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Julie L commented on Ben Swan's blog post Local animal news in brief, Jan. 22, 2015
"Will the article on the missing dog Xena be in the New Mexican newspaper sometime soon, with a photo?  The more exposure the better!"
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C.H.A.C.O’s Educational Presentation: The Art and Foibles of Living with Multiple Dogs at CHACO's Hub

February 21, 2015 from 10am to 11am
One can argue that having more than one dog doubles the fun and entertainment. And while this might be true, it is not unlikely for family dogs to get into fights, having one dog bully the other or compete for resources, leaving family members bewildered on how to best help their dogs.During this presentation Almudena will discuss …How to ascertain if the household quarrels are normal or not.Are your dogs truly friends? Or they can barely stand each other?How to manage the canine family members…See More
Jan 23
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Local animal news in brief, Jan. 22, 2015

Sanctuary offers tours for Valentine’s DayAn animal sanctuary that offers hospice and eldercare for older dogs, horses and poultry is inviting the public for tours and a party for Valentine’s Day.The 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 event at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3749-A N.M. 14, is a chance to meet the animals and learn more about the work, said Ulla Pedersen, the sanctuary’s founder and director. A tour of the grounds will begin around 2 p.m. Light, healthy refreshments will be…See More
Jan 22
Julie L commented on sheila beuler's blog post Xena is Still Missing
"You are a step ahead and covering all the bases!  One of those flyers has to bring her home."
Jan 19
sheila beuler commented on sheila beuler's blog post Xena is Still Missing
"I will try to get out to Cochiti tomorrow to post some flyers.  I put one at the 4 way stop by the Tesuque Village Market about 2 weeks ago.  Got a call from someone in Tesuque last week about it.  There's also a flyer in the…"
Jan 19
Julie L commented on sheila beuler's blog post Xena is Still Missing
"She could end up at Cochiti too if she follows the Santa Fe River west to the Rio Grande, although it dries up or goes into irrigation west of La Bajada.  Igor's person, a lost dog in La Cienega (Shepherd/St Bernard mix) got…"
Jan 19
sheila beuler commented on sheila beuler's blog post Xena is Still Missing
"Anyone who lives in the La Cienega or La Cieneguilla areas, please keep your eyes peeled for a, "scared black shepherd." This dog was sighted yesterday early afternoon traveling North on Camino Capilla Vieja and may have turned towards I…"
Jan 19
Luvin Labs posted photos
Jan 19

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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.

Want to be part of a growing number of people who help find animals? Join the e-mail alert list about lost/found animals. Organized by Scoop member Claudia Inoue, recipients are notified when there is an animal lost in the Santa Fe area. If you'd like to be a part of the list, e-mail lostdogalertsantafe@gmail.com. Read more about the database.

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

Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society

Santa Fe Dog Park blog

Save the Chimps

Shaking Wind Ranch

Southwest Llama Rescue

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Tales of Tails: Living with dogs, here are lessons from 2014

By Hersch Wilson/For The New Mexican

I worry a lot about stuff that’s not that important. For example, how does one continually come up with material for columns about dogs?

This past year, that particular worry evaporated because there seems to be an endless supply of material. (See “Emotional Comfort Dogs” below.)

I’m excited to start a new year of researching topics such as: A day at the shelters, the Zen of the dog walk and exploring how to sleep as much as our dogs do. This last one will require me to actually follow their same schedule, nap when they nap, play when they play. It’s a sacrifice I know, but it’s for science!

Today however, I want to sum up my top five lessons from 2014 concerning canis lupis familiaris. (woof!)

1. The “Emotional Comfort” Animal

A growing trend! I flew home after Christmas on a packed flight. As I got on the airplane, the first thing I noticed was there were dogs on both sides of me. There was a yellow Lab on the floor under the window seat and a collie across the aisle under the legs of a couple. The woman next to me with the Lab whispered, “My dog is an emotional comfort dog. I have papers.”

“Huh,” I replied.

Personally, I was fine. Actually, I’d much rather sit between a Great Dane and a German shepherd than I would humans. That said, there is a bit of gaming the system with “emotional support” animals. Because of a loop hole in the law, anyone can get an emotional support certificate online for their pet allowing said pet to fly for free. Infamously, a woman successfully brought her emotional support pig on an airplane. It did not end well, because pigs can be pigs.

My prediction is the loopholes will be closed or flying coach will be like taking a bus in Peru. Dogs, cats, chickens and pigs wandering everywhere and people and luggage sitting on top of the plane.

Tip: Please think about it before signing your dog up. Remember there are people who are allergic to dogs and who fear dogs. They have rights, too!

2. Dog Fitness

My next big take away from 2014 was the importance of keeping dogs fit. The problem is, more than half of the dogs in the country are obese. It isn’t cute. It’s life threatening. There are three causes. First, we overfeed dogs. Second, we don’t allow them enough exercise. Third, our perception of a dog’s ideal weight is often wrong. A healthy dog is lean and looks more like a coyote than the sleeping-on-our-couch chubby Bernese Mountain dog.

Some tips:

1. Make sure that you are feeding your dog the right kind of food for their breed, age and health. Ask your veterinarian.

2. Try giving them apples or carrots for treats. Our dogs have learned if not to love them, at least to accept them without too much grumbling.

3. Exercise, exercise, exercise! At the Santa Fe animal shelter this past week, we watched two mixes, Honey-bee and Jamonsillo, chase each other around one of the fenced fields for 10 minutes and then flop to the ground panting. This is what dogs need daily to stay healthy, both physically and psychologically.

4. Dogs love dog parks

Dog parks are great for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a chance for more exercise, off leash! Second, dogs get to socialize with dogs and people. Third, you can just stand there, drink coffee from Starbucks and your dog will still love you for taking him to the dog park.

Tips: bring water and poop bags. And please, pick up after your dog.

5. The greatest invention

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the dog door. For those of you whose daily agenda is to let the dogs out, let the dogs in, let the dogs out, let them in and repeat, the dog door (and a fenced yard) will restore your sanity.

We finally installed one, and it changed our lives. They cost anywhere from $200 to $400, depending on size. We chose to have someone install it because I’m no longer allowed to do home-improvement projects after I mistakenly flooded our laundry room. Long story, not important.

Now our dogs go in and out as they please. No more letting them out, letting them in. We can actually have a life at home.

6. The gentle leader

Final lesson: I was putting my life in jeopardy walking our two “enthusiastic” 120-pound dogs on leashes attached to chest harnesses. It often added up to 240 pounds of straining dogs lunging after a rabbit. Honestly, the only way they could actually catch a rabbit was if the rabbit was lounging on the road, smoking a cigarette and watching TV. But they definitely would go for it, taking me with them. Afraid for my life, we tried The gentle leader. It has a webbing strap that fits loosely around their snout. It takes only light pressure to turn their head and stop them from leaping into the bushes along the road. I am living and uninjured proof that they work.

Tip: Gentle leaders need to be fitted appropriately and only used for a short walks (less then an hour or so). I also make sure to check their muzzle when we’re done to make sure it hasn’t rubbed them wrong.

There you have it, my lessons learned from 2014. Now it’s time to start on 2015 and the napping dogs project. I figure it will take at least a month of sleeping to truly understand …

Hersch Wilson is a Santa Fe author who yearns to understand all things canine. His column appears monthly. Contact him at wilsonhersch@mac.com.

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Local animal news in brief, Jan. 22, 2015

Sanctuary offers tours for Valentine’s Day

An animal sanctuary that offers hospice and eldercare for older dogs, horses and poultry is inviting the public for tours and a party for Valentine’s Day.

The 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 event at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3749-A N.M. 14, is a chance to meet the animals and learn more about the work, said Ulla Pedersen, the sanctuary’s founder and director. A tour of the grounds will…

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Posted by Ben Swan on January 22, 2015 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

iPad or iPad Mini needed

Felines & Friends needs a working iPad to process PayPal payments.   WIFI only is fine.   Please send an e-mail to felinesandfriendsnm@yahoo.com if you can help.   We also need a DusterBuster in good working condition.

Posted by Bobbi Heller on January 8, 2015 at 8:48pm

Pack of Two - The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs

Some excellent writing by Caroline Knapp - quite worth the short 1 page read.  She pretty much nails it.

Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp

Posted by sheila beuler on January 5, 2015 at 5:18am — 1 Comment

Shelter announces Winter Critter Camp

The Santa Fe animal shelter is hosting a two-day Winter Camp that offers

children ages 10-13 a hands-on experience with animals in a shelter environment.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan 3-4 at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road.

Similar to Summer Critter Camp, teams of children will learn the care and handling of a variety

of animals, with a focus on behavior, veterinary care and grooming. Short talks about animal

sheltering and care will be punctuated with…

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Posted by Ben Swan on December 29, 2014 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Xena is Still Missing

There is no feeling like this.  The not knowing where Xena is produces so many questions; is she dead or alive?  Is she sheltered from the cold and with someone, hiding or still running? If so, where? And then there's the guilt.  Was I not sensitive enough to her comfort level at the dog park?  Should I have had a…

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Posted by sheila beuler on December 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — 42 Comments

Xena is Still Missing

There is no feeling like this.  The not knowing where Xena is produces so many questions; is she dead or alive?  Is she sheltered from the cold and with someone, hiding or still running? If so, where? And then there's the guilt.  Was I not sensitive enough to her comfort level at the dog park?  Should I have had a leash on her, just in case?  Two ads on Craigslist, one in the New Mexican, daily visits and calls to the Shelter and frequent social media updates. Heavy duty flyers have been…

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Posted by sheila beuler on December 27, 2014 at 1:00pm

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