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What kind of pet do you have and what's his or her name?
Our family is blessed with Zach, an 6-year-old Shar-pei and Labrador mix. Beta, my 14-year-old Shar-pei-Dalmatian mix, died at the end of April 2008. Sister, aka Bear, was adopted from The Animal Support Center in Las Vegas, NM. Jimmy, aka James Bond, was rescued from Clovis. Our latest addition is from the Santa Fe shelter, Mimi, also a Shar-Pei mix. Our beloved Chihuahua, Olivia, died at the beginning to 2012. In May, we adopted Dolly, a Chihuahua-Jack Russel Terrier mix. She was among three puppies we bottle-feed to maturity after their poor mother died. We also have a houseful of birds, including Joaquin, a cockatiel, budgies, parrotlets and canaries.

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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 21, 2017

Pacheco Park hosts dog party

Businesses at Pacheco Park are hosting a progressive dinner, showroom walk and dog party to support the local animal shelter.

More than 20 businesses at the Design District, 1512 Pacheco St., are taking part in the second annual Bark at the Park event. It will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Park merchants will be offering appetizers for both humans and dogs and a chance to enter individual raffles at each…


Posted on September 21, 2017 at 10:43am

Local animal news in brief, July 20, 2017

Police: Owners can be cited for leaving pets in hot cars

Dozens of reports of dogs left in hot cars this summer have prompted the Santa Fe Police Department to remind people the practice is dangerous and illegal.

Hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles, said spokesman Greg Gurule of the Santa Fe Police Department. He said the city’s Animal Services Division averages 300 calls for welfare checks for…


Posted on July 20, 2017 at 9:53am

Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contest

Name a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at…


Posted on May 18, 2017 at 10:13am

Local animal news in brief, May 11, 2017

Animal sanctuary celebrates collective birthday

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary and Hospice will hold its collective birthday party and open house this weekend.

The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said the open house and party is a great way for the whole family to meet the sanctuary’s many happy and healthy senior animals in a serene and peaceful country setting. Both days feature free talks and demonstrations…


Posted on May 12, 2017 at 9:56am

Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2017

Shelter joins Earth Day festival

The Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday in Los Alamos.

The shelter’s adoptable dogs will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The festival is hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The free festival features…


Posted on April 20, 2017 at 11:57am

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At 11:27am on November 24, 2011, Shari Shantasi said…

Hi, Ben. In case you are the one responsible for posting the AP article on GPS for pets, I want to thank you so very much for doing so. Using tracking devices for our pets has been a cause of mine for years. The products are becoming more advanced and affordable. Great to see more info on these fabulous systems to help people find their lost animals.

With appreciation,


At 1:00pm on August 4, 2011, Amy Balent said…
Right now it is called Rouge Cat & Dog Soiree...but if you want to promote it as SFe shelter Doggie Disco also is what I meant!  :-)
At 12:59pm on August 4, 2011, Amy Balent said…
Hi Ben, I just left you a msg at the store...would like to join teams for our fundraiser on the 13th...Doggie Disco? We would like to raise money for the shelters too...I know it is short notice but it could be a major event!  :-)  Amy
At 12:35pm on June 20, 2011, Claudia Inoue said…
How about some NEW pictures of our beloved Lady Olivia?????
At 1:26pm on October 4, 2010, HILLARY VERMONT said…
Hi Ben,
It was fun to finally meet you at Barkin Ball. What a great event. I saw one other person wearing my Dogs Rock tee shirt! Could you give a Woof Out to all doggy owners in Santa Fe...our new Flea at the Santa Fe Downs (off 1-25 and 599) IS DOGGY FRIENDLY! They can even see Hula on the big "The FLEA" sign I painted that can be seen from the highway. It's a great destination to share with a doggy...and they should come see the best doggy tee shirts (for adults!) in the Big Tent aisle 1 ! we are there through Thanksgiving, Sat/Sun 9-3. Woof Y'all.
At 10:29pm on October 2, 2010, Claudia Inoue said…
Lieber Ben,
Es war sehr schön, Dich vorhin zu sehen.
Ich hatte noch keine Zeit, etwas über unseren Ausflug heute nachmittag zu schreiben, aber ich werde es morgen tun. Ich nehme an, Du kannst Dir denken, warum ich auf Deutsch schreibe…
At 10:41am on September 2, 2010, cricket said…
Thanks Ben, They are my best friends.Looks like you have a big family
At 6:23pm on July 17, 2010, Staci Matlock said…
The pup pictures are coming as is one of the fat mustang!
At 3:04pm on July 12, 2010, Tim Huber said…
It is, though there are two (other was a reporter in Kansas). Been with AP for four years. Cover the coal industry nationally. Say hi to your mother. I am jealous of the trip up north.
At 2:51pm on July 12, 2010, Tim Huber said…
Hi Ben. Then I moved from the Midwest to West Virginia and tracked you down. I may have to drop in, since I have family there in Santa Fe.

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