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Off-leash blog: A pack of our own choosing

I can’t think of a time when animals didn’t play an important role in my life. I’m not sure when they became significant for me; it seems that’s the way it’s always been. My grandmother loved to tell a story about when I disappeared one day while my siblings and I were at her house. No one could find me until they looked in the dog’s kennel, and there I was, cuddling with her dog.

I have no recollection of this event, although there used to be a photo of a child they say is me sticking his… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 23, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

Story: Ready to hop into your hearts

Rabbits can be great companions long after the holiday’s over

They’re playful, adorable and look just like stuffed animals. But owning a real rabbit means making a lifetime commitment to the pet, according to rescue groups and animal shelters.

“People need to be prepared to have them for about 10 years,” says Mark Young, adoption supervisor at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society. “I would say there’s a sense of independence to them — it’s not like having a… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 23, 2008 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Baking for the kids

In January, our dog Nita became ill with stomach problems. We finally narrowed the cause down to certain treats made in China. To make a long story short, I started baking my own dog biscuits. They are a HUGE hit with our dogs as well as everyone else's that I have given samples to. I am giving them away daily at work to our customers and have gotten rave reviews (We own Toy Auto Man on Airport Road) Here is the recipe....I find…


Added by Claudia Inoue on March 19, 2008 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Off-leash blog: Weighing in on the true value of pets

There’s no disputing the positive power of pets. Time and time again, research has shown pets reduce stress, provide comfort and give us a sense of security.

But what are pets, really? Creatures of convenience? Nonsentient beings that can be easily exchanged based on the latest trend? A fashion statement?

Cerrillos animal behaviorist Deborah Schildkraut once told me a story about her involvement with an animal-rescue group. A dog had been placed with a family for some time, but the… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 15, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Story: Soothing the (domesticated) beast

The lights are dimmed. The music is soft and undulating, seeping into the subconscious. The yogis take to their mats, quietly settling into position. Xena places one paw over the other, assuming the lotus position. A moment of silence ensues.

Wait a yogic minute. Paws?

That’s right — this yoga class has gone to the dogs.

Doga, a unique form of dog training inspired by classic yoga moves, is meant to deepen the bond between canine and… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 16, 2008 at 12:04am — 2 Comments


This is the true story of how Little Bear came to live with me. Both true stories.

In the mood for adventure, I had put up a tipi, in a seriously rural and relatively uninhabited part of New Mexico. It was a five star "gay" tipi, I told people, laughing at my own joke. I dug five feet down inside for warmth and head room and installed a radiant solar brick floor. (I am partial to the herringbone pattern). I pinned chicken wire to the earthen walls and cement plastered them. I ran water and… Continue

Added by lynden bear on March 4, 2008 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Om's Musings

As a very recent 'dog-custodian' I am really very glad to have a forum to discuss issues and concerns, trials and tribulations, victories and not the least cute and funny images that are the result of sharing our lives with our canine buddies.

Added by om on March 9, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Finding the way to say goodbye

Krista came to me in a rather dark period of my life. Luckless in love and pushing 30, I had to taken a newspaper job in an Inupiat village above the Arctic Circle. It was the perfect place to feel sorry for myself, I thought.

The 8-week-old black Labrador had no patience for my self-indulgence. Air cargo lost her for a couple of days, but she arrived in that desolate community healthy and yipping for freedom. From the moment I opened her travel cage, she was in command, demanding… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on February 29, 2008 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Walls of memories

All Creatures Memorials in Tesuque honors beloved pets

The death of Aspen, a beloved alley cat, left an ache in Tesuque resident Helen v. B. Larsen’s heart. Ten days later, her neighbor, Mary S. Van Ness, unexpectedly lost her beautiful black Labrador, Baci, to cancer.

The two women commiserated one night over dinner, struggling with the absence of animals who had been such an important part of their lives. “We both had our animals cremated, but still, it just didn’t seem… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 1, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Off-leash blog: Unleashing the secret life of toys

Zach loves his toys.

On a recent shopping binge, I couldn’t resist bringing home a box of stuffed animals for dogs: a skunk, a hedgehog and a duck.

In spite of the manufacturer’s promise that the animals look realistic, there’s no doubt these critters are stuffed. But hidden in wads of padding is a sound device that offers “real animal sounds.” The duck quacks, the hedgehog titters and the skunk makes an odd high-pitched tee-hee noise. I haven’t done the research, but I have to trust… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 8, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Story: A bond that transcends

Service dogs work hard to give disabled owners a sense of independence

Morgan looks like a typical golden retriever. Come to the door, and he’ll greet you with a toy or kitchen towel, wagging his tail. The dog is quick to sniff out amiable pups and human pals. But once he puts on his vest, he’s all business.

For the past six years, this service dog has been the constant companion of Alice Lee, picking up things she’s dropped,… Continue

Added by Ben Swan on March 8, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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