Pets

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 […]

Pet of the week

HIP HOPPER— Yang, 6 months old, does well with other rabbits, nice dogs, and children. He likes to be held and is well on his way to being litter box trained. Meet Yang, ID No. A5280471 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & […]

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Pet of the week

LAID BACK—Senior girl Miley is fully vetted and in good health. She is low energy, gentle, and enjoys easy walks. Shy at first, she has much love to give. Meet Miley, ID No. A5292773 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 […]

Pea soup pond attracts snowy egret



The cement channel that parallels Lindero Canyon Road, readily visible near the fire station at Foxfield Drive in Westlake Village, currently contains shallow water. In certain stretches it appears to have been dammed, creating a thick algae growth that bears a startling resemblance to pea soup. I happened to have visited Buellton this summer, a city that’s been called the […]

Pet of the week

SOFT AND CUDDLY—Beautiful Cosette is new to the Habikat room. She has met the criteria to be in a free-roaming area and likes to visit with the people both young and old who stop by to meet her. Meet Cosette, ID No. A5171516 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so […]


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