pet sitters offer care for Sandoval County pets
In the past, pet owners had very few
choices concerning care for their animals when they were away.
Four Sandoval County professional pet sitters now give pet
owners an ideal solution—in-home care for your pet while
you’re away. Familiar sights, sounds, smells, diet,
and exercise, along with the personal attention of a professional
pet caregiver are the perfect answers.
Janice Glowski, Animal People LLC; Annie
Gross, A Pet Au Paw; Sylvia Henrard, We Know Pet Care; and
Sherry Suhosky, Jack Rapid Runners, LLC are all professional
pet sitters and offer Sandoval County pet owners convenience
and peace of mind by allowing them to leave their pets in
the comfort of home while they travel or work long hours.
Pet owners are seeing professional pet
sitters as a valuable and practical solution to caring for
their pets when they are unable to do so themselves. They
find that using the services of pet sitters is an excellent
alternative to boarding their pets or having friends or family
care for them in their absence. When pet owners travel, they
are comforted by the fact that their pets are safe and happy
in their own home. Similarly, when their job requires them
to work long hours, placing their pets in a professional pet
sitter’s hands gives them peace of mind knowing their
pet is not left alone for an extended period of time. Pet
owners who have never used a pet sitter are often sold on
the service after just one try.
Using a professional pet sitter reaps
big benefits for pets and their owners, including the following:
• The pet stays in its normal surroundings,
with sights, sounds, and smells that are familiar to it.
• The pet does not need to be transported to a kennel
or other unfamiliar place.
• The pet is able to follow its same routine such as
feeding times, daily walk, etc.
• The pet and owner are able to develop an ongoing relationship
with their caregiver.
• Individualized care and routines may be established
for the pet.
• Household services may be performed such as daily
home security checks, bringing in the mail, newspaper, alternating
lights and drapes, and watering plants.
• The pet owner feels a sense of security, knowing his
or her pet and home are being looked after.
Professional pet sitters take pride in
the personalized, ongoing service and care they provide for
their human and animal clients. Because pet sitting is a personalized
service, most pet sitters are able to work with the client
to develop specialized routines for the pet. In this way,
pet sitters serve as the pet owner’s partner in the
care and well being of their pets.
Another Silver City fox tests positive
for rabies; catwalk fox bites woman
—NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND FISH
The Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Health
are urging pet and livestock owners in southwestern New Mexico
to vaccinate their animals against rabies after two more encounters
with aggressive foxes in early March.
In one incident, a woman was walking her dog in Silver City
when a sick-looking fox approached the dog and hissed at it.
The fox was collected by a Game Department officer and tested
positive for rabies Tuesday. The dog had been vaccinated for
rabies. The fox was the second rabid fox confirmed in Silver
City in the past month. There have been four foxes and one
dog that have tested positive for rabies in Grant County so
far this year. Eight foxes and one bobcat tested positive
in Catron County in 2007.
In a second incident, a nineteen-year-old woman was attacked
and bitten by a fox near the Catwalk National Scenic Trail
near Glenwood. The fox ran away and could not be found. The
woman said the fox had to be kicked off her pant leg after
it jumped up and bit her. She received post-exposure rabies
treatment as a precaution.
“These recent incidents and positive rabies tests
show just how important it is for everyone to keep their animals
up-to-date on rabies vaccinations,” said Kerry Mower,
wildlife health specialist with the Department of Game and
Fish. “It is very easy for domestic animals to come
in contact with rabid wild animals and potentially transmit
the disease to humans.”
Department of Health officials said fox rabies has been
a problem for several decades in Arizona and now has spread
into western New Mexico. Rabies is a deadly viral disease
that affects all mammals and can be prevented but not cured.
“People need to avoid all wild animals as several
species carry rabies,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, state
public health veterinarian at the Department of Health. “If
you are bitten by a wild animal, seek medical attention immediately.”
The Department of Game and Fish collects protected animals
that are sick or dead and has them tested for rabies if the
animals have been exposed to humans or are considered a potential
health risk to humans. This year, Department officers have
received several reports of dead foxes in the Silver City-Glenwood
If you see a sick or dead wild animal, or a wild animal
acting abnormally, report it to the New Mexico Department
of Game and Fish at (575) 532-2100 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. weekdays, or anytime at (505) 827-9376.
For more information about rabies, call the Department of
Health at (505) 827-0006 or visit: health.state.nm.us/epi/rabies.html.
Lalo’s pet prints
Mail or email your favorite pet photos, along with a caption
and photo credit, for possible posting in the Signpost.
Mail to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889, Placitas, NM 87043. Include
a self-addressed, stamped envelope, if you would like them
Or email digital or scanned prints to: email@example.com.
Be sure to take your digital photos at a setting high enough
If scanning pre-printed photos, scan at 300 dpi.
“Fozzie” was found by Gary Miles as a puppy wandering
Hwy. 165. I immediately fell in love with him. I had lost
my German Shepard after 12 years and wasn't sure I was ready
for another dog. I knew nothing of the Airedale breed. Now
I know You can't get one unless your prepared to have a dog
smarter than you. Mine rings the doorbell to come in. They
Savoy—Nov 21, 1997 - Feb 22, 2008
Savoy was 10 years old when he died suddenly in California
and is survived by his brother Slater.
He loved Placitas, napping with his brother and spending
afternoons in the sun.
Some of his favorite treats were fresh, organic rose petals,
gourmet baby lettuce and whole wheat bread. He worked from
home as our most dilligent alarm clock.
—PHOTOS BY BARBARA ZIMMERMAN