Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine: March/April 2024

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KITTY PLAYTIME! | Pet Events Calendar | Online Directory | Animal Rescue Organizations HUMOR HELPS! WITH YOUR FUR BABY Celebrate Spring THE 3-3-3 RULE AND YOUR NEW PET on the Playa PUPS Exploring Southern Nevada's Dry Lake Beds! Laugh a Little

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Spring – brings a sense of newness – rebirth and regeneration. Signs of spring are more subtle in our warmer climate yet they are still visible. Nature is awakening - everything seems refreshed and renewed. Calendars are filling up with many fun-filled events for all members of the family including our furry children.

Recently we were at a pet event, the weather was gorgeous, and it so wonderful seeing the many dogs and their parents. It was a great reminder of how much we enjoy pet events. We hope to see you at some of the events.

There is a spring fun event that we’ve been watching with interest. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it too. We’re watching the Mojave Max Emergence Contest. Elementary school students can submit their guesses in the Mojave Max Emergence Contest on website: Their website has lots of information on tortoises. Last year Mojave Max emerged on April 24th. Though we’re not eligible to vote – our guess is 15th. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. As always, our passion, our purpose is to provide articles that inform, inspire, and encourage you. We hope they also serve as a reminder of what is truly important to all of us - celebrating and cultivating the incredible bond that exists between pets and people. Spring

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Is It TIME For A NEW Pet Bed?

Have you looked at your pet’s bed lately? I mean, have you REALLY looked at it? If it looks disturbingly brown, flattened, and capable of crawling away on its own, it’s probably time for a new one.

While you may think it’s time for a new bed, your pet may not be so enthusiastic about the idea. Sometimes a new bed is not well received. But, with great intentions, you head to your favorite pet store and begin the search. You take time to pick it out, bring it into the house, and YOU think it’s perfect! Proudly, you present the new bed to your pet. To your dismay, after several cautious and suspicious sniffs, he gives you a dismal, dirty look, and walks away. Now what?

The rejection of your new pet bed is usually because it smells “funny”. It may smell wonderfully fresh and new to you, but all your pet smells is new fabric, new foam, and funky pet store odors. It doesn’t have his scent on it, or yours, and therefore it is not worthy of sleeping in. There is an easy solution to this problem.

First, take the new bed outside and let it air out in the sunshine for a couple of hours. (This will help the fabric, foam, and pet store odors dissipate.) Then, take the old bed and gently rub it around on the new one –transferring your pet’s scent to the new bed. Next, take one of your t-shirts (worn a few times) and rub it all over the new bed. If he STILL doesn’t like it, try lining the inside of the bed with the same t-shirt - carefully tucking it in around the edges. Now your pet’s bed will smell like two of his favorite “people”….you and him. What could be better?!

5 Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2024 • Animal Cardiology Specialists of NV ��������������� 19 • Animal Dental Specialists of NV ����������������������� 19 • Animal Emergency Center 25 • At Your Service Pet Supplies Back Cover • Balence Companies, CBD Products ���������������� 24 • BarxParx ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 23 • Blue Ribbon K9 ����������������������������������������������������������� 8 • Christtmas, Missing Cat ���������������������������������������� 12 • Compassionate Pet Cremation 16 • Doors 4 Mutts 16 • Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc ������������������������������������ 23 • Gibson’s Canine Classroom �������������������������������� 39 • Happy Tails Pet Sitters ��������������������������������������������� 4 • Healthy Tails ��������������������������������Inside Front Cover • Hearts Alive Village 44 • Hearts Alive Village Cat Café 28 • Hearts Alive Village Horse Rescue 30 • Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions������������������������ 4 • Las Vegas Manor 55+ Senior Community ��� 33 • Las Vegas Valley Humane Society�������������������� 35 • Lazy Dog Restaurant 42 • Marshall Injury Law 26-27 • PALNV – Rescued Treasures Cat Cafe 21 • Paw Partners Unleashed �������������������������������������� 21 • Schaffner’s Captures ��������������������������������������������� 14 • The Perfect Paws – Luxury Pet Boutique ������ 13 • The Poppy Foundation ������������������������������������������ 43 • Trailwood Cat Hospital 29 • Trailwood Cat Mobile 9 • Trailwood Cat Resort ��������������������������������������������� 37 • Two Boys Laundromat ������������������������������������������ 17 • URICIDE–Pet Odor Eliminator �������� Inside Back Cover • Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club ������������������� 11 • VFW Auxiliary Post 3848 33 • Vic’s Aquariums 15 • Winterland Cabins at Big Bear, CA ��������������������� 9

Since 2012 it was our privilege to work closely with Rick as our photographer.

Every two months we contacted him with “Rick, it’s cover time again”. We appreciated his unique style, his creativity, and his willingness to experiment. He offered ideas and suggestions. With his “can do” attitude infused with his infectious enthusiasm it was a joy to work with him. With our shared love and passion for nature, pets and golf it wasn’t long before a friendship developed that we will always treasure. We miss you, Rick!

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Rick Vierkandt

April 8, 1983 – January 7, 2024

In the poem, The Dash, by Linda Ellis, often read at funerals two dates are referenced: date of birth and the date of death. However, between those two dates is what matters most – the dash. For that represents their time on earth. Sadly, Rick’s dash represents 40 years. In those years he made the most of his dash. Yet no matter how much time the dash represents, it is never enough time, we are never ready to say “good bye”.

Debbie, Rick’s mom, shared that Rick came into this world with a zest for life & packed more “living” into 40 years than many did in 100 years. It was as if he knew he had to condense a lot of living into a few years. He loved shooting pool & above all else, playing golf with his father Richard. He brought inexplicable JOY to every person and pet he met.

Even as a child deep within his heart was a love of pets, a desire to help them. His gift was photography, his passion was pets. His mom shared this story about his love of pets: Around age 6 or 7, he wanted to be a veterinarian until someone informed him that would mean dealing with sick animals who were in pain often without good outcomes. He thought about that for a while. His mom

shared that shortly after he came to her and said, “I don’t want to be a vet anymore. I want to help animals before they get sick”. And he did!

He mentored under the prestigious wild life photographer, Thomas D. Mangelsen and worked at numerous other galleries in Las Vegas before branching out on his own. Landscapes & wildlife were his niche at that time. The Hummingbird Portrait was his signature piece. He learned patience waiting for that perfect sunset or cloud cover reflecting on water which was essential in photographing pets.

Thomas D. Mangelsen shared: “I remember Rick well. Mostly his enthusiasm for photography. Being out in the wilds and working with him was uplifting and inspiring for me. When we last talked, he was full of life and cheerful, even in his terrible condition. He gave me a huge gift, the gift of courage and hope even in difficult times… He will be missed but forever remembered!”

Rick opened Bark Gallery specializing in pet photography. The skills, persistence

and patience acquired in his work in nature photography were important in taking pet photos. Many of his favorite pet photos, however, included nature as a backdrop. He was committed to getting the best possible photo of a pet, to bringing out their unique personalities. He gave of his time and talent to the local animal rescue organizations. He took photos of their available pets, helped with photo projects such as calendars, and was a regular feature at pet events sharing his skills with the pet community.

Memories are bittersweet, precious and painful, they’re moments and experiences forever forged in our hearts. This tribute, a mosaic of stories, tributes and photos woven together to create a “snapshot” of a life well lived; a tribute to a friend, colleague, and pet lover.

His legacy lives on in the moments he captured with his camera of people, places and pets.

Rick Loved Life, he lived his life to its fullest!

On January 17, 2024, family and friends gathered to celebrate and honor his life. There was laughter and tears as many people shared meaningful memories and stories about Rick. Of course, there were funny ones, too.

Flory Del Sangro, a close friend of Rick’s (and Benny’s Dad) offered the following tribute: RICK… He loved played playing golf with his dad, traveling with his mom, animal photography, and working with animal rescues. Another important love in his life was Benny, the Ice Skating Dog. He loved Benny! He loved working with Benny and Cheryl (Benny’s Mom). In one of his last Facebook posts he shared how “Losing Benny the dog to the same type of cancer sarcoma I have, was devastating, but his legacy will live on.”

Flory also shared words that he felt, and everyone agreed, described Rick: Kind hearted, helpful, generous, knowledgeable, considerate, thoughtful, adventurous, humane, confident, caring and compassionate. AND, most of all – IRREPLACEABLE!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS 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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on the Playa PUPS

Dry lake beds, those captivating playas where time seems suspended, hold a mysterious allure for adventurers seeking solace and tranquility. But what about our furry friends? Can they partake in the excitement of exploring these desolate landscapes? The answer is a resounding yes! Taking your dog to play at a dry lake bed can be a fun and enriching experience for both you and your canine companion.

In Southern Nevada, we are fortunate to have multiple dry lake beds that await our exploration:

Jean Dry Lake

This is a popular filming location. Scenes from Casino, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Hangover were filmed here. The area offers a pristine setting for outdoor enthusiasts and their furry companions to roam freely in the vast open space.


Roach Dry Lake

In the early 1900s, this area was a major shipping point along the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad. The dry lake bed remains, but only a ghost town is found where the train depot was located. A new airport serving Southern Nevada is proposed to be built here over the next decade, so the area might make a comeback as the transportation hub.

Directions - From Primm, drive north on S Las Vegas Blvd and exit to the east on McCullough Pass. Follow the dirt roads leading north, as you will be located at the very south end of the dry lake bed.

Boulder City and El Dorado dry lakes

South of Railroad Pass are two dry lakes that appear to be one large vast large playa. Long-time residents of Clark County may remember exploring this area before development, but now vast arrays of solar farms distinctly line the western edge of the alkali flat. With plenty of open space remaining for uninhibited running, this is a popular alternative for residents of Henderson and Boulder City.

Directions From Las Vegas, drive south on S Las Vegas Blvd, then turn southwest at Ranch Rd, which is south of the Seven Magic Mountains. Drive southwest to the dry lake bed. Willow at the Eldorado Dry Lake Bed
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Pepper at the Eldorado Dry Lake Bed

These playas offer stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape and ample space for dogs to run and play freely with their favorite toys. Before embarking on your adventure, it’s essential to plan and prepare accordingly.

Pack plenty of water, snacks, and a first aid kit for both you and your furry friend, ensuring a safe and enjoyable outing for all. Due to the remoteness of these areas, changing road conditions, and poor cell service, it is critical to tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return.

Upon arrival at the dry lake bed, take several minutes to assess your surroundings. Leashing your dog is not required, but you must set yourself up for success. Beware of physical dangers or situations that may spook your pup. These include, but aren’t limited to, off-road vehicles, loud noises, drones, wildlife, and traffic.

Lastly, remember to rest and rehydrate in the shade of your car, especially during the hot days.

Exploring dry lake beds near Las Vegas, Nevada, with your canine companion can be a rewarding and memorable experience. By prioritizing safety, preparation, and responsible exploration, you can embark on an adventure that strengthens your bond and creates lasting memories amidst the breathtaking beauty of the desert landscape. So pack your gear, leash up your pup, and embark on a journey of discovery together in the vastness of the dry lake beds surrounding Las Vegas.


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Cowboy at the Seven Magic Mountains located just west of the Jean Dry Lake Bed

MISSING CAT Christtmas

The Story of Christtmas: The name Christtmas with two T’s (TT’s) was given to our Tabby Cat because he was found almost frozen to death in 2021. While spending time away from home in Park City, Utah as a family my wife and I received an alarm from the “The Ring” app on Christmas Eve. The wife noticed that someone was trying to open the hood of my truck, located in front of the house. I tried talking over the Ring speaker to ask why they were trying to get inside the truck, they just started walking away down the street. The wife called the neighbors to check on our house in Utah and although we live on the same block they piled in one car and drove 50 yards to our house where they jumped out of the car as if they were riding horses and started looking around with guns drawn (legal in Utah). The windows and doors were all secure with no signs of forced entry. We returned home the next day on Christmas and I took the time to listen and view the Ring notification from the beginning. The sound of an alarm is what I thought when viewing the Ring app at first, then it came to me that it was the sound of a cat yelling for help. I remembered as a child how the cats would get inside the car’s engine to get warm after the car had just been parked or to block the wind. My wife and I ran outside and opened the hood of the truck only to find nothing. The wife began to make the calling sound for a cat, here kitty-kitty-kitty. Suddenly we heard a sound of a kitten yelling back but we couldn’t quite determine where the sound was coming from. The wife dashed to the neighbors house where she found the kitten (Christtmas) nearly frozen in the doorway closer trying to stay out of the wind. He was so small, tiny but had a great yelling voice while inside the house as he kept yelling as we searched for something to give to him to eat. We immediately tried to find the owners while placing ads on “Next Door”, because I’m allergic to cats. Needless to say we had lots of replies because this kitten is so cute. Comments from one individual online were so funny that everyone started to comment. The comment suggested that I “the husband” could make a room in the garage and keep the kitten in the house because he is so cute. Because we found him on Christmas Day, we just decided to call him Christtmas. After trying to locate his home unsuccessfully, we kept him as our gift from God. Ha chew (sneeze), yes I fell in love with the kitten despite my allergies and he seems to be very appreciative of life although he wanted to explore Las Vegas, Nevada. He was wearing a blue collar. So please be on the lookout for CHRISTTMAS.

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Nutritious and Beneficial for both People and Dogs

BONE BROTH is an excellent source of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals. Bone broth also contains collagen, glucosamine, glycine, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients which help relieve joint pain and supports the immune system.

When introducing any new food or treat to your pet it is important to start small and go slow. Add one or two tablespoons to their regular meals. If there are no adverse reactions or digestive upsets you can add a little more each day. It is a nutritious addition to your dog’s regular diet; it can be used as a topper or mixed in with dry food for additional moisture and hydration.

It is recommended that you consult with your vet before making major changes to your dog’s diet especially if your dog has specific health issues.

March 17 – 23 National

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• Over-the-Counter Medications

• Food - Chocolate, Xylitol, Coffee, Alcohol, Avocados, Grapes, Raisins, Macadamia Nuts, Onions, Garlic, Salt

• Household Items

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• Poisonous Plants - Lilies, azaleas, oleander + more

• Garden Products - Fertilizers

• Veterinary Medications

If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, seek veterinary attention immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Both are available 24 hours a day.

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Everyone knows cats are aloof and independent. But dogs are friendly, affectionate and cuddly – right? Well, not always. For a number of reasons some dogs are aloof and independent.


BREED ➠ Some breeds were bred to be more independent and aloof. Herding and guarding dogs were bred to work independently. Bloodhounds, for example, were bred to track scents off leash, being independent is essential to doing their work.

PERSONALITY ➠ Like humans all dogs have their own personalities. Sometimes you can determine a dog’s personality based on its dominant breed yet like humans each dog, purebred or mixed breed, has its own personality. Over 50% of dogs in the United States are of mixed breed. They’re a delightful blend of traits from a variety of breeds.


➠ Lack of early socialization opportunities might have created a reluctance or inability to make new friends, both other dogs and humans. Many rescued dogs were neglected, abused, and abandoned. Some have spent months in a shelter. It will take time, patience and persistence for them to develop a sense of trust with new parents.

Regardless of the cause, many dogs will always be independent and aloof. It’s how they express their personal traits or characteristics; it’s their unique personality.


Love, enjoy and accept them unconditionally for who they are, for their uniqueness. Dogs love unconditionally and they will find ways to show their love and affection; they’ll love you in their own unique way!

All good relationships with people and pets are based on love, acceptance and trust.
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Happy To See You!

My girlfriend once owned a Silky-Terrier dog named Abby. I loved this little dog, but she would often act aloof around me and would sometimes ignore my attempts to play with her. However, she would get excited when I would take her on walks, but after I brought her home, she would again ignore me.

Abby was afraid to be left alone in the house when Deborah and I would go out to places where dogs weren’t allowed. One such night I had to break the dinner engagement with Deborah and her other friends, and go home early by myself. When I opened the door to go inside, Abby was so happy and relieved to see me that she jumped with joy and wagged her tail wildly. I was home and she knew she had company again! She later fell asleep on the sofa; no doubt being assured that she was safe and well protected with me there.

How about you and me? Do we act cool, detached and aloof around people that we are secretly happy to see? Does familiarity lull us into pretending that their presence isn’t that big of a deal. Do we assume that the other person will always be there, but we have no guarantee of that.

Let’s show that spontaneous joy, let’s not hold back our smiles and enthusiasm. If we’re happy to see them - - - LET THEM KNOW!
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Animal Reiki Meditation Bringing Home a New Pet

Opening your home to a new pet is an exciting and fulfilling experience. However, it’s important to recognize that our animal companions may experience stress and anxiety as they adjust to their new surroundings. Animal Reiki Meditation can help facilitate a smooth transition and establish a deep bond between you and your new companion.

The 3-3-3 Rule for Adjustment

When bringing an animal into your home, it’s important to remember the 3-3-3 Rule. This Rule suggests that during your pet’s first three days in their new home, they may feel overwhelmed, scared, and shut down. After three weeks, your pet starts settling in and getting into a routine. They feel more comfortable, which is when behavior issues may begin showing up. After three months, your new friend is finally comfortable in their home, set in a routine, and building a bond with their new family. Providing a calm and nurturing space is crucial for them to feel safe and valued during these periods. Animal Reiki Meditation acts as a supportive tool during this adjustment phase.

Creating a Peaceful Space with Animal Reiki Meditation

Animal Reiki Meditation creates a tranquil environment that promotes relaxation, healing, and emotional well-being for you and your pet. Practice this meditation technique daily to create a safe space where your furry friend can truly relax and feel at ease.

• Begin by sitting quietly and allow your pet to get comfortable. Never force them to participate with you.

• Breathe in and pull the breath down deep into your

belly, pause, and envision your breath igniting a light in your belly.

• As you breathe out, see your light growing brighter within you, slowly filling your body with light.

• Continue to breathe in and out slowly. When the light has filled your body, imagine this light releasing out your nose, filling the space around you with light as you breathe out.

• Continue your breath and sit in the space you’ve created for as long as you like. When you’re ready, slowly bring yourself back.

Calming Expectations and Realistic Growth

When adopting a new pet, it’s common to have high expectations and dreams of a seamless connection. We want to bond with them immediately. However, it’s important to remember that each animal has their own unique journey and timeline for adjustment. Animal Reiki Meditation helps keep your expectations in check by providing a calming influence. By practicing patience, compassion, and understanding, you allow your pet the time and space needed to feel secure and bond with you at their own pace.

Remember, love, patience, and kindness go a long way in helping new pets feel safe, nurtured, and loved. Incorporating Animal Reiki Meditation into your daily routine allows you to forge a deep bond with your new companion, making their transition smoother and ensuring a harmonious and fulfilling life together.

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Jamie Lee is an Animal Meditation teacher who helps pet lovers and animal sports teams deepen their relationship, define success, and realize their true potential through mindfulness and meditation. Learn more at



An old proverb states laughter is great medicine. Have you ever laughed so hard you couldn’t catch your breath? When was the last time you had a rollicking laugh, the kind where your eyes water and muscles ache, but after, stress is gone?

Research reveals laughter can be medicinal. When laughing, your mood improves and everyone around you gets to unwind. The medical field suggests laughter can relax your muscles for nearly an hour, increase the number of endorphins entering your brain which leaves you feeling well, and stimulates your heart while additional oxygen increases in your lungs.

While we sometimes don’t have much to laugh about, we can enjoy humor and allow joy to enhance our lives. As we think on things that bring joy and foster laughter, a few catalysts come to mind:

❖ Children are inspirational, witty, and cathartic.

❖ Animals photographed in nature can be humorous and heartwarming.

❖ Pets! For many of us, our adoptees are our own personal joy-bringers.

We all feel our own pets are the most special of creatures. (We might note that most owners feel that way.) There’s universality in pet antics which makes watching videos online of kittens flying through the air or latching onto the old dog in the yard so delightful. We all have stories of unexpected household mishaps involving furry, fuzzy, or feathered friends. Milk spilled, vases spinning, toilet paper trails through the house, or plants climbed into may allow us to laughter and extend our lives a little longer.


Consider what joy you can bring to a pet’s life. When was the last time you played with your clingy cat or threw the ball around the yard with your exuberant dog or pranced about with your frisky cockatoo? Laughter can ease a human mind, so wouldn’t the same be true for your animal?

One of my pets experiences high anxiety causing numerous issues relationally with other animals in the house. She also leaves quite a mess. veterinarians and pet professionals agree that continual clean water, clean litter boxes, and places to hide under blankets or in corners are effective in reducing stress in high anxiety creatures. When you’ve tried all the diets and recommended remedies from your veterinarian, consider adding just a little extra cuddling and playtime. With high anxiety animals it helps to recognize they need to de-stress. Experience and research suggest reduction of stress happens when you take a little extra time with your pet. It’s a win-win situation.

Certainly, any pet can benefit from our laughter as we reduce our stress. Dogs and cats, like children, if given a few boundaries and allowed to play and laugh, have a chance to thrive. Remember to join in the moment’s joy.

Hope you find laughter today. Have a tremendous spring!

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Celebrate Spring with your Fur Baby

Long gone are the icy temps and that bone-chilling wind that had us bundled up like Eskimos when we took our pups out to potty. Spring is officially here, and with the warm weather come some fun activities for you to do with your four-legged friend.


While they love cuddling up and bingeing Netflix, your fur kid can’t wait to explore the outdoors! Here are some ways you and your pup can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine:

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Enjoy Outdoor Dining

Las Vegas is home to a myriad of restaurants with patio dining. Enjoy a meal “al fresco” or “al fursco” with your loyal pooch by your side. Many dog-friendly restaurants have a special doggy menu so that Fido can enjoy not only your company but a tasty meal as well. While no one expects them to know which fork to use, doggy diners are expected to be leashed and have good manners.

Take a Road Trip

There’s nothing like feeling the warm wind in your face fur (or so I’ve heard) as you travel down the road without a care in the world. No, I’m not suggesting you let your dog drive, but Fluffy will make an excellent copilot. Open the windows (make sure to harness your bestie to the seat), throw on some tunes, and get ready to explore the open road. Pack plenty of water, snacks, and poop bags for your journey, and take frequent breaks so your pup can go potty and stretch his legs.

Go Camping

Who better to snuggle up with in your tent than your favorite fur baby? Dogs love the outdoors, and the thought of chewing on a real stick in nature… that’s a dream come true! Remember to pack your pup’s food, dishes, toys, treats, and a soft blanket for them to lay on. While there are no ticks in Las Vegas, if you are leaving the valley and spending time in the woods, speak to your vet about preventative medication to keep your baby safe.

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Have a Picnic

Pack a basket with snacks and treats for your buddy (you can bring some for you, too), throw a blanket in your car, and head out to a local park for an afternoon of sights, smells, and a good game of frisbee or fetch. Your fur baby will enjoy the fresh air, exercise, and quality time with his favorite human.

Attend a Dog-Friendly Event

Animal rescues have been waiting all year long to get back outside for some fun and fundraising. Check the event listings here in Pet Scene to see what’s happening in your neighborhood. Outdoor events are a great place for dogs to sniff, socialize, and maybe even give you the go-ahead to adopt them a furry sibling. You’ll find entertainment, food, activities for human children, and lots of treats and toys to spoil the furry ones. For your dog’s safety, as well as the safety of others, please make sure your dog is vaccinated, leashed, and well-behaved.

Shake off the cold and set out on an adventure with your dog this Spring. Whether you stick close to home with a restaurant or a picnic or venture out of town, time spent enjoying the weather and one another’s company will surely make your fur kid’s tail wag.

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Sheryl Green is a mental health speaker, author, and passionate animal advocate. Her latest book, “You Had Me At No: How Setting Healthy Boundaries Helps Banish Burnout, Repair Relationships, and Save Your Sanity,” is now available.
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Horses As Companions

Recently I overheard a conversation and heard this comment: “Why would anyone ever keep a horse they can’t ride”? To me it was more of an opinion rather than a question. A brief response to the “question” might be interesting.

A companion only horse is one that for a variety of reasons cannot be ridden. What is the value of having a horse that you can’t ride? Many people keep horses simply as pets and lovingly call them their “pasture pets”. Equine-assisted therapy is very valuable yet only a few actually involve riding. The healing comes primarily from the relationship between horse and client. Being with them is therapeutic - grooming, feeding, and caring for them helps reduce stress, lower blood pressure and has many physical benefits.

Connecting with horses can be spiritually and emotionally rewarding. One time as I groomed a horse that had been a trail horse I noticed visible scars. I sensed they came from whippings. Gently rubbing those areas I spoke softly, said I understood and shared briefly my pain, my invisible scars. He sighed and leaned gently into me. It felt as if we were supporting each other. The bond was incredible.

As with any pet, responsible pet horse ownership means learning about all the requirements involved with caring for a horse. They require land to graze and run, a safe shelter, and resources for food and vet bills. They also require lots of time – they need to be groomed, stalls need to be cleaned. Beyond the basics they need time and attention; horses need plenty of stimulation, new adventures and exercise.

One suggestion is to take your horse for a walk and explore new areas. Another is to just be with them; sit in their pasture – perhaps

Horses have three basic gaits: walk, trot, and gallop. True or False

A baby horse is called a pony. True or False

The unit for measuring a horse’s height is called hands. True or False

Horses can see red or shades of red. True or False

use the time to journal or read a book. Apparently horses enjoy music especially bagpipe, cello and flute music. You can enjoy music together. Get creative – the possibilities are endless.

Horse ownership is not for everyone but if you have the resources consider opening your heart and pasture to a “pasture pet” or companion only horse!

“There is much we can learn from a friend who happens to be a horse.”
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How many times do you hear, “My pet got out and he’s not microchipped or wearing a collar?” As soon as you bring them home, schedule an appointment to get them chipped. They should be checked at least once a year. It’s important to make sure they’re still functioning, can be located and your information is updated with the microchip registry database.

Every pet should have a collar with tags. So, you’ve not taken them to be chipped, they don’t have a collar, and no one has found them, they most likely will be brought to a shelter. With tags, they can immediately be identified and brought back to the owner. I’ve seen roaming dogs and was able to walk them home. Their owners didn’t even know they got out.

I know that everyone is not fond of crates, but they do serve (have) their purposes. I was hesitant myself when my veterinarian suggested it, but they just ran in, it’s their safe place which helps ease anxiety. Crating will prevent them from getting in trouble, especially if they can be destructive. If your dog has extreme separation anxiety, you might need to consider other options, like a dog gate.

A crate is also helpful if you have multiple dogs. Mine get along great, but now and then they get into some rough play, which could escalate.

Cameras are a great way to monitor your pet while you’re not home. We installed one when our Millie was sick, it let us check on her throughout the day to see how she was doing. Our girls are crated so it was easy to have it focused on them. If your little ones roam the house, place them where they like to hang out.

Most have two-way communication and treat dispensers. I found it was best not to talk to my girls, it got them agitated thinking I was home. My girlfriend had a treat dispenser so her dogs stared at it all day. One day they decided to make it a chew toy, which could have been an extremely dangerous situation.

Never leave your dog outside when you’re not at home. Mine are barkers which I know would bother the neighbors. My border collie loves the sun and will lay out until we call her in. If unsupervised it could lead to heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburn. There’s also a considerable risk of them getting out when the landscaper or pool cleaner comes. And then you have those jumpers and diggers.

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What’s around the house? You want them to keep occupied but need to watch the toys that are out when you’re not home. Chew bones, squeakers, and small toys, whether theirs or your children’s, can be choking hazards. They’re fine when you’re home since you can supervise them, but it’s best to pick them up when you leave.

You’ll want to keep the toilet lid closed, especially if you use automatic bowl cleaners. What about the trash cans? The contents can cause life-threatening situations. You don’t want them to get hold of food that is poisonous, or that they could choke on. If you have the room, keep it behind a door, if not make sure the lid or latch are securely closed.

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We all worry when we leave our pets alone, but with precautions in place, you can help keep them safe.

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In my many years of dog ownership, I’ve learned a lot, read, researched, and failed a lot. Everything is an experience, and each dog is different from the other. What works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it works for another. Training sessions must cater to each dog’s unique needs, quirks, traits, fears, and, in some cases, aggressions.

I have owned many golden retrievers over the past twenty years and, while golden retrievers are gentle giants, this only means they have a friendly disposition… most of the time. What this doesn’t necessarily mean is that they are always gentle. While their intentions might be from the heart, they are massive, strong, and powerful. When they jump, they can knock over a full-size adult. When they run, they run fast, and sometimes, during the excitement, expect one to be able to move out of their way. Have you ever been pummeled by a big dog mid-way through his run? It can be powerful enough to cause a visit to the hospital.

I now have two giant goldens and I take training seriously. I see how they play with each other, and honestly, I don’t know how they have the energy for it. I’ve been jumped on by both for some quality cuddle time, only to be headbutted with a bump that lasted a week.

Sorry, Henry. If you’re going to live here, you’ll get smothered with kisses!

I’m a big fan of positive reinforcement training. I find no use in training where you have to be the alpha and use force upon a dog. Dogs have memories, and what one might view as training, dogs might view as abuse. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of a large dog, friendly or not. Their fear can cause them to react negatively.

Dogs do love hearing the term “good boy” (or “good girl”). They thrive on praise. I find my training sessions much more productive when I can confidently “train” them to do what I want them to do. When I see them growing bored or disinterested, I stop the session. I aim to have every session end positively so they look forward to it next time. Bite-size, extra-yummy treats have become my best friend.

Like I said, their heart is in the right place, but they don’t always realize their strength.

In the first few weeks after adopting any dog, I try to set boundaries but don’t train too hard, as I realize these boys don’t know me at all. If you’ve adopted dogs in the past, you may have heard of the 3-3-3 rule. Three days to decompress. Three weeks to learn the routine and house rules. Three months to finally feel at home.

With some, you can gain trust effortlessly, but some take a little bit of time. With my current pups, Henry and Toby, they both jumped in my lap the first day. However, Henry still looked at me with uncertainty until maybe the first month in. Since then, he has been glued to my side, allowing me to kiss his face more and more… something he wasn’t too keen on initially.

A clicker or a whistle are inexpensive ways and helpful for dogs to realize what is expected from them.

During training or reprimanding, it’s important not to yell. If they are chewing on anything, it can cause them to chomp down harder. If you want to de-escalate a dog fight, yelling only escalates it. If possible, never get in the middle of a dog fight, as during the commotion, even the most obedient of dogs might mistake your arm for their opponent. If one is available, use a hose to separate them, a whistle, a can full of pennies, or another distraction.

It is always trial and error; sometimes, you must research what drives your pet to behave. Every small step is a milestone and, having patience is a must!

Taken from my book, “PEACE, LOVE, PAWS”

Grieving a pet is just like grieving a person, except there’s no ceremony celebrating their life. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate their life on your own or with loved ones. Pets are a part of the family. And sometimes the pain of loss is overbearing. You have been their caregiver and they have been a loyal companion. Chances are you had a daily routine involving your pet, and now that routine has disappeared. At times, it’s heartbreaking. But there will be a point when you can look back and smile, grateful that you had experienced the precious moments with your pet. Peace, Love, Paws chronicles my time with Lola. My furry soulmate who taught me so much about life and how to keep enough love in my heart for other pups who need a home.

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Kitty Playtime!

Cats are such active and inquisitive little creatures. They bring us joy with their adventurous nature and curiosity. As responsible kitty-parents, we do our best to play with them and provide them with fun entertainment options. Physical activity and mental stimulation are both important to their overall happiness, so we try to facilitate both of those needs.

Daily playtime with our kitties is extremely important for both their physical and mental health. Physical activity is an absolute necessity for cats that are confined to the indoors. We strive to enrich their lives with interactive games, food puzzles, and anything else that seems to peak their interest. Whether it is a feather wand or a favorite game in their kitty tunnel, our little feline friends crave it all! Since our cats are born to be hunters, they need to have some sort of hunting stimulation to help them achieve their predatory purpose. Playtime with a feather wand or a laser pointer can help them perfect hunting skills. From experience, the excitement of the hunt is primarily what they are after. The spotting and stalking of potential prey are ingrained in their genetic make-up and can make it difficult for we catowners to help them achieve those goals. Cat toys that help them hone in on their hunting skills do not need to be expensive. A quick look in your junk drawer may open your eyes to new, innovative cat toys that you can create yourself. It is amazing what you can create with a few shoe strings, a pipe-cleaner or an old jingly key chain!

A possible addition to your daily kitty routine might be cat television. While cat videos are not meant to replace the human interaction you have with your kitties, it may be something to try for short periods of time under supervision. Videos of birds, mice, and squirrels can stimulate and help facilitate their desire for predation. It can provide a source of visual and auditory stimulation that most cats find fascinating.

From personal experience, cat videos have been a life-saver during these cold and rainy days. Typically, I open the windows by their cat trees that overlook the courtyard to let my kitties enjoy the fresh air, birds, and squirrels. Since it has been too cold for that lately, they have been missing their daily enjoyment of critter-watching. I decided to give cat videos a try during this cold snap. OH MY! I may have created a monster!

My little calico, Pip, is now absolutely addicted to cat videos! As an experiment, I used my computer tablet to play a bird video and I propped it up against the stereo speaker. She immediately swatted at the bird on the tablet, which minimized the screen. Her next swipe to the screen exited the feed altogether. (She was now watching commercials for health insurance and home generators. Luckily, she did not buy anything!) After that fiasco, I found an old picture frame and took the glass out of it. I sealed all the edges of the glass with electrical tape so it would not have any sharp edges. I then put the piece of glass in front of the tablet, so she could paw at the screen without interrupting the video feed. Success!

For safety reasons, I am going to buy a piece of clear acrylic to use instead on the thin picture frame glass. I do not think Pip could break the glass, but I would rather be safe than sorry. I also noticed that my computer tablet was getting fairly warm after about 15 minutes. The tablet needs to get adequate air flow to stay cool, so I now leave about a small gap between the glass and the tablet screen. I also do not play the videos for more than about fifteen minutes at a time.

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Of course, you can also stream cat videos to your main television. I tried that once, but it did not go well for me. The kitties LOVED it, but I did not appreciate them jumping at the screen and trying to find that elusive squirrel that MUST be hiding behind the television! I was afraid that they might tip the whole television over while trying to find the squirrel. I am going to stick with the computer tablet for now.

If you are considering cat television for your kitty’s entertainment, it is important to know that some cats can become over-stimulated or agitated while watching videos of prey that they cannot catch. When trying it for the first time, watch your cat for signs of frustration. A tense, crouched body position, excessive chattering or meowing may be signs that your cat is overstimulated and frustrated. If you notice any of these behaviors with your cat, it is best to coax them away from the screen with toys that they CAN get their paws on. Stuffed mice toys, feather wands, or anything they love to play with can be a great distraction.

Overall, I think cat television can be beneficial to a cat’s happiness in short sessions. When paired with physical play, you may find it useful as an addition to your daily play-routine.

Entertaining our feline friends is important, but our interactions with them are vital in forming a bonded relationship that is so precious. Playtime is the BEST time to strengthen those bonds.

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Assisting Victims, Survivors and Witnesses using Elite Therapy Dogs

Nationally the use of trained courthouse facility dogs working in legal settings such as prosecutor’s offices, child advocacy centers and family courts is spreading. All of these settings are intimidating for victims and witnesses, especially for children. The presence of a dog creates a sense of comfort and safety.

Stephani Loffredo, recognized the need for these services to be available in Las Vegas. She created the Courtroom Critters program along with Hufflepuff, the Bulldog. It is a local nonprofit volunteer organization that assists victims, survivors and witnesses of traumatic crime in the Las Vegas community using therapy dogs. All services are free.

They specialize in helping victims, survivors and witnesses of traumatic crime. They work closely with the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. Victims or witnesses of crimes, survivors including human-trafficking survivors can use their services. They also work with lawyers, police, domestic violence shelters and other community resources.

They work with the Boyd School of Law in their Kids Court School. Their new training program for “courtroom dogs” allows them to train dogs in a mock courtroom and a law student team. They offer a 4-hour training program and upon successful completion the dog and handler can be certified as a courtroom team for specific courtroom work. The Certified Courtroom program is free.

The program has grown significantly. Currently, they have 40 teams but they are looking for more volunteers. If you and your dog are ready to become a therapy dog team, please fill out a Volunteer Application on their website.


Critters goes above and beyond to support people in need. I have watched them in action and have seen firsthand how their presence brings a calming and joyous effect to the individuals they interact with…” ~ Dr. Kendra Devor

Stephani provided this overview of the therapy certification process:

We assist you through the therapy certification process. When you finish the certification, you can start volunteering. As we observe your dog, we recommend you go through the free courtroom training. When you successfully complete this training, you become a certified courtroom team.

The great thing about our program is if your dog is having any minor issues, we help you get through them. If your dog needs a little more training, we will wait for your return. We understand that young dogs may need more time, or some dogs may need more exposure.

We have two professional trainers on our team that enjoy helping teams become certified therapy teams. If you think your dog has the kindness and behavior skills – then you should check out one of our free seminars or fill out a volunteer application on our website.

We will set up a meet and greet, and then we help you succeed. If you are already certified with an American Kennell Club (AKC) approved therapy certification program, then you can start right away.

If you are not certified as a therapy team, but you think your dogs has what it takes – we are very happy to assist you through the process. The best way to start is to get you AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. Many training facilities cover this program and give you the test at the end with official AKC paperwork. Some people can do the training themselves – it does not matter where you train, as long as your dog passes, and then passes the therapy test. The facility we are partnered with is TAGGS on Decatur and Smoke Ranch.

For more information:

Hufflepuff: “Hey all you dogs out there… If you think your human has what it takes to be a therapy dog team, then join our group!”

Facebook & Instagram:

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Pet birds come in so MANY beautiful colors. Can you find the names of these popular, colorful birds? The words may be in any direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards.




Bonus Word: PET SCENE

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should you be worried?

The virus causes an upper respiratory infection that only affects dogs and can mimic clinical signs of kennel cough. Dogs that are more at risk of catching the disease are those that go to dog parks, doggy day care, grooming, and boarding facilities. It first showed up in 2004 in racing greyhounds and has since spread throughout many states in the US.

What are the clinical signs of Canine Flu?

Half of the animals infected with the virus get over the virus and never develop clinical signs. The other 50% of dogs infected have listlessness, nasal congestion, fever, and cough. A small percentage of dogs also develop pneumonia. Infected dogs are contagious whether or not they develop clinical signs. Dogs usually develop signs after 2-5 days after being exposed to the virus, and the course of infection lasts anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Dogs are contagious before they show any signs of disease and will shed the virus after they get over the disease.

How is Canine Flu transmitted?

The virus is transmitted through secretions and direct contact with an infected dog.

How do I prevent my dog from getting Canine Flu?

The best thing to do to prevent infection is to vaccinate your dog against Canine Influenza. Keeping your dog healthy and avoiding exposure to high risk situations are important ways to prevent infection and keep him safe.

How does the Canine Flu vaccine work?

The Canine Influenza vaccine works similarly to human flu vaccine in that it will decrease the severity of clinical signs of the disease, it will not prevent infection. The

vaccine also cuts down the time that dogs shed the virus and are contagious to other dogs. The vaccine consists of an initial series of 2 shots and then one shot yearly.

Does the Bordetella vaccine offer any protection against Canine Flu?

The Bordetella vaccine targets the main bacteria responsible for kennel cough. It does not offer any protection from Canine Influenza.

What do I do if my dog develops a cough?

It is always recommended to take your dog to a veterinarian if he or she develops a cough. Among the complications of Canine Influenza there is the risk of developing pneumonia. Your veterinarian can determine whether any further treatment or diagnostic test are required to keep your dog from developing complications like pneumonia and to keep your dog healthy.

Who do I go to if I have more questions about the Canine Flu?

The best person to contact is your veterinarian. Veterinarians are equipped to answer any question that you may have about Canine Influenza and other diseases.

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Animal Assistance, Rescues, Shelters

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Cha is a great lady… easy going, big smile, loves car rides and gets along with other dogs, social. ChaCha presented to our local shelter having suffered severe trauma to her eye and it could not be saved. That isn’t even a blimp on the screen to her. Life is about being happy, going for walks, and approaching every day like its going to be the best day ever! Y


Connor & Millie’s Dog Rescue | 702-238-4453

Hi, I’m Bertha! I’m 8, and I’m a very sweet gal. I initially arrived last September, after being found in a crate on the side of the road in BC. I was depressed, and so overweight that I could barely move. I began a strict diet and exercise regimen. It’s tough, but I’m doing it and I feel amazing!! Slowly, I’ve begun to lose the weight and my personality has done a 180! I am truly a lifesaving story, and even better, I am available for adoption! Y

Tosh is approx. 5 months old, 45lbs, a boxer mix and the wiggliest silliest boy you’ll ever meet and also potty trained! Tosh is all puppy and loves other doggie friends to wrestle and run with. If interested in meeting Tosh, fill out an application on our website. Y


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Bubba is an 8 ½ yr old St Bernard/Lab weighing 130 lbs. His owner passed away leaving Bubba nowhere to go. He is a big lovable goofball. Good with dogs, loves carrying around stuffed animals. Y

Adoptions every SAT and SUN from 10-4 pm at our Adoptions Center located at 232 North Jones, Suite 170.


A Path 4 Paws

Meet Snoopy: 8 month old Chihuahua high energy boy. Snoopy loves to play with other dogs and also toys. He would love to have a canine companion in his forever home. Due to a previously broken leg, he may be prone to some arthritis in the future. Snoopy is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Y


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This is Coco: He is a 9 month old St. Bernard mix. He’s great with all people and a BIG BOY. He needs a yard to run around, lots of love and attention. He’s working on his manners, so he will need a family that’s willing to work with him. To meet Coco, please fill out an application online. Y Coco

Vegas Roots Rescue

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society

If interested, fill out an interest form today!

Clyde – Male DSH 3 Years. He is the epitome of an orange boy tabby. He’s fluffy, playful, affectionate, loving, mischievous, and the list could go on all the day. He loves his afternoon naps and his nightly zoomies. Clyde enjoys being played with and will even let you hold him as long as you’re going to crack open a can of wet food. He is a forever right hand man to anyone! Y

Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. Call 702-272-0010 to make an appointment.


*DEAF* 11 year old Harper is the absolute BEST! She’s laid back and snuggly. Harper loves sleeping on the couch or in bed with you. She knows her basic hand signals and is using a vibration collar to get her attention when needed. Harper would be an easy addition to most homes and would enjoy a home where someone is home more often than not and will continue working on her training. Y

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Maple is a senior chinchilla looking for her forever home.

Recent vet check, great health, loves her bamboo sticks and very active! 15 years old and sassy as can be! Y

Vegas Friends of Guinea Pig Rescue

Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life.
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10am–2pm. Join the City of Henderson for their 18th annual Bark

In the Park with special guests, the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show. Activities, demonstrations, vendors, photo opportunities and friendly dog and people fun!

Cornerstone Park - 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson



10am–1pm. Fundraiser for Shari’s Shepherd Sanctuary. This class is designed to teach the participant how to administer emergency CPR and first aid to an animal until veterinary care is ascertained. Register at:

House of Paws • 1750 N. Buffalo Drive



7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit:

VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., 2nd Floor #240



6pm–9pm. Great for all ages! Enjoy an evening of bowling fun while supporting animal rescues! Participants can look forward to bowling contests, goody bags, silent auction, great prizes, and more. Purchase tickets at:

Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Rd.



10am–3pm. Fun for the whole family! Games! Goodies! Gifts! All proceeds benefit Bunnies Matter Rescue. Games tickets 6 for $5. Tickets available the day of the event or preorder. For more information contact Denise at 702-353-4198.

Floyd Lamb Park - Bunny Building - 9200 Tule Springs Rd.



9am–5pm. Help ensure your dog and your family can avoid suffering from a rattlesnake encounter. For a small training fee, you will get extra assurance that your dog will avoid a dangerous rattlesnake

encounter. Call 702-396-8501 to register or for more information.

Smarty Paws Canine Coaching • 4161 N. Rancho Drive #120



11am-4pm. The Las Vegas City Council, Three Dog Bakery and Ward 2 invite you to this event.

Bruce Trent Park – 8851 Vegas Drive


32nd Annual K-9 Trials

8am–3pm. You’re invited to celebrate the 32nd Annual Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K9 Trials. Come and see police department teams from all over the world compete in obedience, agility, and handler protection. Register in advance for free tickets. /k9trials

South Point Casino – 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.



8am–5pm. Play some golf and support Vegas Pet Rescue Project! Includes breakfast and lunch, drink tickets, rescue pups, prizes, raffles and much more. Register today at

Painted Desert Golf Club - 5555 Painted Mirage Rd.

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Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information: Please confirm event details with the appropriate venue as dates, times and locations may change without notice. MARCH » March 3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day » March 3-9 National Professional Pet Sitters Week » March 17-23 National Poison Prevention Week » March 28 Respect Your Cat Day » March 30 Take a Walk in the Park Day Poison Prevention Awareness Month Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month Pawlidays! Happy !

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7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced.

VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., 2nd Floor #240



7pm Register today for VVDOC’s spring classes that will start on April 11 at Dog Fancier’s Park.

Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd.



11am-5pm. Join Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation for a fun-filled event! Well behaved, friendly, vetted dogs allowed at the event. Multiple vendors will be . Food, drinks, entertainment, raffles and merchandise! Swag bags for the first 50 attendees! $5 entrance fee per person.

Beagletopia • 285 Irvin Avenue



11am-2pm. Microchipping event for dogs, cats and birds. Only $25 per animal and special discount for 501C3 rescue organizations. Parrott leg band removal for just $5 will also be offered. Plus special store discounts available for newly adopted pets. Call 702-982-4324 for more information or visit At Your Service Pet Supplies • 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300, Henderson



10am–1pm. Las Vegas’ premier dog show and silent auction benefiting the Valley’s lost and abandoned animals. Twenty-five shelter dogs from The Animal Foundation will strut their stuff on the red carpet and compete to be named top dog.

Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV – 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.


3RD ANNUAL BRUNCH BASH: BREAKFAST AT SNIFFANY’S 11am–2pm. Join Nevada SPCA for an elegant afternoon to benefit

homeless pets. This year’s fundraiser will feature a delectable buffet, swinging entertainment with Frankie Moreno, a silent auction, and of course, the cocktails will be flowing!

Silverton Casino (Veil Pavilion) • 3333 Blue Diamond Blvd.



6:30pm-8:30pm. It’s the First Annual Hearts Alive Horse Rescue party with a purpose! We have a celebrity host! He’s a well-recognized stage, screen and TV actor. We can’t tell you who it is yet, but here’s a hint: ... think MY COUSIN VINNY, think FRIENDS...

The Venetian • 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.



6pm–9pm. Great for all ages! Enjoy an evening of bowling fun while supporting animal rescues! Participants can look forward to bowling contests, goody bags, silent auction, great prizes, and more. Purchase tickets at:

Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Rd.



11am–4pm. Come out with your friends and family to enjoy this free event! Vendors, live entertainment, dance fitness, food trucks, silent auction and raffle giveaways!

Pawtastic Friends Enrichment Training Center • 2200 East Pama Lane

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