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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, May 31, 2013

Kittens available at Pat's Pets adopt-a-thon in Willoughby Hills

“Save Our Strays,” a Euclid-based nonprofit rescue group, will bring several kittens to the “Pat’s Pets” adopt-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, June 1, at Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, 2810 Bishop Road, Willoughby Hills.

The kittens will be available for adoption, along with cats and dogs who will be brought to the event by several local animal rescue organizations.

Admission to the event is free.

In addition, Chagrin Falls-based Halle Ladd Photography will set up a “mini-studio” for people who want to bring in their cats or dogs for professional photo sessions. All proceeds collected for adoptions and photos will go to the participating animal rescue groups.

For information about today’s “Pat’s Pets” event, call 440-585-9300 or email or
For inquiries about the kittens, call 440-759-0076.
To get further details about the event’s professional pet photo sessions, call 440-429-2989 or visit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Watch Caroline's Kids Cat Sanctuary cats live on Usteam

Caroline’s Kids Cat Sanctuary in Concord Township on Wednesday went live broadcasting on Ustream 24 hours daily, seven days a week.

The broadcast allows viewers to follow the daily lives of the cats in the main area of the sanctuary.

Viewers and followers to the site will get to know the cats by name and watch the daily

To access this live cam and enjoy being a part of the lives of the cats, go to Ustream on the web and type in the search box: Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue. 
It is listed also under Animals and Wildlife category.

Also follow Nyanko, the pirate cat, on the shelter’s Facebook page.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ponderings by Picasso

I have had my share of hairballs which I have left in fun spots for the humans over the years.

Usually a couple of heaving motions gets the job done, and the hairball out.

But I never imagined what kind of hairball a 400-pound tiger can cough up.

Fact is, the poor guy couldn't.

Check out this story from the Associated Press:

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It’s not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn’t hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself.
The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure Wednesday at a veterinary center in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 4-pound obstruction from Ty’s stomach.
The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks. Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera.
Vernon Yates, whose nonprofit group regularly assists law enforcement agencies with seized animals, says he’s thankful the hairball was removed and Ty is doing fine.

By the way, what do you do with a 4-pound hairball?

Actually, I really don't want to know.

 Later, P.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Woof, Wag & Wine benefits Lake Humane

Lake Humane Society’s third annual Woof, Wag & Wine event will be June 1 at Grand River Cellars, 5750 S. Madison Road, in Madison.

It will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a tour of the vineyards, a wine tasting provided by Muddy Paw wines, a silent and Chinese auction, live music, a wine-themed canine costume contest, gamesand more.

What makes this event even more unique is that guests are welcome to bring their dogs along.

Admission to this event is $15 a person and can be paid at the door.
Guests are encouraged to bring along a blanket, lawn chairs and a canopy to enjoy a picnic-like atmosphere. Food is available for purchase and can be enjoyed on the lawn or inside the restaurant.

One dollar from every bottle of wine purchased from Muddy Paw or Grand River Cellars during the event benefits the animals at Lake Humane Society.
The first 100 guests will receive a free gift.

All proceeds benefit the animals at Lake Humane Society.

For a complete event itinerary, check out Lake Humane’s website at,, or call the shelter at (440) 951-6122.