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July 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Morgan's blog: The zen of being a dog

Well, it’s happening: I am going into retirement. Alice and Wayne leave me at home more and more. Sometimes it’s not so bad; sometimes they forget to put the cat food up before they walk out the door, so I give myself a little snack.

I just like it better when we are all at home together. I feel more secure when my pack is here. Then I can relax.

Sometimes the cats bug me when the people leave. You know that saying, “When the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 29, 2008 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

TTouch Heart Hug

HI Ben and Zack, Thanks for the super report on my TTouch Training. i loved the weekend and the feedback i have been getting. Miranda brought her hearing assistant dog, Rumi, to the horse training i taught the following week. He has stopped pulling on the leash the minute she outs the Balance Leash Plus on him and although he had never been around a horse before he quickly adapted to accompanying her when she was leading through "The Playground for Higher Learning exercise for horses.

by… Continue

Added by Linda Tellington-Jones on July 27, 2008 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Off-leash blog: Struggle to save animals overwhelms pet advocate

On Thursday, Alix Novack and her husband collected more than three dozen puppies from Artesia, Carlsbad and Clovis. Then the two drove them to safety at Puppy Lifeline in Brighton, Colo., a no-kill rescue group for young dogs.

“They were all so cute,” Novack says. “It was hard to part with them.”

Just another in a long series of dog-rescue trips for Novack, the Santa Fe beauty adviser who, when confronted with the reality of neglected, unwanted dogs at the Clovis Animal… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 27, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Sky Wins 1st Place!

Sky and her pony MWF Princess won a big pleasure class on Saturday! I was so freakin happy I did not know whether to laugh or cry. She also got a 5th in an equitation class, another big class. Princess is about as bratty a pony as there is: she is awful to groom awful to braid, hates to be tied hates to get saddled hates to be worked hates to wait, but when the In-Gate opens she is all bizness. She loves the show ring and is so awesomely good in there that I forgive her all her bad behavior!

Added by JB on July 21, 2008 at 11:49am — 5 Comments

A palace fit for felines

Curious cats stay out of trouble at Jan and Jack Kerr’s Santa Fe house.

That’s because their five indoor felines find plenty to keep them busy in the Kerr’s self-styled cat palace — a sturdy 8-by-12-foot screened cattery that includes stairs, ramps, tunnels, an elm tree and even a cat-friendly garden.

The cats have free rein of the house but can easily slip outside through a cat door into a screened-in patio and up a ladder… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 19, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Morgan's blog: Life as a dog

Greetings, all you critters out there! I like this cooler weather we are having. Wayne and I walked to the arroyo after a big thunderstorm. We saw the water come rushing down the hill. It was cool!

Then they were going to leave me behind all day Saturday, but instead I got to stay with my Grandma Lois and her two mutts, Paco and Carlos. They’re not really mutts, but they are little runarounds: fox… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 19, 2008 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Off-leash blog: Healing animals one touch at a time

It begins with a heart hug.

That’s what animal expert Linda Tellington-Jones calls it when you place your hands upon your chest — your heart chakra — and press gently. It’s a way of calming yourself, reducing stress and opening yourself up to a sense of awareness.

“I’m telling you this because I believe it’s a gift for you,” she told a group of about 20 during the opening of last weekend’s two-day workshop. “And not just because it’s relaxing for you and your dog. It’s a… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 19, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Off-leash blog: The subtle ways a town turns against dogs

The signs are everywhere: No dogs allowed.

No one knows for sure when once dog-friendly Santa Fe turned decidedly dog-unfriendly. It’s happened gradually, dog owners say, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Beloved pet places suddenly sprouted dogs-not-allowed signs; outdoor events slowly became closed to canine revelers and restaurants with patios turned firmly anti-dog.

Longtime Santa Fe resident Catherine Coll remembers a time when her dogs were welcome everywhere, when… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 16, 2008 at 6:37pm — 3 Comments

I Am Your Dog

I am Your Dog

Author Unknown

I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy… Continue

Added by CindyR on July 16, 2008 at 3:56pm — No Comments


Hi Annie,We haven’t yet located Pup, but we’re still in active search mode. My brother, Bill, was told about a pack of dogs that runs along a stream in Cerrillos that includes both wild and house dogs. Bill is going to Cerrillos tomorrow to try to locate the area we’re they might travel.

I was wondering if you had heard of this group of dogs and had any information on there general whereabouts?

Thanks so much for lending your support and the resource of your… Continue

Added by annie whitney on July 15, 2008 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Bear Country

Sometimes when it is really quiet in the middle of the night a distant dog barking can keep me awake. Sometimes I get p'ed-off at my neighbors for allowing their dogs to run loose all night, barking and keeping me awake. Sunday night was the second night in a row that between two and three o'clock in the morning I laid there cursing the inconsiderate dog owner neighbor.

As I lay there in bed my two standard poodles ran downstairs and… Continue

Added by Cove on July 9, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

We cheated the grim reaper.....

4th of July day started out like every other day, get up coffee, horses, turn outs, work a few, lunch, chill for the afternoon cuz it was getting hot... At 6:52 PM the horse trainer calls and says, Hey it looks like Willie may be colicing, we are calling the Vet. My sister and I say: we are on the way over. We got there at 7:10PM: the Vet looks at us and says: I am VERY concerned: I do not think he will make it with out surgery...She was talking about our 1/4 horse stallion Willa's Bright Page,… Continue

Added by JB on July 7, 2008 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Morning on the Court.

I live in Park Plaza - just off Rodeo Road and Camino Carlos Rey. We have wonderful walking paths to walk with or withour dogs. A number of residents do walk their dogs and I used to before I became a REAL "Antique".

But this morning I woke up early and felt up to taking Penny/Baby for a much needed stroll. We ended up at one of the two Park Plazas tennis courts that has became our "Dog Park". High chain link fence and lots of old tennis balls and water available, it may not provide lots… Continue

Added by Geri Aron on July 6, 2008 at 7:31pm — 3 Comments

Off-leash blog: The zen of going to the dogs

It’s taken years, but I’ve finally been able to accept some things that can’t be changed — like crying babies and ill-mannered animals.

There are plenty of those wherever I go, but now instead of cringing, I shake it off. I sometimes even smile.

In Alaska, where I spent two weeks catching up with relatives and watching out for bears, I met a host of difficult dogs, curious cats and indifferent wildlife. Those encounters helped me… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 5, 2008 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Morgan's blog: Wild weekend puts me in doghouse

Greetings and salutations! I am in the doghouse. I am depressed. Alice is mad at me.

People can be so blockheaded. They just don’t always speak or understand us.

Here’s a rundown of the highs and low points of my weekend with Alice and Wayne.


Swimming in a big lake; I am a water dog; I love lakes and rivers and the ocean!

Rough housing with a neighbor (yellow lab) named Zeke. Although… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on July 2, 2008 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments


So I'm working outside and hear a car pull up. I live on a dead end road, which is relatively rural and close to the wilderness. Out of the corner of my eye I see someone get out of the car as my dogs start to bark. Coming around the corner investigating I see a dog being left in my driveway and a grey car pealing away up the dirt road.

The dog tried to chase after the car that seems to speed away. I tried to get the license plate number but damn ... it was gone. My first thoughts… Continue

Added by Cove on July 1, 2008 at 10:10am — 4 Comments

Going to the Arabian Nationals!

Well we did it! We got our top 5 in am.owner western pleasure at the region XIII show in Indianapolis which means we qualified for the Nationals!

Added by JB on July 1, 2008 at 8:07am — 7 Comments

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