The Chihuahua: Though we share an ancestral land, I never thought much of them. Even when the breed shot to fame in the US by everyone’s favorite national taco chain. But who couldn’t begin to take notice and lend some sympathy to the mighty-tiny Chihuahua when they began to appear as tabloid staples, bought and worn by everyone from the over indulgent hotel heiress-type to your run of the mill fame chaser. The Chihuahua is now so heavily over bred that it tops the population and euthanization in animal humane facilities along with their grievously misunderstood, mistreated, opposite sized counterpart – the precious Pit Bull. Whether so wrongly used, abused and discarded for profit in a blood sport or mishandled as a fashion accessory, these particular breeds are some of the highest among the throngs of overpopulated pets.
We pull over and hop out of cars on a pretty regular basis to try to gather-up dogs and cats who are astray, usually they run. Well one day this spring, a little guy jumped into the arms of my husband grateful for the lift. Much to the immediate delight of our children this funny looking, overweight, snorting, frightened, bug-eyed Chihuahua came into our home. I didn’t even know how to pet him. He was smaller than a cat, but he had some weight to him. He wasn’t too steady on his feet at first but when he relaxed and started making himself at home he quickly began to feel like a sweet little addition to the family. The little bugger who we were calling everything from Spuds to Piglet had to have a home. We walked him around the neighborhood, as we thought he couldn’t have traveled far, not by paw anyhow, hoping he’d walk us to where he belonged – no dice. No one recognized him, he wasn’t tagged or chipped, pretty clearly a strictly indoor fella who must’ve just slipped out. Just before we turned to social media to find out where his home was, his mamma found us. As she was posting missing signs all over the neighborhood, we were able to walk right out to her and return her little baby to the family that was missing him.
Then it was our turn, especially mine, to miss the funny little face and the happy wagging tail. No one in our house ever dreamed that we’d be a lapdog kind of household. But sure enough, just 36 hours with one special little fellow, showed us the way. It was time to look into fostering or adopting. So the research began and that’s when we learned that there is an overwhelming amount of work to be done out there and some amazing organizations doing so much of it. It is a true labor of love in most cases and a real lifetime commitment in many others. We may all hear and know that there is a pet overpopulation crisis. Some of us even know that rescue from inhumane practices is critical in the fight for animal welfare, but to actually go out and see the situation in our own neighborhoods is a truly heartening experience. Every wonderful animal in need touched our hearts as do the people who work tirelessly on their behalf.
We’re so grateful to have found our latest, beloved family member through the good people at Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, whose diligent network of volunteers rescue and foster small dogs through adoption.
If you think there’s any possibility that you can open your home or lend a hand to the organizations that help out pets in need, I couldn’t recommend acting on it strongly enough. Every little soul from the tinniest Chi to the biggest strongest Pit deserves a chance, and every home that’s able deserves the life long love that comes from adoption.
All day on Friday, April 26, any dog more than 1-year-old will be just $5. The price includes spay and neuter services, a microchip and registration.
Desiree Cawley, the director at the animal welfare department, told Action 7 News this is the first time they’ve offered anything like this. She said they are simply so overpopulated, they need to make more room.
Animal welfare reported more than 500 dogs in their shelters, more than they had at the same time last year. They said even though they’ve done commercials, put up posters and held event after event, they keep getting more and more dogs.
“We don’t know why it’s happening,” Cawley said.
Most of the dogs they have are strays. Some of them were surrendered by their owners.
Both the Eastside and Westside shelters will have extended hours on Friday. Cawley said they will be open 10:30 to 8 p.m. so that people at work still have an opportunity to come by.
Now these are dreads with purpose. Hair booms are a completely green, renewable resource that sop-up the oily slicks of horror rapidly flowing toward innocent wildlife, habitat, inhabitants and industry of the Gulf.
But the booms themselves are endangered because the organizations that are working tirelessly to help ease this mess are coming-up short hosed.
Your sad, old pantyhose can help rescue the gulf coast. We’ve all got or know someone who has wads of nylons in the very back of their underwear drawer.
Gather-up your grandma’s old medias and hook-up with Matter of Trust dot Org for the complete instructions on how to send ’em in to aid in the mass clean-up required to save our Gulf Coast from the catastrophic (and ongoing) BP oil spill.
And P.S. Calling all NM Alpacas and furry friends. Matter of Trust and Excess Access need all the hair & fur clippings you can muster for their reserves.
Critters – National resale clothing boutique Buffalo Exchange is holding its annual Coats for Cubs drive Nov 14, 2009 through Earth Day, Apr 22, 2010. Bring in your furs and accent pieces to be recycled into bedding for orphaned and injured animals.
Humanity – Homeless shelter needs go way beyond canned goods. Toiletries, clothing and blankets are in short supply. Donate your extras, pick-up some good buys, to help those in dire need served by community shelters and organizations this and every season.
Energy – HURRY into the Home Depot to trade-in your old incandescent holiday lights for a $3 coupon toward energy efficient LED lights. Offer ends TODAY!
Yesterday – Available on DVD, from the Apatow juggernaut Year One is an unsung (adult) comedy with surprisingly sweeping NM scenes including the hilarity of McLovin & Chief Wiggum/Apu at Tent Rocks, Juggernaut as a Roman in White Sands, Tobias at the Rio Grand and so much more.
Today – Megan Fox is currently in and around NM towns shooting the upcoming thriller Passion Play with fellow animal lover Rourke.
Getting through a scare with her own pooch last week the animalisticactress missed an appearance but donated her dough to a local, non-profit, wild-life rescue zoo.
This Summer Kate Hudson made her way to New Mexico to film The Killer Inside Me. Though Kate’s been linked with a purported snake as of late the star was less receptive to the reported 5′ rattler she found on the steps of her trailer on set while filming.
The wile eyed star was said to be petrified, wheezafied and shriekified until crew members removed the reptile from her vicinity. Conversely NM film shoot regular, Shai Lebeouf was far more PETA-fied when he encountered a rattler on the set of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
Thoughtful man-boy Labeouf rattle-sat the critter he found until a certified humane snake handler could arrive on scene and insure the reptile would be released into the wild…awwwwwwwwwwwww.
Early in the decade Donnie Chase may have first hit the radar of your subconscious as a blip during morning drive. The now spiffy, sweetly charming radio host then delivered drive-time traffic reports for multiple Clear Channel Radio stations and has since become the “D” in your daily dose of JTD – The Jackie, Tony & Donnie morning show on 100.3 The PEAK.
Donnie’s wit and work ethic, yes it is work to entertain y’all, have steadily made him a regional fave., even spawning an online fan club of his very own.
Year after year Chase is tapped as a fan favorite in multiple publications including the Weekly Alibi’s big annual “Best of Burque” edition. New Mexico may be the New Hollywood but Chase hasn’t let all that go to his pretty lil’ head, championing causes close to his warm fuzzy heart, lending himself to animal rescue organizations such as Watermelon Mountain Ranch – New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter.