The world of dog training can be as divided as religion or politics. And so it's no surprise that America's first canine expert to become a household name often comes under fire for his methods and eccentric personality. Now known to the world as "The Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan originally came to ... More >>
If chickens are now legal in Aurora, can pit bulls be far behind? Tonight Aurora City Council will consider a proposal to change the breed ban that prohibits pit bulls in the city -- and in advance of that meeting, at 6 p.m. repeal supporters will rally outside Aurora City Hall, 15151 East Alameda P ... More >>
Last week, Byron Graham wrote about the upcoming transition of Byers junior high from an unofficial dog park to a Denver School of Science and Technology charter school. One pet lover sees that as good news, even though it means finding a new place for her pooch.
Recently Gene Shue went looking for a new dog, a companion for the chihuahua he adopted three years ago -- and got a bad case of sticker shock. He found the perfect buddy dog at Golden's Foothills Animal Shelter, only to learn that the adoption fee was double what he'd paid for the same type of dog ... More >>
Back in 2010, we published a story in which a veterinarian warned that dogs shouldn't be given marijuana. Shortly thereafter, Fox31 did a lurid version of the same story, complete with imagery straight out of a '60s-era psychedelic flick. Then, last year, CBS4 reported about a vet who'd conducted a ... More >>
At least initially, the biggest local story to come out of this year's Westminster Kennel Club seemed to be the near-victory of Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog bred in Colorado Springs who become the annual extravaganza's Cinderella. But now, there's another, and far weirder, Colorado link to what' ... More >>
A dog may well be man's best friend. But if not trained properly, your canine companion could become your worst nightmare. That's why Petco will be hosting free puppy socialization seminars this weekend in every location in metro Denver. The sessions are designed to introduce puppies to new situatio ... More >>
Ken Foster, author of I'm a Good Dog, didn't plan on making a stop in Denver. "But as the book's publication date approached, I began to see how much the book meant to people who love their dogs," Foster told us. "And it felt like an oversight not to do something in Denver, where change is so despe ... More >>
The video editing masterminds over at Everything is Terrible will be in town Saturday to show their new film Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. The collective is known for compiling tons of found footage into hypnotizing viral videos, and their canine-themed movie tonig ... More >>
As we've noted in this space before, interesting comments beget interesting comments -- something that was proven again after we shared the all-capped thoughts of a pit bull lover earlier this week. Here, a reader suggests that pit bull blame is being misdirected.
They don't make Air Bud movies about pit bulls. There are no commercials in which a pit bull licks ice cream from a gleeful toddler's cone of Rocky Road, and only Weimeraners seem to drive cars. In Denver, the pit bull breed is illegal, and it has been for decades. David Edelstein can't chang ... More >>
Fat dog doesn't care that its fat.Dogs are like babies in one respect above all others: They don't know they're fat (or drooling half the time, for that matter). But unlike dogs, babies grow up, get skinny, then fat again. Canines go down another road, one of constant eating and as much sleep ... More >>
The debate about Denver's longstanding pit bull ban continues to raise passions among those who love the breed, as well as people who fear it. And this week, two separate incidents have fired more debate. One in which Edgewater officers killed a Rottweiler after the dog and a pit bull chased ... More >>
Video below.Pit bull bans in Denver and Colorado cities like Aurora have stirred controversy among activists, who insist that bad owners, not the breed, are to blame when the dogs attack. But while Nederland's Michael O'Neill, who was recently injured by a pit bull, doesn't back a ban, he say ... More >>
Denver's quiet policy change to allow pit bulls to be used as service dogs might seem to end a class-action lawsuit demanding just such a change. But no: Jennifer Edwards, the Animal Law Center attorney behind the court action, says the fight will go on due to several factors, including a po ... More >>
For more than two decades, Denver has tenaciously defended its pit bull ban. Years of lawsuits, protests and bad press have done nothing to unmoor Denver's political leadership from their conviction that this particular breed of dog is far too dangerous to allow within city limits. No except ... More >>
New federal guidelines tightening the traditionally loosey-goosey definition "service animals" go into effect today. From now on only dogs (and, um, in some cases, miniature horses) that have been "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disabi ... More >>
In December, Denver City Council rejected a service-dog exemption to its longtime pit bull ban, despite a lawsuit claiming the rule breaks federal law. Aurora faced a similar dilemma, and while the city council is on the cusp of creating the same kind of exemption Denver rejected, one member ... More >>
Duffy (top) and MillerIf you love Cirque de Soleil, can't wait for Denver's first Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, coming in May -- and, oh yeah, happen to like dogs -- then the upcoming pooch-oriented aerial show Don't Kill Bill: A Dog Lover's Night Out might be just the ticket. Organizer Ky ... More >>
Dogs, beer and philanthropy make a perfect mix.New Belgium Brewing Co. is teaming up with Outside Magazine to take advantage of dog owners' desires to take pictures of their dogs and eagerly share them with anyone who's alive. Coinciding with the release of Mighty Arrow Pale Ale is a Facebook ... More >>
FlickrDenver City Council's decision not to provide a service-dog exception for its long-time pit-bull ban violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to an attorney suing Denver and Aurora on behalf of disabled vets. Councilwoman Paula Sandoval, who voted for creating an excepti ... More >>
Denver City Council's decision not to provide a service-dog exemption to its longtime pit bull ban isn't just bad public policy, in the opinion of Jennifer Reba Edwards, attorney and founder of the Animal Law Center. It's also illegal -- which is why her firm is suing the city, as well as Aur ... More >>
Benny.Jared Jacang Maher's 2009 Westword feature "For Two Decades, Pit Bulls Have Been Public Enemy #1 in Denver -- But Maybe It's Time for a Recount" examined Denver's controversial pit bull ban -- a subject further illuminated by photos of the city's pit bull row and leaked images of piled- ... More >>
railyarddogs.orgRailyard Dog Park construction.Students returning to East High School today can look forward to a lesson in community involvement over the next two years, courtesy of Denver's parks department. By the end of September, the city plans to demolish the former Safeway/Church in t ... More >>
In this week's Westword, Kenny Be draws "Denver's Most Dogged" -- a breakdown of the city's rabid dog-lovers. After dividing the dog-lovers into six types -- from Petrosexuals to Dogvocates -- he outlines their every desire. Click through to see where you and your dog fit in ...
The carcass of a young pit bull at Denver's animal shelter in 2006 As part of the feature story on the effectiveness of the Denver's twenty-year-old law outlawing pit bull breeds, Westword posted a photo blog of dogs impounded in a section of the municipal animal shelter known as Pit Bull Row ... More >>
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