Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine – November/December 2017

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This 2.4 round trip hike is a favorite for dogs & owners alike.



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Wishing you and your family a joyful and safe holiday season! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • November/December 2017


Gratitude and Generosity – November is the month of Gratitude

where we reflect on all the blessings we experience in our lives. December is filled with gift-giving opportunities to respond generously with family, friends and charities. Being grateful and generous can be especially difficult in these times with many disasters happening locally, nationally, and globally. Overwhelming feelings of darkness, despair and depression can overshadow feelings of love, joy and hope. Our sense of safety and security has been shaken and for some totally shattered. Since our last issue, we’ve wept tears in private and public spaces; we’ve experienced private and public grief. As important as it is to recognize the pain, loss and grief that is a reality for so many in our community and in the world, it is also important to recognize the strength that is emerging from these tragedies.

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A Favorite ly Dog-Friend Hike

Written by Paula Jacoby-Garrett and Kimberly Reinhart, authors of Best Hikes with Dogs – Las Vegas & Beyond.

Located off the Red Rock Canyon loop drive at the Pine Creek Canyon Trailhead, this easy 2.4 round trip hike is a favorite for dogs and owners alike. The hike is relatively easy, well-marked and maintained. The trail begins in the parking area across a desert ecosystem of yucca and juniper. From there, the trail dips down into the wash and eventually leads to large ponderosa pine trees and a flowing stream. The highlight for most four-legged friends is a shaded meadow area and creek located near the foundation of a historic homestead. The homestead was built in the 1920’s by a man named Horace Wilson and used for about a decade. He built his home here and planted an orchard and garden. The area around the homestead is a favorite for most pups due to the shade and stream and is a great place for a picnic lunch. From there, the trail continues back into the canyon and the trail becomes more obscured due to the large boulders. Back in the canyon, the trail loops back on the other side of the stream and comes back down into the canyon, eventually connecting back with the main trail. This trail is best hiked in the spring, fall, and winter months. For more information contact the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center at 702-515-5350.

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Helping Las Vegas Heal Unthinkable… Unimaginable… Unfathomable… Unspeakable… LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie

Words describing the horror and disbelief we experienced in the aftermath of the October 1 mass shooting. It is impossible to add more words to the shock, pain, and grief experienced by so many people - no one is left untouched by a tragedy of this magnitude. However, out of this terrible tragedy emerged words that are providing a source of strength for people as they deal with their grief, loss, and pain - #Vegas Strong. Strength lies in unity and community, a coming together in our grief and pain. The Las Vegas Healing Garden and Remembrance Wall offers a place of peace and healing and is a tribute to the strength of our community. Another source of strength and healing came from a group of responders lovingly referred to as “second responders” – comfort or therapy dogs. Their services were needed to help bring comfort and solace for the victims and their family and friends, first responders, hospital staff, dispatchers, and others. We reached out to three groups to share some of their experiences or reflections to help us gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for their work.


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Our Love Dogs are deploying therapy teams to wherever the need is greatest at this time of great sorrow in our city. No one can explain the horror of this but we know that having the animals there is helpful. And we feel honored to have been a part of the effort. The comfort of a therapy animal is all we have to offer but we know it will make a difference to all we touch. We know that this is not a one-day need and we plan to be available for as long as we are needed. We spent time in hospitals with the families of the victims, police officers and first responders, as well as churches, schools and more of the like. Nothing is “normal” now so every visit is a challenge and we appreciate the great effort by our teams as they help to heal our community. I want to thank all of our remarkable volunteers at both ends of the leash for all they do each and every day... Love Dog Adventures Sue Grundfest, Founder and President

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Rick Pollock (Las Vegas), handler for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lois

Everywhere they go in the halls of Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, therapy dogs are helping to heal the wounds you can’t see. Dogs don’t worry about what to say – they offer themselves completely without reservation to people in their sorrow, grief and pain. I’ve noticed that people just gravitate to the dogs – they either sit or lay with the dogs, talk or cry, and healing begins. It is a ministry of presence. LLC K-9 Comfort Dogs is a network of teams of dogs from all over the U.S. who are ready to respond to disasters. The first week 21 dogs from 8 states arrived to assist Las Vegas. Other teams followed and more will be available if needed. Volunteers who in a moment’s notice are willing to give up their lives for a week to make a difference in the lives of people who are hurting; to offer hope & healing. First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Las Vegas • National Network: LCCK-9 Comfort Dogs •

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Michael’s Angel Paws shared quotes from their team members to offer a glimpse of what the experience is for the handlers. Stephanie Gerken, Director - We all cried that morning knowing our City had changed but our therapy dogs came out to remind all of us we are here to help. You can cry, scream, and hug us but let my soft fur offer you a smile to take the pain away for just a few seconds. We can’t thank enough all of the therapy dog teams for how they helped everyone in our community. Denise Kramer - Cole & Cheyenne - I never knew just how helpful a Therapy Dog could be in a time of need until my 2 year old Vizsla Cheyenne went to work for her first time since becoming certified. Cheyenne’s naturally sweet and caring disposition complimented by her soft velvety ears absorbed the sadness and sorrow from women, men and children while licking away their tears. The days that we helped others at the Las Vegas Convention Center as well as at a funeral for one of the beloved victims...Cheyenne was “my” hero and inspiration. Amy Flood & Daizy - The best part about having a Therapy Dog is watching peoples’ stress and sadness just melt away when they are with her. What surprised me after the shooting was how therapeutic it was for ME to watch her help so many people who were affected. It is truly a privilege to be involved with such a healing program! Carol Martin & Daisy - Daisy cuddled and hugged the children at Davis Funeral Home, licking the tears from a few little boys’ faces. Michael Halpern & Zoey - My pup Zoey and I spent a few hours at the Mandalay Bay Call Center. The stress level was high, but as operators got off a call and got a furry smiley lapful, the changes in their faces were amazing.

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Recovering and healing from tragedy is a difficult and long journey for people and communities. We are grateful for the acts of kindness and love so generously provided by these groups. Thank you all – organizations, dogs (cat, too) and handlers! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • November/December 2017


Thank you for allowing the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society to be a light in the community. With your calls, the LVVHS was able to rescue animals from roofs, trees, in walls, under trucks and underground drainage channels. With your emails, LVVHS identified many possible neglect and abuse cases and provided requested spay and neuter assistance for both owned and stray animals. With your support, LVVHS rehabilitated injured abandoned animals and found them new homes. LVVHS worked with you - the community to advocate for better living conditions and more humane treatment for dogs, cats and other animals.


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he other day when I was at a pet store, I overheard this conversation between a young child and her mom: “Please Mom, let me get a Guinea pig. They’re so cute. I’ll keep it my room. It won’t take up too much room. Please!”

Guinea pigs make great pets for the right people. A sad scenario though that happens in too many situations is that the cute little Guinea pig will be kept alone in a cage with only its basic needs for food and shelter being met. Guinea pigs in the wild live in herds; they are very social and it is recommended to have at least two. They are affectionate pets who love people. They need places to hide like tunnels, cardboard boxes, piles of hay. They need a cage large enough so that they have room to run and play with their cage mates yet also find some space to be alone. Rats are also social animals and do best with at least one other cage mate. They are very active so they need plenty of space. Rats are curious and love the challenge of finding small treasures. Like Guinea pigs they enjoy tunnels and hiding in cardboard boxes.

All pets need enrichment. Enrichment means creating an environment as close as possible to what they would experience in the wild. I’m enjoying “rat sitting” my two “grandrats”. They have a large cage but I bought a pet playpen so they have a larger area outside their cage for playing. It has been interesting to watch the cats and rats interact. The cats cautiously stalk up to the play area, the rats run over to them and the cats run away. The rats seem to enjoy this game of “cats & rats”. Great interspecies socialization! Maybe they’ll become BFF’s.

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or centuries, people have realized the physical benefits that horses can provide. We used them to pull our wagons and plow our fields; utilizing their size and strength to accomplish the tasks of the day. As we worked alongside our horses, we soon realized there were other subtle mental benefits that these magnificent animals provided. The mere presence of horses seemed to bring us a comfort and calmness that was difficult to explain. We were beginning to notice the therapeutic value of horses, and we were not alone. This mysterious phenomenon had also been experienced by other cultures in other countries hundreds of years ago. Equine therapy dates back to the 17th century when the Greeks began using horses for therapeutic riding. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that therapeutic riding was introduced to North America with the formation of the Community Association of Riding of the Disabled (CARD). Since then, people worldwide have found therapeutic riding to be an instrumental part of helping people with a variety of physical and emotional difficulties. Although the physical benefits discovered from therapeutic riding were striking, people also noticed an improvement in patients who worked with horses but didn’t ride them. Those that suffered from a variety of anxiety disorders, communication deficits, and other social/emotional issues also dramatically improved from simple horse interactions. Patients reported an improvement in their anxiety levels; feeling calmer and more focused. We soon learned that horses were extremely beneficial to those that had difficulty dealing with human interactions and we began to realize that interacting and communicating with horses was a valuable therapeutic aid. 12

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Unlike humans, horses respond to one’s actions with an immediate response. Learning to communicate effectively with a horse is an important gateway to learning how to communicate with people. For those who feel uncomfortable in social settings, horses offer a safe setting for individuals to interact in a non-threatening environment. Horses don’t talk back or argue, so there is less fear of getting it wrong. Communicating your desires effectively takes practice and patience. If you get it wrong, you simply try again without the threat of verbal criticism or embarrassment. (Horses are naturally forgiving in that way.) After an individual experiences successful communication with a horse, these same skills can be transferred to human interactions with the assistance of a therapist. Fortunately for many, there are now numerous equine therapy programs throughout the nation. One such program, White Horse Youth Ranch (WHY Ranch) is a Las Vegas-based program that has experienced success with young people who are having difficulty with social relationships and interactions. WHY Ranch is a nonprofit youth organization that provides a safe place for socially challenged youth to experience personal healing through horse therapy. Founded in 2007 by Amy Meyer-Terry, the WHY Ranch was established to pay tribute to her grandparents, Paul and Helen Meyer, and to help children cope with difficult life experiences as she once did.

Horses offer a safe setting for individuals to interact in a non-threatening environment. Their program, “Diamonds in the Rough”, offers free horsemanship training for socially challenged youth that may be having difficulty dealing with social interactions, confidence issues, and conflict resolution. The children WHY Ranch work with have social difficulties stemming from a variety of situations. Family stressors, such as divorce or the death of a loved one, can often cause poor social interactions and communication. Similarly, those that have been bullied or abused may also have social difficulties due to low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence. Although they are not therapists, the WHY Ranch team has demonstrated remarkable success in helping youth adapt and work through life’s challenging times. The first Diamonds in the Rough program started with just 4 children. Now the WHY Ranch serves over 300 children per year and currently has 11 working therapy horses. Like the children that they help, their horses have experienced their own difficulties in life. Each horse, who has been adopted and rescued for various reasons, brings its own unique gift of hope and reassurance to those in need. While services are free for participants, the WHY Ranch relies on donations and volunteers to sustain their program. For more information on Diamonds in the Rough and the WHY Ranch, or to make a donation, you can visit: WHY Ranch is opening their gates to the survivors, first responders, medical staff, families and children affected by the October 1 mass shooting. Come, spend some time with them and their loving animals including chickens, bunnies, goats and majestic horses. Please call 702-644-9177 or email to schedule some animal therapy time for you and your family!

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OODS THAT ARE SAFE & HE F Y A D I L HO to share with o ALTHY ur pe ts


is a day for giving thanks AND for eating huge meals. So many of us are tempted to share special treats with our pets under the table – yet we know it is wrong to do this. There are, however, quite a few holiday foods that are safe and healthy to share with our pets. Here are a few of them:

SWEET POTATOES are full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants to help fight the effects of aging.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS are rich in fiber and vitamins

and have cancer-fighting properties that can benefit your cat or dog as much as they benefit you. These can be fed as a snack raw or cooked.

CARROTS, fresh and raw, are often mentioned as ideal snack for dogs. They also have lots of vitamins, fiber and potassium. Cats also enjoy the benefits of carrots but raw carrots can be hard for some cats to digest. It is best to offer them cooked carrots.

CRANBERRIES have vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. They

help maintain healthy urinary tracts. Cats especially can benefit from eating cranberries. If you make your cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries you can safely share this with your dog or cat. Canned or jellied cranberry sauce has too much sugar and should not be given to pets.

PUMPKIN is good for dogs to eat not only because

it’s low in calories and bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber, but also because it helps with a dog’s digestion. If Fido is suffering from an upset tummy, diarrhea or constipation, a little bit of pumpkin may be just what the veterinarian ordered. It is important to use fresh or the plain canned variety and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling contains sugars and spices. Offer these as snacks and avoid feeding them too much at one time. Do not add salt, butter, other dressings, or spices.

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No v e m b e r i s Pe t D i a b e t e s Mo n t h WHAT IS DIABETES:

Diabetes is when there is an excessive amount of glucose circulating in the blood. This is caused from either a decreased amount of insulin or a resistance to insulin. Insulin is responsible for transporting the glucose from the blood into the tissues and cells so it can be utilized for energy.

a diet change to a diabetic diet, and a urine culture to check for a urinary tract infection. After therapy is started doing serial blood glucose curves are necessary to make sure that the appropriate amount of insulin is used. Cats may eventually go into a remission and insulin can be weaned off. When a dog develops diabetes it is a lifelong disease.



Any pet can develop diabetes. Obese animals are at increased risk of developing diabetes. Other risks include cancer and hormonal imbalances such as an increase in cortisol. Pets that get diabetes are typically older; dogs 7-9 years and cats 9-11 years. In dogs, females are 2x more likely to get it and in cats males are more likely to get it. Dog breeds that are predisposed are schnauzers, bichons, and poodles while cats have no breed predilection.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DIABETES IN PETS: Diabetes clinical signs include increased drinking, increased urination, inappropriate urination, lethargy, and increased appetite with weight loss. Dogs can sometimes present for acute blindness from diabetic cataracts formation. Cats can present with a neuropathy where they walk on flat hocks (plantigrade posture) in the rear end and have difficulty jumping.

Sometimes an animal presents for a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) that is characterized by vomiting, dehydration, anorexia, and weakness. This occurs in an undiagnosed diabetic or a diabetic that has a complicating or concurrent condition. Since the glucose is unable to be used for energy the animal mobilizes its fatty stores and the fat is broken down into ketone bodies to be used as energy. These ketones show up in the urine and cause the animal to become acidotic. This is an emergency and they will have to be hospitalized on aggressive fluid therapy, feedings, and appropriate insulin therapy.


Managing a pet with diabetes can seem daunting, but with a little practice it is something any owner can learn to do. The animal will need to get twice daily injections of insulin under the skin. Along with the medical management a strict weight loss protocol should be adhered to with regular exercise. Monitoring the blood glucose with curves every 6 months is ideal and testing the urine for bacteria at that time is also recommended since they are at higher risk of urinary tract infections. Diabetes is a chronic condition that is managed and not cured.

HOW IS DIABETES DIAGNOSED AND TREATED: When an animal presents with signs consistent with diabetes, blood work and testing the urine are recommended. If the blood glucose is very elevated and/or there is glucose in the urine then the animal likely has diabetes. If the glucose level is borderline a test called a fructosamine can be performed that shows long-term levels of blood glucose. Treating a newly diagnosed diabetic animal includes insulin therapy, 16

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With this knowledge an animal can live a long happy life despite diabetes.

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ow can the holidays be here again already? But they are, and it’s time to start that gift list. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it’s getting harder and harder to buy gifts for people, especially those long-time friends. I want it to be personal but don’t like giving clothes or gift cards. Then if you have clients or business associates, too personal is not always appropriate. So maybe this year for the people on your list who have pets, give them a gift for their pet and a pet-themed gift for them. Yes, there are coffee cups, tote bags and tee shirts, but how about something different. Along with making up a special gift bag for their pet, maybe one of these items would be perfect for the pet parents on your list: Create a pet-sitting overnight gift certificate for the friend who’d love to get away overnight but who doesn’t want to board their pet. Of course, you’ll stay over with their pet as your gift to them. Give a donation in their pet’s name to an organization. When I lost my Millie this year, her sister’s allergist gave a donation in her name. It was very touching as she had never even met Millie. Have fun and make up your own “subscription box for pets and their people”. Send a little something fun every three or four months for each of them. It could be a box of homemade or gourmet cookies for both your pet lover and their pet. You could include a fun new gadget, squeaky toy, or cute necklace or a new fancy id tag. If Sweat Pea likes to wear sweaters, send her a new one and include a pretty scarf for Mom. 18

I know we live in the digital age, but I still like to thumb through a magazine every now and then. So send them a year subscription to a pet magazine. Hmm, I think one to Pet Scene would be nice. Commission a piece of artwork. Unless you know of a picture they love, give them a gift certificate. Or if they can’t seem to get that perfect picture, a photo session with a professional photographer would be great. We had one come to our house many years ago to get a photo with our dog and birds. I have no idea how he did it, but all five of us looked picture perfect. Even though in most parts of the country 50 degrees isn’t considered winter, it is for me. Heck that’s a 60 degree drop in temperature from our average 110 degree summer temperatures. I like to sit on the patio with my first cup of coffee and I can tell you that it’s cold at 4:30 in the morning. Last year for Christmas my girlfriend gave me a purple paws fuzzy blanket. Along with purple being my favorite color, it sure keeps my toes nice and toasty. Of course, along with the four other layers I have on, as well as the heat fan. Are they an office-supply junkie? Put together a box of pet desk accessories. You can find all of these items are available in different animal shapes including staplers, paperclips, scratch pads, duct tape, scotch tape dispenser, pens, pencils and even calculators with paw prints on them. Plus if they still send paper cards, have stamps made with her pet’s picture on them. If they’re still using the standard baby gate to keep Maya from going into the foyer, buy

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them a nice decorative wood or iron one. There are quite a few on the market that are not too pricey. For those who have birds, their toys can be expensive. The toys for our birds are easily $25.00 upwards to $50.00 and they can be gone in a day or two. So we started making them. On wire, we string cardboard (we have plenty with the number of Amazon packages my husband gets), wood beads, plastic chews and naturally or untanned leather (do not use anything chemically tanned). They still only last a couple days, but we get over 50 toys for that same $25.00. I like to put together themed gifts. One friend loves to entertain so a fun gift I did was all puppy themed. It was in ,of course, a decorative dog gift box, I put dish towels, guest bath fingertip towels, paw print soaps, wine charms (she has plenty of glasses), paper plates, napkins, placemats, table cloth, bone and paw baking molds, cookie cutters and ice cube trays. Give something different this year to your pet loving friends and their special furry babies. They’ll be thrilled you thought of Fido and Fluffy too.

Happy Holiday Gift Giving! 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,

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he stress of caregiving for loved ones who are aging, have chronic conditions or terminal diseases is well recognized. Caregiver stress is linked to depression, anxiety, and a lower quality of life. However, little research was being done about the stress for pet caregivers. A recent study by Kent State University, published in the journal Veterinary Record, found that the same stress, anxiety and depression experienced by caregivers caring for an aging or ill pet are, in many cases, similar to those caring for an aging or ill relative.

Mary Beth Spitznagel, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor at Kent State, and co-author of the study, experienced caregiver stress firsthand caring for her dog, Allo, who passed away a year ago after a difficult bout with both Cushing’s disease and transitional cell carcinoma in the bladder. She also writes a blog with helpful tips for caring for yourself while caring for a sick pet. Caregiving is stressful and it can be overwhelming caring for loved ones including pets. Sometimes just recognizing the stress and knowing that it is “normal” and okay to feel that way is the first step to managing it. Article: Blog:

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By Brittany C. Anderson, DVM • South Buffalo Springs Animal Hospital •


hether you had a big heart and decided to adopt an older pet, or simply looked up one day and found your furry friend is now moving slower and is getting gray around the muzzle; it’s important to understand the needs of your aging pet. It is well known that as we age our bodies change. We often lose muscle mass and energy. Some of us may develop achy joints and arthritis. We must realize that our four-legged counterparts are subject to many of the same changes, but unlike us, they can’t verbalize and let us know how they’re feeling. Our pets are considered seniors around 7 years of age depending on the breed and species. One age-related change is a decrease in metabolism and a reduction in certain hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. This accounts for the loss in muscle mass and energy in senior animals. A decrease in metabolism is a normal age-related change, however, a severe decrease in metabolism and energy can be due to many different disease processes. Many of these diseases are treatable and can be managed if detected in their early stages. Older animals are prone to certain diseases such as liver or kidney insufficiency, joint issues, thyroid disorders, and cancers. Obesity can also increase the risk of particular conditions like diabetes and pancreatitis. This is why senior diets are specifically formulated to be more digestible and meet the changing needs of older pets. Annual wellness exams with your veterinarian are essential for your senior pet. Senior wellness exams begin with a physical exam, blood and urine analysis, and x-rays and advanced diagnostics if indicated. These check ups are critical for identifying disease processes

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early, often before your pet starts showing clinical signs and it may be too late to give them the best chance possible. Many owners have questioned the significance of detecting ailments in their pets such as kidney and liver disease or cancer because they don’t believe there is anything that can be done. However, great advancements are continuously being made in medicine and our pets are included as beneficiaries. Currently, there are medications, diets, supplements, and procedures available to correct many of the conditions that may befall our senior pets. Though all of these conditions cannot be cured, most can be managed, which will give pets a longer and better quality of life. Have your old friend’s eyes become cloudy from a harmless aging process called lenticular sclerosis or a more visually impairing process like cataracts? Is your pet just slowing down or could they be experiencing joint pain and benefit from joint support supplements and pain management? Is your pet truly experiencing hearing loss or just being stubborn and ignoring you? Your veterinarian can help you navigate through these queries.

Most importantly, your veterinarian can guide you in making sure your senior pet has the healthiest, most comfortable life possible.

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NOVEMBER is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Pros and Cons for

Adopting a Senior Dog By Elizabeth Parker

The decision to bring a new dog into the home isn’t one to be taken lightly. There is a lot to consider, including time, expenses, the temperament of the dog, and of course the dog’s age. Many people opt to bring home a new puppy instead of a senior dog for many different reasons. However, the truth is there are many senior dogs without families to call their own, and they are just as lovable as a brand new pup. True, as with most things in life, there are pros and cons to adopting an older dog. For one, their history may be unknown, which in turn means that they could have allergies, illnesses, and quirks yet to be discovered. Their snout may be fully grey, and their teeth might not be as white. There may be some behavioral issues that need correcting from time to time. They may not run as fast or be as playful as a younger dog, and there is a possibility that their visits to the vet’s office might be a little more frequent. All of that aside, there are still so many satisfying benefits to opening your heart to a dog who wants to live out their golden years with happiness and love. First, dogs don’t know how old they are. What this means is that a senior dog can still consider themselves a puppy and be more playful than one may think. They are frequently happy to go for walks and just as content to sit on your lap for a quality evening of cuddling. They still enjoy car rides and visits to the park.

Most seniors are housebroken, so you don’t have to worry about accidents on the carpets, and many have outgrown the destructive “puppy” phase, so you won’t have to worry too much about coming home to chewed-up shoes or furniture. If one of your concerns is that they won’t bond with you as a puppy would, that couldn’t be further from the truth. One might be surprised at how quickly a senior dog WILL bond with them! There’s a great chance it will happen almost instantly. There is a certain appreciation factor that senior dogs seem to have. They enjoy being with their new family and can adapt to the new house rules that they will experience. And yes, they can still be trained, contrary to the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” You certainly can train them, and once they learn those new tricks, they’ll be happy to show them off! Also, your senior dog will love the quality time they spend with you learning those tricks. Their minds are still sharp and eager to please! While our time with senior dogs may be a little less than the time we have with a puppy, remember there are no guarantees in life. A senior dog may live with you for many years to come, and they will be a fantastic companion during those years! Elizabeth Parker – Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand,Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil’s Door and Faces of Deception.

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HOLIDAY HAZARDS “Decking our homes with boughs of holly” create some hazards for our pets. CHRISTMAS TREES – If you have a fresh cut tree, make sure your pets cannot drink the water in the tree stand. Tinsel, ornaments and lights are tempting for pets – help them resist temptation by keeping lower branches free of dangerous items. HOLIDAY PLANTS – A few popular holiday plants that can be dangerous and sometimes poisonous for pets: Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, lilies and poinsettias. GIFT WRAPPINGS – Be aware that ribbon, yarn and string can cause serious problems if swallowed by pets. IMPORTED SNOW GLOBES – According to the Pet Poison Helpline, imported snow globes were found to contain antifreeze which is extremely poisonous to pets. HOLIDAY FOODS – Fatty foods, gravy, cooked bones, onions & garlic, alcohol, chocolate and macadamia nuts. LIT CANDLES – Pets can inadvertently knock over a burning candle. Instead of using real candles, consider investing in reusable flameless candles for your holiday displays.

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Oliver is an eight

month old cat who runs, jumps and plays just like any other. The only difference, he suffers from a neurological disorder and grade IV/VI heart murmur. That may seem overwhelming, but he deserves that special someone too. Y


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Anthony is 1 year old and ready for a forever family! Super sweet and loving, Anthony is a shy boy who is great with other dogs and would make an amazing friend to add to your life. He is neutered, up to date with shots and good with kids. Apply to adopt on our website. Y

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7-8 year old house/ doggie door trained pit mix who loves well behaved people, dogs and cats! She loves cuddling and playing fetch. She is looking for a permanent family of her own or a long term foster. Please contact us to schedule a meet with Patty! Y

Meet Thelma (7 yrs) and Louise (5yrs) - amazing healthy girls who are bonded for the rest of their lives! These girls love cuddles and kisses almost as much as they love each other! A yard is a must because these girls are fans of the outdoors. Both girls are spayed, microchipped and house broken. Good around cats and dogs - and make friends really quickly! Adoption fee, for both girls, is $250.

for adoption. Beautiful, healthy, sterilized, all colors and attitudes! Please consider rescuing a pig, perfect stablemates at boarding facilities! Excellent pets for the right home, no barking, no stinky poop! Application and two home checks. Email us, come visit our rescue! Y

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tabby, 3 years old) is a good girl, but a typical cat. She loves attention and people, and tolerates other cats. Elizabeth needs a person that understands cats, she is a beautiful girl and needs an angel to give her a home, is that you? Elizabeth has been tested for FELV/FIV (neg), vaccinated, spay and chipped. Y


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Dachshund/ Terrier mix who weighs 11 pounds. She is a very sweet, loving, happy girl who gets along with animals and is great with children. LB is spayed, microchipped and up to date on all shots. There is an adoption fee and a mandatory home check. Y


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Fascinating Felines



Our feline friends are fascinating and sometimes difficult to understand. For instance, have you ever experienced a cat-initiated time of cuddling and you responded by petting your fur baby? Then just as you were enjoying the feelings of closeness and coziness, without any warning your cat nips you or scratches you? What happened? Where did that come from?

and desire our times of cuddling and closeness until it becomes too much for him. He has very definite tail twitching communications that I’ve learned to interpret. Sometimes he just snuggles next to me and I enjoy knowing that he loves being close to me. He trusts me because he knows I respect his right to limit the touching and petting.

This behavior is called petting-induced aggression. Some cats have a limited tolerance for being touched by people. A few theories suggest that some cats get over-stimulated and the “aggression” response is their way of saying “I’ve had enough”! The thought is that the pleasure of being petted and stroked becomes unpleasant or irritating and perhaps even painful for them.

Being in touch with our cat and sensing when their “body language” is saying stop, and then listening to them is important. Giving them freedom to sit quietly with us without being touched or the freedom to leave us is helpful in avoiding aggressive behaviors. It also encourages more opportunities for touching, cuddling and petting because they know we’ll listen and respect them.

Usually there are warning signs that we miss before the aggression happens. Some of the signs include twitching or moving their tail, flattening their ears, restlessness, dilated pupils, or some other form of catbody language. The signs are often subtle but paying close attention to how they are responding to our touch is important. It can be frustrating because it feels like they are giving us a mixed message: please pet me – please leave me alone. The first time I experienced this behavior was upsetting. I had adopted a four year old cat and I thought we were not bonding properly. It was affecting how I was feeling about him. I even wondered whether it was a good fit. Learning about this behavior was helpful. I realized that he does enjoy 38

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Kittens are so cute – who can resist them? And that is the sad truth of senior cats in shelters. They are often overlooked by adopters who favor the younger cats. Welcoming an older cat into your home, however, will give you lots of love plus a few other benefits such as:

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You know what you’re getting kittens are playful with lots of energy but as they mature their personalities often change. It is easier to select an older cat who matches your personality and lifestyle. Senior cats are usually less destructive and less likely to scratch furniture and carpets. They tend to be calmer and more settled. They are loving and loyal and usually bond quickly with their new parents.

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evening of fun. Dinner, entertainment, silent auction, raffle, cash bar, cocktail attire. RSVP at All proceeds to benefit Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. Cili Restaurant & Bar - 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd.


12th Annual Pet Blessing and Animal Fair 1pm - 3pm.

Treat your pets to a fun, exciting event that will feature a group pet blessing, variety of pet-related booths, light refreshments and costume contests! Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus - Healing Garden - 8280 W. Warm Springs Rd.


Las Vegas Pet Memorial and Celebration of LIfe

3:30pm – 6pm. Join us for an afternoon honoring the beloved pets whom we have loved and lost, as well as those who have passed away in shelters. Light refreshments, candlelight ceremony and raffle. Sunset Park - 2601 E. Sunset Rd. (event area east of lake)


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

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meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.


Noah’s Animal House 10 Year Event 6pm – 9pm. Relive everyone’s favorite 80’s hit movie, ANIMAL HOUSE! Guaranteed to make you want to SHOUT when Otis Day & the Knights take the stage. Dinner, drinks, silent & live auction. Crimson at Red Rock Resort - 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.


The Animal Foundation’s 5th Annual Fast & Furriest

9am – 2pm. Join us for a family-friendly event celebrating pets and the people who love them! 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk, “BARKETPLACE” Vendor Area, Beer Park, Food Trucks, Activities, Adoptable Pets, Costume Contest for you and your furry friend! Sunset Park - 2601 E. Sunset Rd.


HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER 11:30am - 3pm. Raffle, silent auction & entertainment! Please visit for more information or contact Denise Wonders, Event Coordinator, at (702) 353-4198. Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Grand Ballroom - 9090 Alta Dr.


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Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament 5pm -

9pm. Amateur and pro players join celebrities, sports stars, media personalities, and other animal lovers to raise vital funds for Nevada SPCA. Every skill level welcome! Planet Hollywood – 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd.


Paint 4 Paws 11am – 2pm. Please join us for a glass painting event

to benefit The Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. Cost: $15 per person. Includes paint, supplies, drinks, snacks & glassware. Private residence in the Anthem Area (Location will be given at time of registration).


Pop-up Cat Cafe at Market in the Alley 11am – 4pm. Join us for

a relaxing afternoon with cats, coffee, tea, and meowmosas! This time we’re teaming up with Nevada SPCA and Fergusons Downtown to create the purrfect atmosphere for a cat cafe. Tickets: Fergusons Downtown - 1031 Fremont Street.


Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly

7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.


Pictures with Santa to Benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer

Friday, 3pm - 7pm, Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday, 11am - 3pm. Bring the entire family to meet Santa and get a photo! At Your Service Pet Supplies – 55 S. Valle Verde Dr., #300, Henderson.


The Poppy Foundation Annual Holiday Sale 11am – 3pm.

Come join us for great shopping, raffle prizes & bake sale! On Saturday from noon - 2pm, Santa will be here to do photos with kitties and small dogs. There will be a gift wrapping station to have all of your gifts wrapped (not just any items purchased at the sale) for a donation to the Foundation. The Poppy Foundation, 6620 Sky Pointe Dr., Suite 120.


Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

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