Pets

Pets

‘Mules can do everything horses can do, but better’

Sallie Sharpe, who will compete Oct. 14-15 with her Shade in the Donkey and Mule Show at the SC State Fair, said mules ‘can be more challenging than a horse because they are so smart.’ And, she added, ‘they love to show off.’

Pets

How much is too much to spend on a sick pet?

Recently I noticed that J.J., our 12-year-old, black-and-white-spotted mutt, was a little too big around the belly - not in a pregnant way, in a weird way. At the animal hospital, the veterinarian had the reassuring calm of a woman who had delivered a lot of bad news. She said we had to run some "simple tests," costing roughly $1,000.

Books

Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

Videos

Five-week-old Giant Panda cub trying to roll over

She can't roll over yet, but this baby panda has already made history.
Five-week-old Giant Panda cub trying to roll over 0:59

Five-week-old Giant Panda cub trying to roll over

Ginger the dog gets a snow ball at Pelican's SnoBalls 0:49

Ginger the dog gets a snow ball at Pelican's SnoBalls

VIDEO: Puppy recovers after being shot 18 times 0:42

VIDEO: Puppy recovers after being shot 18 times

VIDEO: Puddin' Pop goes from stray to Puppy Bowl superstar 1:45

VIDEO: Puddin' Pop goes from stray to Puppy Bowl superstar