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Dogs u Cats u Birds u Reptiles u Horses u Fish

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Nicole McDonagh, DVM Sheryl Greenblatt Chelsea Kennedy Gail Mayhugh Geri Rombach Susanne J. Rowe Kathy Schreur Shannon Turpin

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Gratitude & Generosity Thanksgiving is an invitation to reflect upon the things for which we are thankful. We all have perplexing problems and chronic challenges. It is essential to our well being though to take time to list those things or people we are grateful for – it is sometimes called “cultivating the attitude of gratitude”. A positive and grateful attitude often helps us transform our problems and challenges into solutions. And, of course, December and its holidays give us opportunities to exercise our generosity by sharing our gifts with family, friends, co-workers, charities and worthwhile causes. The joy of gift giving is enhanced when there is an underlying spirit of gratefulness. Our experiences of gratitude and generosity are linked very much with publishing the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine. It is made possible through the efforts and support of many people and organizations. It is our gift to you, our readers. We appreciate that you make time in your busy schedules to read the magazine. It is an investment of your time and we appreciate and value that greatly. We all want to be the best pet parent, pet lover and protector possible. Hopefully we have helped along the way. We often say “it’s all about the pets” and that is so true. Yet our pets, all pets, rely on us, on people to love, cherish and protect them. So in a way, it is all about you, about us… and then it filters down to being “all about the pets”. The more we learn and understand about pets the better equipped we will be to parent, cherish and protect them.

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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 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. 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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By choosing a mature pet, you also have the benefit of knowing something about their history, their temperament, and their overall personality. By this time in their life, they have pretty well defined “who they are”. By having such valuable information up front, you stand a better chance of choosing a pet that fits your lifestyle, time restraints, and personality. You may also get information regarding their tolerance of other animals and children, which can be important in making an intelligent adoption decision.

Since older pets are generally calmer with lower energy levels, they can be a great choice for the elderly or busy professionals who work long hours. They don’t require excessive exercise or constant supervision and are usually very satisfied with a slower-paced lifestyle. They may be quite content with a well into their teens, leisurely dog walk or a the majority of these mature animals still relaxing nap on your have many active years ahead of them. Adopting an older lap, but may also enjoy pet is typically much all the fun activities of easier and less time-consuming than dealing with a their younger years. They may be “older”, but they are rambunctious puppy or kitten. You will be skipping FAR from boring! Whether it’s fetch the ball or chase out on the puppy chewing, furniture scratching, the string, your new companion is sure to enjoy their and those many weeks or months of housebreaking. favorite games of the past with you. Your new, older pet is usually past those adolescent destructive years and is typically accustomed to No matter which pet you decide to adopt, young or general household etiquette. In most cases, they are old, they all deserve the chance of a forever home already housebroken or litter box trained and do not and a loving family. By considering an older animal, require the constant monitoring and attention that you’ll be giving them that same well-deserved chance. Actually, you’ll be giving them a second chance. younger animals demand. With today’s pets living well into their teens, the majority of these mature animals still have many active years ahead of them.

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You’ve waited all year, and the time is finally here! On Sunday November 15th, celebrate the life of devoted canine citizen and service dog, Pele, at the 2nd Annual Paw It Forward Las Vegas. Pele was a Golden Retriever who in addition to being an amazing service dog for his mom, Kelly McMahon, also rehabilitated abused shelter pups, helped children overcome their fears of animals (and of reading), cheered up the sick with his amazing “Pele Power”, and touched the lives of everyone who met him. He left us too soon, but his spirit lives on. Paw It Forward will be held at Smarty Paws Canine Coaching at 4544 W Russell Rd, Las Vegas NV 89118 on Sunday November 15th from 11 am to 4 pm. 100% of proceeds will benefit Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas. Hearts Alive Village is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to secure loving and stable homes for dogs and cats at risk of being lost in the shelter system. Through a variety of programs such as Kendall’s Kupboard (a pet food pantry), and Solutions over Surrenders which gives pet owners access to resources like training, financial assistance, and more, Hearts Alive aims to keep pets in their original homes whenever possible. They provide Humane Education to youth groups throughout the valley, and transitional housing for a domestic abuse survivor. In June of this year, they opened their first adoption center where potential families can meet rescued animals currently in foster homes, and a pet supply store so that the organization can eventually be self sustaining. They are now in the process of developing their Veterans program, and Seniors for Seniors. Paw It Forward will feature music by Community Productions, Musical Paws with Kyle Ashmore, microchipping by West Charleston Animal Hospital, dog photography by Go Dog Photo, Bows and Toes by Angel Tails Dog Grooming, Barks and Crafts, event photography by TFG Photography and Confess Media, human food by Raising Cane’s, Villa Pizza and Jamba Juice, dog treats, a Silent “Pawction” and mega raffle. Tickets are $5 at the door, children 12 and under, and furry friends are free. For more info, please visit www.pawitforwardlv.com or https://www.facebook.com/pawitforwardlasvegas.

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Four Legged Friends Are Welcome At Lake Mead


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ou and your pet are welcome to come and enjoy Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Junior Ranger, Cooper, a teacup Yorkshire terrier, is part of the education and outreach team at Lake Mead. He helps educate visitors, especially his four legged friends, about the pet friendly park. Take a hike along the Historic Railroad Trail, have a picnic, go for a jog on the River Mountains Loop Trail, go camping, take a cruise on a boat or take a dip in the lake. Most activities at Lake Mead are pet friendly. Dogs and other pets are allowed throughout the park, but there are some safety considerations that pet owners need to heed before heading out for a day at Lake Mead.

• All pets must be kept on a leash at all times, not to exceed six-feet in length. • Pets should never be left unattended because animals, such as coyotes and mountain lions, are natural predators that live in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. • Pets are not allowed in buildings or where it is signed ‘no pets.’ • Remember to bring plenty of water for you and your pet. • Always pick up after your pet and help keep Lake Mead’s beaches, trails and backcountry clean and unspoiled. Although Lake Mead National Recreation Area welcomes our furry friends please remember to recreate responsibly. The park is home to rare plants and animals like the desert tortoise, desert bighorn sheep, razorback sucker fish, Las Vegas bearpoppy and the silverleaf sunray, all of which are endangered or not found anywhere else in the world. Help us preserve nature so the next generation can enjoy the scenic, historic, scientific and other important features of the park.

Grab your leashes and your pets, and tell your friends about the recreation opportunities for four legged friends found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.


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As more states legalize marijuana to varying degrees it is important for pet owners to be aware of the dangers it poses for animals. While marijuana is rarely deadly it can cause serious illness in pets. One of the most common ways animals will ingest marijuana is when it has been left out and unattended. Although dogs more frequently will ingest marijuana this way, it can happen with cats also. This may happen when the plant itself has been left out or when it has been incorporated into baked goods which some pets find especially appealing. Another way is by inhaling the smoke. Beware that marijuana brownies are particularly unsafe because they include chocolate, an additional poison to dogs and cats, acting as a potent stimulant that can affect nervous systems negatively, causing illness or even death. Plus, dogs are attracted to the smell of chocolate as well as other baked goods, which makes them even more dangerous. It is crucial to get animals who have been exposed to marijuana to a veterinarian immediately so their heart rate and body temperature can be monitored. Depending on their body’s response to the drug, their heart rate may be very low or very high, both of which can have life-threatening consequences. In a recent survey of U.S. veterinarians conducted by Pets Best, the third most common toxin for which veterinarians treated dogs was marijuana. A Public Service Message brought to you by Pets Best – www.petsbest.com

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Holiday décor By Gail Mayhugh

The holidays are here

and as you’re starting to think about decorating, why not also consider including your pets in the festivities. Even though they don’t know the difference between a blanket with snowmen or one with bones, it’s fun for us and a change for them. If you’ve added a new furry family member this year, remember they have not had a chance to be introduced to your holiday décor so you might need to make some changes. Just because Fido didn’t touch the tree, doesn’t mean Fifi won’t. Just as form follows function when decorating, when you have pets, décor follows safety. Here are a few things to bring in the cheer and keep it safe this holiday season.

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# 1 - Change their bedding to a holiday theme. Make a simple knotted fleece pet bed cover. Buy a couple yards of fun fleece, cut strips and knot. If you don’t want to store it, throw it in the wash and donate it to a shelter. Believe me the dogs and cats won’t care if their new soft cozy beds have snowmen on them.

Pets can find the smells and textures of holiday decorations very interesting which can make for a dangerous time. You can still make your home beautiful for the holidays; just remember to decorate with your furry friends in mind.

# 2 - My pups love pillows; you could call them Pillow Princesses; so I switch out the plain pillow cases with holiday themed ones. # 3 – Change their everyday food and water bowls to

ones with some holiday cheer.

# 4 – Don’t want to fuss with changing their bowls? How about a fun mat? I use plastic placemats from the Dollar Store. They’re easy to clean, store and inexpensive. This is actually fun to do for the different holidays throughout the year. # 5 – Along with her pillows, my Matilda loves beach blankets. She is constantly balling them up until they are just right. Then when she’s done with hers off to her sister’s bed for a re-making. A quick and easy switch out. All these things don’t have to be holiday specific if you want to leave them out longer. Just look for designs with pine cones, winter scenes, or snowflakes.

# 1 – I love glass ornaments but they can be a real safety hazards. Make pet-friendly ornaments out of twigs or paper decorations dyed with food coloring. There are also many shatter proof plastic and metal ornaments to use. Don’t like the colors, simple non-toxic spray paint will change the color to match your tree’s color scheme. # 2- Tinsel, makes a tree sparkle but is often fatal when ingested. Instead make a paper garland. I had a client that spray painted different small plastic ornaments that she then strung together. Cleaver idea and very cute. # 3 – Use battery operated lights instead of electric. # 4 – Consider moving some of your decorations up and out of the reach of tails and teeth. I know if you have cats this can be a bit more challenging. Have you ever decorated above your kitchen cabinets? My girlfriend does it every year and it looks wonderful. # 5 – Decorate behind glass doors. Consider adding some holiday cheer to your china cabinet, entertainment unit, or glass kitchen cabinets. I put out a few of my Holiday Barbie’s in my entertainment unit each year. I’m a bit of a collector so it takes a couple years before I see the same ones again. # 6 - Give pets their own sets of holiday toys. Then anytime Fido goes for something hanging from the tree, quickly hand him one of his own special toys to show him that’s what he should be playing with.

Have a Happy, Safe and Pet-Friendly Holiday Season! Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org. 16

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Close your eyes and think of the word shrimp – what images or thoughts come to mind? Did you see or think of a table, plate, or food, etc? Or did you see or think of an aquarium, plants and water? I guess being asked to do this in a magazine about pets gave you a hint about where we’re going with this. Recently someone told me about their pet shrimp and how their size makes them an excellent choice for a small aquarium. Typically shrimp tanks are small, 10 gallons are very common. However, a smaller tank such as the desktop models (1.5 to 3 gallons) is sufficient if you plan to have only a few shrimp. This smaller arrangement could hold 2 to 4 shrimp or 2 shrimp and 2 companion fish such as guppies or tetras. Two possible selections to include in a beginner tank are ghost shrimp and cherry shrimp. They’re hardy and can tolerate a range of water conditions and temperatures.



You can also add shrimp to a larger aquarium. There are a number of benefits for adding them to your tank: – They’re scavengers and can help keep algae levels down – They help to keep levels of ammonia and nitrate low – Their size and scavenging behaviors makes it possible to add quite a few shrimp without adding to the bio load

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ew horse owners are sometimes surprised by the amount of care horses require. Just like your automobile, horses need routine maintenance. A minor problem can quickly escalate if not caught and treated promptly. The easiest way to maintain your horse is to design a health care plan with your veterinarian.

Confining our horses in stalls or paddocks, while convenient for us, is contrary to the way horses evolved. The horse’s natural habitat is open grassland where he will wander for miles grazing frequently. His stomach is designed to digest small amounts of forage throughout the day. Horses cannot regurgitate; once food enters the stomach it cannot come back up. Horses are prone to abdominal pain, or colic. A colicky horse will stop eating, start to sweat, look back at his stomach, paw, or try to roll. He may show other signs as well. Colic is a medical emergency; contact your veterinarian. Colic is often a symptom of other problems such as an abrupt change in diet, ulcers, parasites, or poor dental health.

yourself. Heavy infestations can block intestines and should be left to your veterinarian to treat. A horse with a dry, dull coat may be suffering from parasites. Horses are at risk for many diseases that can be easily prevented by administering vaccinations. When horses are stabled together, infections can spread quickly. Waiting to deal with a disease may be too late for your horse. At a minimum, horses should be immunized for tetanus, various strains of equine encephalitis and influenza, and rabies. In the Las Vegas Valley, mosquitos are testing positive for the West Nile virus that can also infect horses. Older horses that have “been there, done that” are a good investment for the novice, but seniors can suffer from minor aches and pains. A maintenance program of joint supplements and even injections can help your horse stay comfortable and carry you safely for years. We have briefly discussed some of the health issues you must be aware of when owning a horse. Your veterinarian will know of other concerns specific to your area.

In the wild, a horse’s feet are trimmed naturally by moving over rough terrain. The hooves are composed of keratin, a tough hornlike material that wraps around and protects the bones inside the foot. Like our fingernails, hooves grow and must be trimmed or shod every five to six weeks. A good farrier, or blacksmith, will help keep your horse sound. Over time, a horse’s teeth wear and develop sharp, jagged edges making it difficult to chew. Partially chewed food cannot be adequately digested. Sharp points on the teeth must be “floated” or filed down every six months to a year by an equine dentist or veterinarian. Older horses that are underweight are often suffering from dental problems. Horses - like dogs and cats - are susceptible to internal parasites, which are often transferred from horse to horse by grazing infected pastures. A veterinarian can help you develop a worming schedule that you can administer 20

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HOLIDAY WISHLIST Gift giving is a joy yet finding the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list is sometimes challenging. Many of us have added our pets to our Christmas gift list. In fact, a recent petMD survey showed that 86 percent plan to buy a present for their pet this holiday season.

Though we haven’t had the opportunity to speak with each of your pets personally to ask them what they want for Christmas, we’ve asked a few pets to share their wish list with you.

Toby’s Wish List Dear Santa Paws, I’ve been an awfully good boy this year for the most part! Here is my Christmas List: A Doggy Blanket - I love my bed but a doggy blanket would just add a little extra warmth and be so cozy this winter! I would like a matching leash and collar. Maybe I’ll ask Grandma Geri to get me the ones that light up so I’l l be safe when I take my early morning and late evening walks. They even have illuminated tags for collars. I wonder if I could add a doggy backpack for when we go hiking. Toys – I would like some new toys. I love my “stuffies” but most of the ones I have now have lost their stuffing and are headless. Mom performs surgeries on them but many of them are beyond repair. I’m adding interactive puzz les to my list – that will make my Mom very happy. She likes to challenge me. She always tells me how smart I am when I put the puzz le together. Of course, I love my treats but Mom & Dad are really careful about rationing them since I have a slow metabolism – BOL! Mom added a treat ball to my list so I have to work for my treats. I’m okay with that because I enjoy challenges.

Thank you Santa, I’ll appreciate everything you bring me!

’s Wish List y d w o R Dear Santa Paws, I’ve been a good boy… I’d say I was way more nice than I was naughty! I want some new cardboard cat scratchers –I’ve used mine so much that they are falling apart. They come in many shapes and sizes. I like the flat kind but one that attaches to the wall might be fun to try out. Another collapsible tunnel – I have two and my mom tied them together. I love to race through them and surprise everyone. I think tying another tunnel will add to the “surprise factor”. I want some new toys, too. I’m sleeping more now that I’m older but I still have bursts of energy and having a variety of toys will help me channel my curiosity and energy. I love little surprises. I would like to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas – a small gift every day for 12 days. You could bring small items like a laser mouse, stuffed mice, poles with feathers, ribbons or other fascinating items attached are lots of fun, plastic balls with bells inside, balls filled with catnip or treats. Last year you got us something that wasn’t on my gift list. It was a cat tree - both my brother and I use it all the time. We love it! This year I heard my mom talking about asking you to get us something else not on my list. A cat stroller –she says she wants to take us for walks. I’m not sure if I’ll like this gift. However, it might be exciting to find out more about life outside my home.

I can’t wait for Christmas to come!

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They have a soft abdomen and use shells as protection. As they grow they need bigger shells. You need at least three shells per crab. Keep a variety of extra shells in their homes at all times. Shell selection is very important to them; they are very picky and may carry around an old one while trying out a new one. New shells should be ten to fifteen percent larger than the current shells. Your hermit crab will love to play with you. When they are awake let them climb over you while you read or watch TV. Be careful not to let them fall. Also, you may get pinched. They are crabs, after all. You will be fine. Hermit crabs are fascinating pets and require commitment. There are many websites dedicated to these little ones. Dig in and do the research before getting one for yourself or for your family – especially your children. They are, however, worth the effort.

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Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats By Dr. Nicole McDonagh, DVM Town Center Animal Hospital 3565 S. Town Center Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135

CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE is caused by a heart defect present at birth and can be found on your pet’s first veterinary visit by listening for a heart murmur or abnormal rhythm. Congenital heart diseases are commonly observed in puppies compared to kittens. PatentDuctus-Arteriosis, PDA is commonly inherited in smaller breeds such as Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese and Pomeranians, whereas Pulmonic-Stenosis and SubaorticStenosis are seen in larger breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German shepherds, English bulldogs, Boxers and Beagles. If your pet has a heart murmur, it is important to get routine exams to see if the murmur persists. Early detection is critical. Certain defects are surgically correctable, and treatment should be performed before progression and the onset irreversible damage. MITRAL VALVE ENDOCARDIOSIS, also called Myxomatous Valvular Disease, is the most common acquired canine heart disease accounting up to 75% in middle aged to older dogs. Endocardiosis is hereditary in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Dachshunds, but also is seen in Chihuahuas, Yorkies, and Maltese. Cavaliers can acquire Endocardisosis as puppies, but the typical age of onset occurs around 10 years. Degenerative changes of the mitral valve lead to left sided heart enlargement, which, if not managed, eventually leads to congestive heart failure. Though a progressive disease, not all dogs will develop clinical signs at the same time. 34

DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY is a condition affecting heart muscle. The muscle stretches; overtime losing its ability to efficiently contract thus decreasing blood flow to the rest of the body. Large purebreds are mainly affected such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, and Great Pyrenees. Causes can be due to nutritional deficiencies, toxins, infectious diseases, and is genetically seen more in Doberman pinschers and Irish wolfhounds. FELINE HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY is a condition leading to thickening of muscle making up the walls of the heart affecting the ability of the muscle to properly relax, eventually leading to left sided heart enlargement. Causes of HCM are unknown, but are mostly seen in middle-aged males in DHS (domestic shorthair), Maine Coons, Ragdolls, and Persians. Approximately 50% of cats will not have a heart murmur or even exhibit signs such as coughing. HCM cats have increased risk for blood clot formation within the heart. Clot pieces may break off and go to distant locations of the body most commonly the back legs; this leads to severe weakness and pain in the limbs. If your pet has a heart murmur or known CARDIAC DISEASE, common signs to look for are trouble breathing, coughing, exercise intolerance, and fainting. Though these conditions are progressive, they can be medically managed long term. It is important

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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.


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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.

Our pets will be thankful for their healthy Thanksgiving snacks.


upcoming TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Aromatherapy & Raindrop Therapy for Your Pets Vitality & Wellness 7pm to 8:30pm Join Hearts Alive Village for an introduction to aromatherapy powerpoint presentation. Please be sure to RSVP to secure your spot. www.havlv.com Your $10 donation benefits Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas,1750 S. Rainbow Blvd. #4. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 The Great Catsby 6pm to 9pm Please join us for a special evening of fun at The Great Catsby featuring Greg Dow “Magical Entertainer”. All proceeds benefit C-5. RSVP at www.c5-tnr.org. Cili Restaurant & Bar 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Muttini Mixer Charity Event 7pm to 10pm Join us for an evening of fun with cocktails, apPAW-tizers, silent auction/raffles and live music while supporting non-profit organizations. www.pawslv.org William Carr Gallery in Tivoli Village - 400 S. Rampart Blvd Suite 150. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Forever Home Family Picnic & Furry 5K 10am to 1pm Las Vegas’ one-of-a-kind dogfriendly event and 5K run celebrating pets and the people who love them! Contests, vendor fair plus dog adoptions. www.animalfoundation.com Sunset Park - 2601 E. Sunset Rd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Bottles For Barks 6pm to 9pm Join us for our monthly wine and liquor walk event from On My Way Home Rescue. This month: “Schnapp’s For Spots”! Food, vendors and live music. www.bottlesforbarks.com The Village at Lake Las Vegas - 15 Costa Di Lago, Henderson. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Rescue Brews 2pm to 6pm SNBRF & Churchill are partnering for Rescue Brews. Tickets include appetizer, 4-5 beer tastings and (1) entry to the raffle. For more information call 702-493-9779 or email snvbeaglerescue@gmail.com. Boulder Dam Brewing Co. 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm to 3pm Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center - 200 Water St., Henderson. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 It’s Time to Party for Pele 11am to 4pm Join Hearts Alive Village as we celebrate the memory of this special service dog with music, doggie games, micro-chipping, dog photography, Bows & Toes, Barks & Crafts, treats for people and pets, a Silent “Pawctions” & mega raffle. Tickets are $5 at the door, children 12 and under, and furry friends are free. 100% of the proceeds go to support the life saving programs at Hearts Alive Village. www.pawitforwardlv.com Smarty Paws Canine Coaching - 4544 W. Russell Rd.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Puppy Up! Walk 10am to 3pm Join us for a 2 mile walk to promote awareness of canine caner and fundraise for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. 2K Walk with or without your K9 companion. www.puppyup.org Bruce Trent Park - 8851 Vegas Dr. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Design & Dine Fundraiser 6:30pm to 9pm Have a great night out! Test your artistic skills, have some great food and wine and support A Home 4 Spot. Design & Dine - 2558 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Photos with Santa 2pm to 6pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! At Your Service Pet Supplies - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300, Henderson. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Photos with Santa 4pm to 7pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! Hearts Alive Village 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Christmas Pictures 11am to 2pm Christmas Pictures with your furry family members. Proceeds benefit A Home for Spot. For more information, call 702-247-7774. The Wagging Tail - 10170 W. Tropicana Ave. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Photos with Santa 2pm to 5pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! Hearts Alive Village - 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Photos with Santa 2pm to 5pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! Hearts Alive Village 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 A Rescue’s Christmas Carol 11am to 3pm Elegant appetizer reception, entertainment by The Classic Rock Band. Silent auction, raffle baskets. Hosted by Those Left Behind Foundation. The Grill at Tournament Player’s Club - 9851 Canyon Run Dr. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Paws & Pints - Adoption and Fundraising Event Noon to 6pm Come out & meet your new best friend – Dog adoptions from noon to 3:00 pm. There will also be auctions, toys, treats & more! $1 of every beer sold will be donated to Adopt A Rescue Pet. Banger Brewing - 450 Fremont St. #135.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Bottles For Barks 6pm to 9pm Join us for our monthly wine and liquor walk event from On My Way Home Rescue. This month: “Hot Toddies For The Dogs”! Food, vendors & live music. www.bottlesforbarks.com the Village at Lake Las Vegas - 15 Costa Di Lago, Henderson. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 Holiday Luncheon 2015 12pm to 3pm Join Heaven Can Wait Animal Society this Holiday Season for an afternoon of great food & entertainment! Only 350 tickets available! Luncheon raises money to help the less-fortunate animals in Las Vegas. For more information call 702-227-5555 or visit www.hcws.org Silverton Casino (Veil Pavilion) - 3333 Blue Diamond Blvd. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm to 3pm Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center - 200 Water St., Henderson. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Christmas Pictures 11am to 2pm Christmas Pictures with your furry family members. Proceeds benefit A Home for Spot. For more information, call 702-247-7774. The Wagging Tail - 10170 W. Tropicana Ave. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Pictures with Santa 9am to 1pm Join us at A-Round of A-Paws Pet Boarding Resort and Spa for your holiday pictures with Santa. Bring your furry friend dressed in his best to sit on the lap of Ol’ St. Nick. Refreshments and h’orderves will be provided. A-Round of A-Paws - 3255 St. Rose Parkway #170, Henderson. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 Photos with Santa 3pm to 8pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! At Your Service Pet Supplies - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300, Henderson. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 Photos with Santa 1pm to 6pm Photos with Santa to benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. $25 Donation - Special treat to all pets - naughty or nice. Bring the entire family for a photo fun time! At Your Service Pet Supplies - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300, Henderson. EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY Yard Sales! 9am to 2pm Books, furniture, home décor, electronics, jewelry & MORE! Proceeds benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. 6360 Annie Oakley. www.hcws.org

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