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In January, a sporting-dog rescue group asked Lori-Lynn Clayton of San Angelo, Texas, to go look at a dog in her local shelter thought to be an English springer spaniel or Brittany. He was a springer, emaciated and near death. She struggled to get him released, battling shelter workers and then veterinarians who said it would be better to euthanize him.

Pets-Sweet Dog Suites
In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not 27. The story also reported erroneously the starting price of the homes. They start at $1.3 million, not $710,000.
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Marzipan, the Sacramento Zoo’s sweet-faced ostrich, had to be euthanized Monday when her severely fractured leg could not be repaired.

Pet Connection columns
We can stream movies at any time of day or night, order books or small kitchen appliances for next-day delivery, or send off for a dozen pairs of shoes for in-home try-on, free returns guaranteed. The Internet allows us to acquire all kinds of goods at a speed undreamed of less than a decade ago. So why not pets?
It’s summertime, and that means it’s time to get in the water. And what water-loving dog owner doesn’t throw tennis balls for Jake to fetch from the pool, take him to the beach or have him as first mate while power-boating, sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding?
Melissa Duffy was driving away from her home in Carlsbad when she glanced in the rearview mirror and saw that the horizon was black with smoke. It was the Poinsettia fire, one of 11 fires raging in San Diego County just two weeks ago.



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Hurricane season is in full swing, and your dog's survival in a natural disaster, as well as your own, depends largely on whether or not you are prepared. Taking the time to plan now could mean the difference between life and death for your pets. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips to help dog owners prepare for an evacuation in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster.

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