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June 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Off-leash blog: Running wild with horses

NORTH POLE, Alaska — I’ve missed seeing grizzlies by moments, dodged some moose and even spotted a “lion cut” on a chow at the Santa Claus House, but the beast that’s caught my attention in Alaska isn’t a wild one. Lately I’ve been smitten by horses.

Sure, there are plenty of dogs, cats and even domestic rabbits running loose to pull at my heartstrings in the Far North, but the horses have been beckoning.

And I hear their… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 29, 2008 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Meet Rocketdog!

Hello friends of Scoop. I've been keeping a secret from you. But now I want to let you all in on it. I've got a new dog -- puppy actually.

For those of you who are new to scoop., let me give you some background. On Easter Sunday, a pair of folks who I hired to help me in the yard found a little dog in our neighborhood and brought it to my home. We called the Pug-Chihuahua Fred and we searched for his owner, deciding that if we didn't find that owner in 30 days we'd adopt… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on June 26, 2008 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Morgan's blog: Lessons of the lawn

Greetings, friends! I hope you all are finding ways to keep cool in this hot weather. I was sick last week; Alice feels really guilty about my discomfort. I am all-better now, and today was fun because rather than go to the dance studio to dog dance, we went to a park, with lots of other dogs around and get this—a grassy lawn!

Yeah, man, I thought grass just grew in Seattle, not Santa Fe!

I wanted to roll and sniff, and run in… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 24, 2008 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Off-leash blog: Finding wild things beneath the surface

By Ben Swan

SOLDOTNA, Alaska — In Alaska, wildlife can't be ignored. It's a constant that can either make your day or ruin it.

Tourists constantly turn their eyes on forested areas to catch a glimpse of a wild animal while longtime residents ponder the best time of day to avoid an encounter with a moose or worse, a brown bear.

Driving from my old hometown Fairbanks to Anchorage, and then farther south to Soldotna, my… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 23, 2008 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

My Ultimate Test

About a month ago I discovered there was a rattlesnake living under my shed. It’s the same shed that my horse and two goats live in (on the other end, thankfully). It is the first rattlesnake I’ve seen on my 10 acres, and only the 2nd rattlesnake I’ve seen since moving to New Mexico 14 years ago. (I’ve been lucky!) I was pretty bummed to discover it, since this meant I’d have to deal with it one way or another. The thought of a rattlesnake biting one of the baby goats or my smaller dog Tigger… Continue

Added by CindyR on June 21, 2008 at 12:09am — 4 Comments

Saturday’s community dog walk raises awareness, promotes healthy lifestyle

Ben Swan

The New Mexican

Dogs, kids, and fun and games. Throw in a walk for health, and you’ve got a winning combination.

At least that’s what organizers of Paws For A Cause hope. The community dog walk is set for 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Alto/Bicentennial Park in Santa Fe. The 5-kilometer dog walk follows the trail along the Santa Fe River to the Plaza and back, but it’s not necessary to do the entire walk.

A host of activities for dogs and humans will take place at the “Pet… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on June 15, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Pondering the state of our animals

By Ben Swan

The New Mexican

Forget enchantment. New Mexico is the Land of Extremes. There’s either too much water or too little. Too much sun or not enough warmth. Those with too much and those with too little. When it comes to animals, people love them almost obsessively, or they’re so indifferent, it amounts to neglect. Those contrasts became clear as I visited shelters in Española, Santa Fe and Las Vegas, N.M.

At the Española Humane Society, I found a friendly staff and a… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on June 15, 2008 at 9:30am — 5 Comments


May I respectfully remind and suggest if a cat’s life is so fun and exciting inside they will hopefully live for many years inside safe and sound. It is rare they can survive outside. For those that believe they are recyclable, in my personal opinion that is not fair. We are their only intelligent advocates, their guardians. Indoor cat climbing trees, toys, scratching posts, videos of birds and fish; all are readily available and kits and patterns… Continue

Added by Sloan Cunningham on June 12, 2008 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Looking for Little Girl: Three weeks and more than $1,300 later, owner of missing cat holds on to hope

Elena Misumi knew it was a long shot when she agreed to pay a Phoenix pet detective $1,330 to track down her missing cat.

The Santa Fe bookkeeper had already spent a lot of time and money to find Little Girl, a 1-year-old brown tabby last seen May 17 at Misumi's north-side apartment.

"I've gone to animal psychics and communicators and put up posters and played with this idea that they could lead me to her, and then I couldn't stop," Misumi said as she broke into tears… Continue

Added by Henry M. Lopez on June 11, 2008 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

Story: Clinic aims to help rider pack properly

Packing supplies on a horse and riding into the wilderness is a mighty lovely adventure.

But the right horse, the right pack, the right knots and good packing skills make all the difference in whether the adventure becomes a nightmare.

The Feed Bin, 1202 W. Alameda St., is offering a free one-day workshop this weekend with three experienced horse packers to help people learn the art of horse packing.

Martin Abeyta, Tap Tapley and Clifford Gibbard will provide… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 10, 2008 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Canine party favors often full of tricks

When my beloved black Labrador, Krista, turned 2, I knew it was time to celebrate. Puppyhood — along with gnawed-up running shoes, unraveled sweaters and an occasional dark stain on the carpet — was well behind us. I was looking forward to longer runs on the beach, camping trips and perfecting her Frisbee catch. That was her passion, and I thought she could be a champion.

My housemate at the time embraced the idea of a canine birthday celebration — anything for a party — and we came up… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 7, 2008 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment

A shelter's transformation

Volunteers at Española Valley Humane Society pitch in to make a difference

It wasn’t a pretty sight. Dog runs overgrown with weeds, abandoned chain-link fencing, junk and even a discarded motorcycle greeted visitors at the Española Valley Humane Society.

Until the May 31 spring cleanup.

That’s when 37 volunteers showed up to transform the shelter into a welcoming facility, with a new picnic area, trim and clean dog runs and… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 7, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments


-----Like yesterday and I hope, tomorrow, at precisely 5:30 a.m., a gentle paw rested on my shoulder, a friend reaching out for contact. I no longer needed to check the clock. It would read 5:30. Not 5:31 or 5:29. I rolled and roughed up the Little Bear, to his delight. I was rewarded by a quick round of catch my tail. Another amazing september morning was unfolding like a peacock's tail. There are no decisions required in my household in the morning. Dog and human alike have ritualized the… Continue

Added by lynden bear on June 3, 2008 at 1:42pm — 12 Comments

Morgan's blog: Party time

Greetings, all you two-legged and four-legged critters! Happy hot weather, uh, NOT! Try wearing a fur coat in 90 degree weather.

Do you guys have suggestions for ways to cool down?

I used to live three blocks from the beach. Alice or Wayne would take me swimming every day with my good buddy (uhm, best girlfriend, Abbey, a yellow lab). I really like to visit Abbey. She is getting a little old and cranky (bad hips), but the humans of… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 2, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Sky wins Ribbons!

well we went to the Champaign Classic horse show and Sky got a 3rd in equitation and a 3rd in her pleasure class! YAY! and gee, she also got a payout in the pleasure classs! A whole $9.00 but it made her feel good!

Added by JB on June 2, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Off-leash blog: Snatching dogs from death row

Alix Novack is a woman who doesn’t give up.

The Santa Fe beauty adviser thought she was simply rescuing animals in need this spring — something that’s second nature for her. But when she met the two border collies — emaciated, flea bitten and covered with feces — she knew it couldn’t stop there.

Now her work and steady pressure promises to change how some shelters do business in the state.

“If you had seen those dogs, you would have wept,” Novack says. “You would have gotten on… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 1, 2008 at 12:13am — No Comments

Friends in need

Feline & Friends foster parents have fun while filling a vital role

Nancy Palmer loves kittens.

The Eldorado resident gets her kitten fix in an upstairs room of her house where, nestled among toys and exercise equipment, two large playpens temporarily house any number of kittens.

“I call this our kitten room,” Palmer says, gently coaxing six kittens out of their cages for fun and socialization. “These are my babies right… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on June 1, 2008 at 12:11am — No Comments

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