Student group questions greyhound acquisition

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of a pair of live greyhounds serving as mascots at Eastern New Mexico University. One group on campus is questioning the expense of caring for the dogs, potential liability and the psychological adjustment the dogs must make. But university President Steve Gamble […]

ENMU adopting pair of greyhounds

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University is going to the dogs, and not in a bad way. The school is getting a pair of retired racing greyhounds to serve as official mascots. The greyhounds will begin appearing at university and community events starting early next year. A committee of student leaders […]

Losing family pet always rough

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Without human offspring, dogs have always been like children for my wife and I. This week we’re grieving the loss of a family member. Our pets give us so much love and fill lonely voids with soft ears to stroke. When they die they rip our hearts out. We knew […]

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 […]

Organization works to save, relocate prairie dogs

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Prairie dogs aren’t exactly held in the highest regard by those who make a living off the land. In fact, many local farmers, ranchers and developers view the small mammal mostly as a pest to be rid of. Joann Haddock of Lorenzo, Texas and her partner Susan Hubby of […]

Dogs main attraction at competition

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If the dogs at the Curry County Special Events Center don’t know they’re the main attraction immediately, Heather Partain said, they figure it out pretty quick. “They pick up the nerves and everything,” from their owners, Partain, a pet photographer and dog handler, said at Friday’s American Kennel Club […]

May 5, 1981

Portales resident Ruth Sherrod spoke in front of the City Council to plead with them to enforce city laws regarding stray animals. She brought up complaints of accidents and incidences involving stray dogs. City Manager Don Hudson responded that although Sherrod has a right to complain, it is difficult to do anything about the problem […]

March 13, 2009 legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 8 The living daylights: The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 7-1 on Thursday in favor of a bill to abolish daylight saving time in New Mexico. In a news release, bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, said “There are so many reasons for New Mexico to exempt itself from […]

Old dogs, outdoorsmen never quit

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I tried to get out the door without him, but he’d seen me reach for my hat and he wasn’t having any of it. My old dog was demanding to go on the walk with me. We hadn’t walked since his seizures in the fall. He just hadn’t been […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

State official frets over possibility of rabies

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two recent encounters between skunks and dogs in Roosevelt County have a state official concerned about the possible spread of rabies. Both skunks involved in fights with dogs were tested. The results on one skunk were inconclusive and the other was negative, according to Carol Morgan, a nurse with […]

Competitive K-9s

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer While cows were tied up just yards away, several Portales and Clovis canines had free run of green grass and challenging obstacles with the Clovis/Portales Kennel Club on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Dee Durlande of Clovis has been training dogs for more than 20 years, including several […]

Wildlife specialist speaks at meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wildlife caused $28,000 in agricultural losses last year in Roosevelt County, according to a Department of Agriculture report. Pat Jaureguiberry, a wildlife specialist with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spoke Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners about the various wildlife control efforts he is pursuing in the county. […]

Bailing out on duty never acceptable

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, […]

Author of dog tales visits ENMU

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pint-sized dog that captured the hearts of the World War II generation has wiggled her way into a connection with Portales and Eastern New Mexico University. Bill Wynne, author of the book “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” about a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky that Wynne trained while overseas in World […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Dog’s work never done

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By William Thompson Portales resident Raymond Reeves, 55, didn’t have a special fondness for dogs the first 40 or so years of his life, but around the age of 45 he was given a border collie pup and within a few years he became a nationally-known trainer of border collies for gathering livestock. Visitors to […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson 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 25 more in […]

Dog owners teaching canines agility course

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By Jesse Wolfersberger 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, dog agility is an Army obstacle course for man’s best friend. A dog maneuvers the course while its owner leads and instructs. Dogs are […]

Clovis resident works to save prairie dogs

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just been saved. They were captured at a future construction site as part of a rescue effort spearheaded by Clovis resident Susan Hubby. Using a method that flushes the guinea-pig-sized member of the squirrel family from their […]