Roadkill deserves little bit of dignity

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You couldn’t miss the dead dog by the curb on County Road K last Saturday. I eased over to the side of the road and got out. The canine’s fur was blowing in the breeze. The coloring looked like some kind of mixed-breed mutt, then I saw its face: Someone […]

Jan. 23 Sarah

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Name: Sarah About: Sarah is a rescue cat we got in California. She weighs 6 lbs and she is 6 years old. She is the talkative cat in our house, she always has an opinion about everything. She will walk beside me and give me her opinion of the moment. Her favorite place to sleep […]

Sundance Ranch raising adoption fees

Due to rising costs in food and veterinary care for the animals at the Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary. We have been forced to increase our adoption fees. The new fees which began on January 1st of this year are $40.00 for cats one-year and older and $50 for kittens less than one-year of age. The […]

Pet of the day: Cody

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Name: Cody About: When I first moved to Clovis a year ago I rescued Cody from being run over by a truck. He weighed 6 oz. at that time. I bottled fed him until he weighed 2 lbs. Now he weighs 9 lbs. and is the essence of the curious cat getting into everything possible. […]

Pet of the day: Bella

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Name: Bella About: Bella was adopted from my friend Carole (God rest her soul) when she was a kitten back in 2005. Bella is a domestic black short hair with a sometimes bad attitude. She’s about 12 1/2 to 13 pounds. People ask me what I feed her — I tell them what ever she […]

Babycakes

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Name: Babycakes About: She is an 8 year old calico cat. She has tiny legs and a teeny tiny tail. She likes to sleep in my hair and is mean most of the time. She once ate a piece of macaroni, it was cool, I never saw a cat eat a noodle before. Owner: Cheyanne […]

Honor important to maintain

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, I […]

Checking out potential mates is long process

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist While Santa is always merry and bright and would make a good mate since he has 11 months off to do things like fix the sink, he’s also married. Not to fret. As the end of the year offers time to reflect on relationships that didn’t work, it also offers time […]

Cat damages police cruiser, flees scene

CNJ Staff A cat used up one of its nine lives and caused damage to city property following a run-in with a police cruiser last week, according to Clovis police. Lt. Patrick Whitney said around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday officer Rafael Aguilar was in pursuit of a vehicle when his police car struck a cat. In […]

Finicky artists

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Charlie, who is partially blind, was the featured artist at Saturday’s first Sundance Ranch cat art auction. His painting titled “Friends” sold for $180. CNJ staff photos: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The artist rejects his canvas, slinking into a corner, his right paw covered in neon orange paint. Charlie, whose black-and-white […]

Big cats steal show

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Natasha jumps between platforms over handler Robert Mullen of Amazing Rainforest Experience on Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Natasha is the oldest of three tigers that perform in the show. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her 350-pound frame pounces from perch to perch with ease. As she settles, […]

Raising rabbits is no cat and dog story

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist We added some rabbits to the family after Easter. “I’m not eating any rabbit I’ve raised,” I told The Lady of the House. “These won’t be eating rabbits,” she said. “These are composting rabbits. Feed and vegetables go in one end and garden compost comes out the other.” When I […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

Barbecue recipe part of Taiban resident’s fame

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian One of the most famous characters at Taiban was “Mac” McMillan. “His real name was Chester C. McMillan, and he had a bar there, a kind of family-like place where his family and neighbors would gather, dance, have a few drinks, play pool and eat Sally’s pimento cheese sandwiches,” said […]

1/13 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift key, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. it s weird friday amos strange things have been happening to me today boss it s like some black cat has been […]

10/23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police went to the intersection of Sunland and Sandia drives in response to a call stating that a vehicle collided with a child on a bike. The report said the driver told police he was going 15 […]

There’ll be hail to pay

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer H aving your garden thrashed by a summer storm is not a pleasant thing. It actually hurts to awake and find a group of ripped roots, a fleet of mashed beets, and torn rows of corn. Nor is it like suffering the death of a cat, the loss of […]

Many great truths people should know

By Bob Huber It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human psyche before […]

Pet sterical

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks should meet Gregory Popovich and the dogs and cats that have become performers in his unique show. Named the top family attraction in Las Vegas, Nev., Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theatre has been featured on “The Late Show with David […]

view from under the pew: belling the cat

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. belling the cat marcellus the mangy ungodly cat has been running amuck here boss terrorizing little mice hamsters […]