Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

Their view: Pot-bellied pigs make for intelligent pets

Pet Talk is a feature service of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Here’s a recent snippet:

My turn: Some pets just like family

I saw an online web poll on the Portales News-Tribune website, www.pntonline.com, and it really made me think. The survey question was, “Do you consider your dogs or cats as members of the family?” After thinking about it, I don’t think that I do. I do not expect my dog to carry out the trash, […]

In search of ponies: Human vending machine wants more from pets

Hair tousled, with grungy slobber on his shoulder, he approached me, held out his thumb and proceeded to tell me how the horse had bitten it and wouldn’t let go. “Were you giving them peppermints?” I asked my visiting family member. “No, I didn’t have any with me today. Why would he be so mean […]

Pets on parade at county fair

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Alisa Boswell The final day for the Roosevelt County Fair was dedicated to the children of Roosevelt county, a day full of children’s events that kicked off with the Kiwanis Pet Show. Taylor Bashaw, 8, showed off her border collie, Mackie, who received a ribbon for being so long. “She’s really good and she listens […]

Pet grooming growing trend

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Alisa Boswell Pampered pets may be the new trend in the Clovis and Portales area. According to local sources associated with professional pet care, employees and pet owners alike are passionate and devoted to their animals. According to Barbara Craig, owner of Laundromutt in Portales, it’s not only people’s passion for their pets that makes […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

In search of ponies: Pets natural de-stressors

“My dog saves me a fortune in therapy bills,” a man told me last week. He went on to explain his pup Genesis has heard enough of his problems to more than earn his keep in the year or more since they adopted him. And I have to say it’s got to be working, because […]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding […]

Thursday morning briefing: On pets and being tough in pink

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Meet our pet of the week. Tough enough Join the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Friday for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. Wear pink all day and

Tuesday morning briefing: Pets, prairie chickens and Weed, N.M.

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Meet a fuzzy dog named Kizer in Pet Parade. Chicken cash Heads up lesser prairie chicken fans. The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has received $300,000 for its lesser prairie chicken habitat enhancement efforts. Lesser prairie chickens live in Roosevelt […]

County approves new pet rules

During their meeting Tuesday the Roosevelt County Commission: • Unanimously approved an ordinance requiring police to give two warning citations to owners of dogs and cats running loose before citing them into court, unless the animal was threatening people or livestock, or damaging property. The issue was tabled last month. • Approved the preliminary plat […]

Pipes, pets need extra care in cold weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the National Weather Service forecasting temperatures below freezing the next several nights in Portales and Clovis, pipes and pets need a little extra care. The weather service was predicting thermometers could dip as low as 18 degrees Saturday night and 16 degrees Sunday night. Veterinarian Kathryn Bartlett of […]

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, […]

Clovis shelter harboring animals displaced by storm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of aggression, […]

Portales launches pet program

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales animal shelter has developed a new system of reuniting lost pets and owners. Working in conjunction with the Portales News-Tribune and KSEL radio, the shelter will make daily public service announcements about lost and located pets. “It’s another way to find a pet,” Senior Animal […]

Caring for quirky pets takes patience

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist Even though pets are difficult, we still love them to death. My husband and I have three pets: two dogs and a cat. We have had our two pugs, Monty, a male, and Tiny, a female, since they were puppies. While they love us unconditionally, Tiny is a normal dog […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]