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Dog saves 2 humans; team of humans help dog

DAVIS, CA - Kabang is on American soil looking for a miracle.

Much of her face was sheared off about a year ago in the Philippines after she threw herself in front of a motorcycle that was about hit her owner's daughter and niece.

The heroics to save the young girls have garnered her international fame from the Philippines to America.

"Wow! That just goes to show how much our pets love us unconditionally and will save us," Kabang's owner Becky Huls said.

The world-renowned UC Davis Veterinary Hospital is looking to see what they can do for the hero dog, brought to California by Kabang's vet in the Philippines, Anton Lim.

PHOTOS: Kabang gets checked out at UC Davis

While Kabang seems to be able to eat and do other normal things, a website raised the $20,000 needed for her flight and care.

Yolo County Animal Services Seeks Home for Illuminating Kitty

Yolo County Animal Services Seeks Home for Illuminating Kitty

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Section, is searching for that special someone for "Ember", also known as Yolo County Animal Services Shelter ID number A110442.  "Ember" was found stranded atop a utility pole on Chaparral Way in West Sacramento.  Neighbors had seen this cat on top of the pole for days and were distraught by his plight but absolutely helpless to do anything.  Then along came Evan Cliff with PG&E to the rescue!  Evan cleared out his large tool belt and climbed up the utility pole very carefully, all the while wincing inside knowing this cat was within mere inches of being electrocuted or seconds away from jumping. When he got to the top he carefully picked up this scared feline, held him to his chest, then gently placed him in his tool belt for the climb down.  Miraculously this rescue went off without a hitch! 

UC Davis Horse Day

UC Davis Horse Day

More than 350 horse enthusiasts -- from hobbyists to breeders -- are expected to gather Oct. 13 at UC Davis to rub noses with equine experts from throughout the nation during Horse Day 2012 at the University of California, Davis.

The event, a UC Davis tradition for three decades, is designed to offer participants many hands-on opportunities. It will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and a welcome assembly in the Main Arena of UC Davis’ Cole Facility on La Rue Road. Participants will then depart to nearby venues for instructional sessions and demonstrations.

Topics for the day will include horse nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, shoeing, genetics and body conditioning.

Some of the most interactive opportunities will include draft-horse harnessing and driving, dissection of the gastrointestinal tract, and scoring of horses’ body condition.

Adventures in Australia

Adventures in Australia

 

Warning: this post contains no cute desserts, recipes, or tutorials. Instead, it will make you want to cuddle a koala and go to the beach. Enjoy!

I went on an amazing trip over the summer and I have to share it with you all. First, though, let’s get some housekeeping stuff out of the way:

6 show horses killed in 2-alarm Dixon barn fire

DIXON, CA - Six show horses were killed when a barn at Dream Land Farms in Dixon caught fire around 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

"He went outside and the barn was already fully involved," Dixon Fire Department Capt. John Malone said.

By the time fire trucks arrived, the six horses, who were trapped inside, were dead.

"It's always tragic to lose life, whether human or animal," Malone said.

Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister said the two-alarm fire completely destroyed the barn on the 8100 block of N. Meridian Rd. and spread to a second barn, which also suffered damage.

"He went outside and the barn was already fully involved," Dixon Fire Department Capt. John Malone said.

By the time fire trucks arrived, the six horses inside the barn were dead.

"It's always tragic to lose life, whether human or animal," Malone said.

Bionic jaw gives cancer-plagued dog new hope

DAVIS, CA - The dog's name is Whiskey, he's 10 years old, but you wouldn't know it to look at him.

When you watch him happily chew on his chew stick, you'd never know that a few months ago he had part of his jawbone removed.

"When he wasn't eating his chew sticks, I just knew there was a problem," owner Tom Swierk said. "I just thought he had a bad tooth and unfortunately, it was more than a bad tooth."

It was oral cancer; it is often a problem dogs suffer, but veterinarians don't really know why.

"In humans, it is caused by tobacco and alcohol," Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Chief of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at U.C. Davis Frank Verstraete said. "In dogs, obviously that doesn't play at all, but both dogs and cats get it."

Hot August Nights special cat adoption rate ends this Saturday

Hot August Nights special cat adoption rate ends this Saturday

The Yolo County Sheriff's Department, Animal Services Section, would like to remind all cat lovers our Hot August Night special for cats and kittens is ending soon and we still have very cute kittens and wonderful loving cats in need of homes. Our special pricing will end Labor Day weekend at the Animal Shelter at 4pm Saturday September 1, 2012.  There will be an additional opportunity on Sunday from 11am to 4 pm at Pet Extreme in Woodland at 2091 Bronze Star Drive.  Please give a shelter cat or kitten a new beginning and give yourself special companion searching for a forever home. It is a winning combination! 

The promotional pricing during this event for cats and kittens is $50.00 for one and $75.00 for two.  The fee includes the cost of spay or neuter, testing for FELV/FIV for cats or FELV for kittens, rabies vaccines if over 12 weeks, and FVRCP vaccine and microchip!