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Local animal news in brief, Aug. 25, 2016

Adoption event features bunniesThe New Mexico House Rabbit Society is hosting a bunny adoption event Sunday in Albuquerque.The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about house bunnies, offer free nail trims and help make matches with adoptable bunnies.Find a furry friend at WoofstockThe Santa Fe animal shelter is joining animal-rescue groups statewide Saturday, Sept. 10, for a multiagency adoption…See More
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Almudena Ortiz Cué posted an event

CHACO Dog Training Classes Starting this FALL in SANTA FE at Santa Fe

September 3, 2016 from 10am to 11am
 C.H.A.C.O.'s Agility from the Ground Up 1& 2, Recall (Come When Called), and Kinder Pup 2 classes are starting up the Fall!  Below are the details. If interested, sign up now as these tend to book fast. **Agility From The Ground Up: Mini-Course 1 (AG1)Welcome to Agility From the Ground Up, a series of classes beginning with the fundamentals. Or… think of it as a circle of enthusiasts who are committed to learning the many aspects of the sport while helping their dogs excel. The pressure is…See More
Aug 8
Bobbi Heller posted a blog post

Felines & Friends has Kittens!

Kittens are waiting to meet their new humans at our Adoption Center located inside Petco.However, the ongoing roadwork has resulted in the driveway off St. Michaels being blocked off. In addition, several other driveways on Cerrillos are also blocked. Currently, the only access to the entire shopping area is at the traffic light on Cerrillos at the Smiths gas station.We hope these ongoing closures will not deter people from coming to our Adoption Center or patronizing other business such as…See More
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Kersti Rock posted a blog post

Shelter puppy needs heart surgery

Near the end of April, a small, 8 week old, American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to our shelter.   All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn't afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays but you could physically feel the murmur with your bare hand. In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl we had ever seen; her entire body wiggled in a frenzy to snuggle with us. Everyone…See More
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"Lost Grey Cat Rancho Viejo area 6/30 shorthaired, no collar 505 217-5258"
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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.

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Tales of Tails: How to bomb-proof dogs, Part 2

By Hersh Wilson/For The New Mexican

“Bomb-proof: Not easily frightened, able to calmly deal with new situations and stimuli, won’t go through screen doors when the UPS guy arrives.”

In the first part of this series, I wrote about picking a puppy that was a match for your lifestyle and how important the breeder was.

This column is about, "You brought the puppy home — Now what?"

My obsession is training our dogs to be bomb-proof — dogs who sit, observe and calmly watch the world go by.

We have a long, long way to go. I learned too late the skills needed to train a calm dog and thus have spent the last years chasing our Berners down roads, over fields and profusely apologizing as they jump through the car windows of strangers.

Our dogs are past the best canine learning age — that first year of puppyhood — so I consider them remedial learners. But against all odds, we are making progress.

I’ve been taking the sage advice of Joey Padilla of Santa Fe Tails and Jill Felice of Assistance Dogs of the West.

The two big ideas I’ve taken from them are lots of exposure and “let the treats fall from heaven.”

Here is a simple principle: The more of the world that puppies are exposed to early the calmer they will be later. The critical brain developmental time for a dog is those first few months. By comparison, human brains seem to continue to develop until the early 20s, when a child finally gets that just because there are checks in the checkbook doesn’t mean that there is money in the checking account. (“Wait, what?” is their normal reaction.)

Back to puppies. From the day you bring a puppy home, it’s a hands-on job of exposing them to you and a new environment. They need to be regularly and gently handled in all circumstances. As a kid, I freaked out when our 10-week-old German shepherd growled when I started to pet her while she ate. My mom made me sit with her and continue petting her until she realized I wasn’t going to take her food. I was a little sensitive about this because that same year I had reached for my friend’s French fries and was stabbed in the hand with a fork.

There is a debate within the veterinarian community about when a puppy’s immune system is strong enough for exposure to the bigger world. But as soon as possible it’s crucial to expose them to all the things that cause consternation. Kids: puppies are suspicious of little humans. Other dogs: dogs are hierarchical and social pack animals. You want to keep your puppy safe, but it’s crucial that they learn how to interact with other dogs. And it’s best that this interaction is off leash so they can follow the time-honored rituals of canine meet and greet. Guys with beards and hats: apparently dogs haven’t accepted the whole hipster thing.

The solution is exposure! As Joey Padilla pointed out, some of the calmest dogs you’ll ever see are the partners of the homeless. They are exposed to everything all the time. Lots of exposure reduces that innate fear of the unknown.

The “how to” takes time but it pays off. Take your puppy to a park, a mall or, if in Santa Fe, to the Plaza at least twice a week. Take them to places where they will be exposed to all sorts of stimuli. Here is the key: Take along lots of treats.

When your puppy encounters something or someone that causes barking, whimpering or lunges, let the treats, in Joey’s words, “Rain from heaven.”

After a few trips, your puppy will associate the guy with the beard and hat with treats and probably search them out in the crowds.

Testimonial: I began using this strategy with our Nellie and Tank. They’d always bark and lunge at a neighbor on our morning walks. After a few walks when treats “rained from heaven,” now they see him and turn to me ready for the celestial downpour. It’s pretty cool.

So apparently it’s never too late to train “late bloomers,” as if they were puppies. Or as Tank would say, “treats rule!”

In the next and last part of my quest to raise bomb-proof dogs, it’s time to see how it’s done at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

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.

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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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Local animal news in brief, Aug. 25, 2016

Adoption event features bunnies

The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is hosting a bunny adoption event Sunday in Albuquerque.

The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about house bunnies, offer free nail trims and…

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Posted by Ben Swan on August 25, 2016 at 9:58am

Felines & Friends has Kittens!

Kittens are waiting to meet their new humans at our Adoption Center located inside Petco.

However, the ongoing roadwork has resulted in the driveway off St. Michaels being blocked off. In addition, several other driveways on Cerrillos are also blocked. Currently, the only access to the entire shopping area is at the traffic light on Cerrillos at the Smiths gas station.

We hope these ongoing closures will not…

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Posted by Bobbi Heller on August 4, 2016 at 8:23pm

Shelter puppy needs heart surgery

Near the end of April, a small, 8 week old, American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to our shelter.   All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn't afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays but you could physically feel the murmur with your bare hand.



In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl we had ever seen; her entire body wiggled in a frenzy to…

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Posted by Kersti Rock on July 9, 2016 at 2:30pm

Fireworks spark record number of strays at shelter

Missy is a lucky dog. She’s one of just a handful of dogs who bolted from her house after loud fireworks spooked her on Independence Day and she was picked up by city Animal Services.

More than 20 dogs came into the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Monday and early Tuesday – a huge increase from previous years — but more than half remain waiting for their owners. Some, like Missy, were microchipped or had tags, and their owners were contacted.

Others might have to wait much longer to…

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Posted by Ben Swan on July 6, 2016 at 12:46pm

Local animal news in brief, June 2, 2016

Cocktail party to help cat group

A fundraising party this weekend, featuring food, wine, a raffle and a silent auction, will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.

The eighth annual Cocktails for Critters will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in a luxury Santa Fe home. Proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will support the nonprofit’s mission of providing second chances to cats in need. Each year, the group…

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Posted by Ben Swan on June 2, 2016 at 5:00pm

Holiday prompts safety tips for pets

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and animal-welfare advocates say it’s a good time to consider your pet’s comfort.

The weekend may be a time of cookouts, camping, parties and road trips, but a bit of extra precaution can make the holiday a safe adventure for all, including four-legged friends.

Do not leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Parked cars can be deadly for pets, says the Humane Society of the United States. On a warm day, temperatures…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 26, 2016 at 10:52am

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