Pets

Pet of the week

PUPPY KISSES—Nine-month-old China is looking for a savvy, active family who will continue working with her on good dog etiquette. This boxer mix enjoys a game of fetch, belly rubs, knows the “sit” command and loves slathering humans with sweet kisses. Meet China, ID No. A5310957 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already […]

Close call alters grouchy cat’s perspective



Not that we’re counting, but we’re pretty sure one particular rural Agoura cat must be close to his expiration date on those nine lives it is said felines are lucky to possess. Surly is a well-named cat. He could also be known as Groucho, Mr. Grinch, Slasher and so forth. A sweet kitty he is not, but then I’m a […]

Pet of the week

LICENSE TO PURR—Bond, a cuddly, affectionate cat, loves hanging on top of a cat tree in the Habikat room. He uses the litter box, gets along with other cats, and loves to rub up against humans to gain attention. Meet Bond, ID NO. A5300155 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, […]

If that’s a rescue, what’s a shelter?

COMMENTARY /// Animal care


We find the pets we want in all sorts of places. These days people are encouraged to “rescue” animals, whether through an animal shelter or a pet rescue. What is the difference between a shelter and a rescue, and where does the humane society fit into all this? Shelters An animal shelter, or “the pound,” is where stray, lost, abandoned […]

Pet of the week

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?—Koby, a 4-year-old German shepherd, is engaging, is gentle when taking treats, has medium energy, and walks well on leash. He knows “sit”, “shake” and “down”. Meet Kobe, ID No. A4965980 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets may have been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before […]

Party-hearty pests invade quiet home



After seven months traveling abroad, my friend Vera returned to her Thousand Oaks home, which had been shut up tight in her absence. Well, maybe burglars with crowbars couldn’t breach her windows and locked doors, but my oh my how the insect life and rodent life got down and partied. Her kids were supposed to house-sit, but somewhere along the […]

Long walk down a short path

POOCHES AND THEIR POP—Old Agoura resident Olivier Dior takes his dogs for a walk along the Agoura High School Backtrail on Sept. 15. Navigating with three is challenging. “I need a third arm,” Dior commented while walking his dogs Luna, front; Melody, back left; and Spartacus, back right. JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn Newspapers

Pet of the Week

CUTE AS A BUTTON­— Button spends all of her time freely roaming the Habikat room at the shelter, where she gets along with the other cats and has been good with visitors. She is litter-box trained. Meet Button, ID No. A5262310 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los […]

Pet of the week

BROWN BEAUTY—Morena is a super spirited 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher. She loves a good cuddle and adores pleasing humans. Meet Morena, ID No. A5279373 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 before visiting the shelter.

Lizard looks at love, life and death



Sometimes if you have a reputation as a “nature enthusiast” your friends expect you to jump at any opportunity to perform some icky task on their property. “Go find where that awful smell is coming from,” my friend Connie directed. “Some critter must’ve croaked. Please dispose of it, O fearless Nature Girl.” Oh sure, fearless maybe, but I still have […]


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