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A year ago when I wrote this section we were anticipating a normal springtime in Las Vegas. Looking forward to “springtime in all its glory” and fun-filled times with family and friends. But most of us were totally unprepared for what the 2020 seasons would bring. Even now it is difficult to grasp the scope and enormity of the pandemic and its impact on normal life. Our sense of normal has been forever altered. The purpose of our publication is to provide information, inspiration and encouragement. We hope we provided this for you. For us, this past year created a deeper awareness of the incredible bond, mysterious and sacred, that exists between pets and people. We appreciate the pets who share our lives; they helped us cope with the losses and the lockdowns. They truly are pandemic pets! They provide companionship and comfort and enhance our lives in so many ways. Although the March and April calendars are not filled with the usual fun pet events for families including the furry children we are hopeful that more events will be added. We really missed seeing Las Vegas pets and their people at local pet events last year. We missed the sense of community and connection. Stay connected with us on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Visit our website periodically to check for added events. We love you and hope to see you soon!

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A new volunteer program, the Tule Springs Fossil Beds Mounted Horse Patrol is looking for volunteers to join the team. Established this year by the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) the volunteer program will help expand park services to the front country trails and is run by National Park Service Rangers. The volunteer mounted patrol will serve as the “eyes and ears” of the park rangers and provide valuable support with visitor safety. Currently a team of 5 dedicated local Volunteers in Parks manage every aspect of care and training of their personal patrol horses, under the leadership of Tule Springs Fossil Beds Integrated Resources Program Manager. These special horses serve as park ambassadors; giving a friendly hello to all visitors they see on the trails at TUSK. While on horse patrol, the uniformed volunteers provide valuable extended ranger services by watching for public safety concerns, hazardous trail conditions, visitors needing emergency assistance and reporting issues back to park rangers. The efforts of the volunteers also play a critical role in the preservation of park resources and visitor education. Patrol volunteers are always happy to provide additional park and trail information to visitors, the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to talk about their horse ambassadors. The Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (or TUSK, the National Park System acronym) and Ice Age Fossils State Park officially gained their designation as a national monument in December 2014. For more information about TUSK -

GREAT ROLE MODELS A big shout out to Olivia & Sophia, twin sisters, who donated pet food to the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society.

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ORDINANCE PROTECTS ANIMALS On December 16, 2020, the North Las Vegas City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 3053 to protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and ensure compliance with Nevada Revised Statutes. The division’s name was changed to Animal Protection Services. The ordinance criminalizes the failure to provide animals kept outside with food, water, veterinary care and adequate shelter. Prohibitions on tethering of dogs reduced the maximum amount of time a dog can be tethered outside during a 24-hour period from 14 hours to 10 hours. Violators are deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. In September, the animal rights group Nevada Voters for Animals started a petition to strengthen North Las Vegas animal cruelty ordinances in response to the death of Lily, a dog who died in August after being tethered outside in the heat. The owner was formally charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty on January 12 is scheduled to appear in court on February 25. North Las Vegas Animal Protection Service animal_protection_services.php Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2021


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f you are a hiking veteran like us, you’ve likely been blown away by the increased popularity that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the hiking trails around Southern Nevada and are constantly on the lookout for a trail less traveled. In these times, “getting away from people” is nearly impossible at the always popular Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, and Valley of Fire hiking trails. So where do you go if you and your dog are looking for more nature with fewer people? Natural Bridge Canyon near Nelson is a great option. This hike offers beautiful landscape views, moderate scrambling, and a 25-feet long rock bridge. To get to the trailhead, drive south on I-11 toward Boulder City. Exit south onto Highway 95, toward Searchlight. Drive south for approximately 10 miles to Nelson Road and turn left onto Nelson Road. Drive 9.5 miles and watch for a small dirt parking area on the left. The trailhead is unmarked but Google Maps shows the location as the El Dorado Trailhead. From the parking area, walk east on the dirt road. After a short distance, a worn trail can be seen on your left going up a steep ridge. Follow the trail as it winds up and over two ridges then drops down into a wash and subsequently into a canyon leading to the Natural Bridge. The trail isn’t always obvious, so pay attention to your surroundings and watch for blue dots of spray paint along the route.

The hike to the Natural Bridge is approximately 1 mile, one-way; however, it requires climbing around boulders and a couple hundred feet of elevation change. For a bit of fun, after your hike head east to Nelson on Nelson Road. This is a fun old mining town with an eclectic collection of old cars and funky buildings among other gems. Past Nelson, the road leads to an access point to the Colorado River. There is a great beach for swimming. As always, remember to leave no trace on your adventure, which includes cleaning up after your dog.

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PREVENT PET SUFFOCATION By Samantha Radcliff-D’Arrigo – Vegas Rock Dog Radio

Pet suffocation happens every day and it’s a shock to pet parents who lose a pet in this manner. But what is it that’s causing pets to needlessly suffocate? Would you be surprised to learn that the main cause of suffocation is something that you have in your home? I’m talking about snack bags, chip bags, and other food containers like yogurt pots. Pet parents who discovered their pet had died from suffocation are devastated to find out it was something as simple as an empty bag. Pets love the smell of food and a snack bag that’s easily accessible is a tempting danger. When a pet gets hold of a potato chip bag and put its head inside to lick it, the pet may be unable to get the bag off its head. The pet then panics and hyperventilates and the bag tightens around the face and neck. The scared cat or dog starts to run around in a frenzy and often defecates itself before succumbing to suffocation. This tragedy happens in a matter of minutes and this is completely preventable by implementing some simple precautions. Transfer snacks into locking containers high on a shelf, always eat snacks from a bowl, not a bag, cut up your snack bags and food wrappers, buy a locking trash can, and get pet CPR certified. If you have company staying or use a pet sitter you will need to educate them on the dangers of pet suffocation and show them what do to keep your pets safe. Small changes to you and your family’s daily routine will help prevent your pet from becoming a statistic. For more information about pet, suffocation listen to my interview with Bonnie Harlan, founder of Prevent Pet Suffocation, at or visit Bonnie’s site at

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Cats are sometimes thought to be aloof, incapable of feeling or expressing affection. It is true that their behaviors are often difficult to interpret; their inscrutable faces show no hint of their true feelings. Though they don’t wag their tails or wiggle their butts, or jump with exuberance as their canine friends do, felines have their own ways of communicating their affection. The signs are more subtle and if we’re not observant we’ll miss them or even dismiss the signs as aloofness. Dogs shout out their affection while cats whisper their affection.


When a cat approaches you with their tail in an upright position it is a sign of affection. Probably you’ve experienced the “elevator butt” pose when you’re petting or scratching them at the base of their tail. The most surprising tail posture showing affection and respect is sticking their rear end in your face. It’s a leftover behavior from the kitten stage. Kittens greet their mothers with tails held high out of respect. Adult cats continue this behavior with their favorite people. I’m excited to share this with my Zoom group; they’ll be happy to know that when he sticks his butt in their faces it is a sign of his respect for them.


When your cat does this it means they are excited to see you. Often it means they want a tubby rub. This is a very vulnerable position for a cat and the gesture shows complete trust in you; they feel loved and protected. It’s one of the highest compliments your cat can bestow on you.


Does your cat wrap its body around your legs? Does it rub its body against your leg or arm? It is marking you. Their pheromones or scent marks are being rubbed off on you. They are claiming you. Their Valentine candy says “You are mine” instead of “Be Mine”. They may even “mark” other people as theirs. For example, when my daughter visits my cat claims her as “his” by wrapping his body around her leg. 12

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If a friend head butts you it probably hints at a major problem in your relationship. However, when your cat bunts or head butts you it is a normal cat social behavior showing affection. They either rub their cheeks on you or butt you with their heads. Felines have scent glands on their chin, cheeks, forehead and lips – they are leaving their scent on you.


When your cat stares at you, blinks and opens their eyes and then slowly blinks again it shows affection and trust. Some cat experts call it a “Kitty Kiss”. These kisses can be returned by slowly blinking your eyes as you look into your cat’s eyes

Your cat is showing you love and affection in so many surprising ways. Observe the many ways, listen to the whispers of love and be fully open to receiving their affection. It is very exciting when we realize how much our felines love us and recognize the many ways they show that love to us.


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Ear Infections in Dogs: You Just Can’t Shake Them Off! By Elizabeth Racine, DVM Ear infections are one of the most common reasons dogs are brought to the veterinary clinic every year. Not only are ear infections uncomfortable, but they can quickly become a chronic problem if not appropriately addressed. Before you overlook that head shake as just a common itch, make sure you know how to recognize the causes and signs of canine ear infections!


Ear infections are caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, which often occurs due to excess moisture in the ear canal. Dogs with floppy ears – such as the Basset Hound or the Cocker Spaniel – and those with significant hair growth in their ear canals may be more prone to ear infections because these conformations are more likely to hold in moisture. Anything that causes inflammation in the ear canal or disrupts the normal skin barrier can also predispose your dog to ear infections, including: • Food or environmental allergies • Ear mites • Foreign material in the ear • Endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease • Auto-immune disorders such as vasculitis or lupus • Inflammatory polyps • Trauma to the ear External factors such as temperature and humidity can also play a role in the development of ear infections and many dogs experience ear infections primarily during the summer month. Dogs that swim or get bathed frequently may also be more likely to develop ear infections by getting water in their ears during these activities.


Dogs with ear infections often experience significant discomfort and may shake their heads frequently or scratch at their ears. You may also notice other symptoms, including: • Dark waxy discharge in the ear canal • Odor • Redness, irritation, and swelling • Crusting • Pus or mild bleeding • Wounds or hair loss on the external ear from scratching 14

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Although ear infections are usually mild, it’s still important to see your veterinarian if you suspect your dog may be suffering from one. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the middle and internal ear, causing pain, hearing loss, and neurologic signs. Your veterinarian will visually examine your dog’s ears using a tool called an otoscope. He or she may also take swabs from your dog’s ears and examine these samples under a microscope to identify the type of organism causing the infection. Once the infection has been appropriately diagnosed, your veterinarian will prescribe medication to treat it. Most ear infections can be treated with topical medications such as medicated ear cleaners and ointments. Severe infections may need to be treated with an oral antibiotic or antifungal medication. Unfortunately, home remedies and over-the-counter treatments for ear infections rarely work. Never put products like rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or hydrogen peroxide in your dog’s ears, as these can damage the eardrum and may further weaken the already inflamed skin barrier, worsening the infection. Always consult your veterinarian before initiating any treatments at home.


For dogs prone to ear issues, there are some steps you can take to prevent ear infections. Be sure to see your veterinarian regularly for wellness exams and routine preventive care, which can help you catch infections early. Addressing underlying conditions such as allergies or auto-immune disease can also help reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. For floppy-eared breeds or dogs that are frequently in water, ask your veterinarian to prescribe a good maintenance cleaner for you to use at home, which will dry the ear canal and prevent new infections. By staying on top of your dog’s ear health, you’ll ensure that this common malady does not become a recurring problem for your pup.

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dog’s sense of smell is a powerful and amazing gift. It is a gift that we have been able to utilize for a variety of invaluable tasks that help ensure our safety. While it is a well-known fact that their noses are far superior to ours, the monumental difference is often not fully understood. Understanding their ability to identify scents is important to fully appreciate the unique services they have been able to provided us. Compared to humans, dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors -- far exceeding our own 6 million receptors. In addition to this massive difference, the part of their brain devoted to analyzing smells is also about 40 times greater than our own. These two anatomical differences coupled with the unique anatomy of a dog’s nose is clearly what gives them the upper hand in the smelling arena. Dogs’ noses function quite differently than our own. When we inhale, we breathe and smell through the same airway in our nose. Dogs, however, have a fold in the tissue inside their nostrils that actually separate the air into two separate channels. One channel sends air to the olfactory area and the other sends air back to the lungs. With this unique anatomy, dogs have the ability to detect some odors in parts per trillion. In addition, dogs possess an organ in the roof of their mouth that allows them to concentrate particular aromas. This also strengthens their ability to detect odors. Simply put, this means that a dog can detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water; the amount of water found in 2 Olympic-sized swimming pools! After observing the incredible canine talents for sniffing out things, it didn’t take long for us to utilize the many benefits that a dog’s nose could provide. Dogs have been extremely useful in detecting explosives, firearms, drugs, and lost people. In recent years, we have also identified their uncanny ability to detect certain medical conditions in humans. With proper training, dogs have been successful in detecting many medical conditions such as diabetes and various cancers. Our canine partners can often alert diabetic individuals to low blood sugar levels as well as possible seizure activity in epileptic patients. Based on scents emitted through the skin (breath, urine and sweat), dogs have the ability to alert people to many diseases. 16

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Most currently, there have even been successful results in training medical detection dogs to identify COVID-19 in humans as a form of non-invasive screenings in places like airports, train stations, and sports arenas. Although researchers are not sure what the dogs are smelling, many suspect that the illness causes the human body to give off distinctive patterns of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that evaporate but still leave a lingering scent that dogs can detect. Pilot studies suggest that our canine partners can detect the virus with 92 – 100 percent accuracy. Based on current data, these specially trained dogs can often identify COVID-19 infection before symptoms even start. Having the ability to screen hundreds of people an hour in busy, congested places is considerably cheaper and faster than the conventional testing methods currently available. Fortunately, as many of us have probably experienced, our canine family members can also detect when we are sad, sick, or afraid. They always seem to know when something is wrong. Our dogs can detect smells and interpret our body postures to sense when we are afraid, nervous, or anxious. Our bodies emit specific aromas triggered by stress-related hormones that typically indicate fear, sickness or sadness. When we are experiencing any of those emotions, our sweat emits a distinctive odor that is different from sweat secreted during exercise. Our dogs can identify that subtle scent and alerts them to defend or comfort us. Those scents combined with our subtle body language can communicate a variety of feelings that our dogs can definitely identify. With everything we have had to endure during this pandemic, our family members have been there for us – including our family pets. They have been feeling our pain and anxiety as well. A simple nuzzle or extra snuggle has been such a welcome gift of showing their love and concern for us. Their nose always seems to know what we are feeling and they do their best to make us feel better.

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HOW DOGS LEARN FROM OTHER DOGS Dogs are amazing. But, we already know that, right? They are smarter than we even realize, however, as they can actually train other dogs!


By Elizabeth Parker

Have you ever noticed how dogs watch each other and how after a new fur baby lives with you and your resident pet for a while, they learn the same tricks and begin to understand their new boundaries?

If you watch the transformation, it is incredible. Your new pet might be shy at first, or hesitate to pick up a toy. Then, in a few weeks, you might start to notice that they are a little more outgoing and have gained the courage to play with a toy or two. They might have been a professional counter surfer, but after watching your pet, they learn that behavior isn’t tolerated. They modify their habits (good and bad) by watching your pup! If your pup had table manners, chances are, your new pup will watch and learn. Within a few weeks, your new pet might even start to shed his bad habits and instead, develop the perfect etiquette to become a respectable dinner guest. Be aware, however, that if your pet has bad table manners, the new dog will mimic that same behavior as well! I’ve always had at least two dogs. During the years, the only dog I ever really had to train was Brandi. She’s also the only dog that I had since she was a puppy. I always had one or two other dogs living with Brandi. As my other dogs passed away, I’d eventually adopt another one and never really had to train them at all! Brandi did all the work while I sat back and made sure it was all going well... and it ALWAYS did! She made sure the new dog knew their boundaries with her, as well with training them the rules of the house. For example, she taught them how to behave at the food bowls, when to go outside, bedtime, and how to get onto the furniture (as nothing was off limits)just to name a few things! She took each new dog in to her little private training class and within weeks, they knew the rules. 18

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This isn’t to say that their personalities changed. They didn’t. Each dog has its unique personalities, but they learned the rules from Brandi. What was even more fascinating was even after Brandi passed away, the dogs that had lived with her trained the new dogs and so on and so on! I used to dog sit one golden retriever and when his owner came to pick him up, he jumped up at his owner, happy to see him. My dog Duke, (who had learned from Brandi) tried to pull him off of his owner as Duke was taught not to jump up unless asked! I had to try to explain to Duke that it was okay – different owner, different rules! (He obliged but not quite sure he understood my reasoning)! So, if you ever find yourself trying to facilitate training methods for your new dog, you can depend on your resident pet to help show them the way. If you don’t have another dog, you can still help your one dog learn good behavior by having them spend time with other dogs that do behave. If you have friends or family with well-mannered dogs, ask if you can have a few doggy play dates. Or, you can take your dog to a doggy day care or training class.

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Pet Scene Magazine Pet Parade May 1 LAKE LAS VEGAS DAYS IS BACK! This year’s celebration is happening throughout the community every weekend in May and we are bringing back one of Henderson’s most pet-friendly traditions. The annual Pet Scene Magazine Pet Parade, powered by Cadence Animal Hospital, will be a part of Lake Las Vegas Sport Club Day on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 9 a.m. Lake Las Vegas Sports Club Day events will all take place at and around the Sports Club at 101 Via Vin Santo. Lake Las Vegas Sports Club Day will include a pancake breakfast with celebrity chef Scott Commings, the 2nd Annual Lake Las Vegas Pickleball Pro-Am, the Pet Scene magazine Pet Parade and a golf Demo Day with HPGI (High Performance Golf Institute). “What better way to celebrate our month-long birthday party than with a pancake breakfast, pet parade and some fun outdoors?” said Andy Gil, director of marketing and media at Lake Las Vegas. “The pet parade is one of our most popular pet-friendly events of the year. We love to celebrate our four-legged family at Lake Las Vegas.” Pets of all shapes and sizes, along with their human companions, are invited to join in the pet parade. During the event, spectators can vote online in several categories. The Lake Las Vegas Pet Parade is open to the public and free to enter. “We are thrilled to be able to bring fun, safe and socially distanced events back to Lake Las Vegas this year,” said Jeff Anderson of Raintree Investment Corp., the master developer of Lake Las Vegas. “The annual Lake Las Vegas Days is a great way for our community to genuinely enjoy themselves while being cautious and safe.” Lake Las Vegas offers residents and their beloved animals a wide variety of petfriendly events and amenities throughout the year. Between the lakeside walking trails, outdoor dining, paddle boarding and beach events, the community treats pets like neighbors. Lake Las Vegas Days events will be held every weekend in May, culminating with fireworks over the lake on Sunday, May 30. The series will include the first annual Ntense Power Run benefitting Opportunity Village, “All About Mom” Mother’s Day brunches, a Lake Las Vegas Graduation Celebration, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports Day and fireworks over the lake on May 30 at 9 p.m. The health and well-being of our residents and guests of Lake Las Vegas is always our top priority. All events at Lake Las Vegas are evaluated for compliance with state, county and city rules, including guidance for rules and restrictions related to COVID-19. All events are subject to change based on weather, COVID-19 guidelines and Lake Las Vegas sponsors and speakers.

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SOCIALIZING your young dog during the pandemic!


Article and Photography By Veronica Selco

f you missed the opportunity to socialize your puppy or young dog due to the shut downs during the pandemic, health concerns about being around other people as things started to open up or you just weren’t able to make it to puppy classes, don’t despair! It’s not too late to get started building good experiences with the world for your dog. The key to building a confident, happy and well mannered pup, is making sure you establish a good system of communication and trust. Dogs who may have limited experiences early on, may show signs of fear or anxiety around unfamiliar things, so it is critical to work within the dog’s comfort level and to secure professional assistance, if needed. First, be sure to learn about canine body language so that you can assess how best to structure your training sessions, scaling back as needed and increasing challenges as appropriate. The goal is to build on small successes avoiding stress, overexcitement or barking. Some obvious signs of a dog’s discomfort include, low tail carriage or tucked tail, lowered body, lip licking, spinning, shaking, pacing, shaking off and there are many other signals before the dog growls, barks or bites. Adding a variety of good experiences with novel things will take some planning, but will be enjoyable for both you and your pup. When planning activities consider exercising your dogs senses; consider sights, sounds and sniffs. 24

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DESIGN YOUR HOME SCHOOLING PLAN TO INCLUDE: u Teach your dog FUNdamental behaviors u Attention & Eye Contact u Coming when called u Leash Walking u Polite Greetings *Sign up for online class; look for a certified professional dog trainer committed to force free training. Use food, fun and play to build good behavior.

FIELD TRIPS: u Park u Restaurant Patio u Hardware Stores u Drive-Thru – Banks, Coffee Shop, Fast Food u Variety of Animals – Farm Animals *Observe people and kids in play yard, park, strollers, skateboards, bicycles, joggers; offer treats as reinforcement when your dog demonstrates good behavior. *Car rides where you can pull up into a parking lot to let your dog study human behavior is priceless! Humans are curious beings. Grab a cup of coffee, open your hatch and hang out with your dog.

WALKS: u Neighborhood walks u Hike – Enjoy a nature walk with your friend u Sniffari – Put your dog on a harness and long leash and find an empty field, away from other people, dogs and cars. Let your dog lead the way. *Dogs experience their world through olfaction; let them read the pee-mail and collect information about other dogs and people while they’re out on their walks.

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Goodbye AT HOME

By Sheryl Green It’s that moment that every pet parent knows is coming, but denies until the very end. For 15 years, I joked that Akasha, my beagle/lab mix and I had discussed it, and she was going to live forever. Through the dog park attack, the cancer, the arthritis, the collapsed trachea, and the 3x weekly sub-q fluids to keep her kidneys functioning, I did my best to ignore the inevitable. Until I couldn’t anymore. The vet offered “options” but at 16-years-old (at least), they might’ve prolonged her life, but they’d do nothing for the quality of it. The tightness in the back of my throat and the ache in my heart said it all. Her very first vet in Las Vegas was Dr. Toby Goldman. For years, he cared for my girl before leaving the practice to become an in-home hospice and euthanasia vet, eventually starting Nevada Pet Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia. I knew it would be more expensive than a trip to the vet’s office, but I couldn’t think of anything better to spend my money on than giving my best friend the most peaceful, fear-free passing possible. On a Wednesday afternoon, I mustered up every ounce of strength and sent the hardest message of my life. “Hey doc. I fear that we may be nearing that time with Akasha. I’m trying to hold myself together.” He called me a few minutes later and we talked about whether it was time. In my heart, I knew it was. Keeping her around any longer would’ve been for me, not for her. “What would the perfect last days look like?” He asked.


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My brain started firing: Treats, home cooked meals, sniffing at the park, a ride up to Mt. Charleston, quality time with the grandpawrents, a photo shoot, and so many cuddles. We did all of it. When Friday evening rolled around, my parents, my dog Bodhi, and Akasha and I gathered in my living room. Dr. Goldman walked us through what would happen. The first injection would make Akasha as relaxed as anyone could ever be. (I requested this injection for myself but was denied.) Swaying on the carpet, I could see the medication take hold. I helped her lay down and stroked her fur, whispering how much I loved her. With the second injection, we said goodbye. One moment, she was breathing and the next.... He arranged her in a beautiful basket with soft blankets. We allowed Bodhi to take his time sniffing her so he wouldn’t be looking for his sister for weeks to come. He made a paw print which I’ll admit, I say good morning to every day. There’s never a good time to say goodbye. I can’t imagine it ever not feeling like your heart is being ripped out. However, I couldn’t be more grateful that this option exists. Akasha and I created a beautiful story, thanks to in-home euthanasia; I was able to give that story a beautiful ending. When that time comes, research your options and consider saying goodbye in the comfort of your own 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

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TIPS for keeping

PET ODOR under control

By Gail Mahugh

We all love our furry friends, but they can add some unique smells to our homes. Even with regular cleaning, pet odors can still catch up to us. Here are some tips that might help.


With the warm weather upon us, those hundred-plus temperatures can bring a special odor to your backyard, especially if you don’t have grass that gets watered regularly. We have artificial turf, which can get "lovely" if I don’t spray every day. I use a natural solution and spray at night, so it’s dried by the morning. I enjoy sitting out with my morning coffee and unwinding in the evening, but if I miss a day or two it’s back in the house I go.


To help keep your indoors smelling pet-free, baking soda is a great natural odor neutralizer. Sprinkle it on your carpets and let it sit for five or so minutes, then vacuum it up. It’s also good on upholstery but test it first and see if it vacuums up; some loose weaves can be a problem. Instead, I’d consider having it steam cleaned. But always make sure to check the care labels first.


Cleaning the air itself will keep your home smelling fresh. Some people like essential oils, but I’m allergic to any fragrance, so I prefer an air purifier with an activated carbon HEPA filter. Along with helping with odors, it will take dust and pet dander out of the air. If you’re looking for a new vacuum, consider a HEPA vacuum with a charcoal filter.


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Of course, regularly washing their bedding is a given. But what about those other places they like to hangout. My office is one of those places. I clean the carpets more frequently. Between cleaning I spray a mixture of vinegar and water. I do this before going to bed so there’s no smell by morning.


I take my girls to the groomer every six weeks. I love how they smell when they come home, but for reasons unknown, sometimes they can get a little stinky in-between appointments, and a quick dry shampoo does the trick. Now before using anything on your pets, check with your veterinarian to make sure whatever you’re using, even those with natural ingredients, will be safe for them. No different than us, they can be allergic to even the most natural products.

Now that your home and furry babies smell fresh... enjoy a little playtime together. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design, has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit,


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Easter Eggs

Have you ever searched for colored or plastic eggs in spring? Why? Eggs have represented the onset of spring, new life, and hope to people throughout history. Some humans have worshipped parts of nature and taken part in spring rites while others have spoken of eggs as symbols of God’s oneness or the resurrection of Christ. Regardless of one’s religious views, Easter egg hunts have been used by parents and instructors to teach observation, color theory, and social skills. These eggs may appear in our homes as engaging art tools which also encourage healthy eating habits.

Easter Egg Hunts for Dogs?

Have you ever let your dog(s) join in the fun? Not all dogs are hunters or diggers, but most will rise to take part in a hunt. Searching for treats can inspire observation, patience, and focus if you’re training your pet. Amusement, laughter, and bonding are bonuses! Remember to count treats before hiding them in easy to find places. Keep counting as they are found so scavengers don’t mistake left-overs for an invitation.


Kitties May Hunt… Not Likely Colored Eggs Positioned in the center window, cats remind us of their historic heritage; seen by humans for their “true value as gods”. Well, that’s what we think from their attitudes.

While a few felines may join the chase with their canine counterparts, most cats will give condescending sneers which endear them in our hearts!

Seasonal Fun

With some creativity, your family and pet(s) can enjoy seasonal activities. Easter egg hunts are just one suggestion. Summer brings outdoor possibilities with fragrances of fresh fruits. Autumn inspires harvest hunts with or without leaves and winter romps are also traditional. Whichever season and whatever you choose to do, remember to have your camera.

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• Chocolate and other Easter candies are harmful to your pet! • Avoid anything your pet may choke on, like plastic eggs. • Do not exceed the recommended limit written on treat packages. • Hide treats on ground to avoid jumping, climbing, or other unwanted behaviors. • There are pet-friendly container/toys and safety advice at your pet store.

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Does your favorite furball seem to be looking a little shaggy and unruly lately? Is it time to get out the brush? Yes! In fact, developing a good grooming routine can be beneficial to your pet’s overall health and happiness.


thorough brushing is a quick way to make your pet look good and feel better, but there are other components of grooming that are equally important. Examining and caring for their skin, teeth, nails, eyes and ears are also vital parts of a good grooming practice. Most cats and dogs enjoy being brushed, so brushing is typically a good place to start your grooming routine. They will love your undivided attention, as well as the feel of the brush against their skin. While you are brushing them, pay close attention to their skin and anything that looks unusual; dry flakey patches, lumps or sores. (These are things you should report and review with your veterinarian.) Matted fur is also something that can be very problematic. Pets with matted fur can become very uncomfortable because of the constant tightness and pulling on their skin. Often times, such matts need to be removed by an experienced groomer or veterinarian. (You should never attempt to cut matted fur off with a pair of scissors or other sharp instrument.) Keeping up with a regular brushing routine can alleviate the problem of matted fur. Also, many cat parents wonder if their cats still need to be brushed since the average feline spends about 30% to 40% of their day self-grooming. Yes, it is important for a number of reasons. Brushing helps prevent the formation of hairballs and stimulates blood circulation. It becomes even more important to groom cats as they get older because they are less able to do it for themselves. While it may not be as fun as brushing, it is also important to take a look at your pet’s teeth and nails. When inspecting your 40

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pet’s teeth, pay particular attention to the gums and anything that appears unusually red or inflamed. Bleeding gums, uncommonly bad breath, or unusual bumps along the gum line should be reported to your veterinarian. Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth can greatly reduce the chance of tooth decay and gum inflammation. After your tooth inspection, take a look at your pet’s nails. Do they look too long? Are they curling under or hitting the pads of their feet? If so, it’s definitely time for a trim. Nails that are too long can impede your pet’s ability to walk comfortably and can eventually pierce into the soft pads of their feet. It can be very painful. Trimming the nails is necessary, but can be difficult if you are inexperienced in trimming them. Since cutting the nails too short can be extremely painful to your pet, many people opt to have a groomer or veterinarians take on the task. As a final step in your grooming routine, take a look at your pet’s ears and eyes. For tips on ear care see the article on Ear Infections in this issue. Eyes should be bright and clear of tear buildup. Many dog breeds tend to have a lot of tearing which can ultimately turn into a hard, gummy mess around the eyes. It is important to remove as much of this material as possible to prevent eye irritation. A warm, damp wash cloth usually works the best.

A regular at-home grooming routine help pets remain happy and healthy. You and your pet will enjoy your extra time together and you will gain first-hand knowledge of your pet’s overall health.


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