BUZZ-Pets at Home: LFL sales miss estimate

Posted on July 29, 2015 By

** Pet shop group Pets at Home down c.5 pct, one
of the top losers on the FTSE-250 midcap index

** 1Q16 LFL sales of 1.7 pct vs. analysts est of c.3 pct

** LFL sales partially offset by a poor season for Health &
Hygiene products and very hot weather in July

** “The weather contributed to it more negative than we had
planned so it had effect on our like-for-like by about 0.9
percent in total,” CEO Nick Wood said

** Stock, up almost 40 pct YTD, is trading on 16.8x cal’ 16E
PE, at c.8 pct premium to the UK General Retail sector

(RM: aastha.agnihotri.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)

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Central Lubbock pets killed by poisoned meat

Posted on July 29, 2015 By

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –

Jerry Riggan proudly puts his family’s furriest members on display.

“I think there’s more pictures of Molly on the refrigerator that there is of any other particular person,” Riggan said, referring to his son’s 11-year-old Dachshund.

But the shots on his fridge are the last pictures the Riggans would take with all of their beloved pets.

This past weekend, Riggan’s Dachshund, Frito, went through what he thought was a bad vomiting spell.

“I found him right here,” Riggan said, gesturing to the dining room floor. “I thought maybe he had something stuck in his throat. He stayed with me until we got [to the vet] and then basically died as soon as the vet started working on him.”

Riggan’s suspicions rose when his son came over on Sunday with Molly and his other Dachshund, Hubbard. Riggan later found both dogs in his back yard, showing the same symptoms as Frito. Their veterinarian was able to save Molly, but Hubbard died shortly after arriving at the clinic.

“I would say this was the moment,” Riggan said. “As soon as we saw that Hubbard’s down over there too, we knew there’s something out here.”

That “something” was in the form of pieces of meat thrown over Riggan’s fence – morsels just half an inch in size, but laced with what Riggan believes to be strychnine, a powerful substance commonly found in rat poison.

The trend continued on Monday, when Riggan found his neighbor’s cat lying dead on his driveway. He says it only takes the poison a few minutes to take effect.

“Any of this material from these pets dying – of course it’s going to attract flies,” Riggan said. “They come to the vomit and die.”

Riggan says he does not want this heartache to spread throughout his neighborhood. He decided to hang posters on the fence behind his house and on each of the five dumpsters along his alleyway. They serve as warnings for the rest of his neighbors and bring light to what he calls a malicious act.

“I dang sure don’t want to look over their fence and see their dogs lying like I found mine,” Riggan said. “I want to see what kind of a person is it that actually follows through – not just thinks something like this – but actually does it, and I want to see them pay for this.”

So far, the poison has claimed the lives of two dogs and two cats, while several other pets have been rushed to veterinarians with concerning symptoms. Riggan says he has never received complaints about his pets. He has already filed a police report and also contacted Animal Services.

Lubbock police say that the person responsible for the poisonings would face an animal cruelty charge, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

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Checking yourself and your pets for ticks | WWLP.com

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- The warmer temperatures have more people spending time outdoors, and doctors have seen an increase in the number of people contracting Lyme disease from ticks.

Jaime Michaels of Belchertown told 22News, “I was bitten by two ticks in May of 2012 and I was misdiagnosed for a year.”  Michaels spends times in the outdoors with her dog JoJo, but when she contracted Lyme disease her active lifestyle was put on hold.  “I’ve dealt with chronic Lyme which meant arthritis and huge fatigue and lots of other symptoms and so its a lot harder to get rid of to heal from chronic Lyme.”

Just taking your dog for a stroll through the woods its easy for a tick to latch onto them. And some of these ticks can be about the size of a poppy seed making it difficult to find them amidst all that hair or fur. But it is important to do so because if they bring it inside, the tick can easily jump off of them and onto you.

More than 30,000 Americans Contract Lyme Disease every year. Most are prescribed the antibiotic doxycycline.  Peter Kipp, of Northampton said his wife contracted the disease recently. “It was diagnosed maybe two weeks ago. She has to be on that for maybe a month. and hopefully we’ve caught it in time to get rid of it,” Kipp said,

So what can you do to protect yourself? Do a thorough check whenever you’ve spent time in the outdoors.  Haley Fitzgerald, of Northampton said, “Whenever I get home I always check my legs you know make sure that I don’t have any ticks, check my hairline.”  You can also use bug sprays to repel insects and wear light colored clothing which allows you to see ticks when they are on you.

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but if one attaches to you, you can take it off and have it tested.

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Pets rescued from Virginia Beach house fire

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Fire crews were called to battle a house fire in Virginia Beach Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out at a home in the 200 block of S. Rosemont Road just after 4 p.m.

Assistant Bat. Chief Deborah Gaudet told WAVY.com the fire was contained to one room. There were no injuries reported; but a dog and cat had to be rescued.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Hill Pets of the Week: Stella and Rex

Posted on July 28, 2015 By

Stella and Rex are the Hill Pets of the Week. Stella is an 8-year-old Belgian shepherd mix. Rex is a 3-year-old tuxedo cat. Here are their bios shared by their owner, Jane Pyle:

Stella was rescued in 2009 and has more than proven why she is the best dog in the world. She lives to be cuddled and loves playing with other pups. But don’t let her sweetness fool you, she is the alpha of all alpha dogs and will make sure that is known to all dogs that come her way — she is the boss! She is on a constant hunt for squirrels, and her favorite place to be is running free off the leash on any and all hikes, expressing her inner-wolf.

In 2012, Rex, then one month old, was found in a storm drain on a hot summer night. Stella, surprising everyone even more with her unconditional love, turned into the sweetest caretaker, teaching Rex the ins and outs of becoming the toughest “cat-dog.” When Rex was hit by a car in 2013 and suffered severe health issues this past spring, Stella was always right there by his side through the intense healing processes, day and night!

Rex and Stella bring everyone who meets them endless joy with their hilarious play fighting, constant kisses and their sibling-like competition for their parents attention. You can find Stella at Lincoln Park, the National Arboretum and Great Falls (to name a few) on any weekend or weeknight enjoying the city-dog life and Rex perched in the window meow-barking at everyone who walks by on Independence Avenue SE.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care from two store locations on Capitol Hill, on Barracks Row and on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos courtesy of Jane Pyle

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Rover on Twitter: Pets are social media stars, but how do they type?

Posted on July 28, 2015 By

The world has come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker published Peter Steiner’s cartoon of two canines above the caption: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” making us laugh at the absurd notion of household pets on the World Wide Web. Now, more than a dozen years later, your dog – or cat or hedgehog or potbellied pig – is a nobody unless it’s got an Instagram account, Twitter feed, Facebook page – or all three. Here’s a look at some of the animal kingdom’s current social media standouts.

Twitter’s most-followed feline is Sockamillion, a gray-and-white domestic shorthair from Waltham, Mass., whose @Sockington Twitter feed has 1.34 million followers. Other famous felines include Grumpy Cat (288,000 followers) and the totally adorable Lil Bub (56,400).

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Pets found alive after massive house fire in Pennsylvania

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“The dogs were fine – they were perfectly fine”, said East Fallowfield Police Chief Chris Porter in a brief interview Monday. What one Pennsylvania …

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In a divorce, what happens to pets? Enter the puppy prenup

Posted on July 28, 2015 By

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Before you say I do, are you ready for what could happen if either one of you has a change of heart and says ‘I don’t’?

We often hear about celebrities signing prenups before their big wedding day to protect their finances. That’s what country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert did before they said ‘I do.’

It made their recent divorce a pretty quick one and their prenup reportedly included their pets.

The ‘pet prenup’ as it’s been called is the newest trend among couples getting married.

“The dog or the cat or the family pet becomes like a child. With that, comes the emotional turmoil of when there is a divorce or separation of who takes the dog,” said Eric Meredith, attorney and partner with Jetton and Meredith.

Katherine Lopez and her husband have two dogs.

“This one we found just recently,” she said. “He is Pluto.”

“And then Princess. I’ve had her since she was 2-months-old; now she’s 8-years” Lopez added.

“She’s my sweetheart. She’s everything to me. I don’t have any kids.”

Lots of people have such strong bonds with their pets.

Meredith said with a prenup you’re just preparing for the worst.

“It really provides you with a road map and it says, ‘hey, if we ever go this way, if we ever get divorced, this is what’s going to happen. This is how we’re going to divide things up and that includes a pet,'” said Meredith.

Lopez and her husband hadn’t heard of a puppy prenup before, but she gets the idea behind it.

“Realistically, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea because you love those dogs like they’re part of your family. They’re your kids if you don’t have kids,” Lopez added.

But unlike kids, deciding who gets the dog is a little different.

Meredith said, “You’re not going to have a custody case over the family dog. It’s going to be treated just like the car, the couch in the living room.”

And if there’s no prenup, Meredith added, “there’s really not much you can do.”

He said, “it’s no different than one of the spouse who has a large sum of money or whatever and is like, ‘I wish I would’ve addressed that before.'”

“You’re gonna have to deal with it in litigation,” Meredith added.

He added, “You go in and you would present evidence of who paid for the dog, who provided care for the dog, who’d take the dog to the vet, who paid for the vet bills.”

While no one wants to think about divorce, Lopez is convinced she would be the one to keep Princess and Pluto.

“You know, just joking around, he has expressed concerns that he would want to keep them, but I’m like, ‘No, I came in the relationship with her, you may be able to see her, if you behave.'”

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Taos animal shelter to stop taking pets, lay off 15 workers – The Santa Fe New Mexican: Local News

Posted on July 28, 2015 By

TAOS — The Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in Taos said Monday it is no longer accepting dogs or cats.

Seventeen staff members will be terminated, and the shelter’s front office operating hours are being cut back as part of a plan to drastically reduce services, the nonprofit’s board announced.

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The challenge of new furniture and pets – NewsAdvance.com : Lifestyle – The News & Advance

Posted on July 28, 2015 By

I had resigned myself to not buy new furniture until my dogs died.

An unbelievable sale changed my mind, and I wonder about my value system because I won’t let the dogs on the new sofa and chairs.

They used to lollygag free in the house when I left for work. Now I consign Baguette and Jezebelle to the basement. My old mattress and area rugs are down there for them, but still it’s a basement.

When I’m home, I flip up the cushions of the new furniture I’m not using to make them less appealing than the memory foam dog beds on the floor. This has changed our evening routine.

Previously, the dogs had the option of cuddling with me on the sofa. If the two joined me at the same time, I moved to the middle, swaddled with dogs.

During thunderstorms, Jezebelle would jump onto my lap and stay there, inconsolable and drooling, until the storm passed.

Now, if I want to cuddle with them, I sit on the hard floor, dogs flanking me.

I wonder what’s the purpose of having dogs? What is the purpose of owning nice new furniture? Can these two purposes be reconciled?

If not, which one should have priority?

Currently, priority goes to the furniture. I have turned into my mother who, despite my childhood protests, barred our family dog from the living room when it was newly carpeted.

Sheets or throws on the new furniture won’t resolve the dilemma. Baguette paws sheets into piles to form a nest, exposing the fabric to her fur, which is short, stiff and good at clinging to a cushion no matter the strength of the vacuum cleaner’s suction.

One time, she ripped a sofa while burying a toy there.

Jezebelle’s lightweight hair travels everywhere, even if she doesn’t.

Homemakers from the 1960s got it right when they encased furniture in plastic. Everyone could sit on a plastic-covered sofa, and you could see the fabric to boot. Why did everyone laugh at these pioneering, practical women? Ahead of their time, I suppose.

The results with my new regime are mixed.

Jezebelle has the grace to lie down on her dog bed in the living room and not look at me when I callously sit on the furniture.

Baguette, who is much craftier than Jezebelle, stares up at me from the floor with her big brown eyes. Is she chastising me, accusing me?

It’s not as though she has no good napping options. She sleeps on my bed. She sleeps on the old sofa in the loft.

Remorsefully, I let her keep the new sleeping den she created among the carelessly flung casual clothes on the floor of my bedroom closet. Her black nose peeps from under the low-hanging formal shirts. Her fur sticks to everything there too.

Which makes me wonder philosophically: Can a sloppy housekeeper own nice clothes and dogs simultaneously?

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