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February 2009 Blog Posts (23)

Creative energies and pet assistance

I sit here after a long afternoon of working on my book and doing some of the simpler graphics for it. And realized that I am pretty much surrounded by most of my fur kids. Must be the creative energy. They have always surrounded me when I am in the creative zone. Whether I was weaving, sewing or creating graphics on my computer, or writing my book. Forget trying to sketch or write down ideas, because if it involves paper, the cats must lay on it. I believe it's an unwritten law… Continue

Added by Lisa on February 28, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Hungry dog? Kitty and her belly growling? FREE PET FOOD PANTRY.

If you or someone you know is in need of pet food, please call or visit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society. As supplies last, we are able to help with small donations of food. Those in need of food can visit SFAS&HS seven days a week from 9 to 5. We're located at 100 Caja del Rio Rd, off of 599. Click here for a map to the shelter.

Donations from our community are key to keeping the Pet Pantry filled with food.… Continue

Added by Bill Hutchison on February 27, 2009 at 12:36pm — 6 Comments

LOST WHITE CAT ($100 Reward for his return)


THANK YOU. If any of you have any suggestions on how to find him, please let me know. I visit the shelter twice a week and all the vets in town have a flyer.…


Added by Anandi on February 26, 2009 at 6:21pm — 2 Comments

Help find Rusty a home

Rusty, a playful Labrador-golden retriever mix, needs a loving home for his remaining years.

The 65-pound dog has never settled into the canine community at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, said Ulla Pedersen, executive director. The sanctuary offers eldercare and hospice for dogs, horses and poultry.

"He's really a people person," Pedersen said. "He's mellow and cuddly, but he just prefers people to dogs."

Pedersen… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 26, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Dusty With Mouse


Hi Everyone..

Here's a photo of Dusty with mouse she caught in the garden, I
made her let it go , mouse took off through the fence , mouse is
happy, Dusty upset....


Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on February 25, 2009 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

Merlin the remote control eater

Last week I found him with the remote control half eaten with one AA battery missing, had he swallowed it? Panic. I took him to the animal hospital at 11 PM, not fun. I fell asleep in the waiting area, then a man brought in his dog which had just died in his car on the way over, the animal hospital will freak you out. The x-ray showed. . . . .no battery. I went home and searched the house for an hour, I found the damn battery under the sofa 10 feet away from the scene of the crime. Those… Continue

Added by Nick on February 24, 2009 at 3:35pm — 1 Comment

Nice dog, but you have to train him


Nice dog, but you have to train him

Bob McMillan

Herald-Citizen Staff

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009

If you've got a dog and actually enjoy the furry little guy's company, if you talk about it in your crowd much, it won't be long before you hear someone say, "Well, you just love dogs more than people."

Huh? When did it get to be an… Continue

Added by Sloan Cunningham on February 22, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Off leash: Finding happiness in a crate

The signs were there from the very beginning: Tufts of toilet paper sprinkled around the house; dog ears gingerly chewed off paperbacks; cushions placed haphazardly around the house; plants neatly trimmed of lower branches.

I even had one dedicated Scoop member quietly caution me: “Any dog trainer with her salt would have you crate-train that puppy.”

Did I listen? Maybe subconsciously. There was this nagging memory of Zach as a young boy, doing similar things with toilet… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 22, 2009 at 12:02am — 4 Comments

Correlation between 1 large cat and a comic strip......

I had to wipe my eyes this morning upon reading my favorite comic strip, 9 Chickweed Lane It was one of his "Hallmarks of Felinity" strips. You can catch the strip at

He must have or have known a cat like mine. Yummy, big beautiful blue eyed Siamese cross, who is very fluffy and very, very large. This cat is somewhere in the range of 23 to 25 pounds. And no matter what I try to do to get him to lose the weight, it doesn't work. Oh… Continue

Added by Lisa on February 15, 2009 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Great Book Reviews On : " Dusty" Isbn# 1424120187


Hi Everyone:

Here are some great book reviews I got on my book :" Dusty,"

Isbn# 1424120187

Review 1 Shelagh Watkins , United Kingdom

Dusty is a charming story of a young boy, Timmy and his pet cat.

Adults, teachers and parents alike will be captivated by this heart

warming story. I strongly recommend that everyone read this

enchanting story to find out how this curious cat rdeems herself

and how… Continue

Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on February 15, 2009 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Chasing away darkness one bite at a time

I imagine fear to be a black spot, deep in the recesses of our minds. No light can penetrate that darkness, and because of that, fear creeps into our soul and defines our being.

For a traumatized, unsocialized and neglected dog like Bear, that darkness was a safety zone for most of her young life. There was no logic to it; she retreated to that spot whenever her conscious could not accept the trauma around her.

Pulling her out of that darkness has been a journey filled… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 15, 2009 at 12:06am — 4 Comments

1 Year

of peaceful co-habitation with my Pretty Kitty, Mucho-Macho Lover-Boy and Mice-chaser Saemi.

1 Year ago I responded to a a note posted in my neighborhood about a black kitty, thinking it might be a neighbor's lost black very cute little kitty. We all missed that one, when one day it simply disappeared from our neighborhood.

Turns out the lady that took the kitty in was allergic, so I offered to take it home until we find… Continue

Added by om on February 14, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Happy Valentine's Day!

One heart !

A bit of tail never hurt anyone!

A bit of fair play will bring us closer!

A bit of support given in times of need can make all the… Continue

Added by om on February 13, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Morgan's blog: Big hearts for everyone

Greetings all you humans and four-legged friends. I haven’t been writing lately here, but Alice is helping me today.

Alice loves Valentine’s Day. This is a tough time of the year for her. Granted the days are getting longer and last week was balmy, but she doesn’t like cold and snow. She took me to the vet this week to get a refill on my hypothyroid meds. They weighed me while I was there. I’m 72.2 pound with my collars on. So Alice thinks I need to lose a few and get my svelte look… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 12, 2009 at 12:21am — 1 Comment

Book reviw

I'm pleased to tell you that there's a nice plug for my children's book, which is based on an experience with our golden retriever, at The book is titled The Bump on Lucy's Nose.

Added by R Thomas Berner on February 11, 2009 at 8:59am — No Comments

NM House Bill will require ALL dogs that look like pit bulls or rottweilers be registered as dangerous dogs, no exceptions, no kidding

If your dog looks like a Rottweiler or pit bull you will be required to register your dog as a dangerous dog if this bill passes, even if your dog has no history of aggression.

Imagine you adopt a little black and tan puppy from the animal shelter that has a listed breed of Rottweiler mix. You will need to register that puppy as dangerous. Imagine the situation this puts the shelters and rescue groups in. Will these breeds and look alike breeds (Boxers, Shar Peis, Labs,… Continue

Added by Julie L on February 10, 2009 at 9:57pm — 6 Comments

Out of Curiosity ......WHAT AM I ?

Hi! My name is Nita. I am the apple of my Mom and Dad's eye. You can see many more pictures and video clips of me under my Mom's Scoop Profile.

Someone dumped me on my Grandma Sylvia's doorstep in Puerto Rico when I was about 4 months old, that was about 2 years ago, and my Grandma made sure I came to live in Santa Fe with my Mom Claudia and Dad Stephen, along with my older brother Rico and my feline sister Lucy.

Dad says I am a beauty… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on February 9, 2009 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Visit the adoptable animals on the SFAS&HS website!

I'm sure most of you passionate animal lovers out there know our website or can Google us, but to make it quick and easy, here's how you can always see everybody available for adoption at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.

Visit to see all our adoptable critters. We're lucky enough not to have too mcuh trouble finding homes most of the time, but sometimes you may not even know how much you need a new… Continue

Added by Bill Hutchison on February 9, 2009 at 3:10pm — 7 Comments

Off-leash blog: Time to nip reactive behavior in the bud

These days, our favorite worn-out phrase around the house is “Be nice.”

It works when our three dogs go from playful tumbling to snarling yips. It works when the puppy Jimmy forgets that his baby canine teeth can hurt, and it works when our older resident canine Zach gets frustrated waiting to go on a walk.

And it’s become a mantra for Bear, our foster-dog-turned-resident pup, but it’s too early to say whether the two words are having any effect. Sometime when we weren’t… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 8, 2009 at 12:04am — 2 Comments

Dusty checking out her territory


Latest: Dusty checking out her territory on her leash & harness.


Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on February 5, 2009 at 6:15pm — No Comments

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