Pet Tales

How to choose the dog that’s right for you and your family



What’s the best dog breed? That’s one of the most commonly asked questions on social media, not just because it gets lots of likes and responses, but because everybody has an opinion. Fortunately for those of us who love dogs, there is no single answer that’s right for everyone. With more than 400 different breeds around the world and countless […]

Pets of the WEEK

Lee County Domestic Animal Services’ adoption fees on dogs are reduced to $25 and cats to $20 with an approved application to lead up to Clear The Shelter Event Day on Saturday, Aug. 27, when all adoption fees will be waived. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee. This is […]

7 questions to ask when buying a baby bird



A frantic new bird owner recently posted pictures of a pair of 7-week-old macaws, asking for advice on how to feed and care for them. Macaws at that age aren’t even close to being weaned, but the seller probably persuaded the buyer that hand-fed birds bond more closely to their people. That’s a dangerous myth. Few new bird owners have […]

Pets of the WEEK

Through July 31, the adoption fees on all dogs and cats at Lee County Domestic Animal Services are reduced to $25 with an approved application. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee, a package valued at $600. The adoption center at 5600 Banner Dr., Fort Myers, is open from 10:30 […]

Ways to head off feline interstitial cystitis



The first feline health problem I remember dealing with was feline interstitial cystitis. One of our two young cats was urinating in the corners of our dining room, leaving a pink-tinged stain on the carpet. House soiling is one of the earliest signs of urinary tract disease in cats, and a pinky-red color indicates hematuria, or blood in the urine. […]

Pets of the WEEK

Through July 31, the adoption fees on all dogs and cats at Lee County Domestic Animal Services are reduced to $25 with an approved application. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee, a package valued at $600. The adoption center at 5600 Banner Dr., Fort Myers, is open from 10:30 […]

Dogs and cats populate our language in clever and creative ways



When I was growing up, I was a shy, quiet child, and the phrase I heard most often from my grandmother was “What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?” When I began writing this week’s feature — on the many ways animals appear in our language — it was the first phrase that came to mind. While it seems as […]

Pets of the WEEK

Through July 31, the adoption fees on all dogs and cats at Lee County Domestic Animal Services are reduced to $25 with an approved application. The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee, a package valued at $600. The adoption center at 5600 Banner Dr., Fort Myers, is open from 10:30 […]

A breed you might know only from movies or TV shows



Sound the trumpet! A bloodhound has become the first of his breed to win the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. GCHB CH Flessner’s Toot My Own Horn — Trumpet to his friends — stole the show from a competitive lineup that included a Samoyed, a French bulldog, an English setter, a Maltese named Hollywood, a German shepherd and a Lakeland […]

Pets of the WEEK

These pets are available from LCDAS, 5600 Banner Dr., Fort Myers. The adoption center is open from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday. For more details, call 239-533- 7387 or visit www.leelostpets.com. * * * These pets are available for adoption from Gulf Coast Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers. Adoptable pets come with spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchips. For […]


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