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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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gurlee needs a home

Gurlee is a 3-year-old female terrier/lab mix available for adoption through Animal Rescue Center, 36370 Vine St., Eastlake.

According to ARC officials, Gurlee is friendly and energetic and a wonderful family dog. She is good with other dogs, cats and children. She has been vet-checked, flea treated, updated on shots, tested negative for heartworm and is spayed. 

Her adoption fee is $135.

For more information on Gurlee, e-mail ARC at, call 440-942-1753, or its Eastlake site from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For a list of available pets check out its website at

-- Robin Palmer

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Feline media sensation Prince Chunk dies in N.J.

Some sad news out of New Jersey ...
BLACKWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An enormously fat cat named Prince Chunk who became famous when he was found wandering in New Jersey after his owner lost her home to foreclosure has died.
Prince Chunk’s adoptive owner, Vince Damiani of Blackwood, said the white tabby died in his sleep Sunday. He was about 10 years old. Damiani said a veterinarian had diagnosed the cat with heart disease.
Prince Chunk skyrocketed to fame in August 2008 after the Camden County Animal Shelter, which took him in, reported that he weighed 44 pounds, just shy of a world record.
Damiani believes that estimate may have been somewhat exaggerated.
He said Prince Chunk weighed 22 pounds when he brought the cat home from the shelter.
He soon became a media sensation, appearing on “Good Morning America,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” the covers of the New York tabloids and in People magazine.
The Damiani family was chosen from among 500 applicants to adopt him.
The pet’s plight inspired the Damianis to establish the Prince Chunk Foundation, a nonprofit that helps financially distressed pet owners keep their animals.
The foundation operates in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and California.
Its mission is to prevent animal homelessness by providing temporary assistance to dog and cat owners, including free emergency vet care and pet food, Damiani said.
--Robin Palmer

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Animal Crackers: Gobble gobble!

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.

For the next month, I hope to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

This week, I bring you turkeys, turkeys and more turkeys!

Turkeys gone wild (from National Geographic):

Top 5 favorite things about turkeys, from Discovery Networks:

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dogs can visit Santa

Lucky dogs out there will be able to have their pictures taken with Santa.

Dogs (and their owners) can visit Santa and have their photos taken from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the Geauga County Dog Warden shelter.

It is located at 12513 Merritt Road in Claridon Township, right near Chardon.

-- Robin Palmer

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Snow Melter at the Shelter Camp

The Geauga Humane Society is offering its second annual Snow Melter at the Shelter Camp Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at Rescue Village in Russell Township.

This three-day hands-on camp is for children ages 9 to 11 and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $75 for the three days. Lunch is included.

Campers will make dog treats, cat and dog toys, meet shelter animals, and will also make wild bird feeders to hang in the woods near the shelter and in the woods behind the barn.

More information and an application can be obtained at or by contacting Mary Carney at or by calling 440-338-4819, ext. 20. Registration is limited to 12 campers, so register early.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

War hero dog mistakenly euthanized

It is hard to believe that a dog that helped save soldiers' lives in Afghanistan ended up dying this way...

FLORENCE, Ariz.(AP) — A county employee in Arizona has been fired after mistakenly euthanizing a dog that saved soldiers in Afghanistan and lived through explosions in the war-torn country, officials announced Friday.
The unidentified Pinal County animal control employee euthanized the female shepherd mix on Monday and was immediately placed on administrative leave.
The dog named Target had been brought to the Phoenix area in August by Sgt. Terry Young after his tour of duty.
Target frightened a suicide bomber inside a military base and potentially saved dozens of soldiers’ lives, Young said. He said the dog was treated like royalty from then on at the base at Dand Patan, near the Pakistan border.
The dog escaped from the family’s back yard last Friday. Target didn’t have a tag or microchip and eventually wound up at the county pound.
Last Friday night, Young found Target’s picture on a Web site used by county dog catchers to help owners track lost pets. Young figured the shelter in Casa Grande was closed for the night and weekend.
He showed up at the facility to claim his dog on Monday, only to find out she was dead.
County officials say the employee mistakenly took the dog out of its pen Monday morning and euthanized it.
“I just can’t believe that something like this would happen to such a good dog,” Young told The Arizona Republic, which said the soldier and his family will get Target’s cremated remains.
County officials are declining to name the employee because of threats made to that person and angry telephone calls to the facility.
“We are continuing to look into management practices and procedures to ensure that something like this cannot happen again,” said Lisa Garcia, assistant county manager for Health and Human Services.

-- Robin Palmer

Feral cats need help, too

I'm really glad to see Willowick City Council decided against passing a law that would have made it illegal to feed feral and stray cats in the city.

I know a lot of people will say just don't feed the cats and they will go away.

Yes, the cats will go away (actually to just another area), but the problem will not.

Unless you humanely trap and neuter the cats they will continue to reproduce and reproduce.

The Cleveland Animal Protective League has used the TNR (trap neuter return) program with great success.

Through its low-cost TNR program ($10), the APL estimates there are 34,000 fewer cats roaming Cleveland-area streets.

According to statistics, an unspayed female cat can go into heat at 4 months and generate an annual average of 6.2 surviving kittens. The APL estimates there are more than 250,000 feral or stray cats in Cuyahoga County.

The APL recently performed its 10,000th spay-neuter surgery last week, and has sterilized about 4,500 free-roaming cats through its TNR program this year alone.

It's time for Lake County to start a TNR program and not just rely on some kind-hearted people who spend their time and money to trap feral cats and have them fixed.

There has to be a county-wide effort made or else, the feral cat population will just keep growing.

-- Robin Palmer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Remembering pets during the holiday

Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue will once again remember and honor pets at its Tree of Love at the cat sanctuary in Concord Township.

A lighting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at the sanctuary, located at 7394 Morley Road.

People can purchase a white light to remember a pet or a color light to honor a pet. Each light is $13 and will be placed on the Tree of Love.

To order a light, download the Tree of Love form from

You can also purchase a light by sending a check to Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 24068 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124.

The shelter, which houses 280 cats, also is in need of dry and canned food or gift cards to Pet Supplies Plus or PetsMart. Food and supplies can be dropped off at the sanctuary daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on needed supplies, call Judie at 440-449-3496.

-- Robin Palmer

Animal Crackers: The Sneezing Baby Panda

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 the sneezing baby panda.

Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Animal Crackers: Adorable sleeping puppy makes adorable noises

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 an adorable sleeping puppy makes adorable noises.

Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Pet Loss Support Group meets monthly

Animal Hospital Inc. of Willoughby Hills and Patty DeJohn, MA, of DeJohn Pet Services offer a free Pet Loss Support Group. The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the AHI Conference room. The dates for the remainder of 2010 are Nov. 18 and Dec. 16. The support group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time. To reserve a seat, call 440-946-2800. Animal Hospital Inc. is at 2735 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Feline health event

Animal Hospital Inc. of Willoughby Hills invites the community to an educational opportunity for cat owners. Veterinarians will be giving mini-seminars about wellness care, litter box 101, weight control, socialization and more. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the AHI conference room. For reservations, call 440-946-2800 or register online at Please bring a friend, not your feline.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

PAWS Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction

The Public Animal Welfare Society will present its third annual reverse raffle and silent auction from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Michael's Woodside Party Center in Broadview Heights. The event will be hosted by television personality Alicia Scicolone. Dinner, a variety of silent auction prizes and a chance to win the $1,500 grand prize will be part of the event.

Cost of a ticket is $75 per person or $130 per couple, a portion of which is tax deductible. Ticket prices include a chance at the $1,500 grand prize, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, rolls, salad, buffet dinner with three main entree selections, side dishes and dessert. Complimentary beer and soda will be available, along with a cash bar for wine.

"In memory of” and “in honor of” balloons will be sold for $5 each. To order balloons or purchase tickets, click here, e-mail or call 216-402-1106.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Spayghetti Dinner

No, that's not a typo.

The Animal Protective League is benefiting from a "Spayghetti Dinner" from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 1388 Hubbard Road, Madison.

An $8 ticket (or four for $25) gets you a dinner of spaghetti, salad and dessert. A Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and door prizes will be part of the event. To be entered in a special drawing, attendees can bring a donation of canned cat or dog food, CatSip, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, copy paper, envelopes and stamps, ink pens, trash bags, dish soap or any other office or cleaning product.

The APL gets $7 per ticket sold.

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Blazer needs a home

Looking for a young yellow lab mix to adopt?

Blazer is your dog.

He is available for adoption at the Geauga County Dog Shelter at 12513 Merritt Road in Claridon Township, right next to Chardon in Geauga County.

Blazer gets along with other dogs, especially his shelter buddy, Sophie.

Blazer is neutered and up to date on shots.

For more information, call 440-286-8135.

-- Robin Palmer

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Animal Crackers: Cats Play Patty Cake

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 cats playing patty cake:

Happy Wednesday!

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

He'll tumble for you

OK, maybe he doesn't tumble, but Tumbles, a 6-year-old Beagle mix available for adoption at Animal Rescue Center in Eastlake, is friendly and eager for attention.

Tumbles, who was rescued from a pound, has been vet checked, updated on shots, dewormed, flea treated, tested negative for heartworm and is neutered.

His adoption fee is $70.

For more information on Tumbles, contact ARC at or check out its website:

Tumbles will be available at The Animal Rescue Center, 36370 Vine St., in Eastlake, on 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

-- Robin Palmer

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Wine, Beer & Whiskers

Happy Tails Cat Sanctury is hosting a fundraiser called "Wine, Beer & Whiskers" from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13. The event will include food, drinks, raffles and more. Find details and information about the event here.

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