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Profile IconKathleen Healy, ALLISON CLAYTON, Lynn M Hammonds and 1 more joined Santa Fe Scoop
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Local animal news in brief, Jan. 18, 2017

Clinic offers open housesA new Santa Fe veterinary clinic that features holistic services is hosting a series of open houses to meet its staff and learn about its care.Integrative Veterinary Wellness, 2001 Vivigen Way, Suite B, offers acupuncture, counseling, Bach flower remedies, Reiki, preventive screenings, immunotherapy and discounted dental care. The open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.Veterinarians at…See More
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CHACO Puppy Playtime at Santa Fe

December 31, 2016 from 10am to 10:30am
Puppy playtime is a vital activity by which your puppy will continue to practice bite inhibition. When puppies play with one another they give each other feedback as to the pressure of their “play” bites. If a puppy bites too hard, the playmate will most likely screech and stop the play as a warning to the play- biting pup that the pressure is too much and not tolerated. Thus the puppies learn to handicap the pressure of their (play) bite.If your puppy ever bites as an adult dog but he/she…See More
Dec 27, 2016
Bobbi Heller posted events
Dec 8, 2016
Ben Swan posted a blog post

Local animal news in brief, Dec. 1, 2016

Brewery hosts adoption eventA special pet adoption event will be held at Santa Fe brewery that is also offering a portion of its beer sales to the Santa Fe animal Shelter.The Pulls for Pups adoption event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, 1405 Maclovia St. The brewery, which specializes in rustic farmhouse and sour ales, has a heated outdoor patio where dogs are welcome.“The heated patio is the perfect place to sip on some of this year’s best winter…See More
Dec 1, 2016
Monica Dick is now a member of Santa Fe Scoop
Nov 22, 2016
Bobbi Heller posted an event

Holiday Gift Boutique at Teca Tu at DeVargas

December 3, 2016 from 10am to 2pm
Pet related jewelry, art and more to benefit Felines & Friends and honor Marie-Claude who passed away earlier this year.   Marie-Claude adopted a cat named "Wildfire" in 2004 at a mobile adoption at Teca Tu.  She was as supporter of Felines & Friends her ex husband wanted to honor her with the the sale of items from her personal collection.Marie-Claude Krawczyk - born in 1958 in Paris, France.Deceased April 2016 in Sante FeSee More
Nov 21, 2016
Bobbi Heller posted a blog post

Barn Cats in Need of Homes

A small colony of sterilized feral cats are now not welcome at their current location.   We are in urgent need of a new home for them either to live as backyard or barn "pest control".  If you can help us place them, please contact:felinesandfriendsnm@yahoo.comSee More
Nov 2, 2016

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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

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All Creatures Memorials

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Best Friends Animal Sancturary

Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary

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Dew Paws

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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

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Save the Chimps

Shaking Wind Ranch

Southwest Llama Rescue

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Tales of Tails: Pet movies like ‘Old Yeller’ make me, my family an emotional mess

By Hersch Wilson/For The New Mexican

My family suffers from “Old Yeller-itis.” As you recall, the movie Old Yeller is a coming of age film set in the 1860s in Texas. It’s warm and adventurous until it ends abruptly for many with the young boy, Travis, shooting Old Yeller because he’s come down with “hydrophobie,” aka rabies. I say for many, because my children bolted from the living room in shock and tears after Old Yeller was killed. Actually, they left as Travis shakily held that shotgun and pointed it at Old Yeller.

Truth be told, most families go through this and the malady fades as kids grow up.

Not my family.

Flash forward: My daughters are in their teens and we are in the theater watching the movie Homeward Bound. Two dogs and a cat in the wilderness are trying to find a way back to their human family. When they are almost home, Shadow, the old and wise golden retriever, falls in a pit. I’d go on, but at exactly that moment my oldest bolted from her seat and ran out. I had to follow her out and explain that Shadow got out of the pit and was reunited with his human family.

Well, after that movie, we had a family meeting and decided that we needed to get a grip and realize these were just movies. We had a good laugh at our sensitivities and moved on with our lives.

Ha!

Just this last Christmas, we were in a theater for a non-dog movie. Well, as we sat down, we were confronted with a preview for the film, A Dog’s Purpose, in which, apparently, five or six dogs live full lives, pass on and yet possess a single purpose and soul that is shared through all their lives.

Tears and anxiety in our row. My youngest daughter, 22, whispered to me almost sobbing, “Five dogs die? I’m never going to see that!”

Believe me, I am not reporting this as a stoic, “Get over it girls!” guy. I was also an emotional mess.

Apparently, Old Yeller-itis worsens as you get older.

A case study: A 66-year-old volunteer firefighter, with 30 years of experience in dealing with the trauma, pain and deaths of people, can’t handle a stray dog running down the road. He pulls over, gets out of the car, coaxes the dog to come, gets the dog in the car, calls the owner, arranges a pick up spot and then gets all emotional when the dog is safely back with her human. (Yes, that case study would be me.)

Of course, the common denominator of those who suffer from this affliction is that they live with a dog. Having and loving a dog can transform your worldview. In having a dog, you are confronted with a sentient being.

That dog with his cold nose in your lap feels pain and joy and reciprocates affection even as he chews on the remote. As a partner of a dog, there comes a dawning awareness that dogs are solely dependent on us for their health, safety and survival. It is that dependency and the trust they put in us that grows into love not just for your own dog but for the species. That is the root cause of Old Yeller-itis.

Of course, other than running out of movies, there are other side effects, like the sometimes embarrassing compulsion to greet all dogs all the time.

We were visiting my daughter in Washington, D.C.

While we were going to lunch and walking down the sidewalk, we spied this enormous brown Newfoundland. We rushed over, dropping all our belongings to say hello to Moose. Canine-human commotion in staid downtown D.C. Fortunately, his owners were used to the attention and were like us, committed dog folks. I guess, in the end, Old Yeller-itis is like anytime you fall in love. We fall in love with our partner and we fall madly in love with our children. And with love comes joy, but also risk. The risk of loss and being left are always there. But that is price we pay for being human and that is also the price we pay for loving dogs.

I will probably see the movie, A Dog’s Purpose. I’ll be sitting up in the balcony wearing dark glasses and a hat. If I leave early, don’t hold it against me.

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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Blog Posts

Local animal news in brief, Jan. 18, 2017

Clinic offers open houses

A new Santa Fe veterinary clinic that features holistic services is hosting a series of open houses to meet its staff and learn about its care.

Integrative Veterinary Wellness, 2001 Vivigen Way, Suite B, offers acupuncture, counseling, Bach flower remedies, Reiki, preventive screenings, immunotherapy and discounted dental care. The open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…

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Posted by Ben Swan on January 19, 2017 at 10:58am

Local animal news in brief, Dec. 1, 2016

Brewery hosts adoption event

A special pet adoption event will be held at Santa Fe brewery that is also offering a portion of its beer sales to the Santa Fe animal Shelter.

The Pulls for Pups adoption event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, 1405 Maclovia St. The brewery, which specializes in rustic farmhouse and sour ales, has a heated outdoor patio where dogs are welcome.

“The heated patio is the perfect place…

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Posted by Ben Swan on December 1, 2016 at 4:39pm

Barn Cats in Need of Homes

A small colony of sterilized feral cats are now not welcome at their current location.   We are in urgent need of a new home for them either to live as backyard or barn "pest control".  If you can help us place them, please contact:

felinesandfriendsnm@yahoo.com

Posted by Bobbi Heller on November 2, 2016 at 9:46am

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 29, 2016

Fundraiser helps wildlife legislation

The political action committee of a statewide animal-welfare advocacy group is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday in Santa Fe to help support its efforts in passing humane wildlife legislation.

Animal Protection Voters is hosting Winning for Wildlife from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 5, at the Animal Protection Voters’ Santa Fe office, 1111 Paseo de Peralta. The event features vegan appetizers and beverages along with discussion…

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Posted by Ben Swan on September 29, 2016 at 11:00am

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 22, 2016

Shelter hosts Plaza concert

A free concert on the Plaza on Friday aims to bring awareness about the Santa Fe animal shelter and the nonprofit’s work in the community.

The 6 p.m. concert features Daniele Spadavecchia, a gypsy jazz musician from New Orleans. The musician plays acoustic jazz guitar, mixing swing with Mediterranean Flamenco and European ethnic music. He also sings a selection of Italian, Latin and classic jazz repertoire.

The concert is part…

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Posted by Ben Swan on September 22, 2016 at 11:29am

Abandoned dog gets second chance at life

The New Mexican

A dog abandoned at a hiking trail in the Santa Fe National Forest in August now has a foster home thanks to dozens of people who rallied to rescue him.

Once known simply at Mountain Boy, the fearful…

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Posted by Ben Swan on September 15, 2016 at 2:48pm

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