From the moment I selected Krista, my black Labrador retriever, sight-unseen from a kennel in Sarah Palin’s neck of the woods of Southcentral Alaska, I knew my life would change for the better. But like her arrival to that village above the Arctic Circle in which I was living at the time, it was a bumpy ride.
Somehow, the 8-week-old purebred missed the connecting flight in Anchorage and the black bundle of joy didn’t make it to Kotzebue until the next day. I was upset, but the… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on February 1, 2009 at 12:07am —
Added by Sloan Cunningham on January 26, 2009 at 10:47pm —
Our Santa Fe Border Collie Club
is online and we're looking for new members.
Added by Arielle on January 28, 2009 at 11:30am —
I would like to "put it out there" that the rescue organizations in the Northern NM area are getting SLAMMED! Variety of reasons why - for sure - but what "we" need right now are more foster homes for dogs (and cats). If you are already a foster for rescue, maybe you would consider being part of a resource list? If you have thought about fostering, let’s see how we can help make that happen! If you could assist with computer/phone/people/dog time, let me know and I can… Continue
Added by Donna on January 29, 2009 at 11:38am —
Zach isn’t one to mince words. He’ll tell me if I’ve waited too long for a walk or have forgotten his lunch with either a gentle whine or a startling bark.
So when he started moping about the house the other day, I seriously worried about his emotional health. He’d hang his head off the side of the bed, looking forlorn while I tried to get his attention with a squeak toy or a worn sock.
It didn’t take long to realize Zach’s… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on January 25, 2009 at 12:25am —
You can’t cuddle with them or listen to them purr, but PETA hopes rebranding fish as “sea kittens” will get people to think twice before ordering them up as fillets.
That’s right, sea kittens. Have a good laugh.
First there were Sea Monkeys — a trademark brand name for shrimp brine that magically turns to life once you follow the proper instructions, something I apparently never did as a kid because all I got was cloudy water — and, of course, Chicken of the Sea — a way of… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on January 18, 2009 at 12:30am —
Over the weekend, while walking my dogs in the off-leash dog park, I watched a man flying his kite. It was one of those kinds of kites that flap and make a whirring sound. A large German Shepard (mix?) became "spooked" and started to aggressively bark and charge in the direction of the kite. I immediately called Susan, being my POC for dog-park stuff, and she suggested I call the non-emergency number at the police station. I did, and explained my concern that this was setting up a situation… Continue
Added by Donna on January 12, 2009 at 11:18am —
I’ve never been one to worry too much about what people say about me — behind my back or to my face. I’ll consider it, but I try not to take it too personally.
But woe to those who criticize my dogs. Sure, I’ll accept some things, but it’s hard for me to resist a comeback. Recently, for example, Bear came a bit too close to someone’s dog at the dog park — she was on a lead, mind you — and the dog’s owner almost stabbed her with a ski pole as Bear started to appear… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on January 11, 2009 at 12:14am —
Good Sunday morning, animal lovers!
Along with my soul-sister Claudia I feel the need to re-post an older blog. She and I are completely reading off the same sheet of music when it comes to bringing more animals into this over-crowded world.
When you see photos of gorgeous, healthy, fluffy puppies, it pulls at your heartstrings, doesn't it? Therein lies the problem. I absolutely acknowledge that many puppies come into this world through good intentions, but I am also ADAMANT in… Continue
Added by CindyR on January 4, 2009 at 10:18am —
Superstitions have always been a subtle secret of mine. Like I do with most of my personality quirks, I blame my family.
Grandma Swan, a deeply religious woman, believed strongly that you could determine the year’s weather by recording the 12 days after Christmas: Each day’s rain, snow or dry spell represented the coming month’s meteorological forecast.
And then there was that whole Bible thing.
As I grew older and traveled more extensively, I kept adding, not… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on January 3, 2009 at 11:57pm —
1. Just one litter and we’ll have Fluffy spayed.
Studies show that nearly the entire pet overpopulation stems from the "Just one litter" mentality
2. My dog doesn’t run loose, so he/she doesn’t need to be fixed.
Murphy’s law says otherwise
3. We always find a home for the kittens
And that means that an equal number of kittens with be euthanized at your local pound.
4. I want my children to witness the miracle of… Continue
Added by Claudia Inoue on January 2, 2009 at 7:36pm —
Greetings all! My Ma doesn’t like the snow and ice very much, but wow, I love it! I snuffle in it and frolic whenever I can. Sometimes I just lie in it. More snow, more snow~ !
We had a quiet Christmas. My human sister Annie was unable to fly out of Portland, so I won’t be seeing her for a while. My mom was so sad.
But hey, we didn’t have to spend the holidays in an airport with lots of unhappy travelers. And we had power and light and… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on January 1, 2009 at 1:51pm —
May this be the year that each of us works harder towards a safer, more humane, and more respectful earth for all companion animals and their wild born kin. May each cat, dog, goat, horse, bird and bunny find it's very own human to love and be cherished by. What a world this would be!
Peace in the New Year, for all critters.
Added by CindyR on January 1, 2009 at 9:03am —
We don’t need Charles Dickens to know these are the worst of times. Layoffs, buyouts, financial meltdowns and endless wars — our collective karma has come back to bite us in a big way.
So when the snow started falling last week and I woke up to see not a few inches on the driveway but at least 8, I have to admit I saw no magic in a white Christmas. As the dogs and I began our morning walk, breaking through virgin snow, all I could think of… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on December 27, 2008 at 11:58pm —
Dusty Loves taking the sun....Cheers.Joe
Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on December 27, 2008 at 4:54pm —
TO ALL OUR GREAT ANIMAL LOVERS HERE
Merry Christmas to you, your families and your great pets.
Cheers.....Joe & Dusty
Added by Joseph Frank Baraba on December 25, 2008 at 7:47am —
While I was rushing Zach to one of his many social functions recently, a woman pulled up in her car as I was getting ready to leave mine. She watched as I fussed with Zach’s leash, calming him down while at the same time reassuring Bear we wouldn’t be long.
The woman wondered why that black-and-white dog wasn’t accompanying us inside, and I simply said she wasn’t ready for a party.
“She’s foster dog,” I told her. “She’s come a… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on December 20, 2008 at 11:59pm —
I’m the first to admit that I’m somewhat naive and gullible.
During my sojourn in Arctic Alaska, I didn’t realize until the snow had melted that some of my shortcuts crossed rivers and part of the ocean. Or that sometimes people -- including elders -- drink Listerine to get an alcoholic rush.
When I got my black Labrador Krista, we explored that northern landscape with a vengeance. Krista the puppy discovered the joys of dead fish and odd critters, and I discovered the saving grace of… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on March 29, 2008 at 11:46pm —
Animal advocates gather to celebrate the recovery of a remarkable dog and those who helped make it happen
They came to honor a dog that’s experienced the worst and best of his community.
And in so doing, they were honored.
“I see a lot of animal faces in human form,” Jane Davis, director of HOPE-HOWSE, a group that works with inmates, told a crowded room of animal advocates on Wednesday’s Brave Gus Day at Heart of Lotus… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on March 29, 2008 at 11:44pm —
Tellington TTouch helps heal, correct behavioral issues
It’s the touch that some say has changed the nature of human-animal relationships.
The simple circular motions known as the Tellington TTouch appears to work miracles in behavioral issues in animals from snakes to Shih Tzus and has created an international movement.
And it’s all based on developing trust.
Animal expert Linda Tellington-Jones, who will lead a demonstration of the technique April 12 in Santa Fe,… Continue
Added by Ben Swan on March 29, 2008 at 11:45pm —