“Annie” survives bout with winter snowstorm
Annie’s snow story
Well, I have just finished a grueling several days of grief and
joy with my dog, Annie.
We had a record-breaking snowstorm, which started on Friday, when
we woke up to twelve inches of snow. Annie went outside around 9:30
in the morning to pee and sniff around (as always), and never returned.
Around 10:00 a.m. I noticed she wasn't back and started freaking
out. Annie is profoundly deaf, so I couldn't call for her (although
I did). I followed her tracks wherever I could find them, while
the snow was still falling hard and starting to fill in the tracks.
In my snow pants and with ski poles, a bell hanging on my arm which
I hoped she might hear, I spent about five or six hours (in about
four excursions out) searching the hills and arroyos for her. At
one time, I followed tracks that went down the side of my hill (I
thought ... since they were getting vague) and all the way through
the arroyo toward the bottom of my road. I had to give it up at
The next day, we woke up to an additional twelve inches of snow,
and it was still snowing. Also, our electricity went out. I was
a mess, knowing that there was no way Annie could negotiate through
that level of snow. I put on my snowshoes and went out several more
times for about four or five hours, hoping to find her under a tree
or building. My sister Evi went with me, as going out alone was
getting prohibitive. I could hardly speak to those who called me
without crying as my heart broke at the thought of her out there
alone and lost and possibly dying. We had a terribly cold night.
The next day, as much as it haunted me, I needed to stay in and
rest. I was exhausted and didn't think I was up to the task. We
had another super-cold night, which once again tore me up.
On New Year's day, I woke up determined to give it one more try,
and go down another arroyo I hadn't checked out. It had been three
days and three nights since she went missing. A friend offered to
join me with her two dogs to help sniff. The snow was now about
twenty-seven inches, with drifts to four feet. I put on my snowshoes
again and broke trail through the arroyo. I carried food in case
I found her, and a sheet, in case I'd have to drag her back. To
make a long story a little shorter ... we found her! She was shaking
and thin and freaked out. I fed her some food, and my friend Anne
made a sling out of the sheet to carry her for awhile until she
digested a bit of it. Then I put her on a leash and she was able
to follow the tracks I made with my snowshoes ... all the way back
through the arroyo and up my hill. Annie is about fifteen years
old and the new local hero. She is the woman! She had apparently
stayed under a tree and just went out to pee, etc., within fifteen
yards or so of her little snow-laden tree cave.
Annie has had some diarrhea and was weak when she first got home,
but she's doing great and is happy to be back on her pillow. And
you know I'm happy to have her there again.
Happy New Year!
Painting, by Darryl Willison
For the love of art and animals
The Animal Humane Association of New Mexico is very pleased to announce
the new relationship with Art Gallery 66 artist Darryl Willison
and his wonderful new original work Give leash a chance.
Willison’s original pastel of his character Peace DOG will
be published as open-edition prints, T-shirts, and posters. Eventually,
the original will be auctioned at a AHANM benefit event, and 100
percent of the proceeds of the sale of Give leash a chance will
be given to the AHANM.
Willison and Art Gallery 66 will be teaming up with the AHANM
to create other new art originals and published prints to benefit
the association. The exciting new arrangement between art and animals
will be a year-round project, making new images available for sale
via the Internet, as well as at Art Gallery 66, in Bernalillo.
Darryl Willison’s artwork captures the joy and whimsy of
the West as well as animals. He will be designing art exclusive
to the AHANM, making it very collectible and unique to the association.
Originals will be considered for publishing in one of several different
formats. Since Willison’s work is so diverse, it can be offered
as open prints, limited edition giclées, decorative pins
and clothing, and other commercially licensed products that will
benefit the animals of New Mexico.
Give leash a chance and Lap DOG artwork to benefit the AHANM can
be viewed and purchased at www.ahanm.org,
If you have any questions or would like to donate directly, please
contact Bree Collins, at the AHANM, (505) 255-5523.
Department seeks public input on antelope releases in southeastern
The Department of Game and Fish is soliciting public input on
the proposed trapping and subsequent transplanting of pronghorn
antelope to several locations in southeastern New Mexico.
Pronghorn antelope numbers in and around Roswell continue to increase,
resulting in growing depredation and nuisance problems. The department
has successfully trapped antelope in the past to decrease their
numbers in specific areas around Roswell to lessen crop damage and
to address concerns in and around subdivisions. The antelope trapped
in the past were relocated to Bureau of Land Management lands on
Fort Stanton, near Capitan, to supplement an existing herd.
In an effort to address concerns in the Roswell area, the department
plans to trap antelope this winter on private property in two or
three locations. Antelope will be live-trapped by the use of drop-nets
and then released on specific ranches in southeastern New Mexico
that also could contain public land within their boundaries. The
ranches selected for transplants contain excellent antelope habitat
and could provide additional hunter opportunity in the future. The
release of antelope on the ranches also could result in new herds
Comments or questions about the trapping or transplanting operations
can be addressed to Mark Madsen, New Mexico Department of Game and
Fish, Southeast Operations Division, 1912 W. Second Street, Roswell,
NM 88201; (505) 624-6135, or email@example.com.
Department of Game and Fish seeks help finding poached
Department of Game and Fish officers are seeking citizens’
help to find the carcasses of several antelope believed to have
been illegally killed in November of 2006 and discarded near the
communities of Clayton, Raton, and Springer. One conservation officer
described the case as the most blatant display of poaching he’s
seen in ten years.
“These guys apparently drove up and down the roads and shot
every antelope they saw,” Officer Clint Henson said.
Officers believe two hunters traveling from Idaho to Texas attempted
to fill unused Idaho antelope licenses while traveling from Raton
to Clayton. Several dead and wounded antelope were found near Des
Moines, but other carcasses are still unaccounted for. Officers
believe that the hunters also traveled on NM 193 from Raton to Farley
and from Clayton to Springer. At least five antelope were believed
killed during the poaching spree.
Anyone who finds an antelope carcass or has information about
the antelope or the alleged poachings is encouraged to contact the
Clayton Police Department or any New Mexico Department of Game and
Fish conservation officer. Call the Department of Game and Fish
Operation Game Thief toll-free hotline, (800) 432-4263. Reporters
may remain anonymous and earn rewards if charges are filed.