At its national convention in Denver this week, officials of the American Veterinary Medical Association have taken the unusual step of "clarifying" the organization's policy on cat declawing to stress that it's a major surgery -- making prominent use of the word "amputation" in describing the proce ... 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 >>
When Jamie Rephann's eight-year-old boxer mix, Tank, started having trouble walking, he took his dog to the vet, where he learned the options were pretty limited. Either Tank could go on expensive pain medication that might destroy his liver, or Rephann could try other, alternative treatments for hi ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Latte.Yesterday, we shared the story of Cristina Amaro, whose two small dogs, Latte and Swag, appear to have been shot to death. The post prompted one reader to castigate such actions while at the same time stressing that owners of noisy pets need to be take responsibility for their actions.
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 >>
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 >>
Big pic below.Update: As we noted yesterday, no charges were filed in the immediate aftermath of an incident in which a man shot a 140-pound dog after it attacked his greyhound -- and that remains the case at this writing. However, the owner of the dead pet -- a bullmastiff named Flato -- has ... 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 >>
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Suzie's Tartar Liquid, Suzie's Pet Supplies
Mutts & Models struts its puppy love
Cheesman neighbors worry that their park is going to the dogs.
Highlighting the week's greatest gratis event
Dog training area
Cherry Creek State Park
Stinky Dog No More
Puttin' on the dog at the Rocky Mountain Classic.
The Cat Hospital of Wheat Ridge
What do Bill Owens and Bert from Sesame Street have in common? Pigeons.