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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!

Animal rights group to protest at UC Davis

DAVIS, CA - An animal rights group out of Ohio claimes that a UC Davis monkey was found dead hanging by a bungee cord and that the corpse of another was left untended long enough to develop maggots.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now is in the midst of what it bills as the "Open the Cages Tour,' with a planned stop at the UC Davis Primate Center on Thursday. Other protest sites have included San Diego and Los Angeles.

For its part, UC Davis issued the following statement Wednesday:

"Animals housed at the California National Primate Research Center receive the best veterinary care, and the research program is strictly regulated by law. The faculty and staff who work with animals are committed to high quality care and animal welfare."

UC Davis also cited the advances it has made in its research for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, autism and alzheimer's.

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the