Big Mac is a big hunk of a dog and everyone that meets him just loves him. He’s said to be an American bulldog/mastiff mix about 5 years old. He had been adopted a year or so ago but recently returned due to trying to put the family’s pet tortoise in his belly. Thankfully, Big Mac was unsuccessful, and the tortoise lives to tell the tale.
Meeko is an 8-year-old male Beagle/Hound mix that was picked up as a stray. He is a super mellow guy who likes to take it easy and has a Zen approach to life. He loves to take long naps and snuggle. Meeko is crate trained, can use a doggy door, but is also a complete angel if allowed to free roam the house. Meeko is great on a leash and likes to walk at a leisurely pace so he can enjoy the sights and sounds of the world. He gets along great with other dogs, kids, and doesn’t seem to mind cats.
Los Angeles • Dogs and cats have become part of the American family’s inner circle over the past 20 years, sleeping in their own beds or yours, eating food bought specially to help their digestive tracts, drinking purified water and cuddling up in chairs on heated pads made to fend off arthritis.
Obesity is as much of a problem in dogs as it is in humans, and Malinda Malone and Jennifer D’Oliveira see it all too often at their Malinda’s Pampered Pets and Potato Chips Pomeranian Rescue in Ahwatukee.
Beau might be the sweetest Beagle you’ll ever meet. He has big brown eyes, soft, long ears and a fluffy coat. He is 10 years young and is living in a foster home with three little kids who he loves. He is gentle and obedient. Other dogs are great company and he can even handle a cat. He plays well with others. Beau’s foster mom says he can be kenneled if needed, but she trusts him around her house. That is probably because he’s such a sweet and mellow guy. He mostly naps during the day. If he sees a bird or hears a dog bark, he likes to let out a good howl to let them know he’s around. Although he loves his foster family, Beau cannot wait to find his forever family.
Did you know that puppies or kittens can become pregnant as early as 4 months of age? Don’t get stuck with accidental litters. You can fix each puppy or kitten for $20 in June at Altered Tails, Barnhart Clinic, 950 W. Hatcher Road in Phoenix. Call (602) 942-SPAY (7729) for more information or visit www.alteredtails.org.
Recently, I’ve had many cases involving dogs that have extremely high prey drives. Dogs have a natural instinct for hunting prey. Smell and motion of other animals will instantly attract a dog to their instinctive prey drive. Of course, with domesticated dogs, we feed them so they don’t have to hunt. To ensure your dog views your family cat as a “pack member” and NOT a “pack prey-toy,” follow the below simple tips:
Velvet is a mellow girl looking for her perfect home. This 4-year-old German Shepherd/Chinese Shar-Pei mix is looking for a home that does not have any other dogs or cats. She gets along best with people and can self entertain — toys can keep her occupied for hours.
The International Cat Association (TICA) and Desperado Cat Fanciers are celebrating the Eighth Annual Spring Shootout Cat Show March 2-3, at the Wesley Bolin building at the Arizona Sate Exposition Center, 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix.
Tucker Brown is a neutered 4-year-old Beagle mix who weighs about 50 pounds. He has the sweetest personality and gets along great with other dogs. He loves people, but has not been around kids or cats yet, so he would need an introduction. Tucker Brown loves to snuggle on the couch and is relatively low maintenance. He follows basic commands and his favorite toy is a Nylabone. He is house/doggie-door trained and sleeps through the night with no issues. Essentially, he is a mellow guy who is happy all the time and would love to have a family to call his own.
Contessa, “Tessa” for short, is a gorgeous girl, about 1 year old. She’s experiencing things now she should have experienced when she was a puppy. Poor Tessa was a “backyard” dog so instead of being part of the family she was left on her own. She is very happy to see and be with people. Tessa is a smart girl so would benefit from an owner familiar with her breed and willing to keep her busy with training, play time, walks, and car rides. Tessa would do best in a home with no young children as she’s young, large, and still learning. Tessa is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. She lives at Friends for Life’s adoption center located in downtown Gilbert.
Beautiful, quiet Ellie’s owner passed away suddenly and this kitty found herself at the pound along with her mother, father and sibling cats, all of whom were rescued by Cactus Cats. She has a Siamese face and body shape, but her mom’s Calico coat and green eyes. She’s very sweet and playful.
With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is helping to solve the problem with its “Primp Your Pit (bull)” spay/neuter promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities. During August, AHS will spay/neuter pit bulls for a special rate of $20, including a free nail trim.
Almond is a big, beautiful girl. She is a little shy at first, but really warms up to everyone. She’s a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/German Shepherd who is good with other dogs, but it’s not recommended that she live with cats or children younger than junior high-aged. This goofy, playful girl is seeking a loving forever family with an energy level to match. She loves to run and pounce on toys. Once she burns off a little energy and gets some fresh air, she is content to sit near you and be loved.
Separately or in pairs, these kitties are looking for a position involving light mousekeeping followed by heavy cat napping. Their 53-year-old mother suddenly passed away of a stroke and her family of cats ended up at the pound on death row. Cactus Cats of Ahwatukee came to the rescue, giving them all a second chance at life. Among them are these three boys, a Calico female, a stately seal point Siamese, and a rare champagne orange and petite Bengal mix.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]