Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

In search of ponies: Human vending machine wants more from pets

Hair tousled, with grungy slobber on his shoulder, he approached me, held out his thumb and proceeded to tell me how the horse had bitten it and wouldn’t let go. “Were you giving them peppermints?” I asked my visiting family member. “No, I didn’t have any with me today. Why would he be so mean […]

Letters to the editor: Pets need to be kept confined

Pets need to be kept confined I am wondering why the people of Colonial Parkway find that they do not have to abide by the municipal code: 6.08.050 dogs and cats — running at large prohibited. Every time my husband and I go for a walk in our neighborhood, we have some random dog come […]

Pet grooming growing trend

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Alice McMath, a groomer for Pet Care in Clovis, trims a Shih Tzu named Shelby Friday. McMath said she has been in the dog grooming business for more than 20 years and sees a lot of passion in people towards their pets. Alisa Boswell Pampered pets may be the new […]

Pets need special care in hot weather

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Houdini has only begun using his pool this year, according to Hillcrest Zoo Curator Mark Yanotti, who said the otter was afraid of the water before. Sharna Johnson With scorching heat predicted through the weekend, humans aren’t the only ones who need to take care. Pets are highly susceptible to […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

In search of ponies: Pets natural de-stressors

“My dog saves me a fortune in therapy bills,” a man told me last week. He went on to explain his pup Genesis has heard enough of his problems to more than earn his keep in the year or more since they adopted him. And I have to say it’s got to be working, because […]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding […]

Friday morning briefing: Insects, hot cars and pets

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Pets rely on us for protection on hot days

Freedom Newspapers We mostly can’t complain about the summer heat so far, but that will change because temperatures are certain to nudge close to triple digits several times over the next eight weeks or so. When the weather makes us miserable, we ask area pet owners to remember our dogs and cats are also miserable. […]

Letters to the editor: Take responsibility for own pets

Take responsibility for own pets Well, it’s happened again: An irresponsible person brought their pet out to the country to find a new home last month. My first reaction upon arising and letting our own pets out to meet the day was “oh great, not again.” Upon further examination, I found the stray was not […]

Police chief wants euthanasia policy for pets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city is facing a dilemma since making the state-mandated switch to a new kind of animal disposal — to kill or not to kill pets at the request of their owners. Police Chief Steve Sanders said almost as soon as the city animal shelter began lethal injection instead […]

Pipes, pets need extra care when weather below freezing

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Pets make childhood memorable

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Country kids make pets of most every animal that follows them home — or they manage to capture. The first pet I remember other than the usual dogs and cats was a chicken. We weren’t always really good at coming up with names, but everybody always had one. The chicken’s […]

First person: Animal enthusiast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cody Machen, Hillcrest Park Zoo keeper, was bit by the venomous gila monster, but wouldn’t let himself be afraid to hold it. Zookeeper Cody Machen has always loved reptiles and had them as pets as a child. Machen, 22, was bitten by a gila monster at the Hillcrest Park Zoo […]

Feb. 26, 2008 Business Digest

New pet store to open in Clovis Petsense, a pet food and supply store, is scheduled to open next month in Clovis, the store’s regional manager said. Tom Luba, manager for the stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, said the two-year old company looks to establish stores in towns of 30,000 or more population […]

Feb. 13 – Lance in tow

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dan Clay, 76, zooms around Clovis Wednesday in a motorized wheelchair almost every day with his pet poodle Lance in tow. The cart, intended to be hitched onto a bicycle, was modified by Clay for his pets to take a ride with him.

Candidates overlook power of pets

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico The presidential race is becoming so competitive candidates are asking for their children’s help. John Edwards, for example, has been bringing his two kids, Jack, 7, and Emma Claire, 9, on the campaign trail with him. Hillary Clinton persuaded her daughter, Chelsea, 27, to accompany her while campaigning in […]