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Wearable Pet Tech Lets Owners Track Canine Fitness

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.

09/08/2014

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Pet Blog: Meet Rachel Slavik’s Dog!

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.

09/03/2014

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Good Questions: Dog Years, Feed Corn And Road Construction

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?

08/08/2014

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Pet Blog: Chill Out By Pettin’ A Puppy

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.

07/30/2014

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How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

The Fourth of July can be scary for your dog. The loud bang of fireworks and even the bright lights in the sky can make your pet stressed and anxious. Vicki Bjore with Chuck and Don’s stopped by the WCCO This Morning show on Wednesday to provide some tips on how to keep your dog safe and calm during fireworks.

07/02/2014

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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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Pet Blog: Pet-A-Palooza!

Pets, and the humans who love them, will take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this Saturday! Pet-A-Palooza is a free event that features some 30 exhibitors and 40 rescue and adoption groups.

06/26/2014

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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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Woman Accused Of Stealing Cats Back From Shelter Arrested Again

A Wisconsin woman who was charged with stealing back 15 cats from the Humane Society was arrested for violating the conditions of her bond. Lee Ann Shore, 46, was arrested last month after she allegedly broke into the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska, Wis.

06/25/2014

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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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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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Wis. Woman Accused Of Stealing Cats Back From Humane Society

A Wisconsin woman is accused of taking matters into her own hands to be reunited with her beloved pets. Lee Ann Shore was arrested of breaking into the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska, Wis. to get cats that were seized from her earlier this month.

05/27/2014

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Pet Blog: Beer With Your Buddy

On a sunny spring Saturday, what’s better than getting together with some pals and enjoying a cold brew on your favorite bar’s patio? If you’re a dog owner, you may feel some guilt (or even some separation anxiety) from leaving your four-legged friend in the kennel as you gallivant around town.

05/17/2014

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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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