Category: Dogs

Trained to Protect

by Natalia Radcliffe Ever wonder how dogs gain the skill to realistically “bite” the bad guy in the movies, or work with the police or military? One avenue dogs can take is joining the Protection Sports Association, also known as the PSA. According to the Protection Sports Association website, the organization’s mission is to provide […] Read more

Is My Dog Ready for a Wheelchair?

by Jennifer Pratt Dogs are unable to tell us what hurts or where they hurt, so it’s up to dog parents to stay alert and search for subtle changes in their pet’s behavior, which may indicate there’s an issue. Determining the best way to care for your pet, including when is the best time to […] Read more

Eco-Tails, Organic, Biodegradable Pet Products

by Martha Michael There are few Santa Clarita businesses that can claim a connection to places across the globe, but Eco-Tails, a family-owned company with sustainable, chemical-free pet products, is doing so. Among the company’s new range of eco-friendly products is its flagship Pet Caves, which provide pets a safe, temperature-regulated hideout. The latest merchandise […] Read more

Bark for Life

Now in its eighth year in the Santa Clarita Valley, Bark For Life is a four-hour event to celebrate the healing companionship of our canine family during cancer treatment, or any stressful time of life. The event takes place at West Creek Park in Valencia on Saturday, October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration […] Read more

Local Canine Hero in Competition

Your votes could put 7-year-old “Piglet” from the Antelope Valley on TV. A Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog living in Lancaster and working as a search-and-rescue dog is also a semi-finalist in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. Chosen from a field of 266 candidates with more than half a million votes, Piglet is one […] Read more

The Daring Doberman

Dog owners since 1986, Bob and Angie Messina of Santa Clarita have rescued many breeds of animals over the years, most recently Doberman pinschers. The Messinas rescued the brown Doberman pictured, “Maezee,” last fall at a PetSmart adoption event in Stevenson Ranch. “She had been a breeding dog, with three litters, then abandoned in the […] Read more

Let’s Hear it! From The Furry Smuddes

When the newest members of the Smudde family – 8-week-old kitten “Licky” and 8-month-old Labrador “Bear” – moved in, the level of fun-loving frenzy doubled. Now a home with a mom, dad, two daughters and four pets, everyone gets to play a part in the household drama. Bear: Now about 8 months old, I’ve spent […] Read more

Help! My dog…. Q & A With Dog Trainer Mark Tipton

Q: My dog jumps on everyone. How do I get him to stop? A: Dogs jump to seek attention. Teach your dog something you DO want him to do, instead of an undesired behavior. Substitute the behavior by giving him something to do instead when he greets people. Q: Help! I’m having barking problems with […] Read more

Furry Friends on Facebook, Lost & Found Pets of SCV

by Martha Michael It was six years ago that Rochelle Dawn and Elizabeth Rose decided there needs to be a hub where owners with lost pets can connect with the individuals who find them. So, with the aim of increasing the odds that families could be reunited, they created the Facebook group Lost & Found […] Read more

Meet the Family of Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman

by Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman Lucky: My name is perfect for me, because I’m a very lucky little girl. I was dumped down the street by my previous owner and my mommy and daddy scooped me up and saved me! I’m pretty sure they thought they were in Oz (I’m a Cairn Terrier and look […] Read more