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Animal news in brief, Feb. 9, 2016

Kindred Spirits hosts partyA Valentine’s Day party is set for Saturday at a Santa Fe are animal sanctuary.Kindred Spirits, which cares for hospice dogs, horses and poultry, will offer dog smooching and kisses, plus a tour of the sanctuary, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour will take place around 2 p.m.The sanctuary is located on N.M. 14 near Lone Butte General Store. For more information, visit the website at www.kindredspiritsnm.org or call…See More
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Puppy First Grade at Sabta Fe

February 13, 2016 at 10:45am to March 19, 2016 at 10:45am
Feb. 13th-March 19th, 10:45 -11:45 AMThis class has six sessions. We will take everything learned in puppy class to next level of training skills including coming when called, quiet attention, practical family dog skills, distance downs, and loose leash walking, greetings, and more. We will also have some time for puppy play as long as the group can play well together. Must have graduated from a puppy clicker training class very recently. $185.00 including taxSee More
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Puppy & Dog Training Classes Starting in March at CHACOs Hub

March 5, 2016 from 11am to 12pm
C.H.A.C.O.'s Recall - Come When Called, Snake Avoidance and Finding Your Puppy's On & Off Switch training classes are coming this March!  Below are the details. If interested, sign up now as these tend to book fast.RECALL – Come When Called:Some of the most fun reasons for having a dog in our lives is to watch them do what they do best: Run at full speed, chase balls or swim, play off leash with other dogs and having our dogs come to us when we need them to do so!In this semi-private course…See More
Feb 3
Santa Fe Tails posted an event

Agility Training with Steve Moon at Santa Fe Tails

February 17, 2016 at 5:30pm to March 23, 2016 at 7:45pm
New Agility Classes are starting at Santa Fe Tails with Steve Moon!Foundation AgilityWednesdays Feb 17 - Mar 235:30 - 6:30pmIntermediate AgilityWednesdays Feb 17 - Mar 236:45 - 7:45pmTo sign-up, you can go to the Santa Fe Tails website at www.santafetails.com and download the class form and email it to us at info@santafetails.com or bring it by the facility at 2109 Warner Cir. Additionally, you can stop by the facility and we have forms available.If you…See More
Jan 26
Ben Swan posted a blog post

Local animal news in brief, Jan. 14, 2015

Grant helps with outreach, clinicsThe Española Valley Humane Society recently received a nearly $92,000 grant from PetSmart Charities for outreach and spay/neuter in rural New Mexico communities.The shelter says it’s had success in reducing the intake of animals in Española and now has the resources to help outlying communities. It was one of only 31 groups nationwide to receive the funding.“We know that pets living in poor communities are most likely to enter shelters, and this generous grant…See More
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House Rabbit Adoption, Sun 1/10 @ PetSmart in Santa Fe

Singles & one pair of Santa Fe Animal Shelter rabbits will be up for adoption from noon-3pm Sunday, 1/10. Free nail trims for local rabbits, as well. New Mexico House Rabbit Society volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions about…
Jan 9

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Lost your dog? Find a lost or injured animal? Here are important contact numbers in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County:

In the city limits, Animal Services is at 955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.
In the county, Animal Control is at 992-1626. On weekends and holidays, call Sheriff's dispatch at 428-3720.

Still unsure about what to do to find your lost pet? Read these tips put together by Scoop member Julie.

Suspect an animal might be suffering from abuse? Call the toll-free statewide hot line for reporting extreme cruelty to animals at 1-877-548-6263.

Have a favorite animal-related link? Let me know at scoop@sfnewmexican.com and I'll post it here.

Animal Protection of New Mexico

Animal Shelter Tips Blog

All Creatures Memorials

Baghdad pups

Best Friends Animal Sancturary

Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary

Cat Spay of Santa Fe

City of Santa Fe Animal Services

Desert Paws - news from Cochiti Lake

Dew Paws

East Mountain Pet Alert


Espanola Valley Humane Society

Felines & Friends New Mexico

House Rabbit Society

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary

Listening to Raven: Artist Beth Surdut

 

Luvin' Labradors Retriever Rescue New Mexico

New Mexico House Rabbit Society

New Mexico Independent Border Collie Rescue

New Mexico Mustang and Burro Association

Pet Loss Support Page

Santa Fe Border Collie Club

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Save the Chimps

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Southwest Llama Rescue

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Tales of Tails: Cat makes house a home

By Hersch Wilson/For The New Mexican

She just sat there judging me. She reminded me of a woman I had tried to talk to in Paris when I was 25. The woman slowly looked me up and down, then rolled her eyes and turned away. Never spoke.

But this wasn’t the Parisian woman. This was a cat. Specifically, a year-old cat named Clover, yet she had the same effect: I felt invisible and somehow diminished.

Then Clover stretched, silently hopped off the couch and walked by me without even looking back.

Just like Paris.

So, how did a cat end up in our dog-centric house? I blame my daughter, Brynne, and her new husband, Luke.

Now, Luke is a great guy, we all loved him immediately. But there was a problem. Not a religion or political problem — worse! One night at a family dinner, Brynne mentioned that Luke was a cat person and they were getting a kitten.

There was an uncomfortable silence after Brynne’s announcement. We were dog people. I could handle different political persuasions, or religions … but cats?

The silence was like when the oldest son announces at another family dinner that he’s quitting college to become a dancer. Not that I remember that as if it were yesterday …

I decided to break the silence by proposing that getting a cat was not a great idea. But then all the women in my family stared me down like the Eye of Sauron exerting his will over Middle Earth. I was not to speak.

A month later, they adopted a kitten from the shelter. Six months later, as I had predicted, we were cat-sitting. Thus my first relationship with a feline began.

At first, Clover stayed in Brynne’s old room. I was admittedly curious. What do cats do? Mostly, they lounge. I’d find Clover on the bed, in baskets or asleep on a stack of towels.

She wanted to have nothing to do with me or our dogs. By the way, our dogs started out curious, then they ignored her and finally they became somewhat nervous. Clover would silently appear anywhere at any time, bat Tank on his nose, hiss and then disappear. I’m sure our dogs believed she practiced the dark arts of feline magic.

After a few days, I noticed Clover peeking out around the bedroom door and sizing up the situation. It wasn’t that she was shy, it was more like disdain. If you’ve ever had teenage girls, you know the drill. “Fine, even though you are the most embarrassing parents on the planet, I will lower myself to eat dinner with you.”

At some point, Clover realized that not only were the dogs and people not a threat, but they were essentially lower lifeforms that she could rule. We entered the period of cat attack, where she pretended to be a velociraptor. I’d be sitting on the couch reading and bam! There was a cat on my shoulder!

We’d be asleep at 4 a.m. and then, “Yikes!” Clover would jump on my head and then be gone.

I was astonished at how quickly she could bite or scratch me and then vanish. It was like the old Western movies. Someone would be shot, they’d look down and say, “Hah! Just nicked me.” Then, five minutes, later they’re bleeding out.

Bleeding aside, I did warm up to Clover. One morning before work, we actually played “bat the stuffed mouse,” “hide under the pillow” and “attack the hand” for 10 minutes. Then, in a totally manipulative way, she arched her back, purring, wanting me to pet her. She finished by curling up next to me and falling asleep. We were apparently bonding.

Take that, Parisian woman!

I would never admit it to my family, but after day five, I could see having a cat in our house. (If you quote me, I will deny it.)

I thought about why. It occurred to me that although dogs are amazing, a cat inhabits a house. They move in and own it. Every room, every corner and windowsill is lived in. I’d look up and there would be Clover, peering down at me from a kitchen cabinet. Her presence was felt even when she was out of sight.

After Clover left, our house felt a little emptier. But I had learned something: Maybe, just maybe, you need a cat to make a house a home. (But I never said that.)

For more writings by Hersch Wilson on dogs, firefighters and life, go to herschwilson.com. Contact him at hersch.wilson@mac.com.

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Remember in order to become a member of Scoop, you must indicate whether you have an animal companion and what his or her name is. Those who don't have animal companions must simply say what animals mean to them. It's a simple rule, but it helps to eliminate spammers or those with certain agendas.

PLEASE remember we do not allow unsupported blog postings that are intended as attacks on any groups or individuals. This is a place for communication about animal-welfare issues and not one-sided agendas.

GOT NEWS? Send all your animal story ideas, pet-related events or interesting facts to bendavidswan@gmail.com and they will be published in Thursday's Scoop section of The New Mexican (depending on space. You are welcome to post items here as well!

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Animal news in brief, Feb. 9, 2016

Kindred Spirits hosts party

A Valentine’s Day party is set for Saturday at a Santa Fe are animal sanctuary.

Kindred Spirits, which cares for hospice dogs, horses and poultry, will offer dog smooching and kisses, plus a tour of the sanctuary, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour will take place around 2 p.m.

The sanctuary is located on N.M. 14 near Lone Butte General Store. For more information, visit the website at…

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Posted by Ben Swan on February 11, 2016 at 10:58am

Local animal news in brief, Jan. 14, 2015

Grant helps with outreach, clinics

The Española Valley Humane Society recently received a nearly $92,000 grant from PetSmart Charities for outreach and spay/neuter in rural New Mexico communities.

The shelter says it’s had success in reducing the intake of animals in Española and now has the resources to…

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Posted by Ben Swan on January 14, 2016 at 11:42am

Jackalope Cats Need Homes

Samee and Baby have lived at Jackalope for many years, but are now in need of forever homes.  They do not need to be placed together.  They are sweet and social.  Please contact Felines & Friends at 316-2281 or askfelinesandfriends@yahoo.com.

City of Santa Fe Permit: 16-006

Posted by Bobbi Heller on December 30, 2015 at 8:23pm

Lost Fawn colored Pug Puppy

Lost on Sunday, November 1, 2015.  In vicinity of Los Serena, La Mirada, South Wildflower. Calle Escopeta 

Call 505-983-4186

Posted by Jim Maloney on November 1, 2015 at 9:34pm

Lost Dog

Lost female pit bull, very friendly. Lost Tuesday night in the Village of Canada de Los Alamos in Santa Fe County all the way out on Old Santa Fe Trail. If see or found, please call my cell, 505-629-3924. Thank You all.

Posted by Charles on October 28, 2015 at 5:53am

Animal news in brief, Sept. 10, 2015

 Find a furry friend at Woofstock

The Santa Fe animal shelter is joining animal-rescue groups from throughout the state Saturday for a multiagency adoption event and pet expo in Edgewood.

The fifth annual Woofstock Pet Expo and Adoption Festival, presented by the PetCo Foundation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edgewood Athletic Complex, 502 N.M. 344 Edgewood. It features a full day of fun for the family and a low-cost mobile vaccination…

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Posted by Ben Swan on September 10, 2015 at 12:28pm

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