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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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Caroline's Kids cancels dinner/auction

Caroline's Kids' dinner/auction planned for Nov. 5 has been canceled. A new event will be planned for a later date. More information will be published on Pets Unleashed as it becomes available.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Ponderings by Picasso

Do know what it's like sitting in room full of smelly dogs?

I had to go to the vets office recently because one of the three teeth I have left is on the way out.

I sat in my carrier waiting for my turn in a room overrun by cannines.

They are so nosey.

They all walk around and smell each other's butts. How disgusting.

One dog, however, did have enough class to say he reads my blog weekly. There is hope afterall.

Anyways, the tooth is still hanging in there, and

now I have to take a half of a baby aspirin every three days for the pain.

Catnip would be a better remedy, but what do humans know?

Later, P.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Remember pet safety at Halloween

While Halloween is a great occasion to dress up and show off your four-legged family members, keep some tips in mind to help them have a safe holiday.

I blogged about pet safety tips for Halloween last year, and here they are again:

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

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Animal Crackers: Squirrels and pumpkins

I've seen the aftermath of a squirrel vs. my jack-o'-lantern, but I've never seen the rodents in action. Thankfully, others have caught the destruction and posted it on YouTube to share with the rest of us:

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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. Send an email or tweet with your suggestions for future Animal Crackers.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Caroline's Kids hosts dinner/auction

Caroline's Kids Cat Rescue will be having a dinner/auction from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland.

Proceeds will benefit the 260 cats in the no-kill, free-roam sanctuary in Concord Township. Cost is $40 per person ($17 is tax-deductible) in advance by Oct 29.

Call Judie at 440-449-3496 or send your check for reservations to Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 24068, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124.

The event is BYOB, but wash is included in the cost. There will be an Italian dinner and appetizers, and desserts will be included. There will be sideboards along with Chinese and silent auctions. Music will be provided by DJ Ryan Schlessinger.

Donations of Purina, Friskies or Fancy Feast canned or dry cat food, scoopable litter, paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach or gift cards to Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Home Depot or Lowe’s are appreciated but not required. The shelter could also use postage stamps.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to help the cats, please send to Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue at the above address. Donations are tax-deductible and will go toward daily expenses for the sanctuary cats.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Rescue Village's Adoptoberfest

Now through Oct. 31, all cats and kittens at Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village are just $10. Take advantage of the frighteningly low adoption fee, and help make Rescue Village's cat pavilion a ghost town. For more information, call 440-338-4819, ext. 10. Rescue Village is at 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township, and online at

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Preschool story time at Rescue Village

Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village will have preschool story time sessions at 11 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 9. (No session Nov. 25.) The cost is $6 for a six-week session. A special story time will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 12.

Families are encouraged to bring a can of Purina dog food or cat food to donate to the shelter.

Families can meet one of the Rescue Village's dog ambassadors, and there will be a special craft to take home.

Details: Call the Humane Education Coordinator at 440-338-4819, ext. 20, or email Rescue Village is at 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Ponderings by Picasso

Lions and Tigers shot ... in  Zanesville, Ohio.

Lions and Tigers in Zanesville?

My beautiful relatives, the big cats caged on a farm in Zanesville and then let go by their owner to roam the city streets.

Listen up. You want a cat? Adopt a domestic shorthair at your local shelter or rescue group.

Have the need for the big cats? Go to the zoo.

No need to ponder this one anymore.

Later, P.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Slingshot in need of some help

Slingshot is a very sweet male Lab mix who knows some basic commands.

Slingshot has heartworms and needs treatment, and the Geauga County Dog Warden is looking for donations toward his treatment. No amount is too little. Donations to the shelter are tax deductible.

Make checks out to "Geauga County Dog Warden," and write "Slingshot" in the memo section. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the Geauga County Dog Warden, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, OH 44024.

For more information, call 440-286-8135.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl


9th annual 4 Paws Clam Jam & Boo Bash

The Euclid Pet Pal Organization has planned its 9th annual 4 Paws Clam Jam & Boo Bash for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 at Manor Party Center, 24111 Rockwell Drive, Euclid.

Tickets - at $40 a person - are available by calling the Euclid Animal Shelter at 216-289-2057. Extra clams are available for $9 at the door.

Raffles and prizes will be part of the event, and costumes are optional. Proceeds from the bash will be used for animal care.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Animal Crackers: Yosemite bear cubs wrestling

Baby animals of any species are adorable, but there is something incredibly precious about these bear cubs that appear to be about the size of a cat. (Found via Super Punch's Video roundup)

Say it with me now: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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. Send an email or tweet with your suggestions for future Animal Crackers.

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Pet Loss Support Group meetings resume

Animal Hospital Inc. and Patty DeJohn of DeJohn Pet Services have brought back the Pet Loss Support Group:
The loss of a pet can be a very difficult time to work through and often people to not give themselves permission to grieve for an animal with which they have spent a very significant part of their lives.

The group meets in the Animal Hospital Inc. Conference room on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meeting dates for the rest of the year are Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

The support group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time. Call 440-946-2800 to reserve your seat.

Animal Hospital Inc. is at 2735 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Cold Noses, Warm Hearts" Fur Ball 2011

The Cleveland Animal Protective League is hosting its annual gala fundraiser "Cold Noses, Warm Hearts," Fur Ball 2011, at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.

RSVP deadline is Oct. 21.

The gala benefiting the APL's Second Chance Program will be hosted by WKYC TV-3's Monica Robins. The Second Chance Program provides veterinary care for animals looking for another chance not only to survive, but also to heal and start a new, healthy life with a loving family.

"Cold Noses, Warm Hearts" will include silent and live auctions, dinner, inspirational video presentations featuring stories of animals who have benefited from the Second Chance Program, and a very special VIP (Very Important Pup) appearance. Auction items include a catered private party on the Terminal Tower Observation Deck, a week's stay at a home in Hilton Head, S.C., a VIP Vault tour at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the opportunity to have your pet photographed to be on the cover of the 2013 Cleveland APL calendar.

Individual tickets, as well as corporate and private tables for 10 are available. Purchase tickets for Fur Ball 2011 online, or for more information, call 216-771-8823 or visit

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Geauga Humane Society's HAUNTED Village

Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village will be transformed into a haunted village from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets purchased at Rescue Village in advance are $5, or pay $7 at the door. Wear your costume to enjoy the festivities, which will include snacks, crafts, games, a haunted tour and more.

Rescue Village is at 15463 Chillicothe Road in Russell Township.

Details: 440-338-4819.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Lake Humane Society's adoption specials

In honor of Lake Humane Society's Black Cat Ball, all black cats are available for adoption for just $25. Any partially black cat is $10 off.

In honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, the adoption fees of all dogs at Lake Humane Society are reduced by $20.

Anyone interested in adopting from Lake Humane Society can visit the agency at 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Available animals can be viewed at or on Lake Humane Society's Facebook page. More information: 440-951-6122.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ponderings by Picasso


My human Mom had a hysterectomy last week.

After a stay in the hospital, she came home to flowers, cards, all kinds of well wishes and really good pain medication.

I got spayed when I wasn't even 1 years old.

I stayed overnight in a cage.

I came home to little fanfare. I had a shaved belly and stitches hanging from my gutt ( gutt).

I was up and running around the house the next day.

Humans, a bunch of wusses, except for my Mom, who still has enough energy to pop the lid on the cat food can.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Halloween Tails fundraiser

A benefit for the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, "Happy Halloween Tails," is planned for noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the auditorium of the Kirtland Community of Christ, 9017 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland.

The family-friendly fundraiser (which is not affiliated with any specific religion) will include pizzas donated and made on-site by Wickliffe-based Wood Fire Catering & Baking, salads, cake, Halloween candy, cider and coffee. Also part of the event will be a silent auction, raffles, a playroom for young children and a room with some cats available for adoption (see below for more information on the cats available).

Tickets purchased by Oct. 24 will be $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and $5 for children age 5 and younger. After that date, tickets cost $5 more. If space permits, tickets will be available at the door. Donations of cat food, cat litter, etc., brought to the event would be appreciated but are not required.

For reservations or for more information, call 440-759-0076 or email

Happy Tails, based in Chester Township, is a nonprofit cat sanctuary that is currently filled to capacity. The sanctuary has found adoptive homes for numerous cats, but some will spend their lives at Happy Tails because they are unadoptable because of age or disabilities. The sanctuary is recovering from a fire last year, said Jeanne Bones, Happy Tails founder and director. "Happy Halloween Tails" will help the facility provide food, shelter, cat litter, veterinary care and heat in the buildings for the cats.

Anyone who cannot attend the event but still wants to help can send a tax-deductible donation to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chester Township, OH 44026.

Adoptable cats at the Oct. 29 cat sanctuary benefit

Jack is a front declawed, short-haired tabby

Chucky is a short-haired tabby with interesting strip patterns

Anna is a short-haired gray tabby

Bonnie is a senior but very loving black and white tuxedo

Sandy is a white and orange short-haired male

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Animal Crackers: Baby wombat takes his first steps

Queensland Parks and Wildlife in Australia recorded this awesome footage of a baby wombat "taking its first, slightly wobbly, steps out of its burrow with its mother." How sweet!

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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. Send an email or tweet with your suggestions for future Animal Crackers.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Black Cat Ball benefits Lake Humane Society

Lake Humane Society is having its third annual Black Cat Ball and Silent Auction from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at LaMalfa Centre, 5783 Heisley Road, Mentor.

Tickets - at $70 each - include a buffet of gourmet food, an open bar and a chance to win a grand prize of $1,500. The event will include music, prizes, costume contests, games, dancing and more.

A silent auction will include prizes such as beach getaways, jewelry sets, gift baskets, handmade items, framed artwork, gift certificates for golf, salons, restaurants, and more.

Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Tickets can be purchased at Lake Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the animals at Lake Humane Society, a nonprofit animal shelter that relies solely on donations.

For more information, visit, or call 440-951-6122. For regular updates, like the Lake Humane Society Facebook page.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Monday, October 10, 2011

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

What's the best way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? Obviously, by adopting a shelter dog.

Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village will help you do just that. This month, the agency is featuring certain dogs for a special adoption fee of $25.75. (This does not include puppies, and dogs with a reduced adoption fee will be clearly marked.)

The shelter is at 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township. Shelter hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Adoptions stop 45 minutes before closing.

For more information, call 440-338-4819, ext. 22, or email

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Animal Crackers: Fat Cat

These cats are just so fat. Maybe I shouldn't be laughing at them because I'm sure they have some health problems, but they are pretty funny:

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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. Send an email or tweet with your suggestions for future Animal Crackers.

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