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Breeds blacklisted from Farmer's home insurance coverage

SACRAMENTO, CA - Farmers Insurance says it will no longer cover pit bulls, rottweilers, and certain wolf hybrids under your homeowner's insurance.

"These three breeds account for 25 percent of all dog bite claims and cause more harm when they attack than any other breed," says Erin Freeman, Chief Communications Officer at Farmers.

But animal rescue groups say this unfairly condemns certain breeds and insurance companies should consider coverage on a case-by-case basis.

"You look at the individual dog just like people you can't make judgements about someone just based on an appearance," says Dawn Capp with Chako Pit Bull Rescue.

Farmers says California homeowners will be notified of the change as their policies come up for renewal.

by Brittany Davis Pulley, BDavis-Pulley@news10.net

RRUFF - Dog's Day Out Valentine's Party - Saturday, February 16 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

RRUFF - Dog's Day Out Valentine's Party - Saturday, February 16 from  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

You are invited to RRUFF's First Annual Valentine's Day Party! -  "Dog's Day Out" from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the RRUFF Dog Park inside Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 5th St. in Rocklin .

If you love your pooch and want to celebrate Valentine's Day, this is your chance to shower him or her with love and attention - There will be doggie & people treats,  a photo booth,  doggie games, prizes, and a special kissing booth that will be  whatever you want it to be -smooch your pooch, smooch another pooch, have your pooch smooch you!  

If you haven't been to the new RRUFF Dog Park in Rocklin yet, this is the time to visit.  The weather is going to be beautiful!   There is a brand new concrete pathway in the large dog area; lots of benches; separate areas for small & large dogs; and an enclosed Special Needs Area.

Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

Calif. coyote hunting contest to proceed as planned

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Despite pleas from animal welfare advocates, the California game commission has declined to intervene in a controversial coyote hunting contest this weekend in wolf country.

But members of the commission did ask at their meeting on Wednesday whether they had the authority to regulate the contests in the future.

On Saturday and Sunday, hunters will fan across Modoc County in northeast California to see who can kill the most coyotes in a contest sponsored by a local gun club. The winner gets a silver buckle.

Animal welfare advocates argued before the Fish and Game Commission that the hunt is inhumane. They also said coyotes help control vermin, playing an important role in the ecosystem.

Margo Parks of the California Cattlemen's Association said coyotes cause $4 million in damage annually.

Hartz issues recall on dog treats

Hartz Mountain Corp., who makes a variety of pet products, has issued a voluntary recall of two lines of dog treats.

According to KABC Los Angeles, the Hartz Chicken Chews and Hartz Oinkies Pig Skin Twists with Chicken for dogs were recalled due to "trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics residue found in samples of the products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said two-thirds of the products tested were free of the residue, but the lines were recalled as a precautionary measure.

"The trace amounts of antibiotic residue do not pose a health risk to pets at the levels detected, and it's highly unlikely that the antibiotics are related to reports of illnesses the agency has received related to jerky pet treats in the past," according to KABC.

The following products are included in the recall:

Rescued Nevada City bear cubs returned to nature

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Two bear cubs rescued from a wildfire near Nevada City last summer were returned to the wild Thursday.

An environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was moving the hibernating pair to a den within 75 mniles of Nevada City, past Truckee, according to Tom Millham, spokesman for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. That den could be a hollowed-out tree or dog igloo where the cubs will continue to hibernate until spring.

RELATED STORY: California fish and game searches for suitable land for orphaned cubs

JOIN RRUFF SATURDAY JANUARY 26 - DOG DENTAL CARE SEMINAR & MEETING

JOIN RRUFF SATURDAY JANUARY 26 -  DOG DENTAL CARE SEMINAR & MEETING

Join RRUFF on Saturday, January 26 from Noon - 2:00 p.m at Pet Food Express inThe Fountains, Roseville for the first RRUFF Quarterly meeting of 2013!

  • BRING YOUR POOCH, TOO!!  There will be doggie & people treats for you to enjoy 
  •  Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital will present a free seminar on "Proper Dental Care For Your Dog" 
  • The RRUFF Board of Directors will present an update  on the dog park plans for 2013 and beyond
  • The 2012 RRUFF Volunteeer of the Year Award  will be presented to that special person who worked so tirelessly during the year on our behalf.
  • Q & A Session

You will have a chance to have your questions answered and to give us your ideas for future enhancements to your dog park located in Johnson-Springview Park at 5480 5th Street in Rocklin.

Open Letter to My Dog

Open Letter to My Dog

Momservation: The first ingredient in Humble Pie is cleaning up someone else’s poop.

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In the ongoing effort to change my perspective to a positive one, become grateful for the little things, and not waste energy hanging onto anger and disappointment I have turned to an expert in these matters.