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Animal Island: Cut tree branches to move unwelcome birds along

Q: We live near the water and four or five pairs of some kind of small heron have built nests in some very large maple trees in the front of our house. The first year they did this there was only one pair and we thought it was kind of cool, but now the mess on our front lawn is unbelievable. Poop and feathers are everywhere and all over our cars if we park them in the driveway. Is there any way we can discourage the birds from living here? Nothing scares them at all; people on our block shoot off fireworks every Fourth of July and it does not faze these birds at all.

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The last free-ranging library cat in Illinois

Even before you enter the stately limestone library with leaded glass windows and copper-colored trim, you see signs of the local celebrity. Not at eye-level - look lower, and there, hovering in the shadows behind the glass door, are two ice-green eyes, staring up at you with frank curiosity.

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Animal Island: Few options to stop neighbors' dogs from barking all day

Q. In April I moved into an apartment complex that allows tenants to keep small dogs. We have not had too many hot days yet so I was able to open my windows rather than use the air conditioning. Some tenants have little dogs that bark at anyone they see while on the leash, and one tenant leaves her dog outside on the second-story deck for hours at a time, watching the pedestrian traffic and barking continuously. I don't like to make a complaint without offering a solution, so can you suggest a simple method of training the animal to control this behavior? I suppose a muzzle would work, if that is not considered cruel treatment. Is it?

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'The Secret Life of Pets' is an old dog with few new tricks

It's a little odd to hear Louis C.K.'s voice coming out of an animated dog when we're so used to it going on about hand jobs or the dark pit of human selfishness, but that's one of the little joys of "The Secret Life of Pets." You get to hear Louis C.K. yell "Ball!" and there's nothing sexual about it.

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Clifford just knows you want a dog

Clifford (A30928729), a 7-year-old hound mix, is the featured pet of the week for the Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 U.S. 49, Gulfport. For details about adopting a pet, call 863-3354 or check out hssm.org. All animals adopted through HSSM are spayed/neutered and microchipped and given shots. Other pets are available at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln (466-4516) and the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 4400 Audubon Drive, Gautier (497-6350). Contact each shelter for adoption fees.

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Look deeply into my eyes

Ebony is a beautiful black cat with jade eyes. She is a rescue from the Stone County SPCA and is available at PetSmart in D’Iberville. The Stone County SPCA is at 1989 Highway 26 West, Wiggins. The phone number is 601-928-1930 and hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit their website, stonecountyspca.org, to see all the animals available for adoption. General guideline for adoption rates: Cats are $35, kittens $60, puppies and small dogs $80 and large dogs $60.

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Honey Bear wants a home

Honey Bear (A30195215), a 4-year-old female brown and white terrier mix, is the featured pet of the week for the Humane Society of South Mississippi, 2615 U.S. 49, Gulfport. She ‘came in as heartworm positive, but has already gone through treatment,’ HSSM said. For details about adopting a pet, call 863-3354 or check out hssm.org. All animals adopted through HSSM are spayed/neutered and microchipped and given shots. Other pets are available at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln (466-4516) and the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 4400 Audubon Drive, Gautier (497-6350). Contact each shelter for adoption fees.

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One Medicine holds new promises for human, animal health

We've mentioned previously in this column the concept of One Medicine -- the realization that there is much commonality between the fields of veterinary and human medicine, and that by sharing information and techniques, both sides of the equation can be helped.

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Tiny house attracts big crowd

A tiny house was on display for the public at 84 Lumber on Thursday, July 29, 2016. Gulfport is the first stop on this particular tiny house for John Starceski and George Wilson of 84 Lumber, who drove from Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday to bring the Shonsie model to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Amanda McCoy Sun Herald
Tiny house attracts big crowd 0:41

Tiny house attracts big crowd

Mississippi Rainbow Center holds vigil for Dee Whigham 1:42

Mississippi Rainbow Center holds vigil for Dee Whigham

Gulfport Police public information officer apprehends robbery suspect 1:13

Gulfport Police public information officer apprehends robbery suspect

Suspect posts rap video critical of police 3:26

Suspect posts rap video critical of police