Pets & Animals

ATF unleashes bomb sniffing dogs

Robert Landis, special agent K-9 handler with the ATF, releases his Labrador retriever "Jam"during a field demonstration Friday morning at the ATF Training Center in Front Royal. "Jam" graduated Friday from the Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) Course Graduation, in which the dog operates off the leash of the handler for safety reasons. "Jam" was named after fallen agent Johnny A. Masengale, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992 from an explosion.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

A sleek black dog equipped with a well-trained nose for explosives, guns and shell casings takes off through a mountain top pasture after his handler releases him, dashing straight for a sedan parked about 100 yards away.

Memorial scheduled for Sheriff’s Office dog

June 26, 2015

A memorial service for K-9 Rex of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, 1251 Susan Ave., Woodstock.

Demystifying pet food

June 24, 2015

Obesity is a huge problem for today’s domesticated cats and dogs. Part of the issue is the amount of unhealthy material added to mass-produced pet food. Due to this, many pet owners have started seriously looking at the food they buy for their animals, or making their own entirely.

Recording data on Data

Data takes a breather from romping in his backyard, which is filled with agility obstacles to keep him and retriever housemate Kenzie fit for competition. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

June 24, 2015

It’s been over a year since Rory and Carol Nansel enrolled their 2-year-old golden retriever Data in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, and they’ve recorded every little detail since.

Sweet Spartacus looks for a serene forever home

Michael Kerns, feline team leader at the Humane Society of Warren County in Front Royal, holds the timid Spartacus, a domestic short-hair with orange and white markings.  Hilary Legge/Daily

June 9, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — Spartacus arrived at the Humane Society of Warren County as a stray at the end of February. Brought in by a good Samaritan, he was found outside a restaurant. Now, Spartacus counts among the approximately 140 cats residing at the shelter, waiting for their forever homes.

Still no answers in drug dog’s death

Rex

June 2, 2015

A final autopsy report from the State Veterinarian has been unable to determine what killed a drug detection dog in the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office almost a month ago.

Local groups react to Clean Water rule

May 29, 2015

Wednesday’s ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a wide range of reactions from environmental groups to farming agencies and politicians.

Beekeepers to meet, discuss pollinators

May 28, 2015

Rusty Foltz, president of the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, is among the growing masses in America seeking answers to declining honeybee populations.

Pet of the Week: Hound Dog is the real deal

Hound Dog is more of a listener and observer than a barker. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 26, 2015

WINCHESTER — Hound Dog is aptly named for exemplifying the foremost traits of his breed – he’s ever alert with his nose and he’s always up for a chase.

Drug detection dog’s death still a mystery

Canine handler Deputy Victor Green,  is shown with Rex, the county's drug sniffing dog last July.  Rex died unexpectedly recently. Rich Cooley/Daily file

May 19, 2015

The cause of death for Rex, the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office’s drug detection dog, remains undetermined after the agency Tuesday released the results of an autopsy conducted by the state veterinarian.