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By The New Mexican
Dubbed Grandpa by the clinic staff at the Santa Fe animal shelter, the dog, thought to be at least 15 years old, has been accepted into a sanctuary created for eldercare and hospice. The dog is fortunate to be alive, said Jennifer Steketee, the shelter’s director of veterinary services.
“The dog was suffering from heatstroke when he was brought in,” she said, noting that his temperature was 106 degrees. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees. “A dog with a temperature that high can be at the risk of brain damage and other medical issues.”
The clinic staff slowly brought his temperature down, provided IV fluids, and helped stabilize him, Steketee said. He’s made a complete recovery, she said, adding that aside from arthritis and other symptoms associated with his advanced age, his blood work shows no signs of illness.
Actress Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in the television series Manhattan, being filmed in the area, and was in the Netflix series House of Cards, is credited with helping save the dog’s life. She spotted the dog at the Frank Ortiz off-leash dog park in Santa Fe on Friday afternoon.
Brosnahan said she and her boyfriend were taking their own two dogs on a walk when someone pointed out the crumpled dog lying in the grass near the park’s entrance. Animal services had been alerted, they told her, but she decided to stay with the dog until officers arrived. “We thought he was injured because he couldn’t stand up,” she said. “I think he was in shock. He was panting a lot and we brought him some water, but he only drank a little.”
He seemed to appreciate the company, she said, and especially that of her own dogs, including Nicky, a pit-bull mix. Brosnahan said she was impressed with the kindness of the animal services officer, who quickly came and brought the dog to the shelter’s clinic.
The dog was not microchipped and had no tags or other identification; no one has come forward to claim the dog, said Monica Gonzalez, director of the shelter’s admissions. The dog’s owner could face charges of animal abuse and neglect if it were determined the dog was intentionally abandoned, city animal services officers said.
Because of the dog’s advanced age, the shelter contacted Ulla Pedersen, founder and director of Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary. Pedersen provides eldercare and hospice for dogs, horses and poultry at her Lone Butte area sanctuary.
Pedersen, who met the dog on Tuesday, said Grandpa would be a perfect fit for her sanctuary. She and her staff provide the elderly animals with Western and alternative medication for their comfort and quality of life. Being around other elderly animals in a safe environment often helps prolong their lives.
“His life force is not strong,” Pedersen said. “It’s hard to tell how long he’ll be with us, but you’d be surprised how some make a complete turnaround after they’ve been with us only a few weeks.”
One dog who came into the sanctuary in worse shape than Grandpa is still happy and healthy three years later, she said. The animals are fed organic, nutritious meals and receive other forms of wellness help, such as acupuncture.
Brosnahan, who offered to foster the dog, said she was happy to hear Grandpa would be living the rest of his life at Kindred Spirits. She said she plans to visit the dog soon at the sanctuary.
“I am so happy he’s going to be cared for at such a wonderful place,” she said.
Protect your pet from heat
Here are some tips to keep animals from suffering heat stroke:
• Never leave your pet in an unattended vehicle. Even with windows open, a car can quickly become a furnace.
• Pets with short muzzles (boxers, pugs, Persian cats) are significantly more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively.
• Keep walks to the cooler part of the day and don’t over-exercise. Asphalt and cement maintain high temperatures and can easily burn your pet’s paws.
• Dehydration can happen quickly. Provide ample, clean water and shade for your pet.
Signs of overheating include: weakness, excessive panting and drooling, increased heart and respiratory rate, confusion and seizures. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, contact your veterinarian immediately and provide the following first-aid help:
• Get the pet out of the heat or direct sunlight.
• Don’t dose them with water. Rather, cool them slowly by applying water to the pet’s paws and then other parts of their body with wet cloths.
• Offer them water slowly so they don’t gulp it down too quickly.
For more information about Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, visit the group's website at www.http://kindredspiritsnm.org.
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Animal shelter focuses on overlooked dogs
A new program at the Santa Fe animal shelter highlights overlooked dogs and offers adoption incentives.
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Posted by Ben Swan on June 25, 2015 at 10:59am
Photo contest highlights dog friendly Santa Fe
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Posted by Ben Swan on June 4, 2015 at 11:39am
Take photos of your dog in your favorite dog-friendly Santa Fe locales and win prizes!
@SimplySantaFeNM, a local Instagram photo sharing company, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter are showcasing dog-friendly businesses and places in Santa Fe through an Instagram photo contest. The contest offers prize packages for the top 12 winners as well as prizes for at least the top three crowd favorites.
To participate, post photos of your pup (or a friend's) at your favorite…
Posted by Ben Swan on May 25, 2015 at 2:42pm
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Posted by Ben Swan on May 25, 2015 at 2:38pm
Adoptable pets join youth symphony event
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Posted by Ben Swan on May 6, 2015 at 1:47pm
Some of you may remember Pepper - he's the dog who helped rally a community to rescue him when he spent more than six months roaming the arroyos and streets of Santa Fe. Thanks to Steve and Yvette Dobbie and their Pepper's Posse, Pepper was rescued and found a beautiful sanctuary in Northern California. Unfortunately that sanctuary is no more and Steve and Yvette are once again there for Pepper. Steve picked up Pepper - the last of the animals at the sanctuary - to bring him…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on May 2, 2015 at 12:10pm