In search of ponies: Dogs divided on candidates

There’s unrest around my place. My girl can do it on her own and would rather take it upon herself to get what she needs than rely on the household. If she’s hungry, she’s one to sort it out it out herself rather than wait for the dish to be filled and she would rather […]

In Search of Ponies: Dogs adept at catching birds

Oh yeah, they eat crow. And pigeon, dove and grackle too. In fact, their prowess has grown to the point that I am actually starting to think Sylvester was miscast and should have been played by a dog. You would think the fly-boys and girls would spread the word amongst themselves to avoid my yard, […]

Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

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

Sharna Johnson 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 […]

Monday morning briefing: Kiwanis history, going to the dogs and the man who changed it all

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast fact Clovis Kiwanis Club was organized Jan. 2, 1921. Its first president was Charles Scheurich, who’s political clout helped create Curry County. Other charter members included Carl Hatch, who became a U.S. Senator, and A.W. Hockenhull, who became New Mexico governor. Cooking tip […]

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 at agility trials

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Freedom New Mexico 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 begin at 8 a.m. each day with events ending around 5 p.m., the trials will be held at the Curry County Events Center. The event […]