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Veterinarians to attempt world record for microchipping pets

What do a 3-month-old calf pastured next door to an ice cream parlor in Rhode Island, a kitten born to a barn cat in Colorado and Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies for sale in Oklahoma have in common? This summer, all of these animals exposed numerous people to rabies. In each case, post-exposure treatment was necessary […]

Grow For It!: Poisonous plants and pets

Many of the plants grown in our yards are toxic to dogs and cats. Some can be fatal, but many cause nonfatal — but annoying — symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and drooling. Because of dogs’ indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, they are much more commonly poisoned than cats. For lots of good information on […]

Don’t leave pets in cars in warm weather

El Dorado County Animal Services is advising pet owners to not leave dogs, cats or other pets unattended in vehicles during warm weather. According to Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services, if the outside temperature is 80 degrees or higher, temperatures inside vehicles can climb to 120 degrees or more within 10 to 20 minutes, […]

Reptiles make great pets, if handled correctly

By Jeanne Smith Special to the Democrat Reptiles have become increasingly popular as pets over the past 20 years. As captive-breeding has made reptiles more available and affordable, families have also realized reptiles make interesting, relatively easy care pets. Their needs can be met in a small apartment, they don’t require the attention or time […]

Birds need special care as pets

By Jeanne Smith Special to the Democrat Birds have many traits that endear themselves to their owners. Many can talk, some even seem to carry on conversations with their owners, but almost all birds are lively, cheerful and playful. Before you decide to get a bird, though, you also have to be aware of their […]

Grow for it! Pesticide poisoning in pets — part 2

Last week, the Master Gardener article focused on insecticides that can be poisonous to pets. In this week’s article, the focus is on an additional group of pesticides that can also be toxic to pets. Master Gardeners continue to emphasize the minimal use of these products because they not only can be harmful to beneficial […]

Grow for it!: Pesticide poisoning in pets is an important topic — part I

In our Master Gardener training, we are taught to minimize the use of pesticides because they kill beneficial insects and wildlife. Pesticides can also kill pets. Because of their indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, dogs are much more likely to be poisoned than cats. The most common poisonings that I’ve seen in dogs in this […]

Pamper your pets this Christmas

All year they’ve greeted you with wagging tails, wet noses and soft purrs. Now it’s time to show your pet just how much you appreciate their fuzzy companionship. It’s time to fill their Christmas stocking … but with what? Let’s start with where your pet takes a nap. “It’s bed season,” said Robin Mizell, owner […]

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Don’t bake your pets in the car

Citing an increase in calls for service as well as rising temperatures, El Dorado County Animal Services has issued a reminder to county motorists to not leave their pets unattended in their vehicles. Henry Brzezinski, Animal Services’ chief, said it is imperative to not leave animals locked in a vehicle, especially if the outside temperature is 80 degrees […]

Group cares for soldiers’ pets

EL DORADO — There are a lot of things to take care of when a soldier is deployed, a lot of things to worry about. One of the biggest concerns is what to do with their pets. Sometimes a friend can be found to pet-sit, sometimes the only options are an expensive boarding kennel or […]

We learned a lesson: Keep ID on your pets

EDITOR: We are writing to share a story of our lost dog that underscores the importance of having some form of identity on your pet. On a recent journey up the California north coast, we entered the city of Eureka from the south, traveling slowly on busy US 101 through town. Our small dog Zorro was […]

Bring pets along this Memorial Day

Why should our furry members of the family have to stay home this Memorial Day weekend? A new 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey states that 23 percent of dog owners take their dogs along with them when traveling for two or more nights, and with 78.2 million dogs owned in the U.S., that’s a lot of […]

Finding homes for pets and people too

As if the daily sales and leasing of property, retail and commercial space wasn’t enough to keep them busy, Realtors Ann, 64, and Peter McQuillen, 62, have been coordinating the rescue of Australian cattle dogs out of their Somerset home for the past 16 years. The dog-loving duo behind Team Real Estate in Placerville founded the working-dog rescue […]

Marni Jameson: Nip and tuck for carpets

By Marni Jameson Ahh, January, the month when people the world over resolve to eat less, exercise more, and visit their plastic surgeons. I, for one, was first in line this year with my resolution to get a nip here, a tuck there, eliminate wrinkles and firm things up. And I did all that this […]

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There has got to be a better way than abandoning pets

EDITOR: When I was younger I thought I might want to be a veterinarian, until I went to the pound looking for a lost cat and saw the cramped and dirty cages they were kept in (not in this county). Then I had to put one of my cats down, due to an incurable virus. […]

Pets are a cherished commitment

EDITOR: You recently printed a letter by Teena Bonnici about the slim chances of an animal being adopted once put in a shelter. Her letter was powerful and it took me right where I didn’t want to go. I would like to add to this subject of unwanted animals a line or two about one […]

Uncle Matty: Emotipets

Creators Syndicate Maybe it all started with Snoopy. The temper tantrums, the hysterical cackling laughter at his own jokes, that conniving competitive edge that was always there between him and his Òmaster,Ó Charlie Brown. Or maybe Charles M. Schulz was like the rest of us in our tendency to project emotions and ulterior motives onto […]

Optimism prevails at 34th Home Show

By Kathy Jurgens It is difficult to believe that another year has already passed since last year’s Home Show. As we age, it continues to boggle our minds how quickly time passes. One of the best parts about the past year is our economical lives have improved, ever so slightly for some, a little better […]

Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

Ahh, Spring. Finally. After The Winter That Wouldn’t Quit, we’ve come to that welcome slice of  time between shiver and swelter, those few months when it’s warm enough to work in the yard but not so hot you spout sweat like a rain bird. Excuses thaw. You can’t say it’s too cold or  too hot, […]

Supervisors’ race, District 4

EDITOR: I’ve noticed that Josh Woods (to my knowledge not a resident of the fourth district) has become an advocate for Scott McNeil’s run for the fourth district’s open supervisors’ seat. In a response to a letter about McNeil’s fitness to be on the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Woods replied “LOL…again STOPtheLies. Scott is a […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Mountain lion seen in Placerville

A mountain lion was sighted last week near Cedar Ravine with the woman who reported it saying others have also seen one recently. Diana Miller of Placerville said she spotted a large one around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, as she was on her way to work. She said she stopped at the stop […]

The balancing act: Save the whales

About four months ago a movie called Blackfish was run on one of the cable channels. Perhaps it should have run on the propaganda channel. As I watch the film, it became more obvious that it had an ax to grind (like retribution against a former employer) other than the well-being of orcas and would […]

Time out: A grand time at Grand China

Restaurant: Grand China Address: 4340 Golden Center Drive, Placerville Phone: 530-621-1882   There is a perception out there that, basically, all Chinese restaurants are pretty much the same all over North America. This is categorically not true. There are differences, sometimes very subtle and sometimes not so subtle, that make the real gems stand out. […]

Keep cool this spring and summer

If the mild winter is any indication — people were wearing shorts during what should have been California’s rainiest season — it’s going to be a long, hot summer. Don’t get caught with a broken air conditioner; stick to a maintenance plan that will ensure everything stays nice and cool. “Consider your HVAC (unit) similar […]

Tick prevention reminder issued

As warmer weather approaches and individuals venture outdoors, El Dorado County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and tick bites. “Ticks can carry and transmit diseases to people and pets,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While not all ticks carry disease, […]

Horoscope, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Stay-cation Cancer Moon The Cancer moon insists on finding relaxation inside the safe confines of home, sweet home. If that is not a relaxing place, the day is likely to be dedicated to making it more so. What needs to change? The feng shui? Houseguests? The attitude of family members or habits of the pets? […]

Grange presents ‘Spring Hootenanny’

The Gold Trail Grange is kicking off spring with a “Spring Hootenanny” — a community fundraiser to benefit Junior Guides, a new local not-for-profit program. The hootenanny will be held at the Grange, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma, on Friday, April 4 from 4:30-10 p.m. Arran Harris and The Farm Band will be rocking the […]

Festival at Sac State showcases the arts

The Festival of the Arts makes its annual return to California State University, Sacramento with a five-day lineup, capped Sunday with a day full of performances, attractions, music and demonstrations for the entire family. This year’s festival runs April 9-13 and covers all fields of art — visual and performance. “Each year the festival offers […]

Horoscope, Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Moon Eve Maybe every day should be a fresh start, but even cockeyed optimists would agree that the concept is easier said than put into practice. Human behavior is built on habit. We wouldn’t advance very far if we had to make each day up from scratch. Get ready to take advantage of tomorrow’s […]

Additional animals test positive for rabies

El Dorado County Animal Services has identified several more rabid skunks over the past few weeks, bringing the total number to seven for 2014. “We want to provide education and public awareness regarding the presence of rabies in our community,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While it isn’t unusual to find […]

Uncle Matty doing Saturday radio show on KFBK

SACRAMENTO — Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis announced Friday he will be hosting a new radio talk show every Saturday from 1-2 p.m. on KFBK. “Pet Talk with Uncle Matty” debuts this Saturday, March 22. “Pet Talk with Uncle Matty” is a forum devoted to the frank and lively discussion of pets, wildlife and the environment. […]

Ray Phillips

March 22, 1928 — March 11, 2014 Ray Phillips passed away suddenly at home in El Dorado. A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; sons, Jerry of Cameron Park and Glen of Valencia, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Jenny, Leslie, Kevin, Austin, Cameron and Grant. Most of Ray’s […]

February divorces

Bonny Alamillo and Peter Alamillo, February 26, 2014 Teresa L. Omohundro and Robert E. Omohundro Jr., February 27, 2014 Eric Michaelson and Hedy Michaelson, February 27, 2014 Christopher Smith and Cherise Hernandez Smith, February 27, 2014 Corinthea S. Lane and Dustin Colby Lane, February 27, 2014 Leianne Bell and Thomas Albert Bell, February 27, 2014 […]

Water conservation

EDITOR: I am in the sixth grade and want to share an idea about how to save water. One way to help conserve water is to use a bucket. When you take a shower, the first thing you feel is cold water. If you use a bucket to catch that cold water you can then […]

Rabid skunk alert

El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]

Ten most common seller mistakes

Working with buyers can be unpredictable. One week they are convinced they want to live in the country and the next week we are in Folsom looking at new track homes. They wouldn’t consider paying more than $400,000 but all the homes they want to preview are priced at more than $450,000. Two-story homes are […]

Tractor supply announces scholarship program

Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally […]

Special interest takeover

EDITOR: Territory take over by a quirk in the system; The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the states on behalf of Indian nations so that they will have control over territory outside their tribal jurisdiction. The hidden factor is that not only will the Indians have control also the feds. This is how our […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Meet the Frenchie

Olympians aren’t the only ones setting and breaking records. Let’s hear it for the Lab. On Jan. 31, the American Kennel Club announced that for the 23rd year in a row, the Labrador retriever has been elected “most popular dog breed” in the United States, shattering the old record. OK, maybe shattering isn’t the word. […]

Start early preparing home for sale

The unusually warm weather this winter has eliminated my normal excuses for not undertaking household projects that need to be done around our house. During past winters when it was cold or stormy, I had good reason to stay inside by the fire and watch a football game or read a Tom Clancy novel but […]

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