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December 19, 2014


HO, HO, WHOA! Adventures of a Santa pet photographer

If you thought a hyperactive Labrador was tough to wrangle for a family photo, or that it was impossible to make your sassy Siamese look loving for the camera, try hemming in a 200-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig bent on destruction.

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Sunday 11/16/2014
Two families bid farewell to a special friend
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Bailey was not trained to be a therapy dog, nor was she ever recruited to serve as one. But to the developmentally disabled students of the Duke School, Bailey was “an angel sent from God.”

Saturday 09/20/2014
One on one with PetFest's Wags the Dog
Posted: September 20, 2014

Wags is eternally a puppy, but if you have to have an age, he's 4.

Man + dog: McClellan facility to host Canine Biathlon competition
Posted: September 20, 2014

Dog owners, are you and your dog tough enough? The AMK9 Academy at McClellan wants to find out. The academy is hosting the area’s first Canine Biathlon on Oct. 4 at its facilities in Anniston.

Sunday 09/07/2014
Brett Buckner: Goodbye to Ringo
Posted: September 07, 2014

It was overcast on the day I buried my best friend.

Saturday 08/30/2014
From Afghanistan to Anniston, military dogs get retirement fit for a hero
Posted: August 30, 2014

When Kyle Cruse takes his German shepherd, Drako, for a walk around Oxford Lake, he has to be quick snapping on the leash. Otherwise, the shaggy, doe-eyed dog begins to methodically inspect each car in the parking lot.

Sunday 08/10/2014
DOG DISH: Proud pet parents don’t hold back on Instagram
Updated: August 10, 2014 - 2:08 pm

If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and Google the phrase “newborn Snuggles.”

Pet of the Month: Oakley
Updated: August 10, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Growing up in a home that was partial to small dogs, Rena Curry of Jacksonville always wanted to have a great big dog like Oakley.

Saturday 07/19/2014
5 super simple ways you (yes, you) can help dogs in need
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re scrolling through Facebook, minding your own business ... well, sort of — when suddenly you’re staring into the face of an “Urgent! Death Row Dog” who must have “rescue or foster by tomorrow or his time is up.” And like a Sarah McLachlan commercial during a rerun of “The Office,” that Grumpy Cat meets Racist Kermit mashup meme doesn’t seem that funny anymore.

Pet of the Month: Kingston
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 10:49 pm

If there’s one thing rescue groups all agree they never have enough of, it’s adoptions. Kingston is one of the lucky ones who found his forever home with the help of Piper’s Rescue.

Teens, teens, everywhere are teens
Posted: July 19, 2014

Everywhere I go these days, it seems that I am surrounded by teenagers.

Saturday 07/05/2014
The dogs next door
Posted: July 05, 2014

I always like to say that the first person I met upon moving to Anniston was Roams, the golden retriever who lived across the street, so named because that’s what he did.

SAVE helps animals with cupcakes, wine tastings
Updated: July 05, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Working with a low-cost clinic in Birmingham as well as local veterinarians, SAVE has, thus far, financially assisted with more than 4,000 surgeries. The money needed to accomplish their mission is generated through two fundraising events, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

Sunday 06/22/2014
Their pout is worse than their bite
Updated: June 22, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Seriously, to the list of acceptable reasons for being late to work, along with alarm clock malfunctions and flat tires, I'd like to strongly urge we add doggie guilt trips. 

Pet of the Month: Cocoa
Updated: June 22, 2014 - 2:28 pm

When dog mom Taylor Haynes first laid eyes on Cocoa at the Red Desert Humane Society, “it was true love,” she says.

Saturday 05/24/2014
Keep calm and stroll on: DIY dog stroller puts the friendly back in pet-friendly
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I’m still pretty shaky on two-leash dog walking. Toss in a third, especially one with a textbook Napoleon complex and a knack for coaxing my two lunatics’ barking into a riotous howl session, and you see why I might have concerns. I decided before descending on a city park filled with more sights, sounds and unsniffed dogs than you can shake a double leash at that we’d better have an exit strategy.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Horsing around: Kids find good, clean fun — and a calling — at Circle C Saddle Club
Updated: May 23, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Although these races are the focus of the next set of competitions at Circle C May 31, the show also features categories like racking, in which horses perform a sort of prancing run, or costume classes, where kids dress up their ponies — like young Ella Doriot’s Pocahontas-themed costume with her pony, Prince Charming.

A place to park it: Bark, borrow or steal it, but Calhoun County’s got to have a dog park
Updated: June 15, 2014 - 4:28 pm

We came close to getting a dog park last summer, so very close. You may recall frequent reminders in this column to vote for Oxford in PetSafe’s $100,000 Bark for Your Park contest (“twice a day, every day” — ring a bell?). We made it to the second round — 15 cities out of an original pool of more than 1,000 ... so close, so very, very close.

Pet of the Month: Bocephus
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Meet Bocephus, May's Dog Dish Pet of the Month.

Sunday 04/13/2014
Pet of the Month: Ares
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Don’t let the name fool you — Ares may share his moniker with the Greek god of war, but this 2-year-old chocolate-colored pit bull is a lover, not a fighter.

A fine fix: 'Dega Night' draws funds, focus to pet overpopulation
Updated: June 15, 2014 - 4:29 pm

A couple of months back, the furkids and I were taking advantage of an unexpected warm day with a stroll around Oxford Lake. And of course by “warm,” I mean warm for February. And by “stroll,” I mean “stroll” for Kollee, which is to say there was a distinct zigzag pattern to it. I remember because when a pair of ducks made a run for the water, she zigged when I thought she would zag, slinging us Koopa-first into a gentleman with far better coordination than we.

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