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ack’s story began in January 2009 when I adopted him from the Pueblo Animal Shelter. He was relinquished at the age of seven months old by his first owner because “he got big”. This excuse by a non-committed owner was the greatest gift I ever received. From the beginning he was supposed to be a pet, but that 1st trip from Colorado to New Mexico began his legacy as Travelin’ Jack.
Travelin’ Jack was immediately put to the task of becoming the most famous …and hard-working dog in New Mexico. He quickly became New Mexico’s Adventure Dog and pre-eminent dog-expert on Pet Travel. Since his entrance into the Public Media arena, he captured the hearts, attention and exposure of people and pets alike. Jack appeared on Television, Radio, and Print. He participated in conferences and dog-hosted numerous pet-oriented events. And like any good celebrity, Jack adopted his own ‘pet project’ i.e. worthwhile cause. Travelin’ Jack’s favorite charitable endeavor: promoting and sharing the message regarding Animal Adoptions, Rescue and Animal Welfare organizations. His first book, Travelin’ Jack’s Story…from Shelter to Star, published in 2010 espoused the benefits of Pet Adoption. Jack also appeared on the cover or was incorporated into numerous other publications including books, magazines and internet sites.
Travelin’ Jack was blessed with amazing adventures and opportunities. And while a catastrophic heart issue cut his life short, he’s not finished yet…his legacy will carry on.
Travelin’ Jack’s TV career started in December 2009 when he landed a role on the TV show “Travel Guide New Mexico”. He had his own segment called “JACK’S TRACKS” where he reported on pet friendly travel destinations around New Mexico. That show carried over to regular monthly segments on the New Mexico CBS and Fox New Mexico TV affiliate shows where he and Jill reported on ANYTHING PET…from pet-friendly travel to Fashion to Animal Health and Welfare. His last TV appearance was this 4th of July on the subject of pet safety during 4th of July fireworks. Jack also appeared in a number of TV commercials, including a Ford Commercial, he partnered (and modeled for) PetSmart on pet product promotions and was even included in a Dr. Oz segment on national TV. His Dog adventures included travel the likes of which most dogs only dream about. Jack’s adventures have been shared throughout the media world, via TV, radio, magazines, brochures, websites, blogs & social media. Always ready to share his adventures with his Facebook and real-life friends and fans, in Jack’s words…. “Here are a few of my favorite pet adventures.”
Hot Air Ballooning. While this adventure might not be the norm for the average Joe-Dog, I loved it...and I know many balloonists’ dogs fly with their people. It’s a doggone grand adventure to fly high in the sky and look down on the world below. Zip Lining. I may be the 1st dog in the world to ride a Zip Line.
And I reveled in this adventure at Ski Apache Ski Area where they made an exception and included me on a special mile-long zip line ride. It was awesome! But (disclaimer here), it is not an activity for the average Joe-Dog.
Ski Gondola Ride.
Yes, this is a pet friendly adventure for the whole family. There are several ski areas in New Mexico that include the dog. While some of the group skis down the slopes, Fido and Grandma…or whoever…can hike around the mountain top, take pics galore and breathe in the fresh mountain air and beauty. Then re-board the gondola for the ride back down. This adventure is good for ANY dog!
From kayaking to floating on a pontoon boat, the lakes and rivers provide many adventures for the outdoor lovers. I’ve experienced most of them.
a trophy and award by Mayor Berry of Albuquerque for his philanthropic work with the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. He was also the 1st dog ever recognized by the Governor of New Mexico for his impactful work in travel.
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tour the park in your car and enjoy the sedentary travel experience. City Touring. New Mexico is a state filled with history, culture and beautiful scenery. A tour is a great way to experience an area in a short time. It’s a big surprise to many visitors that several bus and trolley tour companies include pets.
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OK…no wine for the Jack-ster but I do like an H2O Bowser Brew while dining on a PET-IO at a pet-friendly restaurant. Because of New Mexico’s pet-friendly laws, there are MANY places to enjoy dining al fresco with your pet here. Pet Friendly Lodging. Whether it’s a posh resort or an economical motel, quaint B&B, rustic cabin or even RVing, there is something for every pup and person in New Mexico. I have stayed in Presidential Suites at historic luxury resorts, relaxed in cozy riverside cabins, snoozed in lakeside campgrounds and shady RV parks that welcome the 4-footed adventurer. Why, I have even convinced some non-pet friendly establishments to change their ways by including pets.” Travelin’ Jack and Jill just introduced their latest book just this June, a pet travel guide to New Mexico. ON THE ROAD WITH JACK AND JILL. In addition to sharing info on great New Mexico destinations (Gallup is included) and pet-friendly options, proceeds from the book are donated to New Mexico animal shelters.
While most of Travelin’ Jack’s work revolved around travel adventures, animal advocacy and philanthropy, he also incorporated a public servant role into the mix of his workday. In 2010 he became PAW-litical with his successful run for Dog-Governor of New Mexico. His successful Canine Campaign as 1st ever INDEPENDENT DOG-ERNATIORIAL CANINE-DI-DATE FOR DOG-GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO. was his first serious foray into raising awareness and funds and sharing the Animal Welfare message. He campaigned around the state and encouraged pets to vote for him on his ‘write-in PETition’ and of course make a donation for pets in need. The campaign raised over $6000 for twelve animal organizations in just one month of campaigning. And he was elected 1st ever Dog-Governor of New Mexico by 798 four-footed compadres. Since then, he was ‘re-elected’ in 2014 and 2018 and was uncontested by any opponents…because ‘they recognized and voted in a true leader of 4-feet’ . Another area of PUBLIC SERVICE lay in his Military role. Since the Bulldog is the official mascot for the Marines, Travelin’ Jack volunteered his service as official Mascot for the Delta Company Marine Corps reserve unit in Albuquerque. Every December he donned his Marine Dress Blues and helped raise money, toys and awareness for TOYS FOR TOTS. He has been recognized by the Marines as one of their Top Supporters and he holds the honor of being the largest Dog Donor for the New Mexico Toys for Tots Campaign. The past 2 years he also traveled to Gallup to hold a TOYS FOR TOTS campaign, in support of local Gallup children and families. Travelin’ Jack may have started life out as a shelter pup, but he accomplished a lot in his 11years. He dedicated his life to supporting his 4-footed compadres. His work helped hundreds of pets get adopted into forever families and raise much needed funds for deserving Animal Welfare organizations. He proudly shared his experiences (and has been recognized in local, state and national arenas) in the pet travel arena as one of the top Pet Travel Experts in America. He is a New Mexico True icon!
Travelin’ Jack was blessed with amazing adventures and opportunities. And while a catastrophic heart issue cut his life short, he’s not finished yet…his legacy will carry on. There are many more miles and milestones down the road for Travelin’ Jack as we continue to move his legacy forward. His important role as co-pilot for travel adventures and to raise awareness for animals will continue! Soon This philanthropy with a focus on shelter adoptions is perhaps the there will be a Memorial Tour …..to continue Jack’s Legacy.’ most important part of Jack’s legacy. Over the course of his 10-year animal welfare campaign, he helped raise around $40,000 for New We thank everyone for the endless Love shared with Jack, from tiny Mexico shelters and animal welfare groups. Travelin’ Jack received tots to elders, from handicapped individuals to large groups. We feel
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ebruary is just around the corner, and for veterinary offices that means it’s time once again for pet dental health month. Our vets have been looking at your pet’s teeth and are ready to address any problems we have found. But just what happens when Fluffy comes in for her dental?
in general. If we have not previously gone over an estimate of the costs of the procedure, our technician will go over one with you so there are no surprises.
We can run those before Fluffy’s procedure to make sure there are no surprises during her anesthesia. There are also other important questions on this form, so be sure to read through it all, and ask the technician if you have any questions about the form or the procedure
We start by giving medications to Fluffy to put her under anesthesia. Once she’s asleep, a tube is placed in her trachea for her to breathe through, for us to give her anesthetic gas to keep her asleep, and to prevent anything from getting down into her lungs. We connect IV
Once Fluffy is taken back to our treatment area, our technicians work on the bloodwork or EKG if that was requested and work on At 8am the day of Fluffy’s dental, you bring Fluffy to our office. One getting Fluffy’s IV catheter placed. At this time, Fluffy is also given of our technicians will come up to the front and go over the consent an exam by the vet to make sure nothing has changed since the last form - here’s where you tell us what else you want done that day. time we saw Fluffy. Once the results of any testing are in, we are Bloodwork to check Fluffy’s organs? EKG to check Fluffy’s heart? ready to begin.
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Our vets have been looking at your pet’s teeth and are ready to address any problems we have found. fluids to her IV catheter to help support her blood pressure while she’s asleep. The dental starts with a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Once any large chunks of dental tartar are removed, the cleaning proceeds with the same tools a human dentist uses to clean the tooth enamel both above and below the gums.
One of our techs takes Fluffy back to her cage after her dental and watches her until she is awake. She’ll have a towel placed over her and given extra heating if she got a little cold while under anesthesia.
She is then monitored while any remaining anesthetic drugs in her system wear off. Once Fluffy is awake, you’ll be called to let you After cleaning, each tooth is assessed to make sure there are no prob- know how Fluffy did and given a time to come pick her up. lems associated with it. We look for any broken teeth and decide if the break in the tooth is likely to cause problems. We also look When you pick up, our technicians will go over any specific home for places where the gum has pulled back from the tooth exposing care instructions for Fluffy, these will vary depending on whether the roots or for places where infection has eaten away at the bone or not we extracted any teeth or did any other procedures. Once below the gumline - something we were unable to see when Fluffy we’ve talked with you and answered any questions, Fluffy will be was awake. After assessing the teeth, those that have problems are brought up front to go home with you, happier now to have a clean, extracted. The remaining teeth are polished and fluoride is applied. healthy mouth.
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