Pets

Pets

Pinwheels deter birds from resting on car

Q: I like to feed the birds in the front of the house. I have a bird feeder and several hanging holders with a honey block that goes in the holder. The birds love it and I watch the many beautiful red and blue and other-colored birds come feast on the goodies outside my window. I also have a bird bath for them, and it's fun to watch them drink and bathe in the fresh water. Here's the problem: One or more of the birds seem to hang out on the car door mirrors and leave droppings all over the car. Every morning I have been using the garden hose to clean droppings from the car. How can I keep my friends from sitting on the cars in my driveway?

Pets

AC Pup wants pet owners to be prepared for the worst

In this week’s column, AC Pup encourages pet owners to come up with a plan in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, and that includes putting together an emergency bag that includes your pet’s medicine, kitty litter, vaccination records and leashes.

Pets

Pet danger zones to avoid this summer

Summer in the city can be dangerous for pets. Hot cars, swimming pools with steep sides or waterfront docks, and picnics where dogs can sneak a helping of raisins or grapes - tasty to you but potentially poisonous to your animal friend - all pose a problem, say veterinarians who work in critical care.

National

Polar bear makes a splash at Columbus Zoo debut

Nora made her debut at the big polar bear habitat at Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo. More than 1,000 visitors saw her belly flop, romp and swim. Nora was born in November 2015, and after her mother began leaving her alone for periods of time, the zoo staff hand-reared the little polar bear cub. She's now getting bigger and stronger every day.

Pets

Georgia family reunites with lost dog in North Carolina

While visiting Raleigh, NC for New Years, a the Bilodeau family lost their dog Bilbo, who ran away soon after the clock struck midnight. Three months later, after losing hope that they would ever see their dog again, they received a call on Monday that Bilbo had been found in Raleigh. The next day Margaret Bilodeau and her two daughters, Sophia and Isabella, rushed from Powder Springs, Georgia, to reunite with their puppy.

Pets

AC Pup says spring has sprung

During one of AC Pup's favorite times of the year, he encourages people to take precautions when dealing with pets, including getting them on a heartworm prevention and spaying or neutering them.