BACK IN BLACK
McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center, 4500 N. Access Road, is holding a Back in Black adoption drive. Through Sept. 17, adoption fees for any black dog or cat will be half price. Call 305-6500 to schedule an appointment to view available animals.
Experts say there is no reason cats and dogs can't live together peacefully.
Katie Bunch, a manager at the Petsmart store on Gunbarrel Road, rescued a 5-month-old dog named Scout about a month ago. While his boundless enthusiasm occasionally rubs her cat, Lucy, the wrong way, the two reached an uneasy truce after about three weeks.
"If he does something she doesn't like, she puts him in his place," Bunch said. "It's one of those things where you've got to give it time. She's slowly but surely getting used to him being there."
To ease their introduction, Bunch began by holding Lucy when Scout was around. Other times she placed them in separate rooms to sniff each other beneath a closed door. By supervising their interactions, Bunch said she could quickly control any signs of aggression.
In "Complete Cat Care," a book about all things feline, author and veterinarian Bruce Fogle offers five tips for keeping the peace between existing pets and newcomers.