Dear Flora:

I get very agitated when I see another dog coming towards me. I bark, lunge and pull on my leash. I’m normally calm and even-tempered, but this is like something from the exorcist! I don’t know if I need a priest or Prozac, but something is wrong! What should I do?


Lungely Barkmore


Dear Lungely:

News from the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

In the two years since FAAS started the Angel Fund to pay for life-saving medical care for critically injured and ill animals, it has helped save the lives of more than 80 abandoned pets, six of which are currently undergoing treatment.

Shelly Gable shares a moment with Synta, her eight-year-old Yorkie. Synta slipped under Gable’s gate and went exploring. The pair were reunited thanks to Synta’s license and micro-chip.

If you have a dog or cat in your family, you have no doubt heard much about the importance of licensing your pet. The messages appear in countless publications, over the radio, on television and, of course, on the Internet.

As if a place could have something against puppies, a new report is out showing California as the most "Puppy Loving" state in the Union according to the Milk-Bone Doggy Love Index for Valentine’s Day.

Big Heart Pet Brands, the makers of Milk Bone and other pet treats, surveyed 3,000 dog parents to determine how regularly they engage in loving behaviors with their dogs. Californians apparently ranked the highest in this regard.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) kicked off Valentine’s Day early on Sunday, Feb. 1 when one very special dog named Zero met his new family for the first time. Now one might think that with a name like Zero, he did not have much of a chance, but actually he was named in honor of Jack Skellington’s beloved dog in the movie Nightmare Before Christmas because he came to FAAS right before the holidays.