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Franklin County Fairgrounds hosting regional dog agility competition
04-15-2024 1:39 PM

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of canines and their handlers will compete at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on April 26 through April 28, vying for top honors in the United States Dog Agility Association’s (USDAA) New England Regional Championship.Organized...

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PHOTO: Field crew
06-21-2024 1:25 PM


PHOTO: Rest and relaxation
06-15-2024 4:01 PM


PHOTO: Neighborly grazers
06-11-2024 4:57 PM


More than man’s best friend: Emotional support dog brings priceless comfort to Greenfield teen with PTSD
04-05-2024 1:45 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

Zeal, a soulful-eyed chocolate lab, may well be “man’s best friend” to 15-year-old Rain Sanborn. But if all goes well, Zeal will also be a great comfort to the boy who suffered through years of trauma and anxiety brought on by a near-fatal ski...


PHOTOS: Playtime at Paws Park
04-01-2024 4:41 PM


First day of school: Orange PD’s new K-9 begins training
03-25-2024 9:50 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Police Department’s newest officer is joining the academy this week.Swoop, a 1-year-old black Labrador, has been in Officer Kyle Johnson’s care for four weeks and is now beginning narcotics training at the Hampden County Jail and House of...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-20-2024 4:25 PM


Thanks in part to Turners Falls shelter, state spay/neuter voucher program reaches milestone
03-17-2024 6:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The state Department of Agricultural Resources recently announced it has cared for at least 20,000 animals through its spay/neuter voucher program since 2012, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter estimates...


PHOTO: Pups and pinecones
03-17-2024 8:24 AM


Biologists, governor visit bear den in Pelham
03-13-2024 10:15 AM

PELHAM — State biologists took the governor for a visit to a black bear den in Pelham last week as part of ongoing research.Each winter, biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) visit the dens of female black...


The love behind a perfect match: Pet rescue organization using AI to help rehome pets
02-29-2024 11:27 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

WENDELL — Dog trainers, behaviorists and even an psychic animal communicator could not prevent Melissa Bekisz’s two dogs from fighting.The New York resident inherited her ex-partner’s 4-year-old Australian shepherd, Marjoram, after he moved out....


PHOTO: Wooly wanderers
02-20-2024 5:57 PM


Young entrepreneur takes leap with dog grooming salon in Greenfield
02-15-2024 10:31 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — A long-standing tradition of dog grooming continues on the French King Highway, but this time with a youthful twist, as Puppy Parlor’s owner plants her business roots.Alyse Tower opened up the city’s newest grooming salon in October and...


‘They are public safety’: EMTs, paramedics train to treat K-9s under Nero’s Law
02-14-2024 4:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

With their training complete in advance of this month’s deadline, local EMTs and paramedics now have the skills to provide medical treatment and transport of police K-9s injured in the line of duty under a new state law.Nero’s Law, which has been...


Cute and calming: Shutesbury swears in Charlie, its first police comfort dog
02-06-2024 10:19 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — On his first day at Shutesbury Town Hall, a week before officially being sworn in as the Police Department’s first K-9 officer, Charlie provided a calming distraction for a stressed and flustered resident who had come to the town...


Orange Special Town Meeting voters table proposed animal bylaw
01-19-2024 6:38 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Voters at Thursday’s Special Town Meeting opted to table a proposed bylaw regarding loose animals until more people have had an opportunity to contribute input.Residents who gathered at Town Hall voted overwhelmingly to take no action on a...


PHOTO: Woofin’ it
01-18-2024 5:04 PM


With coyotes in midst of mating season, pet owners urged to be cautious
01-17-2024 1:12 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

As coyotes become more active during their mating season, spanning January through March, pet owners are urged to stay vigilant.The eastern coyote — which resembles a medium-size dog, but has pointed ears and denser fur — can be found in almost every...


PHOTOS: Hay is for horses
01-14-2024 10:00 AM


Rare Kerry heifer joins Hawlemont, Agriculture and You program
01-12-2024 2:37 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Hawlemont, Agriculture and You (HAY) program has welcomed a rare breed of cow to their barn, giving students a lesson on biodiversity this school year.The school welcomed the 6-month-old, yet-to-be-named Kerry heifer last week. She is...

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