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Blind woman must say goodbye to her blind and deaf dog

Marilyn Crisp, 62, had to give up her beloved cocker spaniel Carmelo after she and the dog lost their eyesight and the dog lost his hearing. Carmelo will be up for adoption this weekend.

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At the SPCA: Prince Charming

Prince Charming really lives up to his name! This 2-year-old Maine coon/Tabby mix is sweet and playful. He seeks your attention, loves to be petted and have his chin scratched. He’ll pay back your love and affection with little head bumps. Cats do this to show you they like what you’re doing! Prince Charming was brought into our shelter as a stray back in July and he’s ready to relax in a new home. Special adoption fee is $5. Information: sspca.org

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Longhaired pets require extra care

From the Maltese to the Afghan hound, the Persian to the Maine coon, longhaired dogs and cats have a reputation for beauty and style. Their glamorous appearance comes at a price, though: That gorgeous coat can be a beast to care for. If you’ve fallen for a pet with long locks, we’ve gathered some tips to help you keep that coat stunning, healthy and tangle-free.

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Chocolate can be poisonous to dogs

Dogs love chocolate as much as we do, based on the number of stories I’ve heard about canines who crave the sweet stuff. Just about every week, I see or hear from clients whose dogs have gotten into a box of designer chocolates or a bag of Snickers bars. One Christmas my brother Bobby’s Yorkie, Buddy, ate an entire 1-pound box of Godiva chocolates.

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Former newsman now ‘Top Dog’ at Sacramento SPCA

Kenn Altine made a dramatic career move when he left the newspaper business and began working in animal welfare. After leading a small shelter in Oregon out of the doldrums, he has signed on as chief executive officer of the Sacramento SPCA.

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At the SPCA: Flopsy

Flopsy is a real sweetie! She’s gentle, easy to handle, and enjoys being groomed.  The 4-year-old American satin guinea pig is a pretty girl with rich looking brown/black fur. She has lived with children as well as another female guinea pig and all got along very well. Flopsy loves to eat her greens and explore her environment. If you’re looking for a small, furry, little friend, then Flopsy is the best choice. Adoption fee is $25. If you are 65 years old or older, we will waive Flopsy’s adoption fee.

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When it comes to pets, don’t lean in

I was with friends in my hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and we were standing on the porte-cochere of a local hotel’s restaurant. Coming directly at us on a retractable leash was a cute, energetic canine with curly black hair, weighing about 12 pounds. What stood out to me was not his physical appearance, but his emotions: He was clearly anxious and fearful.

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These old dogs are special picks at sanctuary

NORTH VERSAILLES, Pa. - Eleven dogs greet visitors at the door of the lovely 115-year-old Victorian house. There's a lot of slow-motion tail wagging but very little barking and no jumping up and down. Most of the dogs have a lot of white around their muzzles, several limp a bit, and some have the rheumy eyes that come with great age.

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How to help your dog avoid the end-of-summer blues

As the summer days come to an end and children all over the country head back to school, it's a good time to think about your dog as well. The family dog can start to feel left out during the hustle and bustle, so try teaching your dog a trick to keep him involved.

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Son of K9 hero, Bodie, graduates to police work

K9 Officer Bodie saved the life of his partner, Sacramento Police Officer Randy Van Dusen’s on May 18, 2012, when the dog was shot trying to apprehend Lucus Jerome Webb, 33, a car theft suspect, following a car chase and foot pursuit through Land Park. After completing rigorous training, his son, Blitz, graduated as a K9 Officer who will work for the Citrus Heights Police Department with Officer Joe Davis. A small celebration was held for the dog in Citrus Heights on August 17, 2016. 2012 file photography by Autumn Payne.

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Who knows how this kitty got stuck? But Sacramento firefighters set it free

A kitten's situation was improved significantly on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, when the crew from Sacramento Fire Department's Engine 57 freed the little creature from a tough spot - hopelessly stuck in a fence, hanging by one leg. Firefighters gently rescued the kitty by loosening fence planks. The department said on social media that the kitten was taken to th Front Street Animal Shelter and is available for adoption.

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How to make the most of a camping trip with your dog

It doesn't get much better than sleeping under the stars on a warm and breezy summer night - unless you have your dog with you, of course. Bringing your pet along for camping trips is a fun and adventurous way to enjoy nature and get some exercise together. The American Kennel Club shares the following safety tips for dog owners to consider before packing the tents:

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

“I knew he couldn't see or hear, but he didn’t understand why I kept stepping on him. Every time I did it I’d just be in tears. I didn’t want to be stepping on my dog,” says Marilyn Crisp of Sacramento, on why she has to part with her beloved dog, Carmelo. She and Carmelo are blind. Carmelo is also deaf.
Sammy Caiola The Sacramento Bee
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

Son of K9 hero, Bodie, graduates to police work 2:00

Son of K9 hero, Bodie, graduates to police work

Who knows how this kitty got stuck? But Sacramento firefighters set it free 1:03

Who knows how this kitty got stuck? But Sacramento firefighters set it free

New Sacramento SPCA boss says hurricane, stray dog helped point him to new job 1:27

New Sacramento SPCA boss says hurricane, stray dog helped point him to new job