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Pets

Animal Island: Parakeet keeps knocking over food, water containers

Q: I have a 4-year-old male budgie parakeet. It's been a pleasure all these years until last week. I clean his cage every morning and give him fresh food, drinking water and fill a bird bathtub for him to splash in. Last week he started dumping the food and drinking water. I replace it and he does it again. Is this a game or is there something wrong? I am off to the pet store today to buy dishes that can't be spilled and some new toys that may distract him. Should I be concerned?

Pets

Service dogs star in this tale

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Max McKoane couldn't contain himself when he saw the service dogs get up on the stage. He ran over to join them, struggling to pull himself up. Then he cuddled in.

Pets

Pet Vet: Spaniel's ear troubles could be chronic otitis

Gladys from Modesto wrote in about Buffy, her 9-year-old female cocker spaniel with ear problems. Buffy has had ear infections on and off for most of her life and is being treated with some type of ointment in the ears without apparent success. Buffy appears to be in pain and her activity level is way down.

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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Meet Sunny, a Pomeranian mix at the SLO County shelter

Sunny, a Pomeranian mix, is waiting for a new family at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services' shelter. Here, Sunny gets pampered at the groomers.
Ellen Perryess
Meet Sunny, a Pomeranian mix at the SLO County shelter 1:17

Meet Sunny, a Pomeranian mix at the SLO County shelter

Rookie is a good dog looking for a home 0:37

Rookie is a good dog looking for a home

Meet little Angelo and big Cody, two shelter dogs longing for homes 1:14

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

Meet Daphne, an easy-going long-haired cat 0:09

Meet Daphne, an easy-going long-haired cat