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Pets

Special chair helps a Boise puppy with serious eating woes

Savannah Amberson’s German Shepherd, Eli, suffers from megaesophagus and needed several surgeries and a highchair to keep food down. Her friends and colleagues stepped up to get Eli all the help he could hope for.

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How much is too much to spend on a sick pet?

Recently I noticed that J.J., our 12-year-old, black-and-white-spotted mutt, was a little too big around the belly - not in a pregnant way, in a weird way. At the animal hospital, the veterinarian had the reassuring calm of a woman who had delivered a lot of bad news. She said we had to run some "simple tests," costing roughly $1,000.

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Meet John Cena: Pet of the week for Sept. 21

John Cena is a 5-year-old, 9-pound domestic shorthair with very handsome gray and white markings. He is a very attentive, curious boy who is always ready to explore his surroundings. He would love to spend time gazing out of the window or enjoying an enclosed outdoor space. He is also very playful. He will purr, knead his paws and roll around while you pet him or scratch behind his ears, but he wants attention on his own terms and doesn’t love to be held for too long. He was surrendered by his owner because he didn’t get along with other pets, so he would prefer to be the only animal in the home. You can meet John Cena (#33140601) in the Idaho Humane Society cattery, 4775 Dorman St. 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 idahohumanesociety.org.

Books

Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Bowie

Bowie, 4, is a relaxed male and might be a Labrador mix of some kind. Bowie recently had a health scare, but he is doing much better and is now available for adoption. He is affectionate and is reportedly good with other dogs. He weighs about 70 pounds. Bowie is underweight, so a family who will help him regain his health is prefered.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Gunner

Gunner, 3, is a male German shorthaired pointer mix who weighs 67 pounds. He is house-trained. He walks well on a leash and does not react to other dogs when passing by them in the indoor kennel area. He knows “sit,” “wait” and “down.” He likes to explore and sniff his surroundings. He has a calm and gentle demeanor. German shorthaired pointers are not couch potatoes. They thrive on exercise. He will need a securely fenced yard so that he can run and play and get a good dose of daily exercise. They are smart, friendly and eager to please. Gunner is current on his vaccinations, micro-chipped, and neutered.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Archie

Archie, 6, is a 6-pound neutered male black and tan Chihuahua mix. He is a charming, happy boy who wants to greet everybody. This social boy would enjoy going to obedience classes, which would be a great way for him to learn some commands. Archie loves meeting dogs as much as people. He can be a bit pushy in his attempts to play, which can annoy some dogs, so supervise introductions carefully. Archie loves relaxing in comfortable dog beds and playing fetch with soft toys — but he needs help learning to give up the toys nicely. He would do best in a home with children over the age of 10. He is a fun little guy.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Sir

Sir, 4, is a 10-pound Chihuahua mix. During play time, you can’t tell this dog has any Chihuahua in him. Once Sir perks his ears, however, he definitely shows part of his roots. Sir is friendly and affectionate with fellow dogs and humans. He is quiet and clean in his kennel and is reported to be housebroken. He walks nicely on a leash and has good manners.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Trudy

Trudy, 2, is a beautiful white and tan Labrador retriever. She was wearing a pink collar but no identification when she was found. She is good on a leash and appears to be house-trained: She was eager to get outside and relieve herself. She’s spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. She currently is wearing a cone and is on leash-walk only after her spay surgery. She loves attention, is very nice to walk with and shows love and affection. She’s non-reactive to any other dogs nearby. Bring the family, including dogs, to meet her.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Wendy

Wendy, 2, is an 8-pound female domestic medium-hair with pretty dilute torbie markings and stunning green eyes. She’s a friendly girl who doesn’t hesitate to come say hello to visitors. She loves attention and will want to be right next to you to enjoy some pets. She especially appreciates head and neck scratches. Although she’s a mellow girl, Wendy has a playful side and would enjoy a selection of cat toys in her new home.

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Manage your pets with these gadgets

We love our four-legged pals to pieces, crave time with them, feel terrible when we’re apart. Thank heaven that a growing crop of innovators is working in the pet-tronics and pet-care space, helping to reassure us that Fifi and Fido are doing well even when we’re many miles from home.

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Meridian Pet of the Week: Blossom

Blossom, 8-12 months, is a spayed female pit bull terrier. Blossom is playful and gets along well with everyone she meets, including other dogs. Like any other youngster, she is still learning her basic commands and learning how to walk properly on a leash. This sweet girl would do well in a home that is willing to continue working on her training. Because of her high energy, Blossom may not be the best fit for small children.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Hamlet

Hamlet, 1, is a male Australian cattle dog mix. He weighs 46.4 pounds. He is super sweet, but timid. He opens up when you spend time with him and will sit at your feet. He is curious outside. Move slowly with him and be patient. He is coming out of his shell a bit more each day. He loves to be petted. He may be housetrained. He knows the “sit” command. Once he feels safe with you, he will be a happy and loyal pet. Hamlet is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Rugby

Rugby, 1-1/2, is a handsome 52-pound Catahoula Leopard dog mix. He is a happy boy who still has a lot of puppy exuberance. Daily activity will be crucial to his happiness. He walks well on a leash and has enjoyed outings on the Greenbelt. Rugby graduated from the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) training program earlier this year. He knows basic obedience commands and numerous tricks. He is also crate-trained. He will do best with a knowledgeable owner who is consistent with him and can provide the right amount of mental and physical activity. Rugby can be sensitive and insecure at times and responds best to positive training methods and a calm, patient approach. Rugby gets along well with most other dogs. Because of his size and energy level, he requires a home with older children.

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Pet of the week: Rambo

Rambo is a 3-year-old, 9-pound white and brown Chihuahua mix. He is a sweet and silly boy who was surrendered to the Idaho Humane Society because his family was moving. Rambo is a curious, friendly little guy who is always ready to explore. He is very interested in other dogs and has enjoyed playgroups at the shelter. Although he loves people, we think he would prefer a home with children over the age of 8. You can meet Rambo (#33214680) at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. 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 idahohumanesociety.org.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Tiny

Tiny, 5, is a spayed female white Giant Flemish rabbit mix. This big girl came to the shelter as a stray and has been waiting for several months to find her forever home. She has not had much social contact, but with patient, gentle owners, she can break out of her shell and become a loving, friendly companion. A quiet household with just adults or older children would be ideal. She would love to have supervised playtime bouncing around her home. She loves to munch on her Timothy hay throughout the day. It’s important to note that rabbits can live for a decade and do require specialized care, so please do your research before considering adoption.

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Meet John Cena: Pet of the week for Sept. 21

John Cena is a 5-year-old, 9-pound domestic shorthair with very handsome gray and white markings. He is a very attentive, curious boy who is always ready to explore his surroundings. He would love to spend time gazing out of the window or enjoying an enclosed outdoor space. He is also very playful. He will purr, knead his paws and roll around while you pet him or scratch behind his ears, but he wants attention on his own terms and doesn’t love to be held for too long. He was surrendered by his owner because he didn’t get along with other pets, so he would prefer to be the only animal in the home. You can meet John Cena (#33140601) in the Idaho Humane Society cattery, 4775 Dorman St. 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 idahohumanesociety.org.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
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Meet John Cena: Pet of the week for Sept. 21

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Pet of the week: Rambo

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Dogs take over the pool for See Spot Splash

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Meet Chunk, the pet of the week for Aug. 16