Sometimes you just get “dogged” by the pursuit of a dream. That’s the case for one Twin Cities family. John Sturgess spent 20 years operating and developing hotels before having his career go to the dogs. In 2011, he, his wife, Stacey, and daughter, Ellie, decided to combine the families love for Fido with John’s business background.
Wearable tech has become big business. Fitbit and Jawbone are just two of the products people are wearing to track their physical activity and monitor their progress. It was only a matter of time before somebody tried to do it for pets.
After a hard day of chasing down the big stories, WCCO’s Rachel Slavik knows she can always come home to her Butters. No, she doesn’t have an obsession with churned dairy products … well, at least not publicly. Butters is her loveable, 7-year-old, black and tan miniature dachshund.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new, four-legged partner in fighting the spread of aquatic, invasive species. Highly-trained dogs can sniff out just about anything, from drugs to bombs. But these ones are detecting zebra mussels.
The new mayor of a Minnesota town is just 7-years-old, and he doesn’t say much. Voters in Cormorant, in Northwestern Minnesota, elected a dog named Duke by a landslide. The 12 people in the village each paid $1 to cast a vote.
Stroll through downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul over lunch hour and you’ll see how much people love food trucks. But on Saturday, they could bring their four-legged friends along for the meal. Milo’s Kitchen is a food truck for dogs.
It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?
Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas. The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.
For three hours on Thursday, that rat race that is downtown Minneapolis will be pleasantly interrupted by rescue dogs! DogSense Unleashed and Safe Hands Rescue will bring more than a dozen dogs to Peavey Plaza to demonstrate the therapeutic strength inherent in petting a pooch.
If you see an enormous pack of dogs roaming Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis Friday night, have no fear. We have not begun descent into a post-apocalyptic, Cormac McCarthy-like reality. It’s just a good ol’ fashioned doggy parade, y’all! The Northeast Dog Parade is a chance for pooches to get the fanfare they deserve.
A state appeals court ruled Thursday that hunters can train dogs to chase down wolves, rejecting arguments from a group of humane societies that wildlife officials are allowing deadly wolf-dog clashes and cementing one of the most contentious elements of Wisconsin wolf hunting.
A St. Paul woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly dumped two puppies – one of them dead – into an animal hospital’s recycling dumpster in May. According to the criminal complaint, 47-year-old Anna Bertha Robole is accused of discarding the dogs behind the Scenic Hills Animal Hospital in St. Paul.
The annual “Pet-a-Palooza” event takes place at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds on Saturday. Chris Kalis, one of the organizers for the event, says there will be fun for both people animals.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is advising pet owners to be cautious around lakes and slow-moving streams after the death of a dog in Sherburne County last weekend. The MPCA says Brock Tatge and his family, who live on Prairie Lake, were enjoying their Sunday when their dog, Copper, became ill after fetching a tennis ball from the lake.
Getting outside with your dog is one of the best ways to keep both of you active and fit. But there can be dangers outside for your furry best friend — even in your own backyard.
The first thing you may notice about Mike Binkley, besides the journalist gravitas that constantly radiates from him, is his striking blue eyes. The same can be said for Coach, his 5 ½-year-old dog. “Because of his blue eyes, people often react to him as if he’s an exotic breed,” Binkley said, “but he’s a good old American mutt.”
Restaurant patios are getting crowded now, and it’s more common than ever to see dogs at some of the outdoor tables. Since 2008, Minneapolis has given restaurants the option of allowing dogs in designated outdoor areas.
Brad from Watertown wants to know: Why are there dots on our windshields? Our friends from Abra Auto Body and Glass helped us with this one. Basically those dots are there to stop UV rays from coming in from the sun. Without the dots, UV rays could burn the adhesive that holds the windshield in place.
After a change in policy, you can now adopt pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other so-called “power breeds” at the Minneapolis dog shelter.
This is an obvious statement — pet owners love their furry family members. There’s always debate though, on where you let them sit or sleep.
A lone occupant was able to escape out of a window from a Sunday morning house fire in St. Paul. Unfortunately, five dogs in the home died in the blaze.
Most people can’t take their pets to work with them. There are exceptions, of course, like K-9 handlers, pet groomers, dog sitters, vapid socialites. But for the rest of us, those six to 10 hours away from home can be stressful, especially for the pets. WCCO recently did a story on a Burnsville-based company that created a wall-mounted camera/video/motion-sensor device called PetChatz, which can even remotely dispense treats.
Gracie Kermisch is unlike many kids. When most kids celebrate a birthday, they want presents. When Gracie Kermisch celebrated her birthday, she asked for presents for animals. “Instead of getting presents, I wanted to give money to the [Animal] Humane Society when people come to my party,” Gracie said.
Toni Lynn from North St. Paul asked: Why are robin eggs blue? According to DNR bird expert Carol Henderson, the pigments in the blood of the mom robin are embedded into the egg shell as the egg passes through the oviduct before it’s laid.
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is warning people about a rise in scams involving dogs. The agency has cited three breeders after they didn’t have any dogs to give people who paid for them.