Pets

Dancing cat helps save the day



I’d gotten into a persnickety mood one night and was pacing around my car, worrying. I guess I could’ve been pacing around inside my new studio rental, but it’s kind of a small area for a good pace. So I kept circling around my car in a light misting rain. Being a worrywart is a tough habit to break. Out […]

Pet of the week

FASCINATING PET—Little Mr. Turtle is an easy-care pet that is engrossing to watch. He comes with a beautifully appointed aquarium, a light and a heat lamp. Meet Mr.Turtle, ID No. A5313754 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control

Great weather—perfect time to get the animals out

Local dog walkers enjoy group therapy

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE—Tony Cortez and Talia Mannello from Tony’s Dog Training take a few of their closest friends out for a walk on a recent morning in Oak Park. The pair offers regular pack walks and training sessions for local canines.

Animal shelter welcomes donations, but there’s a catch

Most venues desire more toys for play


Some of the most sought-after items for local animal shelters, as well as the nearest zoo, can be found in a child’s playroom. “Very hard balls or plastic blocks, like those toddler toys that Fisher Price makes, are good for the monkeys and for the birds,” said Mara Rodriguez, an operations instructional technician with America’s Teaching Zoo on the Moorpark […]

Pet of the week

CUDDLER—Angel Boy, 14 years old, loves the attention he gets during his frequent brushing and combing as he patiently awaits his forever home. Meet Angel Boy, ID No. A5343603 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.

Pet of the week

SMOKING HOT—Smokey, 2 years old, loves play yard time where he chases the ball, engages with his human of the moment, and easily shows off his “sit” and “shake” commands. He is ready to be your only dog. Meet Smokey, ID No. A5160920, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so […]

The dog with moon beams in her eyes



Although it was offered as a reassurance, it was still sad to tell my aging dog Mijbil this morning that she was not to fret because “I will be your seeing-eye human.” There were two opaque circles in each of her expressive brown eyes when I adopted her as an older dog in March 2017 at the Agoura Animal Care […]

Pet of the week

ORPHAN ANNIE—Beautiful Annie arrived as a stray, waited for her family to claim her, but sadly no one came for this senior kitty. She would love to be in a home for the holidays. Meet Annie, ID No. A5333385, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County […]

Holidays and pets don’t always make a good match



Acquiring a new pet for the holidays can be a great idea, but it comes with some challenges. A new home means new sounds, smells and people. In the case of a new cat or kitten, be sure to keep them in a bonding room for a few days to adjust to that new environment and if you already have […]


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