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Archive for May 27th, 2009

This just in: Stray needs home

Talk about cutting out the middleman. A stray dog nosed her way through a propped open door and into a TV news studio in rural Missouri, and ended up appearing on the morning newscast.

And it wasn’t even “Pet of the Week” day.

KRCG, a TV station in rural Missouri, reports that the well-behaved, mild-mannered mixed breed cruised into the studio Tuesday morning, leading some members of the news team to bring her onto the set of the morning newscast, in case her owner, or a potential new one, was watching.

“We just wanted to put her on in case a family is out looking for her,” said meteorologist Kassie Crimi.

No one, as of last night, had called.

The station said the dog was covered in ticks. Her hair was matted and she appeared to have gone for a while without food. She had no identification tags and no microchip.

KRCG staff checked with nearby Callaway Hills Animal Shelter, whose homeless pets are featured on the station’s “Pet of the Week” segment, but the shelter was “simply too full to take on another pet in these tough economic times,” the station reported. “That means we were left to care for the dog.”

And care for her they did. The dog was driven to Crago Veterinary Clinic in Jefferson City, where she got a bath, haircut, check-up and shots — all complimentary.

It wasn’t the first time a stray has ended up at the station. Because it’s in the country, the occasional visiting dog is not uncommon, and some dogs have been dumped there, which, the station pointed out, is illegal in Missouri.

The station described the dog this way: “She looks like a black golden retreiver, basset hound mix, about two years old and without a home it seems.”

If you recognize the dog, or want it, or if you simply want to compliment the station on its kindness, send an email to news@krcg.com.

(Photo: KRCG)

Canines & Cocktails … for a cause

The second in a summer-long series of dog-friendly cocktail parties is Friday night at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

The gatherings —  held the last Friday of every month — each feature a different theme, and benefit a different cause.

This Friday’s “Spring Fling Posy Party” benefits the Anne Arundel County SPCA, and features an opportunity to paint Paw Posies with your pooch — as well as an opportunity to lap up some beverages, enjoy complimentary munchies and socialize (both you and your dog).

The events run from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Weather Rail outdoor patio at Loew’s Annapolis, 126 West St. Admission is free. They are sponsored by Loews and Paws Pet Boutique. Parking is available at Loews for $2.

Here’s the rest of this summer’s line-up:

June 26: Patriotic Pooch Contest, benefits Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue

July 31: Canine Ice Cream Social, benefits Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary

August 28: Best Dog Tricks, benefits K9Lifesavers Rescue

Sept. 25: Paws Fido Fashion Show, benefits Modest Needs

Dying bulldog saves owner from fire

Two weeks ago, Scott Seymore learned his dog had cancer — and opted not to put her down. Instead, he decided to let her live out the few weeks the vet predicted she had remaining, comforted by some painkillers.

Last weekend, Brittney, a 9-year-old American bulldog, woke Seymore up with her barking, letting him know that their house in Grand Rapids was on fire in time for both of them to escape.

The terminal diagnosis for Brittney had come May 7, according to the Grand Rapids Press. Seymore, a 39-year-old salesman, decided against chemotherapy and, though he knew her time was limited, opted against euthanasia.

After the fire — faulty wiring in the rented house was blamed — Seymore and Brittney went to stay at the home of Seymore’s parents, but Brittney’s condition worsened. She stopped eating, couldn’t get up and was having trouble breathing. “I laid her in bed with me in my parent’s spare room and she shook the bed with us in it just breathing,” Seymore said. “She didn’t deserve to be in such distress.”

Brittney was euthanized Tuesday at the Animal Hospital of Kentwood, Seymore at her side.

“A dog loves you unconditionally and totally, which makes this really hard,” Seymore said afterwards. “To have to do it days after she saved my life is really depressing.

“I know that it’s the right thing,” he added, “but it feels like the worst thing.”

Seymore told the newspaper he was looking for a new house — one big enough for a dog.