The El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Art ‘n’ Bark, a dog and pet-themed art show spotlighting local artists and dog-friendly activities for pet owners and their four-legged friends to enjoy together on Saturday, June 20. There will be a novel Third Saturday artists’ reception spotlighting a variety of canine curiosities, crafts, and fanfare. The […]
By Henry Brzezinski, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Services Summer brings with it many opportunities for new adventures with family pets. However, summer can also bring potentially dangerous situations for both people and their pets. With a little planning, everyone, including pets can stay safe this summer. A number of tips are recommended by […]
By Ryan Morris Aquatics Manager at Lee’s Feed There are people who are drawn to more unfamiliar pets when the friendly and furry is no longer interesting. Exotic pet keepers are drawn to the slimy, scaly, bristly and the downright ornery. Exotic pet keepers’ interests are as diverse as the pets they keep. One that […]
For many people in El Dorado County, pets are valued members of the family — they are the loving balls of fluff there to greet you after a long day at work, or put a smile on your face when you’re feeling down or blue. If these companions suddenly disappear or don’t come home one […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In October many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are […]
NEW ENERGY … NEW IDEAS: Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 extends a warm welcome to the following new members: Matthew Orlousky, Patricia Stoll, Thomas Van Der Wende, Robert Wenning, David Buel, Gary Gritzmacher, Danielle Humphrey, Robert Iannalli, Regina Stephens, Karen Weiss and Albert Williams. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Food Bank of El Dorado County is looking […]
Drive most anywhere in California this year and you’ll see vast acreages of dead lawns. Maybe you buy the spin that our lawns are now “golden” but there is little that is attractive in a dried-up lawn, with bare patches invaded by more drought tolerant plants like bur clover. Perhaps if California had been settled […]
There is no better time to prepare for an emergency than the present. During National Preparedness Month, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency – Public Health Preparedness and Response reminds residents to make an emergency communications plan for themselves and their families. “Being prepared is a shared responsibility in communities,” said Michelle Patterson, […]
Though the Butte Fire has not burned one inch of land in El Dorado County, its effecting everyone who lives here. Thick smoke has replaced blue sky, forcing sporting event cancellation and limiting visibility.
And while many opted out of outdoor activities these last few days, smoke didn’t completely ruin everyone’s weekend.
Saturday, more than 200 people participated in Marshall Medical Center’s Women’s Health Expo in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Ladies, gents, wenches and thieves took over Cameron Park Lake for the Renaissance Tudor Fayre both Saturday and Sunday. Those touched by cancer participated in the Relay for Life at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville this weekend as well.
SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Joel’s reached a point in his career where he can play when he wants, where he wants and what he wants. In that order, last Saturday, Joel and band performed at San Francisco’s AT & T Park in San Francisco and the set list was as expected — classic favorites. The […]
A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting second Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. On Sept. 12, the Midtown Business Association will offer a special (ticketed) Mixer that is open to the public and […]
What came first — the chicken or the ordinance? Right — but if the ordinance isn’t passed, say good-bye to the chickens. Chickens are allowed within Placerville city limits on larger parcels zoned for such uses, two zones that have permitted the birds along with other traditional agricultural undertakings. But on smaller residential properties, the chickens legally […]
El Dorado County health officials remind residents and visitors that chipmunks, squirrels and other wild rodents can carry plague, and that a few simple precautions can prevent the spread of the disease. “While human cases of plague are fairly rare, there are many areas in California, including higher elevation areas of El Dorado County, where […]
EDITOR: I absolutely could not believe Carol Anne Ogdin’s letter titled “Defending StemExpress.” She starts out by dangling a carrot to the readers about how good the county job prospects are with the biotech lab. She then goes on the attack of the recent videos showing monetary negotiations of baby body parts and defends Planned […]
It’s a pretty sure bet that Mike Tilson’s gravestone will say something clever, like “I told you I was sick,” but so far the monument-maker hasn’t nailed down his own epitaph. Perhaps it will be along a more serious vein, like: “He marked the passage of others with care and style.” That is, if the […]
EDITOR: I write in defense of StemExpress, one of the few innovators with job-growth prospects in all of El Dorado County. The wild speculation and outright lies about the use of aborted fetal tissue needs to stop. Implying the “harvesting of tissue” is the motivation for abortion simply ignores the facts. It all started with […]
Even Bullet the one-eyed tabby cat appears pleased as all get-out at El Dorado County Animal Services these days, flipping and flopping on the front counter as he says hello to visitors.
The animal shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs that opened its doors almost a year ago has proved a great fit for critters and caretakers alike. It’s a long way from being the “pound” anymore.
“They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that’s been true for us,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “We’ve had people bringing in the animals, especially kittens right now — but then again, we’ve had more people coming here wanting to adopt.”
Jupiter Enters Virgo Sir Winston Churchill famously suggested that we not look too far ahead, as “the chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” The passage of Jupiter into Virgo promises to help us give vigilant focus to each link we come to. Practical matters will continue to demand our […]
History shows time and time again our greatest accomplishments at Lake Tahoe are achieved when people work together. In the past, Tahoe was known as a place where unproductive interactions between stakeholders led to a stunning decay in our environment and our economic vitality, creating a region that seemed frozen in time. We face major […]
We at the Mountain Democrat are fully behind the movement to help animals find a permanent, loving home. That’s why we continually publish animals available for adoption in the newspaper. It’s been a longtime service and we appreciate the kindhearted advertisers and supporters who make this possible. Seeing animals waiting for adoption pulls at the heart-strings. Finding good […]