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Animal Island: Cut tree branches to move unwelcome birds along

Q: We live near the water and four or five pairs of some kind of small heron have built nests in some very large maple trees in the front of our house. The first year they did this there was only one pair and we thought it was kind of cool, but now the mess on our front lawn is unbelievable. Poop and feathers are everywhere and all over our cars if we park them in the driveway. Is there any way we can discourage the birds from living here? Nothing scares them at all; people on our block shoot off fireworks every Fourth of July and it does not faze these birds at all.

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The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level - look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

Pets

Animal Island: Few options to stop neighbors' dogs from barking all day

Q. In April I moved into an apartment complex that allows tenants to keep small dogs. We have not had too many hot days yet so I was able to open my windows rather than use the air conditioning. Some tenants have little dogs that bark at anyone they see while on the leash, and one tenant leaves her dog outside on the second-story deck for hours at a time, watching the pedestrian traffic and barking continuously. I don't like to make a complaint without offering a solution, so can you suggest a simple method of training the animal to control this behavior? I suppose a muzzle would work, if that is not considered cruel treatment. Is it?

Pet Tales

Los Osos woman searches for her cats, and peace of mind

Ninety-three-year-old Doris Williams in Los Osos wrote in about her two missing cats. Although we don’t typically publish letters about missing animals (that’s my disclaimer so this column doesn’t turn into the classifieds section), this one couldn’t help but melt my heart. This is what she wrote:

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Rookie is a good dog looking for a home

Rookie’s a sensitive, fun-loving boy who’s looking for a simple life with someone who will love him for who he is.
Danielle Ames dames@thetribunenews.com
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Rookie is a good dog looking for a home

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Meet little Angelo and big Cody, two shelter dogs longing for homes

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Meet Daphne, an easy-going long-haired cat

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