NORFOLK Firefighters rescued two kittens from a burning mobile home this morning. Fire rescue workers responded to Smitty's Mobile Home Park at 6659 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. around 11:20 a.m., officials said in a news release. A woman who lived there was already out of the home.
KING GEORGE If there has been an activity in King George County that involved dogs and kids in the last four decades, it probably included Sue Coleman. She started Fancy's Friends 4-H Dog Club 30 years ago and has led the group the whole time.
CHESAPEAKE There's a new deputy in Chesapeake. He has four paws and a tail. After 4 1/2 months of intense training, K-9 Max was certified on Monday for narcotics training.
A free bird - cue the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem - turned himself in Sunday in Virginia Beach. The conure, wearing a leg band, dropped into a Father's Day lunch being held in Pierre Granger's backyard in Brigadoon. No telling how long the bird has been on the lam, but he was lean and hungry, giving himself up in exchange for some seeds and chunks of apple.
While it's not unusual for it to be busy at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center at this time of year, the reason this weekend was more happy than sad.
"This is a busy season - but unfortunately we tend to see a lot more surrenders," shelter operations supervisor Jessica Wilde wrote in an email.
Several Hampton Roads animal shelters are participating in "Passion 4 Compassion," which began Thursday and continues through Sunday. The event, celebrating the work done by shelter professionals, will include special pricing, Chesapeake Animal Services Superintendent Kathy Strouse said.
Why does this tale leave us feeling so good? After all, it starts out pretty sad. Moe, the family beagle, dies at age 13, leaving some heartache in the home of Mary and Roberto Westbrook. They live in Norfolk's Colonial Place with their 3-1/2-year-old son, Luke — who keeps asking if his dog is coming back.
NORFOLK A few barks could be heard with the sounds of light-rail bells and downtown traffic Thursday. With sunny skies above, tails wagged and leashes were clipped in anticipation of the first Hampton Roads Human Walk.
NORFOLK If you're thinking about adopting a dog or just want one to take a walk with you on your lunch break, the opportunity may be closer than you think. Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake will offer opportunities for people to take a walk with an adoptable dog on your lunch break.
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