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Owl Death From Above

March 10th, 2010 6:19 PM Eastern

by Claudia Cowan

When we heard about an owl attacking a dog in Santa Rosa, California, we knew it would be an interesting day. We met Odessa Gunn at the local animal shelter, where she was still very upset more than a week after losing her Chihuahua, Trooper. She could hardly believe a pair of hungry Great Horned Owls could swoop out of the darkness, and in seconds carry off her pooch, while she was standing just feet away. But that’s what happened, and now wildlife experts are warning the owners of small pets to keep their animals inside between dusk and dawn, because that’s when owls usually hunt. Odessa lives on a hillside property which she fenced in to protect her animals from coyotes and mountain lions. One night at around 9:30, she let her dogs into her backyard and was about to join them. That’s when she heard a terrible screeching noise, and at first thought it was a mountain lion or bobcat. The attack happened so fast, she didn’t even see it. One of the owls attacked her dog Bandit, but he managed to escape, bloody and limping. It was heartbreaking to see Bandit’s injuries, including the stitches on his back left by the owl’s razor sharp talons. But as much as Odessa is mourning the loss of Trooper, a 6-pound dog she rescued from an abusive home, she doesn’t blame the owl. She knows it was just hunting for food to survive. Owls usually eat rats and squirrels, but if they see something that looks like prey, they won’t know if it’s somebody’s pet. We actually got up close to several Great Horned Owls at a nearby bird sanctuary, and they are beautiful. Calm demeanor, yellow eyes, heads that can make wide turns, and wings so soft, you can barely hear them fly—which makes them stealth hunters. People with small pets should keep an ear out for the owl’s distinctive hoots, and stay away from nests where baby owls are hatching this time of year. Don’t hurt or hunt the owls to make them move elsewhere—they’re protected by law, and it’s a crime to harm them.

Odessa says from now on, she’ll keep her animals on a leash after dark, and be more aware that there are predators out there that can come from the sky.

Source:  Fox News

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Pet Friendly St Patrick’s Day Events

DFW offer many pet-friendly events this St. Patrick's Day.St. Patrick’s Day is possibly the most celebrated holiday in Dallas, with the Annual Greenville Avenue St. Patty’s Day Parade being at the forefront of the revelry and several smaller festivities taking place around the Metroplex. Be sure to include your furry friends in the merriment by checking out one or more of these pet-friendly St. Patty’s Day events.

5K Mutt Strut & 4th Annual St. Paddy’s Pooch Party
Saturday, March 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Rd, The Colony

This annual event is sure to bring pets and their people out for a morning run (or jog or even walk) and the party that follows. Registration for the 5K Mutt Strut begins at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 8:30 a.m. The St. Paddy’s Pooch Party starts at 10:00 a.m. and will include pet portraits, arts and crafts, low cost pet vaccines, pet contests, live music, and great food. (Official Event Website)

Lochrann’s Paddy Dash
Saturday, March 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Frisco Square, Dallas North Tollway & Main Street (FM 720), Frisco
Lochrann’s Irish Pub and Eatery is hosting a 5k Fun Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids 50-Yard Piddy Pat Dash to benefit the Frisco Family Service Center. The event is dog-friendly, and every dog that registers for the 5k or 1-mile run/walk will receive a gift. Proceeds from canine registration fees will go towards Frisco Dog Park, Inc. to help bring a dog park to the city of Frisco. (Official Event Website)

ShamRock‘n Roll Pet Parade
Sunday, March 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
West End Market Place, Downtown Dallas

The 3rd Annual ShamRock’n Roll Pet Parade begins at the corner of Munger Avenue and Market Street at 4:00 p.m. The parade’s Grand Marshall will be Jimmy the Texas Bagpiper and will also include Shandon Irish Dancers and adoptable pets from the SPCA of Texas. Awards for Best Pet Costume and Best Pet and Pet Pal Look-a-Like will be presented. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at thePetropolitan Doggie Day Spa booth.

St. Patrick’s Day Paw-ty
Wednesday, March 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Three Dog Bakery, 1251 E. Southlake Blvd, Suite 323, Southlake

This Southlake doggie paradise will be celebrating Luck o’ the Irish Setter day as well as store mascot Diesel’s birthday. Three Dog Bakery is providing free birthday cake for your furry friends as well as appetizers and beverages for their two-legged guests. Don’t forget your dog’s green gear – prizes will be awarded for the best St. Patrick’s Day dressed dog.

Hat Tip to:  LA Examiner

St. Puppy’s Day – Saturday in St Petersburg, FL

The pet-friendly event kicks off with an Irish brunch. Dogs can roam the fenced festival ground, with music, Irish dancers, a Puppy Costume Parade, “Most Irish Dog” contest, adoptable pets and more. Dog and cat food drive benefits the Tampa Bay Humane Society. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dubliner Irish Pub, 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 300-2076. http://www.thedublineririshpub.com.

Denver Pet Friendly St. Patty’s Parade

Starts at 27th and Blake Sts., Denver
303/321-7888
www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/denver.htm

It’s not like events in Chicago or Boston, but Denver’sSt. Patrick’s Day Parade is huge and very popular. The parade winds its way through a portion of LoDo—where there are conveniently many brewpubs and bars—with a variety of things Irish or not, like bagpipers and beauty queens riding in convertibles and little dogs doing tricks.

The weather can sometimes be downright wintry in March, but people still dye their hair green to match their outfits and come out for a day of celebration. The parade is held on the weekend closest to March 17 on any given year.

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