I have to humbly admit that Claudia's post has me blogging here. It is never ever easy to let our cherished furkids go before what we feel is their "time". We know when we accept them to share our lives with us, that they are really only with us a short time, and yet they leave an indelible mark on our lives and hearts. And while we all do our best in caring for them, loving them, sharing our souls and lives with them, the hardest part is also the most compassionate part… Continue
Added by Lisa on April 22, 2009 at 8:48pm —
I hate to see all the bottled water exposed to the sun - likely resulting in all kinds of petro-chemicals floating in our canine companions organisms! I propose we collect a few bucks from each and build a wooden enclosure, a box that could serve as a seat as well with a frame above that could hold an enclosed bulletin board, big and solid enough to not simply get hauled away.
This idea has been around for a while and in my opinion is way overdue. Unless we can get someone to fix the… Continue
Added by om on April 22, 2009 at 1:33pm —
A snapshot taken yesterday morning, 4.21.09 with my camera aimed over the fence above my head.
Down the block there is a remnant of an agricultural life style, a bit of land on a major downtown intersection that holds some geese, a German Shepard dog and this Ram or Sheep. This place has been there for more then the 20 years I live in this… Continue
Added by om on April 22, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Like any family man, Cory Snyder was preoccupied that day with kids, pets and errands.
But when the off-duty Albuquerque police officer spotted what he thought was a coyote on N.M. 14, it was obvious to him that whatever was left on his list would have to wait.
Snyder wasn't the only driver March 17 who stopped to help the clearly distressed animal. Another driver pulled over south of Madrid around milepost 23 to take a look at the critter.
What they saw still… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on April 19, 2009 at 12:00am —
Saturday turned out to be the dreaded day for us.
We made the decision to let our little Lucy Girl go in peace, before she suffered too much.
We chose to let her go at home, in her room. We had found a wonderful and compassionate vet, Dr. Mary Anne Schadler, who came to our house Saturday morning. My husband Stephen and I spent a peaceful last hour with Lucy. Dr. Schadler took great care to give Lucy a final exam and then supported us in our decision to let her go. It was… Continue
Added by Claudia Inoue on April 18, 2009 at 8:00pm —
We now have a Santa Fe Dog Park Group on facebook and flickr and a blog with google, hooray!
Created for all of you that use and enjoy the dog park (Ortiz Park) for ease of communication, community building and networking. Please check out the sites and make it your own and tell… Continue
Added by om on April 17, 2009 at 7:38pm —
Added by om on April 17, 2009 at 7:35pm —
I found Max two days after Chrismas, dumped in a ditch, in the middle of nowhere. I had gone to feed the horses and took a short cut down the back roads out side of town to avoid trafic. It was cold and windy, as I passed something along side the road, I happened to look in my rear view mirror I could tell it was a small puppy in the ditch, so I stopped and went back to get him. Poor little thing was cold and scared. When I picked him up he just clung around my neck. He was dirty and had… Continue
Added by Rebecca Fourcher on April 17, 2009 at 12:44am —
What a wonderful idea! I received an email today from a good friend about simply picking and voting for your favorite shelter organization to perhaps win $100k for the organization. And with a partnership to Petfinders to another click and help link. I figured I would post it here in hopes we can help our local organizations! :)
The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge - together with Petfinder
The Animal Rescue Site is awarding $100,000 in grants to eligible… Continue
Added by Lisa on April 15, 2009 at 9:55am —
After posting an extensive blog which nobody saw, I'd like to move this (so far one-sided) conversation to the main page. Currently in the dog training world, there are two schools of thought: those that use dominance theory techniques and those that use positive reinforcement. It's possible
that the best case scenario lies somewhere in between, but I strongly believe that some of the techniques used in the dominance based theory are not only emotionally harmful to our dogs but also… Continue
Added by CindyR on April 14, 2009 at 9:16am —
When cancer grew too much for my beloved black Labrador, Krista, I did what I had to do. We spent some time at her favorite places that morning and sat for a while near a riverbank where she once loved to chase Frisbee.
At the veterinarian’s office, Krista’s last moments were spent in my lap, as the intravenous drugs did their quiet work and she quickly passed from this realm to the next. It was difficult and heart-wrenching and I felt as if I all the joy in my life vanished at that… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on April 11, 2009 at 11:36pm —
This is Willa, one of our favorite dog park friends, a Labradoodle whose 1 year anniversary it is today. She is staying with us for the holiday weekend and being the live wire we know her to be, I wanted to take her out a few days early so she has been spending extended time with us since Wednesday. Willa reminds me so of my Isabella-girl with her high… Continue
Added by om on April 11, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I had the great pleasure today to watch Ben dance with Zach. It was a blast. Unfortunately, the batteries were low in my camera, the pictures came out awful, but I am posting some fabulous little video clips as well. If they do NOT show up here on SCOOP, then there is CENSORSHIP going on..... :)
Ben, you're the BEST! Zach is a sweetheart!…
Added by Claudia Inoue on April 11, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Please call if you've seen our cat!!! She is completely white, has blue eyes, her front paws are declawed, and she is wearing a pink leopard collar that has a bow. She is an indoor cat and was given to me as a birthday present a few years ago. She is 3 years old. She must've gotten out when a door was open. We haven't seen her since yesterday, (Thursday, 4/9/09) afternoon/4PM - when the winds were picking up. Her name is 'Sweetie,' and she is a scaredy cat, so if you happen to find her, she… Continue
Added by Savannah Welch on April 10, 2009 at 8:16pm —
I own Lucky Dawg Daycare on Calle la Resolana and was sitting at my desk this morning, when I looked up and saw Milo, a beagle mix from the shelter, standing at my front door trying to get in. I didn't have Milo on the schedule for today, but no problem, he's always welcome. I was a little upset because he was without a leash. One of my main rules is that all dogs coming to LDDC must be on a leash (for obvious reasons). We are located right off… Continue
Added by Kathy Jackson on April 9, 2009 at 6:20pm —
Yes that's right! Local dog appears on "The Dog Whisperer." Caesar Milan used my border collie Merlin as an example of a perfect dog to help socialize a neurotic wiener dog. We filmed it in a store on Venice Beach in California. It should air in May or June of 2009. I secretly shot a few minutes of the filming with my flip camera. Check it out at: www.youtube.com/woofwooffilms
Added by Nick on April 9, 2009 at 9:53am —
Ok so I know I shouldn't write about this girl and her babes without pics but I'm hoping you guys will follow Beatrice's progress. Little Miss B is a sheltie mix with six little puplets. When she came to the shelter she was completely shut down. Not ever mean just completely freaked out. Her babies were about two weeks old; just little lumps with their eyes just starting to open. She would let us approach her but did not want to be touched. We decided a little foster care might help. Well, the… Continue
Added by mary on April 7, 2009 at 10:33pm —
Gov. Bill Richardson signs the bill banning the use of gas chambers for euthanizing animals.
When Yvette Dobbie learned shelters in New Mexico were killing unwanted dogs and cats in gas chambers, she felt compelled to act.
Most shelters in the state use lethal injection to euthanize pets, considered more humane than carbon monoxide poisoning, but four communities tenaciously held onto the tradition. She argued her case in Clovis, one… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on April 7, 2009 at 12:00am —
The sugar substitute Xylitol—commonly found in sugar-free gum, but also in candy, baked goods, chewable vitamins, throat lozenges and toothpaste—is an innocuous food additive that can actually threaten your dog’s life.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a dog that has ingested Xylitol can suffer an immediate insulin release that leads to hypoglycemia, or dangerously low blood sugar. This can be followed by ataxia (loss of muscle coordination), collapse and… Continue
Added by Judy Prisoc on April 6, 2009 at 5:36pm —
On impulse I stopped by the Animal Shelter, armed with treats for the canine and human beings, having read it was puppy adoption weekend. 34 puppies were adopted Saturday I was told and more today, hooray! I am so grateful for our shelter, the nice clean, safe, light and bright space, that offers a cubicle for each pup with bed, blanket, toys and treats and several outings a day from so many volunteers. I am especially grateful for having gotten my Isabella-girl from this shelter, and I could… Continue
Added by om on April 5, 2009 at 5:28pm —