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Articles tagged with 'cats'

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Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past

Published July 28, 2015

On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.

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After football, puppies rule the night

Published Feb. 4, 2015

Among key viewers, there was only one program that performed as well as the Super Bowl did in the ratings on Sunday. Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl XI" had 10.4 million viewers across broadcast and online audiences.

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After 25 days, how we found our missing cat

Published Oct. 28, 2014

I really didn't have any hope left after 25 days. As we entered the fourth week without our sweet, kind, missing cat, Jabie, I was beginning to come to peace with the reality that I'd never see her again. Then, yesterday, less than four blocks from home, a woman called my wife and said she had cajoled a black cat into her basement. My wife bolted home from work and immediately recognized Jabie coming up the stairs. Just to be sure, she took her to the closest vet to scan her microchip. And it came back as a match from Elmbrook Humane Society.

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Social media and our missing cat

Published Oct. 7, 2014

Just about a week ago, our sweet little cat, Jabie, disappeared from our Bay View home. Maybe one of us left the patio door open a bit, I'm not sure. But after hours upon hours of walking the neighborhood, taping up posters and talking to every stranger we see, she's still nowhere to be found.

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Gary's Pet Jungle celebrates 20 wild years

Published Sept. 20, 2014

This summer, Gary Johnson celebrated two decades of owning his pet and pet supply store, Gary's Pet Jungle, 2857 S. Howell Ave. During that, says Johnson, "I've been bitten way less by gerbils than hamsters."

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Our temporary kitten

Published Oct. 8, 2013

My family is fostering a shelter kitten named Teddy. Talk about a win-win.

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Local caregivers make food for their pets

Published Oct. 6, 2013

For many animal caregivers, pets are more than just pets - they are family members- and they want the same level of health for their pets as they do for their favorite humans. Hence, some caregivers choose to cook or prepare food for their pets.

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The pet-free life

Published May 5, 2013

Today, I posted an article about "crazy cat people" prior to which I interviewed lots of folks passionate about cats. Talking to these cat cradlers reminded me of the cuddly value of animals and their completely unconditional-love personas.

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Milwaukee's "craziest" cat people

Published May 5, 2013

It's important to note that the people in this article are not hoarders or abusers of cats in any way. Their houses are not litter boxes. They are simply people who really, really care about cats. And sometimes dress them in hand-made clothing.

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Not an ending - a beginning

Published Feb. 18, 2013

In animal sheltering work, it's easy to think of each adoption as a "happy ending" to that animal's story. That's one way to think about it - but it's just as true to think of it as a "happy beginning." The love that begins between a person and an animal when they leave our shelter often lasts for many years. It doesn't just save the animal's life; it shapes the person's life, forever.

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A restaurant for dogs?

Published Oct. 8, 2011

There's a pet restaurant in London that opened last November. Could this concept ever work in Milwaukee?

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Second Hand Purrs houses unwanted felines

Published Aug. 22, 2010

Second Hand Purrs, a no-kill cat shelter, is dedicated to giving cat owners an option other than euthanasia. The organization's next fundraiser is Sunday, Aug. 22 at Pizzeria Piccola, 7606 W. State St., from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Soft Claws keep your pets' paws in check

Published May 10, 2010

The joys of pets are many ... almost as many as their frustrating habits and instincts to destroy your personal property beyond recognition. If you have cats with claws, you know what we're talking about. If you have dogs and hardwood floors, you also know what we're talking about.

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MECA provides 24 / 7 care for ailing pets

Published April 25, 2009

There's good news for critically ill or injured animals and their caregivers and it's called the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals. (MECA) The state-of-the-art facility, 3670 S. 108th St., opens on June 1 and is equipped to accept the city's most critical care cases.