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May 2008 Blog Posts (18)

The Power of the Horse

~Another huge loss for the equestrian community~

If you’re involved at all with horses, you’ve probably heard the name Teddy O’Connor. Teddy burst onto the national scene a few years ago under the tutelage of the great Karen O’Connor, rider and trainer. He was a little horse (pony, actually) with a huge heart and feisty spirit. A 13 year old handsome gelding, he took the equestrian world by storm when he won the honor of USEF “Horse of the Year” last year. He almost literally… Continue

Added by CindyR on May 30, 2008 at 9:18pm — 3 Comments

Morgan's blog: Will work for treats

Hey all you two legged readers and four legged read aloud to…it’s Morgan, as dictated to his human, Alice, who types just a bit better than I do with my paws. For those of you who have been getting my blog from Summit Assistance Dogs, you will know about my comings and goings in the Lee household.

For you new readers, Bienvenidos!

We always try to include photos with my blog because I realize some critters don’t read. (Like cats). I, on the other hand can read! Yes,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 26, 2008 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Story: Putting a shine on the shelter

Española Valley Humane Society hosts its first Spring Cleaning Event

Nina Chiotasso, the community-outreach specialist for the Española Valley Humane Society, said the peeling paint and tagging on the building are some of the first things people notice about going to the shelter, which doesn’t boast well for attracting volunteers or customers.

“I started here in January and ... I saw a lot of people coming in here once and inquiring about volunteering,” Chiotasso said. None of those… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 25, 2008 at 12:21am — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Tails that never stop wagging

In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a young boy hears a dog bark. Or he and his father think it’s a dog. It’s never clear in that desolate tale of survival what’s real and what’s imagined.

Later the boy longs for that dog, imagines what it would be like to take care of the animal. It’s the simple longing for normalcy: an animal to pet, to play with, to nurture. A being that enriches one’s life.

There are no animals in McCarthy’s book, which describes a father and son’s journey… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 25, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

a delicious morsel of prose

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world more… Continue

Added by CindyR on May 21, 2008 at 10:56pm — 1 Comment

Thunder Box

Thunder Box

_____ Time does not march on as you may have heard. It goose steps, with relentless, indifferent, certainty. This is not altogether a bad thing. I remember a time, before Baskin Robbins had 32 flavors. Like clockwork, time brings change. Some changes are good. Some changes, I am not so sure about. But all change, requires us to change, to accommodate the afore mentioned changes.

_____ A few of us are now entering our "golden years". This phrase refers to the amber… Continue

Added by lynden bear on May 20, 2008 at 10:39am — 9 Comments

Off-leash blog: Let's try treats, not threats

If you can’t — as they say — teach an old dog new tricks, perhaps the emphasis needs to be placed elsewhere. How about on ourselves?

Dog trainers will tell you much has changed in the past 10 years about how we view dog behavior and psychology. There are two divergent schools of thought: one that relies on dominance as a primary training tool and one that focuses on positive behavior modification.

I took one of my first dog-training classes back in the ’90s, with my black Labrador,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 18, 2008 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Where the wild things heal

The Wildlife Center will help any injured animal — as long as it's wild

It seems an innocent enough question. In your garden or on a walk, you find a baby bird just fallen from its nest. You could easily pick it up and put it back. Do you?

If you were among the 600 or so who visited The Wildlife Center during its open house recently, you’d know the answer: Of course you do.

It’s only a myth that other birds will ignore baby birds… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 18, 2008 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

Todays Pet Adoption Carnival and tears with many causes....

I went to the Pet Adoption Carnival today nears Lowe's, not to look for another companion, but to watch Mary Leatherberry's dog dancing club demonstrate their skills. I DIDN'T go expecting to get all choked up. Mary's group of performing students each showed off that deep bond that can be nurtured between human and canine. It's heart-warming to watch. But Alice and Morgan (whom I've never met, but feel I know through this Scoop network) brought tears to my eyes. If you weren't here on… Continue

Added by CindyR on May 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Gotta Getta Goat

After sharing seven months of my life with an amazing goat named Isaac, I was hooked. The world tragically lost Isaac in February, and my heart still aches with loneliness for the little bugger. He was one magical dude, and everyone that met him truly fell in love. While Isaac lived with me, he reinforced many of the lessons we know but often don’t heed: “never say quit”, “greet each day with a smile”, “live every day like it’s your last.” And another lesson he left with me: life just isn’t… Continue

Added by CindyR on May 15, 2008 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Off-leash blog: Reaching out to help animals

For almost a year now, a group of dedicated animal lovers has been meeting and plotting the best ways to bring humans and companion animals together.

The group’s informal meetings typically begin with a glass of wine and stories about animals who need homes, or the fate of a recently rescued kitten or puppy. Sometimes the serious discussion is broken up with an anecdote from Marguerite Wood, an amiable woman who always has a tale to tell from her many years of rescuing small dogs.

The… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 11, 2008 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

A fun way, a fun day to adopt

Saturday's Pet Adoption Carnival offers something for everyone

Dogs. Cats. Dancing. And lots of games.

Oh, my. Don’t forget sports cars, puppets, stilt walkers, pet portraits, face painting and fortune telling. And there’s more: Demonstrations by Assistance Dogs of the West, Clever Canine Agility, the New Mexico K-9 Unit and the Santa Fe Dog Dancing Club.

If it sounds like a full day, it is. Pam Hagan, owner of Zoe & Guido’s Pet Boutique, says Saturday’s Pet Adoption… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 11, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

A refuge for horses

Annual fundraiser helps keep statewide equine rescue on sure footing

Jennifer Rios is facing a dilemma. A recently rescued horse came in blind, with an infection that caused one eye to disintegrate. The veterinarian offered a choice: remove both eyes or put the horse down.

“It’s not that difficult of a surgery, but then you have to decide what you have,” Rios said. “The horse will have no sight, no way to differentiate between light… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 11, 2008 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Great Books!!!!

Just a quick reminder....we have WONDERFUL books here for sale to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Since we have no overhead, every single penny you donate for the books goes to the shelter 100%. The price of the book(s) of your choice is based on what YOU want to donate.

Come by and see the great selection, visit with Nita and Rico and pick up a free sample of my great dog biscuits (while supplies last, fresh batch every Monday)

***Open Monday -… Continue

Added by Claudia Inoue on May 5, 2008 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Off-leash blog: Loving and losing our best friend

I did not witness Beta’s birth, but I can imagine she came out fighting with her first breath, impatiently waiting for her true “parents” to adopt her. I was with her for her last breath, and I know she fought bravely to remain with us in this dimension.

In between those two milestones, she shared more than 14 years with us, helping us learn to be a little more patient, a little more loving and a lot more thankful.

Beta’s end came suddenly,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 4, 2008 at 12:23am — 12 Comments

Nurturing memories

A special spot where memories are nurtured lies in a quiet corner of a Cerrillos ranch.

Author Deborah Schildkraut tends to the garden with loving care, placing unique stones on top of mounded areas where beloved companion animals are buried. She might pause to recollect a story of the specific animal buried there or simply thank the creature for being part of her life.

The memory garden plays an important role in Schildkraut’s book,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 4, 2008 at 12:13am — 2 Comments

Sanctuary of joy

Kindred Spirits’ annual open house celebrates a much-needed addition for older dogs

It’s family at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, a place of comfort for older dogs, horses and poultry.

Salvador, crippled from years of abuse — most likely as a pit-bull bait dog — is sure to greet visitors at the gate with a friendly wag. Other dogs — some holding back, letting more gregarious canines be among the welcoming party — excitedly await a… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on May 4, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

In Eight Belles' Honor

I am still reeling from the events today at the Kentucky Derby. Another horse down, and then immediately euthanized because there was no other option. Like many animals in our world, the race horse doesn't have a choice. They run their hearts out because it's what WE ask of them. My inner voice is screaming, WHAT ARE WE DOING? Our animals commonly give us more than we could ever imagine. When I see the adoration in my dogs eyes when they look at me, I'm astounded and honored. What did I do to… Continue

Added by CindyR on May 3, 2008 at 11:07pm — 4 Comments

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