Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine - September/October 2014

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September/October 2014

Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them


The Best Medicine For Seniors

Your Home + Your Pets


Decorating Mistakes


Tips to protect your pet



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Favorite Dog Hikes

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Las Vegas Offers A Variety Of Trails For The Whole Family

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Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett Gail Mayhugh Elizabeth Parker Christopher Pittman, MS, DVM C.A. Ritz Shannon Turpin Rachel Wright


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Stay Safe & Happy On The Trail

Tips To Protect Your Pets

Stacy Rombach • Jayne Brass • Geri Rombach LAS VEGAS PET SCENE MAGAZINE is published bi-monthly by Shasta Media Connection, LLC. All rights reserved. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine assumes no responsibility or endorsement of the products or services advertised or featured. No portion of the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is distributed throughout the Las Vegas area at grocery stores, local pet stores, animal shelters and rescues, pet hotels, grooming salons, veterinarian hospitals, libraries and pet events with no cover price. We welcome reader correspondence. Please send all letters, inquiries, photos, pet stories and correspondence:

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Summer with its heat is slowly giving way to the cooler days of fall. With cooler weather the calendar fills up quickly with numerous special events. The pet community is no exception. There are so many events that offer opportunities to have fun, to learn about rescues and shelters, and to be part of the larger pet community. Be sure to check our website for additional events or event updates and to follow us on facebook for event reminders. This issue is a major milestone for us. It is our 19th issue and marks the beginning of our fourth year of publishing the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine. Every venture has a starting point. Ours started when we decided to do a pet publication. Our passion is pets and we wanted help bring the pet community together. Very few ventures, professional or personal, survive and thrive without a group of dedicated people to help and support the endeavor. We are so grateful for the many people who have given support and encouragement – our readers, our advertisers, our writers, and our distribution people. Thank you! We look forward to our continuing journey together…..

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Favorite Dog Hikes

By Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett

Hiking is a great way for your whole family- dog included- to enjoy time outside, get exercise, and work off excess energy! Around the Las Vegas Valley, we are lucky to have a variety of trails that lead to hidden canyons, ancient trees, and cold swimming pools. If you decide to explore the beauty the desert has to offer, first consider the skill level of your hiking group, dog included. Dogs do best on trails with shade but here in the desert that can be hard to find. Use the seasons to your advantage- in warm summer months, opt for the higher elevation of Mt. Charleston; in the cooler fall and winter months, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead are perfect. Other factors, such as health of your pet and trail conditions, should also be considered.

Favorite dog hikes in the area include:

Photos courtesy of Paula Jacoby-Garrett.

Bristlecone Trail

Fabulous fall foliage makes this a family favorite in September. Located at Mt. Charleston’s Lee Canyon, the 6 mile loop hike is moderately strenuous filled with breathtaking views and cooler temperatures. The trail begins at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, and winds through aspen groves and bristlecone pines. This trail is best hiked in summer and early fall. For more information contact the Spring Mountains Visitor Center at 702-872-5486.

Duck Creek Trail The Duck Creek Trail at the Clark County Wetlands Park is a lovely “city” hike. Located on the east side of Las Vegas off Tropicana/ Broadbent, the Clark County Wetlands Park is a unique urban park with a variety of wildlife from herons to beavers. Dogs are restricted in the majority of the park, but not on this trail. Hiking distances can vary on the winding paths making it long or short as you like. This trail is best hiked in the fall and winter months. For more information contact the Clark County Wetlands Park at 702-455-7522. Best Hikes With Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond By Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett

Great guide with recommendations for more dog-friendly hiking trails within 3 hours of Las Vegas. This resource also includes information about keeping your dog safe and hydrated, what to pack for your pooch, and other valuable tips to make hiking with your dog safe and enjoyable.

Pine Creek Trail Located off the Red Rock Canyon loop drive, this easy 2.4 round trip hike is a favorite for newbie dog and human hikers alike! The highlight for most four-legged friends is a shaded meadow area and creek located near the foundation of a historic homestead. Past the homestead more adventurous pups can continue up the canyons for a longer adventure. This trail is best hiked in the spring, fall, and winter months. For more information contact the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center at 702-515-5350.

Railroad Tunnels Trail This easy, flat, 4.6 mile roundtrip trail leads you through historic tunnels and has great views of Lake Mead! The tunnels were used during the construction of Hoover Dam to move materials and equipment. No longer utilized, the railroad ties and tracks have been removed providing a wide, flat hiking trail. There are 5 tunnels to hike through but the trail continues to the Hoover Dam parking lot making the optional roundtrip distance 7.4 miles. The trail is best hiked in winter. For more information contact the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2014


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Light of Life

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On Sunday, September 28th, celebrate the life of a devoted canine citizen and service dog, Pele, at Paw it Forward Las Vegas. Pele, along with his mom, Kelly McMahon, helped launch the “I Read to Animals” program with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, educated people on the differences between Therapy dogs and Service dogs, rehabilitated abused shelter pups, and cheered up the sick with his amazing “Pele Power”. Paw it Forward will be held at Smarty Paws Canine Coaching at 4161 N. Rancho Dr. #120, Las Vegas, NV 89130 on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. 100% of proceeds will benefit Hearts Alive Village in Las Vegas. HAVLV aims to reduce the number of animals entering the shelter system by providing assistance with food, veterinary care, and training, as well as a residential foster program helping animals and domestic abuse survivors.

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HIKING Safely with

YOUR PET By Christopher Pittman MS, DVM

Photo courtesy of Paula Jacoby-Garrett

As the weather starts to cool off, it becomes a great time of year to get outside and take your beloved companion for a hike. Great places to go around Las Vegas that allow dogs include: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Mount Charleston. Before you go, make sure your companion is adequately prepared in order to make the trip a success. Always use a leash and a properly fit collar/harness no matter how wellbehaved your companion may be. It’s the only way to ensure your pet stays safe from an unwanted encounter with another dog, human, or wildlife. Most parks require a leash up to 6’ in length. Always take along fresh, clean water. Just like us, dogs need to rehydrate with activity. Don’t let them drink out of ponds or streams, because such sources often contain pathogens. You may want to take along some dog food or treats depending on the length and difficulty of your trip in order to provide some extra fuel. Collapsible food and water bowls are light and handy to take along. You can even train your companion to wear a dog pack so they can carry their own supplies. 10

Poop bags are a necessary item, especially if you will be hiking in a State or National Park that allows pets (many do not). Most places provide them, but don’t rely on it. In addition to keeping the landscape looking nice for other visitors, cleaning up after your pet helps keep other dogs and humans healthy. Be prepared for the expected terrain. Any dog owner that enjoys outdoor activities with their four-legged companion will likely need booties at some point. Booties are great for protecting your pet’s paws from rough, sharp, hot, or cold terrain. Try them before you go to ensure they fit and to give your pet time to get used to wearing them. Excessive heat is an ever-present danger in the Las Vegas area. Hiking very early in the day can make a big difference. Always be on the lookout for shaded areas to take a break. On very hot days, consider using a dog vest soaked in water to help keep your pooch cool. NEVER leave your dog unattended in a vehicle – temperatures can soar to deadly levels within minutes. It’s also a good idea to have a small first aid kit to deal with minor trauma.

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A few items that are sure to come in handy: triple antibiotic ointment, sterile non-stick pads, 3-4” gauze pads, elastic bandaging material, and 1” athletic tape. Flush wounds with water first and don’t apply elastic bandaging very tightly. Seek medical attention immediately in order to avoid needless suffering. When you’re done, having a towel handy to wipe down your dog really helps. It also provides an opportunity to quickly scan for fleas and ticks. These basic tips can help you and your companion stay safe and happy out on the trail.


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– Celebrating

National Yoga Month

Many humans practice yoga as a way to develop strength, increase flexibility, and improve muscle tone. People feel less stressed and more relaxed after yoga postures. The focus on breathing helps calm our minds. Plus it is good for our immune systems and overall health. Will cats and dogs who practice yoga receive the same benefits? Many yoga instructors believe that yoga can be as stress-relieving and therapeutic for pets as well as people. It also offers a unique way for people and their pets to bond. It is interesting that many yoga postures or poses were originally inspired by animals – so it seems only natural to practice yoga with your pet! Two common ones are the cat pose and the downward facing dog. One way to do pet yoga is to help your pet get into different postures or poses. According to pet yoga advocates it is about enjoying the relationship, however, rather than forcing your pet into yoga poses. Another way to enjoy yoga with your pet is to practice and invite your pet to join in. Some cats and dogs will be naturals and others will just enjoy participating in the experience with you.

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Doga: Yoga For Dogs by Jennifer Brilliant & William Berloni

Enjoy a new experience with your pet – Yoga!

Cat Yoga: Fitness and Flexibility for the Modern Feline by Rick Tillotson

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Coyote Warning to Pet Owners COME VISIT US AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: v Galleria Mall Craft & Vendor Show v Labor Day Weekend

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v Art In The Park v On July 11th we lost our precious Rat Terrier, Schooner, to a coyote attack. As we had done every night for years, we let her into the backyard one last time before bed. Within 30 seconds we heard her agonized cries and rushed to discover she had been mauled. She survived the attack and the difficult surgery to repair her wounds, but died 24 hours later of a blood clot in the lungs. We want to warn others who have pets, or may have visitors with pets, so no one suffers the despair we feel. We’d seen coyotes in the area, but believed they were hunting rabbits in the parks nearby. We also naively believed that our 6-foot-high walls would keep our little dog safe. Coyotes are opportunists and will return if they know there’s a pet in your yard. We’ve heard that jingling tags on pet collars may attract coyotes. The size of your pet is no safeguard; we were told of a coyote bringing down a Rottweiler with a choke hold. Here are some things we learned, too late, to help protect pets from coyote attacks: KEEP PETS INDOORS FROM DUSK TO DAWN. If pets need to go outside during these hours, go with them. Even the hours right before dusk and after dawn are not safe; one man told us his dog was killed in his backyard after sunrise at 6:00 am. REMOVE FOOD SOURCES FROM YOUR YARD. Feed pets indoors, keep garbage in cans with tight lids, and remove fallen fruit from under fruit trees. Fallen seed from bird feeders may attract small animals that in turn attract coyotes. IF YOU WALK YOUR PETS AT NIGHT, KEEP THEM ON A SHORT LEASH. Coyotes naturally fear humans and should not approach, although they have been known to stalk dog walkers at night. Harass coyotes with loud noises, clapping hands, yelling, throwing rocks and waving arms to create fear. FENCES AND WALLS SHOULD BE AT LEAST 6 FEET HIGH all around to thwart jumping coyotes, but this is no guarantee. Decorative rocks, mounds, and adjoining retaining walls may help coyotes get into your yard. Consider adding extenders to the top of your wall or fence. Move objects away from walls that coyotes can use as steps. COYOTES WILL DIG; consider installing barriers 2 to 3 feet underground, or a buried wire apron to prevent tunneling under fences and gates if the ground is not paved. May all your beloved pets stay safe. The Zobrist Family


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PARTY IN THE PARK THIS FALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE The Las Vegas Corvettes Association is hosting Pets and Vettes this fall, a one-day event for the entire family which will serve to honor our local rescue groups, shelters, sanctuaries and animal welfare organizations, many of which continue to make significant progress towards reducing euthanasia of healthy, but homeless, animals. The 2014 recipient of Pets and Vettes proceeds is the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, an organization that does a lot with very little and has an all-volunteer staff. All the organizations deserve the community’s support.

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The Clark County School District will be helping kick off the event with an essay contest for grades three through five. The topic is Why Be Kind to Animals. One winner will be selected from each grade level. The contest will run during the month of October and winners will be announced shortly before the event in November. Prizes to be determined.

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Pets and Vettes will feature an all-corvette car show, adoption opportunities, spay and neuter resources, pet care information, vendors, live music, food, demonstrations, silent auction, raffles, giveaways, and the opportunity to engage with others in a beautiful setting. The ladies of Model Mutiny will be on hand to help host this celebration of compassion for our furry, feathered and scaly friends. Vendors, sponsors and animal groups are invited to apply for inclusion at this event. There is no charge for nonprofit animal groups but space is on a first-come basis. Non-food vendor fee is $45.00; food vendors, $100.00. Car entries are $25.00 and include swag and various awards.


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Pets and Vettes takes place on November 15th, at Freedom Park (Mojave and Washington), from 10:00 until 3:00. Admission is free; pets are welcome as long as they are on non-retractable leashes and owners must clean up after them. Included among the primary sponsors of Pets and Vettes are, Findlay Chevrolet, ABC Consultants and Model Mutiny. Whether we like corvettes, cats, canines or communion with others, there’s no better place to be on November 15th than at Pets and Vettes. Listen Live!


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PETS The Best Medicine for Seniors By Rachel Wright Communications Coordinator The Animal Foundation


ou may think of Fido and Fluffy as your faithful companions, but did you know owning a pet has serious health benefits, especially for senior citizens? If you or a senior you know is looking to live a longer, healthier, and happier life, a dog or cat may be the best medicine! Adopting a dog or cat is way better than an apple a day! Medical studies show that owning a pet can help lower blood pressure and pulse rate, resulting in fewer trips to the doctor. Petting an animal helps reduce stress, and sharing your home with a furry friend can provide a sense of security and companionship. Having a dog or cat to take care of can also help seniors ease feelings of depression, isolation, and the grief of losing a loved one. Looking to get active and meet new people? Adopting a dog will provide many opportunities for long walks, trips to the dog park, and out-of-the-house activities. Plus, owning any pet often requires a routine -- feeding times, walks, litter changes, etc. -- that can be both mentally and physically stimulating. The additional exercise and movement will further add to the list of health benefits pet owners receive from their furry friends! Senior citizens aren’t the only ones who benefit from pet adoption. Adopting an older shelter pet gives the dog or cat a second chance at a happy, healthy life. Many believe that rescued and adopted pets simply know they were specifically chosen to join a new family, too! Going for walks, playing with toys, and meeting new people (and

animals) will keep both senior pets and owners active and engaged. In animal shelters throughout the United States, “senior” dogs and cats -- often dogs 3 years and older and cats 1 year and older -- are frequently overlooked for their puppy and kitten counterparts. Taking home an older furry friend has plenty of benefits, though! Older pets may already be housebroken or litterbox trained, and adult dogs may have received basic obedience training from a prior owner or shelter volunteer. Because they aren’t adopted as quickly, animal shelters will also have a wider range of senior pets, so adopters can find the right breed, size, personality, or energy level for their lifestyle. Saving the life of a shelter pet is the easiest way to help add more years to your own. With so many pets in the care of local animal shelters and rescue groups, make adoption your only option when the time comes to welcome a dog or cat into your heart and home. You’re sure to be bow-WOWed by the unconditional love and enjoyment you receive from an adopted furry friend!

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PARENTING 0 9 5 Laughter is Medicinal! By C. A. RItz

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Everywhere you turn there’s parenting information and advice. Focus is often on the latest techniques to teach respect, responsibility and skills while complimenting individual parenting styles. It seems parenting, like teaching, is prone to everyone’s scrutiny and often your greatest critic is yourself. We probably all know the feeling of thinking we are the worst parent in the world when a child is ill, or injured, or bullied at school. As parents we try to keep our children safe while providing educational experiences.

A Child’s Perspective

Reminiscing about the time I had gone to the Berea Fair in Ohio as a child, convinced me that attending a county fair was going to be a memorable experience for our entire family. We had just moved from a large city to a smaller agricultural town. For the sake of hands-on education, I took our four children ranging from ages 4 to 11 to the County Fair. I can still remember the gasps as my very verbal 5 year-old pointed, half-whined, and screamed, “Mommy! Mommy, look at the baby cow! Ew, it stinks!” Speechlessly, I stood in the middle of the 4–H contestants about to have their pigs judged; yes, I did say, “pigs”. We made a lasting memory that day. Amid laughter from the crowd, I gathered my little herd, moved out of the way and discussed “baby cows”.


Any grandparent knows when we finally arrive at some competency of parenting, we wake up and the children are grown, gone, and on their own. In hindsight, one suggestion is to create family memories that inspire relationship. Someone once said that laughter is good medicine. This can be so true, especially when heartwarming antics of or with animals are involved. I still recall the delighted squeals of our younger children and their friend as they came through the front door one Memorial Day afternoon to discover the most charming friendly pup which my husband had just adopted. The ensuing initiation was filled with joy and laughter. This was a positive experience for all. Unfortunately, not realizing the advantages of owning a pet, we had missed the opportunity and benefit of adopting one sooner for our older children.

While not every child has the capacity to be consistent in the care of a pet and there are those children whose health simply cannot tolerate prolonged exposure to furry or feathery creatures, experiencing nature provides incredible object lessons. If adoption is not feasible, respect for animals, appreciation for the world around us, and responsible ecological outlooks can be fostered through volunteerism. Whether working with an animal shelter or rescue, helping at an organized fund raiser, or taking part in short-term fostering of abandoned creatures, young people can find purpose and contribute to society. It is in these daily activities of life that leadership is developed.

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Oh, and the end of the story? The child that squawked about the “baby cow,” has fostered several animals and today, with her amazing husband, owns two rescued feline siblings. She also has “joint custody” of our dog, Tiger. Trying to instill healthy leadership skills in our children, whether through academics, fine arts, or athletics is very good. Additionally, when young hearts laugh, care, and serve, they leave a legacy.

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By Gail Mayhugh

You love your home and your pet, so it’s only natural that you want the two to work together. And while it’s important to find ways to make your dog or cat feel comfortable, there are certain aspects of home décor to take into consideration to keep peace in your home. So here are seven common home decorating mistakes pet owners make and solutions that can make your home a comfortable and stress free space for everyone, including your four-legged friends. Not using the proper pad under area rugs on hard surface. Whether or not you have an area rug under furniture, you need to use the proper pad. First, it will protect your floor and second it will reduce the chance of the area rug to go flying when you, your kids or your pets run across it. The rug can slide across a hard surface floor causing a fall and possible injury.







Tassel trim on pillows. I love pillows edged with decorating trim, but any trim that dangles is an invitation to chew. The strings or beads can become a choking hazard. Instead get pillows with a decorative cord. Area rugs with fringe. Our pets like to play and chew, so just like pillows, be cautious with area rugs that have fringe. Dressing your bed in expensive, delicate linens. Who doesn’t like a luxurious look and feel to their bedding? But if your pets sleep with you or spend a considerable amount of time on your bed consider purchasing washable duvet covers. I know bedding can be dry cleaned, but that can become expensive if it needs to be done frequently. For one client I made duvets out of sheets. We had trouble finding something washable that also had matching sheets, so it was a perfect solution.



Covering everything with sheets. Of course the obvious solution is to keep your pets off of the upholstery, but some of us like them to sit and cuddle with us. You’ve spent a lot of money for your upholstery and want it to last, but now you are keeping it covered with sheets. Life is short, you need to enjoy your hard earned money. Instead of sheets have slipcovers made. Yes, you’re still covering up your sofa, but at least you can now clean them and not have your home look tacky. Another solution, instead of fabric, purchase a leather or a faux leather upholstery.



Installing high gloss and/or smooth wood floors and expecting them to always look like new. When you know your pets like to run around the house you also need to know that their nails are going to scratch any wood floor. Engineered wood is one of the hardest but it’s still wood. You decided to put in beautiful wood floor and then yell at your pets for doing what they do, run and play, which then scratches your beautiful floors. If you’re going to use wood, select one that is handscraped with a distressed finish. At least then you can use a stain stick to disguise the scratches.



Thinking you can have a picture perfect home with pets. Putting in expensive and priceless items and then getting mad at your pets is not a way to live. The truth is, you cannot live impeccably with pets. You have to accept it and make certain concessions. Let’s face it, having pets adds work to our daily routine and life. If you’re someone who needs the picture perfect home, pets may not be for you, but we all know they are well worth it with all the love and joy they bring to our lives.



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Your Breed

By Elizabeth Parker

It’s an amazing feeling when you’ve made that final decision to open your home and your heart to a new furry family member as adopting a dog is a highly rewarding experience. But, it can also turn into a nightmare if one doesn’t do the proper research on the breed.


hile each dog has their own unique personality, it’s important to find the breed that not only matches your lifestyle but is also a match for your training experience and ability. Their activity level is also something to take into consideration. Some breeds are quite content as a couch potato watching hours of television with their families, however, for other breeds, that same scenario will drive them to the point of insanity… and they will take their owners along for the ride. The next thing to consider is the size of the breed, as large dogs – friendly or not – are more difficult to manage than a three pound dog of a similar personality. Even the friendliest of large dogs can be extremely powerful and if not trained accordingly, the result is an unhappy dog owner and an unhappy dog. While it might not appear important at first, each breed has a different type of fur, which means that some will shed and require more daily maintenance than others. This can easily add up to a few hours per week on grooming alone.


As an example, one breed for which I’ve become quite familiar is the golden retriever. This is the breed with the award-winning smile and beautiful, golden coat. It’s also a breed that requires a bit of maintenance. Not only do they need to exercise daily but as affectionate dogs, a simple pat on their head won’t suffice. They thrive on attention. In addition, many goldens don’t realize that they’ve grown up – even as they reach their senior years – and, though they are gentle giants, they fail to realize their own strength. A golden retriever can easily knock down an adult human, even if their only intent was to play. As their name suggests, they enjoy retrieving things – including items that their owners might consider off limits. In fact, those are the items that are most enticing to a golden. Lastly, it’s necessary to provide frequent grooming and still, they shed a lot. If a pristine house is in your plans, the energetic and playful golden retriever might not be the breed for you. This is only one example, but

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each breed is known for having their own wants and needs. If you plan to exercise with your pooch, then you might not want a dog that is known for being lazy, and if you love to relax, then you’ll want a dog who enjoys doing the same. It’s important to research their typical personalities and temperament, size, and grooming necessities to help determine if this breed will be a good fit with your family.

There is nothing in the world like the love and companionship of a dog. Their loyalty is unsurpassed and once you find the right dog, you’ll be happy you did the research first. Elizabeth Parker – Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand,Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil’s Door and Faces of Deception.

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By Shannon Turpin

hen choosing a pet, we are sometimes overwhelmed with the number of choices we are faced with. While the majority of pet owners opt for the furry, soft-coated cat or dog, there are many people that prefer a pet of the sleek and scaly variety – a reptile.

injury to the snake, it is recommended that only dead or incapacitated rodents are fed to them. Frozen mice and rats can be purchased in bulk, thawed out individually, and fed to the snake using tongs. Ball Pythons can sometimes go for weeks without eating, but typically need to be fed every 7–10 days.

also quite tolerant about being handled. Being an insectivore animal, Leopard Geckos will accept a variety of insects. Typically, their food of choice is crickets, but they may also eat mealworms, waxworms, or roaches. Unlike pet snakes, Geckos should be fed live prey. They enjoy hunting for themselves.

Reptiles have fascinated humans since the caveman days. Their quickness and ability to survive in the harshest conditions has always amazed us. With their graceful, yet precise movements, they can be fascinating creatures to observe and have as a pet companion. Reptiles make great pets for many people because they take up a relatively small amount of space and their care is not too expensive or time-consuming. They are not noisy or messy and they do not need to be fed every day.

Similar to the Ball Python, the Corn Snake is also a constrictor, but tends to be more slender with a bright orange skin tone. The Corn Snake is known for being docile, hardy, attractive, and easy to care for. It can reach an adult length of 2–6 feet and also naturally feeds on rodents, as well as lizards, birds and frogs. Like the Ball Python, the food of choice for a pet Corn Snake is mice or rats. Both of these snakes will require a warm, humid environment in a glass terrarium with a good latching lid. Since their daytime temperature needs to be between 80-86 degrees, a heat lamp or a heater with a thermostat will be necessary.

If you are looking for a somewhat larger lizard, the Bearded Dragon is also relatively easy to care for. Reaching lengths of 18–24 inches, the Bearded Dragon is a sociable, expressive pet that typically enjoys interacting with its owner. Like the Geckos, the Bearded Dragon is an insect eater, but also eats fruits and vegetables. It tolerates being handled very well and can be quite active and enjoyable to watch in its terrarium. Since these lizards are substantially larger than the Geckos, they do require a much larger terrarium. A Bearded Dragon terrarium should be approximately 40 gallons, while the Gecko terrarium can be a 20 gallon tank. Both the Gecko and the Bearded Dragon will need a daytime tank temperature of about 78–88 degrees, which will require a heat source. The Bearded Dragon will also need ultra-violet light for vitamin D3 production.

So, how do you decide which reptile is best for you? With several varieties of lizards and snakes to choose from, narrowing it down to a specific reptile can be difficult. A brief review of both snakes and lizards, and their specific needs, may be helpful. A snake can be a very entertaining and interesting pet. Two of the most popular pet snakes today are the Ball Python and the Corn Snake. The Ball Python, so-named for its tendency to curl up in a ball when it is frightened, can reach lengths of 3–6 feet. The smallest of the African Pythons, the Ball Python is a constrictor that naturally feeds on rodents, birds, and small lizards. In captivity, the food of choice is typically mice or rats. To prevent a possible 42

If a pet snake isn’t quite what you are looking for, you may want to consider one of the popular lizard varieties. Lizards come in all sizes, colors, and temperaments and are also a very intriguing pet to have. If you are new to the “world of lizards”, you may want to consider a Leopard Gecko or a Bearded Dragon. Either one of these lizards could be a good choice for a beginner. The Leopard Gecko comes in many beautiful color patterns and will reach an adult length of 7-9 inches. These lizards are known for being non-aggressive, active, cute, and fun to watch. They are

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With so many choices of snakes and lizards, it is important to do all the research you can before committing to a new reptile. Educating yourself about their specific needs ahead of time will help ensure that you enjoy many years of rewarding reptile companionship.

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TREATS: Your dog or cat may beg for some Halloween candy but remember that chocolate is harmful in any amount. Be careful about diet candies - the ingredient Xylitol is in many sugar-free treats and is a serious danger for pets. Another popular Halloween treat to avoid for pets is raisins. CANDY WRAPPERS, such as tin foil and plastic, can get stuck in your pet’s digestive track and them ill. Be careful about candles and lighted Jack-O-Lanterns. They can easily be knocked over by a swinging dog’s tail or by a curious cat. Keep your pets indoors on Halloween night. Animals are at risk for cruel treatment by Halloween pranksters.

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7pm • Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School • 4145 Jimmy Durante Register today for VVDOC’s fall classes that will start on September 11 at Dog’s Fancier’s Park. Visit for more information.

1pm - 3pm • Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water Street Visitors & Birds Welcome! Every month we present a program on a selected topic. Speak about the Bird of the Month. Join us!



10am – 2pm • The Ranch At Tule Springs – 9200 Tule Springs Rd Come out and join us at The Ranch at Tule Springs! Activities, Music, Barnyard Visits, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and Arena Riding! $6 Car Park Admission Fee.

6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel • 455 E. Harmon Ave. The best place to have some cocktails, Yappatizers, and live DJ music while your dog makes some friends! Special guest: The Wilkinson Art Endeavor‘s interactive painting which will be auctioned off.



Smarty Paws Canine Coaching – 4161 N. Rancho, Suite 120 Gamblers Agility Club of Greater Las Vegas. Open to all AKC-Recognized Breeds and All American Dogs & Mixed Breeds. Visit for the local listings.

6:30pm – 10:30pm • Bear’s Best Golf Course – 11111 W. Flamingo Rd. Please join us for a wonderful evening of dinner under the stars. Advance Purchase Only By 9-13-14.


Kitty Royale Cat Show

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Fall Classes

Las Vegas Bird Club - General Meeting

Patriot’s Weekend Open House

Yappy Hour… The Doggy Happy Hour!

AKC Obedience and Rally Trial

PAWS Charity Dinner Scotch and Wine Tasting

2014 Whiskers & Tails Motorcycle Raffle Run 4:30pm • Henderson Harley-Davidson - 1010 W. Warm Springs Rd End party at Whiskey Dick’s - 2750 E. Craig Rd. Join us for dinner at 6pm if you won’t be biking! Raffles!! $25 per person. Purchase tickets (702) 362-5617.



Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm, Sun 9am – 4pm • Riviera • 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd Opposites Attract Cat Club. 325 Count - 8 All Breed Rings plus “Purrin Persians” - Bi-Color Speciality. All Fur Love Animal Society will have kitties for adoption. For more information, call Sandy 702-658-2287.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – 28 Pahrump Fall Festival

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8am – 3pm • Black Mountain Aquatic Complex – 599 Greenway Rd. Bring your favorite furry friend to the pool for a refreshing swim. $10 per dog in advance ($15 at event). Details & registration at

Thurs 5pm - 10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 10am-5pm Petrack Park – 150 Nevada 160 • Pahrump Celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall with a parade down Highway 160, carnival rides, rodeo, food and hundreds of vendors, 4-H booths and live music.



10am – 12pm Desert Spring United Methodist Church • 120 North Pavilion Center Dr. Open to all ages. Children bring 3 or 4 of their favorite books and many will read to every dog there. Refreshments are served all morning.

10am - 4pm • Smarty Paws Canine Coaching – 4161 N. Rancho Dr. #120 Training Demonstrations by Kyle Ashmore. Doggie Games, Music, Food, Barks & Crafts, Raffles, Silent Pawction plus so much more! Benefits Hearts Alive Village.

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8am – 5pm • Alexis Park All Suite Resort – 375 E. Harmon Rd. 2 rings, lots of fun, lots of racing, bigger and better raffle and more announcements of the events festivities to come!

9am – 2pm • 6360 Annie Oakley (Between Sunset & Russell) Garage Sale to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Books, furniture, home decor, electronics, jewelry and MORE! To donate items or volunteer at the sale, email:

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The Ranch At Tule Springs – 9200 Tule Springs Rd. Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Wagon Rides, Barnyard, Horseback Rides. $20 per family. $6 Car Park Admission Fee.

10am – 5pm • Bruce Trent Park – 1600 N. Rampart Blvd Festival of arts and crafts and farmers market produce. Produced by Mark Vranesh Studio & Las Vegas Farmers Market.



Horseman’s Park – 5800 E. Flamingo Rd. 2014 Senior Pro National Finals Rodeo - Food, music, raffles, shopping, pony rides. Children 12 & under FREE.

6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel • 455 E. Harmon Ave. Welcoming all dog sizes and breeds! Your dog will have a blast with doggy events, contests, giveaways and prizes!



Fri 4pm - 10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm • Riviera • 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd Over 200 cats on exhibition and competition. Meet Cory Chalmers, host of the TV show Hoarders! Adoptable cats!

10am – 3pm • Exploration Park at Mtn’s Edge • 9600 S. Buffalo Drive Celebrating the lives of rescued pets! Costume contest, games, food, pet photography & pet adoptions.



6pm – 9pm • The Luxe Pet Hotel - 3480 Cavaretta Ct. A wonderful evening of Silent & Live Auction, entertainment, food and spirits all to help Animal Rescue Groups.

3pm – 5pm • Aston Monte Lago Village Resort - 30 Strada Di Villaggio Please join us for this year’s all feline celebration! Adoption event. Visit for more details.



5:30pm - 8:00pm • 5645 O’Bannon Drive Beer & wine bar, buffet, live music, raffle & silent auction. $25.00 pp donation. RSVP by October 1st. Event limited to 125 guests. 702-279-2544.

12pm – 4pm • Banger Brewing – 450 Fremont St., Suite 135 All dogs on-site available for adoption or fostering. Pet Halloween Costume Contest, Vendors, Toys, Treats & Live Entertainment! Adopt A Rescue Pet.



10am – 12pm ª Desert Spring United Methodist Church • 120 North Pavilion Center Dr. Open to all ages. Children bring 3 or 4 of their favorite books and many will read to every dog there. Refreshments are served all morning.

9am - 3pm • Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water Street Vendors for all your birds’ needs! Presented by LVAS aka ~ The Bird Club. Present ad in this magazine for $2 off admission.



10:30am – 3pm • Kellog-Zaher Sports Park • 7901 W. Washington Ave. The LV Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue’s largest event! Prizes, silent auction, costume contest, music, games, food & races.

10am – Noon • Paw Prints Pet Supplies – 1000 N. Green Valley Pkwy #520 Please join us for some Halloween foods, treats, shopping, costume contest and photo booth. Bring ad and receive FREE GOODIE BAG!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 – 26 Semi-Annual Garage Sale for Paws 4 Love

12pm Registration • Lorenzi Park - 3333 W. Washington Ave. Bring your best canine friends for a fun-filled day. Walk, demos, contests, games and vendors. A canine event to fight cancer.

7am – 3pm Sat / 8am – 2pm Sun • 315 Birmingham Huge Sale! You name it, we have it, no kidding!! Beautiful cats and kittens available for adoption. 100% of all proceeds go to the care of our cats.



10am - 1:30pm • Heritage Park Senior Facility - 300 S. Racetrack Rd. Ever growing event that is open to all ages this year. Pet adoptions, vendor booths, nail clipping, and experts providing tips on nutrition.

Celebrate Nevada’s 150th Birthday! State’s Largest Trunk or Treat Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving. FREE admission – FREE parking!!

Harvest Days At Tule Springs

The Great Western Celebration

International Cat Show Presented By Jazzy Vegas

2014 Las Vegas Pawcasso Charity Art Auction

6th Annual Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. Fundraiser

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11th Annual Hallo-Wiener

American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM

3rd Annual Heritage Park Senior Facility Adoption Event

2014 Art At The Market Event

Yappy Hour… The Doggy Happy Hour!

Family, Fur & Fun Festival

Kitty Pageant and Cupcake Social

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4th Annual Halloween Costume Contest

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