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DOES YOUR DOG GET

"THE ZOOMIES"? THE POWER OF THE

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LUXATING PATELLA IN DOGS SPRING CLEANING

TIPS FOR PET PARENTS WAYS YOUR CAT CAN THE OUTDOORS

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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

March/April 2020 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Rick Vierkandt - Bark Gallery

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Dr. Monica DeVilbiss, DVM Sheryl Green Paula Jacoby-Garrett Susan Johnson Gail Mayhugh Elizabeth Parker Kimberly Reinhart C.A. Ritz Geri Rombach Shannon Turpin Silver State Kennel Club

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Contents

RIGHT FOR YOUR DOG – AND YOU?

14 LUXATING

PATELLA IN DOGS

16 AVERAGE

33 WAYS YOUR CAT CAN ENJOY THE OUTDOORS

34 WHY DOGS? 37 WHEN THE BABY ARRIVES

LIFESPANS OF POPULAR PETS

18 DOES YOUR DOG GET THE ZOOMIES?

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ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS + ADOPTABLE PETS

21 SPRING HIKE: 43 BOOK REVIEW FIRE WAVE TRAIL 46-47 PET 22 WONKA’S EVENTS WAY

28 THE POWER OF THE PURR

30 SPRING

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CLEANING TIPS FOR PET PARENTS

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Springtime in all its glory…

Flowers bursting forth in full bloom and trees proudly showing new buds. Making its official arrival on March 19, with the Spring Equinox, it is a celebration of rebirth and new beginnings. Signs of spring are more subtle in our warmer climate yet they are still visible; warm, sunny days urge us to go outdoors and enjoy all the gifts of the season. It is one of the best times in Vegas to enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, biking, jogging/running and, of course, spending those activities with our pets. Our indoor pets also appreciate the opportunities to experience the sights, smells and sounds of spring. Our purpose is to provide information, inspiration and encouragement. Hopefully, also, to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the pets who share our lives and to celebrate the incredible bond, mysterious and sacred, that exists between pets and people. Our pets provide us with companionship and comfort; they enhance our lives in innumerable ways. March and April have many holidays and special pet-themed days providing opportunities for celebration and lightheartedness. There are many fun-filled events for the entire family including our furry children. Check out the Pet Events in this issue and visit our website at www.LVPetScene.com for new events and updates. Stay connected with us through social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Wishing you and your pets a glorious spring! – Your Friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine –

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Is Agility Right for Your Dog – and You? By Silver State Kennel Club

Is your dog a runner who dashes and darts over things like he is going for his personal best on an obstacle course? Have you thought about agility for you and your dog, but you weren’t quite sure if either of you could keep up? Agility is a dog sport where a dog is handled through an obstacle course. Courses usually have between 14-20 obstacles which can include: tunnels, poles, seesaws, and jumps. MAKE SURE AGILITY IS RIGHT FOR YOUR AND YOUR DOG. ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: A. Is your dog highly energetic? B. Does your dog enjoy running and listening to instruction? C. Does your dog get along with other dogs? WHEN THINKING ABOUT AGILITY, SOME DOGS ARE BETTER FITS THAN OTHERS. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THE SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE BREEDS THAT ENJOY AGILITY:

Small Breeds 1. 2. 3. 4.

Jack Russell Terrier – Energetic and easy to train. Papillion – Easy to train, can be needy, does not like to spend time alone. Miniature Schnauzer – Moves quickly, but not super hyper. Scottish Terrier – Intelligent, independent, fast on feet.

Medium Breeds 1. 2. 3. 4.

Collie – Very smart, great herding skills, quick on feet. Labrador Retriever – Strong, agile, easy to train. Australian Shepherd – Agile and energetic. Winning personality + sporty attributes. Border Collie – Great agility, very energetic. Great herding skills.

Large Breeds 1. 2.

German Shepherd – Fast and agile. Very energetic. Intelligent and easy to train. Greyhound – Great agility, very fast. Gets along with other dogs. 8

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SOME DOGS ARE BETTER AT OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT DON’T INCLUDE AGILITY. THESE DOGS HAVE CERTAIN TRAITS OR GENETIC ISSUES THAT MAKE THEM A BAD MATCH FOR AGILITY. SOME OF THESE BREEDS INCLUDE: 1. Shih Tzu – They don’t enjoy speedy activities. They enjoy a light stroll through the garden, and then back to the throne in which they nap. This is a royal breed that prefers not to run. 2. Beagles and Bloodhounds – The truth is, they like to follow the scent, and if that scent isn’t in the tunnel, they aren’t really interested. This breed wants to track and hunt, not jump through hoops. 3. Bulldogs – This one is genetic. Because of the shape of the face, and features of the nose, agility isn’t a good fit for Bulldogs. Bulldogs consider running more of a chore than an interest. FINAL THOUGHTS: This list is only a guide to help you with your agility journey. There are lots of other canines that may not be on this list that would really enjoy the extra attention and challenge of agility. Maybe your dog is one or could be one. A few final things to remember: 1. Dogs must be at least 15 months or older to participate in agility. 2. Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. 3. Plan on spending at least 20 minutes a day working on routines, and practicing what you learn in an agility class.

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Email your photo to contest@lvpetscene.com with the following information. All entries must contain all of the information below to qualify (one photo/entry per person): • Pet’s name • Your name • Your email address • Your phone # Please note: By entering the contest, you are giving Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine permission to use the photo in our magazine, emails, and social media/facebook.

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e all enjoy spending time with our dogs; watching them run and play is always fun! But have you ever noticed your dog skip, or walk on three legs? And then go back to all four legs like nothing ever happened? This is quite common in small and medium breeds and it’s called Medial Patella Luxation (MPL). Medically, luxation means ‘going out of place’ and patella means kneecap. So these poor guys have kneecaps that go in and out of place; sometimes becoming stuck and not moving back! The most common form of kneecap luxation is movement toward the inside of the leg; this anatomic position is called ‘medial’. However, it is possible for the kneecap to luxate outwardly, or laterally, in some cases. Trauma can also cause luxation, but that is rare. Medial luxating patellas are considered genetic in many breeds; the breeds most commonly affected include the Boston Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Papillion, Pekingese, and Shih Tzu. The degree of luxation, how far out of place the kneecap is, has the following grading system: GRADE 1 ➠ The kneecap is mobile and it can be luxated slightly, but immediately returns to its normal position on its own. This grade is usually an incidental finding- meaning it’s discovered unintentionally. GRADE 2 ➠ The kneecap luxates out and can be easily put back to its normal position. Grade 2 can progress to Grade 3 overtime. GRADE 3 ➠ The kneecap is luxated out all the time, but can be pushed back manually; it does not stay in place however.

GRADE 4 ➠ The kneecap is luxated permanently and cannot be put back.

Dogs with grade 1 or 2 usually have the distinct skip during walk or play. In some cases this sudden luxation can be painful and dogs might yelp, but since the kneecap goes back to its position the dog can usually continue playing and running. Dogs with grade 3 and 4 typically have more constant limping and pain. Luxating patellas lead to knee arthritis (joint inflammation and pain); 50% of dogs have both knees affected and this can cause significant discomfort and difficulty walking. Luxating patellas are diagnosed by your veterinarian during a physical exam; however radiographs (x-rays) can help determine if cruciate ligament disease or other problems are present as well. Management of this condition depends on the severity of the pet’s discomfort, the grade of the luxation and the pet’s age. All patella luxation grades benefit from daily joint supplements since ANY degree of luxation can cause arthritis. Grade 1 and 2 can be managed with rest, anti-inflammatory medications as needed and supplements. Grades 3 and 4 are more likely to benefit from corrective surgery to stabilize the knee and provide comfort.

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All pets should be kept at an appropriate weight and body condition, but especially any dog that has luxating kneecaps should not be allowed to become overweight, even a little, as this puts too much extra strain on these poor dancing kneecaps.

Talk to your veterinarian about your pet if you think your furry friend might have luxating kneecaps. Early intervention and management is crucial! 14

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AVERAGE LIFESPANS OF POPULAR PETS Choosing a new pet to join your family can be an exciting and joyful experience. With so many cute and cuddly faces to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what type of pet best fits your family and lifestyle. Selecting a pet should never be a spontaneous decision. Pet ownership involves a long- term commitment to the animal you bring into your life. Do you have the time and space to adequately care for a new pet? Do you have a long-term plan for an animal that might outlive you? When deciding on what kind of pet is best for you, it can be helpful to know the approximate life spans of the animals you may be considering. The two most popular pets in America are (of course) our precious dogs and cats. Cats tend to live 10 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for active healthy cats to live 18 to 20 years. These life span estimates apply to virtually all breeds of cats. Dogs, on the other hand, have varying life spans depending on their size and breed. Small dog breeds (like Chihuahuas, Pugs, and Toy Poodles) typically live between 15 to 20 years, while the larger dog breeds (like Great Danes, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs) may only live 8 to 10 years. While there are always exceptions to these approximate life spans, it does provide you with a general idea of what to expect and plan for.

Cats Small Dogs Medium Dogs Large Dogs Hamsters/Gerbils Guinea Pigs Rabbits Goldfish Gecko Budgie/Parakeet Cockatiels Large Parrots Turtles Tortoise

If you are considering a smaller (but still cuddly) pet, there are many “pocket pets” that can be a great addition to your family. Small pets like hamsters, gerbils, mice, rabbits, and Guinea Pigs typically have a short life span, but still provide a lot of companionship and affection for the time they have 16

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with you. While hamsters, gerbils, and mice tend to live about 1 to 4 years, Guinea Pigs live about 5 years. Rabbits have an average life expectancy of 8 to 12 years when provided the right environment and attentive care. All of these wonderful, sweet prospective pets can be such a great addition to your family. They may be small, but can still provide you with a TON of companionship and love. Unlike many pets that people choose, there are a few that can easily outlive their owners. These animals deserve special consideration when determining if they are a good fit for you. As a responsible pet owner, you may need 10-15 years to make arrangements for someone to care 15-20 years for them after you are gone. Box turtles and many kinds of Parrots can often outlive 10-15 years their owners. While the average lifespan of 8-10 years a typical turtle is about 30 years, box turtles 1-4 years have been known to live as long as 100 5-8 years years! Similarly, Parrots also have incredibly 8-12 years long lifespans. Small parrots (Cockatiels or 5-10 years Parrotlets) can live to be 20 to 30 years old. 6-10 years Their larger counterparts (Amazons, Macaws 5-8 years and Cockatoos) may live to be 60 to 80 years 20-30 years old or even older.

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With so many potential pets to choose from, your ultimate choice may be difficult. Spend time learning about the animals you are considering before making your final decision. Books and internet articles on specific pets and their unique characteristics will be helpful in determining which one is right for you.

No matter how many years you have together, the time you share with your pet will be precious and cherished for a lifetime.


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DOES YOUR DOG GET THE

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ou might be wondering about zoomies. What are they? Well, imagine yourself sitting comfortably in your favorite chair relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Perhaps watching your favorite TV show or listening to music AND suddenly your dog zooms through the house, franticly chasing its tail and spinning in circles. Yep, your dog has the zoomies! Another term for this behavior is Frenetic Random Activity Period or better known by its acronym, FRAP. The word frenetic meaning frantic or frenzy as in fast and energetic bursts of energy truly describes them. Zoomies are periods of active fast and energetic bursts of energy usually lasting for a few minutes. They can, however, happen at any time, randomly and seemingly without cause or conscious pattern. Zoomies occur almost daily in puppies and normally occurring less frequently as a dog ages. They usually last from one to five minutes. The actual cause is unknown. Most experts agree that they a way that dogs release pent-up energy. There are, however, certain things that trigger these periods of frenetic activity. For some dogs they occur after a walk or from accumulated energy from a long day at home. One of the most common triggers, however, is a bath. Most dogs, once they are out of the tub, toweled off and set free will zoom around the house or the yard. I remember one time years ago after our beautiful sheltie was bathed and groomed, looking and smelling beautiful, she raced outside and frantically ran in circles rubbing her body in the grass to reclaim her unique doggie smell. Of course we laughed at her antics! Watching our dogs zooming and “frapping” is funny and amusing 18

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for us also. Often though we wonder if should be concerned about them or if we should do anything to stop them. Research indicates that zooming and frapping are completely natural behaviors that come from a feeling of well being. Animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, feels that most zoomies are done in fun and it is best to “let dogs be dogs and zoom to their heart’s content”. What about cats – Does your cat get the zoomies? Has your cat ever started to race up and down the hallway as if competing in the Indy 500 or running a marathon? Do they race up the cat tree or jump on the sofa? Yep – cat zoomies! Many cats get the zoomies after using the litter box. One theory is that it is a survival instinct; the fear that their predators will locate them by smell so they cover their waste and run away quickly. Indoor cats with pent-up energy not released through “hunting” or playing in the daytime release it during the night time hours fondly labeled the “midnight zoomies”. Generally FRAPs and zoomies are safe for both dogs and cats; however, there are some cautions. Are these periods occurring more frequently or are they lasting longer? Frequent episodes could mean that your pet is bored and not getting enough mental stimulation or exercise or ample playtime opportunities. If they appear to be compulsive and repetitive like excessive tail chasing look for underlying lifestyle issues. Are you or your family experiencing more stress and therefore your pet has excessive pent-up energy or stress? Normally, as pets age FRAPs happen less frequently. If an older pet experiences more zoomies especially at nighttime or develops other abnormal behaviors such as barking or snapping at “imaginary” things check with your veterinarian. Factors such as age-related hearing or vision loss or dementia could also be causing the changes in their behavior.

It’s springtime – enjoy the gorgeous weather to spend outdoor time with your pet!


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hat does the waterfall at Havasupai in the Grand Canyon have in common with the striking walls of Antelope Canyon and the river flowing through Zion’s Narrows? They are all recognizable icons of the desert southwest and, unfortunately, not open to our dogs. There is a visually stunning trail that has been gaining popularity that you CAN hike with your pup! Let us introduce you to the Fire Wave trail at the Valley of Fire State Park. The Fire Wave is a 1.5mile roundtrip hike through an awe-inspiring landscape. The trail curves around a tall red sandstone formation named

Gibraltar Rock, across sandstone flats, to the namesake Fire Wave. The Fire Wave is a red and white striped sandstone formation that has, over time, eroded to form what looks like the crest of a wave. Red and white stripes in the sandstone stripe the crest of the wave and swirl at the base to create a pattern you can’t help but stare at. To access the trailhead, drive north from Las Vegas on I-15 to exit 75, turning right to Valley of Fire State Park. Drive 17 miles to the park entrance, where you will be required to pay a $10 park entrance fee. Continue along the road and turn north (left) at the Visitor Center. Pass the Visitor Center and drive to Parking Lot #3. The trailhead is on the right side of the road, and parking is on the left.

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hen Service Dog, Wonka chose his new mommy back in 2015 at Canine Assistants, he had no idea that his duties would extend far beyond picking up dropped items, turning on lights, and opening doors. Wonka picked Kelly McMahon, an animal welfare advocate and cofounder of Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas Animal Rescue… and life was about to get interesting. Spending his days at the Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supply store assisting his mom, Wonka quickly became the store’s greeter and much more. You see, when animals come in straight from the shelter or even the streets, they’re scared. Sometimes, they’ve been abused or mistreated, and sometimes, they’re just traumatized from losing their families. The humans at Hearts Alive Village do what they can to restore the animal’s trust and to show them love, but sometimes, it takes a doggie whisperer. And that’s where Wonka comes in. He uses his special magic to show the frightened animals that everything is going to be okay. If they need some play therapy, he’s happy to oblige. If they just need to growl a bit, he doesn’t get offended. He gives them the space to heal and the strength to carry on. He does it Wonka’s Way. A few months ago, Wonka wasn’t feeling too well. It was getting difficult for him to breathe, and none of the medications were working. That’s when he was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma, a cancer of the cartilage. The surgeons were able to de-bulk the mass in Wonka’s sinuses during the biopsy, so he’s more comfortable and can breathe better. However, it is a very aggressive form of cancer and there is no cure. We don’t know how much longer he’ll be with us. Wonka’s family jumped into action. Rather than mourning during the time he has left, they opted for giving him the best months

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they could possibly manage while he is feeling well. Wonka now has a bucket list and he’s having the time of his life! Over the last few weeks, he: received an award, experienced Reiki, interrupted a kids yoga class, hung out at a fire station, had his portrait painted, rode in a police car and was escorted up to the top of The Strat, played in the snow, been a treat tester, and the highlight of his month… he got married! Pit Bull wife, Clover, was rescued through Hearts Alive Village last year and the couple tied the leash at an intimate ceremony on Valentine’s Day surrounded by family, friends, and news crews. Yes, Wonka has become quite the media darling. But there’s more to do. Wonka is still hoping to visit more Vegas landmarks like Spring’s Preserve, Discovery Children’s Museum, the Natural History Museum, and doing what he does best… spreading joy. He hopes to visit a pediatrics unit and a veterans hospital to brighten people’s spirits. He LOVES children! Next, he’s hoping to meet Ellen Degeneres (he’s heard she gives excellent belly rubs).

Wonka’s here for a reason, and he knows it. Follow his journey and help him spread his legacy of kindness. Find him at @Wonkasway on Facebook and Instagram and do something kind for someone else…

THAT’S WONKA’S WAY. 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. www.sherylgreenspeaks.com


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Karl Hanson and Lulu

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THE INSEPARABLE PAIR: Lake Las Vegas Resort Resident Enjoys Lakeside Life with his Best Friend

arl Hanson still remembers the day he welcomed Lulu into his family. His dog had recently passed and a caring neighbor heard the unfortunate news.

“She knew we had lost our dog and she knew how much it hurt,” the Lake Las Vegas Resort resident said. “So she offered Lulu to us.” Lulu, a loveable Yorkie terrier, was just a puppy when she arrived at the Hanson home. She warmed up to the couple immediately, particularly to Karl’s wife. “My wife fell in love with the dog right away and Lulu fell in love with her,” Karl said. Karl, who has presided over homeowners’ association at The Village in Lake Las Vegas for nearly eight years, spends the majority of his days at Lake Las Vegas Resort with Lulu by his side. Lulu joins Karl for morning strolls through The Village, lunch at the neighboring restaurants and Lake Las Vegas meetings throughout the day. The perfect mornings involve a golf cart ride through The Village, across the Ponte Vecchio Bridge at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, around the lake and up to SouthShore Country Club.

Lulu has been more than just a friend to Karl. She was profoundly instrumental in comforting his late wife when she was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease prior to her passing in 2018. Karl said even on the toughest days, Lulu had a calming effect unlike any other. “She really helped me keep my wife home with me,” he said. Now Karl and Lulu are an inseparable pair at Lake Las Vegas. “We like to look at all the neighborhoods on our rides,” Karl said. “We’ll just sit up at South Shore and just reminisce, because when you’re old, you only have the past. It’s beautiful – the lake, the skyline, the mountains, and Lulu loves it there too because they have a dog park.” Karl has called Lake Las Vegas Resort home for 10 years and currently lives at the Viera condominiums near The Village. “The Village is a viable place for people to come in and enjoy, we have restaurants right there and a grocery store,” Karl said. “Living here makes it so easy for people like me.”

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I had to make a call to the psychiatrist. Our only hope was God. Days passed with no cat in sight. Until one night the cell phone rang. It was from a woman who worked nights and came home at 2 am. Angel-Ann had approached her and meowed; she was a hungry and exhausted cat. The woman brought her into the garage and fed her tuna. The woman recognized Angel-Ann from one of our signs and called us. We were reunited the next morning. Angel-Ann was all purrs and exhausted. We took her to the vet and she was just fine. She had lost three pounds and I had lost five. I think God knew how much I need her to comfort me as I bury my head in her fur and listen to her calming purr at the end of a stressful day in the classroom. My therapist has whiskers these days. While there is definitely a time for therapy and I support it one-hundred percent. I find now that Angel-Ann’s help is just what the doctor ordered. I worry about the day when she will pass away. My husband always says he is moving to a forest to get away from me because I will be beyond devastated. I have already found a pet-loss support group in town. Right now, Angel-Ann is 12 years old and healthy. I am hoping for a few more years with her. I know one day she will pass away, but there will be more pets to love. I would like to rescue a cat and a dog. I hope you are lucky enough to have a pet that brings you much joy, happiness and stability just like Angel-Ann brings to me. At the end of the day I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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CLEA ET TIPS FOR P PARENTS By Gail Mayhugh

We made it through another winter, although my family in Wyoming calls our winter weather spring. I don’t know about you, but 50 degrees is cold for me. With the winter over, comes a good spring cleaning, and those with pets have some extra chores. I’m sure I’m not alone in being amazed where their fur hides in the house. I have good intentions to clean those areas more often, but it just doesn’t happen. If you have a cleaning service, I’m sure they give attention to these areas, but for those of us that do our own, let’s put these things on our list. Start at the top and work down in search of those fur bunnies. Top to bottom is best because as you clean, the fur and dust will float down. Look at the top of your china hutch, built-ins, kitchen cabinets, pot shelves, refrigerator… basically anything that their fur can settle on. After you do a good clean, place paper towels down. Then when you clean the tops next, you’ll just need to replace them. It’ll take minutes to replace versus hours to clean. Do your accessories need a good clean? I have high pot shelves, and I do decorate them. I mainly use ceramic pieces which I clean in the sink. If you have any fake plants, head to the yard and hose them off. There are also plant cleaners you can spray on to eliminate the dust, but I’ve found it attracts it quicker. Really where did the dust go? Next, wipe down your light fixtures, including the canopy, chain or rod, and the light bulbs. These are areas that often are overlooked. Before you head to the floors, clean your window treatments, especially any fabric ones where dust and fur love to collect. Windows and tracks are next. I find the tracks one of the most frustrating to clean… but out comes the Q-tip box. Now the walls, cabinets and baseboards. Wipe down the areas where their oil builds up from coming around a corner. It’s 30

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amazing what you’ll find when you walk their running path. Mine like to lay under my desk so this needs a good cleaning. Next level is your furniture. Take off your upholstery cushions and vacuum everything, including the back of your piece. Oh, and there’s the dog cookie crumbs if that’s one of their treat places. Yup, time to get down on your knees. If you have carpet, get out the crevice tool and vacuum in-between your carpet and baseboards. Plus, don’t forget any furniture edges. With the crevice tool still on your vacuum, get under the washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, bed, sofa, and chairs; basically, anything their fur can get under. I’ll then go back over with a Swifter® for the dust the vacuum doesn’t always get up. You’ve done a great job inside, so to the yard you go. If you have artificial grass and have not kept up hosing it off, now’s the time before the heat gets here. I must be honest that I’m a little lax in this myself since during the cooler months there’s no odor. Once it starts to get even a little bit warmer it’s not pleasant. I do it every night after they go to bed. It takes under a minute and well worth it as I have coffee on my patio every morning. Of course, there are more things to tackle, like brushing, especially those breeds that blow their coat. These will give you a start. Now let’s see if I follow my own advice. 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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Two of the senior’s favorite projects are Give-A-Dog-A-Bone, treat bags put together using a variety of biscuits and bones, and our new project Bunny Binkies, made with wood beans and the bunny’s favorites, rattan balls and popsicle sticks.

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WAYS YOUR CATS CAN THE OUTDOORS

Enjoy

Spring is coming and cats love the longer periods of sunshine; they love to lounge and bask in the sun. Indoor cats yearn to fully experience the sights, sounds and scents of the outdoors. Bring the outdoors inside. One of the simplest ways is to create a sun bathing or bird watching area. Locate a window which offers a good view and has safe easy access to it. Add a window shelf or perch and open the window to allow in fresh air and maybe a chance to hear birds singing. Take your cat for a walk. It takes a little patience but many cats learn to love exploring the outdoors this way. They do better with a harness and a leash. Start by letting them get accustomed to the harness and slowly introduce them to the outdoors. Remember they are highly sensitive to sounds, smells and sights and easily frightened. Your cat will actually lead the way. Their natural movements of stalking and pouncing will set the pattern of your walk.

Pet strollers are great for taking longer walks with your cat. They provide a safe way for cats to meet people and other pets. Plus they get to enjoy all the benefits of the outdoors. They offer a convenient way to take cats to outdoor events or to go hiking or walking with dogwalking friends. Cat enclosures or catios are becoming very popular. They can be a stand-alone enclosure or a screened-in porch or balcony. Providing a cat tree or shelves gives indoor cats lots of opportunities to climb, view their kingdom and safely experience an outdoor environment.

Enjoy the great outdoors with your feline friend this spring – you’ll both appreciate these special times of togetherness.

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Why Dogs? • By Elizabeth Parker •

Have you had a conversation with a person who is NOT a dog lover and have been told, “it’s just a dog” or, asked something to the effect of “Why dogs?” It’s a simple question for those who don’t “get it,” but the answer is so much more complex!

How do you explain to someone who has never experienced it – the mutual, unconditional love that exists between an owner and their dog? And I use the word “owner” lightly as we all know our dogs own us! They are not just little four-legged beings with a fluffy tail. They are so much more!

It’s true our dogs depend on us to feed them and take care of their needs. They do, however, take care of us in so many other ways. They are our companions, our soul mates, our best friends. There is no better therapy than sitting down with our dogs and telling them about our day or our worries. They listen intently without passing judgment and no matter how long we talk they will focus intently on every word. Perhaps all they want in exchange for their professional therapy is a hug (or two).

not a word of our language, yet convey their very thoughts to us and understand what we say to them. They know our moods before we do, and strive to cheer us up. They are the best counselors, friends and companions. Dogs don’t have room for judgment, head games, or deceit. With dogs, what you get is pure, unfiltered love. As dog owners, we do feel intense grief when our dogs aren’t feeling well, or worse, when our beloved pets do make their journey to the Rainbow Bridge. Their absence is more than noticeable. It’s heartbreaking. The silence that accompanies their departure is deafening. Dogs are an integral part of the family and I feel like I can speak for them when I say, they’d be insulted if they were thought of as anything less!

For those who have to ask the question of “why dogs,” I wish they could genuinely experience how wonderful dogs truly are. I believe that once they do, they would They instinctively know when we are not feeling completely understand and never have to ask that question right, either physically or again. They would know what emotionally, and do their very it feels like to be loved beyond best to put a smile on our words and be able to look into To never know the love of a dog, is to miss the faces. their dogs’ eyes and see hope, best thing life has to give. happiness, love, admiration - unknown The best way I can describe and yes, pride. it is as such: I look into the eyes of my dog, or a picture They would finally witness of a dog I’ve never met, and one of the greatest gifts of all. instantly I see love, trust, truth, innocence, curiosity and They aren’t “just dogs.” With hope… and my heart skips a so much that can go wrong beat. There’s no guesswork. in the world, they are the one No games, no lies. They speak thing that will always be right! 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. Available on Amazon.com! 34

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NALA’S STORY “Spring arrived; a season usually full of new leaves, adventure, and fun. But, something happened and my whole world changed. One day Mom and Dad were pampering ME. The next day, they left carrying a bag and disappeared for three days. Nice old people came, but it was NOT the same. When Dad and Mom returned, something was different; a new scent. Then, something moved in Mom’s arms. That’s when it began! What’s happening to MY home?”

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Before Baby Comes: • Make sure pets are healthy. • Reward your pet for calm behaviors. • Train your animal to avoid jumping. • Use lotions you expect to use so the scent becomes familiar. • Be consistent with where your pet sleeps. • Prepare pets to be on baby’s schedule before baby’s birth.

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After Baby Arrives:

Strange scents, sounds and sights! Pets can be thrust into a stressful new world when human babies enter their domains.

• Keep baby and animal toys separate.

Researchers state cats and dogs hear many more sounds than humans with finer pin-pointing ability. Dogs hear higher pitches and four times better than humans; cats even more. Imagine how loud a baby’s squeal is to them. Ouch! Compounded by emotional issues or survival instincts, can animals adapt as households grow? At this point, many well-meaning (usually non-pet owning) people suggest when the baby comes, the pet must be sent away for the child’s well-being. While a pet may show signs of stress and act differently, there are very few reasons to abandon a pet completely. With supervision, children do respect, learn from, and cherish pets. Guided interaction with each other fosters relationship-building skills for a child and pet.

Experience May be the Best Teacher It has been said “Experience is the best teacher” but it doesn’t have to be your own! One can learn from the experiences of others to avoid difficulties. With safety in mind, taking appropriate steps allows you to keep your beloved pet as your family expands. Much information can be found online from veterinarians, animal foundations, and pet food industries. There are a few basic habits which experts recommend.

• Allow an undisturbed quiet space for your pet to feel

secure.

• Give your pet attention when the baby is around. • While holding baby, give treats/toys to pet (helps

associate “happy” with baby).

• Take your pet for a walk with baby snuggled in wrap or

other carrier.

THE REST OF THE STORY Adjusting takes time. Nine months past the birth of a certain little girl, Nala and her furry brother are hiding less, showing signs of acceptance, and even spending more time near the crawling noisy creature. While the toddler stage is pending, these cats are prepared to take higher ground and wait it out. Hope looms that this little human will be trained as well as the older breeds one day. Then treats, playtime, and hugs will flourish, creating new memories.

Hope you enjoy the challenge of your own new experiences this spring! C.A. Ritz ~ Author and Illustrator cynthialeopoldritsko.com Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2020

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Stewart is an 11 year old Chihuahua. He is very shy and needs a slow introduction. Once you gain his trust, he is your constant companion. He would do best in a quiet home with no kids and just one or two adults. Stewart is neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. Y

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GOLDIE

DOJER

HERO

KING ACE

THOR - LIL MAN

SISTA TINA

BORIS

BILL MURRAY

REAVES

MADDI

PRINCESS STYLETTO CIROC

GROOT

LEILA

MURPHY & KITTY

HEIDI & HANNAH

GAFAH

Cousins!

THOR

CLYDESDALE & LUNAR

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DEXTER

FRANK SINATRA

HAPPY

TOFFEE & SUGAR

JERRY LEWIS

CAGNEY & LACEY

TANK

DUTCHESS... THE DOXIE

PANCAKE

OZZY

MILO

RAMBO

TROTTER

GAGE

MAYER

PETS Las Vegas

MATILDA

KOKO

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THE NEWS

Mountain’s Edge Celebrates New Dog Park

April 17th Kicks Off National Pet Identification Week!

The Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community now has a new dedicated area for dog owners and their pets to enjoy the outdoors with the addition of a dog park at its neighborhood Nathaniel Jones Park. The community recently celebrated the dog park’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, who lives in Mountain’s Edge, spoke at the event and recognized the Mountain’s Edge Master Association for its effort in adding the new amenity. “I’m very grateful to the Mountain’s Edge Master Association team for all they do to make this a wonderful community for all of us to live in,” Commissioner Jones said, adding he and his family plan to adopt a dog and look forward to taking advantage of the dog park. The dog park features three fenced areas: one recommended for large pets, another for small pets and an area for all pets at the discretion of owners. There also are benches, trees and personalized bricks that residents purchased to help offset costs of the new park. “I want to thank everyone for volunteering their feedback in sharing the benefits of having our own community dog park, and thank residents for their personal contribution in buying bricks to support and show that we were serious about building this,” said Cameron Scharchburg Beyer, board member for the master association. “This opening is a testament to their efforts for so many to enjoy.” The Mountain’s Edge Master Association hopes to add features to the dog park through continued community support. To make a donation, purchase a brick or sponsor an amenity, such as a tree, drinking fountain or dog leash holder, visit www.mountainsedgedogpark.com. In addition to the new dog park, Nathaniel Jones Park includes a lighted basketball court, walking trail, shaded tot lot, splash pad and grass area. Mountain’s Edge also is home to Exploration Park and Paiute Park, and the Mountain’s Edge Regional Park borders the master plan.

Do you have proper identification for your pet? How would you find them if someone accidently left the gate open or they slipped out the door before you could stop them.

COLLAR TAGS

Tags are attached to your pet’s collar. A stainless steel tag is more durable than a plastic tag and will last longer. These can be engraved with your necessary contact information. The disadvantages to only using a tag are the tag can fall off or get lost; your pet may not always be wearing its collar or your pet may slip out of or lost it’s collar.

SMART TAGS

These are tags that come printed with a QR code (barcode symbol). If your pet goes missing, anyone with a smart phone can scan their tag, view your pet’s profile and get in contact with you.

TATTOOS

ID numbers are generally tattooed into one of your pet’s ears during spay/neuter surgery (pets must be under anaesthetic for this procedure). The number is then listed with a registry service for optimum effect. Over time though, the tattoo might fade making them illegible.

MICROCHIPS A more permanent type of pet identification is the microchip. It’s a small, electronic chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted under your pet’s skin. It is administered quickly and painlessly by a simple injection. Shelters and veterinarian hospitals are equipped with scanners that can read the microchip.

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Both dogs and cats need identification. This ensures that if your lost pet gets picked up by the shelter, people know that they are owned and not a stray. There are all sorts of pet I.D.s available on the market today. A combination of them is best just in case one form fails. Be sure to keep your information updated so you can be contacted and reunited with your pet.


NAZY

PAULIE

BLADE & RUBY

RUGER

TWINKIE

BAILEY & BUSTER

JACK

MR. LOU

CHIQUITO

MÜLLER & GOTICA

ACIA

JOEY & MAUI

CHEWY

DUNCAN

DIVOT

PETS Las Vegas

WALL-E

TANK

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION DOG IS LOVE: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

By Clive D.L. Wynne

Have you ever wondered if your dog really loves you? Do dogs have the capacity to truly love us? The author, a canine behaviorist, a scientist and pet lover, decided to explore those questions in more depth. As a pet parent he began to see his dog Xephos as an emotional being with the capacity to form an emotional bond with him. As a scientist he needed evidence that would stand up possibly to harsh analysis. His research helped prove that affection or love is in the very nature of a dog and in their DNA. They actually offer us “bona fide” affection. The following excerpt is a sample of the author’s writing style and how he presents his research: Even more impressive are studies that show how dogs’ and their owners’ hearts beat in synchrony when they are together, mimicking the synchrony we find in loving human couples. When they are with their special humans, dogs also experience neurological changes— including spikes in brain chemicals such as oxytocin—that mirror changes we humans experience when we feel love. Indeed, dogs’ powerful love for people can be traced to the most minute level of their being: their genetic code. The blending of the author’s passion and love for dogs and his commitment to scientific research is evident in the entire book. The book also presents practical applications of the research. He states that our awareness of dogs’ unique capacity for love and need for affection creates a powerful responsibility. As humans we need to be doing much more to honor and return our dogs’ affection. THIS BOOK IS AN ESSENTIAL READ FOR ALL DOG LOVERS.

Pets Remembered In Loving Memory Of

Poppy 9/23/2008 - 2/7/2020

Poppy was loved so much in the 3 years she shared her life with us. She learned what it was like to be a dog having endured unspeakable abuse. She made more progress that I imagined possible. She played, enjoyed treats and warm blankets. She was deaf but I believe she heard through touch. She was disabled but it didn’t deter her spirit. She taught me about patience. My love for her will never die. ~ Ellen Meade Special gratitude to Dr. Lazenby, Tropicana Vet Clinic 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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MONDAY, MARCH 2 Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Pride Charity Bingo for Sir Rescue Rangers

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.angelpawprint.com RockStar Dogs – 3970 W. Desert Inn Rd., Unit V-102

5:00pm–9pm. Dinner service seating at 5pm. Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Sorry, no reservations, family friendly - non smoking venue. Hamburger Mary’s – 1700 E. Flamingo Rd.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm–8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more information visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas • 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Bark In The Park 10am–2pm. Bark In the Park features four hours of fun for you and your dog. Watch demonstrations and visit informational and vendor booths, take part in fun contests, and meet lots of beautiful dogs looking for forever homes. Admission is free. Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Beat The Heat Mega Dog Show / Car Show 6am–6pm. Everyone is invited! All breed dog show/car show. A full day of family competition... over 38 classes to compete in the game. $10 Parking | $30 Carshow cara with2 passes | $10 General Admission Kids 10 and under & dogs free! Craig Ranch Regional Park – 628 W. Craig Rd.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Read with Rascal – St. Paddy’s Celebration 10am–12pm. Elementary age children read to certified therapy dogs in order to improve reading confidence, fluency and comprehension. Bring your favorite books! All are welsome, no RSVP is necessary. Desert Spring United Methodist Church – 120 N. Pavilion Center

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Rockin 4 Rescues 80’s Hairball

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Pi Day Fundraiser!

6pm–10pm. Join Rockin 4 Rescues for their annual 80’s Hairball fundraiser for animal rescue. Dress up in your favorite 80’s singer, actor, band and enjoy a night of 80’s music. Swag bag for the first 100 attendees, giveaways and silent auction. $25 includes food. www.rockin4rescues.org Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar – 1115 S. Casino Center Blvd.

11am–2pm. Come purchase a delicious HOMEMADE pie and help The Churchill Foundation pay down their vet bills. The more they sell, the more pups they can help! At Your Service Pet Supplies – 55 S. Valle Verde, Henderson At Your Service Pet Supplies – 7083 W. Craig Rd, Las Vegas

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 7th Annual Donkey Jamboree

1pm–3pm. Join the Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Visit their website for more information: www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

11am–2pm. Free admission! Food, beer, wine and great PVDR merchandise. Live music by Bottoms Up and appearances by the Mesquite Showgirls. Come out to say hello and meet rescued donkeys. Fun for all ages. Just one hour north of LV. Eureka Casino Resort – 275 Mesa Blvd., Mesquite, NV

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 St. Catrick’s Day Celebration!

6pm–9pm. A 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.

12pm–3pm. All fun, no blarney! Lunch served, famous bake sale, music, raffles and vendors. They will be serving corned beef along with a bake potato bar as a vegetarian option. Meal tickets are $10 donation. www.poppyfoundation.org The Poppy Foundation – 6620 Sky Point Drive

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Events PET

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 St. Pawtrick’s Fundraiser - Vegas Roots Rescue

MONDAY, APRIL 6 Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group

5pm–8pm. Wear green and come adopt a lucky dog. They will be raffling off baskets, handing out treats and selling shirts! For info: 702-503-4535 | vegasrootsrescue@gmail.com Lazy Dog Restaurant – 1725 Festival Plaza Drive

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.angelpawprint.com RockStar Dogs – 3970 W. Desert Inn Rd., Unit V-102

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 Painting It Forward Fundraiser

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting

2pm–4pm. Join Heaven Can Wait for their “Who Rescued Who” painting and wine event. Painters must be 21 years of age. Silent auction with lots of great items. Register at: www.pinotspalette.com/bocapark/event/420018 Pinot’s Palette – 1000 S. Rampart Blvd. #10

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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 Pride Charity Bingo for Vegas Pet Rescue Project 5:00pm–9pm. Dinner service seating at 5pm. Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Sorry, no reservations, family friendly - non smoking venue. Hamburger Mary’s – 1700 E. Flamingo Rd.

6pm–9pm. A 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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Obedience and Rally Trial

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting

7:00am–6pm. The Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club to host Obedience and Rally Trials that test dogs understanding of commands, as they maneuver hurdles and retrieve articles. Public is welcome to attend. www.VVDOC.org Morrell Park – 500 Harris Street, Henderson

1pm–3pm. Join the Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Visit their website for more information: www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 28 & 29 All Breed Dog Shows, Obedience & Rally Trials 7:00am–7pm. The Silver State Kennel Club to host their all breed conformation dog show, obedience & rally trials. Hundreds of dogs and their owners will get a chance to strut their stuff in the show ring. Free admission! www.silverstatekennelclub.com Morrell Park – 500 Harris Street, Henderson

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Spring Classes 7pm Register today for VVDOC’s spring classes that will start on April 9th at Dog Fancier’s Park. See ad on page 5 for $10 off coupon! www.VVDOC.org Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Duarante Blvd

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 25 & 26 A CFA Cat Show 10am–4pm. Sponsored by Las Vegas Cat Club. See many of the finest pedigreed cat breeds (and household pets) from all over the world. Visit thier vendors who offer wonderful toys, treats and supplies loved by all cats. Henderson Multigenerational Center – 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 3rd Annual Paws Festival 11am–4pm. SHOP, DINE and meet lots of adorable adoptable doggies looking for their forever home. There will be live music from El Caliente, food trucks and vendors. Come join the fun! www.facebook.com/pawsonthepatiolv Tivoli Village – 400 S. Rampart Blvd.

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