Pets

Hawkeye

LOCAL WILDLIFE— Elaine Roche, who lives in the Lakeshore community of Westlake Village, photographed this beautiful hawk specimen in its nest recently. The hawk appeared with its mate not long ago and the pair built their nest in a tree on the greenbelt behind the family’s home.

Pet of the week

A REAL WINNER—Champ is a big hunk of a loving dog that is energetic, follows commands, and is house trained. A dog savvy person would be best for this playful guy. Meet Champ, ID No. 5244027 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & […]

Ambitious dog seized by mascot fever

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My dog pounced on my pillow one morning with a tatter of newspaper clutched in her jaws. It was some sort of grocery ad for Dodger dogs. “No way, my friend. I’d feed you these bargain wieners then have to fork over a fortune to the vet for the canine version of Alka Seltzer.” Her expressive eyes conveyed her scheming […]

Crafty critters play jokes on passer-by

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A soft, small voice called “Hello” as the dog and I ambled in the vicinity of Wendy Park in Newbury Park. Strange thing was, the streets were deserted except for us. When the voice again said “Hello” in the same pleasant murmur as before, even the dog appeared mystified. I peered into opened garages and up at second-story windows. Not […]

When you lose a pet



Because I foster and adopt senior animals, people often ask, “How do you do it? They die so soon.” Years ago when I was in high school I had a teacher who taught life skills, including a section on coping with death. The year after I took that class my father died suddenly, and what I’d learned in the class […]

Pet of the week

BE MY VALENTINE— Reggi is looking to meet her soul mate. She’s an easy going gal that digs other cats, playing with toys but her fave is humans. Meet Reggi, ID No. 54925197 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control before visiting […]

Pet of the week

SHY GIRL—Abu is happy for attention but timid and reserved in unfamiliar surroundings. Be patient and she will become a fine indoor pet. Meet Abu, ID No. 5199913 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.

Get up to speed with dog and cat toys

CRITTER TAIL /// Pet play time


We know that exercise helps humans lose weight, overcome insomnia and battle depression. But are you aware that exercise is just as beneficial for pets? Not all dogs or cats are the same, of course. Some like to chase and run; others prefer to use their brains more than their bodies. Luckily, there are different types of pet toys for […]

Pet of the week

MELLOW—Wanda is great in the car, good with other dogs, and loves to be with people. Choose Wanda for a great companion. Meet Wanda, ID No. 5235006, 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.

Squirrel of the month

EYE TO EYE—Eric Pettis of Agoura Hills gets up close and personal with a squirrel he’s dubbed Connor. “Connor the squirrel is our fearless friend who greets us at the door each morning,” wrote Pettis, who lives in Morrison Ranch Estates. To be part of The Acorn’s world famous Squirrel of the Month, send your best high-resolution shots to newstip@theacorn.com.


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