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US Senator Charles Schumer.
US Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer: Let pharmacies fill pet prescriptions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary pharmacies.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he's working with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on legislation that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions to allow owners to buy the medication at a pharmacy or online.  Go to full article

Books: "Finding my Way to Moose River Farm"

Anne Phinney lives on a farm near Old Forge and has loved animals all her life. She's a teacher, writer and farmer who has written a new book about life among the animals -- 11 horses, 4 dogs, 3 goats, 2 donkeys, an iguana and pot belly pig -- on Moose River Farm. Todd Moe talks with Phinney about her book, Finding My Way to Moose River Farm.  Go to full article
If you find an animal, call police at 518-563-3411. The dogs are believed to be infected with a variety of contagious illnesses.

Search on for missing, sick puppies in Clinton County

Police in Plattsburgh are asking for the public's help in rounding up puppies that were abandoned in rural areas of Clinton County.

According to police, the dogs -- some as young as eight weeks old -- were abandoned by the co-owner of the Northern Puppies pet store in Plattsburgh because the puppies were sick and he couldn't afford the veterinarian bills.  Go to full article
Hamster at day job. Photo: Sualk61 via Flickr, some rights reserved
Hamster at day job. Photo: Sualk61 via Flickr, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Hamsters

All the pet hamsters in the world derive from a small wild population collected in Syria in the 1930s. Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about hamsters, in the wild and working the wheel.  Go to full article
Kimberly DesChamp and her goldendoodle "Luna".
Kimberly DesChamp and her goldendoodle "Luna".

Dogs take the bite out of work stress

Pet lovers will tell you that having a dog can provide a number of stress-busting benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and providing social support. A new study finds that allowing employees to bring their dogs to work appears to reduce stress and boost job satisfaction levels.

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers compared stress levels and job satisfaction among employees at a retail business in North Carolina who brought their dogs to work, those who didn't bring their dogs to work, and employees without pets. The study, in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, found that dogs in the workplace seemed to help reduce job-related stress for their owners and even other employees.

Todd Moe stopped by the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, an organization in Potsdam that promotes healthy living and nutrition, where most work days are dog days and it's making a positive difference in the workplace.  Go to full article
Bentley the dog. Photo: Frances Weller Bailey
Bentley the dog. Photo: Frances Weller Bailey

Homeless dog becomes local cause

Back in September, faculty and staff at St. Lawrence University got an e-mail from English Professor Peter Bailey - "adopt a Bentley" it said.
Bentley - a big friendly puppy -- needed a home.

In October, Peter Bailey repeated his request, and a couple weeks ago, he emailed again.
Attached to the third note were a couple pictures...soon Bentley's cause spread. Word about the Boxer-St. Bernard mix reached into the Adirondacks and south to Syracuse.
There's no happy ending, yet, but Bentley has attracted friends and visitors to the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA in Ogdensburg.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Peter Bailey about Bentley's cause:  Go to full article
One of nine 2-week-old puppies that came to the shelter after their mother was hit by a car. They're too young to adopt and are now in foster care.
One of nine 2-week-old puppies that came to the shelter after their mother was hit by a car. They're too young to adopt and are now in foster care.

Some shelter workers discourage giving pets for Christmas

In these last few days before Christmas, adoptions are up at North Country animal shelters. It's a hectic time as kittens and puppies are in high demand.

Some shelter workers fear they'll see these same animals come back in a few months when they're too big or too much to handle. Others are actively discouraging people from giving pets as gifts. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Out for a walk? Watch for ticks!

The mild weather this week will lure many of us outdoors to take advantage of an autumn hike. Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy take a break from gardening to offer tips on how to deal with wood ticks on you and your pets.  Go to full article
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail
Wilson on the Baxter Mountain trail

Leashes and hiking boots: A new book looks at dogs on Adirondack trails

For a lot of people in the North Country, a hike in the woods wouldn't be the same without a dog. A new guidebook published this summer offers a great list of trails in the Adirondacks that are dog-friendly, along with good advice for taking your pet into the woods. Brian Mann hit the trail this week with the book's editor, Libby Treadwell, and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Marilyn Ryan, dog fan

You don't have to go to Madison Square Garden to enjoy the beauty and drama of different breeds going paw to paw for prize ribbons. Each summer, various regional dog shows practically come to you. Marilyn Ryan of Ottawa dropped by a three-day event in near-by Kars, Ontario this past weekend. She's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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