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Greetings! November – the season for giving thanks! December – the season for giving gifts! It truly is a wonderful time of the year. As we move into the busy holiday season it is helpful to pause, to reflect and to give thanks for all our blessings. The joy of gift giving is enhanced when there is an underlying spirit of gratefulness. The holidays provide numerous opportunities to be generous by giving gifts to family, friends, co-workers, charities and worthwhile causes. Sometimes though the best gifts are the ones that we can’t buy or wrap. Those little extra “gifts” of kind words to the people we meet each day. Perhaps a letter or a note of thanks to someone who helped support or inspire you such as a teacher, coach, or mentor. For many people the holidays are difficult and depressing. Some have experienced the loss of family members or close personal friends and that definitely includes pets. The gift of our understanding and emotional support might be the gift they really need this holiday season. Tangible expressions of your support could include a card, phone call, text or maybe an invitation to get a cup of coffee. As this year comes to a close, we pause and give thanks for you. Our wish is that you will be blessed with the gifts of love, joy, peace and happiness.

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November 1st is National Author’s Day A day to celebrate authors!

People who love to write; communicators who use their skills to entertain, inspire and inform. It’s the perfect time for us to say thank you to our regular writers who share their love of writing and their skills to help the pets of Las Vegas. They all have busy lives and we are grateful for their contributions to us and to the larger pet community. ELIZABETH PARKER

Elizabeth’s passion is “Raising awareness about dog adoption and rescue, one book at a time!” She has written over fifteen books consisting of books about dogs, inspirational books, motivational quotes and thrillers. Though not all of her books are for dog-lovers, most have a dog making an appearance now and then. She enjoys writing about their antics and incorporating them in her thrillers.


Gail is an animal rescue advocate and mom of two rescue dogs. She enjoys blogging about events and opportunities to help rescue animals and groups. In response to the staggering number of homeless pets in Southern Nevada, the overwhelming needs of shelters and rescue groups, and the needs of the seniors and rescue animals she was inspired Gail to start Seniors To The Rescue.



Sheryl is a Mental Health keynote speaker, author, and passionate animal advocate. Her latest book, “You Had Me At No: How Setting Healthy Boundaries Helps Banish Burnout, Repair Relationships, and Save Your Sanity,” is now available. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her husband and their two fur babies, doing yoga, and tending to a small jungle’s worth of houseplants.


Author, Illustrator, and Photographer Cindy is the Community Manager of Storyteller Academy, as well as an active member. She represents Pet Scene both in writing for children and visiting classrooms to encourage literacy. With children or adults, Cindy loves inspiring reading, writing and dreaming from the heart.

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L I ST E N TO YO U R P E T Animal Communication By Elizabeth Parker

In speaking with multiple dog owners, I’ve learned that many have conversations with their pups. Not just a scratch behind the ears, and a whisper of merit, but full-blown conversations. If you’ve been a dog owner for a while, you have probably realized that your dog is speaking to you as well. The irony is that they understand much more of our language than we do of theirs. Sometimes this language barrier can be frustrating for them as they try to convey their feelings. Dogs can bark, whine and growl for many reasons. They can be happy, excited, upset, mad, or in pain. Sometimes it’s seemingly for no reason at all. But one has to wonder, could there be a reason? It’s possible that we are just not catching on. I’ve had a few situations, where I’ve only figured out what my dog was upset about long after it happened. (Sorry, pups)! When I had my dog, Ginger, she loved to bark to get attention. Often, if nothing was visibly wrong, I tried to ignore her. One day, I had boxes delivered, and unbeknownst to me a large roach had crawled out. A very large roach. Like the kind horror films are made from. It was crawling on the wall behind me. I was working and seemingly out of nowhere, Ginger stared at the wall and began barking. Knowing that no one was in my house, I ignored her. When she didn’t stop, I turned around and was greeted by this enormous creature. To show my bravery, I took the largest flat object I could find, and as I went to kill it, I couldn’t help but scream. Yes, I sounded like I was auditioning for that horror film. Since that time, Ginger would become agitated if I ever went in that room. So much so, that she’d retreat to the bedroom after barking at me to leave the room. I never made the connection until a year later after I sat down and thought about it. She associated that Listen to your pet. room with something terrible, my foiled They have courageous act of something bravery.

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Another odd thing that Ginger didn’t like was when I dusted with the LEMON pledge. Any other pledge was fine. But if I took out the can of Lemon, she’d cower and run into the other room. Again, I didn’t make the connection until a year later. Sadly, Ginger had passed away by then, but what had piqued my curiosity was recently, I thought I’d diffuse lemon and lime essential oils. It’s a nice, fragrant scent, and wanted to spruce up the air a bit. This time, Lola, who is normally very calm, began pacing, nudging my arm, and salivating. I thought she was getting sick. At that point, a light bulb, or more accurately, a string of lights when off in my head. I went to Doctor Google and discovered that dogs often hate the smell of lemon and lime! I’ve owned dogs my entire life and never knew that. Sure enough, I turned off the diffuser, dumped out the lemon oils and Lola was happy again! Lastly, and this one was sad. One of my dogs, Buddy Jr., would never let me take his picture. Any time someone used a cell phone or if he saw bright lights flashing, he’d make a run for it. I couldn’t understand why. He was terrified of anything that made a clicking sound. Two years after I had adopted him, I found out he had cancer. I tried chemo with him and he was doing well for a week or so. Then he had a bad reaction to it. I rushed him to the emergency room and X-rays were done on his lungs. The vet asked me if he had been shot. During the two years, I had Buddy, of course, no one had ever shot him. The vet then told me a bb gun bullet was lodged in his rib cage. Wherever he had lived before I adopted him, someone had shot him. It wasn’t the cause of his cancer or his reaction to chemo, however, it was only then that I learned why he was so afraid of anything that made a “clicking” sound. These situations have alerted me that dogs are speaking to us more often than we realize. There are reasons, but the language barrier sometimes creates obstacles. If your dog is afraid of something or acting abnormally, it’s a good idea to think about what could be bothering them. There’s no way to always know, but by looking at their environment and trying to see it from a dog’s perspective, you might be able to get in harmony with your pet.

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XYLITOL has been renamed Birch Sugar! Xylitol is toxic to dogs and cats. Check labels before giving human food.

What is birch sugar? You probably know it as xylitol, however, it has been “renamed or rebranded” as birch sugar, birch sap or wood sugar. It’s an artificial sweetener or sugar alcohol extracted originally from birch bark, however, now more commonly made from corncob remnants. Xylitol is beneficial to people. It is used as a sweetener providing a low-glycemic index and is a common sugar substitute. It prevents tooth decay and is often used in dental products. Though found most commonly in gum and “sugar-free” foods, it is often used in medications, vitamins, dental products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, candy, protein bars and powders, and nutritional supplements. The number of products containing xylitol has increased significantly in the last few years.

Unfortunately, though it is beneficial to people, it is dangerous for our pets, dogs in particular. Why? Xylitol causes a sudden release of insulin which causes low blood sugar leading to hypoglycemia. Signs of low blood sugar are weakness, unsteadiness, shaking, and sometimes seizures. It could cause liver damage.






Call your veterinarian if you suspect your pet got into something containing xylitol or birch sugar.

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or many of us the holiday season is stressful - we’re already juggling so many things to do and then the holidays add to our busy schedule: Holiday decorating, parties, school holiday events, gift buying, cards to send, special foods to prepare for family and friends….the list is endless. Increased STRESS at this time of year is inevitable but what does our stress have to do with our pets. Do our reactions to stress affect our pets? The answer is yes! Stress causes the body to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause heart and respiration rates to speed up and suppress the immune system. Our bodies prepare to “fight or flee”. Animals experience these same harmful effects as we do. Stress is contagious and “second hand” stress is harmful to pets. Pets often mirror our emotional moods long before we have even identified them for ourselves. They are our personal “stress barometers”. They pick up on our moods by our voice, body language and other behaviors.

Increase playtime to help pets release excess energy through physical activity. Spending time playing with pets benefits everyone. Talk with your pet in a soothing soft tone – the sound of our voice helps reassure our pets that everything is okay in their world. They sense the underlying emotions of our words – the calmness of our feelings. Keep their environment as calm and consistent as possible. Provide safe spaces for them when holiday festivities become too hectic.

WARNING! Stressful Season Ahead…

While stress can’t totally be avoided there is a lot we can do to manage the stress in our lives. First, we need to think about what is causing our stress. Is there something we can do to reduce it or make it more manageable? Sometimes our high expectations create unreasonable goals which results in increased stress. Second, stress management techniques can help manage the stress in our lives. A few of these are: exercise, yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. Ironically stress reduction is often given as a benefit for having a pet. Studies indicate that petting an animal lowers blood pressure. So what are some ways we can mutually help each other? 12

Spend some extra time with your pets – cuddle with them and pet them more frequently. Touch is so important for us and for our pets.

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For families, pet quiet time is a wonderful ritual – set aside some quiet time everyday to relax with your pets and each other even if it is for just a short time. Pets have an amazing ability to be in the moment – everyone in the family will benefit from the respite from the busyness and noise of the day.

It is also important to recognize what is exciting for us could be a source of stress for our pets. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday preparations and celebrations and overlook how our pets are being affected.

This holiday season let’s take care of ourselves and our pets by managing holiday stress!

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e know how to childproof our homes but what about pet-proofing? There are many edible and non-edible dangers for your pet, including what’s in the air. Knowing about these dangers can help make your home a safer place for your pet.

Essential oils and automatic air fresheners are popular, but some can make your pet ill. These are just a few to be aware of, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, and pine. Many manufacturers say they need to be in a high concentration to make a pet sick, but every pet is different.

You hear a lot about volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), but what are they? VOC’s are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. They include a variety of chemicals emitted by a wide array of products into the air.

You rarely hear people talk about mothballs anymore, but they have the potential to sicken a dog or cat; mothballs that contain naphthalene can cause serious illness. Whether eaten or inhaled they can cause digestive tract irritation, liver, kidney, and blood cell damage, swelling of the brain tissues, seizures, comas, and respiratory tract damage.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as well as many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. All of these products can release organic compounds into the air while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they’re stored. The main area you hear about VOC’s is in paint, paint thinners, and mineral spirits. These products are dangerous and can cause severe irritation or chemical burns if swallowed, come in contact with your pet’s skin, or if inhaled. If you’re going to paint, spend the extra money and use low or non-VOC paint products. When we painted the interior of our house, we boarded our birds as they have a very sensitive respiratory system. When using any product that has VOCs in them, make sure the area is well-ventilated. Many household cleaners can be used safely around pets when following the product directions for use and storage. Household cleaners contain chlorine or ammonia and the addition of citrus aroma, the intense smell of these products can be unbearable for dogs and can damage your pet’s nervous system and upper respiratory tract. As a general rule, store all cleaning products in a secure cabinet out of the reach of pets and keep them in their original packaging or a clearly labeled and tightly sealed container.


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Most hazards listed here also apply to your pet bird as they are especially vulnerable to inhaled particles and fumes from aerosol products, tobacco products, certain glues, paints, air fresheners, Teflon cookware, oven liners, oven bags, self-cleaning ovens, and scented candles. As a general rule, birds should never be kept in kitchens because cooking fumes, smoke, and odors can present a potentially fatal hazard and never be allowed or close to areas where such products are being used. You must think of many things when bringing a bird into your home. Anything you can smell can potentially suffocate a bird because of their complicated respiratory system. If you think your pet has eaten or inhaled something potentially dangerous and is not acting like themselves, call your veterinarian or a pet poison control center right away. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 Gail Mayhugh supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit,

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HIKING WITH DOGS AT THE CLARK COUNTY WETLANDS PARK By Paula M. Jacoby-Garrett and Kimberly Reinhart The trail system has a 14-mile loop trail, but flood damage has closed part of the trail near the Sunrise Trailhead. The best places to start your hike are at the Duck Creek, Pabco, or Wells Trailheads. All three sites have parking, restrooms, and picnic tables (visit website for park map). The trail runs along the Las Vegas wash on the south, with two bridges for crossing the wash: the Big Weir Bridge on the west and Powerline Crossing on the east. The Wells Trailhead provides an overlook site with stunning views of the Las Vegas Wash and the surrounding landscape.


iking with your furry friend is a wonderful way to unwind and enjoy nature. During the holiday season, when time is at a premium, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to travel to places like Valley of Fire or Mt. Charleston. Instead of looking for trails outside of town, head to Clark County Wetlands Park, located conveniently in Las Vegas on the east side. The Clark County Wetlands Park offers a unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts and furry companions. This vast 2,900-acre park is just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. While the 210-acre Nature Preserve on the west end of the park is off-limits to dogs, the rest is open and hosts various paved and unpaved trails. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The Wetlands Park is teeming with wildlife, and the chance to observe local birds is a highlight of any visit. As you hike the trails, watch for waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors soaring overhead. To ensure a positive experience for everyone, following the park’s dog-friendly guidelines is crucial. Leashes are a must, and they should be no longer than six feet. Keeping your dog on a leash helps protect the park’s wildlife and ensures your pet’s safety. Additionally, clean up after your dog using the provided waste disposal stations. While water is available in the streams and ponds, it is from reclaimed urban sources and is unsuitable for contact. 16

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Hiking with your dog at Clark County Wetlands Park is a rewarding experience combining the Mojave Desert’s beauty with the tranquility of lush wetlands. With various trails to explore, opportunities to observe wildlife, and a commitment to responsible pet ownership, it’s a must-visit destination for outdoor-loving dog owners in Las Vegas. So, leash up your furry friend and embark on a memorable adventure at this remarkable natural oasis.


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PAW-TASTIC GIFTS Make Your List and Check It Twice! By Sheryl Green

Can it be? That time of year is upon us again, and there is one pressing question on everyone’s mind… What am I going to get my pets for the holidays? Before we dive in, let’s get real. Your dog, cat, ferret, bird, or iguana has no idea it’s the holidays. They know if you are a minute late serving up breakfast or dinner, but for them, tis always the season. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take this (and every) opportunity to shower them with love. Here are four suggestions for making the holidays special for you and your kiddos with tails.

TOYS There are tons of cute stuffies out this time of year. You may be tempted to buy Santa or snowflake squeakers, gingerbread man chew toys, or a peppermint plushy – but is that the best toy for your pet? If your dog could chew through a sheetrock wall in 30 seconds, that Santa squeaker or the plushy is not long for this world. Worst, they could end up swallowing harmful materials. Rather than base your choices on the design of the season, buy them a new toy that meets their play needs. Heavy chewer? Look for safe bets like Kong. Do they love to play fetch? Grab a fresh set of tennis balls. Are they inquisitive and easily bored? Find a puzzle game to keep them entertained.

TREATS I’ve never met a fur baby who turns away treats, but how do you know that you’re buying quality nom-noms for your 4-legged kids? Here are a few rules to live by: 1) Avoid products made in China. Stick with American-made or even Canadian-made treats. 2) Look for treats without added chemicals, dyes, or anything you can’t pronounce. 3) Put down the rawhide. I don’t care what shape they’ve molded it into. It’s terrible for your pet, and what it does to them is terrible for your wallet. Seriously, just don’t do it. 18

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The best way to ensure all of this? Buy from a local pet store or barkery. Vegas is home to several pet treat companies that make their yummies out of human-grade ingredients in-store or in-home. Not only will you be giving your fur baby something delicious and nutritious, but you’ll also be supporting a local business. Need more incentive? Most of them donate to local animal welfare organizations, so you’ll be saving lives as well. And don’t worry… you can find all the cute holiday-themed shapes you desire.

ACTIVITIES There’s nothing your pet will love more than spending quality time with you, the love of their life. If they are active, check out a local agility class, take them for nosework training, or sign up for swim sessions. If they don’t require that level of exercise, build some time into your busy schedule for more walks, park time, or even snuggles. Quality time is often the best gift you can give.

A HOME Up until now, we’ve assumed that you already have a pet at home to spoil. If you’ve got space in your home and your heart for a new fur baby (or another new fur baby), please consider adopting. There are thousands of adorable dogs, cats, bunnies, and every other Wanted: creature imaginable in our rescues and shelters. If they could have Home anything they wanted this holiday for the season, it wouldn’t be a treat or a holiday s! toy, it would be you. Adopt and give a deserving animal a home for the holidays. Sheryl Green is a Mental Health keynote speaker, author, and passionate animal advocate. Her latest book, “You Had Me At No: How Setting Healthy Boundaries Helps Banish Burnout, Repair Relationships, and Save Your Sanity,” is now available. Learn more at

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December 2023 Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season and much happiness in the new year! To our Supporters, The year 2023 has been extraordinarily active for the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. From the rescue of stray and injured animals to owner surrenders, and from the provision of spay and neuter services to the constant calls to our hotline, the breadth of our operations have been extensive. It's critical to acknowledge that such accomplishments are made possible by your generous donations. For this, we extend our deepest gratitude. Amid the current economic challenges affecting Southern Nevada, we have noticed a significant surge in requests for assistance from pet owners who are no longer able to provide adequate care. During these emotionally taxing moments, we are committed to offering the necessary comfort and security to both pets and their previous owners. We prioritize the adoption of less traditionally adoptable pets, including senior animals and those with medical needs. Although these animals may reside in our adoption programs for a longer duration, the sheer joy they experience upon finding a permanent home makes the waiting period worthwhile. Your donations, regardless of size, are appreciated. Over the course of this year, we've provided medical treatment for more than 650 animals. We have facilitated financial assistance for 591 pet owners who were unable to bear the costs of spay and neuter surgeries. Through our organized adoption programs, we successfully re-homed 278 pets after attending to their complete medical needs. Additionally, our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program has benefitted over 720 community cats. As we approach the end of the year, we kindly ask you to consider including the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society in your year-end charitable contributions. Your continued support will enable us to sustain and extend our mission to assist animals in need. Sincerely, Kelley Murphy, President Las Vegas Valley Humane Society

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION It’s coming – ready or not daylight savings time ends November 5th. Though we gain an hour of sleep we lose some daylight each day. Like bears who hibernate when the daylight is shorter and the temperature is cooler, many of us will spend our evenings hibernating with a good book. If you’re looking for a good book to read while you curl up on the sofa with your fur babies, I recommend The Divinity of Dogs – True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend by Jennifer Skiff. In her introduction the author shares her belief that dogs are gifts from the divine to help us on our journey. The book is a collection of stories shared by people who have personally experienced the unconditional love of a dog. Some stories will cause smiles. Some will create tears. All will affirm the emotional and spiritual connection that dogs offer us. Collectively, the shared stories and experiences deepen our understanding of the human-animal bond and its power to help and heal us. As a book lover I appreciate real books; the tactile sense or feel of a physical book adds to my reading experience. I sometimes feel guilty, however, that my two sidekicks feel left out when I’m engrossed in a book. This time I listened to the book in an audio format. Interestingly, it seemed like both my cat and dog listened intently with me. It created a shared experience that deepened our bond.

The book is a powerful testimony to the incredible bond that can exist between people and their pets.

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MINDFULNESS A Lifeline During Our Pets’ Medical Challenges By Jamie Lee

Our pets hold a special place in our hearts, offering us companionship, unconditional love, and boundless joy. However, just like any member of our family, they can face unexpected medical emergencies. Even routine medical procedures like dentals can fill us with fear and uncertainty. My 12-year-old pup, Bella, recently tore her ACL and required surgery. As if that wasn’t enough, the night before meeting the surgeon, she had a severe allergic reaction that required a trip to the emergency vet. To say I was stressed is putting it mildly. Then, I remembered I had the power to calm myself through mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques can be powerful tools to help us remain calm and hopeful during our pet’s health challenges.

BEING PRESENT WITH OUR PETS Mindfulness is a mental state and practice that revolves around being fully present in the current moment without judgment. Cultivating mindfulness provides many benefits, including reduced stress, improved emotional well-being, enhanced MEETING THE VET concentration, and better coping with difficult situations. It enables you to become a reassuring presence and a sense of comfort and security for your pet.

Here are five steps to maintain composure during your pet’s medical challenge.


Don’t wait for an emergency to begin your mindfulness practice. The more experience you have with the techniques, the easier it will be to practice them in a crisis and remain calm and positive for your pet. Also, be sure to maintain a well-stocked pet first aid kit and consider learning animal CPR. Being prepared can empower you to handle unforeseen situations with confidence.


Optimism is a powerful tool. Take your focus off the medical challenge by making a gratitude list. Write down everything you are grateful for, including things such as shower water, a bed to sleep in, or food in your cupboard. Appreciating your blessings, no matter how small, helps you see the silver lining, even in challenging situations.


Remember to be kind to yourself amid the chaos. Give yourself some grace if you are anxious, depressed, or worried. These are just human emotions. Recognize your feelings; remember, it’s only temporary, so don’t judge yourself. Instead, engage in activities that bring you joy – cooking, spending time with friends, or indulging in self-care routines. Our pet’s medical challenges can trigger a range of emotions, from anxiety and fear to sadness and helplessness. Practicing mindfulness helps us navigate these storms gracefully, enabling us to support and make clear-headed decisions for our pets’ well-being.


An established practice of meditating makes it easier to calm your mind and find solace during a crisis. However, even if you don’t have a routine, meditation can be remarkably soothing during stressful times. Try sitting quietly and repeating a mantra like “All is Well.”

BREATHE FOR BALANCE While sitting with your pet, take slow, deep breaths and feel the tension ease from your body. You’ll notice that your pet’s breathing may start to sync with yours, creating a shared sense of calmness.

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Rat Facts Take this fun quiz to see if you can guess whether these random facts are true or not. Answers on Page 33


Rats are born with their eyes closed. True or False

5 Rats have excellent vision.


Rats have a poor sense of smell. True or False

6 Rats have low intelligence and can’t be trained.


Rats are not very sociable. True or False

7 Rats have excellent memories.


Fancy rats, or common pet rats, are domesticated relatives of the Norway rat. True or False

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As dogs continue to live longer lives due to preventative medicine, new and unique problems arise that 10 years ago were never an issue. Such problems can include arthritis, dental disease, hormone imbalances (hypothyroidism, diabetes), kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer. The most important part of all these conditions is catching it early.


Simple preventative care such as a yearly exam is an extremely important aspect of our senior pet’s health. With a comprehensive physical exam performed annually we can check all the systems and oftentimes catch small changes. For example, veterinarians check the teeth for dental disease and likely will recommend a cleaning if there is any evidence of dental disease. We listen to the heart for any signs of a murmur that may indicate your dog needs to start heart medications. Some dogs may require bi-annual or even more frequent exams as they further age and you should consult with your veterinarian to see what their recommendations are.


When you bring your senior dog to the veterinarian, the doctor will discuss things such bloodwork, urine analysis, and imaging. This is so that we can catch arising problems before they become a serious condition. These added costs may seem stressful and expensive, but by identifying problems early we can extend our pets lifespan and increase their quality of life.

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Something as simple as bloodwork can give us a lot of vital information. Senior bloodwork typically includes a test called Complete Blood Count, Serum Chemistry, and a Thyroid Panel (commonly called CBC/Chem/T4). The CBC evaluates the blood cells including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. 28

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These can tell us if there is infection going on, any blood diseases, and many more problems. The chemistry evaluates the liver, kidney, and electrolytes to see if there is any disease in these organs. The thyroid panel measures the level of thyroid hormones circulating in the blood. A common condition in aging dogs is called hypothyroidism and this means that their thyroid is low and it manifests as slowing down, heatseeking behavior which most owners mistake this as a normal aging change.


Analyzing the urine can tell us if the kidneys are functioning right and if there is any sediment in the urine. The function of the kidneys is to concentrate urine and one of the most sensitive tests for kidneys is to see if they are able to concentrate the urine. Urine also can get sediment like crystals in it and a simple diet change can dissolve these crystals and/or prevent new formation of crystals. Cats

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Imaging is also a very important diagnostic procedure. Imaging can include ultrasound and x-rays. These can show us abnormalities in the structures of the chest and abdomen. Oftentimes cancerous masses can be found from imaging. Early detection can mean the difference between months and years. It can also help us detect stones in the bladder, kidney disease, and many other pet diseases.

Caring for our senior pets is unique to each individual animal and your personal veterinarian should be consulted on the frequency of diagnostics and exams. Healthcare is not the same for every individual and each pet ages in unique ways. If you ever have any concern for your pets please consult your primary care veterinarian.

Chicken Facts Take this fun quiz to see if you can guess whether these random facts are true or not. Answers on Page 33


Chickens have a poor memory for faces. True or False

5 Chickens do not tend their eggs carefully.


Chickens are the closest living relatives of dinosaurs. True or False

6 Chickens can only see black and white colors.


Chickens can dream like humans. True or False

7 Chickens bathe by covering themselves in dirt.


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DECEMBER IS NATIONAL CAT LOVERS MONTH A month dedicated to expressing love for cats! A time to celebrate what they mean to us. Felines are fascinating. We laugh at their antics; every box is a new toy. They have an amazing ability to find hiding places. We love watching them crouch low, slowly move and then pounce on their prey. Developing and strengthening the bond between you and your cat is one expression of love. Healthy relationships are based on understanding and mutual respect. As a start, it is important to make sure their basic needs are met: quality food, fresh water, clean kitty litter, cat toys, regular playtimes, grooming and veterinarian visits. Next, build on your general knowledge of cats to learn more about your cat. Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for your cat’s unique personality. Cats, as mysterious as they may seem, usually give clues, often subtle, to their likes and dislikes, needs and wants. We have to listen with patience and persistence to hear them. How does your cat express their cat-ness, their natural cat behaviors? How would describe their personality? Spend some time observing your cat. Is your cat content or bored? How old is your cat? How old in human years? Engaging older cats in playing can be challenging yet still important. Cats can easily get overlooked in the busyness of holiday preparations. One important way to express love for our cats is to spend some quiet time with them. The gift of ourselves, of our time, is sometimes the most difficult gift to give. Cats are contemplative, they enjoy being close to us, some like to be held and cuddled, some like to just sit close to us. A few minutes in the calming presence of a cat is good for us too!

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Looking for a fun gift for your dog? Consider a snuffle mat! They’re interactive, enriching and FUN. Snuffle mats stimulate their sense of smell by encouraging them to sniff and find their food. Dogs have natural instincts for seeking and hunting for food; foraging behavior is built into their DNA; their brains are hard wired to forage for food. Some studies have shown that they enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Dopamine or the “feel good” chemical increases during the search for food more than the actual find. Dogs also experience a sense of accomplishment with a job “well done”.

forgot to hide the treats. Her anticipation quickly changed to a sense of disbelief and disappointment. I felt like a mom who forgot to do tooth fairy duties. I quickly hid the treats AND it has never happened again. Additionally, while providing fun for your dog, they can also provide entertainment for the entire family. My cat enjoys a quick nighttime snack from the lofty heights of his cat tree. Then he sits and watches his canine sister foraging excitedly for her food. His expression is priceless. We all enjoy snuffle mat time. |

What are they? Basically, they’re floor mats with must. find. fleece strips, multiple folds and numerous hiding places. They replicate an outdoor treeaaaattt!!! environment with blades of grass and lots of nooks and crannies where food can hide. They come in a variety of designs, colors and patterns. Also, if you’re a DIY person there are numerous snuffle mat directions online. Snuffle mat fun has become a nighttime routine for my fur babies. As bedtime approaches, I can sense my dog’s anticipation for the hunt. In spite of this, once I totally

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Holiday Pet Safety BY C.A. RITZ


Quick! Grab the camera! Snap that picture for next photo contest! When your cat has climbed to the highest branch or dog has knocked over décor you have put many hours into assembling, it’s reminiscent of those humorous holiday cartoons featuring characters who get tangled in festive lights. There are also classic movie scenes with kids feeding table scraps to dogs. Occasionally, adults do the same. In the real world, this is one of the worst habits for your pet. For many people, holiday candles, tree trimmings, lights, and candy dishes look festive, but without care these can lead to accidents. It may seem like a picture-perfect moment when pets get curious, but safety must be considered. When untangling strings of holiday lights or unboxing decorations, keep in mind pets’ curiosity and tendencies to play. If you engage in a tradition of using tinsel, be forewarned cats and some dogs are mesmerized by tinsel. They won’t stop at swatting. Have you ever seen a pet trying to eat these curiously crunchy shiny strands? Here are other dangers to avoid:

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Candy (Chocolate is known to be toxic to cats, dogs, and ferrets.)

Gum (Can cause choking; Ingredients like Xylitol are toxic.)

Desserts (Packaged have chemicals; homemade specialties are too rich.)

Coffee and teas (caffeine)

From the Kitchen… ✘ Avocados (Pits) ✘ Fruit (Seeds) ✘ Chives ✘ Garlic ✘ Onions

Dangerous Holiday Plants: ✘ Poinsettias ✘ Holly berries and leaves ✘ Mistletoe ✘ Pine ✘ Cedar plants Symptoms: When ingested results can include energy or appetite loss, drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea, even seizures.

Sidenote: Who would think additives to preserve the life of a plant would be lapped up? But it happens, ruining family times and leaving tragic memories.

Benefits of Caution

Play safe, stay well, and give your pet a quiet calming space, especially if visitors are expected. Extend the life of your pet by guarding against food poisoning. Let relatives know that pets are not to be fed any people food. Be sure to clear meal scraps and refrigerate left-overs immediately for the safety of all.

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If you plan to celebrate with family and friends away from home, be sure to pet-proof your home. Remove all trash and all unplug decorations. Have your veterinarian’s phone number handy for your pet sitters. Our family includes numbers for poison control, animal hospital, our contact information and a signed permission form to take to professionals.

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Christmas Holiday Pet Safety Trivia Quiz ❖ What holiday nuts can your pet eat? NONE! Nuts, (In particular, macadamia and walnuts) are dangerous.

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Sniffing Their Way to Wellness

The Healing Power of Familiar Scents for Pets in Post-Surgery Recovery


By Annoula Wylderich – Animal Protection Affiliates

ur pets, often regarded as beloved members of the family, can undergo various medical procedures, including surgeries, to ensure their health and wellbeing. The post-surgery recovery period can be a challenging time for both pets and their families. However, one often overlooked method that can significantly aid in the recovery process is the use of familiar scents. Placing familiar scents around pets during their recovery can offer numerous benefits, such as reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and accelerating healing, ultimately enhancing their overall well-being. One of the primary advantages of using scents is the reduction of stress and anxiety. The unfamiliar environment of a veterinary clinic or hospital can be distressing for animals leading to elevated levels of stress. Familiar scents, such as the scent of their guardian or their home, can provide a sense of comfort and security. These scents trigger positive associations and help alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies postsurgery recovery. Familiar scents have a profound impact on a pet’s emotional state. The sense of smell is closely linked to an animal’s memory and emotions, and familiar scents can evoke feelings of safety and comfort. Placing objects with the guardian’s scent in the recovery area can help create a calming atmosphere, promoting relaxation and allowing the pet to rest more comfortably. This relaxation is essential for the healing process, as it reduces stress-induced hormones that can impede recovery. Suggested items could be a family member’s t shirt, a favorite stuffed toy or a blanket. Surprisingly, familiar scents can also play a role in accelerating the healing process for pets recovering from surgery. Stress 40

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and anxiety can weaken an animal’s immune system, making it more challenging for the body to combat infections and heal wounds. By reducing stress through familiar scents, the immune system is better equipped to focus on the healing process, resulting in a quicker recovery. A pet’s appetite and hydration are vital factors in their recovery. After surgery, some pets may lose their appetite due to stress or discomfort. Familiar scents can help stimulate a pet’s interest in food and water. Placing the guardian’s scent near their food and water bowls can make the pet more likely to eat and drink ensuring they receive the necessary nutrients and hydration for a speedy recovery. Finally, the use of familiar scents during post-surgery recovery can also strengthen the bond between pets and their guardians. As pets associate their humans’ scents with comfort and support, they develop a greater sense of trust and security. This trust can extend beyond the recovery period, improving the overall quality of the pet-guardian relationship. The advantages make it clear that incorporating familiar scents into a pet’s recovery process is a simple yet effective way to improve their overall well-being and help them on the path to a swift and successful recovery. As responsible pet guardians, it is our duty to explore every avenue available to ensure the comfort and health of our companions, and the power of familiar scents is a valuable tool in achieving that goal. However, it is also advisable to check with the veterinary clinic prior to the procedure to confirm that they are receptive. It should also be established that the guardian will be responsible for laundering the items once their pet is released to go home.

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needed to prepare for winter by fattening up. They needed the extra calories to create fat for warmth and as a food reserve when game was scarce. Now, with most of our pets living indoors, they no longer need those extra calories. Unfortunately, our pets are unaware of this fact. They still have an innate increase in appetite as winter approaches and may need a little assistance in keeping their weight in check.

Wintertime Weight Gain and Pet Nutrition During the winter months, we ALL tend to put on a little weight. People and pets typically put on a few pounds as the days get shorter and the temperatures dip. We tend to blame our extra pounds on those glorious holiday meals and too much pie. But what about our pet’s weight gain? Why are they looking so plump? The easiest answer to this question is “survival”. Before our dogs and cats became domesticated, they

Like people, successfully reducing your pet’s weight requires less calories and more exercise. Since all pets require a different number of calories, sometimes determining the correct caloric intake can be difficult. Reviewing the serving suggestions on your pet’s food bag is a great place to start. If you reduce the amount of food you are feeding, you will need to ensure that your pet’s minimum protein needs are still being met. A recommendation from your veterinarian is often helpful if you are unsure. Treats should also be carefully rationed, amounting to no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake. AND, DON’T FORGET TO EXERCISE! Whether it’s a rambunctious game of fetch or a brisk winter’s walk, the fresh air and the exercise will be healthy for you both.

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The Christmas Gift By Keith Bettinger

I was babysitting my son’s dog, Penelope Pitbull, on December 23. Like all hardworking females, Penelope was in desperate need of a manicure just before Christmas. I loaded her in the car and drove her to the pet emporium just down the street from our house. Penelope and I walked to the beauty parlor section.The manicurist suggested the options that were available; it was decided that Penelope would have her nails done by grinding instead of clipping. A slight situation developed during the manicure, Penelope is ticklish and was jumping around while I tried to reassure her that everything was okay. While we were surviving the manicure, customers were coming in to pick up or drop off their pets for a Christmas grooming.While standing there waiting for Penelope’s manicure to be completed, another potential customer came through the door.With her was a large black female Labrador Retriever.The dog was a bundle of positive energy. Although she looked kind of goofy, she radiated love and looked as if she was smiling. The customer said, “I just rescued this dog and she’s in need of a bath.”The employees asked if the woman had the dog’s list of vaccines and shots explaining that if the woman couldn’t provide the documents, they would be unable to bring this loving dog into contact with the others there for grooming. The woman said “No problem. I will try and get the paperwork from the people. I just got her tonight, and if I didn’t take her, her owner was going to put her down.” As she took her newly adopted fur child home, I gulped down the lump in my throat and said, “Thank you for adopting her.” As Penelope and I walked back to the car for the ride home, I wondered who received the better Christmas gift: the woman with her new found furry friend or the dog that was given the gift of life by this Christmas angel. 44

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Socks is a 5-year-old, 69-pound, neutered male, American Bully. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owner because they could not afford vet care for chronic skin allergies and ear infections. Socks is a sweet, friendly, athletic boy. He likes long walks, and long naps in the sun with ample daily A1283919 belly rubs and hugs. Socks is potty trained. Y

My name is Dylan. I am a 50 lb male Labrador/ Shepherd mix, 4 years old. FUPI pulled me from the shelter as I was scared and not doing well. I went on a field trip to Lazy Dog Restaurant and was one happy boy. I do need a home with no cats, but other dogs are OK! I do take a few minutes to warm up to you, but then I’m a lover. Y

City of Henderson Animal Control and Care 300 E. Galleria Dr. | Open Mon-St, 9am-4:30pm

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



Elsie an 8-year young female is beautifully marked. Elsie does well with other cats and would prefer a quiet home. She is a loving girl, likes to be petted and enjoys her cat tree. Y

I am Bear! The 14 year old homebody who still enjoys the occasional stroll. Chin scratches and car rides are my favorite. I get along well with other dogs of any age and also cats. I’m housebroken and enjoy spending time in the yard and by your side in the chair or on the sofa. I might ask for a boost up but I’ll reward you with snuggles and smiles! Y

Paws 4 Love Cat Rescue If you are interested, please call 702-622-3092

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society If interested, fill out an interest form today!


A Path 4 Paws

Hello- my name is Marnie. Somehow I ended up at the shelter and I have no idea why. I’ve been in a foster home seven months. I’m 10 pounds & 6 years old and my groomer said I’m a silky terrier. I’m so beautiful and I love to sit on your lap and watch TV or go for a walk. I tend to bark at strangers and strange dogs. I’d like to live alone with you and be spoiled like a baby. If you would like to give me a loving home please call my rescue! Y


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upcoming WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 to WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 PAWRALEGALS BLANKET DRIVE Join Pawralegals in their Annual Blanket Drive to support shelter animals by keeping them warm this winter. Drop off Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Blankets, towels, comforters (non-feather filled). Marshall Injury Law • 3333 E. Serene Ave., Suite 120, Henderson SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 PAWS IN THE PARK 9am–4pm. Get ready for a paw-sitively amazing experience, a free, familyfriendly event dedicated to celebrating our four-legged companions and supporting animal welfare. Exciting activities for pets and people of all ages. For more info, visit: Desert Breeze Soccer Field • 8275 West Spring Mountain Rd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 17TH ANNUAL PET BLESSING AND ANIMAL FAIR 1pm–3pm. Treat your pets to a fun, exciting day featuring a group pet blessing, pet-related booths, light refreshments and contests! Please bring clean, new or used towels to donate to local pet shelters. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican - 8820 W. Warm Springs Road SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 COPPER CAT BOOKS 1ST FALL BOOK FAIR AND FEST 1pm–5pm. Please join Crystal Clary and Elizabeth Parker for a book signing. A portion of the proceeds from their book sales will be donated to animal rescue! Get a swag bag (filled with cool things)! There will be 2 entertainers, games for kids, cider, hot chocolate, food platter & auctions! $5 donation fee at the door. Copper Cat Books - 1562 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy #170, Henderson SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 12 MIRACLE ON EASTERN AVENUE Get ready for the magical and paw-sitively miraculous event of the year! Incredible auction items, warm fuzzy feelings, and the change to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends and the humans for adore them. VIRTUAL ONLINE EVENT @ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 VVDOC – MONTHLY MEETING 7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit: VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., 2nd Floor #240 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 NEVADA SPCA ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR 6pm–7:30pm. Find out how to protect yourself, your family and your pets! They will cover several topics to assist with your planning from wills and trusts to planning for your pets to be taken care of after you are gone. Space is limited. Register today! Nevada SPCA • 5375 S. Procyon Street, Suite 108 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS FUNDRAISER 10am–4pm. Join Pawtastic Friends for an amazing FREE event that will benefit the homeless rescue dogs that train at Pawtastic Friends. Local vendors, food trucks,

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pictures with Santa and your furbabies, live entertainment and dance fitness, silent auction, giveaways. Pawtastic Friends Enrichment Training For Dogs – 2200 Pama Lane SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 WINE TASTING EVENT 2pm–5pm. Join the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society... Giving thanks to the community! Wine tasting, food, prizes and giveaways, raffle baskets, live entertainment. $60 per person (includes 10 raffle tickets!). RSVP TODAY... Call 702-434-2009 or email Vegas Valley Winery • 7360 Eastgate Rd Ste 123, Henderson SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 WOMEN & FAMILY EXPO WITH PET PAVILION 11am–4pm. Free Admission! Peruse a comprehensive range of health, nutrition and fitness and beauty products. Health, parenting, nutrition, beauty, finance, fitness and pets! Register at event to win a large screen smart TV!! Galleria at Sunset • 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 PET RESOURCE FAIR 12pm–3pm. Pet food pantry, adoptable pets, pet supplies, resources, food truck, entertainment, community cat supplies and information! Sunset Park • 2601 E. Sunset Rd. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 1ST ANNUAL TAILS OF HOPE 6:30pm–10:30pm. Join Hearts Alive Village for an inspiring evening and raise a glass for their 10 year anniversary! Buffet dinner, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction and a chance to win raffle items. Hal Sparks is lending his talent as their MC for the night! Purchase tickets: Rhythms Event Center • 4545 W. Sahara Avenue SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MEETING 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Please bring something to share on the potluck food table! Eldorado Estates • 4525 W. Twain Ave. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER 6pm–9pm. Great for all ages! Enjoy an evening of bowling fun while supporting animal rescues! Participants can look forward to bowling contests, goody bags, silent auction, great prizes, and more. Purchase tickets at: Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Rd. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st FALL FOOD DRIVE Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue is sponsoring a food drive for the homeless cats in our community. Both dry and canned food is welcome. All brands/types of food is appreciated, except Dollar Store brand dry food. You may deliver or have food shipped to Pat Ambroz, 4984 Roswell St., Las Vegas, NV 89120

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 CATS & COFFEE 6pm–7pm. If you’re a cat and coffee enthusiast, or just like felines and warm caffeinated drinks, this is the virtual meetup for you! Join Henderson Libraries for a purrfect evening. Each month we will discuss a different topic, such as fostering, cat fandom, basic care for all life stages, crafts, games and more! Register at:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER 6pm–9pm. Great for all ages! Enjoy an evening of bowling fun while supporting animal rescues! Participants can look forward to bowling contests, goody bags, silent auction, great prizes, and more. Purchase tickets at: Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Road

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 “DOGTALKS WITH MICHAEL’S ANGEL PAWS” – BITE PREVENTION 6pm–7pm. Learn how to read your dog’s body language, how to approach an unknown dog, proper treat administration and separate feeding(s). This is a free monthly educational series to educate our community on a variety of topics and to provide resources. Register at: Nevada SPCA • 5375 S. Procyon Street, Suite 108

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 CATS & COFFEE 6pm–7pm. If you’re a cat and coffee enthusiast, or just like felines and warm caffeinated drinks, this is the virtual meetup for you! Join Henderson Libraries for a purrfect evening. Each month we will discuss a different topic, such as fostering, cat fandom, basic care for all life stages, crafts, games and more! Register at:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 HOWLING FOR THE HOLIDAYS 11am–3pm. Tickets $10 in Advance/$15 at Door. Ticket price includes one free photo with Santa, Kissing Booth with Pups, Naughty & Nice Dog Treat Bar, Private Park Experience, Magical Raffle Prizes, Shopping and much more to support Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation! Beagletopia • 285 Irvin Avenue


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 BARXGIVING 1pm–3pm. Fundraiser for The Barx Parx Foundation! Donation drive (new and used dog toys, food, treats, blankets, potty pads, leashes, collars, etc.), bake sale, raffles/silent auctions, pupkin pie eating contest & more! BarxParx • 8868 S. Eastern Avenue #115 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Christkindlmarkt - German Christmas Market 8:30am–1:30pm. Pet adoptions, numerous vendors! German Food Court and baked goods! Lots of people treats! All proceeds go to the health and welfare of pets. Donations of pet necessities are appreciated. Free admission! 221 E. Rancho Drive, Henderson TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 VVDOC – MONTHLY MEETING 7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit: VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., 2nd Floor #240 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY 1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Please bring something to share on the potluck food table! Eldorado Estates • 4525 W. Twain Ave.

Wishing everyone A Joyous Holiday Season!


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Making the Holidays Brighter for your Favorite Rescue It’s that time of year when we want to spend time with our families and show our appreciation to those that are close to us. It is also the season for giving - the perfect time to support and “give back” to deserving animal rescue organizations. Help make their holidays a little brighter. Call your favorite rescue and find out what is on their “Wish List”. Many rescues and shelters have a Wish List on their website. Pack up the family or team up with your friends and plan a “Pet Shopping” day. Dog beds, cat toys, food bowls, and dog collars can always be fun to shop for. Other needs may be bags of dog food, cat food, bird seed, or kitty litter. Another great gift for an animal rescue is the donation of your time. They may need help with dog walking, bathing/grooming, feeding, or even cleaning out cat litter boxes; the list is endless! Cash contributions are always appreciated!

Helping a rescue make the holidays brighter for their animals, will undoubtedly make your holidays a little brighter too.

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