottweiler in Wallace/Mike Perry, KHQ

Domestic dogs were attacked by four wolves around 6 p.m. Wednesday night on the 600 block of Burke Road, just outside Wallace. One dog died and another sustained a facial bite, said Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander, and there were many wolf tracks in the area. A neighbor reported the dog that died was a Rottweiler. Idaho Fish and Game notified residents in the area and informed them that it is legal to shoot the wolf pack. Calls made to Idaho Fish and Game official Josh Stanley about the attack weren't returned. Mullan resident Barry Sadler didn't just have his dogs attacked by wolves a few years ago - they chased his daughter into the front door and came right up on his porch. Sadler shot and killed one of the offending wolves/Kelsey Saintz, Hagadone News Network. More here.

Question: Do you still think Br'er Wolf is harmless?

Teen Accused Of Killing Dogs w/Ax

Spokane sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly killed his mother’s dogs and held his mother and grandmother hostage with a butcher knife after his mom refused to give him money.The incident happened Monday night along Deer Creek Road in Chattaroy. Deputies said the teen, Michael Shartle, was holding his mother and grandmother hostage in their own home. Shartle doesn’t have a job, and relatives said he “mooches” money off of them for the things he needs/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here. And: Meghann Cuniff’s Sirens & Gavels story here.

Question: Am I the only Huckleberry who shakes his head sadly after reading a story like this?

Your Dog A Repub? My Cat’s A Demo

Statistically,http://media.spokesman.com/photos/2010/10/13/mug-stevecrump.jpg a Republican is far more likely to be a dog owner than a Democrat. As a political independent, I take strong exception. None of my dogs — and I have three — has ever voted for a Republican. I know because Ichecked their paw prints. Yet according to the BBC, 33 percent of American dog owners identify themselves as Republican, whereas only 28 percent of cat owners lean to the right. This is a slander and canard, related to the fact that cat owners are perceived as being smarter than dog owners/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Does this finding fit your situation? Are you a Republican who owns a dog? Or A Democrat who owns a cat? Who does your pet support in the 1st Congressional District race?

Murf: Ban Dogs From Farmers Market

Moscow dog owners love their animals and seem to enjoy showing them off any chance they get. Some owners take their dogs, no matter how small or large, to public gatherings. This has become a bone of contention - no pun intended - with some attendees of the Moscow Farmers Market. Arguments against dogs at the market make sense, as did the banning of dogs at the recently held Moscow Renaissance Fair. There is little demonstrable benefit to taking dogs to an event attended by hundreds of people. Some people don’t like dogs and some are downright afraid of them. Those folks are entitled to the same market access as others and should reasonably expect not to be scared by an animal/Murf Raquet, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: If you were ruler of the universe, would you ban dogs from public gatherings, like a farmers market, or 4th of July Parade, or Car d’Lane?

Health District: Leave Fido Home

Item: Your dog’s not welcome here? Health District doesn’t think Fido should go to public events: Health Department votes to give food vendors signs that suggest you don’t bring Fido into public events/Idaho Statesman.

More Info: Boise may be a dog city, but leave your canine pal at home when going out for food. At least that’s what public health officials want you to do when attending public events where food is served. The board of the Central District Health Department voted unanimously Friday to give food venders signs when they apply for permits to serve food. One of two sample signs reads, “Attention! By recommendation of the Health Department and the safety of the patrons and yourself, refrain from bringing your dog(s) to this event.” The signs are suggestions. Vendors can post them, but the public isn’t required to obey them. The health department lacks authority to enforce such a ban.

Question: Should pet owners be banned from bringing their dogs to outdoor public events in which food is being served?

Moscow May Put Teeth In Dog Laws

“Any (dog) within the city limits needs to be on a leash anytime they’re on public property,” Weaver said. “On private property, you would not need to have a leash. But the minute the dog sets foot on the sidewalk, they would.” Fife clarified that dogs may go off leash only on their owner’s private property. “If it’s someone else’s private property, they need to be on a leash.” It’s also illegal, said Fife, for a person to tie their dog and leave, such as some people do when they tether dogs to bike racks downtown or in front of grocery stores while shopping. “There has to be a person on the other end of the leash from the dog,” Fife said/David Johnson, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should the owner of a dog that barks be charged with a misdemeanor rather than an infraction?

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