Iggy: Missing Labrador Pet Dog Returns Home After Five Years

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A girl, Brierley Howard, has been reunited with her pet dog, Iggy, almost five years after it vanished. The 12 year-old was overjoyed when she was told that Iggy the labrador had turned up 130 miles away.Iggy was an 18-month-old puppy when he disappeared in August 2005. Brierley and her brother Jasper, now 14, were devastated. Their mum and dad Karen and Eric believed he had been stolen.

But the family, from Balladen, in Rawtenstall, Lancs, are celebrating after Iggy was spotted wandering the streets in Leicester and taken to a vet.The vet discovered Iggy was fitted with a microchip and he has now been reunited with Brierley and her family.
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Lost German Shepherd Turns Up 600 Miles Away From Home

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About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-lb German shepherd, went missing from his family home in rural Stuart, Va.
During the first couple of days, Pamela Holt, her husband Keith, and their daughter Brooklyn, 3, weren’t terribly worried because they figured their nearly two-year-old pet was running in the fields behind their home.

“We have a lot of land and thought Deacon might be enjoying the outdoors,” Holt, who works as a teller for SunTrust bank, “But we soon got worried and called the area dog warden, the pound and the sheriff’s office. After two weeks, we gave up, fearing he had died or was stolen.”Deacon, a gift from Holt to her husband Keith, a teacher and football coach, had become a beloved family member, and everyone was upset. But a curious call in late February from a man in Deland, Fla., changed everything.

“A male voice on the other end said he thought he may have Deacon,” Holt “I was angry at first and thought he was a prankster trying to play a joke on us … I nearly hung up on him.”The man, who said he was from Animal Control in Deland, told Holt he was looking at her dog. Holt said she thought Deacon was dead. But when he asked her if the dog’s name was Bruno, Holt went crazy with joy.
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Missing Cat's Painful Odyssey Leads Him Home

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This wasn’t going to end happily. All signs pointed to another sad story of a lost pet never to be heard from again.
The posters were hung, search parties formed, Craigslist notified. All the neighbors were on the lookout for the little gray kitty that went on daily walks with its owner, seven other cats and two dogs.But the hours and days passed. Someone saw a cat get hit by a car. Someone else watched a vulture snack on something furry.

“I was frantic,” said Tracie Steger, owner of the lost cat, named Giggle-Blizzard.Thanksgiving dinner was a rather solemn affair attended by the entire clan, save one.Steger has spent a lot of time training her pets.Every day, without leashes or restraints, she and her creatures stroll the neighborhood. They come to her when she calls. They roam the yard without supervision.Steger said the neighbors think it’s a little weird.But things worked out pretty well until Nov. 15, when Steger called the crew inside for dinner.Giggle-Blizzard, the brattiest, was missing.

Steger and her golden retriever, Margarita, went searching for hours in the dark.They came home without her.LOST KITTY signs were up the next day. Neighborhood kids handed out fliers. People walked the neighborhood, calling out the cat’s name.A little girl across the street told Steger she saw a car hit a cat and drive off. It had a gray coat. Steger winced.Another day Steger saw whiskers between the teeth of a hungry vulture. She scared it off and saved a kitten that wasn’t Giggle-Blizzard.

It was hard not to lose hope.

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Missing Cat's Painful Odyssey Leads Him Home

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This wasn’t going to end happily. All signs pointed to another sad story of a lost pet never to be heard from again.
The posters were hung, search parties formed, Craigslist notified. All the neighbors were on the lookout for the little gray kitty that went on daily walks with its owner, seven other cats and two dogs.But the hours and days passed. Someone saw a cat get hit by a car. Someone else watched a vulture snack on something furry.

“I was frantic,” said Tracie Steger, owner of the lost cat, named Giggle-Blizzard.Thanksgiving dinner was a rather solemn affair attended by the entire clan, save one.Steger has spent a lot of time training her pets.Every day, without leashes or restraints, she and her creatures stroll the neighborhood. They come to her when she calls. They roam the yard without supervision.Steger said the neighbors think it’s a little weird.But things worked out pretty well until Nov. 15, when Steger called the crew inside for dinner.Giggle-Blizzard, the brattiest, was missing.

Steger and her golden retriever, Margarita, went searching for hours in the dark.They came home without her.LOST KITTY signs were up the next day. Neighborhood kids handed out fliers. People walked the neighborhood, calling out the cat’s name.A little girl across the street told Steger she saw a car hit a cat and drive off. It had a gray coat. Steger winced.Another day Steger saw whiskers between the teeth of a hungry vulture. She scared it off and saved a kitten that wasn’t Giggle-Blizzard.

It was hard not to lose hope.

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What To Expect From Your Cockatiel?

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Cockatiels are relatively quiet, nondestructive, entertaining birds that are easy to care for. Because they are considered so gentle, they are excellent as companion birds for children. Even though they do not tend to bond with an individual person, they retain better companion bird qualities as a single bird rather than as a pair. However, several cockatiels may be successfully maintained in a single household with patience and attention to each individual. Cockatiels are limited talkers (males may be better), but some individuals are so good at whistling that their tunes are recognizable.

Vital statistics

Body length: 12.5 inches (32 cm)
Body weight: 75-100 grams
Age of sexual maturity: 6-12 months
Average life span in captivity: 10 years (max 32)

Is your Cockatiel a male or a female?

Immature grey cockatiels have yellow stripes under the primary wing feathers. A male loses these stripes around 9 months of age. Head and facial markings are brighter on males. Color mutations (lutino, pied, pearl) may not exhibit the same gender differences in feather pattern. Vocalization is the earliest means of sexing cockatiels — the male has a melodious call; females have more of a monotonous chirp. Cockatiels are prolific year-round breeders. Their offspring are easy to hand-raise but are reluctant to wean.

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How To Get Rid Of Cat Fleas

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Fleas are a nuisance, but that’s not the only reason to take a flea infestation seriously: Fleas can transmit diseases and even cause tapeworms.Getting rid of your cat’s fleas means more than just getting rid of the fleas on your cat. You need to treat your cat’s interior surroundings (i.e. your home’s surfaces, nooks and crannies) and then you need to treat the source, which usually means your home’s surrounding yard.On your cat: Using a fine-toothed flea comb, give your cat a long and thorough brushing. In between strokes, dip the comb in a bowl of soapy water to kill the fleas and eggs. Keep combing until you’re no longer collecting any fleas or eggs. Shampoo your cat in warm water using any shampoo, whether or not it’s specially designed for flea control. Soap alone works as a highly effective flea insecticide.

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Home Remedies For Cherry Eye

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The dreaded “cherry eye” seems to be a condition concerning many pet owners, especially those who have breeds susceptible to the condition, including English Bulldogs and American Cocker Spaniels. Cherry eye results when a tear-producing gland located below the inner corner of the eye protrudes, flips up and comes out of the eye in a little red blob. Luckily, it’s usually not painful to the dog, but can be disturbing to look at. With surgery expensive and not always successful, we searched the Internet to find home remedies. Let us know: what home remedies for cherry eye have you heard of? Have you ever tried any of these?


Ointments and Compresses

An antibiotic ointment prescribed by a veterinarian seems to have helped some pet owners treat their dog’s cherry eye, along with warm compresses and over-the-counter eye lubricant that is thick and formulated for sensitive eyes.

Massage
Repeated massaging of the eye area using a light, gentle circular motion helps unblock the tear duct. Be careful not to scratch your dog’s eye.

Gently Pushing the Gland Back Into Place
Once the swelling in the tear duct has receded and the eye is lubricated, some pet owners have reported success with closing their dog’s afflicted eye and gently pushing in the direction of their dog’s nose to position the gland back into place.

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