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Throwback Thursday Pet Stories

Do you remember your first pet? Silly question. Of course you do.. But are you ready to take an honest look at how you did as a pint-sized pet owner? My first solo pet was one of those little “hand-painted” turtles – the kind that used to be available at carnivals and Chinatown. Sadly, my lil tuddah, like so [...]

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CATSTRAVAGANZA~ Coming to a shelter near YOU!

Grab a couple cans of cat food or a sack of kitty kibble and adopt an adult cat for free during CATSTRAVAGANZA this weekend. Four local shelters are waiving their adoption fees in an effort to find loving homes for adult cats, and to make room for more homeless felines, said Barbara Talbert, director of [...]

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Cats! Cats! It’s all about the felines this week!

Head on out to the Jacksonville Barn Company’s fundraiser benefiting C.A.T.S. of Medford from 6 to 8 tonight. Food and drink will be provided, along with live music and a raffle featuring cat-related items and local wine. Donations of money and tangible items needed by the C.A.T.S. organization will be accepted. Jan Whetstone executive director [...]

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Welcome back to Unleashed

Welcome critter lovers. The two naughty parrots, the most venerable moggy and yours truly are glad to be back sharing the latest news, stories and anecdotes about our finned, feathered and furry friends. We’re kicking off our return with a little show ‘n tell based on Sunday’s Southern Oregon Journal column. Read about how our efforts to clear space for a couple new beloveds resulted in some [...]

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Ten Bucks a Tom

A recent story about the plethora of unclaimed adult cats at Jackson County’s animal shelter begs the proverbial question: Why do we have so many unwanted pets? The obvious answer is irresponsible pet owners who do not spay/neuter their animals – letting them wander about procreating willy nilly. The folks at SNYP (spay/neuter your pet) put [...]

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Houdini dog takes it on the lam

Woof! Woof! Woof! Gotta love a good dog tail….er… tale. But this one has gone a bit viral. Speaking of viruses… Jack, the beloved German Shepherd of Marsha Bellici, was deathly sick with some sort of funky flu last week when Bellici shagged her pooch to Best Friend Animal Hospital in Medford. Both Bellici and her vet, Dr. Shannon Sierra, had concerns about Jack’s survival [...]

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Kids, cow manure and llama kisses

I’d been trying to get out to Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm to do a story about Ashland Middle School students’ experiences at the care farm for a solid week. But inclement weather and breaking stories on my “real” beats – courts and social services – kept getting in the way. Finally, on Monday, the sun [...]

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Free horse health fair in Ashland

      The Oregon Hay Bank and Equamore Foundation are sponsoring a free horse health fare from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9 at Eden Farm, located at 4723 Highway 62 in Ashland      Horse owners facing financial hardship are invited to participate in the free clinic which will feature veterinary [...]

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My pets are messing with my head

As I explained in this week’s Southern Oregon Journal column, there are those who say that critters hath charms to sooth the savage breast - not to mention elevated blood pressure. Mine? Not so much. At least not lately. My aged feline – a “gift” from my beau, The Englishman, recently went totally berserk over a nocturnal interloper. My parrot has been fighting invisible foes in the wee [...]

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Ashland Pets have advantage in fire rescues

This just in from Ashland Fire Chief Margueritte Hickman: Ashland Fire & Rescue received a donation of pet oxygen masks from Invisible Fence Brand through Project Breathe. This is a program aimed at helping firefighters care for everyone in the family after a fire, including the family pet. Veterinarian Dr. Alice Sievers of Bear Creek [...]

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    Sanne Specht is the Mail Tribune's education reporter, Southern Oregon Journal columnist and Unleased blogger by day. By night she is companion to several mutant goldfish, a duo of rowdy parrots and a most venerable cat. Read all about the ... Read Full
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