Dogs

Dirty Dog? Experts Express Routine Grooming Habits

Staff at Bark Avenue are Working Around the Clock to Keep up with Spring Grooming

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather warms up in the Northland and water hoses start turning out, we often think about bath time for out dogs after a long winter without. Local groomers are working around the clock right now to help your pets maintain a clean bill of health, and also make sure your home stays smelling fresh and…

American Birkebeiner Skates Into 45th Year

Northland tradition again brings many to Hayward.

HAYWARD, Wis.- “It’s the Birkie, man!” The gun fires, and in one fluid motion the surge of skiers and skaters pushes off in Cable. “The day will go on to be talked about for years.” Main Street is lined with Birkie fans, the whole town of Hayward, and many others, lining the track with the sound of cowbells. “Your whole…

Volunteers Needed at Animal Allies Humane Society

The Demand for Volunteers is an Ongoing Concern for Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – More than 700 volunteers help keep the doors open and animals happy at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth every year, but staff members say they can never have enough helping hands. “The cats are just amazing and the dogs are always so friendly,” said volunteer Amber Karlstedt. It’s safe to say many of us most likely…

Warm Winter Weather Lets the Dogs Out

Jean Duluth Dog Park Busy with Dogs

DULUTH, Minn.- The warmer weather brought out the four-legged friends in Duluth on Wednesday. Jean Duluth Dog Park was filled with dogs and their owners, enjoying the wide open snowy space. Dogs of all kinds and colors soon started turning white with snow, rubbing themselves on the ground. Owners said they love seeing their dogs happy and playful. “It’s just,…

Labrador Retriever May Become Minnesota’s Official Dog Breed

A "bipawtisan" group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to designate the Labrador retriever as the official dog breed of Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A “bipawtisan” group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to designate the Labrador retriever as the official dog breed of Minnesota. The legislation is named “Raven’s Bill” after the mascot of outdoor writer Ron Schara’s TV show “Minnesota Bound.” Raven III was one of several black labs wagging their tails through Tuesday’s news conference. While…

Veterinarian Tips on Keeping Pets Warm

Cold Snap upcoming, don't forget about those furry friends of yours

DULUTH, MN- When it gets this cold outside, making sure your four-legged friends are warm is just as important as keeping yourself warm. Veterinarian Dr. Kay Boucher says that “with the cold temperatures, if you are not comfortable, they are not going to be comfortable”. For cats, they should not be going outside at all during the Winter months in…

Fitger’s to Host Cutest Puppy Contest Saturday

The Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Cutest Puppy of the Northland Contest is Happening Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Calling all cute puppies of the Northland! You’re invited to bring your puppy, or stop by to witness the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Cutest Puppy Contest on Saturday, January 26. The event is taking place at the Fitger’s Complex in Duluth. Registration is free and will start at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. This event is free…

Anglers Take to the Ice for 3rd Annual Ice Fishing Contest

Anglers Compliment Weather, Fish Still Hiding

DULUTH, Minn.- Only in the Northland can you expect a frozen lake to be covered with ice houses and four-wheelers. On Saturday Anglers attacked the ice, trying to get themselves the next biggest cash to win the 3rd Annual Alpine Bar Winter Walleye Fishing Contest. The white blanket of snow on the frozen St. Louis River is peppered with different…

Dogs Wag in New Year at Doodle Dog Romp

Dozens of Pooches Play in Jean Duluth Dog Park

DULUTH, Minn.- Some dogs rang in the New Year on Sunday the only way they know how: sniffing butts and playing fetch with their buddies. The New Year’s Day Doodle Romp invited not just doodles, but all dogs of the Northland to have a giant doggy play-date in the Jean Duluth dog park. The organizer says it fosters more connections…

Furry Photos Raise Funds to Help Puerto Rican Pets

Pet Photo Fundraiser Held at North Shore Veterinary Hospital

DULUTH, Minn.- Canine and Feline Supermodels took over North Shore Veterinary Hospital, as they held a Pet Photo Fundraiser. $20 got owners and their pets an exclusive photo shoot, complete with props and scenes. That is, of course, if they could get their pets to sit still in the first place. Many scramble, scooping up dogs and cats and plopping…

Duluth Apartment Complex Takes on Poo-Petrators

Management at Endi Apartments in Duluth Announce Animal Owners Who Don't Pick up Poop will now Pay a Fine

DULUTH, Minn. – Turds are now the talk of the town, at least at Endi Apartment complex on London Road in Duluth. A new policy in effect will enforce residents to think twice after their furry friend leaves something on the ground that’s not so nice. “It’s not an option, it’s a requirement in our building,” said Peggy Walsh, Property…

Animal Allies Encourages Support on “Giving Tuesday”

A Generous Couple in the Northland Commits to Matching Donations for Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, November 27 is the final day to make a huge impact with Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Duluth residents Bob and Diane Meierhoff have been long time supporters of animal welfare efforts in the Northland. The Meierhoff’s are excited to announce a matching donation of up to $10,000 if Animal Allies is able to raise…

Tips to Keep Pets Away From the Emergency Room this Holiday Season

Dr. Matthew Severs with Superior Animal Hospital Offers Safety Tips for Pet Owners as the Holiday Season Arrives

SUPERIOR, Wis. – We’re just one day away from Thanksgiving — turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. Chances are many of us will eat a little too much on turkey day, but what about our pets? Local veterinarians from Superior Animal Hospital want to make sure your animal stays safe this holiday season, avoiding a tragic trip to the emergency…

PJ’s Rescue in Search of Forever Homes

PJ's Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization Serving the Northland; The Group Works to Bring Dogs From Texas to Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Click here to donate to PJ’s Rescue on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 15, 2018. Pacino: Pacino was found wandering the streets of mesquite, Texas and was picked up by animal control. His conditions upon intake at the shelter could only be speculated that he was used as a bait dog. All of his teeth…

Pet Protection Tips For Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Dr. Matthew Severs with Superior Animal Hospital Offers Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Colder Months

SUPERIOR, Wis. – November 5 – 9 is officially Winter Hazard Awareness Week which means for humans, it’s time to think twice and make sure you’re prepared for the worst winter weather to hit the Northland. But local veterinarians also want to make sure you’re preparing your pets for hazardous conditions. According to PETA, there were at least 40 cold…

Local Shelters, Miller Hill Subaru Host Animal Adoption Event This Weekend

The Subaru "Love-A-Pet" Event is Happening Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4

DULUTH, Minn. – The pur-fect event is happening in the Northland this weekend to help you add on to your family. Animal Allies Humane Society, Lake County Humane Society, PJ’s Rescue and Rockwall Pets will join the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) for it’s annual “Love-A-Pet” campaign adoption event. Animal Allies Development Officer, Michelle Sternberg,…

Creepy Creatures at Superior Animal Hospital

Hospital Hosts Halloween-Themed Open House

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Who said Halloween was just for humans? Some Superior dogs certainly don’t think so. The Halloween Hounds showed up at Superior Animal Hospital for some tricks and treats, at their Open House. Humans could decorate their own cookies, get face paint, play games, and more. For a more detailed look at how the Animal Hospital works, families could…

From Fearful to Fear Free, Dr. Marty Becker Visits North Shore Veterinary Hospital

North Shore Veterinary Hospital to Host Free Open House Friday, October 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dr. Michael Hargrove, Owner of North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth invites the public to stop by their Open House event from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 26. Visiting from Colorado, Dr. Marty Becker will also be attending the event, sharing his knowledge and past with creating Fear Free Certification. Fear Free provides online and in-person…

Superior Animal Hospital to Host Open House Saturday

Calling all Costumed Canines and Cats! Superior Animal Hospital is Hosting a Halloween Open House Saturday, October 27

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Calling all canines and cats who enjoy dressing up! Superior Animal Hospital is set to host their Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 27 to celebrate the fall season with games, live surgeries, teddy bear surgeries, face painting, cooking decorating and much more. Photos will be encouraged as costumed animals enjoy the day of fun family-friendly activities….

Frightening Four Legged Friends at Fitgers

Dogs and Owners Invited to Festival

DULUTH, Minn.- Some furry friends joined in the frightening Halloween fun, as dogs dressed as Superheroes, clowns, and more took over Fitger’s for the 5th annual Fido’s Fall Festival. Dogs and owners could shop for treats from vendors, and also be models for a day at a photo booth. “The photo costume contest is the biggest draw, for sure,” said…

Animal Answers: Duluth Retriever Club Working to Create Hero Hunters

The Duluth Retriever Club Primarily Hosts Training Sessions from May Through September

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to hunting, every hunter hopes to achieve the best retriever in man’s best friend. However, it’s not always easy to teach the fundamentals of retrieving. “They don’t come out of the box ready to go,” said Mark Helmer, President of the Duluth Retriever Club. Practice and patience are just two of the skills trainers…

Animal Allies to Host Series of Community Microchip Events

Animal Allies Humane Society is Hosting a Microchip Event Wednesday, September 26 at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Wednesday, September 26, Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth will be teaming up with Bent Paddle Brewing to offer a microchip and tag clinic for local pets. The event is happening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. For $25 dollars, pets will receive a microchip and personalized tag. Michelle Sternberg with Animal Allies says with the capability…

Kitten Caboodle at Animal Allies Humane Society

With the Recent Closure of one Local Shelter, Animal Allies Humane Society is Feeling the Impact

DULUTH, Minn. – Cats keep coming in to Animal Allies Humane Society at record numbers lately, according to shelter staff. As of Monday, more than 90 cats were in house at the Humane Society. Right now is known as “kitten season” in the Northland, but the recent closure of Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet isn’t helping matters this year….

Paws, Pins and Pints Parades Pooches

Duluth Dogs and Owners Out at Country Lanes North

Duluth, Minn.- The dogs took over Duluth to bowl and have a few drinks –at least their owners did. It’s all part of the “Paws, Pins and Pints” fundraising event at Country Lanes North. Where proceeds help out Animal Allies Humane Society. “Fun. And that’s what we want,” said co-organizer Cheryl Brandt. “Everyone’s having a good time. People love taking pictures of…

Northland Trio Looks to Help Animals with PJ’s Rescue

In This Week's Animal Answers, Meet a Trio of Ladies Looking to Spread Love and Compassion with PJ's Rescue

DULUTH, Minn. – A Northland trio recently formed together with the hope of giving dogs from Texas a second chance at life. Founder Tina Marcella says PJ’s Rescue was started out of a desire to rescue more dogs from the southern state. Marcella and two other founders all have dogs that were rescued from Texas, and want to encourage others to…

Duluth Para Pup Helping Create Colorful Canines and Cats

Connect With Duluth Para Pup On Facebook to Place Your Customizable Order

DULUTH, Minn. – A marketing degree with a minor in business management is now helping one Northland woman create a business she’s always dreamed of becoming a reality. “I’ve met a lot of different people that I never knew before,” said Alyssa Burr, Owner of Duluth Para Pup. Socializing and social media go hand-and-hand for Burr. “I get to see…

Friends of Animals Begins Closure

The 35 Year Old Shelter Enters its Final Week

Cloquet, Minn-The financial pressure hasn’t changed for the better for the “Friends of Animals Humane Society.”It’s closing its doors on Aug 5th. And the animals need to go to new homes now. Less than seven days until the cash-strapped doors are locked indefinitely. 10 cats climb, scratch, and play, unaware of the fate of their current home. And for their…

Pedestrians for Pitbull Positivity

2nd Walk with a Pitbull Held at Leif Erickson Park

Duluth, Minn- Duluth’s Leif Erickson park went to the dogs as a group walked to promote Pitbull awareness. Organized by nicepitbull.com, the walk was to promote Pitbull Positivity, and debunk negative Pitbull stereotypes. Many think of Pitbulls as angry, antisocial, and the start of most dog attacks. Yet according to the CDC, fatal dog attacks are not breed specific. “Pitbulls…

Dog Show Begins in Duluth

Duluth Dog Show Opens at DECC

DULUTH, Minn.-The Northland is going to the dogs as the 70th Annual Duluth Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show takes place July 12-July 15 . Dogs of all shapes sizes and colors come out to strut their stuff at the DECC. The event is open to more than just dogs and their owners. “Well a lot of people come here…

Veterinarian Expresses Concern Over Heartworm, Urges Prevention

On Average, Seven Dogs Every Year will Receive Treatment for Heartworm at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The disease is deadly, but the group targeted cannot speak up when they’re feeling ill. Heartworm is more common in southern states due to warm weather year round, but it doesn’t mean animals in the Midwest are out of the clear. “I have actually seen mosquitos out already,” said Lindsay Niemi, Practice Manager at Animal Allies Humane…

Meeting Puppy Connections at the Canine Carnival

This is the 6th annual Canine Carnival

DULUTH, Minn.- It was a party puppy Saturday afternoon at the Canine Carnival. The festival is put on by a Place for Fido and Fitgers. Dogs and owners participate in fun challenges, such as trying to balance a potato on a spoon, while walking your pooch. “You could use word commands with the dog, absolutely walking works very well, I…

Humane Society of Douglas County to “Paws for Love”

The Fundraising Gala is Happening Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Yellowjacket Union in Superior

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Residents in the Twin Ports are invited to purchase tickets now through Friday, April 13 for the 12th Annual Paws for Love Fundraising Gala supporting the Humane Society of Douglas County in Superior. Tickets are on sale right now for $50 per person. This includes a fabulous dinner, musical entertainment and live and silent auctions as well…

Animal Answers: Scooby’s Story

Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws, Made the Trip to Texas with Volunteers in September, Bringing Back 20 Dogs to the Northland

ESKO, Minn. – Last August Hurricane Harvey proved to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history. But through the devastation came light at the end of a dark tunnel for one Northland family. “It takes a village; there was a lot of us there to make this organization work,” said Megan Wedel, Founder of Nemo Paws….

Could Your Dog Get the Flu?

Dr. Justin Dahl with Happy Tails Animal Hospital Explains How You Can Prevent Your Pet from Canine Influenza

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Every year it’s estimated nearly 80 percent of dogs are exposed to canine influenza will develop the disease. However, local veterinarians say it can be less deadly than the human flu, with a mortality rate of less than ten percent. After all, it seems like every day we hear of more people being diagnosed with the flu….

Three Dogs Die in Duluth Fire

DULUTH, Minn. – Just before midnight on Feb. 6 the Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1509 99th Avenue West. The first arriving fire rig established that most of the interior of the main floor was heavily involved in fire. All occupants were safe and evacuated from the home when crews arrived on scene. There were six…

Redington Wins 2018 Beargrease Marathon

Ryan Redington Won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Crossing the Finish Line at 5:00a.m. Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn. – After countless hours of mushing along the North Shore of Lake Superior, Wednesday morning brought a winner in the 2018 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. FOX 21 News was at the finish line as fans and followers arrived throughout the final hours to congratulate their favorite teams and experience Beargrease fever. “We’ve never done this before so…

How The Weather Impacted The Beargrease Trail Conditions

Cold Temperatures, Strong Winds & Snow Fell As The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Took Place

DULUTH, Minn — The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon wrapped up this morning at Billy’s Bar. The mushers and the dogs became one with mother nature as they spent 3 days out in the elements. Eager to get inside and rest up. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot talked with the top 2 finishers about the trail conditions and how important the speed…

Mind Over Matter with Team Freking

Blake Freking and His Team Train Year-Round to Mush in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and Many Other Races

DULUTH, Minn. – As mushers make their final trek to the finish line Wednesday morning, the athletes leading the team will likely enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation in the coming days. However, it won’t last for long as many of the teams will soon embark on their next adventure. “Their first year of mushing is really just about…

Volunteer Veterinarians Have All Eyes on Beargrease Dogs

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The John Beargrease race is made possible by many volunteers, including nearly 20 volunteer veterinarians. The vets travel from all over to provide pre-race vet checks and ensure safety during the event. “It’s wonderful to be able to come here and work with these athletes,” head vet volunteer Gregg Phillips said. “I mean we see the couch…

Keeping the Pack Taken Care Of

Packare was Founded Nearly Five Years Ago by Duluthian Alicia Skjoelsvold

DULUTH, Minn. – Everything but lions, tigers and bears help keep Alicia Skjoelsvold’s business alive. “Kitties, pocket pets, sugar gliders, guinea pigs, rabbits, bearded dragons,” said Skjoelsvold. “We do pet sitting and dog walking.” The native Duluthian decided five years ago to leave her dream job; reality had set in and routine became a bore. “This time of year we…

Avoiding Pet Decorating Dangers this Season

Staff at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth Offer Tips on How to Keep Your Pets Safe this Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – By now many folks are probably rocking around the Christmas tree, but did you know your holiday decorations could be a danger to some in the household? Michelle Sternberg, Marketing and Communications Manager and Lindsay Snustad, Executive Director of Animal Allies Humane Society visited FOX 21 Local News to offer a few tips on keeping your furry friends…

Texas Puppies to Find New Homes in the Northland

More than a Dozen Puppies are Headed to the Douglas County Humane Society

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In the coming days, the Douglas County Humane Society will be receiving a litter of perfect presents just in time for the holidays. The shelter announcing earlier this week they will be receiving anywhere from seven to 17 dogs. The animals are being transferred to the Twin Ports from Texas. Right now, the shelter only has two…

Special Report: Finding Pet Friendly Housing in the Northland

Landlords and Pet Owners Open Up Regarding Pet Friendly Rules and Regulations When it Comes to Renting in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly 85 million families in the United States own a pet. As more and more people are purchasing animals, many are also deeming it difficult to find their family a forever home. Every year, thousands are descending on Duluth; human beings constantly on the move in today’s ever changing world….

Shelters Team Up For Annual “Love A Pet” Adoption Event

The Adoption Event is Happening Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders have the chance to “Love a Pet” this weekend at Miller Hill Subaru. Happening Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., three local shelters will come together for the Northland’s biggest adoption event of the year. Star of the North Shelter in Grand Rapids,…

Mobile Wellness Clinic Offers At-Home Pet Care

For the Past Five Years, Dr. Michael Hargrove and His Team Have Looked to Provide Care to Animals at Home

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth is looking to bring wellness on wheels to your doorstep this winter. For the past five years, Dr. Michael Hargrove and his team of talented veterinarians have worked to offer at-home wellness to clients. Hargrove and his team often travel in the Duluth, Proctor and Hermantown areas to provide routine…

Animal Answers: Fur Ball Gala to Support Shelter’s Foster Program

Animal Allies Will Host Their Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser Saturday, October 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The countdown is on as cats and dogs prepare to let their owners have a night on the town Saturday, October 14. Animal Allies Humane Society will once again host their annual Fur Ball Gala from 5:00 until 11:00 p.m. The event is the shelter’s larges fundraiser of the year. Marketing and Communications manager Michelle Sternberg says…

Animal Allies Introduces New Outdoor Enrichment Spaces

A New Cat Catio, Doggie Agility and Play Yard Unveiled at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – For the past few months construction has been a common sight and sound at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth. Now, official ribbons are cut and outdoor adventures just became a little more exciting. “Oh my gosh, this is awesome! I wish that I had something at home like this for my cat,” said Michelle Sternberg, Marketing…

Friends of Animals Trade Donations for Dogs

Humane Society Sets Up Donation Drive to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hurricane Harvey shook the lives of many just weeks ago. Since then, Northlanders have rallied, looking for ways to help Texans as they overcome this natural disaster. On August 25, Harvey washed ashore the coast of Texas, tampering with the lives of millions. “I said, what kind of stuff you guys need? Give me a list,” said…

19th Annual Cause for the Paws Fundraiser Happening Saturday

All Proceeds will Benefit the Humane Socitey of Douglas County

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Furry friends will guide their humans along the Osaugie Trail in Superior Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. The 19th Annual Cause for the Paws Walk/Run will be raising funds to support the shelter. Money raised goes toward medical costs, food and other various expenses at the shelter. Animals are welcome to tag along for the walk/run. A…

Duluthians Travel to Texas for Animal Rescue

A Group Leaves for Texas Saturday to Rescue Dogs in Overpopulated Shelters in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

DULUTH, Minn. – Hurricane Harvey is taking a devastating toll on millions in Texas. Many are facing life or death situations. It’s a reality also hitting hard for many furry friends. Harvey is leaving thousands howling for help. Animals are stuck in Texas shelters looking for a life saver. “It’s awful, they need help. There are so many dogs that…