Ban On Pets at Rosewood Beach Irks Dog Owners

Posted on June 30, 2015 By

Dogs are no longer allowed on the pathway at Rosewood Beach and owners are not happy about it.

The Park District of Highland Park board amended the district’s animal and pet conduct ordinance recently to limit dogs and other domesticated animals to the upper park, the Highland Park News reports. New regulations from the Illinois Department of Public Health now includes prohibition on dogs at public bathing beaches also extends to the boardwalk and other facilities at Rosewood Beach.

But pet owners have become accustomed to walking their dogs on the pathway – which is now considered a part of the beach. Some attended a recent meeting declaring the ban on pets makes no sense.

“Dogs that are on leash, and picked up after, do not reduce the sanitation on the boardwalk,” said Laura Saret. “If cleanliness is the issue, then we should figure out how to ban birds, coyotes, deer and other animals who will use the beach and not even stay on the boardwalk.”

“We should also ban children in diapers from the water and not allow parents to change their child’s diaper on the beach. Of course, this sounds ridiculous, but so is the new restriction.”

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Veterans adopt pets for free during special event

Posted on June 29, 2015 By


JACKSON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Pets can be wonderful companions for everyone, but they can be especially helpful to veterans.

Including those dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter along with Friends of the Animals in Jackson are holding their Pets for Veterans event.

Any Jackson County veteran can adopt one dog or two cats for free.

All you have to do is show your Jackson County Veteran ID or discharge papers and your driver’s license.

If you’re getting a dog you have to pay the $5 or $10 for a dog license, but other than that, the adoption is free of charge.

Veterans are coming to the Jackson County Animal Shelter to adopt their new companion.

One adopter even waited outside before the shelter opened just to make sure she got the pup she fell in love with.

“You know he just, when I came in last Monday, I don’t know, you know, it just felt right,” said Jennifer Enyart, veteran.

For veterans animals can be more than just companions.

They can be therapeutic, just by keeping their mind off the daily struggles.

“Dogs are comforting to almost anybody and somebody like that they need a little extra just to get through each day,” said Ed Weesner, veteran.

For Enyart taking care of her new dog, Tucker, might even help her take care of herself.

Experts say taking care of animals can give veterans a new sense of purpose.

“It always helps when you have something else to focus on you don’t have to think so much about everything else going on,” said Enyart.

Pets for Veterans is beneficial for both the adopted and the adopter.

For such a small fee, Enyart says it was an easy choice.

“It worked out so now I have all the extra money to spoil him and give him what he needs, you know, with his special needs,” said Enyart.

The event is just for Jackson County residents and will run until July 11 or until the $2,000 donation by Friends of the Animals runs out.


Emergency Kits Important For Pets As Well

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

Local Cares is celebrating the red, white and blue and the first responders in our community.
MEMPHIS, TN ( — Local Cares is celebrating the red, white and blue and the first responders in our community.

Thinking ahead can make all the difference. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for them.

In fact. you should take a few minutes to make a plan. That means setting up an emergency kit for your pet.

Step one, food. Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof, container.

Also have water on hand. Store at least three days of water for your pets.

And keep a first aid kit on hand for your pets as well. Talk to your vet about what items are needed.

Make sure you also have your pet’s medicines and medical records locked up in a safe place as well.

We spoke with Lt. Jim Logan with the Memphis Fire Department about some of the important steps you need to take to ensure your pets are safe during any sort of emergency.

He told us as soon as he and his family adopted his dog “Zany” from The Humane Society, they had a safety plan already mapped out.

That also included getting Zany micro-chipped in case she were to ever get lost.

Lt. Logan said the key to having an effective plan is to think ahead. He said it is better to be prepared than caught off guard.

“When you think about preparedness for your family, you should be thinking about the same things really for your pet as they are your family members. So proper food storage, water storage, and an ample supply of that in case of a natural disaster. Like that extra medication or list of medications your pet may be on. Contacting the vet in regards to things like that and identification,” Logan said.

Local Cares is the proud sponsor of the fourth annual Memphis Stars and Stripes 5K benefiting “Ready Shelby.”

A blood drive begins at 9 a.m. on July 3rd. Then race down Tiger Lane is at 7:00 p.m. that night.

At dusk, sit back and take in a fireworks show.

Ready Shelby promotes Emergency Preparedness Awareness and training for Shelby County residents.

It also provides financial support to our local first responder groups.


New law may mean jail time for owners passing pets off as service animals

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

MIAMI — A new Florida law taking effect July 1 will make it a misdemeanor to pass off an unqualified pet as a service animal.

The law was first proposed by state Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, and will punish those who misrepresent their animals with up to 60 days in jail. The law defines service animals as dogs and miniature horses.

It will also make it illegal for any public accommodation to deny service to a disabled person with a service animal.

The American Disability Act says a service dog may wear special collars or harnesses and may have a type of certification, but it forbids anyone from asking for certifications to provide services.


Woz Thinks AI Will Become Smarter Than Humans, Keep Us As Pets, Feeds His Dog Steak Filet

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany.

Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they’ll keep us around because they’ll realize we’re needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he’s right and things don’t go the other way).

Steve Wozniak

Folks, we’re not making this up.

“It’s actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they’d even have the ability,” Wozniak said at the Freescale Technology Forum in Austin, Texas, according to TechRepublic. “They’ll be so smart by then that they’ll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature. So I got over my fear that we’d be replaced by computers. They’re going to help us. We’re at least the gods originally.”

If you think Wozniak’s comments sound like either like (A) the ramblings of someone who forgot to swallow their crazy pills or (B) a Hollywood executive listening to a pitch for a new sci-fi movie, then hold that thought, this train’s about to depart WTFville and head towards Batshit Crazy Town.

The way Wozniak sees things, we’ve already set the foundation for the future in which computers will rule the world. That foundation is the Internet of Things (IoT). Oh but don’t worry, the Woz says IoT isn’t a bad thing, just be sure to spoil your pets with table scraps and you’ll be okay.

“The Internet of Things, if it ever did want to take over the world, would send a message to the computers of today saying, ‘build us the Internet of Things, that’s what we need’. It makes things nice for humans, so we want this. If it turned on us, it would surprise us. But we want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time,” Wozniak said.

“I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because ‘do unto others,'” Wozniak added.

Dog Eating Steak

Let’s sum things up, shall we? We created the Internet of Things, which will eventually serve artificially intelligent computers that rule the world and keep humans as pets. The key to a happy existence? Steak — feed it to your pets now and create good karma for tomorrow.

Sound advice, assuming this isn’t some elaborate ploy by dogs who somehow managed to hack the Internet.


Children learn how special adopted pets can be

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

WAKARUSA — After listening to a lesson about animal shelters and therapy dogs, Marisa Huber could hardly wait for the chance to pet the cats at the front of the room.

Huber, 7, of Wakarusa, shared a story about her animals at home, explaining to the Elkhart County Humane Society visitors that her pets were also quite spoiled.

Out of the corner of her eye, she watched two other visitors as they whipped their tails around the bars of the cages and played in the blankets.

“Oh, and when do we get to pet the cats?” she added.

“Soon,” answered Janet Graham, executive assistant and volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society of Elkhart County.

Graham and Sandy VanTilburg, a Humane Society volunteer, visited the Wakarusa Public Library Wednesday for a lesson about the Elkhart County Humane Society and to discuss how animals — especially therapy animals — could be considered heroes.

The presentation was part of the library’s summer programs for children which are centered around the topic of “heroes.”

The Humane Society currently serves 51 species of animals ranging from cats and dogs to rabbits, cows, horses, goats, geese and even an alligator, Graham said.

Last year, 4,700 animals were taken to the shelter because their owners could no longer care for them, Graham said. Of those, 82 percent had not been spayed or neutered, she added.

“Can you guess which animal we get the most often?” she asked the group of children.

“Dogs,” one young boy guessed.

“Cats,” answered another child.

“Cats is right,” Graham said. “We have two or three cats that people bring for every dog that comes into the shelter.”

In addition, more dogs are adopted each year than cats, she said.

“We have to work really hard to get them adopted,” Graham said.

In 2014, 613 animals were adopted from the shelter.

Animals have a special ability to make people feel better even when they are grumpy or sad, Graham said.

But adopting an animal is a full family decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly, she added.

“My dog Bennie is a therapy dog,” she said. “We visit hospitals and nursing homes and Bennie makes people feel better.”

Other animals can also be used for therapy, Graham explained.

“I’ve seen dogs, cats and even a llama,” she said, prompting lots of giggles from the children as she showed a picture of a llama dressed in colorful clothing.

“Animals can be heroes in their own special way,” she said.

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Monday's Pre-Market Insights: PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS), STAAR Surgical Company (STAA …

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

WallStreet Scope – Monday June 29, 2015:

PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS) from the USA performed down on Friday with a 7-day performance of -0.39% ending the day at $17.66, down -0.06%. Investors traded at a volume of 213,661 shares and relative volume of 1.21. PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS) reported a quarterly performance of 10.37% and is selling from the company’s 52 week low by 51.51% and reporting a dividend yield of 4.08% with a reported debt to equity ratio of 0. PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS)’s performance per month is 6.32%, with a profit margin at 7.60%, total insider transactions -16.92% and 20.26 million shares outstanding. PetMed Express, Inc. (PETS) could be a seller in the Drug Delivery industry with an overall analyst rating of 3.3 and EPS growth this year of -3.30%

STAAR Surgical Company (STAA) of the Medical Instruments & Supplies sector closed out the day Friday at $10.34, a gain of 0.68% with a return on investment of -18.30% trading at a volume of 203,381 shares. STAAR Surgical Company (STAA) is performing below average with a weekly performance of -0.48% moving into this week with a quarterly performance of 40.11% and a 52 week low of 113.64%. STAAR Surgical Company (STAA)’s monthly performance sits at 12.39%, profit margin -12.60%, -11.99% insider transactions. STAAR Surgical Company (STAA) is a good stock in the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry with an averaged analyst rating of 2

Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fund (EVM) ended the day Friday at $11.22, a loss of -0.62%, after trading at a volume of 61,076 shares and market cap of 240. Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fund (EVM) is performing below average at a weekly performance of -2.26% and a quarterly performance of -5.48% off their 52 week low by 5.24%. Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fund (EVM)’s monthly performance is -3.71% and for the upcoming day, Eaton Vance California Municipal Bond Fund (EVM) is a good stock in the Asset Management industry

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) of the Financial sector closed Friday at $372.78 with a loss of -0.81%, trading at a volume of 1,876,078 shares. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) is performing below average with a weekly performance of -1.23% moving this week with a quarterly performance of 7.30% performing off their 52 week low by 53.87%. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)’s monthly performance is 2.18% and, iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) is a good stock in the Exchange Traded Fund industry

MGP Ingredients Inc. (MGPI) closed at $15.68 Friday, a loss of -2.91%, trading at a volume of 1,369,321 shares. MGP Ingredients Inc. (MGPI) is performing below average at a weekly performance of -10.14% moving into today with a quarterly performance of 9.42% and against their 52 week low by 118.64%. MGP Ingredients Inc. (MGPI)’s monthly performance of -10.96% , profit margin 8.90%, 1.02% insider transactions. MGP Ingredients Inc. (MGPI) is a good stock in the Processed & Packaged Goods industry


Pets of the Week: Kittens

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

Interested in adopting a kitten or two? Well, we at the Seekonk Animal Shelter, 100 Peck St., have some cuties! Many are just turning 8 weeks old and ready to be adopted. Stop by to meet them and fill out an application. Phone: 508-336-6663. Hours: 2-4 daily except 3-6 Wednesdays.


FL church hold 'Paws and Prayers', pets invited to church

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

LECANTO, FLA. ─ On Sunday, Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church held its monthly “Paws and Prayers” service at 5 p.m. in the church.

Parishioners and guests were invited to bring their pets, on leashes or in carriers, to the service to celebrate “all God’s creatures.” The service included Holy Communion, Scripture readings for people and pets, sermon and offered support for those grieving the loss of a pet.

The church’s first “Paws and Prayers” service was a huge success, attracting more than 50 people and over 60 pets.

Treats were offered to pets.

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Exotic pets welcome at new animal hospital

Posted on June 29, 2015 By

Since 2000, when veterinarian Susan Horton began working at the Animal 911 (now BluePearl animal hospital) on Dempster Street, she dreamed of opening her own clinic strictly for rabbits, reptiles, birds and other exotic pets.

Last April, her dream was finally realized when, just two doors down from BluePearl, Horton opened Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital.

“I’ve been planning this for the last 15 years,” Horton said at an open house for Chicago Exotics on Sunday. “The people who work here, we’ve always wanted to do this. We needed that. We were outgrowing our space over there.”

Horton said although it took time, her new practice is now complete with four exam rooms, eight technicians and five doctors who perform everything from dental care to acupuncture and chiropractic work on all kinds of exotic pets.

“It’s a different field because there’s so much more they have to cover,” Horton said. “For example, rabbit dental problems are a highly specialized area. For reptiles, it’s all about knowing what they need in their environment to keep them healthy. Every exotic vet has lots of extensive training.”

The array of animals that are welcomed for treatment at Chicago Exotics is broad. Wallabies, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, snakes, reptiles, ferrets, mice, rats and birds are just some of the patients that veterinarians and staff are trained to treat.

“I’ve been waiting. I think it’s wonderful,” said Sandy Bredehoft of Arlington Heights, owner of two birds. “We’ve been coming since it opened up. I’m an ER nurse. They have everything here that you’d have in a hospital.”

A surgical suite, special cages for animals that need extra heat and a laser used for stimulation and anti-inflammatory purposes are some of the features of Chicago Exotics.

Representatives from Wheeling-based Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue and the Red Door Animal Shelter in Rogers Park brought in animals to Sunday’s open house to interact with the public.

“We love this clinic,” said Toni Greetis, vice president of Red Door. “It’s great they have their own space now. As soon as we get a rabbit, they come here for exams and then when they’re ready, they get spayed and neutered and then they’re ready for adoption.”

Chicago resident Karen Furnweger, owner of 14 turtles and two birds, said she finds Chicago Exotics to be a much more comfortable place to take her many animals than a traditional vet clinic.

“They treat them like they’re their own,” she said. “I feel such confidence coming here.”

Horton said veterinarians and technicians at Chicago Exotics are all specifically trained on the varying metabolisms and infectious organisms that are unique to reptiles.

“Their metabolism and how they handle medicine is very different from a rabbit,” she said.

Fish, chickens and ducks are also welcome at Chicago Exotics. Horton said she has even done a few surgical procedures on fish using a machine that keeps water running over the gills.

Horton said she has a lifetime of passion and experience with companion animals of all kinds.

“I’ve had just about every pet you can imagine,” she said. “Exotics is all I ever wanted to do.”

Horton said Chicago Exotics sees about 12 to 18 animals a day, which keep veterinarians and technicians busy with procedures like blood draws and medication administration that differ from small animal medicine.

“I like the exotics,” said technician Rachel Wintheisher. “It’s a little more flexible. It’s so much more variety. You learn a lot more about different medicines and treatment.”

Because such a clinic is rare, Horton said since opening, Chicago Exotics has drawn clients from Indiana, Wisconsin and even as far as Tennessee.

“We’ve been doing really, really well,” said technician Erica Mede. “This place is a dream come true for us. We couldn’t ask for a better building or better clients.”


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