Dog’s bird obsession fascinating

It’s hard to believe the energy the slumbering black dog at my feet is capable of expending. We adopted Ranger about eight months ago because his previous owner said he had a fixation toward cats and her sister’s cats were being terrorized. I’m not sure about a cat fixation but I know he goes crazy […]

City donates drug-sniffing dog

Jared Tucker Portales police are helping the Curry County Sheriff’s Office take a bite out of crime — they’re donating their only drug-sniffing dog. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill told City Council members on Tuesday that his only certified canine officer has resigned to pursue his passion for ranching, and none of his other officers […]

Dog pee dampens job interview

Sharna Johnson I’d like to begin with the disclaimer that this is a story I probably should never tell anyone, much less put in print. It’s the story of the day I got my job with the Clovis News Journal. It was a Saturday and my interview was scheduled for mid-day. Overwhelmed with nervous energy, […]

Ticket feature: Events center hosting dog agility trials

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Freedom New Mexico The upcoming Stars and Stripes AKC Dog Agility Trial is sure to be entertaining. Scheduled June 18, 19 and 20 at the Curry County Events Center, the trial will be three days of non-stop competition for dogs from numerous surrounding states. More than 300 dogs are expected to compete daily, with dogs […]

My turn: Facebook friends share doggie memories

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Maxie the dog started out a failure. She was fired by the Houston Highway Patrol. “She was supposed to go crazy when she found drugs,” said Valerie Knoeber Hunt, a 1994 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “But in that respect she’s more of a live-and-let-live personality.” Maxie became the best dog Hunt said she’s ever […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

My Turn: Hooked on prairie dog fishing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Prairie dog angling is something I don’t think many people know about. But the catch-and-release sport is real. I heard a story about a guy who moved to Texas some time ago. He was depressed, because where he lived there was no place to go fishing. One day, while […]

Portales Past: April 3, 1945

April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales was offering $25 for the identity of the person or persons who poisoned his dog “Buzz” a week earlier.

Dog names reflect habits

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Sometimes a given name just doesn’t suffice for a dog. A nickname sometimes works better. The new dog at the Terry household, Ranger, earned one early on in his residence for his tendency to find out of the way, even hiding places to sleep. We found him behind the couch […]

Newest family addition keeping me on my toes

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The Terrys are once again a two-dog family. After last summer’s death of a dog we’d lived with for 13 years, we had been a single-dog family. But I knew it wouldn’t last. We’ve had more than one pet for most of the 27 years my wife and I’ve been […]

Sept. 13, 1973

Portales News Tribune reported that if there was a grand champion of the Kiwanis pet show at the fair the night before, it had to be a cat that ran up a steel pole at the urging of a police dog as big as a polo pony. The cat was retrieved from its slippery perch, […]

Sept. 3, 1964

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the pet prairie dog Portales Police had in “the pokey” the day before was bailed out by Mr. and Mrs. C.A. McEndree of University Drive. They said it belongs to their granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Larry Hays, also of University Drive. Mrs. Hays is the former Mary Nell Ainsworth of Milnesand, and […]

Local dogs compete in Wiener National

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza […]

Wiener dog race set for Saturday

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Long legs, svelte lines, built for speed and ready to chase wild rabbits or birds in the countryside for miles. These are the kinds of dogs whose bodies Dachshunds can easily fit under. But local Dachshunds, popularly known as “wiener dogs,” will have their day this weekend. A Wiener […]

AKC agility dog trials this weekend

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico This weekend at the Curry County Special Events Center, it’s a dog’s life. More than 300 canines will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club holds its first American Kennel Club-sanctioned Stars and Stripes dog agility trial. Admission is free, with shows starting 8 a.m. […]

Rabid skunk reported in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The first rabies report in Curry County for the year was reported today by the New Mexico Department of Health. A rabid skunk bit an unvaccinated dog, then died, a press release said. The dog will euthanized to prevent it from developing rabies and potentially exposing other animals and people, a press […]

Thief got exactly what was deserved

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have now exposed our suburban children to the dog-eat-dog reality of nature.

Family dog has some issues with Bo

After nodding off a few times in my recliner after a hard day of yard work, I slapped the sleeping dog on my lap and told him I was tired and it was his turn to write this week’s column. Not doubting for a minute that the Dalmatian Flint could probably write a more interesting […]

Deputy fights animal cruelty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico They approach her in stores or wherever they happen to see her, pointing out hidden atrocities tucked away in back yards and homes across the community. A rope snaking through a yard to an oversized collar on the neck of a bony, shriveled dog too weak to move. Another […]

Feb. 23, 1975

Tastee-Freeze advertised a “Shake ‘N a Dog,”