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Weekly Wrap-up: Apologies to cat lovers (and bird people, too)

July 24, 2009 |  4:58 pm


It's a dog-centric print edition this week. First up: Cotton, a puff of white fur, looks adorable but has this habit of biting people (including a Times photographer). Read his owner's attempt to change the aggressive behavior, and see the photo gallery of "canine disarming," a procedure in which Cotton's sharpest teeth are cut flat with a laser.

Emily Green asks the questions: As veterinary care advances and costs skyrocket, how does a loving owner draw the line between "expensive" and "too expensive"? What criteria should one use to decide whether to extend a life that may not have much left in it? She looks for answers when her own dog -- a Great Dane/German shepherd mix named Clunk -- falls ill.

We have an update on homeowners insurers' breed blacklists. And for your dinner-party talk this weekend: crafty people who spin pet fur into yarn and knit a different kind of dog blanket.

-- Craig Nakano

Photos, from left: Cotton (Jake Stevens / Los Angeles Times), Clunk (Emily Green), a chow chow, one of the blacklisted breeds (Los Angeles Times) and golden retriever yard (Pet Yarn Chic/Critter Knitter Guild)