SO. MUCH. CUTE. We received almost 1,200 entries in our 11th annual cutest pet contest, presented this year by Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa. We feel like the real winners, though, getting to see all the delightful entries! 

      The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Championships qualifying round competition started on Friday at Purina Farms in Gray Summit. The Challenge, featuring competitions like Jack Russell racing, fly ball, dog diving and agility, attracted trainer and dog teams from as far awa…


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      Dear Dr. Fox • I’ve had a compost pile for decades for natural disposal of leaves, grass clippings, eggshells, peelings and all kinds of rotten vegetables. Years ago while living on a farm, my…

      Dear Dr. Fox • I have a 2-year-old male yellow tabby. In February, he became very ill, and we took him to the vet — his kidneys were shutting down, and he had an infection.

      Dear Readers • The fundamental problem in seeking justice for animals is that our laws view them as mere “property.” The nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund has been working to change that. Th…


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