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

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

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more.              

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more.              

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog

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“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Little Ben By Sally Byrd We live

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Ginger’s New Lease on Life By Susan

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“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Kaya’s Legacy By Jan Canavan Two dogs

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“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Usso’s Story By Pam Dobbs I am

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“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Upcountry Mountain Lion By Kat Everitt 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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter

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“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Sometimes Angels Have Fur By Mike McReynolds

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“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. You Be the Judge By Catherine Morita

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Meeting the King of Beasts    

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“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Shablaze By Helen Prince Shablaze was an

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Gangsta’s Red Trouble By Tammy Ann Rose

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“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Boxes, Buses and Automobiles By Sharon Sutliff

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“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Raven By Sydney Taylor My toy poodle,

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“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Hailey the Rescue Dog By Bob Turney

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“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Xena, the Warrior Princess By June Vaughn

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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. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Garfield Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’

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“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. To read the top three tales, as judged by a panel of local writers and animal lovers, pick up the Winter 2016-’17 issue of FAN, available at these locations and many more. Woodpile Babies By Janet Wilmeth A black

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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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The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

With many health problems affecting dogs and cats, it may be safe to wait a day or two before scheduling a visit to your veterinarian. Eye problems are a different story. With these, the watchwords are prevention and quick intervention,

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Spring Rescue? Call for Advice First

Spring Rescue? Call for Advice First

A songbird chick tumbles from its nest. A baby squirrel writhes helplessly on the ground. A fawn nestles in grass, no doe in sight. What’s an animal lover to do? Call (209) 484-1928, or 532-5529 (8am-noon weekdays only), says wildlife

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Wildlife Has A Friend in Rose Wolf

Wildlife Has A Friend in Rose Wolf

For Laura Murphy of Tuolumne, who heads the Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, it’s all about setting injured and orphaned birds and animals free. “We don’t make pets of them,” she says. “Our goal is to get them

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Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

Animal Advocate: Hard Times for Animals, Too

These hard economic times are having an impact on the animals as well. Dealing with job losses, home foreclosures, and uncertainty of what the future holds is forcing many families to make difficult decisions. More pets are being surrendered, and

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