Something to be said for dog’s taste in food

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The family dogs are named Jessie and Tilly. Jessie is the shepherd mix, Tilly is an Airedale. Their dominion is the back room and back yard. We would let them into the rest of the house to join the family but Tilly has forgotten she was housebroken. The Lady of […]

Pets lend helping hand at some workplaces

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Sara Olivarez works with two dogs on her desk Monday afternoon. She said Jasmine, right, and Veronica are a good addition to the office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The furry and feathered fixtures found at two local businesses create a pleasant environment for employees. Veronica and Jasmine, two Japanese […]

Dogs reported poisoned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three dogs in a Clovis neighborhood were poisoned Sunday with a household chemical wrapped in uncooked bacon. One family is mourning the loss of a beloved pet as a result. Divot, a small, Lhasa apso mix owned by the Curtis family, died Monday afternoon after ingesting organo-phosphate, a chemical […]

Sometimes camping stinks

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When spring rears its ugly head in these dusty parts, I always get claustrophobia — a fear of being trapped in a 1957 Chevy with a polecat. I caught that terminal ailment when our kids were small, and our family drove through a rain storm. What happened was, we went […]

Working dogs at Ag Expo

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Sooner, a border collie, works to get a sheep back with the rest of the herd at Raymond Reeve’s house on U.S. Highway 60/84. (File photo) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Raymond Reeves didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life until he was give a border […]

Texas man charged with animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and […]

Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

It’s a dog’s life: from a canine’s perspective

Meadow (left) and I are looking a lot better now. Our foster humans fed us four meals a day to beef us up and help us regain our health. Now we need a home. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Dog is man’s best friend.” We like to think that is true, but our lives prove that the opposite […]

Pet owners seek ways to help animals weather winter

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Chica, a 7 year old miniature Pinscher, licks her owner Al Lewis Monday afternoon at Al’s Pets in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer This week’s cold weather has residents bundling up in sweaters and winter coats. Parents have started adding mittens and scarves to their children’s wardrobes while […]

Couple on a mission: Rescue man’s best friend

By Tonya Garner A cacophony of barks greet Clovis residents Bob and Carol Baker as they enter the rear room of the Clovis Animal Shelter. A tour of the room with the Bakers reveals a dozen or so dogs separated by metal cages, temporary homes for lost, stray and unwanted canines of various temperaments, breeds […]

Fair food: priceless

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson With a fist full of curly fries, Alexis Kinley, 3, and big brother Bailey Kinley, 8, enjoy a mid-morning trip to the fair. Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers COMMENTARY Armed with an empty stomach, 20 bucks, a notepad, and a cheap pair of boots, I rode into the Curry County Fair […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]

Dogs get boom out of Fourth of July

By Clyde Davis The wisdom is passed down from dog generation to dog generation. As each new wave of furry, four-legged people comes along, the race of the sensitive ears and tender noses, the indoctrination speech is given. “Beware the times that smell like sulfur and sound like thunder! Beware the times when humans celebrate […]

Dogs, kids, drive-ins not good mix

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was bringing home $90 a week to feed a family of five, I experienced an illuminating event in my life. It should be noted that I also supported a pack of five dogs, a cigar addiction, and an ancient Chevrolet that came over on the Mayflower. If anyone […]

1940s Portales dog truly amazing

By Clyde Davis Yakki may have been an exceptional dog by any standards. Certainly, in respect to trainability, ability to learn and native intelligence, he was at the top of his class. Yakki lived in Portales in the years around the second World War, and was of the breed known at the time as an […]

Make dog owners liable, not dogs

By Ned Cantwell It would be a cheap shot to say Santa Fe has gone to the dogs, but why not? Cheap shots r us. Truth is, though, our esteemed legislators have devoted an inordinate amount of time talking about their canine constituents who, since dogs have no lobbyists, will probably come out on the […]

Pet sterical

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks should meet Gregory Popovich and the dogs and cats that have become performers in his unique show. Named the top family attraction in Las Vegas, Nev., Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theatre has been featured on “The Late Show with David […]

Hairy therapy: Pets help heal local elderly

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sometimes a friendly face and furry back is exactly what the doctor ordered. That is what Dorothy Nelson, 52, of the American Cancer Society believes. She just certified her personal pet, Mookie, as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International and joined the local chapter of Therapaws, which uses […]

Respect the special children in this world

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I was in the grocery store when my heart was sad as I watched a family shopping with their young children. The father was pushing the basket while the mother was braking out orders: “Stay in line!” “Don’t touch anything!” The toddler riding in the basket started to fumble […]