The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

What do pantyhose and a garden hose have in common? Both were downed by patients at my Twain Harte veterinary practice: A young cat had lost his appetite and was dehydrated, its owner reported. The diagnosis: It ate the pantyhose,

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First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Zipper By John N. Baldwin, MD  It was April Fool’s Day in 1967, and the open-heart patient in Operating Room 6 at UCSF Medical Center was almost off bypass and home free when a nurse

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Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Tiger’s Tale By Mark Stoltenberg “Don’t be late for school!” We both knew she didn’t have to prod her 10-year-old son. I was the owner/operator of a new Sears three-speed bicycle, and our Third Street hill

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Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kiwi By Francie Snell He was a frightening sight when he first crept past our sliding glass door. It was October, and he was the epitome of the perfect Halloween cat: scrawny, with dirty gray

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Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                           What Tombre Taught Us By Kim deArrillaga As a puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, my husband, Steve, and I raised five potential

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Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                       Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet By Ruth Placek After graduation from high school, my son Jack and two friends

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“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog By Linda Butler-Baker The story of survival of an abandoned dog in the middle of the wilderness destined for death.  She was strong, determined and refused to give up

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“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Little Ben By Sally Byrd We live on a two-mile rural stretch of a dead-end road, that sadly is a drop off for unwanted kittens. We often see strays running in and out of culverts and

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“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Ginger’s New Lease on Life By Susan Calfee The adoption took place in the Manteca Home Depot parking lot. We met Tawnee Preisner, founder of the NorCal Equine Rescue, and her husband, who had brought Ginger

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“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kaya’s Legacy By Jan Canavan Two dogs were perfect…or so we thought…until the day Kaya showed up on our doorstep. She’d been hanging around a nearby neighborhood and our daughter, Robin, had seen her scavenging cat

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“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Usso’s Story By Pam Dobbs I am a retired teacher. Prior to becoming an educator I was a professional dog trainer. Although teaching full time, in 1993, a German multimillionaire, Dr. Wilfried Voigt, heard of my

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“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Upcountry Mountain Lion By Kat Everitt mountain lion haunts my dreams crossing Omo Ranch Road near 88 not growling – no, no threat, not a bit – broad daylight through carpets of that parkland of mountain

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“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter By Dorothy McClary Lorrie Sue was coming down to my house for her usual morning coffee and breakfast, and was a bit late. Her little dog “Leroy” came running

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“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Sometimes Angels Have Fur By Mike McReynolds She came to us 15 years ago as a set of lungs covered with fur, abandoned in the leaves covering Roberta’s dad’s back yard. She was loudly telling the

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“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. You Be the Judge By Catherine Morita I have always loved horses, and got my first horse Shillelagh, in 1968, when I was thirteen. He was a green-broke bay gelding, just over two. Shillelagh and I

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“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Meeting the King of Beasts         By August Ogg Ever had one of those days that if you did not tie your shoes you would trip and fall? That is, if you never

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“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Shablaze By Helen Prince Shablaze was an incredible endurance horse. Doing many 100 mile rides as well as 50’s. He was also a three-day event horse. Blood lines, ¾ Polish Arabian and Racing (1/4 bred). In

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“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Gangsta’s Red Trouble By Tammy Ann Rose Snyder This story begins when I was a youngster living in Connecticut. My brother Robby and I were playing in the back yard when out of nowhere a Red

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“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Boxes, Buses and Automobiles By Sharon Sutliff “You have a cat? No problem — we have a cat.” With this, we were off to England where my husband exchanged jobs and houses with a teacher at

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“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Raven By Sydney Taylor My toy poodle, Raven saved my life and extended the life of my Border collie, Miles. I was a dog trainer for fifteen years and trained and competed with large dogs. I

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“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Hailey the Rescue Dog By Bob Turney Hailey was the fourth Labrador I have had in my life, although my first chocolate Lab and smaller at only 55 pounds, but she had every bit of the

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“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Xena, the Warrior Princess By June Vaughn We just said good bye to one of the most unforgettable dogs that we have ever owned. She came into our lives in a very unexpected way and stayed

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“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Garfield Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’ By Stephen Willey Garfield was an incredible employee of the National Hotel & Restaurant in Jamestown. For 14 years, he worked the six months of the summer season, never missing

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“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Woodpile Babies By Janet Wilmeth A black and white feral stray cat had been hanging around for weeks. One evening I looked out on the porch and she was there with several kittens. I put some

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Hard Choices: Leaving Animals Behind

Hard Choices: Leaving Animals Behind

You can see the flames advancing and know it’s time to go. Your animals can sense danger but won’t respond to your commands. You wish you had more time but it’s too late. Should you turn your animals loose or leave them home and hope for the best?

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Animal Evacuation Checklist

Animal Evacuation Checklist

Small animals What to pack for household pets Emergency kit Prepare a disaster kit and store it within easy reach. Include for each pet: vaccination records care instructions (include frequency, type and amount of food, medications) current photo (even better,

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Protecting Pets From Wildfire

Protecting Pets From Wildfire

“When people are preparing their animals, they are preparing themselves also,” says Jeane Kennedy of Calaveras Animal Disaster Shelter.

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The Forgetful Frog #22: Creative Journaling for Pets’ Sakes

The Forgetful Frog #22: Creative Journaling for Pets’ Sakes

I would love to help others find the solace that I find when I write. This would help them, and also help me feel useful.

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Andy’s Album #8: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #8: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part eight of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy mentors a young whippersnapper.

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The Vet Is In: Best Friends’ Guide to Dog Talk

The Vet Is In: Best Friends’ Guide to Dog Talk

Dogs can actually visualize what they smell because people, animals and even inanimate objects leave scents – molecules floating in the air – wherever they go.

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Andy’s Album #7: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #7: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part seven of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy makes a feline friend.

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ReHorse Rescue: Saving Lives, One Unwanted Horse at a Time

ReHorse Rescue: Saving Lives, One Unwanted Horse at a Time

Volunteers and foster kids who participate in a Jamestown rescue ranch’s work find that helping horses is good medicine.

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Andy’s Album #5: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #5: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part five of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog, in which he attends a costume party with friends.

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The Vet Is In: Traveling With Your Pets

The Vet Is In: Traveling With Your Pets

Your next trip with your pet is sure to be smooth sailing if you follow these guidelines.

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Dog Parks Offer Freedom to Frolic

Get ready to frolic: a tour of dog parks in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

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Guarding Against Dog Bites

Guarding Against Dog Bites

Any dog is capable of biting, but many bites can be prevented by paying attention to the animal’s situation, behavior and surroundings.

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The Vet Is In: Preventing Cancer in Pets

The Vet Is In: Preventing Cancer in Pets

Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs. Take these steps to help prevent cancer in your furry friends.

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More Great Dog Walks

More Great Dog Walks

More idea for fun outings with your best friend, in and around the tri-county area.

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The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

Pet baths can keep owners and their pet pals healthier. Tips for a safe and happy cleanup.

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The Vet Is In: Peeing (vs. thinking) outside the box

The Vet Is In: Peeing (vs. thinking) outside the box

In this high-tech era of innovation and invention, thinking outside the box is not only encouraged, it’s all but mandatory in executive suites. But when our cats start thinking and then peeing outside the box, that’s trouble. Vets call it

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Animal Advocate: Resist the Temptation to Feed Others’ Pets

Animal Advocate: Resist the Temptation to Feed Others’ Pets

It’s a terrible thought. You’ve just moved into a new neighborhood and decide to take a plate of cookies to a group of children playing outside. Soon an ambulance comes wailing down the street. One of the kids was allergic

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A Warm Meal and a New Best Friend

A Warm Meal and a New Best Friend

Improving the quality of life for both people and pets is the aim of a new program matching Tuolumne County Meals on Wheels clients with dogs and cats needing homes. Under the program, willing seniors will provide foster homes for

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The Vet Is In: Problems with Pets’ Anal Glands

The Vet Is In: Problems with Pets’ Anal Glands

Finish your snack before reading this column. And take a deep cleansing breath. Maybe even two. We’re going to talk about anal glands. These small glands are one of the main reasons for “scooting,” that scourge of carpet owners everywhere.

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Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

“Woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof.”  The incessant barking of a lonely dog can go on for hours. Dogs are intelligent, social creatures. To be left isolated with no stimulation or company goes against their very nature. Dogs evolved as active partners with

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The Vet Is In: Winter Safety for Your Pets

The Vet Is In: Winter Safety for Your Pets

Without protection from rain, snow, cold and wind, pets left outside can suffer physically and emotionally and, in extreme cases, develop hypothermia. Hypothermia develops when the pet loses body heat faster than it can be replaced. Subnormal body temperature, decreased

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The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

Allergies are states of hypersensitivity, where the body’s immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance. They can be set off by insect bites, pollen, mold spores, mites, fabric, food and much more. Just as with people, allergies can wreak

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The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

By Dr. Marv Ordway The western rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in our area that can inflict a painful and rarely fatal bite. In the foothills, rattlesnakes come out of dormancy in March when the temperature is above 70

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Animal Advocate: Horse Neglect Soars

Animal Advocate: Horse Neglect Soars

Amid the economic downturn, horse neglect cases in the foothills have soared. We now investigate twice as many cases – two to three per month compared to one a month. At least four horses have been simply dumped in our

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The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

Just like people, animals suffer aches, pains and strains that make them uncomfortable but may not require emergency care. Dogs may tumble off rocks while hiking, get kicked by deer, or commit dietary indiscretions with foul consequences. Cats can also

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Animal Advocate: Loose Dogs

Animal Advocate: Loose Dogs

The foothills are beautiful. No wonder so many choose to retire here to get away from the urban lifestyle and out into the country. So what’s the harm in letting Fido and Rover free to enjoy rural living as well?

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