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LEAPS AND BOUNDS — Dog agility trials provide fun for canines and owners alike

LEAPS AND BOUNDS — Dog agility trials provide fun for canines and owners alike Spencer’s had Koli, an Australian shepherd, for as long as she’s been involved with dog agility. She got into the sport after watching dog shows at the fairgrounds in Blackfoot during the summer. “I saw the agility and I said, ‘Someday, […]

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Domesticated animals provide vital link to emergence of new diseases

Research at the University of Liverpool suggests pets and other domesticated animals could provide new clues into the emergence of infections that can spread between animals and humans. The study showed that the number of parasites and pathogens shared by humans and animals is related to how long animals have been domesticated. The findings suggest […]

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Therapy dogs travel to Boston to provide comfort

Luther and Isaiah on their way to Boston (photo via Facebook) Several therapy dogs that helped survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are heading to Boston to offer canine comfort. The specially trained golden retrievers are provided by Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) of Addison, Illinois. Tim Hetzner, president of LCC spoke with the […]

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‘ Puppy lemon law’ would provide recourse if recently purchased pet is sick

SPRINGFIELD — Illinoisans who buy a dog or cat that turns out to be seriously ill would have a new legal remedy under a proposal being considered by state legislators. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, is fine-tuning a proposal commonly called a “puppy lemon law.” At least 20 states have such laws, which outline […]

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