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November 2008 Blog Posts (16)

Off-leash blog: The 'hole' truth about the holidays

A few days ago, a pair of woolen stockings mysteriously appeared on my closet floor. I kicked them to the side and vowed to seriously work on organizing my clothes.

A day or so passed, and I finally put them on a closet shelf after considering their quality: a shoddy knitting job, I thought, and too thick for any shoes. Time for the dustbin.

As the weather turned freezing and I slowly succumbed to the cold virus that is wiping everyone out, I remembered those socks again.… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 30, 2008 at 12:14am — 6 Comments

Off-leash blog: Busting the myths of bully breeds

Think pit bulls are bad news? Try bathtubs.

More Americans die from injuries in or around bathtubs than from attacks caused by any breed of dog, says Anna Soeiro. Banning pit bulls or other so-called bully breeds would be just as ridiculous as banning bathtubs.

But that’s what many communities want to do. And that bothers Soeiro, whose pit-bull mix, Rueben, has been a part of her family for nine years.

“When I had my child six years ago, people asked, ‘What are… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 23, 2008 at 12:40am — 5 Comments

A small gripe

Just about everytime I think that there is even a small breakthrough in animal diabetic care, I end up discovering it is from the owners determination to care for their animal and not from the Veterinarian.

My usual lament is why oh why are they almost 10 yrs behind how humans approach and care for themselves with diabetes and their doctors. I get it that not many people really have or want to take the time to care for a diabetic animal, but if they truly cared for their companion… Continue

Added by Lisa on November 21, 2008 at 4:11pm — 3 Comments

Off-leash blog: Finding out what it takes to be good

It was probably the high-pitched wail that concerned me the most. Secluded in a back room during “supervised separation” — one of 10 tests dogs must pass to earn a Canine Good Citizenship certificate — I distinctly heard Zach’s nervous whine, something I call singing but really sounds more like a distressed whale.

The last time I heard him cry that much was right before I left him at the kennel to get neutered. Oh boy, I thought, when will the knock on the door come that means my dog… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 16, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Morgan's blog: Obama puppy mania

And the real question you’ve been asking yourself is: Who will be the first puppy?

Rescue or shelter dog? Purebred or mutt?

I vote for a goldendoodle or a standard poodle and don’t give it a funny haircut but just let it grow wild. Yeah!

Will there be political implications over what kind of dog the first family chooses? Hey listen, any dog would be happy to have a family, especially all those shelter guys like me: a shelter dog. That’s right, I admit to it. I… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 15, 2008 at 11:57pm — 1 Comment

Please help find a home for BERNIE (female), a recovering Burned Dog


I am passing along the following message from ABQ Vet Brook Rosen.

Can Santa Feans find the right home for this miracle dog?



Alot of you probably know me by now, as I have been trying to find a

home for this dog for several months, and I thought maybe if I

continue to post that maybe we could give this pooch a second chance.

She is a healthy, happy dog, and doesn't need anymore veterinary care

at this time.… Continue

Added by Mary Shepherd on November 15, 2008 at 9:01am — No Comments

Compassion brought round again

Once again, I was reminded early this week about compassion from my eldest cat Mushy. And how unconditionally our animals love us back.

A bit of history.... Mushy was an orphan 16+ yrs ago, he was about 4 weeks old when I found him, flea bitten and crying in a parking lot where someone had dumped him. He always has shown that he knows love and thanks from the beginning because when I picked him up, he crawled up onto my shoulder, began purring and fell asleep. It was the start of a… Continue

Added by Lisa on November 11, 2008 at 7:05pm — 4 Comments

Off-leash blog: Winning the votes and hearts of America

Sure, Barack Obama made history Tuesday, becoming the first African American to win the presidency. That racial barrier is behind us, finally, and the next one to go will surely be the glass ceiling for women.

But tucked in Obama’s eloquent victory speech in Chicago was a special treat for his daughters: “I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House,” Obama told Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.

Although he… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 8, 2008 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

Surrogate mothers come in many species!

Hey all, someone sent me this and I thought it was pretty cool, so I thought I'd make it my first post. I'm Andy from Felines & Friends by the way, we're a rescue group specializing in cats.

I've heard of dogs becoming surrogate mothers for other species, but this is the first chimpanzee I've heard of to do it. Animals are way more complex than we sometimes think...I've heard of a bear adopting a cat, and an elderly female cheetah "adopting" several young gazelles (ie caring…

Added by Andy on November 8, 2008 at 5:16pm — 4 Comments

Obama Nation

Hey Little Bear,
I voted for Obama too. OBAMA NATION xo Bambino

Added by antonio on November 5, 2008 at 7:22pm — No Comments

1, 2 or 3 Parakeets available to new good home!

Yin lonely after the death of her buddy and not consoled with her new activity center

Yin's new mate. They have happily reproduced at least 13 babies over the last 13 months.

He is so handsome and such a good dad and provider, still feeding the baby now.

Yin (or is it the pure white baby?) peeking out from inside the log and their… Continue

Added by om on November 2, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Off-leash blog: Bringing the fight for animals back home

Anna Soeiro understands the plight of animals in our community, and she's worried. But she's not without hope.

And after attending a conference last weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, she returned to Santa Fe enthusiastic — ready to spread the word on how we can lower euthanasia rates in our community, among other things.

More than 600 people attended the three-day conference, called No More Homeless Pets, listening to and meeting with… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 1, 2008 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Back to normalcy?

Well all is right in our household again. The dogs are happy daddy's home, and so is Yummy. Now they are back to business as usual.

Last night was Halloween, we usually don't participate in the trick or treater handouts. For one, Poppy gets way too upset and thinks she needs to scare everyone away and I would be afraid she'd bite someone. Secondly it's become such a racket, and we get way too many people, (mostly teens and some little kids) over here in our neighborhood from outside our… Continue

Added by Lisa on November 1, 2008 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Thanks Ben...

I'm glad to to hear that the police look out for our pets. Yes, we do need to use common sense. My dogs have traveled tens of thousands of miles across the country with me in all seasons, but it sometimes hasn't been easy to make sure they weren't in harm's way. I've eaten many a meal at Sonic because I couldn't leave them in the Tahoe.... and I'm a vegetarian! Good to be on board. Leigh

Added by Leigh Seikel on November 1, 2008 at 7:17pm — 3 Comments

News story: The glitz and glitter of fundraisers

Living it up at the Barkin' Ball

Call it the bright spots in the midst of turbulent times. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society and the Española Valley Humane Society each held their major fundraisers last month — the Barkin’ Ball and Underground Adventures, a masquerade gala.

And while it’s too early to know if the fundraisers hit their respective financial goals, those who attended the events say everyone had fun, including the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on November 1, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments


I'm new here and have heard that I can't leave my dogs in my car when go into a store even for a few minutes in the winter. Is this true? Thanks, Leigh

Added by Leigh Seikel on November 1, 2008 at 12:26pm — 6 Comments

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