Category Archives: PETS

Local dogs excel in Akita Nationals

Tyra, with Angi Diamond (second from left) McGee, with Angi Diamond (third from left) WILMINGTON, OHIO – Oriental resident Angi Diamond recently embarked on a road trip to attend the 2017 Akita Nationals. She and her two ‘veteran’ Akitas had been preparing for this competition for months, including plenty of ‘road work’ in the wee hours at Windmill Point near Diamond’s home. “The competition is stiff, not just with Akitas from all over the United States but also from Columbia, Italy, Croatia, and Russia,” wrote Diamond in an email to this Newspaper. Diamond and friend Kim H…

One-of-a-kind Pet Expo set for March 15

By Jeanne Balaoing | Special to the County Compass NEW BERN – Plan to attend a great, fun, family event to chase away your winter blues and get the family and pets out of the house! On Saturday, March 15 from 10 until 4 at the Craven County Jaycees Fairground come out to the Second Eastern North Carolina Pet Expo. If you attended our first Expo in 2011, you’ll remember what a great time we had and what an excellent event for pet enthusiasts! One big difference in 2014 is that you can bring your pets, which allows the organizers to offer a variety of new activities! The growing lineup includes pet trai…

Blind hiker blazes trails

“I’ve got more miles on me than a lot of used cars,” says long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, in remarks to Compass reporter Penny Zibula. Guide dogs for Thomas and Zibula are also shown in the photo. By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part report. CROATAN FOREST – Long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, and I sat across from each other under the trees at the Oyster Point Campground. With my voice recorder on the picnic table between us, this was a case of the blind interviewing the blind. Local newspapers and TV stations had taken the oppor…

‘Bark Brigade’ graduates

  Dogs and inmate trainers share a bittersweet moment during Wednesday’s graduation. By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer BAYBORO — Trainers, staff and volunteers at Pamlico County Correctional Institution, a medium security state prison, hosted the facility’s third ‘New Leash on Life’ doggie graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Colorfully decked out for the holidays, the meeting room was filled with friends, shelter volunteers, trainers, well-wishers and the five lucky families selected to adopt these special canines. Eight weeks ago these newly minted grad…

Dog training hits stride at state prison

  The four dogs in program – Titan, Blue, Casey, and Simon – appear in a lineup of sorts, posted on a prison bulletin board. By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer BAYBORO – The ‘New Leash on Life’ program pairs qualified inmates with adoptable shelter dogs, and all parties learn new skills. Inmates learn to work with animals, which prepares them for employment, and the dogs learn basic and advanced skills, which readies them to become well-mannered family pets. Michelle Chin, a Wounded Warrior from Virginia Beach, becomes the adoptive parent of Titan. The Pamlico Correctional Insti…

Puppy Mill busted

  Surprise raid targets Straight Road trailer By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer WHORTONSVILLE – Early Wednesday, Pamlico County fought back. A small army of local law enforcement issued a warrant at the Straight Road home of Melissa Joyner, seizing approximately 20 dogs, one cat, one ferret and a parrot, all housed in deplorable, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Pamlico County Animal Control Officer Berkley Hill coordinated the raid with a major assist from the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department. A host of animal rescue groups were also involved. One observer described t…

Dogs graduate with big assist from inmates

  By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer BAYBORO — Amid smiles and applause, the first class of four “New Leash on Life” dogs strutted their stuff to the delight of prison officials, new adoptive families and other admiring well-wishers who attended the Pamlico Correctional Institution’s premier doggie graduation ceremony in Bayboro on Wednesday. Sandra Trest, indefatigable Assistant Unit Manager and Program Coordinator for the “New Leash on Life” program, welcomed the guests and introduced each speaker, sharing how each generously contributed their time and resour…

Shelter dogs get a ‘New Leash on Life’ at state prison

  Allie Special to the County Compass BAYBORO CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE – A rehabilitative program for inmates, known as A New Leash on Life, begins Monday at this medium security prison, which houses more than 500 men. The facility is the 23rd prison in North Carolina to implement the dog-training program – a tested and proven benefit for inmates and for shelter dogs, of which Allie and Lyka are the first to enroll. In a collaborative effort with the Bayboro facility, Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, better known as PAWS, will pair carefully selected inmates with adoptable, rescued d…
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