May 29, 2013
Chickens have long been a source of passion and politics, ranging from campaign promises of a "chicken in every pot" to animal-rights protesters donning chicken costumes at rallies.
Today, along Colorado’s Front Range, chickens are at the heart of a boiling debate — call it backyard politics, if you will.
FULL STORY: http://dpo.st/Zt8jay

Chickens have long been a source of passion and politics, ranging from campaign promises of a "chicken in every pot" to animal-rights protesters donning chicken costumes at rallies.

Today, along Colorado’s Front Range, chickens are at the heart of a boiling debate — call it backyard politics, if you will.

FULL STORY: http://dpo.st/Zt8jay

(Source: The Denver Post)

May 18, 2013

Staunton State Park finally open, a wilderness oasis near Denver

Colorado is opening its first new state park near metro Denver in 35 years Saturday, a protected patch of nature 36 miles southwest of the city.

The absence of a commerce-oriented visitor center at Staunton State Park emphasizes the natural assets of the place, such as Elk Creek Falls plummeting 100 feet over granite cliffs and views of the snow-packed north face of Pikes Peak.

The 3,828-acre park — a habitat for wild animals from tufted-eared squirrels and yellow-bellied marmots to black bears — also is expected to become a mecca for rock climbers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers

Check out a photo gallery of Colorado’s newest state park.

(Source: The Denver Post)

May 1, 2013
Colorado animal shelter gets environmental with excrement
It is estimated that 166 million cats and dogs in the U.S. in 2011 produced about 15.4 million tons of droppings.
And most of the annual droppings ends up in landfills.
Read how an animal shelter in Colorado is working with an Aurora-based company to put a dent in that waste by composting 2.5 tons of the shelter’s yearly “yard art.”
(Source: The Denver Post)

Colorado animal shelter gets environmental with excrement

It is estimated that 166 million cats and dogs in the U.S. in 2011 produced about 15.4 million tons of droppings.

And most of the annual droppings ends up in landfills.

Read how an animal shelter in Colorado is working with an Aurora-based company to put a dent in that waste by composting 2.5 tons of the shelter’s yearly “yard art.”

(Source: The Denver Post)

April 24, 2013
Colorado veterinary clinics see increase in dogs ingesting marijuana
A recent study shows marijuana-related toxicity cases among pets in Colorado has quadrupled between 2005 and 2010. 
One Denver-area veterinarian says they treat as many as four to six animals a month for marijuana toxicity. Another clinic has even had patients ask for medical-marijuana cards for their pets.If an animal consumes a large amount of pot, the psychoactive chemical, THC, can cause a dog to suffer seizures, go into a coma or die, vets say.
 
Read more about the growing problem health department officials call “uncharted waters.”
(Source: The Denver Post)

Colorado veterinary clinics see increase in dogs ingesting marijuana

A recent study shows marijuana-related toxicity cases among pets in Colorado has quadrupled between 2005 and 2010. 

One Denver-area veterinarian says they treat as many as four to six animals a month for marijuana toxicity. Another clinic has even had patients ask for medical-marijuana cards for their pets.

If an animal consumes a large amount of pot, the psychoactive chemical, THC, can cause a dog to suffer seizures, go into a coma or die, vets say.
 

(Source: The Denver Post)

March 22, 2013
Kids fight for abandoned dogs and cats to become Colorado state pets
A battle in the Colorado state legislature to make dogs and cats adopted from shelter and rescue centers the official state pet pitted schoolkids against professional lobbyists representing purebred dog clubs, retailers, groomers and dog-show organizers.
Advantage schoolkids. 
The bill passed, 6-3, but there were moments when the students thought their project, designed to help them learn about the legislative process, could go either way.
Read about how this dog and pony show unfolded here.

Kids fight for abandoned dogs and cats to become Colorado state pets

A battle in the Colorado state legislature to make dogs and cats adopted from shelter and rescue centers the official state pet pitted schoolkids against professional lobbyists representing purebred dog clubs, retailers, groomers and dog-show organizers.

Advantage schoolkids. 

The bill passed, 6-3, but there were moments when the students thought their project, designed to help them learn about the legislative process, could go either way.

Read about how this dog and pony show unfolded here.

March 21, 2013
Born with a neck up
A gerenuk has been born at the Denver Zoo for the first time .
Blossom was born March 6 to parents Woody and Layla, the zoo said in a news release Thursday.
A gerenuk is a small antelope from semi-arid areas of eastern Africa.

Born with a neck up

A gerenuk has been born at the Denver Zoo for the first time .

Blossom was born March 6 to parents Woody and Layla, the zoo said in a news release Thursday.

A gerenuk is a small antelope from semi-arid areas of eastern Africa.

March 15, 2013

Overloaded!

Images from around the world of overloaded transport including donkey carts, motorcycles, boats and trucks.

(Source: The Denver Post)

March 8, 2013

Family adopts “Bow,” puppy shot with crossbow

Bow, the puppy found shot in the leg with a crossbow, has a new home after he was adopted by a family in Colorado’s Four Corners area.

The 3-month-old Jack Russell-shepherd mix pup was found in Shiprock, N.M., with an arrow from a crossbow in his hind leg. He was taken to the Farmington Animal Shelter where surgery was performed to remove the bolt.

New Mexico authorities are still looking for those who are responsible for Bow’s injury.

March 1, 2013

Photos: Abused and disabled animals get prosthetics

Here are some photos of animals with prosthetics who were born with deformities or have suffered other traumas.

(Source: The Denver Post)

January 11, 2013
Broncos fans show their colors
YOUR PHOTOS: Rocky the Bulldog is ready for the game in his ball cap (submitted by reader Renee C.). Broncos fans are really showing their colors in advance of Denver’s playoff game with the Baltimore Ravens Saturday. See the full gallery or submit your own.

Broncos fans show their colors

YOUR PHOTOS: Rocky the Bulldog is ready for the game in his ball cap (submitted by reader Renee C.). Broncos fans are really showing their colors in advance of Denver’s playoff game with the Baltimore Ravens Saturday. See the full gallery or submit your own.

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