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Capitol Alert

You can smash a car window to free a hot dog under bill Jerry Brown signed

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation letting Californians in limited cases – and without fear of civil liability – smash car windows to set hot or cold animals free.

Pets

SPCA Pet of the Week: Brandy

Brandy is 8 pounds of cuteness! She might be missing some teeth at 13 years old, but this sweet, shy lady is affectionate once you spend some time with her.

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Living with old dog is bittersweet

In the last couple of years of my dog Bella’s life, I usually found myself outdoors with her in the wee hours of the morning. The medications she took for her heart condition caused her to have to urinate frequently, and since I am a light sleeper, it fell to me to take her out for her late-night perambulations.

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SPCA Pet of the Week: Theo

Eight-year-old Theo is a wonderful and friendly guy. He enjoys attention and let’s you know it by giving little head bumps. He has great lap cat potential. Theo is also a curious cat who loves to explore and play. Not only is he so sweet, but he is also very handsome with beautiful orange coloring and markings. Through Sunday, Sept. 18, all of our adult cats (one year and older) are free! We are up to our whiskers in adult cats and would like to adopt out 50 adult cats by the end of this special. Please help us in reaching our goal. Information: sspca.org

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Raspberry the bunny needs a home

Raspberry is an extremely friendly rabbit! She’s also a curious bun who loves to explore and get up on her hind legs. She is litterbox-trained and loves to hang out with people. She was born at the shelter and has been held a lot by volunteers. She is the last of a litter of 6 and she is ready for her family. Raspberry would be good with kids that about 8 years old or older.

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Leash training 101

Taking your puppy for a walk is a great way to provide exercise not only for your dog but for yourself as well. However, your new pup probably won't know how to walk nicely on a leash when you first bring him home. All it takes is some time and training, and you two will be going for daily strolls in no time.

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How much is too much to spend on a sick pet?

Recently I noticed that J.J., our 12-year-old, black-and-white-spotted mutt, was a little too big around the belly - not in a pregnant way, in a weird way. At the animal hospital, the veterinarian had the reassuring calm of a woman who had delivered a lot of bad news. She said we had to run some "simple tests," costing roughly $1,000.

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Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

Videos

Sacramento Bee readers share photos of their dogs enjoying great outdoors

We asked readers to send us pictures of their dogs enjoying the great outdoors. Enjoy! We're wagging our tails because we certainly enjoyed putting this little video together.
Sue Morrow The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee readers share photos of their dogs enjoying great outdoors 1:47

Sacramento Bee readers share photos of their dogs enjoying great outdoors

Healthy Hounds opens in Sacramento with freshly cooked food for dogs 3:41

Healthy Hounds opens in Sacramento with freshly cooked food for dogs

Melo, blind and deaf cocker spaniel, makes himself at home with Elk Grove couple 1:19

Melo, blind and deaf cocker spaniel, makes himself at home with Elk Grove couple

Sacramento woman parts with beloved dog, because both are blind and the dog is deaf 3:02

Sacramento woman parts with beloved dog, because both are blind and the dog is deaf