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New breeds of dogs and cats

Kathleen Williams-Miller

In the past two articles I have explored dog and cat breeds that have become extinct. Extinction reasons vary; sometimes predators are the culprit, but more often the animals are crossbred into a designer breed.

I decided to take a look at some of the new breeds and see what's cooking. I didn't have to look hard because one of cutest is a regular at the dog park. The Labradoodle is a cross between a poodle and a Labrador retriever. These guys have the sweet disposition of a Lab and wild curly hair. Definitely a winner!

The Puggle is another new breed that combines the beagle and pug. These guys are full of energy, small and very cuddly. They have the smashed face look of the pug but with ears and body of the beagle. I love the fact they howl like a beagle; they're just too cute.

Moving on to designer cats, I had to check out the Cheetoh. Those magnificent animals are the offspring of Bengal cats and Ocicats. They look like cheetahs and are large, weighing 15 to 23 pounds.

They have a gorgeous spotted coat and are very intelligent. Sean Connery owns a Cheetoh. That's how cool this cat is.

My favorite is the Toyger. The name describes the cat perfectly because it is a toy tiger. It looks just like a tiger with a beautiful striped coat. Its toes are long like a tiger's, so it walks with a tiger swagger. Looking at the Toyger's eyes is like seeing a tiger's because its eyes reflect light, just like a tiger's.

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The world of designer animals is interesting with marvels abounding. I can hardly wait to see what's coming next. You can check out the animals in action at YouTube Dogs 101 and YouTube Cats 101.

IN NEED OF

Bales of pine shavings to bed our outside kennels.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

SHOUT OUT TO

Oasis Church for hosting our garage sale and everyone who attended. We are so grateful for all the donations and customers. Our garage sale is one of the fundraisers that keeps our no-kill shelter going. A Four Paw Salute to the people of Fallon!

All the volunteers who set up the garage sale, accepted donations at the storage unit and worked at the garage sale. A huge thank you to the folks who transported all the treasures to the sale site. Your dedication is awesome.

Billy Hand for providing lunch for the garage sale volunteers. You are great!

The Bailey family, owners of Flower Tree Nursery. Thank you for supporting CAPS with your tree raffles. Your commitment to our community is great!

COME SEE US

CAPS will be at Walmart on Oct. 21 with the Kissin' Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch.

DON'T FORGET

September Pet Holidays:

Deaf Pet Awareness Week Sept. 24-30.

To mark your calendar for the CAPS Murder Mystery Dinner on Oct. 28. More details will follow.

Flower Tree Nursery will be raffling a 20-gallon blue spruce tree on Dec. 16, and the winner doesn't have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.

CONTACT CAPS

CAPS' mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS' phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS' email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to "Like" CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week's column.

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