Q: Our kids are now 8 and 6, and we want to get them some kind of pet so that they will learn a bit of responsibility. Our landlord will not allow dogs or cats but said we could get any pet that stays in a cage. We were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. My wife and I both work, so it would have to be something with low maintenance.
Q: We have a 10-month-old shepherd mix, Gus. My husband has been playing "take away" games with Gus during feeding time for months, to make sure he is safe around our 4-year-old. What started as a game of take away the food bowl while Gus was eating, and then returning it once he sat on command has turned ugly. Gus now grabs at the food as if he hasn't eaten in days, and has growled and urinated twice when my husband approached. Yesterday he growled at my son! Can this dog be saved? Ashley
Q: I have five indoor cats - same litter, male and female, about 11 years old. One of these cats will not stay out of the water dishes. He loves water! I refresh the water dishes twice daily, but they always are full of fur and kitty litter from his paws. I am concerned because I can't imagine the stuff the kitty litter is made of is safe for drinking water. Also, he makes a mess! Do you know of any solution for this problem?
Dalia and George from Goleta, Ca., have written in concerning their dog, Mica. Mica is a 6-year-old Labrador retriever that has been with them since puppyhood. Over the last few weeks, Mica has developed a swelling just in front of her left eye.
The inaugural Downtown Dog Day was held Saturday in downtown Overland Park, Kan. Hundreds of dogs and their humans were on hand at the event to help support Great Plains SPCA. Activities included a walk around downtown and costume contests.
Kansas City's animal shelter has become so overwhelmed with unwanted pets that it’s putting a new policy in place. Starting April 1, pet owners will need to make appointments before dropping off pets. Last year the shelter took in 8,179 dogs and cats — 1,300 more than in 2012 and the highest number since 2008.
Officials are reviewing hidden-camera photos in an attempt to learn who did it. The dogs were found Tuesday stuffed into four garbage bags in the 5800 block of Oak Ridge Drive, a dead-end street north of Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor restaurant.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, allows for local ordinances prohibiting dogs from running at large, as long as the regulation is not specific to breeds of dogs. If passed, it would undo any local ordinances already in place, including one in Kansas City that mandates pit bulls be spayed or neutered.
My friend Marlowe just relocated to the Pacific Northwest. I chauffeured her. Still, we made good time, but then Marlowe is always a little anxious, wants to scoot along. Call it a rat’s Manifest Destiny.
It’s no wonder then that Carla Hanson and Clif Hall will open their 8,000-square-foot Shawnee home as a fundraiser for Operation Wildlife and the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation. On Feb. 9, visitors can tour the house that features more than 40 stained glass windows, a 36-foot indoor lap pool and a large, light-filled gallery space that holds a large portion of Hanson’s mask collection.
A family dog is being called a hero after alerting a sleeping mother and her daughter to a burning house early Sunday in Raytown. The mother and 13-year-old daughter woke up to smoke and fire in the home in the 6700 block of Ralston Avenue shortly after 2 a.m., according to the Raytown Fire Protection District.
In all, 24 dogs were seized from an area known as having the highest number of pit bulls per capita in the city. A city ordinance limits pet owners to four dogs, and it requires owners of pit bulls to spay or neuter them unless they get a breeder’s permit.
The animal welfare organization Wayside Waifs is entering its 70th year with a new president and a new message: It is more than just an animal shelter. The organization is not changing its name, but it wants to encourage people to recognize it as offering a “complete circle of care” for helpless animals, from adoption to behavioral assessment to the end of life.
De-icers and salts might keep you on your feet during icy weather, but they can irritate your pets’ feet. Experts recommend washing their paws and cleaning anything stuck between their nail pads after winter walks. Booties, if your dog will tolerate them, are another good idea.