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By L'Oreal Thompson | October 12, 2012
To say that Chris Houck, owner of My Pet Store and More in Ellicott City, loves animals would be an understatement. He has two dogs (a golden doodle and a miniature poodle), an African red belly parrot, a tank full of saltwater fish and five leopard geckos. So it makes perfect sense that he would help other animal lovers give their pets a happy home, too. “I love the fact that I can help my customers with virtually any pet,” says Houck. “There's not a pet you can name that I can't help you with … from saltwater aquariums to horse suppliers -- it's been a lot of fun.” Houck opened My Pet Store and More in April, and an online store is in the works, giving customers two options for browsing products and ordering specialty items.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| December 12, 2013
The UPS driver looked a little befuddled when he walked into Howl on Chestnut Ave., in Baltimore yesterday afternoon. “There's a cat out here in a carrier,” he told Robin McDonald, owner of the natural pet-supply store. She followed him outside and lo and behold, there sat what appeared to be a Maine Coon mix in a carrier with a note: “Very nice cat. Please help! Jean-Pierre is his name.” He looked skinny and scruffy and his hair was sparse, but McDonald brought Jean-Pierre into the shop and opened the carrier door.
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March 20, 2012
So you want to get a puppy. Great! Now where should you go and what should you do? I would imagine that the owners of the new store in Columbia called "Charm City Puppies" would want you to immediately walk through their doors. Or the folks who manage "Today's Pet" would want you in their store. But are there other, better options? If you were to ask me the question of where you should get your puppy, my answer would be to head to Columbia's animal shelter — the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility (HCAC)
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 28, 2013
Here's the scenario: a dog, cat or other pet is let outside in a fenced-in yard while the owner goes in. When the owner returns, the pet is gone. Some days or weeks later, the animal turns up on Craigslist or another site for sale, leaving the unwitting owner heartbroken and the thief with $50 or several hundred dollars in his or her pocket. Sound farfetched? Sadly, it's a practice that's becoming more and more common, and the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA)
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By Marc Santora and Marc Santora,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 12, 2002
NEW YORK - Cockfighting has mostly disappeared and bear baiting, once the rage of 19th-century America, has gone the way of the frontier. But New Yorkers still love their predatory pets. From the red devil and Jack Dempsey fish to the yellow rat snake and Tokay gecko, pet store managers across the city say animals with a taste for the jugular are big sellers. Perhaps New Yorkers are so stressed at the end of the day they want to see something get torn apart. Maybe residents long for a bit of the wild in their concrete jungle.
EXPLORE
November 1, 2011
Thanksgiving is a time for family and for sharing, but use caution when it comes to your family pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers the following tips: 1. Table scraps are never a good idea. Pets' digestive systems can't handle fatty foods. 2. Keep trash containers closed and secure so pets can't get into them. 3. Do not feed pets turkey bones. They can splinter and damage the animal's intestines. 4. Keep animals away from dessert tables as well, since these types of food -- especially chocolate -- can be harmful to animals.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun | November 7, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Max-a-million had a deprived puppyhood.Raised in squalor and neglect at a Nebraska "puppy mill," the 4-year-old cocker spaniel wound up in Baltimore. But his sorry Midwestern life haunted him -- and his owner -- through health problems that required three bladder operations.Max-a-million is his name "because that's what he's costing me," said Theresa Pulice-Wingate yesterday. The 28-year-old Baltimore woman's "nightmare" began 2 1/2 years ago and included a $2,500 veterinarian's bill.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
NAME: COPPER (Was renamed from Pongo after adoption) OWNERS: A & B Becker HOW THEY MET: Met at a GRREAT adoption day in a pet store 10 years ago when he was five years old. Copper was diagnosed with non-operable cancer right around his 15 birthday last Valentines Day. We kept him comfortable until his passing over the Rainbow Bridge three weeks later. He is tremendously missed by his family, neighbors, and the hundreds of patients he entertained and befriended at the Copper Ridge Alzheimer's care facility.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 28, 2013
Here's the scenario: a dog, cat or other pet is let outside in a fenced-in yard while the owner goes in. When the owner returns, the pet is gone. Some days or weeks later, the animal turns up on Craigslist or another site for sale, leaving the unwitting owner heartbroken and the thief with $50 or several hundred dollars in his or her pocket. Sound farfetched? Sadly, it's a practice that's becoming more and more common, and the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA)
NEWS
By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 17, 2006
Visitors to The Yuppy Puppy, an Ellicott City boutique for pets that have everything, are typically welcomed by two tiny balls of canine enthusiasm. Recently, Ellie, a mix of toy fox terrier and Chihuahua, was wearing a "snoozle," which is sort of like a bandanna, as well as a shirt with the words "desperate housedogs" spelled out in sparkling studs. Brendle, a Maltese, wore a harlequin-style collar with points of colorful fabric around her face, and a shirt that said "spoiled." Owner Holly Hoenes, who opened the Main Street store about a year and a half ago, said that Brendle is her dog, but she is taking care of Ellie for a friend.
EXPLORE
By L'Oreal Thompson | October 12, 2012
To say that Chris Houck, owner of My Pet Store and More in Ellicott City, loves animals would be an understatement. He has two dogs (a golden doodle and a miniature poodle), an African red belly parrot, a tank full of saltwater fish and five leopard geckos. So it makes perfect sense that he would help other animal lovers give their pets a happy home, too. “I love the fact that I can help my customers with virtually any pet,” says Houck. “There's not a pet you can name that I can't help you with … from saltwater aquariums to horse suppliers -- it's been a lot of fun.” Houck opened My Pet Store and More in April, and an online store is in the works, giving customers two options for browsing products and ordering specialty items.
EXPLORE
March 20, 2012
So you want to get a puppy. Great! Now where should you go and what should you do? I would imagine that the owners of the new store in Columbia called "Charm City Puppies" would want you to immediately walk through their doors. Or the folks who manage "Today's Pet" would want you in their store. But are there other, better options? If you were to ask me the question of where you should get your puppy, my answer would be to head to Columbia's animal shelter — the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility (HCAC)
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
NAME: COPPER (Was renamed from Pongo after adoption) OWNERS: A & B Becker HOW THEY MET: Met at a GRREAT adoption day in a pet store 10 years ago when he was five years old. Copper was diagnosed with non-operable cancer right around his 15 birthday last Valentines Day. We kept him comfortable until his passing over the Rainbow Bridge three weeks later. He is tremendously missed by his family, neighbors, and the hundreds of patients he entertained and befriended at the Copper Ridge Alzheimer's care facility.
EXPLORE
November 1, 2011
Thanksgiving is a time for family and for sharing, but use caution when it comes to your family pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers the following tips: 1. Table scraps are never a good idea. Pets' digestive systems can't handle fatty foods. 2. Keep trash containers closed and secure so pets can't get into them. 3. Do not feed pets turkey bones. They can splinter and damage the animal's intestines. 4. Keep animals away from dessert tables as well, since these types of food -- especially chocolate -- can be harmful to animals.
NEWS
By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 17, 2006
Visitors to The Yuppy Puppy, an Ellicott City boutique for pets that have everything, are typically welcomed by two tiny balls of canine enthusiasm. Recently, Ellie, a mix of toy fox terrier and Chihuahua, was wearing a "snoozle," which is sort of like a bandanna, as well as a shirt with the words "desperate housedogs" spelled out in sparkling studs. Brendle, a Maltese, wore a harlequin-style collar with points of colorful fabric around her face, and a shirt that said "spoiled." Owner Holly Hoenes, who opened the Main Street store about a year and a half ago, said that Brendle is her dog, but she is taking care of Ellie for a friend.
NEWS
By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2003
Heather Keslar says she "instantly had a horrible feeling" when a man followed her into the Fells Point pet-supply store where she works - despite the fact that he had a clean-cut look and wore a black "Believe" T-shirt. The 23-year-old clerk at P.A.W.S. of Baltimore (People and Animals with Style) had just opened the front door about 11:15 a.m. yesterday, when the man - seeming to appear out of nowhere - came into the store on her heels. He robbed her at gunpoint, committing the latest in a string of robberies of merchants in the historic neighborhood, according to the police.
BUSINESS
By Patrick Rossello | February 3, 1992
Let's start a record and tape store. The business can carry rhythm and blues, country, heavy metal, easy listening, classical and rock. We'll market the store to entire metropolitan area with an eye to new locations in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.Entrepreneurs frequently develop good multi-product ideas only to kill their dreams in an effort to be all things to all people. The strategy to open and quickly expand a new firm is typical of new business owners with little experience in the world of entrepreneurship.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| December 12, 2013
The UPS driver looked a little befuddled when he walked into Howl on Chestnut Ave., in Baltimore yesterday afternoon. “There's a cat out here in a carrier,” he told Robin McDonald, owner of the natural pet-supply store. She followed him outside and lo and behold, there sat what appeared to be a Maine Coon mix in a carrier with a note: “Very nice cat. Please help! Jean-Pierre is his name.” He looked skinny and scruffy and his hair was sparse, but McDonald brought Jean-Pierre into the shop and opened the carrier door.
NEWS
By Benedict Carey and Benedict Carey,Special to the Sun | September 29, 2002
Getting a drug prescription to treat a simple infection isn't always so simple. Drug prices are on the rise, doctor visits can be time-consuming and expensive, and 40 million Americans have no insurance to help pay. For many, it's easier to get drugs for a pet cat or fish -- and take those pills. Animals are prescribed many of the same medications humans are, sometimes for the same conditions, and there are plenty of Internet sites providing advice on drug dosage. "The use of animal antibiotics without prescription is a major issue for us," said Dr. Don Klingborg, associate dean of public programs at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
NEWS
By Marc Santora and Marc Santora,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 12, 2002
NEW YORK - Cockfighting has mostly disappeared and bear baiting, once the rage of 19th-century America, has gone the way of the frontier. But New Yorkers still love their predatory pets. From the red devil and Jack Dempsey fish to the yellow rat snake and Tokay gecko, pet store managers across the city say animals with a taste for the jugular are big sellers. Perhaps New Yorkers are so stressed at the end of the day they want to see something get torn apart. Maybe residents long for a bit of the wild in their concrete jungle.
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