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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PETS’

DENTAL HEALTH ENJOYING A HEALTHY

Relationship WITH YOUR PET IN THE NEW YEAR

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January/February 2020 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Rick Vierkandt - Bark Gallery

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2020 - Another year of holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other ways to celebrate our lives. a fresh slate, and an invitation to live each day with hope and optimism.

It’s a new beginning,

As publishers we have the opportunity to provide articles on topics of importance to pet lovers that are interesting, informative, and inspiring. In this issue we offer lots of tips & ideas about spending quality time with your pet and enjoying their companionship. We hope that it will help deepen and strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

Stay Connected – we follow the local pet scene to keep you informed of pet events. Visit the Calendar of Events page on our website for current events. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter for event reminders and updates. Share your pets with us – submit your pet’s photo for the Pets of Las Vegas section and enter your pet in the pet photo contest. We look forward to spending 2020 with you as we share our common interest and love… PETS! Let’s make this a great year for the pets of Las Vegas - together we are making a difference.

We wish you a New Year filled with happiness and joy! – Your Friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine –

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PIMA Provides Courtesy Services for Local Rescues NV State Director for Animal Wellness Action, Annoula Wylderich, is pleased to report the following after discussions with PIMA Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technician program staff. They will provide the following for animals from local rescue organizations during their Surgical and Dental Rotations at various times throughout the year. Rescue animals will be scheduled for altering surgeries and certain dental procedures. Please note, this is a school, not a 24/7 clinic; they will provide other services during their practicum but cannot board animals. Veterinary nursing students are monitored and supervised by licensed veterinary technicians and licensed veterinarians during the dental and surgical rotations. In preparation for surgical altering procedures and dental procedures, animals will receive chest x-rays and blood work commensurate for anesthetic procedures. Animals undergoing anesthetic surgical and dental procedures will also receive pain meds to take home afterwards. Dentals are mostly preventive and done if not overly involved (as in the case of seniors requiring multiple extractions and endodontic work). For castration procedures, if the rescue personnel are aware that a dog is a cryptorchid, please notify the PMI contact below so that they can prepare to devote the extra time needed for the surgery. Interested rescues must sign a one-time MOU (Memorandum of Understanding); representatives who bring in animals will be asked to complete a consent form each time they bring an animal for a procedure. Rescues must have their 501 designation and be prepared to provide proof, if requested. Rescues will be placed on an email list and receive notifications prior to each of the sequences so that they can arrange to bring in animals. Those who respond must follow through if they do schedule animals for treatment. There is no charge for the services provided (which also include vaccines, heartworm and virus testing, thorax radiographs, etc.). To be placed on the list or if you have specific requests or questions email Cynthia Hatch at chatch@prmi.edu. PIMA is located at the corner of Flamingo and Pecos, 3333 E. Flamingo Rd.

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Good News ~ Federal Level The PACT Act (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture) was signed into law by President Trump on November 25, 2019. Though all 50 states in the U.S. have laws against animal cruelty the laws vary greatly which created loopholes on the federal level. The PACT legislation makes animal cruelty a federal felony. It authorizes the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute malicious animal cruelty including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling live animals, and other abuses such as sexually exploiting them. In 2010, Congress passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal. However, the underlying acts of cruelty against animals were not included. The PACT Act closes this loophole by prohibiting certain cases of animal abuse. Now the violent acts of animal cruelty recorded in crush videos can be prosecuted at the federal level. According to co-sponsor Congressman Ted Deutch, the PACT Act “sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty to animals.” https://blog.humanesociety.org/?s=PACT https://secure.aspca.org/action/us-pact-act

Good News ~ State Level June 1, 2019, Nevada became the second state in the country to ban animal cosmetic testing when The Nevada Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (SB 197) was signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak. The law prohibits the sale of any cosmetic product that has been tested on animals after January 1, 2020. Also, in June, the ASPCA issued a press statement commending Nevada lawmakers and Gov. Steve Sisolak for enacting critical animal protection measures that expands pet-friendly housing opportunities. Law A.B. 161 removes unnecessary and intrusive barriers to pet ownership in Common Interest Developments. Law S.B. 367 requires housing units financed by the state to be pet-friendly. A national study conducted by the ASPCA revealed that those who rent are more likely to need to rehome their pets for housing issues than for any other reason. Susan Riggs, senior director of state legislation for the ASPCA, Western region, stated “Removing housing barriers for pet owners will allow pets and families to stay together, while also reducing intake pressure on animal shelters and rescues resulting from housing-related relinquishment.” https://vegnews.com/2019/6/nevada-bans-cosmetic-animal-testing https://www.aspca.org/about-us/press-releases/aspcacommends-nevada-gov-sisolak-signing-animal-protection-bills


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Pets & HEART HEALTH February is American Heart Month

– the month for lovers and all things heart related; an encouragement to take care of our hearts! Latest statistics show that almost half of U.S. adults have some form of cardiovascular disease. Research also shows that it is possible that over 75% of heart disease can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and managing risk factors.

Pets Are Good For Us; possibly they’re

the best prescription for a healthy heart. As pet lovers we know that our pets are good for us; we know this by our own experience yet it is always exciting to find research that supports this. Numerous studies have been done looking at the relationship between pet ownership and cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association reviewed these studies and issued a Scientific Statement* connecting pet ownership to the prevention of cardiovascular disease. A few of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease are lack of physical activity, social isolation or loneliness, depression, stress and anxiety. The studies focused more on dogs and cats but we believe that all pets can have a positive impact on our health. A few of those ways are:

INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND FITNESS

Dogs increase opportunities to exercise. It could be a number of short walks or longer walks and runs but it all adds up to increased physical activity. A side benefit many times is weight loss. Establishing a dog-walking routine encourages regular physical activity and is healthy for both our dogs and us.

REDUCED LONELINESS AND DEPRESSION

Pets help manage loneliness and depression and provide companionship and unconditional love. Health experts state that loneliness is reaching epidemic levels and is affecting people of all ages and life situations. It is now recognized as a serious threat to our health. Researchers feel that because pets provide companionship and comfort they reduce loneliness significantly and increase health and longevity. The majority of pet owners say their pet makes them feel less lonely. Pet owners that have formed a close bond with their pet report the greatest positive impact on loneliness. 8

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DECREASED STRESS AND ANXIETY

Reducing stress is important for heart health. Pets often provide a buffer for our stress reactions and research suggests that they also help reduce our perceptions of stress. Pets help reduce anxiety; just a few minutes of stroking a pet can release a number of “feel good” hormones including serotonin and oxytocin; plus decrease the stress hormone cortisol. Being with pets seems to release these calming endorphins. Simple activities such as watching fish swim, laughing at the funny antics of a cat or dog, or watching a cute mouse nibble on its food can help create joy and happiness. Just three minutes of snuggling or cuddling with a pet will flood our brains with the love hormone oxytocin triggering joy and happiness. In summary the studies suggest that having a pet is good for our heart health. Being a good pet parent helps to cultivate a lifestyle that contributes to having a healthy heart. Spending time with our pet, developing the bond that exists between us and our pet, enjoying and appreciating them will help them live longer and healthier lives as well.

Advice from a CAT

Stretch often and delight in the simple joy of a long nap.

Advice from a DOG

Delight in the simple joys of a long walk and make new friends. *2013 AHA Scientific Statement ‘Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk’ HABRI – Human Animal Bond Research Institute


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Pets Remembered In Loving Memory Of

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3/14/2004 - 11/20/2019 JoJo entered life wanted before being born, joining his parents, siblings and me. Holding his tiny body, I gently removed the placenta as he took his first breath. He enriched and gave meaning to my life for over 15 years. He had a challenged heart for over a decade. In the last few weeks, his heart failed. JoJo will forever define who I am, living in my heart. I love you JoJo. ~ Ellen Meade Special gratitude to Dr. Joel Farnsworth and Compassionate Pet Cremation. You remember your pet in our magazine. For $75, your Pet’s Remembrance includes a photo of your loved one and approx. 75 words. It will appear in the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine for one issue (2-months). Email us at info@lvpetscene.com.

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very year many of us make resolutions. Beginning a new year seems to be the perfect time to make changes in our lives. Even though statistics show that less than 25% of people who make resolutions actually keep them beyond one month, they do serve as goals or guides. What about resolutions to be better cat parents? Though cats are considered to be aloof and solitary, “low maintenance” pets that require less work than dogs, they thrive when they receive daily love and attention. Here are four New Year’s resolutions or ideas to help create a healthy and happy 2020 for your cat:

Resolution 1: I will scoop the litter box once a day and clean the litter box once a month.

Beyond the basics of providing food and water cats require clean “bathrooms”. Cats are excessively clean creatures and dirty litter boxes stress them. Some cats may tolerate a dirty litter box but many cats decide to go outside the box. Also, once a month the litter boxes should be emptied, washed and refilled with clean litter.

Resolution #2: I will take time to touch, massage and cuddle my cat every day.

Learn how your cat likes to be touched and cuddled. It is important to know your cat’s petting preferences and to respect them. Touching your cat every day, however, can help increase their touch limits. Daily grooming isn’t required but you can add “I will groom my cat for 10 to 15 minutes once or twice a week” to this resolution. These touch times help strengthen the bond between you and your cat. They provide an opportunity to check your pet for other issues like lumps, bumps and scratches. 14

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Resolution 3: I will consistently play with

my cat two times a day for at least 15 minutes.

Daily interactive play is one area that many cat parents overlook. Though cats do not seem to need a lot of attention; they act “aloof ”, seem independent and solitary they do need interactive playtime with us. Playing keeps cats physically and mentally healthy. It helps prevent boredom and can possibly help cats sleep through the night. It also strengthens the bond between you and your cat and provides valuable insight into your cat’s personality, play style and needs.

Resolution #4: I will create an enriched environment for my cat.

Cats love climbing and hiding in safe places. A cat tree (tower) or vertical spaces such as window perches are essential for their well being. They provide safe places for them to keep watch over their kingdom. A cat’s schedule is filled with cat naps, grooming and brief periods of solitary play; providing challenging toys encourages activity. Check out videos of birds, small animals and even insects to keep them constructively entertained. Leash walking, cat enclosures (catios) and pet strollers allow safe outdoor experiences for indoor-only cats. Explore and experiment with new things and experiences to enrich your cat’s enjoyment of life.

Our cats give us unconditional love. Resolving to pay a little more attention to them is one way to show our appreciation and return their love. We wish you and your cat a healthy and happy new year with lots of fun, cuddling and happiness.


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February is

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP Month

Our pets depend on us for food and shelter, and deserve much more.

Here are a few ways to be a P-awesome Pet Parent! HAVE YOUR PET SPAYED OR NEUTERED. Responsible pet owners help control the pet population. Homeless and unwanted pets are a serious problem. Plus, spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer!

PICK A PET THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE. Make sure you do your research and planning before getting a pet.

PET PROOF YOUR HOME.

Keep your pet healthy by making sure products and foods that can harm them are kept in secure locations.

CARE FOR YOUR PET.

Regular visits to the vet and groomer are important to your pet’s health and well-being.

ALWAYS KEEP AN ID TAG ON YOUR PET. It’s also a good idea to get your pet microchipped to help identify them if they are lost or stolen.

TEACH YOUR DOG GOOD MANNERS.

GIVE YOUR PETS THE EXERCISE THAT THEY NEED.

All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. Pets who do not get enough exercise tend to develop behavioral issues.

FEED YOUR PET PROPERLY.

Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent healthrelated problems.

PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG.

Carry dog waste bags with you on walks and keep your neighborhood clean.

SOCIALIZE YOUR PET.

Meeting people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet.

KEEP YOUR DOG FROM BARKING EXCESSIVELY.

Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay”.

Constant barking often signifies boredom. If your dog’s a barker, try to determine the cause. Keep your neighbors happy.

KEEP YOUR PET ON A LEASH.

LOVE YOUR PET!

Unless your pet is in a secure, fenced area keep them on a leash.

Your pet craves your love, attention and care. Show them the love and devotion they show you!

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Safety Tips FOR WALKING YOUR DOG AT NIGHT

By Sheryl Green

It would be delightful if you could spend the day sniffing the neighborhood with your furry best friend. Unfortunately, they refuse to get a job, so it’s up to you to bring home the kibble. This means that during daylight hours, you’re likely at work, leaving walks to early morning or late evening hours. A night walk presents more opportunities for danger than during the day. In order to stay safe, you must be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Here are seven steps you can take to keep you and your pooch safe once the sun has set.

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DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

While it would be adorable to wear matching reflective gear, your pup may have a very different style than you. Just make sure that you are both wearing light-colored clothing and have something reflective to catch the eye of drivers. You can also find blinking collars for your fur baby. If it’s wintertime, make sure that your dog is wearing a sweater or coat and booties if the ground is icy.

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SHINE BRIGHT

Don’t rely on the streetlamps to light your way. Carry a flashlight so you can illuminate the path and keep an eye out for any dangers that may be looming.

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KEEP YOUR PUP ON A LEASH

It’s easy for even the best trained dog to be distracted by a rustle in the dark. What’s not easy? Tracking them down by moonlight. Keep your furry friend on a leash and hold the other end of it! Look for a reflective leash that makes it easy for drivers to see you.

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STAY ON THE SIDEWALK

While it may be tempting to take the shortcut across a street, cars can come out of nowhere. Stick to the sidewalk and when crossing the road, make sure that you do so in the crosswalk and keep an eye out for cars even if you don’t see headlights. 18

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WALK A FAMILIAR ROUTE

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Exploring can be fun, but save it for the daytime. If you live in a heavily wooded or rural area, you may have a difficult time picking up on subtle landmarks that will guide you back home. Stick to a route that you and your pup are familiar with.

(But leave the ear buds at home) Emergencies happen. The battery could die on your flashlight, you or your dog could be injured and need a quick pickup, or you may feel as if you’re in danger. Having your cell phone with you provides security in these cases. While you want to have your phone with you, you don’t want to be on it. Having ear buds in or carrying on a conversation will distract you from what’s going on around you and your dog. Save the podcast and the catch-up call for when you get home.

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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WILDLIFE

Depending on where you live, you may come into contact with different kinds of wild creatures. Know what’s in your specific area and have a plan in place to protect your pet.

When you follow these safety tips, walking your best bud at night can be a relaxing and rewarding experience for both of you. You can discuss him getting a job once you get back home. Sheryl Green is an author, writing coach, and passionate animal advocate, serving as the Director of Communications and Cuddling for Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas. Find her at www.sherylgreenspeaks.com.


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January is National Train your Dog Month and the perfect time for a resolution to train your dog! Article & Photos By Veronica Selco

It’s a NEW YEAR and it’s a great time to start training that dog you just adopted, that new puppy you just brought home, AND most specially that dog that’s been with you for some time and haven’t started training because you are just too busy. Training can be easy and FUN for both you and your dog. You can start with fun and simple games at home.

When you train your dog with positive reinforcement you:

If your dog just arrived be sure to give your dog at least a couple weeks to settle in, decompress and be cautious not to overwhelm her. Set up the environment for her to be successful and only provide access to secured areas by closing doors, using baby gates and playpens and be sure to secure your yard. When you plan for success, your dog is less likely to make a mistake, such as soiling, chewing or destroying something.

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Pea Sized treats in small bowl Clicker to “mark” desired behavior

SMALL AND TALL!

Key behaviors for them all! NAME RECOGNITION

» Build value for your dog’s name, even if she knows it well. Toss a freebie treat on the ground away from you and away from dog. Right as she is done eating, but before she makes her way back to you, call her name, click the moment her shoulders turn to come to you and toss treat away from you.

TARGETING (with nose or paw)

» Teach fun and practical behaviors for grooming, walking with you, recall, tricks and emergency exits. Put your flat hand out, as dog approaches with nose, click

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and toss treat away from you. Then, put hand out, click when dog touches hand and toss treat away from you. Gradually add more distance.

RECALL

» Teach your dog to come when called using her name, only after she has demonstrated she knows it well and loves it! You can also teach your dog to come to you once you have taught your dog how to “touch” your hand, by calling “touch” and extending your hand for dog to come to it. Start from up close, then gradually add more distance. To start, click and treat when dog responds to her name and deliver treat away from you.

WALK WITH ME

» Teach your dog to stay at your side using the “touch” game. Play games where you walk in a square and click and treat every time you turn, then walk in a figure 8, then in a straight line. Click and treat dog for staying next to you. Deliver treat on the ground next to your pant seam.

SIT/STAND

» Teach your dog to stop moving sit or stand. Use a platform to start. Click and treat for holding a stationary position until released. Deliver treat on the ground away from platform and have your dog “touch” back to station.


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» Teach your dog to wait to perform a behavior until you give her another cue to do something else. One way to start teaching “wait” is by using a platform or station where she can sit/stand and wait. Take one step back, click and treat and deliver treat in mouth. Gradually increase the number of steps you take away from platform. This is also the beginning of “stay”.

SETTLE

» Teach your dog to rest comfortably no matter where you are. Condition a flat bed or mat to have a calming, emotional response for your dog by strategically and calmly delivering treats to mat as your dog is resting on mat. This mat can travel with dog to elicit calming behavior. No clicker needed for this exercise.

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Regardless of your goals with your dog, whether you wish for a hiking companion, a therapy dog work partner, agility partner or a perfect companion to join you at the local coffee shop, you can get started with your New Year’s resolution now. By taking just a few minutes each day for short training games, you build a relationship of trust and collaboration, which will bring you and your companion a lifetime of joy! Veronica Selco is Professional Certified Dog Trainer at imPETus Animal Training, a training studio in Southwest Las Vegas dedicated to using positive reinforcement to train people how to train their dogs. Veronica has Master’s degree in Social Work and has been coaching people on how to care for their loved ones – two and four legged for 20 + years. She is Karen Pryor Academy Certified Partner, Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor and Certified Nose Work Instructor.

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ry itchy skin is a common problem for both people and pets during the cold winter months. The cold dry air of winter combined with the warm dry air in our homes leads to one thing – Itchy, dry skin. While we have the luxury of lathering on the lotion, our canine friends are not so lucky. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help your dog with the constant itching. Providing your pet with plenty of water is one of the best ways to help relieve dry skin. Although it seems very basic, we don’t always monitor their water consumption during the winter. Dogs should drink at least one ounce per pound daily. Keeping an eye on their water bowl for cleanliness and monitoring the amount of water they consume will help you determine if your dog is drinking enough. Using filtered water or an automatic water fountain can be helpful in increasing their water intake. In addition to getting more water into our pets, it is also helpful to get more water into the air. Humidifiers put moisture back into the dry air; helping both pets and people with dry skin. You may try running it at night in the bedroom where you sleep. Adjusting your pet’s brushing and bathing routine in winter is also important in combating dry skin. The simple rule: Brush more, bathe less. Brushing your pet helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates the hair follicles to release natural oils in the skin. Bathing your dog strips the body of the natural oils that keep the skin hydrated. In the winter, keep baths to a minimum and use moisturizing shampoos with ingredients like aloe vera and oatmeal. •

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LAKE LAS VEGAS RESORT is more than just a Henderson neighborhood – it’s love at first sight. It’s a tight-knit community unlike any other in Las Vegas, with resort-style features, unparalleled new-home luxury, top-rated restaurants and breathtaking panoramic views of the desert landscape. “I love Lake Las Vegas,” said Kiki Louis, a resident of Century Community’s Monte Lucca neighborhood. “I love the view, I love my home and I love the lifestyle that I have in Lake Las Vegas.” Lake Las Vegas Resort features waterfront living unlike any community in Southern Nevada, as well as picturesque scenery with ample outdoor and fitness opportunities. A number of popular new neighborhoods, including The Peaks, are complimented with incredible sights of the Las Vegas Strip and the desert skyline, including 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain ranges. “It’s a great, great view. We’ve got the mountains, we’ve got the Strip,” said Sol Malka, homeowner at The Peaks. “From here you can see the entire valley – particularly at night, where you have the lights and the mountains kind of disappear.” Lake Las Vegas Resort acts as the perfect getaway from the neon lights and bustling city, while still being a quick drive from town. The quiet Henderson community offers entertainment and adventure, but also relaxation and refuge from a city that never sleeps. “What I found in Monte Lucca was a California feel with a Strip view,” Louis said. “To me it was worth it to live in Lake Las Vegas where I feel at home. I feel like I’m actually on vacation when I drive in here.” Lake Las Vegas Resort offers a number of world-class amenities, including two award-winning golf courses –Reflection Bay Golf Club and the private South Shore Country Club, both featuring signature golf course designs by prestigious designer, Jack Nicklaus. Residents can enjoy an array of activities on the lake, provided by Lake Las Vegas Water Sports, including wakeboarding, kayaking, flyboarding and paddle boarding. Individual and group fitness opportunities are also offered to members at Lake Las Vegas Sports Club. The community is an ideal location for the everyday outdoor enthusiast. Carved in between the neighborhoods are numerous hiking trails that wind in and out of various communities and reveal Lake Las Vegas Resort’s hidden treasures. Hikers can stumble upon incredible views of the Strip to the west and of Lake Mead to the east, with waterfalls, bridges and long tunnels that stretch under roadways. Overlooking the lake itself are two luxury resorts, the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa and the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Just steps away from the lake is a quaint village of family-owned restaurants and boutiques, as well as the local grocery store and coffee shop, Seasons Grocery. Residents can dine with a view at a number of tasty eateries, including Le Café Du Lac, owned by Lake Las Vegas Resort residents David and Carmen Barbur. The couple opened the French bistro soon after discovering this Henderson gem just a few years ago. “We went there one night to have dinner and we just fell in love with the place,” David said of Lake Las Vegas Resort. “There is nothing like it in Las Vegas … You go from Las Vegas, the crazy city, and you drive for 25 minutes and you are in this oasis.” “We live in paradise,” Carmen added. “It doesn’t get much better.”

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DOGS

Discovering their Unique Personalities

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ur dog companions enrich our lives on a daily basis. We care for them and share special moments with them immersed in their unconditional love and friendship. With so much to do, it is easy to fall into certain routines with our pets that can easily become a little boring and predictable at times. We feed our pets the same food, walk with them along the same path, and play with them in basically the same way. Chances are, if you are feeling bored with the same daily and weekly routines, your dog is feeling it too. This may be the perfect time to rediscover your dog’s personality by seeking out new adventures that you can both enjoy. Find out what activities make him happy or unhappy.

Maybe it’s time to spice things up a little! Instead of walking your dog along the same path every day, maybe it’s time to try something new. Instead HES of turning right at the NEW BUS driveway, try turning left. Look for side NEW SMELLS streets in your neighborhood which you have NEW SCENERY never explored before. Don’t be afraid to seek out new places. Your daily walks with your dog may be the highlight of his day, so why not make it a little more exciting for you both? Any unfamiliar places will be full of new scenery and invigorating smells that your dog 28

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will thoroughly enjoy. In turn, you will enjoy witnessing his excitement and may find a new favorite area that you enjoy seeing as well. On occasion, when time allows, let your dog choose which way he wants to go. Give him a chance to pick a path with ample time to smell, scratch, and pee on that very suspicious, wonderfully-smelling bush. This time, make it HIS walk and let him do his thing. Sometimes letting go of a little bit of control will help your dog feel more confident and happier overall. When you have extra time, consider taking your dog to a swimming spot or a hiking trail that is new to you both. Exploring unfamiliar areas and discovering new-found favorite activities together will help you learn what makes them happy and will strengthen the bond you have with your dog. Playing with your dog is undoubtedly another wonderful activity that you enjoy together. Although we all know that playing with them is fun, it is also extremely important to your dog’s overall happiness and health. Playing provides cognitive, physical and social benefits for your dog and is a great stress reliever. (Probably for you as well!) Making playtime a regular part of your day can significantly help your dog become less bored and can help alleviate many problem behaviors like excessive chewing or barking. If your dog does not seem interested in toys or doesn’t seem to know HOW to play, you may have to entice them with just the right kinds of games. Learning what games your dog enjoys will help you learn more about their personality. Many dogs that seem uninterested in playtime at first turn out to be playful IF you can find the perfect game.


Sometimes we all tend to play the same basic games with our dogs. (Fetch and tug-a-war are often our favorites.) While these can both be exciting games, maybe you could learn more about your dog if you tried some new games? Try enticing your dog with a few homemade toys like one of your old tee shirts tied in a knot or an old sock stuffed with a tennis ball. (Dogs REALLY don’t care how much a toy cost, right?) Try running through the yard with one of your new homemade toys in tow. Maybe an enthusiastic game of chase is just what you need to ramp things up a little. You can even try hiding favorite toys in the yard and encourage your dog to find them. (This is also a great training exercise which will help your dog recognize certain commands like “Find It”.) If you’re creative and are willing to think outside the box, you can develop all kinds of new games that you will both enjoy together. Discovering their favorite games will bring you one step closer to knowing what makes them happy. Whether you’re walking your dog, playing with them, or simply cuddling on the couch, your time spent together will help you discover your dog’s unique personality. The closer you and your dog become, the more you will learn about them; their likes and dislikes. Like any individual, your dog’s personality has many facets to it. Does your dog enjoy meeting new people and playing with rambunctious children, or do they cower behind you with their tail between their legs? Does he enjoy his trips to the water park or does he seem to fear getting wet? Take notice of your dog’s responses to different situations and avoid those that they clearly dislike. Respect their right to be individually “him or her” and avoid unnecessary situations that you know make them fearful or stressed. Instead, seek out those activities that noticeably bring them joy; favorite walking areas, favorite games, and favorite spots to be scratched.

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February is

NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH By Dr. Nicole McDonagh, DVM • Town Center Animal Hospital • www.towncentervet.com

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nowing basic dental anatomy is key in understanding your pets’ dental health. When we look into the mouth we see the teeth and gums. The white of the teeth we see is known as the crown of the tooth. The root of the tooth lies below the gumline. Every tooth lies in a single socket attached to bone by ligaments. Each tooth is then supplied with nutrients from blood vessels that run up inside the center of the tooth. This is why a full dental exam is important. It includes dental radiographs which allow the root of the tooth, bone, and the inside of the tooth to be evaluated appropriately. Dogs have approximately 42 permanent adult teeth and cats have approximately 30 permanent adult teeth that should erupt starting at 6 months of age with full eruption around 8 months. Any baby teeth remaining in the mouth at that time are known as persistent teeth. Having extra-retained teeth in your pet’s mouth can lead to over crowding and misalignment causing increased risk of oral infection, damage to the soft tissue structures in the mouth, and sensitivity. To avoid this, your veterinarian will recommend having these teeth removed. This can be done at the same time as when your pet is spayed or neutered, or through a dental cleaning under general anesthesia. Everyday our pet’s teeth are covered in saliva, bacteria, food particles and other foreign material. If this material (plaque) sits on the teeth without being cleaned away, it eventually mineralizes into tartar (calculus). Plaque is easily removed by routine brushing. Once tartar occurs, the debris needs to be removed by appropriate dental instruments. By three years of age approximately 85% of pets have periodontal disease which is disease occurring around the outside of the tooth. Tartar and bacteria lead to inflammation of the gums around the teeth (gingivitis). Progress of inflammation can lead to destroying the attachment of the tooth and the surrounding jawbone known as periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversible if treated, if left untreated, irreversible damage can occur leading to mobile teeth, infection around the tooth and also tooth loss. Further progression can even impact the rest of the body effecting distant organs such as the heart liver and kidneys. Thus having a clean healthy mouth will have a positive impact on the rest of your pet’s body. 30

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COMMON SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN ORAL/ DENTAL DISEASE

Ê Bad breathe Ê Drooling Ê Pawing at face Ê Not wanting to eat Ê Swelling under the eye Ê Ocular or nasal discharge

Teeth cleaning, both at home and professionally are ways to provide the best care for your pet’s dental health. Ways to care for your pet’s teeth include routine brushing, proper dental chews and dental diets. Brushing three times a week is adequate to maintain healthy teeth. Chewing on a proper dental chew daily can reduce plaque and tartar up to 69%. It is important to use a specific pet toothbrush, toothpaste and dental products which have the VOCH Seal of approval (Veterinary Oral Heath council). Virbac C.E.T. Chews are great because they have been clinically proven to help control tartar. Cow hooves, bone and pig ears are not recommend because they can be too hard and fracture your pet’s teeth, as well as hold bacterial contaminants.

Dental management is an important factor in you pets’ heath and quality of life. Routine dental check ups are the perfect way to assess your pet’s dental health. Your primary care veterinarian can you find the best plan for pet’s dental care including oral exams and full routine dental cleanings.


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Top Home Trends For Pets And Their People Pet parents LOVE to spoil their furry companions!

By Gail Mayhugh

We all know that people are crazy about their pets. The amount spent on their pets has been in the billions for over 20 years. But it’s no longer just about their overall care. Since 2001 the amount spent has increased over 60 percent to an estimated $75 billion for 2019. The industry overall has blown up. People are spending more on their pet care as well as creature comforts for their fur-babies and themselves.

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oday’s laundry room is a perfect example; it’s becoming pet central in homes. In the new and custom home housing market, laundry rooms are no longer that pass-through from the garage into the house. At the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Show, cabinet companies were featuring multi-functional pet-friendly laundry rooms filled with pet amenities. With the plumbing already in the laundry, homeowners are opting to have wash stations installed. A home washing area is more convenient for those who wash their pets at home. For those with larger dogs, it is much easier than washing them in the shower or bathtub. Pet washing stations (yes, they’re not just for dogs) are becoming increasingly popular and for those who do not have room in their laundry, areas are being added to the garage. I’m working with a custom home client and we have both a full grooming room and wash station in the garage. Not everyone needs a dedicated grooming room but setting up an area more convenient than the back patio may be important especially if you have a pet that needs frequent grooming Along with making laundry rooms pet central, closets are being transformed into sleeping, hang-out, and storage areas for all their needs. It’s amazing how elaborate some are. Other pet amenities showcased were grooming islands, built-in sleeping and feeding areas, as well as drawer organizers for their brushes, medications, and any other pet supplies you might have. People are also getting creative working with any unused space in their homes, such as the open area under the stairs. I worked with a builder who opened up every nook and cranny to make them useable spaces. Every square foot is precious when you don’t have a basement or an attic. If you’re dedicating a whole room or transforming a smaller space, you might want to consider changing the flooring to an easy maintenance luxury vinyl tile, or LVT. LVT is a water-resistant vinyl which comes in both plank and traditional tile sizes. It’s the hottest thing in the flooring industry for new homes and remodels. If you want to make it cushy without the carpet, I had a friend use interlocking foam squares. 34

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But I wouldn’t recommend it if your dog is a chewer. Furniture companies have also entered the billion-dollar pet industry. No longer are there simple pet beds but now there is furniture that will complement the homes décor. You’ll find sofas, chairs and tables that mimic human-sized furniture. Tables are no longer just for lamps; they’re multi-functional sleeping and quiet areas for pets. Dogs are not alone in getting fashionable and extra comfy furniture. You’ll find modern cat caves for your purring little one to relax while providing comfy getaways for them. Now it may seem that pet parents are going a bit overboard, but pet furniture is not new to the industry. Marie Antoinette had benches and beds for her beloved Coco. Pets really don’t need anything fashionable or fancy, but their humans do and are willing to pay the price. For those that can’t help themselves and dress up their darling pups, you can take advantage of the hanging storage you already have in the closet of your dedicated pet room or stylish transformed closet. Now, if little Turbo’s closets are already packed to the gills, a dressing armoire may help do the trick. It has plenty of drawers and hanging space for his handsome outfits. I find it amazing that, according to TheConversation.com, half a billion dollars was spent this year on Halloween pet costumes alone. It’s said that the biggest trend in homes with family pets, is dedicating an entire room for them. I don’t see it just as a trend but a soon to be normal option for all homes. Just like when separate home offices were first being shown in model homes instead of being tucked away into a corner of the family room or bedroom. At the 2019 Global Pet Expo, The American Pet Products Association announced that Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before. Pet owners don’t see themselves as owners; pets are considered members of our families so you can expect to see more specialty products and home innovations to come. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design, has been designing in Las Vegas for over 25 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org.


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Training your dog to obey certain commands helps keep them safe and makes your relationship with them much more enjoyable. Can you find the names of these important commands hidden in the puzzle? The words may be in any direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards.


February is Adopt A Rescue Rabbit Month BUNNIES ARE ADORABLE! We love their cute little noses, floppy ears, and the way they hop. They make wonderful pets for the right person or family. Rabbits are the third most popular pet after dogs and cats. Many people think they live short lives, are low maintenance, and can be cage-bound. They’re often thought of as “starter” pets and perfect for kids. Unfortunately a high percentage of bunnies are relinquished or abandoned in a few months. THERE ARE SEVERAL SERIOUS FACTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU ADOPT A PET RABBIT:

Ê A rabbit’s lifespan is 8-12 years. Ê The cost of owning and caring for your rabbit, including

annual health checks, may be as much or more than for a dog or cat. Ê Bunnies are classified as exotics and require finding a rabbit- knowledgeable vet when it comes to veterinarian care. Ê Rabbits should not be caged, and need a minimum of 6x8 feet of living space, or 8 hours a day of free-roam playtime. Ê Bunnies are chewers and your home should be bunny proofed. Ê Rabbits are companion animals and do best in pairs, or bonded to their preferred human.

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CONCERNS REGARDING RABBIT ABANDONMENT:

Locally, as in many other cities, public parks and empty lots have become dumping grounds overrun with hundreds of abandoned rabbits. People abandon rabbits possibly because they are unaware that domestic rabbits lack the survival instincts of wild ones. They face life threatening factors including starvation, getting hit by cars, predators such as coyotes, hawks, feral cats, and even domestic dogs. They must endure extremes in heat and cold, and also face a crucial lack of drinking water.

Finding a good fit for your home, and the bunny who chooses you (yes, bunnies often choose their humans-not the reverse) is of paramount importance. The same thing applies when finding a suitable bond mate for your existing bunny. It will be up to them to choose a friend they love.

Over-breeding, fighting, injuries and illness are all potentially fatal for domestic pet bunnies. Once people dump two bunnies of the opposite sex, breeding can occur every 28 days with 5-10 or more babies at a time, and back-to-back litters. Yes, two rabbits can multiply into 1 million in a short 1.5 years!

Please consider adopting from the local shelters as there are many bunnies in need. Because they are already altered you are saving several hundred dollars in vet bills. Without support, animals will be turned away for lack of space.

Once an area becomes visibly seen as a “good” place to dump, more and more rabbits appear. Local rescuers are only patching a leaky boat, and sadly, dumpers can dump faster than we can rescue, fundraise and rehabilitate these former family pets.

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Babygirl Boo is an 8 year old female. She loves to be near to people and will seek out your attention & affection. She tends to be overlooked because she is FeLV+ (feline leukemia), she just has to be the only cat in your household (or can be with other FeLV+ cats). Y

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Nevada SPCA 4800 W. Dewey Dr. • 702-873-7722 www.nevadaspca.org Tiny is 2 years old. This little charmer knows he’s got it and is not afraid to flaunt it. Tim seeks a forever family that can meet his every need and spoil him beyond his wildest dreams. He is crate trained. Loves to play with other dogs. He’s a total cuddle bug that also likes to chew on fingers. Y

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Delilah QH mare ready for trails, sound and

beautiful. Requires experienced handler. $900 to approved home. Y

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Homey is a male, 12 year old beagle. He gets separation anxiety so needs someone home more. Easy going and house trained. Fill out an app under the forms tab on our website to meet him and see if you are compatible. Y

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Trixie is an eight year old dilute calico. She was returned to LVVHS when her owner could no longer care for her. She is a sweet girl who loves attention. Trixie is spayed, current on her vaccines, Felv/ FIV negative and microchipped. Y

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Bowser is a 2 year old Boxer. He was diagnosed with a spinal cord stroke and is permanently paralyzed in his rear legs. He will need his wheel chair for life, but he doesn’t let that stop him from living! He is docile and passive. He loves dog friends and cuddles! He responds to basic commands with a smile on his face. Y

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Love

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FEBRUARY 20

YOUR PET DAY • By Elizabeth Parker •

It’s February and it’s official. Love is in the air. In the stores you see aisles full of decorations, full-size cards, candy, and cute gifts. Of course, many are shopping for their significant others for Valentine’s Day. There is, however, another day that is equally (if not more so) important!

For those who have pets, February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! Now, of course, chances are if you have pets, then you love them every day. Why not make this day a little extra special and give them their OWN day to relish in just a little more pampering, a sprinkle more of tender love and care and perhaps a bit more attention than they already receive? (Don’t forget, pets have their own little way of viewing social media- they find out about these special days)! There are many ways you can show that special pet that you love them and throw a little celebration in their honor.

Dogs aren’t the only pets who deserve special attention this day. If you have cats, rabbits, birds, horses, etc., they can enjoy this day as well!

For those energetic pups, why not take a ride to their favorite park and allow them to run, play, or chase a ball for a little longer than they usually do? Maybe arrange a play date with that special canine in their life that they only get to see once in a while. They’ll love the socialization!

Does your kitty love toys? If so, hide some around the house for them to find and toss around. They may appear aloof as if they don’t notice, but deep down, they’ll find it amusing! Have a bird? They might have been eyeing a new cuddle bone for a while! Fill their cage with some new toys for them to discover!

Perhaps on the ride home, visit your local pet bakery and pick them up some tasty treats? Top it off with the canine version of a massage - belly rubs for an hour! If your dog is more laid back, and prefers relaxation to exercise, perhaps a little more snuggle time, a few more toys and a dash of their favorite food-the kind they only get on special occasions! Take a seat on the couch next to them and read to them; dogs love the sound of our voices and will appreciate the intense conversation. You’ll benefit too as dogs are the best listeners! They’ll be happy to hear all about your day. Be sure to include their name in the conversation though as they love to hear about themselves as well! (You can add a few “good boy” or “good girl” in the conversation too)! 44

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On this day, the sky is the limit. Take a moment to think about what makes your pet the happiest and give them a bit extra of whatever that is. This is their day and this is your chance to show your pet just how much they mean to you! Most of all, enjoy it. Our pets are only with us for a short while, however, the memories of these special days will last a lifetime! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 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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upcoming MONDAY, JANUARY 6

Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group 6pm–8pm. Join Pet Loss Hurts for a wonderful and supportive session of compassionate grief support. They promote a safe, supportive, non-judgemental group. www.petlosshurts.com RockStar Dogs – 3970 W. Desert Inn Rd., Unit V-102

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

Events PET

staff, donors, friends, family and adopters will receive free entry. Donations will be collected at the door. Join them for fun and lots of laughs! www.havlv.com Eclipse Theatre – 814 South Third Street

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser

7pm–8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas • 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

6pm–9pm. Fun evening of bowling and socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. www.pawpartnersunleashed.org The Orleans Casino Bowling Center • 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

7pm Register today for VVDOC’s winter classes that will start on January 16 at Dog Fancier’s Park. www.VVDOC.org Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Duarante Blvd.

7pm–10pm. Join On My Way Home Rescue for a night that puts FUN in Fundraiser! Enjoy delicious catered food, an open bar, and music while mingling with friends and bidding on fabulous and unique silent auction items. www.onmywayhomerescue.com Location to be announced – Check website for update

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Winter Classes

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11

Muttini Mixer 2020

SNBRF Chili Cook-Off

2pm–5pm. Join Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation for their 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. $15 per chili entry fee (includes tasting) or $10 tasting ticket - purchased in advanced. Vote for your favorite! www.southernnevadabeaglerescue.com Beagletopia (SNBRF Headquarters) – 285 Irvin Ave.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Comedy with a Heart

7:30pm–10pm. Tickle Me Comedy Club will be hosting Hearts Alive Village at Comedy with a Heart (which may include adult language so please leave the kiddos at home). All volunteers,

Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:

www.LVPetScene.com

www.facebook.com/lasvegaspetscene

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upcoming

Events PET

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

6pm–8pm. Join Pet Loss Hurts for a wonderful and supportive session of compassionate grief support. They promote a safe, supportive, non-judgemental group. www.petlosshurts.com RockStar Dogs – 3970 W. Desert Inn Rd., Unit V-102

11:30am–3pm. The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society cordially invites you to their Heart to Heart Valentine’s Luncheon. Enjoy raffles, silent auction, lunch and entertainment. Mistress of Ceremonies – Denise Valdez. Please RSVP by February 1st via email at events@lvvhumane.org or call 702-434-2009. www.lvvhumane.org Canyon Gate Country Club – 2001 Canyon Gate.

Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group

Heart to Heart Valentine’s Luncheon

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting

7pm–8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas • 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 For The Love Of Dogs

3pm–6pm. Leave the kids and the pups at home and join Animal Help Alliance for a relaxing night out. Live music on the patio, food will be available and 100% of all Tito’s Vodka drink sales wil benefit AHA! Merchandise for sale right before Valentine’s Day. www.animalhelpalliance.org ReBar –1225 S. Main Street

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Runnin’ Rebel Basketball UNR vs UNLV 7pm–10pm. Come out to one of the biggest college basketball rivalry games of the season. A portion from each ticket purchased through The Animal Foundation website will benefit TAF rescue pets. https://animalfoundation.com Thomas and Mack – 4505 S. Maryland Parkway

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18

PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser 6pm–9pm. Fun evening of bowling and socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. www.pawpartnersunleashed.org The Orleans Casino Bowling Center • 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

My Furry Valentine Sock Hop 5pm–8pm. Join Pawtastic Friends for a rockin’ sockin’ lovin’ good time! Tickets are $50 and includes dancing, appetizers, two cash bars, live auction, 50/50 raffle and tons of fun! Tickets will sell out! www.pawtasticfriends.com La Contesssa Yacht at Lake Las Vegas Marina

Love is in the Air! Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:

www.LVPetScene.com

www.facebook.com/lasvegaspetscene

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Luxury Doghouse Event Highlights Growing Home Trends in Southern Nevada

“Oasis for Man’s Best Friend” Courtesy of luxus DESIGN BUILD

Las Vegas’ Most Pampered Pets

are getting the royal treatment with their own luxury doghouses. Luxus DESIGN BUILD, a design-build contractor based in Henderson, Nevada, recently took first place for its innovative custom doghouse at the inaugural Doghouses of Distinction event benefitting The Animal Foundation. The award-winning structure, dubbed the “Oasis for Man’s Best Friend” was designed and built by Luxus DESIGN BUILD and its sister company studio g ARCHITECTURE and reflects the holistic creative style of its principal and architect Michael Gardner. The multilevel space featured a Zen garden with live planting for ambiance, a rooftop platform for sunbathing and a covered space with a custom bed and pillows for lounging, complete with its own modern address numbers and solar entrance light. The structure included a calming neutral palette with subtle pops of color in the fabric and accent tile, as well as modern black metal roof lines paired with the warmed textured wood siding. “Our vision for the space was to create a luxurious experience for the pet, while also being something visually appreciated by the owner,” Gardner said. “We especially wanted the doghouse to be multifunctional – much like many of the homes we’re designing in Las Vegas today. We incorporated the idea of form meets function, meaning the doghouse not only looks great, but each element also serves a purpose.” According to Morgan LeFever, lead interior designer, NCIDQ, luxury doghouses are just one part of an overarching trend among luxury homeowners. LeFever said more and more people are now taking their pets into consideration in the overall construction and design of their homes.

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“I’m seeing a lot more practicality when it comes to material selections and the type of spaces our clients want in their homes,” LeFever said. “The majority of our clients are now making requests for a special pet room specifically designed for their animals. It’s something that has only started gaining popularity recently.” LeFever said the firm has seen a higher demand recently for petrelated designs in custom homes, particularly in Southern Nevada. Homeowners are requesting these special pet rooms to be customized for the comfort of their furry friends – with everything from indoor pet-relief mats and custom bathing stations to private lounging spaces and personal storage areas for their necessities. Furthermore, these special spaces aren’t just being limited to only dog owners – requests are also being made by feline owners. LeFever said she predicts there will be more and more home designs driven by pet owners specifically for their pets, but she said this trend will likely extend further into hospitality design as well. “I’m seeing the whole pet industry becoming more widely accepted in hospitality spaces than in previous years,” LeFever said. “Restaurants are incorporating pet-friendly seating areas, hotels are including amenities for pet exercise spaces and airports, like the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, are constructing new pet relief areas inside the terminals.” Luxus DESIGN BUILD’s winning doghouse was sponsored and supported by studio g ARCHITECTURE, Walker Zanger, Brentano, M|R DESIGN LAB, Gothic Landscape, Build.com, Slater Design Studios, Inc., Apollon Windows & Doors, Designers Décor and Pololu Robotics and Electronics. To learn more about the newest trends and designs in Nevada and across the country, visit www.studiogarchitecture.com or www.luxusdesignbuild.com.


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