Unleashed by Petco, a chain that's popping up all around the country, prides itself on being butt-sniffing friendly. "We make it a priority to be involved in the community that surrounds us," says Margaret Aareberg, general manager of the Unleashed by Petco that will open this weekend at 3615 East C ... 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 >>
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 >>
Denver's continuing pit bull ban remains a controversy lightning rod, with lovers of the breed putting blame for problems on owners even as critics see this type of dog as inherently dangerous. Now, two biting incidents involving pit-bull mixes in Larimer County (one dog is seen here) have revved up ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Jeff Fortin surrendered his dog breeding license last week -- much to the delight of animal lovers, who have been complaining about him for years. But he didn't do so before euthanizing 1,200 dogs at his Oberlin, Kansas puppy breeding business, where an outbreak of distemper in December kept ... More >>
Big pics below.At a rally Friday against Denver's ban on pit bulls, the lone city council member in favor of the overturning the measure told a cheering crowd of about a hundred people that an upcoming federal lawsuit focusing on a loophole established by the Americans with Disabilities Act c ... More >>
Teka, Class of '10.In these dark economic times, it's a relief to learn that at least some hard-working students are moving straight from graduation to immediate and steady employment in a booming industry. Qualifications: Four legs, good communication skills, familiarity with the demands of ... 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 >>
Full-sized photos below.Putting on a condom can be tricky, what with all the strategic placement and careful unrolling at a time when your mind is on other things. So imagine how difficult it would be to put one on your cat. He can't do it himself, since the love glove could get punctured by ... 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 ...
A Flickr photoOpen wide...A new Associated Press-Petside.com poll reveals that 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners surveyed would be at least "somewhat likely" to perform CPR on their pets in the event of an emergency. But undoubtedly the number of people who'd actually know ... More >>
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 >>
Incognito and on the run: an American Staffordshire Terrier.He was in our front yard and a little hard to miss. About as inconspicuous as a Hummer in a rose garden. And my wife, Lisa, wanted to rescue him. Maybe it's because of all the old houses and flimsy fences, maybe it's the proximity t ... More >>
I had a lot of time to think about my dog yesterday afternoon while waiting at Denver Police headquarters to clear an active warrant for my arrest. My crime: missing a court appearance on an off-leash dog ticket. My accomplice: a six-year-old beagle named Jacques. Seeing as how we were both wanted ... More >>
In newspaper parlance, a bulldog is an early edition -- most commonly a version of the Sunday paper sold on Saturdays. Since time immemorial, the Denver Post has published such a product, but no more. Jim Nolan, spokesman for the Denver Newspaper Agency, confirms that the Post's bulldog was disconti ... More >>
Dog days. Dogs are annoying. They whine, beg, bite, bark and poop. They stink and shed and jump on your guests. They have to be walked and yelled at and taken to the vet. Most pet owners allege that dogs are worth all that trouble, however, and judging by the number of canines visible on any given ... More >>
No puppies were harmed in the production of this Vlog. Numerous women had their hearts broken, and a few back-alley abortions may ensue, but no puppies were harmed in any way.
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