Dog movies tug at my heartstrings

I cry when dogs die in movies and I’m man enough to admit it. Take out a brigade of enemy soldiers or let the Calvary take out 500 Indians and my upper lip remains stiff. Give me a scene where Fido ends up taking a dirt nap and I turn to jelly. So Netflix has […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that have always […]

Education feature: Students study ecology of prairie dogs

Liliana Castillo Carrie Geisler’s sixth grade class at Parkview Elementary School focused on prairie dogs for their ecology section. More specifically, they set out with the intention of answering a question: Why is careful interaction among lifeforms important? The class began by reading about and studying the animals in class. They then took their research […]

In search of ponies: Dogs have habit of running away

Sharna Johnson Why do they do it? I mean, come on. We’re nice to them, we give them treats, food, a warm spot to sleep and affection. So what is it that compels a dog to charge out the door like the devil’s after him? I found myself pondering this on the heels of learning […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Ticket feature: Dogs to strut stuff in agility trials

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File photo The third annual American Kennel Club-sanctioned all breed and mixed breed three-day dog agility trial is in town starting Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be showing their stuff for three days starting Friday at the third annual Stars and Stripes Agility Trial. Scheduled to […]

Thursday morning briefing: Books galore and dogs abound

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Book stop The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County Feb. 3. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. The bookmobile has books for loan with no late or […]

Family suspects dogs responsible for goat deaths

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Beatrice Gutierrez looks at her lone surviving goat Tuesday afternoon. Gutierrez said her family doesn’t know what killed the other five goats Saturday night. Sharna Johnson Shocked to find five goats dead in their pens Sunday morning with only one survivor left behind, Beatrice Gutierrez speculates the culprits were stray […]

Animals can never be too smart

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist One of the grandest sights in the world, in my opinion, is watching a cow dog at work. A bird dog is just as neat. Riding a champion cutting horse or barrel racing horse is an extra special thrill because you and the animal are doing something exciting together. […]

Dogs, owners show off skills at agility trials

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Tom Martin of Clovis guides Kaiser, his white German shepherd, during Tuesday night’s Meet the Breeds dog trial at the Curry County Fair. Kevin Wilson Teeter-totters, tires and tubes awaited Tuesday’s canines, whether they were tiny or titanic. Nearly a dozen dogs, mostly purebreds, were on display and in action […]