Pets and Animals

Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

U.S. dog lovers, say “benvenuto” to the bracco Italiano. The ancient Italian bird dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club’s roster of recognized breeds. The organization announced the development Wednesday. Now, the handsome, powerful but amiable hunters can now go for best in show at many U.S. dog shows, including the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club event next year. The AKC says the bracco (pronounced BRAH’-koh) goes back more than two millennia in Europe but wasn’t brought to the U.S. until the mid-1990s. It's a medium-to-large dog that's supposed to be adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, docile and intelligent.

Putting pet car safety first: TripsWithPets poll reveals the method of choice for securing pets in vehicles

Pet parents are on the move with their furkids more than ever before. Fortunately, they’re also taking pet safety behind the wheel more seriously. We recently asked a group of pet parents about their preferences for securing their pets on car rides, and we’re happy to say that the wide majority of people we polled do put in the time and effort to make sure their pets are safe, comfortable, and happy travelers.

Can all dogs swim? How to tell if your pup is water-ready

Not all dogs can, or will, swim. Some dogs physically built for the water may avoid it like the plague, and some not traditionally built for the water may never want to get out, despite their parents' best efforts! There are ways you can work on making your dog more comfortable in the water, but some dogs may never change their minds, and that’s okay too.

Riverfront dog park name, design reveal on Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will reveal the design and name of the future dog park in Riverfront Park on Saturday. The event will be at the Riverfront Park Forestry Shelter at noon. The reveal event…

Goat abandoned on Silver Mountain finds new home

KELLOGG, Idaho -- A goat was abandoned on Silver Mountain a few weeks ago, but don't worry: this story has a happy ending. Lift maintenance crews found the goat, who was believed to have been left there by his…

2 boaters fined for getting too close to orca whales

SEATTLE (AP) — Two boaters accused of illegally approaching endangered Southern Resident killer whales in rented boats were fined for violating regulations that protect the whales, NOAA Fisheries said Wednesday. State and federal regulations require recreational boats to stay at…

Four snow geese test positive for bird flu in Grant County

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -- Four snow geese in Grant County have tested positive for avian influenza, also known as the bird flu. A Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist and a Moses Lake veterinarian collected the positive tests. No humans…

All paws aboard! Tips for safe boating with your pet

With boating season ramping up, it's a good time to talk about best practices for pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the lake, river or sea with your pet, it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged first mate in mind.

Debunking common pet food myths

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, here's research on the most common misconceptions about pet food.