Woof! Woof!

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Feature, Hillcrest, Pets, Top Story | No Comments

Vegan dog treats good enough for humans

By Margie M. Palmer

Shaded Trails isn’t your average dog treat company.

Not only does the Hillcrest-based pet snacks provider specialize in all natural, 100 percent vegan dog treats, they’ve also committed to donating 5 percent of their website orders to their Helping Paws Program, which will help support no-kill animal shelters throughout the U.S.

The company was founded about two years ago, Shaded Trails founder and CEO J.R. Starlin said, adding that his “vegan dog treat adventure” began when he got his English bulldog puppy, Luna. His little girl had stomach issues, he said, which prompted him to begin making his own, all-natural dog treats.

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Local inventor finds way to improve dog community 

Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Feature, Featured, Pets | No Comments

By Joseph Ciolino Dog owners might want to think twice before tying their pet to a patio chair outside a restaurant, bar or coffee shop. Once the dog sees a squirrel, the canine likely will be in hot pursuit while dragging that chair. Being a dog owner comes with certain responsibilities, and that includes keeping the canine safe from harm. Brian Hoffman, a dog owner from North Park who works as a boat repairman on […]

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Finding their niche

Posted: November 20th, 2015 | Feature, From the Cover, North Park, Pets, Top Story | No Comments

North Park photographers love working with pets

By Lucia Viti

Oh My Dog! Photography — a pet photography studio on Ray Street in North Park — is an expression of art designed to adorn the walls of aficionados who adore their animals.

The furry-friendly studio provides four-legged family members a safe and distraction-free environment to photograph forever keepsakes, and was established in 2008 by veteran photographers and husband-and-wife team Mike Fish and Tee Taylor.

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Going to the dogs?

By Catherine Spearnak

After 10 years of waiting, Normal Heights residents may be getting a start on having the off-leash dog park they have wanted for so long. But some community leaders don’t think it’s enough.

Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer set aside $100,000 in the 2016 city budget to build an interim dog park at Ward Canyon Community Park, located near the boundary of Normal Heights and Kensington, at the intersection of Adams Avenue and I-15.

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Caged critters, the other pet

Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Featured, Pets | No Comments

Ann Eliopulos | Pets When most of us think of pets, we think of dogs and cats, and indeed, those are the domestic mammals most commonly kept as companions. However, there are multiple small mammals that serve as companions for people, and it’s time for those animals to get their recognition. For the record, most of these animals are not “starter pets.” They are a lot of work to take care of at the level […]

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Mid-City residents rally for Normal Heights dog park

Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Communities, Feature, Normal Heights, Pets, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Catherine Spearnak

Ryan Zellers is so adamant Normal Heights needs a dog park that he spoke in favor of it before the San Diego City Council, and he doesn’t even have a dog.

Zellers will get to exercise his support at noon this Sunday when the Normal Heights Community Association (NHCA) holds its first Mid-City Unleashed rally for an off-leash dog park in Normal Heights.

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Pet of the month: Dibbs

Posted: January 16th, 2015 | Featured, Pets | No Comments

Dibbs, a 9-month-old Domestic Shorthair, is a shy little guy looking for a patient family to call his own! This sweet, young kitty has been working very hard to learn to be more comfortable in his environment and would love to find a new family who can continue his training.

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Home for the holidays with pet companions

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Featured, Pets | 3 Comments

By B.J. Coleman Home for the holidays — can any phrase warm the heart as much? But what about those families who are in such financial distress at year’s end that they contemplate surrendering their pets into animal shelters? PAWS San Diego was created to overcome such hardships and keep companion animals in the families they belong with.

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