Ornaments on the Christmas tree, popcorn and cranberry strings and, of course, sweet, sugary treats.
Q: I have been feeding wild birds in my backyard for 50 years now. I always enjoyed the goldfinches and house finches that flocked to my thistle feeders in years past. However, for the past two years, only the goldfinches have been coming to my yard. We do not see the house finches anymore, and they no longer build their nests in the tall shrubs around my house. I miss the cheerful singing of the males in the spring, and I wonder what happened to them and what I can do to attract them back?
Pardon me for preaching about dog licenses _ again. A license is your best defense against losing a dog and I stand by that advice. But there are other things you can do in advance of losing a pet that unexpectedly bolts through the door.
"Why is my dog so fat?" Allison is becoming very frustrated as she has watched Rufus, her 8-year-old dachshund mix, turn into what she describes as a sausage. Realizing it is not in his best interest, Allison put Rufus on a diet, but after three months of food control, Rufus gained two pounds. I can certainly see why this must be frustrating.
CHICAGO _ At Chicago's main animal shelter, a pit bull mix wags his tail and licks a visitor's hand through iron bars, eager to find a friend. In an adjoining cage, a pit bull snarls and bares his teeth at passing strangers. Across the aisle, another pit bull barks continuously.
All aspects of grooming are important, but brushing is one of the simplest tasks you can do at home and is great for keeping your dog's coat shiny and healthy. It removes dead hair and dirt from the coat and stimulates oils that make your dog's coat shine bright. Most dogs like to be brushed, but you have to start slowly when they're puppies in order to get them used to it. The American Kennel Club's (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Director Mary Burch offers a step-by-step approach to brushing your pup.
CHICAGO _ Steve Heldenbrand stood beside the crime scene in southwest suburban Plainfield, Ill., with a tiny spatula and clear plastic vial in his hand.