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April 2008 Blog Posts (19)

Story: The touch beyond instinct

Simple technique corrects behavior, enhances bond

Linda Tellington-Jones didn’t use to be as gentle in her animal training as she is now. “I was much harder,” the acclaimed animal expert quietly admitted to a Santa Fe group recently.

And then she noticed how far soft, circular touches could take both her and whatever animal she happened to be working with at the time.

“When you work to activate the cellular intelligence of the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 27, 2008 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Off-leash blog: Suffering for the sake of art

A few people send me cute animal pictures by e-mail. Just about everyone gets something similar, I’m sure, either from an aunt, mother, friend or casual acquaintance.

I consider them the modern version of the ‘70s “Hang in there, baby” poster of a cat hanging from a string or a tree. They’re fun, provide a diversion and don’t take much of your time.

There’s even a colleague here who is addicted to something called You can hear her sighing or giggling over a photo… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 26, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Molly, the amputee Horse Hurricane Katriana survivor story

I've written articles over the years about horses who survived amputation surgery. There was Boitron, the California Thoroughbred stallion who could service mares after amputation surgery. There were Dr. Ric Redden dramatic cases of founder survivors who galloped around his paddock on artificial feet with "transplanted frogs". Dr. Chris Colles had the never-say-die Appaloosa in England with the spring-loaded foot. And who can forget that paint… Continue

Added by MicheleElys on April 24, 2008 at 12:51pm — 14 Comments



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Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on April 20, 2008 at 5:18pm — 7 Comments

Story: Dozens descend on dog park for spring scoop-athon

They came early and stayed late. And when they finally called it a day, scores of volunteers left behind a mountain of garbage bags filled with litter and animal waste.

It’s enough to make a pup howl with joy for Santa Fe’s only off-leash dog park.

“It’s literally a ton of poop,” said Pam Geyer, who, along with Jane Tokunaga, organized Saturday’s massive cleanup of the off-leash dog area at Frank Ortiz Park. The biannual event normally draws… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 20, 2008 at 12:12am — 1 Comment

Story: The right thing to doo

Carroll Hawley and his dog, Greta, love the new Eldorado dog park. That’s why it troubles him when people don’t pick up after their pets.

“It’s discourteous,” he said on a recent beautiful dog-walking day. “People should treat the dog park like they would their own household.”

Hawley has a kind word for those who forget their dog’s droppings: “It’s mindlessness,” he says. “I guess they’re just not in the habit.”

Walk anywhere in the Santa Fe area, and you’re bound to run into… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 20, 2008 at 12:07am — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Finding your inner El Crappo

When Krista, my black Labrador, and I left Alaska, we happily embraced Lower 48 living. It seemed so easy, so carefree: A run in the park without Arctic gear; a quick dip in the river without tangling up fishing lines; and no bothersome moose blocking our hiking path.

It didn’t take us too long, however, to realize that freedom comes with a price: Leashes are the rule, not the exception; roads are filled with cars, not wildlife; summer nights grow oddly dark; and dog doo is not something… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 20, 2008 at 12:04am — 6 Comments

Bad news. What to do next?

I'm sad to say that the pup we adopted on Sunday and brought home on Monday died suddenly this afternoon. Chico was about 10 weeks old and was born with only three legs.

At this point, the only consolation we can find is that at least during the last days of his very short life he was loved by good people who hoped to have given him a long happy life.

We are still awaiting word from the vet as to the cause of his death.

On Sunday, my fiancee and I went to the Espanola… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on April 15, 2008 at 6:00pm — 13 Comments

Update on Book Sale for Santa Fe Animal Shelter

Hi everyone!

This is an update on the Book Sale here at Toy Auto Man, 4774 Airport Road, benefiting the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Human Society:

Due to the outpouring of generosity by everyone, we are currently no longer accepting books. We have simply run out of room to display them.

However, we would love to have everyone come by and browse the AWESOME collection of books that we have now!

There is bound to be something for… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on April 15, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Horse Show Blog!

Friday is my first 2008 horse show, I will be at the Ohio Arabian Horse Association Spring Show. We are only taking one horse so we shall see how we do.

Added by JB on April 15, 2008 at 12:57pm — 10 Comments

By popular demand....The ten worst reasons NOT to spay or neuter your pet


1. Just one litter and we’ll have Fluffy spayed.

Studies show that nearly the entire pet overpopulation stems from the "Just one litter" mentality

2. My dog doesn’t run loose, so he/she doesn’t need to be fixed.

Murphy’s law says otherwise

3. We always find a home for the kittens

And that means that an equal number of kittens with be euthanized at your local… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on April 15, 2008 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

A good day, we have a new friend

Well, if you saw my blog one week ago, you'll know that we were heart broken when the stray dog we took in was returned to its owner.

Having that dog, Fred (whose real name was Chuckie) made us realize how much we wanted a small dog in our home. My fiancee and I went to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter to look for a dog then went to the shelter in Espanola where we found a dog we decided to adopt.

Chico is a 10-week old male dog who was born with only 3 legs. Yet, he shows a… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on April 13, 2008 at 5:49pm — 5 Comments

Story: Loving the planet

Pet owners turn to 'green' products to protect animals, environment

Blame it on tainted pet food, or call it a good idea that’s finally caught on: More and more pet owners are turning to environmentally friendly products for their best friends.

“Green” pet products are made from recycled materials, organic and natural ingredients and sustainable sources, are durable and, if possible, locally made.

Pamela Hagan, owner of Zoe & Guido’s Pet Boutique on Paseo de Peralta,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 13, 2008 at 12:15am — 4 Comments

fun Dog Quotation website

i ran across this very fun page the other day, i think you'll enjoy it too! annie&critters

Dog Quotations To Celebrate Any Occasion

Added by annie whitney on April 12, 2008 at 8:56am — No Comments

Poop Scooping

I really have to get this off my chest....

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has made it possible for those of us with dogs to come out to the shelter where they have fenced in 2 lots, a smaller one and a large one to let our dogs off leash and run free. My husband and I use this often. It is wonderful to know my dogs are safely contained and it is also a great place for them to play with other dogs and get socialized. I also love the double gates they recently installed in the larger lot!… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on April 10, 2008 at 9:54am — 4 Comments

Sad day, lost a friend

A few weeks ago a little pug-chihuahua came into the lives of me and my fiancee. We knew we had to try and find the owner but after three weeks we figured the owner either wasn't looking or just couldn't be found. But yesterday, we found little Fred's owner and gave him back.

On Easter Sunday, I hired a pair of homeless folks to clean my yard. I paid them and even bought them lunch. A short while later they returned with a little lost dog. He was skinny and a bit dirty but had a… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on April 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Off-leash blog: The bond that never grows old

In my mind, Beta will always be 4 weeks old, a little Buddha bundle, fussing with her older sister and melting my heart.

We hadn’t planned on bringing her home that first day. It was a kick-the-tire kind of meeting, we thought, and we were unsure if Krista, our older black Labrador, could accept another being in the household.

Rejected by her overworked Dalmatian mother, Maggie, and one of 14 in the litter, Beta insisted she come home with us. And so did Maggie’s human owner. On the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 6, 2008 at 12:27am — 3 Comments

Story: A healing force

Reiki for animals can help with behavioral, health issues

Artist Anne Embree was at wits’ end.

Hours of obedience classes, one-on-one training and medication had failed to calm her English springer spaniel. Eibhear refused to leave her sight and was a constant barker.

“He just screamed all the time,” Embree recalled. “Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark. I could never leave him. The first couple of months, it was just… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on April 6, 2008 at 12:23am — 3 Comments

Storm Tree Stump

Storm tree stump

----- The Little Bear, had quickly become a joyful fact, and then a happy necessity. The 35 pound corgi heeler mix had become my quiet shadow. A new brain center, I had been unaware of, had awakened. I knew where he was, what he was doing, and what he needed. No matter how preoccupied I was with company, or the Quiche burning in my tipi sized easy bake, I knew his status. It was scary at first. I realized that all care takers are given this super power and it… Continue

Added by lynden bear on April 3, 2008 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

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