Stories from the world of pets and their owners by Margo Sullivan.
Carla started at age six by making clothes for her stuffed animals. When her older sisters sewed and made dresses from Silhouette patterns. she collected the scraps and repurposed the fabric. In college at the University of Rhode Island she gravitated toward the Fashion, Merchandising, Textile and Design program. In between, she joined a girl band and made stage wear. Her business, Panaggio Designs, in Middletown, R.I., does all kinds of fashion, but currently, she’s mostly filling orders for competition bikinis and sportswear. READ MORE
“I have a project,” Gabby announced. She padded over to Asia, the immortal tabby, and dropped a package of wildflower seeds on his desk. Asia blinked at her, not wanting to admit he’d been startled READ MORE
Coyotes like dumpster diving, of course, but they also like pig farms, compost piles, pet food (left outside) and fruit orchards and will nosh on bread thrown out for the birds. “Pets in neighborhoods with food attractants like these are at greater risk” for running into coyotes, Dr. Numi Mitchell says. READ MORE
“Many of the dogs were housed in tiny cages covered with feces and lacking clean water and food. We also witnessed the heartbreaking consequences of this cruelty — carcasses and piles of bones strewn across the property.” READ MORE
“It was immediately apparent to the adoption center clinic team that ‘Frank,’ as he has since come to be called, had suffered traumatic injury to his face, head and hips — most likely from a run-in with a fast-moving car,” Halpin said. “His right eye was so damaged it had to be surgically removed, along with a broken upper canine tooth. Frank had also suffered a broken jaw.” READ MORE
Every January, Gabby scoots off to Palm Beach for a little vacation, leaving me — Asia, the tabby — in charge of the household and her column. I’m not invited to Florida. Here’s what happened next.
Many pigs, like Willow, are surrendered because their owners believed their new piglet would be as easy to care for as a dog, only to be overwhelmed as the animal grew larger and engaged in natural behaviors such as rooting in the ground with their snouts. READ MORE