Like many Coloradans, I'm a little obsessed with my dog. He sleeps on my bed. He's attended concerts with me and even come on a vacation or two. And of course I'm obsessed with what he eats (or, rather, what I feed him). I won't bore you with the details, but it should suffice to say that my husband ... More >>
Nathan Winograd released his book about animal shelters, Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America, eight years ago -- and the response was so successful that he decided to create a documentary about animal shelters not only to reprise the information in the bo ... More >>
For years, we've covered the controversy over pit-bull bans -- policies that pit-bull activists feel punish the breed when those truly at fault for attacks or other incidents are poor owners. Last night, the Aurora City Council gave preliminary approval to move forward on a series of ballot measure ... More >>
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 >>
Take Your Dog to Work Day began back in 1999 as a way for professional to bring their furry helpers with them one day per year. And the holiday continues in tomorrow, June 21. But at Kyjen, founded in Centennial by Kyle Hansen every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day as there are a dozen office dogs t ... More >>
Dogs just want to have fun -- and fortunately, Denver has no shortage of places where you can take your pet. The Mile High City has dog-friendly salons, bars, stores and parks, of course. Here are ten places you and your dog will love this summer: See also: - Photos: Ten favorite dog names in Color ... More >>
Most fans will know author Rory Freedman as co-author of the bestselling Skinny Bitch, a lifestyle book disguised as a diet book. Now she's back to expand on her philosophy about animals in Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals. And to some people, it will seem radical. We talked to Freedman ... More >>
Ken Foster, the New Orleans-based author of I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet, spoke to a crowd of dog owners and advocates at the Tattered Cover Colfax last night. Foster's stop here was significant: Not only does Denver have a controversial breed ban on pi ... More >>
Take a look at these cats: These are the Amazing Acro-Cats, which have skills that make even the cutest of house cats look like Garfield's fatter, more sarcastic cousins. The second I saw this photo, I wondered (and then doubted) whether my cat has similar chops -- whether she's secretly a showcat w ... More >>
The local Team Pit-A-Full organization continues to push an online petition against breed-specific legislation exemplified by Denver's pit bull ban. But such efforts are complicated by stories like one out of Colorado Springs, in which Bud Linton, pictured, shot a pit bull dead after it allegedly a ... More >>
No, he didn't get a crown, Dr. Aubrey J. Lavizzo informs me, when the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association named him the 2011 CVMA Veterinarian of the Year. But he did get "a free lunch for me and my wife, Gale" -- and a round of applause from his colleagues in recognition of his decades of servi ... More >>
In a Freudian sense, domestication is a pretty steep trade-off: For human beings (we call our domestication "civilization"), we get the benefits of safety, security and society, the comfortable pleasure of staking out some degree of order in an otherwise chaotic, dangerous world -- the price, ... More >>
Diamond.Earlier this week, Matthew Weatherspoon was charged with stabbing a five-month-old bulldog puppy named Diamond after the dog nipped him. He is then accused of tossing the dog out of his apartment, where it was later discovered and taken to an animal hospital. Unconscionable? Yes. But ... More >>
Video below.The Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance is at it again. The Feline Fix organization, which has promoted spaying and neutering via unique campaigns involving Tom Cat condoms applied by the indefatigable Nurse Nancy is now tackling B.C.H.O.B.C.S.I.D. -- Baby Cats Having Other Baby Cat ... More >>
Welcome to the cat show.While you were outside enjoying the beautiful springtime weather in Denver this last weekend, people from around the country were showing off their pussies. That's right. Hundreds of cat owners and breeders gathered for the Springtime in the Rockies all-breed cat sho ... More >>
Nurse Nancy, the alter ego of Amy Angelilli, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance's The Feline Fix, has used plenty of unusual methods to stop kitty overpopulation, including satirical Tom Cat Condoms. Her latest gambit -- a video in which Nancy plays detective to inve ... More >>
City Hall will be going to the dogs today, with pit bull protesters converging on the building at 14th and Bannock streets at 11 a.m. today -- if the protesters can get around all that Big Air scaffolding. But there's already plenty of hot air in the dog-eat-dog world of pit bulls.
A vigorous conversation has taken root on our post about the Denver City Council rejecting a service-dog exemption for pit bulls. One interesting observation has to do with the way pit bulls are covered by the media in comparison with other dogs.
Long before the Americans with Disabilities Act was revised to protect pit bulls as service dogs, critics have been snapping at Denver's 1989 ordinance that bans the breed. But last night, Denver City Council brushed aside both the critics and the feds in upholding the ban. And that bites!
Nurse Nancy protecting a banana.Last month, we told you about Tom Cat Condoms, whose slogan is "Prevent a litter, cover your critter." The real deal? Hardly. Instead, they're a satirical tool wielded by the Feline Fix, an affiliate of the Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance, to encourage pet sp ... More >>
Photo by Anthony CameraKristen Des Marais, on the prowl. The last time I saw Kristen Des Marais, she was trying to track dozens of feral cats that had set up a fast-breeding colony in the crawl spaces under a Denver apartment complex. Des Marais and volunteer Carol Tudor were trapping the cat ... More >>
Why is every body always picking on me?A federal class-action suit involving disabled Coloradans -- two war veterans with psychological disorders -- and their service animals was filed Tuesday against Aurora, the City and County of Denver and its head of Animal Control. The two veterans, an ... More >>
Justice, an 11-month-old Great Dane, scopes the competition at the RMC dog show.Every year around this time, the Westminster Kennel Club puts on its hifalutin, thoroughly mockable parade of purebreds, all vying to star in the next Christopher Guest movie. And around the same time, a down-home ... More >>
Today, October 16, is National Feral Cat Day. This is not really a day of celebration; it's more of a day of scolding and sobering statistics, since the growing phenomenon of feral cats has a lot to do with the human capacity to abandon domesticated animals. Thirty thousand cats are euthanize ... More >>
The Festival of the Bastardino ensures every dog has its day.
Want to be a millionaire? Who doesn't? Well, do you own a cat? More importantly, can you think like your cat? And why are we asking these seemingly inane questions? To determine your eligibility for the Meow Mix Game Show, that's why.
This fine specimen of Puma concolor posed for a portrait around mid-afternoon last Tuesday on the Shadow Canyon south trail, just a few miles south of Boulder. The photographer is Denver Public Library staffer Rob Jackson, who explains that the mountain lion was kind enough not to snack on his borde ... More >>
It's the Pits
Recycled Racers of Colorado
The Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show will give viewers paws.
Rally-O isn't really ruff on pooches
From the week of June 17, 2004
Owning a pit bull look-alike can be the pits.
Dog school lets mutts strut their stuff.
Fillmore St. between 2nd and 3rd avenues
St. Regis Hotel
How and where to get in the game