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Musher plans for new team, honors old

Dog musher Von Martin, who adopted his first sled dog 21 years ago, honors each of his dogs that have died by placing their ashes in wooden boxes next to …


Spokane’s pet cause

Ever wondered what the most popular pet name is? Locally, it’s Buddy for dogs and Missy for cats.


Homeless puppies train to be service dogs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Marine Corps veteran Jim Bowman softly barked out a command for Smokie, ordering him to stay put. The large pooch promptly sat on his haunches as Bowman …


Dog park at High Bridge Park may get water

The city of Spokane’s dog park opened in December 2010 and it’s been well-used by pooches since then. The park, which is within High Bridge Park in west Spokane, is …


Pet food maker donates $2,000 for dog park improvements

The city’s dog park opened in December 2010 and it’s been well-used by pooches since then. The park, which is within High Bridge Park, is being constructed in several phases …


It’s hard to beat Florida when it comes to dog-friendly destinations

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. — Picture this: You’re sitting on a white sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes …


GPS collars help hunters keep track of their dogs

It can be one of the lowest feelings in bird hunting. Darkness is falling across a rugged and remote landscape at least five miles from the nearest house and 15 …


Animals play starring roles in traveling comedy theater

Not very long ago, the stars of Popovich Comedy Pet Theater were shelter animals, waiting for someone to give them a home and family. When Gregory Popovich adopted them, they …


Military dogs feel stress of combat duty

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Not long after a Belgian Malinois named Cora went off to war, she earned a reputation for sniffing out the buried bombs that were …


‘Sneaker waves’ blamed for deaths of Calif. family

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as …


Family swept out to sea in attempt to save dog

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as …


N. California community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as …


Northern CA community mourns family swept to sea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog as 10-foot …


Search ends for boy swept to sea in California

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The Coast Guard ended a search Monday for a teenager whose parents were killed when the three family members tried to rescue their dog from powerful …


Loose canines killing cats in S. Perry Street area

When Russ Nobbs put his cat Kelly on the front porch on Oct. 29, it was a routine matter. He was leaving for work and the cat wanted out. But …


Superstorm priorities for some include saving pets

NEW YORK (AP) — Superstorm Sandy drove New York and New Jersey residents from their homes, destroyed belongings and forced them to find shelter for themselves — and for their …


Idaho wolf trapping to open, dog owners warned

For the second year, wolves will join furbearers as targets during Idaho’s winter trapping season. Although trappers must take a course in safe techniques before they can purchase a wolf-trapping …


New national monument honors military service canines

LOS ANGELES — The act of Congress is in the books, the bills are paid, the sculptures are being cast, and one of the biggest parades in the world will …


Dachshund group hosting open house

The Dachshund Club of Spokane is getting ready for Halloween with its Happy Halloweenie Open House Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to benefit the Dachshund Rescue Northwest. …


Dog that lost snout saving girls arrives in Calif.

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A dog that lost its snout while saving two girls in the Philippines has been brought to the University of California, Davis, where veterinarians will try …


Bird dog savvy

Here’s a wake-up call for upland bird hunters, not a day too soon: “It takes six to eight weeks to get your dog into shape for hunting season,” said gun …


Saving Sammy

Two major transitional moments stand out when I think of my 17-year old dog Sammy, or Pup, which is what all who knew him well called him.


First Calif. otter to survive oil spill has a pup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


First CA sea otter to survive oil spill has a pup

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


Snow Lake a cool destination for hikers, and their dogs

One of the lesser-visited high lakes in the Idaho Selkirk Mountains offers a wealth of overlooked reasons to shoulder a pack and take an extended hike. Snow Lake is a …


Pennsylvania police find 185 Chihuahuas in home

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The scene was shocking — 185 Chihuahuas were being kept at a home in northeastern Pennsylvania. The corpses of 30 more were packed in a freezer.


Three people cited for leaving dogs in cars

Three Spokane County residents were cited on charges ranging from unsafe confinement to animal cruelty for keeping their dogs in hot cars on Thursday.


Dog club puts on annual Fun Match at Shadle Park

Dog owners headed to Shadle Park Wednesday night for a friendly little competition with man’s best friend. Local club Disc Dogs held its annual Fun Match disc throwing and catching …


Charges filed in Hillyard animal cruelty case

A Spokane woman who had 50 dogs and cats packed into a squalid bungalow in Hillyard has been charged with animal cruelty.


Deadly dog days

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 …