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Animal Island: Cut tree branches to move unwelcome birds along

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.

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Meet Hope, the pet of the week for July 26

Hope is one of many sweet rabbits at the Idaho Humane Society currently looking for a forever family. The shelter has seen a number of stray rabbits this summer – including some that were so young that they are just coming out of foster care. Rabbits are affectionate little creatures that make wonderful, relatively low-maintenance pets. They can be litter-boxed trained and are happy to hang out in cages when left at home alone, but then love to spend time with you out around the house. They do require specialized care – such as a constant supply of timothy hay – so it’s important to do your research before considering adoption! Hope (#32021472) and many of her rabbit friends are available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. There are also rabbits looking for homes at the IHS PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 130 N. Milwaukee St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Remi

Remi, 6, is a German shorthaired pointer/Spaniel mix. But if you are looking for a hunting companion, sorry, Remi is not the pooch for you. Despite his name, Remi does not care for the sound of a gun. He would prefer to spend his time hanging with the family. Remi is reported to be a bit timid to start out with, but at the Rescue he has not been shy. He likes to jump up on the bench and lean against you and hang out. Remi knows sit, down and come. He does not like cats and prefers larger dogs. To meet Remi or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit the Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Jameson

Jameson, 8 months, is a handsome “heeler” mix. He is a goofy boy who can be a little picky with his canine buddies, but generally gets past his insecurity quickly and then its all play. Jameson appears to have led a pretty sheltered life so meeting new humans was hard for him. Lots of praise (and a few cookies) have helped him blossom. Jameson would do best in a home with children over 10. He would also like to meet any other canine friends that may share the home with him. He is neutered, flea treated, microchipped, vaccinated.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Eeyore

Eeyore, 5, is an 87-pound neutered male blue American Staffordshire terrier. This big boy has a gentle heart and a contagious smile. He loves to greet everyone in the room. He sometimes jumps up in his exuberance and is in need of some basic training to help him with his manners. But he already does great on a leash and has so much potential. He’s been friends with cats, chickens and other dogs in the past. He is looking for a home with knowledgeable and committed owners who will give him plenty of love — and he will make a loyal companion in return.

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Meet Olive, the Pet of the Week July 25

Olive is a 6-year-old, 70-pound spayed female boxer-Labrador retriever mix. She is a sweetheart who loves hanging out with people and would be more than ready to cuddle with you on the couch or bed. She is very responsive to food rewards and easily learned basic obedience through the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho program. Although she can have a bit of a stubborn streak, she engages well once she has bonded with you. Olive is a sensitive and shuts down if treated too harshly. She would do best with a calm, gentle owner who will provide clear expectations and lots of consistency. Before going into the IDAPI program, Olive had surgery to repair both of her knees, but has made a full recovery. She loves playing fetch and will benefit from regular exercise, but may get sore from more intense activity. She gets along well with other dogs, though she can be a bit bossy with them. She lived with cats and chickens in her foster home. She should do OK in a home with older, respectful children. You can find Olive (#14528040) in kennel 301 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

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.

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Animal Island: Few options to stop neighbors' dogs from barking all day

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?

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Dexter

Dexter, 9, is an older Chihuahua neutered male who is microchipped and up to date on his immunizations. Because he is a hairless breed, Dexter’s skin needs to be protected from summer’s harsh sun. He is a bit of a couch potato and loves to burrow under the covers, which will be perfect for cooler weather. Dexter is not shy around strangers and will come and ask for a gentle little rub. Dexter would do best as the only pet in a home with adults. To meet Dexter or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Princess

Princess, 3, is a boxer and terrier mix. She is a medium size and weighs 54 pounds. She is friendly, polite, gentle and obedient. Princess is a beloved family pet. She is house-trained, loves children, loves to swim, is fun and sweet and gentle. She knows a number of commands and is cat-friendly. Princess is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Snook

Snook, 3, is a 12-pound spayed female domestic longhair with black and orange calico markings. She was an outdoor-only cat when she first arrived at the shelter, but has been living in a foster home and has gotten used to time inside. Although Snook loves her humans, she is a bit feisty and independent and enjoys having her own spaces. She would do best in a home with kids over 10 and no other cats. But she’ll be a perfect companion for someone who appreciates her sassy side.

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Meet Annabelle, the pet of the week for July 14

Annabelle is a 2-year-old, 7-pound cat with a stunning black coat and golden eyes. She was surrendered by her previous owner through no fault of her own. She is a sweetheart and will start purring when you pick her up. She loves to hang out on your lap and enjoys neck scratches. She also has a playful side and would appreciate a supply of cat toys in her new home. You can find Annabelle (#31963069) in kennel 13 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St., Boise. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. You can lean more and see other adoptable pets at idahohumanesociety.org.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Hugo

Hugo, 6, is a neutered male Pointer mix. Hugo gets along well with children of all ages, as well as other dogs. He knows how to “sit,” loves the swimming pool, and likes to chase the ball, though he is not always eager to give it up. The sweet boy also loves tummy rubs.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Lucida

Lucida, 3, is a female American pit bull terrier mix who came to us as a stray. She weighs 52 pounds. She is a very sweet girl and is non-reactive when passing by other dogs in the indoor or outdoor kennel areas. She watches the other dogs outside and seems interested in playing with them. She is such a pretty girl and has beautiful eyes. She will need a securely fenced yard so she can run and play safely. As always, we encourage you to bring in the whole family and other dogs in the home for a meet and greet prior to adoption. Our staff will properly introduce everyone. Lucida is current on her vaccinations, micro-chipped, and spayed. Lucida is in Dog Adoptions at the West Valley Humane Society at 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell. The hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on other adoptable pets visit www.westvalleyhumanesociety.org.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Gracie

Gracie, 1-1/2, is a 34-pound spayed female black and white American pit bull terrier mix. She is a sweet girl with lots of energy and enthusiasm. She will need an active owner with time to provide regular activity for her. When not busy playing, Gracie is much calmer and has great indoor manners and a gentle, easy-going demeanor. She completed training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) program, where she learned basic obedience and fun tricks. She is also crate-trained. Gracie is very willing to please and responds well to treats and positive praise. She is a social dog and enjoys interacting with people and dogs alike. A dog-to-dog introduction is required to ensure a good match for any canine housemates. Gracie should do well with sturdy children who are comfortable interacting with an energetic dog. She does require a cat-free home. You can meet Gracie (#30761919) in kennel 317 at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St., Boise The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. You can learn more and see other adoptable pets at www.idahohumanesociety.org.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Raven

Raven, 2, is a beautiful long-legged, long-tailed, long-muzzled girl. She is a blur of black and white in her kennel, but once outside she settles down and walks nicely. Raven already knows “sit” and “down” and is motivated to learn (especially when treats are around.). Raven would do best in an active family. To meet Raven or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

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Meet Hope, the pet of the week for July 26

Hope is one of many sweet rabbits at the Idaho Humane Society currently looking for a forever family. The shelter has seen a number of stray rabbits this summer – including some that were so young that they are just coming out of foster care. Rabbits are affectionate little creatures that make wonderful, relatively low-maintenance pets. They can be litter-boxed trained and are happy to hang out in cages when left at home alone, but then love to spend time with you out around the house. They do require specialized care – such as a constant supply of timothy hay – so it’s important to do your research before considering adoption! Hope (#32021472) and many of her rabbit friends are available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. There are also rabbits looking for homes at the IHS PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 130 N. Milwaukee St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
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Meet Hope, the pet of the week for July 26

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Meet Olive, the Pet of the Week July 25

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Meet Annabelle, the pet of the week for July 14

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Meet Vander, the pet of the week for June 27