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9:18 PM, Mar. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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$56K raised for Humane Society

The Bark of the Bay fundraiser on March 9 raised $56,000 for the Bay Area Humane Society through ticket sales, auctions, a doggie spa and general donations.

The money will be used for general operations and the Special Care Fund, which helps rehabilitate animals with severe medical issues that the shelter might not otherwise be able to treat.

Get cat to scratch post, not furniture

How do I get my cats to stop scratching my leather furniture? I have sprayed the furniture with anti-scratch spray and put aluminum foil on.

You are doing everything correctly. The only thing I would add is some strips of double-sided tape in the area where they are scratching, in addition to the foil.

You have to remember that cats act in the moment. So you need to have the post right there next to the couch so that using the post rather than the furniture becomes second nature. When it is finally a habit for the cat to only use the post rather than the deterrent-laden couch, you gradually can start to move the post away. When you see the cat no longer using the couch, remove the deterrents.

Older dog may need more attention

Our cocker spaniel was fully house-trained since we adopted him five years ago. Lately, he has picked a spot in the kitchen where he urinates a few days a week. What is he trying to tell us?

Most likely your dog is just middle-aged now and cannot hold his urine as well as he used to. Either you have to be on top of his signals a bit more to let him out more frequently or just put down wee wee pads there.

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