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.
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.
PITTSBURGH - German shepherds named Lily, Oliver, Shilo and Faith have been in their new homes for less than a month, but they've already made life-altering improvements for the local veterans with whom they've been teamed.
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?
It's a little odd to hear Louis C.K.'s voice coming out of an animated dog when we're so used to it going on about hand jobs or the dark pit of human selfishness, but that's one of the little joys of "The Secret Life of Pets." You get to hear Louis C.K. yell "Ball!" and there's nothing sexual about it.
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:
Cody and Angelo are waiting at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter for their forever homes. The two pooches are examples of the wide variety of dogs available for adoption at the shelter.
Breanna Moore and her 7-year-old son, Anthony, were recently reunited with their Ragdoll Persian cat, Truckee, about two years after the cat went missing in the Paso Robles countryside — Moore saw her on a Facebook group for lost pets.