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Melinda Newton: What’s all the itching about?

September 19, 2019

Got allergies? If you are like millions of other Americans, changes in the seasons are heralded by a cacophony of sneezing, sniffing and coughing. It’s only natural to assume that the occasional watery eye or...


Joan Merriam: The games we play

September 19, 2019

OK: to be more accurate, I’m talking about the games we play with our dogs! As you know, there are all kinds of games we can play with our pups: catch the frisbee, get the...


Cheryl Wicks: One more way to help your pet

September 19, 2019

I have been writing columns for the Pet Section for the past seven years. I do this because I want to share what I have learned over the past 19 years in rescuing 28,000 animals....


Cheryl Wicks: A pet’s view of the world

August 15, 2019

I attended a class that discussed aggression in dogs and dog bites, among other subjects. I begin to think about not only dog bites, but cat bites and scratches as well. Experts say that all...




Dr. Melinda Newton: Is your pet protected?

July 18, 2019

If there were a contest for the most hated organism in human history, the mosquito would at least make it to the finals. The annoying buzzing mosquito harbinger of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever,...




Joan Merriam: Judging a dog by its … cover?

July 18, 2019

“We don’t allow people with pit bulls to rent here.” “Golden retrievers are always so friendly.” “You can’t trust Dobermans.” Time and time again, people make these judgments about dog breeds without even thinking: they...


Joan Merriam: Moving day with your dog

June 20, 2019

The end of May usually signals the beginning of the summer season, and with summer often comes relocation. The kids are out of school, the weather is good, and for most people, it’s an ideal...


Tips for keeping your pets safe in case of disaster

June 20, 2019

When the call comes to get out, have you prepared to take your pets with you? Natural disaster is a risk no matter where you’ve made your home in Northern California: flooding in the valley,...


Cheryl Wicks: Rehoming your pet

June 20, 2019

Rehoming your pet should be a last option, after trying every recourse possible to keep it. Pets are members of your family and it is very unsettling to the pet to feel abandoned by those...




Carolyn Niehaus: Be part of the solution

May 16, 2019

In the beginning, there were two. Ten arrived Monday morning. Ten, five and seven-week old kittens. Ten adorable kittens infested with fleas and ear mites. Ten of another 20 kittens still being nursed by at...


Cheryl Wicks: Sammie’s Friends, one year later

April 29, 2019

The sun is shining, spring is in the air, so much has happened at Sammie’s Friends since our crisis last year, at this time, when we were notified that Nevada County was going to send...


Scooter’s Pals’ ‘Big Day of Giving’ this Thursday

April 29, 2019

“Big Day of Giving,” an annual 24-hour online giving challenge created to spotlight the Sacramento region’s nonprofits and help raise much-needed funds, is highlighting Scooter’s Pals for 24 hours — from midnight to midnight —...



Pet ‘adopt-a-thon’ Saturday in Grass Valley

April 24, 2019

Scooter’s Pals will be hosting a pet “adopt-a-thon” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco in Grass Valley. Those currently fostering dogs are also encouraged to attend, as this will give prospective owners...