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State Fair Goes To The Dogs

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.

06/27/2014

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MPCA: Keep Your Pets Away From Algae-Filled Waters

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.

06/26/2014

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Tips To Make Your Outdoor Space Safe For Your Pet

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.

06/18/2014

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Pet Blog: Spotlight On Mike Binkley’s Dog ‘Coach’

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.”

06/13/2014

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It’s Patio Season In Mpls., And Dogs Are Increasingly Welcome

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.

06/09/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Windshields, Fruit Stickers & Mosquito Bites

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.

06/06/2014

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Pit Bulls, Rottweilers Now Able To Be Adopted In Mpls.

After a change in policy, you can now adopt pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other so-called “power breeds” at the Minneapolis dog shelter.

06/05/2014

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Study: Sharing A Bed With Your Pet Can Disturb Your Sleep

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.

06/05/2014

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Occupant Escapes Out Window, 5 Dogs Die In St. Paul House Fire

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.

05/11/2014

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Pet Blog: Watching Your Pet While Away

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.

05/07/2014

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Local 9-Year-Old Shows Kids Can ‘Bake’ A Difference

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.

05/03/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All': Robin Eggs, Fine Money & Dog Smell

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.

05/02/2014

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BBB Warns Of Fake Dog Breeder Scams

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.

04/21/2014

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Puppy Lovers Come To The Rescue Of ‘Can Do Canines’

Dozens of Twin Cities families picked up their new puppies Friday from Can Do Canines, but they won’t be keeping them. Last month, Can Do Canines had a puppy problem, too many dogs and not enough people to raise them. Hundreds of people answered their call for help.

04/11/2014

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‘Can Do Canines’ Needs Volunteers To Foster Puppies

Talk about an adorable problem! “Can Do Canines” has too many puppies and not enough foster homes. The Twin Cities organization is looking for people to care for and temporarily foster as many as 28 new puppies while they train to assist people with disabilities. Some of the service dogs help people with autism, while others provide seizure response and mobility assistance.

03/19/2014

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Help Ruff Start Rescue Find A Home For Oke

Oke the pit bull has not a permanent home for two years, but Ruff Start Rescue is aiming to change that. Esme Murphy meets this lovable dog, and Azure Davis – the founder of Ruff Start Rescue in central Minnesota.

03/09/2014

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Dog With Unique Deformity Steals Hearts, Looking For Home

Azur Davis, founder of central Minnesota’s “Ruff Start Rescue,” has helped save more than 1.700 animals. But Davis says there’s just something about Cupid, a 3-month-old hound dog with deformed front legs. “He walks with the front paws completely bent in,” Davis said. “We know that there’s a hard case that’s going to need a lot of vet care.” The overtly affectionate puppy was first found in a central Minnesota ditch.

03/01/2014

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MN Grad, Team USA Member Rescues Strays In Sochi

Some of the puppies rescued at the Sochi Olympics are starting to come to the states. One member of the USA Men’s Hockey Team, and his wife, brought home a couple of the strays. And, they have Minnesota ties.

02/25/2014

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Minneapolis Convention Center Hosting Twin Cities Pet Expo

If you’re looking for something to do inside this weekend and need to get your family pet some exercise, the Minneapolis Convention Center might be the spot. That’s where the 12th annual Pet Expo kicked off on Saturday.

02/22/2014

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Good Question: How Did We Get So Many Dog Breeds?

Sky, a 5-year-old Wire Fox Terrier, won Best in Show at Tuesday night’s Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show. She beat out 2,800 other dogs to take home the title, which comes with a trophy, ribbon and steak lunch. More than 180 different breeds of dogs took part in the annual event, so that got us wondering: How did we get to many different types of dogs?

02/12/2014

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MN Company Invents Video Chat For Pets

A Minnesota company has created a way for pet owners to stay in touch with their furry friends. “PetChatz” was created by Burnsville-based Anser Innovation. It’s essentially a video-phone for pets.

01/31/2014

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Good Question – Reply All: Sleeping Dogs, Fall Towns & Cold Records

Riley, the Heine family’s English setter, can sleep anywhere, anytime. So, that had Karen from Edina wanting to know: Why do dogs sleep so much? According to Dr. Travis with Uptown Veterinarians, dogs have natural circadian rhythms, like humans. He says some dogs sleep far more than others, and are influenced by their owners’ schedules.

01/24/2014

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Winter Fun: Dogsledding With The Hastings Huskies

Most of us struggle to take the dogs out for a quick walk in this weather, but a dog sledding group in Hastings is offering rides and educational opportunities no matter how cold. Hastings Huskies recently offered rides to a local YMCA program at Spring Lake Park.

01/23/2014

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Just Because Dogs Have Coats Doesn’t Mean They Can Handle Extreme Cold

The weather has been frigid to say the least, and it’s about to get worse. But the concern over the cold isn’t just about us, it’s about man’s best friend.

01/03/2014

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Pine Co. Mother And Daughter Charged With Animal Abuse, Neglect

Formal charges have been filed against two Pine County women who are accused of the neglect and abuse of more than 100 animals on a farm near Pine City. According to the Pine County Sheriff’s office, Kathleen Mary Doenz, 65, and her mother, 86-year-old Gloria Irene Carlson, were each charged Friday with five felony counts, five gross misdemeanor counts and four misdemeanor counts related to the abuse and neglect of horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and other animals on their property.

12/27/2013

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