Pet Connection

Pet Connection: Meet Topaz

A jewel of a cat, who's been polished by her rough experiences.

Topaz is a cat who, like many gems, has been under a lot of pressure in her life. She first came in to the care of her foster family at  Adopt-A-Pet F-M with her three small kittens, all eight weeks old. She and her tiny family had been living homeless on the streets of the Turtle Mountain Reservation, and the…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Surly

Save your pet from potential suffering by spaying and neutering.

Surly is kind of the cautionary tale of cats whose owners choose not to spay and neuter their pets. The sweet-natured calico came in to Homeward Animal Shelter with a swollen abdomen, which made rescue workers assume she was pregnant. Further examination showed it wasn’t kittens causing the swelling. It was a massive infection of Surly’s uterus, called a pyometra,…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Noell

Talk about a great deal -- that's at least a cat and a half, for the price of one!!!

Noell is a cat with some serious floof factor. The fluffy ten-year-old turned up at the pound before he was rescued by workers at Homeward Animal Shelter, and the giant furball has turned out to be a friend to everybody. Dogs. Cats. Kids. Adults. You name it, Noell never met an individual he didn’t like. As a matter of fact,…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Batman

He needs a home. And a sidekick.

Dark, mysterious, muscular, with an intense and arresting gaze like his namesake, Batman the cat has a similarly sad backstory. The handsome black shorthair was found all alone in the world by rescue workers who brought him in for fostering through Diamond in the Ruff pet rescue. And now, he’s unmasking himself long enough to visit live in studio with…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Aster

A fragile flower who's survived a lot.

It’s been said the strongest flower is one that blooms in adversity. (Actually, it was Mulan’s dad that said it.) But it’s often true, and it’s Aster the chihuahua mix is a beautiful example of it in real life. She came to 4 Luv of Dog rescue as an owner surrender with some serious health issues, ones her owner couldn’t…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Patsy

If you're smart -- like she is -- you'll grab this girl for your own family.

Some dog experts think these might be the smartest of all the dog breeds in the world. High-energy, intelligent and full of spirit, they’re border collies, and some individuals of this breed have been known to learn more than 1,000 words. But the one word little Patsy wants to learn most is “home.” She came to Adopt-A-Pet as a stray…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Pepper

A seasoned cuddler and all-around adorable adoptable dog.

If you’re looking for someone to spice up your day, you can’t do better than Pepper. The Lhasa Apso mix lost his home when his owner had to move to a care facility, and he was surrendered to the Homeward Animal Shelter. Homeward’s Heather Klefstad brought Pepper in for a visit with the Morning Show’s Emily Welker live in studio,…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Winston

Believe it or not, it took three tries for this guy to find his forever home.

With his thick white coat, enormous physical presence, and melting brown eyes, Winston the Great Pyrenees is one of the most strikingly beautiful and charismatic rescue dogs in the Red River Valley region. But even this success story has had his struggles finding his way to a forever home. He found it four years ago, with Diamond in the Ruff’s…

LIVE: Meet Dusk

Don't let the sun go down on another day without meeting this dog.

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LIVE: Pet Connection: Meet Mitzy

You could call her the Betty White of dogs.

Nonagenarian Betty White turns 97 Thursday, and in dog years, that’s just one year off the age of little Miss Mitzy here. While some dog experts dispute the accuracy of saying each year in dog years is equivalent to 7 human ones, there’s no denying that at 14, Mitzy’s not exactly playing the ingenue these days. But you’d never know…