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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Wynda “Windy” Knight Gail Mayhugh Dr. Charlotte Pulliam, DVM C.A. Ritz Geri Rombach Susanne J. Rowe Donna Stidham, Esq. Shannon Turpin Annoula Wylderich

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 and correspondence:

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Earth Day

The gorgeous weather of spring in Las Vegas entices us to go outside. Mother Nature invites us to enjoy and appreciate her beauty and her gifts. April 22 gives us another opportunity to pause to appreciate our world. Earth Day was created to honor and show our respect and appreciation. A time to reflect and focus on ways to care for the earth and all living creatures who co-habit the earth with us. We are interconnected in the great circle of life; on some level we interact with every creature on this planet earth – our home! We often feel overwhelmed with so much to do and can sometimes feel that our efforts are futile. It is so important to start where we are and do what we can even if we feel it isn’t enough – small things if practiced regularly by a large group of people will have a positive impact on our environment. The 3R’s of helping our environment are Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. At LVPSM one way we care for the environment is by using sustainable printing in publishing our magazine. We hope that you’ll join us in recycling our publication when you finish reading it. Hint: we would love it if you practiced “Re-use” and pass along your copy to a friend. Caring for our pets is one way to honor our world.

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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month Be a well-prepared pet parent… Oh no, Rover got into our trash again!! As pet owners, there are many emergency situations that arise on a daily basis, and sometimes getting to your veterinarian is a timely and strenuous ordeal. In times like these, it is always recommended to take your four-legged friend to a veterinarian, however here are some potentially lifesaving tips to use at home and on the way to your veterinarian. As with your family, having a emergency plan is best, and discussing this with your veterinarian is recommended. By Dr. Charlotte Pulliam, DVM • Town Center Animal Hospital

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No, singing the alphabet won’t save our furry friends, but focusing on Airway, Breathing, and Circulation/Cardiac function can. AIRWAY: Focusing on anything that could block the normal flow of oxygen into the lungs. Saliva, vomitus, or foreign material (rocks, toys, sticks). If a foreign object is stuck, do not use excessive force to try to remove the object, and never pull on a string! BE CAREFUL – PAINFUL OR SCARED PETS MAY BITE! BREATHING: Focus on trying to allow the animal to start breathing again, or breathe more efficiently. Make sure the head is straight, pull gently on the tongue to allow for better breathing. Mouth to nose rescue breaths can be administered, but again use caution as not to get bitten. Circulation/Cardiac Function: Assess by feeling for a pulse inside the inner thigh region, also by placing your hand over the left side of the chest. Further assistance with CPR or ABC’s can be discussed with your veterinarian. As the weather warms up, another common emergency is an external laceration or wound. As mentioned before, it is always best to seek professional veterinary advice, although here are some tips to try to manage a severely bleeding wound. Try to apply pressure to the bleeding with clean gauze or cloth. If the laceration is superficial, cleaning the wound might 8

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help, only using saline, betadine, or chlorhexadine. Summer parties, BBQ’s, Pool parties – Poisons? Yes, many pets will sneak a “treat” in or some will go for the whole table! As a general rule of thumb, human food is for humans, and pet food is for pets! Many human foods can be toxic, and some even life threatening! Grapes, fried foods, chocolate, alcohol, garlic, onions, and candy are common items found at social gatherings, ALL of which are toxic to dogs and cats. Try keeping a treat stash for your furry family members, or better yet maybe putting them in a quiet room for some rest during the event. These events can be a lot of fun for us, but the amount of people and noise can sometimes overwhelm our pets, and can unknowingly even put them in harms way!

Remember to always STAY CALM! Just as humans can sense your energy, animals can too! Keeping a level head can sometimes help save your pets life. Also remember these are just tips that MAY save your pets life, but routine exams and bloodwork can catch problems earlier, possibly eliminating these emergencies. Make a plan, stay calm, and always contact your veterinarian.


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• Place pressure with gauze or a clean cloth to stop bleeding. • If there is debris, flush the wound with saline or clean water. • For deep wounds, or severe bleeding, keep pressure until until you can get your pet to a veterinarian.

• If choking, hold upper jaw open with one hand, and look for a foreign object. • Unless you can clearly see and grasp the obstruction, do not put your fingers into your dog’s mouth or throat. • Lift smaller dogs’ legs into the air so gravity can help dislodge the obstruction. • If you can’t remove the foreign object, using the heel of your hand, deliver 4-5 sharp blows on the dog between the shoulder blades.

• The most important thing to do is to protect your pet from self-injury. • DO NOT place your fingers or any object in your pet’s mouth. • Clear the area around your pet to help prevent injury during the seizure. • DO NOT attempt to restrain your pet, but you can place a hand on their body. • When the seizure has stopped, contact your veterinarian for further instructions. • If the seizure does not stop within 3 to 5 minutes or if your pet comes out of the seizure and goes into another one within an hour, transport the pet immediately to the veterinarian.

• If you suspect poisoning, seek care immediately. • If you cannot get to the vet immediately, are waiting for a ride, or are stranded, you can call either of these 24-hour emergency hotlines: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-4-ANI-HELP or 1-888-426-4435 National Animal Poison Control Center 1-800-548-2423

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Warmth – Cats prefer temperatures about 86 to 96 degrees F. This is warmer than most people prefer – cardboard boxes are insulating and when cats are curled up in a small box it helps preserve their body heat. Stress Relief – The universal feline response to a stressful situation is to withdraw and hide. Squeezing into a small box creates a comfort zone where they feel secure and protected; a place to hide and relax. A study published in the journal, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, found that shelter cats who were given a box adapted quicker to their environment than the cats who were not given a box. It is especially important when bringing home a new cat that you provide boxes or box-like areas to help them create a safe hiding place.

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way to give them some immediate itch relief. In between baths, cleaning and soaking their feet will help reduce the amount of allergens they track into the house. When time is limited, simply wipe down your pet with a towel when they return from the outdoors - especially their feet. (Taking off your shoes before entering the house is also a good idea.) Anything you can do to keep the allergens outside will be beneficial to your pet. To reduce the amount of airborne allergens in your home, keep your windows closed and run a HEPA air filter as much as possible. If your furry friend still seems miserable and itchy after taking these precautions, consult with your veterinarian. Sometimes allergy reactions can become severe and lead to inflamed, infected patches of skin known as “Hot Spots”. (A Hot Spot will usually look very red and may be bloody or scab-like with hair loss around it.) The constant licking and scratching of this area will typically make it worse. Another symptom to look for is a foul odor coming from the ears, especially in dogs. As the skin inside their ears becomes inflamed it could develop into a bacterial or yeast infection. They may scratch at their ears and frequently shake their head. If you notice a Hot Spot or suspect an ear infection, it is important that you have your pet seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Although springtime allergies do not last forever, they can be an uncomfortable nuisance when we have them. Adding a few preventative measures to your springtime routine can help you and your pet feel more comfortable by keeping those allergens out of the house where they belong. J


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June is named for Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Ancient tradition believed that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. However, in Las Vegas, the “wedding capital of the world, weather wins over tradition – the near perfect weather in April, May, September and October has made these the popular months for weddings in Vegas. Wedding ceremonies are usually a blend of traditional wedding customs, family traditions and trends. It is important to incorporate traditions and customs that are meaningful for you. You can also share your passion for a favorite charity by including charitable giving in your wedding planning. According to the I Do Foundation* many couples are raising money for charity through their weddings in two ways:

Wedding Favors – The origin of giving favors to guests came from the belief that the bride and groom are associated with good luck and that everything they touched would be blessed. Giving gifts to the community was a way to pass the blessings to others. Many couples are choosing to share the blessing by making a charitable donation on behalf of each guest.

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Many pet owners want to have an agreement with a neighbor to take their pet instead of planning for the pet inside a trust. In Nevada, pets are considered property so an Animal Control officer will not release the pet to the neighbor because the agency has no more authority to automatically transfer ownership of a pet than it does to transfer ownership of a person’s television. If no family member is present, the pets are taken to the government shelter where they will immediately face the danger of being put to sleep, exposed to disease and the stress of not only losing their owner but being around people they do not know in an environment they are not used to. I often receive calls from friends or animal rescue groups because a pet was taken to the government kill shelter when an individual passes away or suffers a major medical problem and is put into the hospital. The shelters will not release the pet to non-family members. Many times there are no family members or the family members live out of state. Some shelters euthanize animals as early as 72 hours after the pet arrives which makes it virtually impossible for anyone to adopt the pet or for a family member to get the pet. With proper planning these situations can be avoided.

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Inside a trust we can include language that will cover the individual’s wants and concerns. An individual may want to leave their pet to a neighbor, friend or rescue group along with money as a “thank you” for caring for the pet, or they might want to keep all of their pets living in the house they currently live in with a caregiver assigned to live with and care for the pets. Money can be held in trust to pay for the pet’s care as well as the expenses of the house. Be careful about leaving money outright to an individual as a “thank you” because once the individual has your pet and your money the individual can take the pet to the vet or a shelter and have them put to sleep and keep your money. Unfortunately, this happens far too often. Estate planning is important for all animals. Some animals live to be 100 years old, like birds and desert tortoises, some animals are very large, require a lot of room and are expensive to care for, like horses and some animals have known medical problems. Many pet owners want to ensure there is money for the pet’s future needs. Proper estate planning including provisions for your pet is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself and your pet so you have peace of mind that your pet will be taken care of in the event you are unable to. It is imperative that planning be done by an attorney who is well versed in estate planning for pets as it is a matter of life or death for your pet. A provision stating, “Daisy will go to James,” is not sufficient. James may not be able to care for Daisy and if you have a new pet, that pet will not be covered under the terms of the trust.

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Ben’s Story

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I was waiting for my doctors’ appointment when a matted, dirty and sickly looking cat appeared outside the door. He sat there calling to anyone to come and help him. Eventually he gave up his cries for help. Looking hopeless and defeated, he weakly walked into some nearby bushes probably to take his last breath. Hearing the receptionist behind the desk say, animal control was on their way to get him. I knew he would be euthanized. I was tormented at the thought of animal control taking him and how frightened he would be. Without a further thought, I ran to my car grabbed a towel and box and called out to him. Weak meows led me to him lying there. He could barely hold his head up to look at me with sad eyes. I carefully picked him up, rushing him to the vet, and assuming the worst case scenario for him. At the vets, I was told he may make it and that he was once an indoor cat and was declawed. His stomach was empty with only a tiny pebble in it. He was old and sick and would not have lasted another day outside. Ben as I named him, was diabetic and had kidney failure and would require insulin daily and sub q fluids twice a week. After being cleaned up, I took him to give him a forever home. He continues to thrive; his once dull lifeless eyes are filled with light. I will never know Ben’s story, why he ended up where he was, if he was abandoned or not. I will never know what his name was. I do know he was left starving, neglected and left to die all alone and his fate seemed sealed that day until our paths crossed.

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A third popular and equally in-demand feature: helping students de-stress during exam time around campuses. Program animals and their humans visit colleges twice a year to meet thousands of students and spread the love and serotonin. Students have an opportunity to get up close and experience that “aw” factor that comes built in with these irresistible furry rock stars.

Love Dog Adventures inspires physical and emotional healing by creating custom protocols for therapeutic and educational animal-assisted interactions. It is an allvolunteer program that utilizes dogs and cats to serve the most fragile populations, such as adults and children living with emotional, physical and mental challenges or life-defining trauma. Volunteers and their animals work in psychiatric facilities, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation healthcare centers; and with stroke survivors and others in similar debilitating situations. LDA has many programs, but among the most popular is “Power of Pets,” which is comprised of the “Be Cool, Not Cruel” anti-bullying initiative that focuses discussion upon tolerance and acceptance through the eyes of animals. This program targets elementary-age children and has been in great demand. Any school can request a visit by contacting Sue, below.

Every animal in the program has its story, from a starved, neglected little Pug to a pup with multiple homes in his first year of life and deemed “unadoptable.” Their stories have been documented as they become familiar to the children and adults with whom they work, so they can be understood and loved for the unique beings they are. Every animal has a trading card that has been created specifically so that each may tell their story. These are given out and have often helped reach breakthrough’s for those with memory or other cognitive issues.

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For those interested, the next Handler Workshop will be held in April. Courses fill up quickly; a Free Orientation is suggested prior to taking a workshop. For signups or more information, contact Sue@lovedogadventures.org, or visit: www.lovedogadventures.com/about-us/join-our-team or www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Dog-Adventures/619523368178529. Meet the Love Dog team during a free evening at Mingo Kitchen, on Monday, May 16, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m (www.lovedogadventures.com/events). 28

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7 Ways to Make Your Home

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, an annual event, is celebrated on April 22nd across the world. It was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, he wanted to increase the awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment and was inspired by the student anti-war movement. April 22nd was selected as the date because it fell between Spring Break and Final Exams. So what can we do as pet lovers to enjoy Earth Day and reduce our pet’s paw print? How can we make our home a cleaner and greener home for us and our pets?

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POOP PATROL – We all wish our pets could learn to use the toilet like some of those we see on YouTube, but it’s not reality. So picking up poop is a daily routine. If not picked up it pollutes the environment, plus you have to watch for those little ones who should be in “Poop Anon” for cleaning it up for you. Use paper bags or ones that are biodegradable. If you’re not bringing your own bag to the store, use the plastic ones you get. At least you’re making them double-duty.

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BE WATER SMART – When refreshing the water

SPOT CLEAN FLOORS – Your pets walk on them

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PLANTS - Plants do help keep our indoor air clean, but so many are toxic to our pets. Before bringing one into the house or planting outside, check the ASPCA’s Poison Control list of toxic plants. You’ll probably be as shocked as I was to find out what they are and ones you may have in your home.

and then lick their paws. So this is a very important area to read the labels and invest in non-toxic cleaners. As with any number of cleaning products, mild skin irritation or stomach upset may occur if pets walk through a stillwet floor or lick any spilled solution. carpet freshener’s shouldn’t be used. They get into the fibers which isn’t good for your carpet or pets. Just my opinion. If anything use baking soda because it is safer for you and Mollie.

When having your carpets cleaned allow the carpet to dry before allowing pets into the area. This will help to prevent the risk of skin irritation or tummy upset. Just have them spot clean and use very hot water and no chemicals. They can leave residues that are toxic. Even if you manage to get all of the residue off the floor, the vapors and residue can linger and can be dangerous to your pet.

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AIR FRESHENERS – You’re just spritzing a little into the air to get rid of the fishy, doggy and kitty smells. But have you thought that it’s landing on your floors, counters as well as any dishware around. Even though your room smells clean and fresh, they are emitting volatile chemicals into the air. I have never used activated charcoal as an air freshener, but there are many articles Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2016

bowl each day, instead of dumping it down the drain, use it in your garden. We live in a drought environment and the plants don’t mind that Max shared his water. choosing a laundry detergent isn’t that important because the rinse cycle rinses it away. But there is residue left behind on clothes and pet blankets that can be harmful to your pet, especially those that chew on their bedding. Avoid detergents with toxic ingredients.

Always strive for non-toxic pet friendly products which will be safer for both you and your pet. Consider that anything that irritates you will most likely bother and be harmful to your pet. As with any product, it is important that you always follow label instructions for use.

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Horse Care Protecting the Back By Susanne J. Rowe

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horse’s back is not biomechanically designed for carrying weight. Horses have a well-developed flight response that is aided by having a long, flexible spine. Carrying too much weight causes the back to collapse, which pushes the spinous processes of the vertebrae closer together. This can eventually deform the spine so the processes overlap or touch, resulting in a condition known as “kissing spines.” In general, a horse should carry no more than 25-29 percent of its body weight including the weight of the saddle. Larger riders should look for horses with denser bones and excellent feet. Carrying weight places added stress on the legs and feet. Horses with conformational defects or previous injuries may not stay sound. Weight is not the only factor that can impact your horse’s back. A heavier, well-balanced rider is easier for the horse to carry than a lighter rider who is off balance or leans consistently to one side or the other. A beginning rider must learn to never use the reins to maintain balance. Constantly pulling on the mouth teaches the horse to carry its head and neck awkwardly to avoid pressure. This can lead to arthritis in the spine. To protect your horse’s back, it is important to use a well-fitting saddle. Although the saddle adds weight, it is designed to distribute the rider’s weight across the back. The saddle panels, which are the padded portions underneath the saddle, should contact the back evenly without concentrating pressure in any one area. The saddle must allow the horse’s back to swing 36

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upwards. If the saddle tree, or frame, is the wrong shape for the horse, it can restrict this movement. The saddle tree should be wide enough so that it doesn’t pinch and the arch of the tree should never hit the horse’s withers (the highest point over the shoulders). Pressure sores can develop and these injuries are difficult to heal. If the tree is an adequate width for your horse, saddle fit can be customized by using an orthopedic blanket or pad. There are a number of styles on the market including half pads, gel pads, and memory foam. Saddle fit is also important for riders. A saddle that is too long puts pressure on the horse’s kidneys or ribs. The rider may slide backwards and compensate by moving her legs forward as though sitting in an easy chair. A saddle that is too short restricts the rider’s ability to ride in balance with the horse’s movement. A well-fitting saddle will increase the rider’s feeling of security. Imagine walking for miles while carrying a heavy, lumpy backpack. Your horse experiences something similar when his saddle doesn’t fit. Eventually your horse associates being ridden with experiencing pain and may act up. Before you assume your horse is developing behavioral problems, consider if he may be in pain. Horses are susceptible to back problems and can benefit from therapeutic massage and chiropractic care just like us.

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Dealing with the

Loss of a Pet Pet Loss

As a child, you may have a pet who shares your secrets, hopes, and dreams. They can be great listeners! Sadly, unless you own a parrot or tortoise, your lovable pets may not live as long as you’d like. When our pets die from illness or accidents, our hearts hurt.

A Child’s Perspective

I was very young when our first cat, “Snowball” followed my brother on his paper route. The sun was just peeking across the winter sky. Our kitty couldn’t be seen against the snowy rural road so it was hit by a car. He died instantly. Heart broken, my brother brought him home in a basket aided by a kind neighbor. Our dad fought his way through the hardened icy ground to lay the little feline to rest under our crab apple tree. Snowball’s death was my introduction to loss. Still in shock, I went to school that morning. As I thought about my kitten I could not hear the teacher. I held back tears. Then a girlfriend asked what was wrong. Another told me, “It was just a cat.” As you might guess, that did not help. I did learn that the sadness of losing pets hurts greatly but can be replaced in time by gratitude for having known them.

Coping

There are normal feelings humans experience. We each deal with these feelings in our own time. Recently our cat, Baby, and then our dog, Tiger died. Each pet was special and unique. Our lives are different now and we’re coping. Writing is one way to cope. Drawing or reading or talking are other ways. If you have lost a pet, talk to an adult about: ❖ Feeling very sad or depressed ❖ Knowing you cared for your pet ❖ Accepting life has changed ❖ Focusing on good memories ❖ Remembering to respect and appreciate pets and people in our lives

It is normal to go from the shock of a losing a pet through a time of healing. We each handle loss differently and perhaps get to the point where we can help others going through similar situations. When you talk with your parents, remember they have lost their pet, too. They also have the added concern of your feelings since when you hurt, parents do too. Talking together may help everyone.

The Story Continues

Even with heart medicine, Tiger died one October day just before sunrise. The night before, I had held him in my arms then cupped his face in my hands looking into his big brown eyes. I knew he would soon be gone. He died as he had lived; peacefully at home next to the pillow we had bought for him so many years ago. Our hearts were saddened for ourselves and relieved for him. He had no more pain. As you can guess, our pets live on in our hearts and memories. Will we get another dog? Too soon to tell. If so, it’ll be a new adventure with a unique creature. C.A. Ritz ~ Author and Illustrator

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Mama is a great dog that craves attention from those who give her the time & respect to get to know her. Just like a typical Pit Bull, she desires exercise, a family to please, and positive role model. Mama has to be the ONLY DOG in the house. Mama has been waiting a long time for her forever family. Come and visit Mama. Y

Manet & Monet are 3 year old Maximilian’s Pionus sisters. Beautiful and gentle, they came to the rescue together, but are not bonded and will be adopted separately. They enjoy attention and will definitely build a strong bond with their person(s) yet are not as demanding as some parrot species. Y

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Donut loves anything that moves, particularly anything feathery with a bell! He will play with anything once he is comfortable and is always first to investigate or try something new! Y dob: 11/02/2015

Bianca is a 2 year-old white German Shepherd who was living in the desert and needed to learn about the love that people had to offer. She is now ready for a forever home. Great with children, other dogs, and cats. Y

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Sweet Jaydee is approx. 7 years old. She has lots of energy and LOVES her toys! She will chase a ball, and loves the kiddy pool. Jaydee is particular about the dogs she chooses to share space with, and she will not tolerate cats. So if you would like to give this gorgeous, petite girl a chance at a wonderful life, please fill out our online adoption application. Y

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Benjamin Super cute donkey gelding is learning cart-pulling and seeking Jaydee

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Meet Angelina; a 4 year old Calico. This beauty was found on the streets and just wanted to be warm and have a soft bed to sleep on. Angelina would prefer to be the only pet. She would love to had a nice lady she could call her own. Y

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Hal, 9 yr old male tricolor beagle. UTD on vaccines, chipped and neutered. Owner passed away. Gets separation anxiety when you first leave or when he can’t get to the room you are in. Not destructive but barks and scratches the door for a little bit. Y

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Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4 to SUNDAY, MARCH 6

Dog Days Family Event Friday 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Bring your dog! Free seminars, giveaways, raffle prizes and more. Health & wellness checks, microchipping plus grooming demos. www.basspro.com/lasvegas Bass Pro Shops – 8200 Dean Martin Dr.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

13th Annual Bark In The Park 10am - 2pm. This free event features fun for you and your dog. Watch demonstrations, visit vendor booths, take part in fun contests, and meet lots of dogs looking for forever homes. Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Donkey Jamboree 11am - 3pm. Live music, rescue

donkeys on site, food & drinks, raffle prizes and showing of video documentaries. All proceeds going to the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. Golden West Restaurant & Casino – 91 E Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

lots of fun pups! Free and open to all ages! Come and have fun!! Desert Spring United Methodist Church – 120 North Pavilion Center Dr.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13

Las Vegas Bird Club Monthly Meeting 1pm -

3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13

Easter Beagle Adoption Event 11am - 2pm.

Adoptable dogs, $5 pictures with the Easter Bunny, raffles, bake sale & fun for the whole family. SNBRF. DogSupplies.com Outlet Store - 2980 St. Rose Pkwy.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Easter “Begg” Hunt 9:30am Bring your dogs for lots of fun, treats & prizes! Three Dog Bakery - 2110 N. Rampart Blvd.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 / SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Flyball Tournament 8am - 5pm Tournaments will be held indoors at the Washington County Fair Park in Hurricane, Utah. www.flyballdogs.com

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. For more

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Rods & Monsters, Easy-Riders & Cool Cats 12pm – 5pm. Family-friendly premier car, truck & bike show. Meet rescue dogs for adoption & enjoy many activities for children too. Admission is donation of choice to Nevada SPCA. Antique Mall of America – 9151 Las Vegas Blvd S.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

FRIDAY, MARCH 11 to SUNDAY, MARCH 13

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Valley Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Spring Classes

7pm. Register today for VVDOC’s spring classes that will start on April 14 at Dog Fancier’s Park. Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Visit www.VVDOC.org for more information.

Dog Days Family Event Friday 6pm to 8pm,

Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Bring your dog! Free seminars, giveaways, raffle prizes and more. Health & wellness checks, microchipping plus grooming demos. www.basspro.com/lasvegas Bass Pro Shops – 8200 Dean Martin Dr.

Pet-A-Palooza 10am – 6pm. Entertainment all day from your favorite Mix 94.1 artists. Vendors and more than 40 non-profit animal rescue groups will be onsite for adoptions and information. Bring your pet or adopt one while you are there! www.mix941.fm Sunset Park – 2601 E. Sunset Rd.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10

Las Vegas Bird Club – Monthly Meeting 1pm -

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21

Tour For Life 2016 Stops Here! North Shore

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28

Animals in Wonderland Champagne & High Tea 2pm. This elegant event will feature live

entertainment, delicious food, celebrity guests and rescued animals for adoption. Nevada SPCA. Presented by Cadillac of Las Vegas. Sienna Community Center – 10525 Siena Monte Ave. ON-GOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS GARAGE SALE! 9am – 2pm. Garage Sale to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Books, furniture, home decor, electronics, jewelry & MORE! 6360 Annie Oakley. Donations accepted. www.hcws.org

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