• By LINDA FUOCO, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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PITTSBURGH - When women flee from an abusive husband or a battering boyfriend, they can take their children with them to an emergency shelter. But they usually have to leave their dogs and cats behind.

LOS ANGELES - Interior designer Nate Berkus has been adding fantasy to homes for 16 years, inspiring people with just the right creative touch. But he's been a dog-lover even longer, and he's turning his design expertise to a half-million-dollar fantasy dog park.

CHICAGO - Boots, the Chicago-area cat saved from death row by Fifth Third Bank and a Cook County probate judge, found a new home - in Missouri - on Independence Day.

LOS ANGELES - Good Samaritans, temperature guns and tougher laws are the newest tools in the campaign to keep animals out of hot cars, where just minutes can mean death.

About a month ago, Tina thought she noticed her French lop rabbit stumbling. He did it only occasionally, so she put it out of her mind.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A white Piper Cherokee drifts to earth like a paper airplane in the bright twilight, the buzz of its single engine only slightly louder than the chirp of grasshoppers in the surrounding farmland.

Mars Petcare has recalled some varieties of Pedigree canned dog food because of a potential choking risk.

The dog days of summer are here and we have to treat pets a bit differently than we did years ago. When I was a kid, our dogs were outdoors all day, wandering the neighborhood. They exercised when they felt like it and only as much as they felt comfortable doing.

Summer means doors are opening and closing constantly and daylight lasts a long time. The opportunity for a pet to get out of the house or yard unnoticed is very real.

AUSTIN, Texas - A quick inquiry to dog-loving folks on Facebook and an online search turns up more than a dozen products designed to keep your dog cool when the temperature rises. A few are highlighted below.

Now that warm weather is here, I cannot stress how important it is to provide fresh water served in clean receptacles at all times. This is the most important thing for pets, apart from keeping them out of the sun to prevent heat stroke.

LOS ANGELES - Instead of an alarm clock, they wake to the sounds of elephants and tigers. They walk their dogs, but it's often to go see the crocodiles and echidnas. And when they worry, it is about creatures like the Tazmanian devil.

Now that warm weather is here, I cannot stress how important it is to provide fresh water served in clean receptacles at all times. This is the most important thing for pets, apart from keeping them out of the sun to prevent heat stroke.

LOS ANGELES - Instead of an alarm clock, they wake to the sounds of elephants and tigers. They walk their dogs, but it's often to go see the crocodiles and echidnas. And when they worry, it is about creatures like the Tazmanian devil.

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