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4 Your Pets: Protecting Pets From Summer’s Dog Days

The phrase “dog days of summer” has its roots in the time when Sirius — the “dog star” — was prominent in the mid-to-late-summer sky. Nowadays, it just refers to those hot and steamy summer […]

07/23/2015

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4 Your Pets: Princeton Rescue Organization Wins Huge Grant

Princeton’s Ruff Start Rescue just got a much-deserved financial boost! The animal rescue organization received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist following a Facebook contest.

06/27/2015

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4 Your Pets: Pet-A-Palooza To Rock The Fairgrounds

There will be a different kind of Pronto Pup at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday. NewsRadio 830 WCCO is hooking up us pet lovers with another year of Pet-A-Palooza!

06/25/2015

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4 Your Pets: Bring The Kids & Fido To The Pet Expo!

The Minneapolis Convention Center will be overflowing with four-legged fun this Saturday. The 2015 Minnesota Pet Expo is an opportunity for pet lovers and their loved ones (human and non-human) to enjoy events including agility competitions, pet talent and costume contests, wiener and wiener-wannabe races and even musical chairs!

06/11/2015

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4 Your Pets: An Update On Jayla, & Pet Pulltabs?

WCCO viewers may remember Jayla from a story we did in January. The Boxer mix was found wandering the streets in Alabama by a vet tech. Her fur was almost entirely gone due to mange, she had heartworm was very malnourished. Luckily, Jayla made her way to Minnesota with the help of Ruff Start Rescue.

05/15/2015

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4 Your Pets: Rocky & Waffles – Where Are They Now?

For the next few weeks, 4 Your Pets will be highlighting Ruff Start Rescue, a unique, non-profit animal rescue in central Minnesota.

05/01/2015

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4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue’s Prison Program

Late last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.

04/21/2015

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4 Your Pets: Meet Ruff Start Rescue’s Azure Davis

It’s not too often you find your life’s passion while in your teens, but that’s just what happened to Azure Davis of Princeton. She started bringing animals home when she was 16. “My parents weren’t happy with it,” Davis said.

04/15/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Monkey + Puppies = OMG!

Nothing to see here folks. Just a super-adorable capuchin monkey bonding with some super-adorable puppies, that’s all. Thanks to Jesse Lightfoot on YouTube for making many of us consider monkey adoption.

04/01/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Dachshund Cops!

The world can’t get enough of wiener dogs on patrol! Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is back, and he’s still in hot pursuit of one dirty dog. You can get your Crusoe fix by visiting his own YouTube channel.

03/19/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Ferret Bowling

Ferrets, the most rascally of all legal pets, never fail to entertain. And this little one’s aptitude for bowling makes it a frat house’s dream!

03/12/2015

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Pet Blog: Turn Your Dog Into An Antler Hunter!

Deer antler shed hunting has been around for a long time. When breeding season is through, adult males shed their antlers — and that’s when “hunting” season begins, typically between December and February.

03/09/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: ‘Dr. Who’ Cat

This mysterious video seems to get better with each viewing. What is it about the toothbrush that seems to send this feline into another dimension? Thanks to Bits of Win on YouTube for sharing this triumph!

03/05/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Poodle’s Mind Blown By TV

Will somebody just let Sherlock the poodle into the TV already so he can stopped damaging the end table? Thanks to The 2spoos on YouTube for this hyperactive wonder — and also check out this one of Sherlock getting very pumped over “Air Bud.”

02/28/2015

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Pet Blog: Trick Out Your Dog

Haven’t found the time to teach your dog to roll over, shake hands or do the army crawl? Dog Day Getaway in Apple Valley is offering a five-week course to teach you and your pup all the classics!

02/26/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Cat Curbs Baby’s Enthusiasm

This cat is totally cool with the baby and all — if she could only just take it down a notch. Thanks to FunnyBabies&CutePets on YouTube for this one!

02/20/2015

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Pet Blog: 50 Shades Of Grey(hounds)

E. L. James’ literary masterwork, “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” and its subsequent film adaptation may not be up everyone’s, um, alley. But adorably, cuddly-wuddly greyhound puppies gathered in one place? You have to have less of a soul than Christian Grey not to get psyched!

02/18/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Bad Kitty!

I think we all know this Persian understands Spanish — and is just a fluffy bundle of badness! Jennifer Morales unleashed this YouTube video on the world, aptly titled “Gato malo,” or “bad cat.”

02/13/2015

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Pet Blog: Kiss A Puppy On Valentine’s Day

Plan on being lonely this Saturday, aka Valentine’s Day? Got some extra dollar bills in your pocket? Well, don’t go where I think you’re thinking of going. Instead, head to south Minneapolis’ Carver Junk Company and get a sloppy kiss from a puppy for a buck!

02/12/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Cat Gamer

Willy the cat was bored, until his owners found him the perfect app! Thanks to Vic and Jeanne Hutson from Brooklyn Park for sending us this tender vittle!

02/06/2015

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Pet Blog: Go Snowshoe With Your Pawed Pals!

The Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle is turning ten this Saturday, when it’s held again at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Organizers couldn’t help but notice over the past decade that more and more snowshoers were coming to the event with their dogs in tow.

02/05/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week!

Hands – and paws – down, this is the best 14 seconds committed to cell phone video this week! Quinn the Bernese Mountain puppy gets caught slippin’ on video, thanks to TJ Parker on YouTube.

01/30/2015

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Pet Blog: Strikin’ A Pose With Your Pooch

Is your dog overdue for some glamour shots … mainly because pets are typically not welcomed at Glamour Shots? Well how about getting some primo photos of your pooch while also helping a great cause.

01/28/2015

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Pet Blog: Jamie Yuccas’s Doggy Duo

It’s safe to say the two biggest fans of WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas have no idea she’s on TV. Dottie, 10, is a mix of Jack Russell and Rat terriers, and Murphy’s a 7-year-old … something. […]

12/26/2014

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Pet Blog: Mpls. Kennel Club Set For 81st Dog Show

Over 1,200 dogs will compete this weekend in Shakopee in the 2014 Minneapolis Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show. The competition will be held at Canterbury Park’s new Event and Expo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers say handlers from around the country will be there, including 50 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17 who will participate in the junior showmanship event.

11/21/2014

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