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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2011
This Friday in Annapolis dogs will slip into their docksiders, pop on their Panama hats and climb aboard a cruise ship. There, they'll enjoy snacks, drinks and live music. Maybe if you're nice, they'll let you come along. It's Ben's 5 th Dog-Friendly Cruise, an event organized by Paws pet boutique to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Dogs and people meet at the Annapolis City Dock to board the Watermark's Harbor Queen at 7 p.m. They'll cruise until about 10 p.m., listening to the live music of Dan Haas & Ben's Bones, nibbling finger foods from Whole Foods and perhaps sipping on a little something from the cash bar. There will be a silent auction with the chance to score all kind of goodies from area businesses -- Red Leash Photography, Loews Annapolis Hotel, Davis' Pub, Stoney River Legendary Steaks, Broadneck Grill, Casa Nova and Paws & Possibilities Dog Training are just a few. Peole can also buy $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win two roundtrip tickets on Southwest.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | April 24, 2014
Lynn Molnar's conversations with fellow dog owners during her frequent visits to Bel Air's Ma & Pa Dog Park planted the seed that eventually resulted in Thankful Paws, a nonprofit pet food bank that travels the area delivering food for pets in need. Since the organization was founded in 2011, donors, volunteers and sponsors have helped provide 50 tons of pet food, focusing primarily on serving the pets of financially needy seniors, veterans and the homeless. While humans have avenues for assistance when financial times are tough, pets don't always have a safety net, Molnar says.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN | August 15, 1993
The dog days of summer are here. I know this because our dog Katydid, is lying on her back in the lawn chair, paws in the air, sunning herself and snoring loudly.Katydid is happy. I am not. I don't mind her snoozing in my favorite chair. It's not her sleeping habits that are annoying, it's what she does when she's awake.Katydid digs holes in the yard and rolls in the garden. She uproots plants and consumes my crops. She chases the honeybees that pollinate my flowers. She stalks the birds that eat bad bugs.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Perry Hall community leaders and Baltimore County officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Perry Paw Dog Park on Saturday. At 10:30 a.m. the dog park, located inside the Honeygo Regional Park at 9033 Honeygo Boulevard, will formally open. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, members of the County Council, state officials and Perry Hall Recreation Council members are expected to attend the opening ceremony. The $205,000 fenced dog park includes a .34-acre area for small dogs, a 1.06-acre space for larger breeds, key card entry system for members, water fountains for the dogs and other amenities.
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By Richard Irwin and Dan Thanh Dang and Richard Irwin and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1995
A Pikesville man has been charged with animal cruelty after driving a car through his neighborhood while his 11-month-old Chesapeake Bay retriever ran alongside on a leash.The dog, named Barkley, was treated for severe lesions to his paws at a Reisterstown veterinary office after an officer discovered bleeding paws -- the pads worn off by the rough road, Baltimore County police said.Barkley's owner, Scott Eckrote, 24, of the first block of Tentmill Lane, also was charged with possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after his arrest Thursday night.
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By Earl Swift and Earl Swift,NORFOLK VIRGINIAN-PILOT | May 19, 1999
ON THE BLUE RIDGE, Va. -- In these old mountains live muscled creatures that can outrun and outclimb the most agile of men, that weigh hundreds of pounds but travel the woods with graceful stealth.They have survived dog packs and traffic and the loss of their forest lairs to subdivisions. Thrived, even: About 4,000 American black bears roam Virginia's Blue Ridge, Great Dismal Swamp and western Alleghenies, and state game officials say that number is on the rise.But the animals face a gruesome and growing threat.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1996
The dog in cage No. 12 at the Baltimore County animal shelter is a striking Siberian husky, not quite a year old. Her pale blue eyes stare steadily through the mesh door as she cries mournfully to be petted."
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
We're down to the last two games in regular season. To come out with a winning record, Teddy has to nail both picks. Fingers crossed. Paws crossed. Even tail in a little pretzel shape. Go Teddy!
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By THE BALTIMORE ZOO | February 6, 2002
Otters love the water ... but are equally at home on land. Some species of otter, like the Sea otter, rarely come on land. Otters' long hair is water-repellent, and their long, thin bodies and webbed paws make them excellent swimmers. Since their ears and nostrils close under water, otters hunt for food using their paws and whiskers. what's for DINNER? Otters eat frogs, crayfish, crabs and fish. DO YOU KNOW How do otters talk to each other? Answer: Otters use different sounds and scents to mark their territory.
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By MARYANN JAMES | June 2, 2007
Since I graduated from college, I have faced the same series of questions at every family function: "Are you seeing anyone special?" someone inevitably asks. "When are you getting married?" another relative needles. And when I give the same old replies (no, not now), they are often followed by affirmations of my youth and declarations that I'm too young to settle down anyway. Even though these folks are likely covering for their sick obsessions with getting young people down the aisle, I take that sentiment to heart.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| December 4, 2013
Looking for a way to ring in the holiday season with the whole furry family? Put Dec. 14 on your calendar, snap on those bells, and get ready for Santa Paws at Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Baltimore. The fifth annual Santa Paws event will feature pet photos with Santa in the hotel lobby, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with pet-friendly holiday treats, festive decorations, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, straight from the North Pole. Keepsake photos will be available for $20, and all proceeds benefit Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Terri Stafford used to take Lulu, her border collie mix, to medical facilities as part of a Baltimore-based volunteer program that enabled her to share her beloved pet's affection with others in need of it. "We did that for several years until Lulu got too sick" with cancer, said Stafford, a retired registered nurse who lives in Baltimore County. "Toward the end, when Lulu wasn't feeling well, she spent a lot of time hiding in the closet. But I'd say, 'Lulu, let's go visiting.' And she'd come running out and jump in the car. She loved it. "I also used to enjoy the way people would light up when I would bring Lulu to visit them," Stafford said.
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
Start shopping and help homeless pets at the same time. That's the idea behind the Maryland SPCA's annual Shop-a-Paw-Looza, which started Friday, Oct. 5, and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Last year, the adoption program raised $40,000 through the online auction.  So what can you get? A vacation in Mexico, a football signed by the Ravens' Joe Flacco, tickets to "The Daily Show," wine tastings, cupcakes, dog beds (pictured here) and animal acupuncture treatments are just a few of the items you can bid on. To place a bid, go here .  Also, if you want to donate items, the Maryland SPCA will be accepting goods and services throughout the month.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
Michelle and Larry Kownacki first got involved with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 2005, when they became foster parents for Gentle Ben, a Jack Russell terrier who had been hoarded and neglected. They chose the name because the dog, one of more than 300 crammed into a South Carolina home, lacked the feistiness typical of Jack Russells. That didn't last long. Over the years, Gentle Ben gained health and personality. He also became the mascot for the annual benefit the Kownackis hold in Annapolis to raise money for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
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By Lane Page | August 24, 2012
The Thienel Law Firm of Columbia has four associates. Managing member Stephen C. Thienel, however, has two more of his own -- chocolate Labs Mocha and Star, who spend the day greeting clients or curled up in his office, where they could be poster pups representing the portion of the firm's practice involving animal law. “Animal law incorporates a range of different areas of the law, such as criminal, zoning, contracts, property rights, animal welfare...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
A woman who grew up rescuing lost critters has launched an effort to help pets and their owners survive financial crises together. Lynn Molnar is operating Thankful Paws, a food bank for pets, out of her White Marsh home. "The idea is to keep people and their pets together even in the most trying situations," she said. "Often in hard times, the pet is the cut that people have to make. " The seeds for the nonprofit organization sprung from the parade of stray cats, dogs and other assorted critters that found shelter in Molnar's childhood home, and from her mother, who nurtured a "spirit for animals" in her daughter.
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November 22, 2000
Do you know? Why does the snow leopard have big paws? Answer: Thick cushions of hair around its paw pads act like snowshoes, helping the leopard move quickly over snow without sinking. Learn more! Visit the snow leopards at The Baltimore Zoo. Read "Snow Leopards" by Patrick Merrick. The snow leopard's thick, spotted coat helps it to blend in throughout the changing seasons. A snow leopard's tail can grow to three feet long!
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
We're down to the last two games in regular season. To come out with a winning record, Teddy has to nail both picks. Fingers crossed. Paws crossed. Even tail in a little pretzel shape. Go Teddy!
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
The Roth family moved to Phoenix in Baltimore County a year ago to be closer to better services for their 7-year-old daughter, Avery, who is autistic. By chance, their new neighbor, Katherine "Kay" Holman, was experienced in crafting inclusive programs for children with autism. "We were still in the process of moving in when she introduced herself," Jenni Roth recalled. "I looked her up, and said, 'Oh my.' It worked out really well. " The families quickly formed a friendship that led to Holman's organizing a neighborhood group called PAW Pals.
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