Blogs > Pets Unleashed

Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Animal Crackers: Happy Halloween Dog Story

Make your day a little more bearable with a weekly feature on Pets Unleashed: Animal Crackers. Think of it as a mid-week snack that just might crack you up.

This week, I bring you a Halloween dog story:

Happy Wednesday! (And Happy Halloween!)

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Keep your pet safe for Halloween

While many may be concerned about the safety of children during Halloween, don't forget about your furry friends. Candy and costumes also can be a danger to pets.

Jeff Forman/
Aimee Kaija's boxer Roxy wears a tutu
for Halloween 2009 during a visit to PetSmart
in Mentor. Kaija lives in Mentor.
Some advice for the pet owner this Halloween (click through to the sources to find more information and tips):

For more tips, check out ASPCA's Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents.

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: ,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Is your dog No. 1?

Attention all fourth- and fifth-graders in Geauga County: The Auditor's Office wants to know why your dog is No. 1.

The office is holding a No. 1 Dog Contest to kick off dog registration for 2011. To enter, write a short essay explaining why your dog qualifies as the No. 1 Dog. The essay must be submitted by Nov. 17 to the Auditor’s Office.

Representatives from the Geauga and Burton public libraries and the auditor’s office will judge the essays on Nov. 22. The winner will receive the No. 1 dog tag for 2011 on Dec. 1.

For more information, check out the press release from the Auditor's Office and read the contest rules (both forms also available at Information also is available at all public libraries in Geauga County or by calling the auditor’s office at 440-285-2222, 440-564-7131, or 440-834-1856, ext. 1604, or directly at 440-279-1604.

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: ,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Callie needs a home

Callie, a 6-year-old Calico cat available for adoption at Animal Rescue Center, 36370 Vine St., Eastlake.

She is a calm, gentle and loving cat, according to ARC.

Callie has been vet checked, tested negative for FeLV, is up to date on shots and has been spayed. Her adoption fee is $20.

For more information, contact or stop by ARC from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays or noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The website to view other available pets is

-- Robin Palmer

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Animal Crackers: Hanging out with alpacas

Make your day a little more bearable with a weekly feature on Pets Unleashed: Animal Crackers. Think of it as a mid-week snack that just might crack you up.

This week, I bring you two videos from recent visits to alpaca farms. Fellow copy editor Danielle Capriato and I visited Generations Alpacas and Margery-Ray Alpacas during National Alpaca Farm Days in September. Margery-Ray is the home to rare twins Beau and Bella, who were featured in a September News-Herald article.



Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Funeral home to offer pet services

DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Homes this week broke ground on the expansion of their funeral home facility in Willoughby Hills to include a building for private pet cremation services.

The company will offer memorial, cremation, burial and grief counseling services for families dealing with pet loss with a new 1,200-square-foot-facility.

Mullett Construction of Newbury is building the Chardon Road structure, which should be completed by early spring.

The facility will include space for a pet memorial room, meeting and arrangement areas and the pet crematory.

-- Robin Palmer

No medal for Brutus

An old-new rumor making the rounds is of a supposed large mixed breed military service dog saving several military personnel in Iraq and subsequently winning the Medal of Honor (Note, officially it is NOT called "The Congressional Medal of Honor").

Thing is, the story is totally bogus. No dog has ever - nor won't ever - earn the nation's highest military honor.

For details about this sham visit

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

Friday, October 15, 2010

Geauga Dog Shelter needs supplies

The Geauga County Dog Shelter is not asking for much ... just some Dawn dish soap, baby shampoo, Capstar and raw hides.

If you can help, drop off the items, at the Geauga County Dog Warden 12513 Merritt Road, Claridon Township, right outside of Chardon, or call 440-286-8135.

By the way, why Dawn dish soap? Shelter officials say they use it to kill fleas.

-- Robin Palmer

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Millie needs a home

Sometimes life just isn't fair.

Take, Millie, for instance. She has been abandoned twice.

First, Millie and her four nursing kittens were rescued in 2008. They were nearly starving to death.

After she was fit to be spayed and get her shots, a woman adopted Millie. Then, for reasons unknown, the woman left her Euclid Beach trailer and her belongings and did not come back.

Among the belongings ... Millie and three other cats.

Millie is seeking a home through the Gates Mills Animal Welfare Committee. If you can adopt her, call Brian Lict at 216-387-1898 or 216-481-0252.

Millie deserves a real home.

-- Robin Palmer

Animal Crackers: Twin Rabbit

Make your day a little more bearable with a new weekly feature on Pets Unleashed: Animal Crackers. Think of it as a mid-week snack that just might crack you up.

This week, I bring you twin rabbits.

Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Help find missing cat

This Concord Township family is searching for its three-legged, mute cat.

Bodean has been missing since Thursday morning. Help the Slatterys find this important member of their family.

--Robin Palmer


Monday, October 11, 2010

PAWS holding adoptions

Public Animal Welfare Society, also known as PAWS, will be at the Mayfield Heights PetSmart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

The PetSmart in Mayfield’s Golden Gate Plaza will have a booth set up inside to adopt both cats/kittens and dogs/puppies.

Screeners will be available for approving adoptions all day, so those interested can take their new pet home that same day.

-- Robin Palmer

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pet Loss Support Group meets monthly

Animal Hospital Inc., partnering with Patty DeJohn of DeJohn Pet Services, is continuing to provide a Pet Loss Support Group to the community. The loss of a pet can be a very difficult time to work through and often people do not give themselves permission to grieve for an animal with whom they have spent a very significant part of their lives. The support groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the Animal Hospital Inc. conference room, 2735 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills. The support group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time. Those interested are asked to call 440-946-2800 to reserve a seat.

Labels: ,

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Paw to Read at Mentor Public Library

Paws to Read will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mentor Public Library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. The event is for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Children who are able to read independently are invited to sign up for a 30-minute session. A gentle, licensed dog who is trained to be a good listener will be paired up with the child. For details and to register, call the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 220.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Animal Crackers: Cats giving massages

Make your day a little more bearable with a new weekly feature on Pets Unleashed: Animal Crackers. Think of it as a mid-week snack that just might crack you up.

This week, I bring you many videos of cats giving massages.

Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

Labels: , ,