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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.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Oh deer

Just had to snap a photo of these two visitors on my back-yard deck the other day.

They may be shooting them in some areas, but they are welcome at my house.

I guess they figured that one out.

-- Robin Palmer

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ponderings by Picasso

It's better in Mentor .. but not if you're a deer.

In fact, Mentor should change its motto to "The city where deer go to starve or die, or both."

OK, city officials, I understand your need for a culling program to help reduce the herd.

What I don't understand is your new law that forbids people from feeding deer ON THEIR OWN PROPERTY.

Give me a break, or least give the humans one on the taxes they pay on that same property.

What's next? Don't feed the birds or squirrels?

Don't plant shrubs that attract wildlife?

You have now added deer to the list of nuisance animals.

What about all the nuisance calls your police officers will have to go on because one neighbor says another neighbor is feeding the deer.

How are you going to prove that?

Will Big Brother be watching in our own back yards?

Where will it end?

I'm glad I'm an indoor cats because I'm sure feral cats will be next on your list.

And if I were a Canada goose, I head south not only for the winter, but forever.

It's better in Mentor, all right, but not for wildlife.

Later, P.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cat meets snow for first time

I recall when my cat accidentally discovered snow for the first time, she was nowhere near as adventurous as this little kitty.

She bolted out the door (she was also an indoor cat) and stopped dead in her tracks upon the realization that the ground was strangely cold and collapsing.

This cat, on the other hand, has quite a good time.



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Event to benefit Rescue Village

An “Evening by the Falls” is presented by Black Lab Corporation to benefit Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.

The event will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Jekyll’s Kitchen in Chagrin Falls.

Tickets are $150 a person and includes open bar, gabulous eats, Grooves & Rhythms, and
complimentary valet parking.

The event will include the “Over the Falls” Raffle.

Tickets are $100 each, and only 150 will be sold.

Winners will pick a trip (details available at

For more details and to purchase event or raffle tickets, visit or email

-- Robin Palmer

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Video of newborn cheetahs

Description from The Associated Press: A zoo near Adelaide, Australia announced the birth of five cheetah cubs on Tuesday. The cubs were born in October 2012 at Monarto Zoo but the announcement was delayed to give the cubs time to grow and settle into their new home. (Jan. 15)

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lake Humane Society's New Year's resolution: To find every animal a home

Looking to add a four-legged friend to your family this month? Lake Humane Society has reduced adoption fees by 50 percent for the month of January to help the agency fulfill its New Year's resolution to find all of their animals a home. For more information, call 440-951-6122.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tell us about your animal friends

Do you babytalk your puppy? Cuddle in with your cats? Include your parrot in your vacation plans?

Prepare dinner for your dog?

Have you had an extraordinary experience or two convincing you that you’re loved and cherished in return?

Tell us about your animal friends and how they enhance your life. 

We’re looking for folks willing to be interviewed about their experiences.

Share your story along with your contact information in an email to, in a postcard to Janet Podolak, News-Herald, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, Oh. 44094 or in a phone message to 440 954-7199. Refer to PUPPY LOVE.

And please let us hear from you in January.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Best animal videos of 2012

Huffington Post is good for a lot of things.

Especially their keen attention to animals.

Check out this slideshow of the best animal videos of last year.

I've embedded one of my favorites from the list below. The sloths are super cute too.

--Caitlin @NHCaitlin

Friday, January 4, 2013

Ponderings by Picasso

Just hacked up my first hairball of 2013, right next to the bed.

Happy New Year, humans.