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When you lose a pet ....

When you lose a pet ....

Mourning the death of a beloved pet or animal companion can be as real as any loss, says Yolo Hospice's Mary Odbert. This month, Yolo Hospice began offering a free, drop-in support group for those who've lost an animal companion.

Such groups did not exist when I was a teenager and lost my 4-H horse, Ringo.

I spent most of my life believing Ringo ended up at a glue factory and my parents lied about it to protect me.

After I left for college, caring for Ringo was a pretty big chore for my aging parents. For one, our barn didn't have running water, so we had to haul water from the house. Plus, Ringo had become broken winded, which is like having asthma. He couldn't eat dusty hay, and we had no fenced pasture. One county over, one of dad's business partners had a farm with pasture. He said he'd take Ringo so he could graze.

The man had a 10-year-old daughter who fell in love with my big bay horse.

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Kayte Moore in West Sacramento sent in this photo of her adorable purebred yellow lab "Molly" that she's had since December. Moore said her dog is very smart, has already passed puppy training at Petsmart and is a very lovable dog.

"She's definitely the cutest dog in West Sacramento," said Moore. "Her favorite toy 'Quack' is shown (in the photo) with her which she loves to fetch or catch in the air."

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Think your pet is cuter than this?

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Debi Earl, in West Sacramento, says all of her pets are rescued. Her new feral kitten "Fritzi" is shown in the first photo on top of her SPCA-adopted dog "Lil' Rascal," who was rescued from the Santa Barbara fires.

In the second photo, her Yorkie "Fidget" is with "Fritzi." Earl said the Yorkie protected and cleaned the cat when he was new to the house. And in the third photo, all three of her furry companions are playing on her bed.

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Sacramento's annual spay day to alter more than 700 pets

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Animal Coalition hosts the 12th annual Spay Day event Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Families with cats and/or dogs that need to be spayed or neutered are encouraged to take part in the event.

Pet owners will get a 90 percent discount for the surgeries and will only need to play $15 for altering cats and $20 for dogs, said Sacramento Animal Coalition spokesperson Alexis Raymond.

Spay and neuter services are donated by veterinary clinics and shelters from across Sacramento. The surgeries will take place at 18 different locations in the city and Yolo County.

More than 400 volunteers at 13 veterinary clinics, four animal shelters and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will join the effort will join the Spay Day Event.

Pets that are not spayed or neutered are at greater risk for certain health and behavioral problems, said Raymond. No-altered pets also contribute to overcrowding in area animal shelters.

Pet of the day

Pet of the day

Diane says Jessie is a total princess smiling for the camera and is the sweetest dog ever!! She loves her spot on the couch and loves having the camera on her! Her famous quote "let them eat cake."

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Cutest pet in West Sacramento

Cutest pet in West Sacramento

Cutest pet in West Sacramento is Ricky. Photo courtesy of Carol.

Only 100 appointments left for March 6 Spay Day

Only 100 appointments left for March 6 Spay Day

Sacramento and Yolo County residents with an annual household income of $35,000 or less can have up to two pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary clinics on or around March 6 as part of Spay Day Sacramento 2011. Spay Day is organized by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC). 

There are currently 100 appointments available for male cats and a few appointments left for male and female dogs weighing more than 25 pounds. No appointments are available for female cats or dogs weighing less than 25 pounds. 

Each animal will receive about $250 worth of services including spay/neuter surgery, permanent microchip identification, vaccinations and flea preventive. Proof of income is required. Applicants will receive instructions on submitting proof of income when they complete the online application.