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Hello fall! It

…Welcome cooler weather! Though fall officially starts on September 23, Labor Day is the “unofficial end of summer” and kicks off the beginning of school activities and sports events. Cooler weather brings a whirlwind of activities and events including more outside pet events. It is a great time for pet parents in Las Vegas. Our Calendar of Events is full of exciting opportunities to have fun with your pets and stay connected to the pet community. Also check the Events Page on our website and our Facebook page for updates.

It is always a privilege and a joy to publish each issue but this is another meaningful milestone for us. Our premiere issue was September/October 2011 so this issue is the beginning of our 9th year. Wow! Looking back is always nostalgic; we’ve covered a lot of issues and topics. We still love what we do and already planning our holiday issue. By the way - all of our past issues are available on our website in case you missed any.

Our passion is pets; our dedication is to the pets of Las Vegas and the people who love them. We are grateful to our advertisers who partner with us to make this free resource available to the pet community. We are also thankful for the organizations and people involved with animal adoption and welfare. Our shared commitment is making a difference for pets in our community. We hope that you feel this connection too. We look forward to hearing from you – we love your pet photos and stories. We love you!

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o r i te F a l l H i k e s

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Fall In The Desert signifies a break from the heat and time to get

outdoors. One of the best places to get outdoors and enjoy nature is at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Located just to the east of Las Vegas, this national park provides a variety of landscapes, beautiful vistas, and hiking opportunities. Here are a few hikes located on Lake Mead’s Northshore Road. The road can be accessed from Henderson via Lake Mead Parkway. Turn left onto Northshore road from Lake Mead, 1/3 of a mile after the fee station. Northshore road can also be accessed via Lake Mead Blvd on the east side of town. The road is located approximately 2 miles after the fee station.


Located at mile 1.2, this trail overlooks the Las Vegas Wash as it flows underneath Lake Las Vegas and out to Lake Mead. The trail is a 1 ¼ mile loop.


This trail is so short, it is hard to call it a hike but the views are spectacular! Located at mile 20.5, park in the parking area located on the left. From there follow the trail 0.25 miles up to a small saddle overlooking the Muddy Mountains, the Bowl of Fire and beyond.


Gracie Meeko A unique place to take visitors when your dog is tagging along on the trip, this area has red sandstone formations that create a wonderful backdrop and are fun to hike around. The parking area is located at mile 27 on Northshore road. While there is a designated trail that is 1/2 mile long, there are plenty of areas to explore.

Other hikes to check out in this area are the Northshore Summit trail, the Rogers Spring Trail and St. Thomas.

Best Hikes With Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond By Kimberly Reinhart & Paula Jacoby-Garrett Great guide with recommendations for more dog-friendly hiking trails within 3 hours of Las Vegas. 6

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Puppy Mill Awareness Month is

By Annoula Wylderich


ow many of us can resist that adorable puppy in the pet store? The sad reality is that those playful bundles of joy belie the miserable existence of the parents left behind at the puppy mills (mass breeding operations), forced to crank out litter after litter of retail pets until their broken bodies are no longer useful. Conditions at these facilities have routinely been exposed via raids and undercover investigations, showing animals forced to live in squalor, overcrowding, noisy and stenchfilled environments. Often, they are warehoused in the dark or outside year-round in all elements with inadequate shelter. Veterinary care is doubtful so these animals are likely to suffer from infections, disease, cataracts, corneal ulcers, rotted teeth, deformed limbs, urine-scalded paws, and feces-matted fur. They lack proper nutrition and clean water; and they typically don’t receive exercise and enrichment. We know that most will never belong to a family who will give them the love and attention they crave and so dearly deserve. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are about 10,000 puppy mills in America where profit counts more than the well-being of dogs. That number doesn’t include unlicensed backyard breeders. While the United States of Agriculture (USDA) licenses a fraction of all kennels, which submit to annual inspections and standard-of-care regulations, they admit that it is impossible to monitor all facilities, especially those on the Internet. It’s estimated that approximately half of the two million puppy mill dogs are sold in stores, with the rest being trafficked online and through classified ads. What about the heartbreak of unsuspecting consumers who have purchased a pet that was discovered to be ill? This is a common occurrence for those pets acquired from pet stores, illegal breeders, and many backyard breeders. Despite money-back guarantees from pet stores and illegal breeders, there is no way to compensate an aching heart when that new pet is found to be seriously ill or dies. 10

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Furthermore, there is not always a guarantee of a pet’s breed. In 2017, Inside Edition investigated the DNA of puppies sold in pet stores, and found that some are not even close to the breed advertised. Meanwhile, beautiful, potentially wonderful pets of all breeds are dying or languishing in shelters/rescues while consumers continue to subsidize the torment at puppy mill facilities. While efforts are succeeding at bringing about change, the consumer has the ultimate power and ability to shut down puppy mill operations and help drive illegal breeders out of business by depriving them of our business. Some of the initiatives are state and federal legislation and regulation, litigation against stores by animal welfare groups/private citizens, persuading/assisting pet stores to transition to offering only shelter animals for adoption, and educating consumers. As to the illegal breeders, it’s important to recognize red flags before making a purchase. If someone refuses to allow access to their facility or they suggest meeting in a parking lot or other off-premise location, that’s a good indication that they are not operating legitimately. Bottom line, adopting from shelters and rescues is one way to ensure we’re not supporting animal cruelty.

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Less Adoptable Pets and How You Can Help Them By: Rachel Sheppard






September 21-27th is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week. established this annual event in 2009. The purpose of this week is to recognize, and hopefully find homes for, those pets who are seen as “less adoptable”.


Pets that are considered by society as “less adoptable” are just as loving, sweet, and kind as all of the other pets. However, they aren’t blessed with the natural poster child adoptability as the other pets in the shelter. Many people probably don’t realize that certain types of pets have a harder time finding their forever home, but discovered that less adoptable pets spend an average of 48 weeks on where other pets spend about 12.5 weeks. This week is less about the beautiful puppy that with undoubtedly get a home and more about the underdogs and cats in the shelters and rescues throughout the U.S.

Here are some examples of pets who are considered “less adoptable” and would love to make this week the week they find their forever home.

Black Dogs and Black Cats: There are several theories behind the phenomenon that is Black Dog Syndrome (which also

applies to cats). states that Black Dog Syndrome could be due to the following factors; the size of the dog, dimly lit kennels, unclear facial features, and negative portrayals of black pets in books and media. No matter what theory you subscribe to, research supports that black dogs and cats have a difficult time getting adopted. Therefore, this is the week to go down to the shelter and add a black dog or cat to your family!

Senior Pets: For the life of me, I can’t figure out why senior pets are considered less adoptable. Senior pets may not be able

to give you the same number of years that other pets can, but they can give you some of the best years of your life. Senior pets are already house trained and have an attainable level of energy. If you are someone who likes to do the following things; take a nap, go for a leisurely walk, sleep-in, cuddle, hang-out, or watch a movie, then a senior pet is right for you.

Special Needs Pets: Special needs pets could come in many different sizes or shapes. The term special needs may sound

intimidating to some potential pet parents, but the needs aren’t always what they seem. For example, a cat with one eye is considered special needs. However, her needs are pretty simple, she has just had some challenges in her life, but her quality of life is still great! In some cases, a special needs pet may require an experienced pet owner, so if you fit that criteria, you could provide an excellent home for a loving pet.

What can you do to improve the likelihood that these pets will get a home? • Share their photos on social media. Social media has helped many pets find their forever homes in recent years. Use your online social presence to bring awareness to the adoptability of black dogs and cats, seniors pets, and special needs pets. • Educate your friends and family. Knowledge is power, so share it! Tell people about black dog syndrome and the benefits of having a senior or special needs pet by your side! • Share your story! If you have shared your life with a black pet, a special needs pet or a senior pet, share your story. Sharing positive stories can help change the stigma associated with these categories of pets. My hope is that 10-20 years from now these categories are no longer considered “less adoptable”. Shared with permission from Victoria Stillwell’s blog:, written by Positively Contributing Blogger Rachel Sheppard. Victoria Stillwell is a world renown dog trainer best known for her role as the star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog. Rachel Sheppard is a Social Media Manager, blogger, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, shoe collector and founder of My Kid Has Paws: 12

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Create a PET-FRIENDLY HOME You love your home and your pet, when decorating, you need to think differently to make your home as pet-friendly and easy for you to maintain. To help create a pet-friendly home here are gh a few tips. hu ay il M


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FLOORING Ê Most people are installing hard surfaces and

using area rugs as they’re easier to clean than carpet. With area rugs, consider something that is moderately priced and upgrade your pad to make it cushier for you. Buying something expensive may end up aggravating you with possible slobber and accidents. I’d advise against any rugs with fringe as it will most likely be chewed off. As well as looped pile rugs as you run the risk of their nails snagging it.

ACCESSORIES Ê Accessories are the finishing touches

to any room like a pearl necklace is for a basic black dress. But with pets, it’s important where you place them and what they’re made of. Depending on your pet and how active they are playing in the house, you might not want any breakables or sentimental items within the reach of their tails and paws. Instead display them on wall shelves, a built-in or curio cabinet. If you have room for a wall gallery, incorporate shelves for accessories with the wall art. Be careful with pillows and throws that have tassels and fringe. They’re an invitation to chew on and can become a choking hazard. Decorative cord is an attractive and safer alternative. Accessories with small intricate details and openings are dust and pet hair catchers. We already have plenty of Vegas dust, but we all know that pets generate even more with doors being opened and closed more often. Accessories that can easily be washed in the sink are the best choices.

BEDDING Ê Don’t you just want those pretty dressed beds you see in magazines? But most are not meant for a home with pets. Many of us let our pets get on our beds and even sleep with us. Heck, to be honest, sometimes it seems they’re letting us sleep with them. So, we need to think how to keep our bedding clean. My first suggestion is to use washable bedding. I like to use duvet covers and quilts that I can throw in the washer. If you can’t find something washable, have a duvet made from sheets. I’ve done these many times for my clients. 14

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If your fur-babies like to rub along the bed or play hide and seek underneath, here are two suggestions. First, put a fitted sheet on your box spring to keep it clean. Works great since it can be washed, which is better than steam cleaning the box spring. Second, if you have a bed skirt, put a fitted sheet on your box spring and have a seamstress add Velcro to the bed skirt and the fitted sheet, making it a breeze to take off and clean.


moving away from fabric treatments to shutters, because of the upkeep in our dusty environment. If you still want that extra colorful layer, be mindful when selecting the fabric and style. If you’re going to do drapery panels, stay away from hard to clean fabrics, such as linen, silk or delicate sheers. Machine washable fabrics are best as dry cleaning gets expensive. Although not as popular anymore but still being made, are drapery panels that puddle on the floor, which is not great for a pet-friendly home. The fabric on the floor is an open invitation for your pet to cozy up or make into a chew toy. Instead, have them at least an inch off the floor. I had a client that had drapery panels right by her doggie door, so we had clear vinyl sewn onto the bottom 12 inches. It was in the corner, so you didn’t even notice it.

UPHOLSTERYÊ We all have to sit somewhere, including

Fido. I know not everyone lets their pets on the sofa, but they still walk by it. For fabrics consider ultra-suede, my favorite go-to pet-friendly fabric. If you don’t like the look of ultra-suede, there’s faux or real leather. With leather know that it will get scratched from their nails, so you’re best to consider the weathered look. One fabric to stay away from is any type of weave. Fur loves to get in between the fibers, is difficult to get out, and feels like a pin sticking you. I was reupholstering a chair and ottoman and fell in love with a fabric with a light background. The ottoman happens to be in the girl’s running path from the bedroom to the backyard, so I had to come up with a solution to keep the ottoman clean. To let me enjoy my fabric and keep it clean, I had a clear slipcover made.

Having pets adds work to our daily routine; we sometimes need to make adjustments when decorating. But we all know they are well worth it with all the love and joy they bring to our lives. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design, has been designing in Las Vegas for over 25 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit,

Actress and singer Jacquelyn Holland-Wright and pianist Dr. Philip Fortenberry will present “ANYWAY,” a fur-nominal, heartwarming benefit concert to honor the furry friends in all our lives at The Smith Center’s Myron’s Cabaret Jazz showroom on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Buy at The Smith Center Box Office, by phone 702-749-2000, or online at “This special night will be a wonderful opportunity for us to thank the furry ones, our pets, who have been our faithful, unconditional companions and to honor those special creatures who have taught us the art of loving,” says HollandWright. “I was a lucky fur-baby-Mom to my Labrador Gus, who taught me to live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly. He was diagnosed with horrible cancer and passed in 2009. My heart is always filled with love for Gus. I’m looking forward to a very uplifting and entertaining evening of songs and stories to pay homage to Gus and all pets, plus help support the work of those who have dedicated their lives to keeping them healthy,” she added. Proceeds from tickets sales will benefit Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for bio medical and oncology research. For more information, visit

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I watched the trailer for the movie The Art of Racing in the Rain because Milo Ventimiglia is one of my favorite actors. As soon as I saw Milo’s performance, I was hooked and I had to know more. After reading a brief summary I knew instantly that I wanted to read the book. The story is narrated by Enzo and the introduction begins at the end of his life. Enzo is a lab-poodle, though he’ll convince you he was more terrier than poodle. He was one of Denny’s best friends. Life with Denny and his family was rich and full of true friendship and companionship with lots of laughter (the zebra) and true love. Enzo was loyal and devoted to Denny and his family. Their story includes triumph, defeat, success, failure, loss, heartbreak, death and acceptance. Denny shared a quote after watching a tape of one of his races with his wife. The quote was told to him by Gabriel Flouret, a Formula One Race Car Driver when they were at a driving school in Europe. “That which you manifest is before you.” This single sentence, these few words were like a rain drop of knowledge in the storm of uncertainty which we call life. Throughout the book, Enzo sees himself being reincarnated as a man in his next life. This belief manifests itself through all the uncertainties and unexpected events life throws at him and his family. His life truly ends where it began. I could not love this book more. I laughed, I cried a lot, was upset, angry and inspired. The way Garth wrote the book from Enzo’s perspective was a nice change and honestly could not have been told any other way. I highly recommend this for everyone. If you believe that our dogs and even cats understand more than we will ever know; this is the book for you.


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October is the perfect time to adopt a dog; fantastic weather and lots of pet events and opportunities to socialize a new cuddly canine companion. Any time, however, is a good time to adopt a dog. There are a lot of good reasons to get a dog. Here are just a few:

➠ THEY’RE GREAT EXERCISE MOTIVATORS Studies have shown that dog owners are more active than non-dog owners. Dogs need daily exercise and you’ll appreciate the discipline of daily walks. Of course, physical activities like playing fetch, tug of war, and running or jogging are great ways to add more exercise into your daily routine.

➠ THEY CAN IMPROVE OUR SOCIAL LIVES It is easier to meet new people when walking your dog or make new friends by going to obedience classes.

➠ DOGS OFFER EMOTIONAL SUPPORT Their love is unconditional and they provide comfort and companionship. You’re never really alone when you have a dog in your life. They’re a forever companion who will share your life and become your best friend.

➠ THEY HELP LOWER STRESS LEVELS 15-30 minutes a day spent with your dog will help you feel more calm and relaxed. The time can be spent watching TV together, relaxing and reading a book, or cuddling in bed.

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National Pet Memorial Day Sunday, September 8

This day was established to honor our pets both past and present and to recognize the important roles they play in our lives. This is a good day to reflect on the pets you have loved and lost. Coping with the loss of a pet is very difficult. For our 5th year anniversary issue (Sept Oct 2016) we included a piece called Remembering the Pets Who Inspired LVPSM - Pets We’ve Loved and Lost. It was difficult to write but it was our way of honoring the roles they played in our lives.

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Write out your feelings in a journal – Many

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Look at old photos – You can just browse through a

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Create a special memorial area in your yard.

Plant trees, shrubs and flowers to memorialize your pet.

Honor Your Pet on special days – It is

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9 Steps for Finding a Lost Pet ~ By Sheryl Green ~

Losing a pet is every fur parents worst nightmare. If your four-legged child has gotten loose or snuck out, reacting quickly and calmly will give you the best chance of having them returned without a single whisker harmed. Here are nine steps to bring your baby home:

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Canvas the neighborhood as soon as you notice that your pet is missing. Enlist family, friends, and neighbors to help. This can be a traumatic experience for your pet and they will likely be frightened. Call the animal’s name repeatedly and have treats and a leash or carrier on hand to entice your baby over. File a lost pet report with the local animal shelters. Visit the shelters each day and check online to see if your baby has been found and brought in. You can search The Animal Foundation online at: and Henderson Animal Shelter at www. If your pet is micro-chipped and registered with a service like Home-Again or 24PetWatch, notify them immediately so they can send out an alert to pet lovers in your neighborhood. Make missing pet posters and hang them around your neighborhood. Place them on mailboxes, street signs, in grocery stores, the library, etc. Include breed, color, weight, sex, age, and any special markings. If possible, leave one identifying characteristic off of the flier. When someone finds your pet, ask them to describe it so you know they’ve got the right one. Make sure to include your contact information and any special instructions about approaching your baby. You can offer a reward, but it’s best not to list the amount on the poster.


Visit and search by city. This will allow you to check with local animal rescues that may have found your pet and are keeping him or her safe until you can be reunited. Don’t panic and never give up. Pets have been returned to their families months, even years later.

These steps can help bring your baby home, but the best time to take action is before your pet gets lost.

Most importantly, get your pet MICRO-CHIPPED.

For a minimal amount of money, and a small amount of discomfort to your baby, you can ensure that if Fido ever gets out and is found, he will be returned to you within two shakes of a dog’s tail.

- Always make sure that you have a RECENT PHOTO of your baby.

Contact veterinary clinics throughout the valley to see if anyone has brought in an injured or stray animal. Since vets can scan for micro-chips, a rescuer may bring your pet there even if they are not injured.


Utilize the power of social media. Include your flier on Facebook, Twitter, and any other sites you use. Ask friends to share the post so it reaches an even wider audience.


Place a few pieces of worn clothing outside your house. If your pup is still in the neighborhood, he may be able to pick up on your smell and follow it home.



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Genetic Spinal Disorders In Dogs By Dr. Corinna Gorgon, DVM • Town Center Animal Hospital •

Getting a new puppy can be a mixture of a lot of different emotions, primarily those of excitement and happiness! Learning about the genetics of your puppy can be an important step in this process. There can be a variety of different genetic spinal disorders for owners to know about depending on what breed of puppy you get. These disorders range from those commonly seen to incredibly rare. Things to look out for at home include incoordination, awkward posture, unusual body conformation or urinary and/or fecal incontinence. If you see any of these, you should bring your puppy to the vet. This article will talk about two more well known genetic diseases, Degenerative Myelopathy and Wobblers syndrome and another disease that is fortunately incredibly rare, Spinal Dysraphism in Weimaraners.

DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY OF DOGS: This is a slow and progressive degeneration of the nerves that affect the spinal cord. Affected dogs are usually 8 years or older and veterinarians most commonly see this disorder in German Shepherds, Corgis, Boxers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, but other breeds may be affected as well. Degenerative myelopathy is caused by a mutation in a specific gene and is an inherited genetic disorder, meaning that it gets passed on from generation to generation. The first clinical signs an owner may notice is a lack of coordination when walking and sometimes weakness of the back legs, which is why often times this disorder gets confused with osteoarthritis. As the disorder progresses, owners may start to notice an inability to walk on all 4 legs or wanting to continuously lay down because it is too hard for them to get up. Diagnosis is made by MRI and by looking at the spinal fluid to rule out other diseases. There is also a DNA test available to test for the specific gene that causes this mutation. There is no specific treatment for this disorder and although dogs can live with this disease for years, because of its progressive nature, most dogs ultimately have to be humanely euthanized.

CAUDAL CERVICAL SPONDYLOMYELOPATHY (WOBBLERS): This is a spinal disorder that causes neurological deficits such as an uncoordinated walk or an inability to walk. It is most commonly seen in Dobermans 2 years and older, and affected dogs may hold their neck down in pain from compression of the vertebrae. Diagnosis is by radiographs and an MRI or CT scan. Treatment is medical management or surgery. 24

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SPINAL DYSRAPHISM IN WEIMARANER DOGS: Spinal dysraphism in Weimaraners is a rare genetic disorder that causes neurological signs and is caused by a mutation in a gene that is present at birth. It is only seen in approximately 1.5% of Weimaraners. Clinical signs include puppies having difficulty beginning to walk and an uncoordinated walk called “bunny hopping”. The disorder is not painful and it does not progress during the life of an affected dog. Diagnosis is made based on examination by your veterinarian, an MRI, and radiographs. There is no treatment for this disorder but most dogs live a completely normal life. Veterinarians rely on you as an owner to pick up on the more subtle signs of illness at home. It is so important to bring your puppy into your veterinarian to catch early signs of what could be a genetic disorder. It is also important to get your puppies from reliable sources who test for breed specific disorders.

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LOOSE LEASH WALKS WITH YOUR DOG! Article & Photos By Veronica Selco

If you want to enjoy walks around the block, at the park or participate in social outings with your dog, it’s worth the time and commitment it takes to train your dog to walk politely on leash. Every time you allow your dog to move forward when he pulls, you teach him that dragging you down the street gets him where he wants to go. And the longer he’s been practicing this, the more committed to training you will have to be.


Work in collaboration with your training partner and make training FUN!

pattern, ask your dog for eye contact, click and treat when behavior is performed correctly. Repeat a few times. If behavior is not performed correctly, back up and work on that behavior alone with little movement. Once behavior is solid, start to work a short straight pattern. Continue pattern, ask dog to sit, click, treat and repeat. Continue pattern, ask for for dog to target hand and make a u-turn, click, treat, repeat.

Dogs naturally dart, dash, turn, trot and run when out on their own. Polite Walking is a trained behavior.

Soon enough, you will work through distractions, practice walking past dogs and people and practice walking fast, then slow.

Foundation Behaviors First! Teach these behaviors first. Mark the desired behavior with a clicker or a verbal marker, such as “yes”. Reinforce good behavior with delicious pea sized treats.

Celebrate small successes and increase challenge only when progress is made. Give clear cues! It’s confusing to your dog if you allow him to pull some of the time.


Attention – dog gives you eye contact Target – dog touches and follows hand target with nose Sit Wait or Stand and Wait – dog waits for you patiently, while you leash him up, grab your keys, open the door

U-Turn – dog turns and move in opposite direction Once you’ve taught the foundation behaviors, you will start by putting your dog on a 6 foot leash. Front clip harnesses that do not restrict movement work well. Start by taking a few steps in a small area without distractions. Practice walking a short straight pattern, a small square, turn right, then left, then move forward. While walking this

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Burn off some of your dog’s energy before working on your leash training skills. Play a little fetch, go for a swim or play a little Nose Work. Once your dog is walking nicely with you and is able to move forward, stop, change directions, you will want to add a cue, such as “let’s walk” for this behavior. It’s equally important to cue him to “go sniff” when he has permission to move away from you on a loose leash to read the pee-mail. Dogs experience their world through olfaction, they want to sniff and should be given an opportunity to explore. Plan an occasional Sniffari Walk for your dog! On this adventure walk, put your dog on a long lead in an open area and encourage him to explore a natural environment without being asked to check in or offer behaviors.

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This is only a test — of skill and agility. On Saturday, October 5th, 50 police officers and their four-legged partners will converge upon Lake Las Vegas for the annual Las Vegas Metro K-9 trials. This is the third year the event will be held in the community. “On Saturday, they do a decoy search. They do a building search looking for pretend bad guys, and that’s all graded on tactics and time,” said Las Vegas Metro K9 Officer Sean Malia.

agility tests and bite take-downs with officers in decoy suits. There’s also a Q&A session for the public. Officer Moses Martinez and his K9 Leo from Oxnard, CA, will be defending their winning titles this year. Winners are designated in few categories, including “Top Dog.” “That means you scored the best points out of all the dogs. That’s pretty unique, and I was fortunate enough to win that two years ago with my K-9 partner bear. It’s a hard-earned award,” said Officer Malia.

Saturday’s event, which is not open to the public, will include a detection portion in which bomb and narcotics dogs will be graded on their searching ability. Officer Malia says there’s a misconception about K9’s perpetuated by that movie scene in which a dog sniffs a piece of evidence and locates the bad guy minutes later. That’s not exactly how it works, but the bond between cop and dog is a reality. “These dogs are our family. They live with us, we take them home at night. We start our day from our driveway. It’s quite unique,” he added. Sunday’s portion of the trials is open to the public and is held over the Orleans Arena. People will see a series of

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>>> DON’T GO! These are the words your pooch might exclaim if they were able to speak our language. While some dogs take this opportunity of you leaving the house to take a well deserved snooze, other dogs are frantic upon realizing that you are leaving!

confidence that you are coming back and they will grow accustomed to you leaving.

While there is no easy solution to combating separation anxiety, there are baby steps that you can take to alleviate some of your dog’s anxiety and help him understand that you are, indeed, coming back. It can take a little time, but with some little modifications here and there, your dog’s confidence will start to build and eventually you can safely leave the house without worrying what mess you might come home to!

Don’t forget exercise is a key component in helping to alleviate a dog’s anxiety as well. Ample exercise each day can help keep their destructive behavior to a minimum!

Also, when you do come back inside the house, as difficult as it may be, do not give your dog attention. Put your things away, take off your shoes, perhaps get a drink of This could easily lead to destructive behavior such as water and when you notice your dog calming down and ripping up furniture, or having an accident in the house. relaxing, then make your way over to them and give them They may bark, whine or all of the above! And some dogs’ the attention they’ve been seeking. You will be rewarding vocal cords don’t grow tired! They can easily bark for hours their calm behavior instead of their frantic, excitable until their voices grow hoarse! behavior they demonstrate upon your arrival!

Resolving this behavior will take time and patience, but with a little flexibility on your part, your dog will start to adjust to you leaving and their anxiety should gradually subside once they realize you do come back each and every time.

First, dogs notice subtle signs, such as you putting on your shoes, jacket and/or getting your keys. From that moment, Don’t lose hope. Many dogs go through this phase and do they are anticipating you leaving the house. In addition, respond to these little changes with positive results. when you do come home you lavish your pooch with affection they will be awaiting that affection the entire time you are gone. Thus, adding to their anxiety. You can’t blame them! After all, they love you as their owner and want to spend as much time with you as To overcome those subtle clues, try putting your shoes on possible. Unfortunately, as humans we do have errands when you have nowhere to go, but then just sitting down to run and have jobs to do, and your pup will begin to next to them for a while. Perhaps jingle your keys as well, understand that in good time! but then put them away and again, don’t leave the house. Next, try leaving for short increments and then come back. Go outside for five minutes, and then come back into the house. Then try for ten minutes and gradually increase the duration away from home. This will help give your dog 32

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Animals are at risk for cruel treatment by Halloween pranksters. Spooked pets can get lost. Microchip and tag them in case they get out.


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Emergencies can strike at any time, day or night. Earthquakes, floods, house fires, and gas leaks are all potential disasters that can require you to immediately evacuate your home. With little or no warning, you may be forced to leave your home with very little time to decide what to take with you. Of course, getting your family and pets out of the house is the first priority, but what else should you take if you can? The best time to decide that is before an emergency occurs. Be prepared ahead of time by making a family emergency plan that includes the well-being of your pets. As a part of your emergency plan, it is important to remember important documents that your family may have difficulty replacing if they were destroyed. If you keep important family documents in your home (birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, house deeds), keep them in a brightly colored folder that would be easy to recognize and take with you in case of emergency. Similarly, prepare a folder for your pet(s) that includes health and vaccination records and recent photos of each pet. Include veterinarian contact information in addition to pet-friendly hotels and shelters in your area. Made sure everyone in your family knows where the folders are kept. Evacuating your home with the added responsibility of pets may seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are many things you can do to prepare them for an emergency before it occurs. For starters, ensure that your pet wears current identification at all times that includes your name, rabies tag, and your cell phone number. If your pet is microchipped, make sure the information on file is also up to date. It is also a good idea to invest in a carrier for each of your animals. In an emergency situation, having the ability to confine your pet in a carrier will help ensure their safety and comfort. Pet carriers will make them easier to transport and will be extremely helpful if you need to stay in a hotel or possibly a shelter. For added safety, write your name and cell phone number on each of your pet carriers. If you get separated from your pets, it will help emergency workers easily access your contact information without removing the animals from their carriers.

As a final step in your emergency pet-preparation, gather all of the supplies you will need for your pets and create a “go bag” which you can easily grab in a hurry. Some recommended items to include are:


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Of all the things you can do to prepare for an emergency, perhaps the most important is to thoroughly review the evacuation plan with your family. Where would you go if you had to leave your home? Would you go to a friend’s house across town, or if you had to leave the city, where would you go? Determine a destination for both scenarios and make sure all of your family members know the plan. In widespread emergencies cell phone communication may not be available, so making a plan ahead of time will help ensure that you, your family, and your pets can reunite at a pre-planned destination.


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By Martin Jaimes

Hi! My name is Martin Jaimes, I’m 10 years old and my favorite pet is a DOG! But I love all the animals. My favorite pet is the dog because when I feel scared I know my dog will always protect me. When I feel sad my dog makes me happy. When I feel lonely my dog is always with me and it doesn’t matter what kind they are. The only thing that matters is what is inside because when we love them, they give us 10x more love, they never judge you or think if you are rich or poor. They just know to give love! It’s why one of my dreams is to be a vet so I can help many dogs and animals. My Mom and Dad always teach me we need to be their voice, since one of my dog’s sick (Farrah - 7 years old pit). She has cancer and it makes me understand more. They are not pets, they are my family. She is my Lil Sister and we are going to fight! Remember Adopt, Don’t Shop! Love, MJ

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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.

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 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!

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.

“There is much we can learn from a friend who happens to be a horse.” ALEKSANDRA LAYLAND

Funny Farm Mustangs (featured in the

March/April 2019 issue) helped one of their volunteers, Arieana – age 14, adopt a mustang on July 13th. She has 100 days to train the horse for the Las Vegas TIP Challenge which will be held in Las Vegas for the first time on October 31 to November 2nd at Horseman Park. The TIP (Trainer Incentive Program) Challenge was created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation as part of their mission to place mustangs and burros in adoptive homes.

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Getting to Know Our Fascinating Felines a Little Better….. BREEDS COLORS PATTERNS

Cats are so popular and yet there is so

much we don’t know about them. For example, if someone asks you what kind of cat do you have how do you respond? I have two very different cats in size, personality and color. In spite of these differences their adoption papers list them both as Domestic Shorthair. Interestingly only about five percent of cats are “purebred” or pedigreed. That means that 95 percent of cats are considered domestic (a term used to describe a cat that does not belong to a breed) and are either shorthair or longhair depending on hair length. A fun way to discover more about our own fur baby is to look at the various breeds to see which ones our cat “looks and acts” like the most. For starters here are three cat breeds that are fairly well known: The Maine Coon is one of the largest domesticated cats; they are often called the “gentle giants” of the cat world. They’re loving and intelligent and are popular pets. The term Maine Coon Mix means that the cat looks and acts like one without any proof or documentation. Ragdolls are people lovers. One characteristic is their tendency for flopping especially when you pick them up. They love to cuddle and play. They fit in the category of breeds that are considered “doglike” since they can be trained to fetch and have other doglike behaviors. The American Shorthair cat is a very popular breed. They were bred originally for catching mice and other rodents and were considered working cats. They are easy going and love to play but don’t require constant attention. They are purebreds but are often confused with domestic or mixed-breed cats.

Cats are also described by their colors and color patterns; all cats come in a wonderful variety of colors and patterns. The three basic colors are black, white, red (usually considered orange or “ginger”), or a combination/pattern or mixture of these colors. Bicolored cats include one color combined with white such as orange and white or gray and white. Tuxedo cats are black with white patches on the chin, stomach, chest and paws. Black and white cats without this color pattern are considered bi-colored. Other familiar color patterns are the tabbies or tigers, calicos, and tortoiseshells AKA “torties”. DNA testing for cats is becoming a popular way to find out more about the fascinating felines who share our hearts and homes. A DNA test could find out what kind of breeds make up our cat’s genome (gene base), help determine if our cat is at risk for a genetic disorder; possibly identify traits linked to health conditions, and offer insight into our cat’s personality and unique traits. Whether we have a purebred, a mixed breed, or a delightful “domestic” it is the love connection between us that is important. Deepening our knowledge and awareness of the complexity of the cat world adds greater depth to the bond between us and our cats.

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MIMI is a white 12-year-old DSH female cat. She was surrendered to LVVHS along with her friends, Tux and Samantha (who are also available for adoption) when their owner went into hospice. She is a very sweet girl who loves attention & gets along with other cats. She has one green eye and one blue eye. Mimi is spayed, FeLV/FIV negative, up-to-date on vaccinations, and micro-chipped. Y


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Mission: Possible 2020

Mission: Possible 2020 In 2015 the Animal Foundation announced its Mission: Possible 2020 campaign with a goal to reach zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable animals who enter their care by the end of the year 2020. One important milestone in accomplishing this goal was the opening of the Engelstad Family Adoption Center in February. It was planned and designed using the best practices in animal shelter care. It has private meet and greet areas where visitors can get to know their potential companions in a more intimate and interactive environment. There are communal cat rooms and one even has a tree in the center! It provides safe and comfortable housing for cats, other small animals, birds and reptiles. In addition to the new adoption center, many new programs were developed such as innovative outreach and education efforts to help address pet overpopulation, a Community Cats program to decrease the area’s homeless cat population, and a Pets for Life (PFL) program that reaches out to underserved communities to offer free pet care resources, services and information. The Keeping Every Person & Pet Together (KEPPT) program is helping to keep pets at home and out of the shelter. They experienced a 75% success rate with KEPPT -- out of 379 appointments for surrender they had 285 successful interventions!

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Kelly Leahy, Communications Manager for The Animal Foundation shared: We’re pleased to report that our shelter pet adoptions are up by as many as 640 at the end of July compared to the same time last year. At the same time our adoptions are up, our intakes are also up this year. We can’t point to any specific trend, but we’re seeing more strays in general and, of course, the population of Las Vegas is growing, too. When fully complete, the new and improved facilities will allow The Animal Foundation to increase its capacity to save more lives in a humane and healthy way.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Jazzy Cats Presents: Viva Las Vegas II 10am–5pm. Love cats? Do we have a show for you! Over 400 cats, 14 judging rings, cat shopping village, ‘Meet the Breeds’ sessions, FREE parking & more! All info & ticket purchase at: Rio All-Suite Hotel - 3700 W. Flamingo Rd.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast & Car Wash Fundraiser 8am–10am. Support Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue and enjoy breakfast served by SNBRF volunteers! Car wash, raffle drawings and merchandise! Applebees Neighborhood Grill –820 E. Warm Springs Rd.

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Doggie Paddle & Play Day 8am–1pm. Bring your favorite furry friend to the pool for a swim in the pool, which has graduated entry so dogs can walk in and out as they please. Black Mountain Aquatic Complex – 599 Greenway Rd., Henderson

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Fall Classes 7pm. Register today for VVDOC’s fall classes that will start on September 12th at Dog Fancier’s Park. For more info visit, Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Dogs, Donuts & Donations 11am–3pm. Join The McDuffie Group and Three Dog Bakery for a pet adoption event with A Path 4 Paws. Raffle prizes, photos with your dog & free coffee and donuts. Visit for more information. Three Dog Bakery – 2110 N. Rampart Blvd. #150

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 ANYWAY - A “FUR”-Nominal Heartwarming Benefit Concert 7:30pm. A concert of songs that will showcase the wag of a tail and a purr in the night! Featuring Jacquelyn Holland-Wright and Dr. Philip Fortenberry. The proceeds will benefit WSU College of Veterinary Medicine oncology equipment & research. The Smith Center - Myron’s Cabaret Jazz - 361 Symphony Park Ave.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group 6pm–8pm. Please join us for a wonderful and supportive session of compassionate grief support. We promote a safe, supportive, non-judgemental group. Findlay Chevrolet - 6800 S. Torrey Pines Dr.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Dog Daze of Summer 8am–11am. Bring your dog to the pool to enjoy a swim in the outdoor water park. Featuring Pet Contests! Register online at Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility – 8275 Spring Mountain Rd.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 7th Annual PAWcasso Art & Silent Auction 5:30pm–8pm. Please join us for a wonderful evening benefiting 13 local animal rescues. Ticket and Info at: Community Counseling Center – 714 E. Sahara Ave.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm–8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info visit, Audi Las Vegas • 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser 6pm–9pm. Fun evening of bowling & socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. The Orleans Casino Bowling Center • 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 American Cancer Society Bark For Life 9am–1pm. A canine event to fight cancer. A noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds. Demonstrations, contests and games! Register you and your dog online: Tivoli Village • 440 S. Rampart Blvd.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 HOPE CELEBRATION 2019 1pm–5pm. Celebrate the joy, hope and love of a dog to Help Others Paawsitively Every day. Reckless in Vegas will bring their musical talents, silent auction plus 50/50 raffle. The Space LV – 3460 Cavaretta Court

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 PAWSTA FOR PUPS 5pm–8pm. Please join us for a fun filled Spaghetti dinner for the dogs!!!! Possibly some desserts as a bonus! Tickets: $10 Advance, or $15 at the door. Please purchase tickets at: Beagletopia –285 Irvin Ave.

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upcoming SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 UNLV Football Fundraiser 7:30pm–10:30pm. The UNLV Rebel’s take on Boise State. Join us for this football fundraiser night benefiting our rescue pets. Ticket packages are $25 and get you snacks, The Animal Foundation souvenirs and entry into a raffle. Sam Boyd Stadium –

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 2nd Annual Canine Swim-A-Thon 8am–5pm. Make a splash for canine cancer! Swim and raise $$$ to benefit Paws For Change. Win Prizes! Call 702743-1551 • Canine Bodywork & Aquatics – 2563 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Las Vegas Metro K9 Trials 8am–4pm. You’re invited to celebrate the 29th 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. FREE to the public! No pet allowed. The Orleans Arena – 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 Paint for Paws at Wine & Canvas! 5pm–8pm. Join Forget Me Not Animal Sanctuary and paint (and drink!) while raising money for their rescue animals. Tickets are $40 and includes all materials for the paintings. Event is 21+. Wine and Canvas Las Vegas - 730 W. Sunset Rd, Henderson

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser 6pm–9pm. Fun evening of bowling & socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. The Orleans Casino Bowling Center • 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Pamper Your Pet Day 10am–2pm. Chapman Chrysler Jeep will hold their 6th Annual “Pamper Your Pet Day” event with pet-focused vendors, costume contest, raffle prizes and bake sale. FREE swag bags to 1st 100 attendees! Chapman Chrysler Jeep – 930 Auto Show Dr., Henderson

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Family, Fur & Fun Festival 10am–3pm. Celebrate the lives of rescued animals! Costume contest, photo booth, raffle and silent auction, vendors, adoptions & more! Admission is free and so are many of the activities! Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge – 9600 S. Buffalo Dr.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 OCTO-BIRD-FEST 11am–5pm. Join Priscilla’s Pantry for their local bird & small animal rescue fundraiser, animal adoption and shopping event. Check for more details on their social media accounts. Priscilla’s Pantry – 800 N. Rainbow Blvd., #110

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Reading with Rascal 10am–12pm. Halloween Celebration and Costume Party. Everyone is welcome, all ages! Come see our therapy dogs – reading to a gentle therapy dog is fun! Desert Spring United Methodist Church –120 N. Pavilion Center Dr.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Annual Doggy Date Night - Trick or Treat! 6pm to 9pm. Come for Howling Good Times! Great promotions, vendors & samples, swag bags for 1st 100, costume contest with prizes, food & refreshments... with a little cheer and raffle prizes. FUN FOR ALL! At Your Service Pet Supplies & More - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Pints For Pits 2019 3pm–8pm. Buy a commemorative pint glass for $10 and get that pint glass filled with pours from donated kegs for just $3! Proceeds benefit Animal Help Alliance! Costume contest, silent auction, raffles and much more! Well-behaved dogs welcome! The Bunkhouse Saloon – 124 S. 11th Street.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Howl & Growl – 1st Annual Halloween Pet Festival 1pm–4pm. Pet and family friendly event to benefit Desert Diva Dogs. Costume Contests, Trick or Treat Stations, Rescue Adoptions, Vendors, Raffles to support rescues plus much more! Three Dog Bakery – 2110 N. Rampart Blvd. #150

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave. MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 Pet Loss Hurts - A Free Grief Support Group 6pm–8pm. Please join us for a wonderful and supportive session of compassionate grief support. We promote a safe, supportive, non-judgemental group. Findlay Chevrolet - 6800 S. Torrey Pines Dr.

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