Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a […]

Change to city golf course exciting

I would like to thank the city of Clovis for the new plans for the Municipal Golf Course space. Keeping the par-3 course open will provide opportunities for youth programs, academic programs through Clovis Community College, and an alternative to the 18-hole course for golfers. I am especially, excited, however, about the majority of the […]

Park going to dogs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Golden retrievers Maya, left, and Rio wait for Wes Robertson of Clovis to throw them a tennis ball Friday afternoon at the city’s new dog park. Kevin Wilson The city of Clovis is holding a ribbon cutting 12:30 p.m. Monday at its new dog park at Hillcrest Park. The park […]

In search of ponies: Dogs divided on candidates

There’s unrest around my place. My girl can do it on her own and would rather take it upon herself to get what she needs than rely on the household. If she’s hungry, she’s one to sort it out it out herself rather than wait for the dish to be filled and she would rather […]

In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, […]

Remembering Sept. 11

What do you remember about the day our homeland was attacked: Sept. 11, 2001? I remember it was just another morning of walking my dogs then returning home to find reports on television of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Then as I watched a second plane hit. Then I knew these weren’t […]

Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Police blotter — July 17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 a.m. July 5 an officer responded to the 200 block of Axtell Street for a report of vicious dogs. A woman said she and her husband were attacked by two dogs while they were in their yard, but her husband […]

Even small transgressions start down path of sin

We have two dogs, a long-haired dachshund and a Scottie. Buster, our dachshund, is the timid, short, long one and Beau the Scottie is the stout, brave one. Both are considered members of our family, and Buffy dotes on them and cares for them. I read several years ago in a paper from a city […]

Dog movies tug at my heartstrings

I cry when dogs die in movies and I’m man enough to admit it. Take out a brigade of enemy soldiers or let the Calvary take out 500 Indians and my upper lip remains stiff. Give me a scene where Fido ends up taking a dirt nap and I turn to jelly. So Netflix has […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that have always […]

Education feature: Students study ecology of prairie dogs

Liliana Castillo Carrie Geisler’s sixth grade class at Parkview Elementary School focused on prairie dogs for their ecology section. More specifically, they set out with the intention of answering a question: Why is careful interaction among lifeforms important? The class began by reading about and studying the animals in class. They then took their research […]

In search of ponies: Dogs have habit of running away

Sharna Johnson Why do they do it? I mean, come on. We’re nice to them, we give them treats, food, a warm spot to sleep and affection. So what is it that compels a dog to charge out the door like the devil’s after him? I found myself pondering this on the heels of learning […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Ticket feature: Dogs to strut stuff in agility trials

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File photo The third annual American Kennel Club-sanctioned all breed and mixed breed three-day dog agility trial is in town starting Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be showing their stuff for three days starting Friday at the third annual Stars and Stripes Agility Trial. Scheduled to […]

Thursday morning briefing: Books galore and dogs abound

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Book stop The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County Feb. 3. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile has books for loan with no late or […]

Family suspects dogs responsible for goat deaths

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Beatrice Gutierrez looks at her lone surviving goat Tuesday afternoon. Gutierrez said her family doesn’t know what killed the other five goats Saturday night. Sharna Johnson Shocked to find five goats dead in their pens Sunday morning with only one survivor left behind, Beatrice Gutierrez speculates the culprits were stray […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

Dogs, owners show off skills at agility trials

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tom Martin of Clovis guides Kaiser, his white German shepherd, during Tuesday night’s Meet the Breeds dog trial at the Curry County Fair. Kevin Wilson Teeter-totters, tires and tubes awaited Tuesday’s canines, whether they were tiny or titanic. Nearly a dozen dogs, mostly purebreds, were on display and in action […]