Pets

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Mahtomedi Family Overwhelmed By Support After Pets Die In Fire

A family of three narrowly escaped a house fire earlier this week in Mahtomedi. The Bonifas family woke up to see flames outside their home early Monday morning. They lost five pets in the fire that engulfed their house in minutes.

03/23/2015

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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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Harmful Dog Treats Leave Animals Hospitalized In Lakeville

Dog owners in a Twin Cities suburb believe someone is deliberately trying to harm their pets. Over the past several days in south Lakeville, they’ve found nails, screws and other harmful items hidden in food or treats, left outside for dogs to eat.

WCCO-TV–03/08/2015

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Service Dogs In Training Board Flight At MSP

A dozen service-dogs-in-training boarded a Twin Cities flight Saturday as part of the “Can Do Canines,” training program. Preparation for a life of service means exposing the dogs to new experiences. The busy crowds and security of an airport can cause distraction and stress.

03/07/2015

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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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Puppies Pucker Up For Valentines Day Kissing Booth

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with an old fashioned kissing booth … with a little twist. Minneapolis Pit Bull Rescue hosted the kissing booth Saturday afternoon.

02/14/2015

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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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Tips For Keeping Your Pets Warm In Extreme Cold

As we get ready for some of the most extreme cold we’ve felt this winter, it’s important to remember our pets. Last year, veterinarians saw more pets with frostbite here in Minnesota. Just like humans, it only takes minutes when the temperatures get below zero.

01/06/2015

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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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Here’s What Not To Feed Your Pet This Thanksgiving

There’s a two-word reason man’s best friend loves Thanksgiving. Table scraps. But there are some things that dog owners shouldn’t slip their pets.

11/27/2014

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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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Pet Prenups Could Help Curb Custody Battles

There can be plenty to fight over if you’re going through a divorce – the house, the kids, the money. But who gets the dog? Pet custody disputes sound like something from Hollywood. In fact, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are currently battling in court over who gets the couple’s eight Jack Russell Terriers. But filing papers over pets is actually a real thing lawyers deal with here in Minnesota.

11/19/2014

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Pet Blog: Rally Aims To End Dog Shootings By Police

The group “Freeze Don’t Shoot” plans to hold a rally at every state capitol Saturday to highlight officer-involved shootings of family pets. The Minnesota chapter was formed in July. Julie Whalen, the administrator of the Minnesota Facebook page, says the local group has about 130 members, and about 50 plan to attend Saturday afternoon’s rally in St. Paul to address what they call an “epidemic” of shootings.

10/24/2014

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Pet Blog: Midwest Family Pet Expo

The National Sports Center in Blaine is going to be a zoo this Saturday — but in a really good way. The 2014 Midwest Family Pet Expo features events like wiener dog races (and wannabe wiener dog races, which should stoke anyone’s curiosity), a pet costume contest and demos about dog bite prevention and companion birds.

10/03/2014

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