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March 2009 Blog Posts (18)

It's never a good time to say Good Bye

Life can be so unfair…and it can change in the blink of an eye.

I had taken my cat Lucy Girl in to the vet last Friday because of occasional coughing. I wasn’t even particularly concerned. I thought maybe she had allergies. Lucy Girl is less than 11 years old, she has had regular annual checkups, blood work. She lives in a safe, clean, loving environment.

My vet said that she thought Lucy had bronchitis, probably caused by… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on March 31, 2009 at 11:00am — 21 Comments

Dedicated to Kermit and his future home

I just received this via email from Mary Martin, the new shelter director and I had NEVER seen this before. I felt it worth posting here. I am sorry it'll push Mary's Spay and Neuter blog on to be the second blog on this page.

I dedicate this to Kermit:

If your rescue dog could talk , this is what he/she may say....


Here in this house... I will never know the loneliness

I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on March 30, 2009 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic Schedule Change

Hi All you animal lovers,
hope you will help me get the word out that our clinic is now going to be open two Saturdays per month! We hope the change will make life easier for working people. Keep your eye on the website or call us for details. We are planning a free "Prevent the Cat- tastrophe " spay day in May". The hope is to spay 100- 150 cats on that day so I hope you guys will help us spread the word on that event too.
Let's spay away!

Added by mary on March 30, 2009 at 11:42am — 3 Comments

Help for Kermit

I was moved to tears by the story about Kermit, please read by clicking on main page of Scoop.

During the week of March 30 through April 2, I am pledging all the proceeds from the sale of my Peace Cranes (which I usually sell with 100% of the proceeds going to Spay and Neuter) to help with the vet bills for Kermit.

Last week, I raised $200 in a 4 day period with the crane sale. (Our business is open Monday - Thursday only,… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on March 29, 2009 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

Off-leash blog:True love knows no breed

Zach might be a Labrador-Shar-Pei mix, but when it comes to water, he’s decidedly aqua-phobic.

Having grown up in wet, wet Oregon, you’d think this dog would love to frolic in open water. Not so. On a recent visit to Laughlin, Nev., Zach remained true to his anti-water self.

On the banks of the Colorado River, Zach stayed close to the banks, hoping the current would bring in a favorite toy rather than force him to wade… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 28, 2009 at 11:00pm — 11 Comments

Off-leash blog: Market's 'dog holder' all tied up in success

Susan's already posted blogs about this on her good work, but here's my take on it:

What started as a lark has become a full-time duty for animal advocate Susan Stephens, better known by some as the dog holder at the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

It’s a Saturday job that Stephens would love to share with nonprofits and other animal-welfare groups. And she’s worried if she burns out, those who rely on her for their canines’ safety will be hurt the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 21, 2009 at 11:53pm — 2 Comments

I miss Ray and Lucien at the dog park!


Added by om on March 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dog Holding at the Farmers Market

Dog holding has been highly successful to the point I really need the other animal non-profits to step up and participate. I cannot do this alone and may not be able to continue much longer. This is very popular with dog owners and the vendors. The Farmers Market goes outside in a week and that means both ends of the building need coverage. While dogs for adoption are not allowed, that would not preclude photo sheets with information. One volunteer could take the entire shift or just 2 hours… Continue

Added by Susan B Stephens on March 20, 2009 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

Public Hearing affects access to dog park and eventually the park.

April 2, per the notice posted on the fence at the Frank Ortiz kids park is the day for a hearing that will affect our access to the dog park. Our city wants to turn the traffic circle on Camino de la Crucitas into a cul de sac, ending our access except via 599 and Buckman Rd. The plan is a prelude to developing 3 tracks that over look and are adjacent to the dog park. If and when they build eventually the complaints will come in about the dogs, the smell, noise, traffic and lights. When this… Continue

Added by Susan B Stephens on March 20, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Manchita will be missed!

Added by om on March 18, 2009 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Claudia's Movie Review :)

Okay, I know we all have limited free time and if you’re like me, you choose carefully how to spend it.

However, as silly as it may seem, I want to tell you about the movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua".

It is the most adorable movie I have ever seen! (Now available at Netflix!)

Mind you, it is pretty much empty calories for your brain, but, if you are an animal lover, your heart will laugh and cry when you watch it.… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on March 18, 2009 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

Santa Fe Dog Park Icon - Postcard

Added by om on March 17, 2009 at 11:21pm — 4 Comments

Gingers Phenobarbital Toxicity

Thank You so very much for all the prayers for Ginger!! I am very greatful for them. Ginger is home from the hospital, it has been a long road. She has been on Phenobarbital since the end of December and on February 21st, she became extremly sick, vomiting,diarrhea , urinating tinged with blood and fever. Our vet immediatley sent us to our local Emergency Animal Hospital after examining Ginger. We were given between a 20-30% chance of survival, her spleen and liver were inlarged and they didn't… Continue

Added by ali on March 15, 2009 at 11:48am — 4 Comments

Off-leash blog: Listening to the wisdom of animals

It’s puppy season in Mexico. You can tell from the hordes of brownish-black bundles of fur that follow their mothers around deserted buildings and abandoned fields, puppies hoping for one more lunch off their exhausted, undernourished mothers.

Some of the dogs might have owners — somewhere — but most are on their own, scavenging for food from trash that accumulates where people gather: Bus stops, cafés, run-down hotels. Traveling from Santa Fe to Oaxaca, Mexico last week, I saw… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 14, 2009 at 11:57pm — 5 Comments

'Miracle dog' safe at home

Tenacious dachshund survives more than two weeks on the road

Anneke Chittim calls Canela her miracle dog and the best birthday present imaginable. Those who helped Chittim reunite with her lost dachshund after more than two weeks agree, but also credit Chittim's tenacity in rallying forces for a positive outcome.

"The beauty of this is how everyone came together to find this dog, " said neighbor and friend Gisela Minke.… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 11, 2009 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

Off-leash blog: Take time to count your animal blessings

In the midst of puppy training, correcting reactive-dog behavior and keeping my focus on Zach’s four-step, I often forget just how lucky I am to have three loving canines.

Every morning Zach, Bear and Jimmy remind me how important they are in my life. It’s usually Zach who’ll start the high-pitched yawn that tells me it’s time to get up. If he’s not on the bed, he’ll jump up and start stretching while doing his morning sing-a-song.

That’s Jimmy’s cue to do what puppies do… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 8, 2009 at 12:01am — No Comments

Homage to Sumo and our 2 Year Anniversary

2 Year Anniversary with Sumo

Added by om on March 6, 2009 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Reflecting on 2 years of co-habitation with Sumo and marveling at his personality.

March 8th 2007, Sumo, then TJ, visited us for the first time. One week later he joined us, me and my Isabella-girl and we became a pack of three. I had been feeling that my outgoing girl would be happiest with another companion of the canine kind. Living a rather secluded life style I embraced any chances of dogs visiting us and provide us with entertainment and stimulation. This is how Sumo, a neighbor's dog, that had been jumping their fence… Continue

Added by om on March 6, 2009 at 3:09pm — 3 Comments

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