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An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas (and the surrounding area) please call the ANIMAL HOTLINE! 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service to help reunite lost & found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a FREE Service. (You can sometimes even include a photo!) Call Dave & January at 867-6135. You can also email the Animal Hotline at, but call, also.



DOG: Hound dog, lost from Las Huertas Canyon (southeast of the Village of Placitas) in early December. “Quazar” got out when the wind blew and caused damage to part of his fence. He is a 10-year-old male, fixed, mostly brown, with floppy ears. Lost from Camino Ojo de la Casa. If you’ve seen him, please call Mitch at 867-5100. #3710

2 DOGS: a female Akita and a male chocolate lab were lost the first week of December from near Alameda and 4th Streets in the North Valley of Albuquerque. The female is white with a black mask; the male is a 2-1/2-year-old and is microchipped. #3712 and 3713

DOG: Little white dog (possibly Bichon Frise) with matted fur lost from near Camino de las Huertas, about two miles north of the Village of Placitas on December 11. “Ginger” may look like she was neglected, but she had just been rescued and she had an appointment with the vet and groomer the day after she got out! She is about 20 lbs, a foot tall, and her face had been clipped, but the rest of her was very matted. She had on a leather collar. #3714  

DOG: American Eskimo (Spitz), female, lost from the Overlook (just west of the Village of Placitas on Decemer 19. “Shania” is 16-year-old and got lost in the snow storm. #3715


DOG: Large puppy, German Shepherd cross, solid black, possibly wolf hybrid found in northeastern Placitas off San Francisco Hills Road on Mountain View Road on November 27. Female dog that had been seen before with a male that went away. #3709
Animal News

Lalo's Pet Prints

“Miles” was feeling like he needed a bath, I guess. —Photo by John Knight

“Ary” moved to Placitas in May of last spring. She has found her favorite spot no matter what the season.    —Photos by Diane Smith


“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” —Edward Hoagland

The long road to “Denver”

—Barb Belknap
On November 17, Deborah Emerick of Placitas noticed that her Shetland sheepdog, “Denver,” was missing. He was wearing a collar, but the tags had fallen off. She walked the arroyos and open space, searching coyote dens and watching overhead for circling birds of prey. There were no blood trails.

Deborah felt that perhaps someone had picked him up and was keeping him. She called the Placitas Animal Hotline and other animal agencies, but they hadn’t received any phone calls regarding sightings. Being a strikingly marked dog, she felt that surely someone would have noticed him.

She continued to believe that he must have been stolen. She went to the vets in Bernalillo to report him missing. She posted fliers with Denver’s photo and contact information all over Placitas, in Bernalillo, and in Albuquerque. On November 23, she filed a police report with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department.
Near the end of November, she placed an ad in the December Signpost and, upon publication, received a call from someone in the Overlook subdivision who had seen a similar-looking dog running with another dog near Deborah’s former residence. She thought that perhaps Denver was running with a female in heat. With newfound hope, and happy for the recent snowfall to provide the dog with drinking water, Deborah ordered a dog-trap baited with female dog scent—Eau dEstrus—along with a well-placed bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken—sans bones—in hope that this would lure him.

On December 3, Denver was sighted on I-25 and the frontage road at Paseo del Norte—a woman had seen his photo posted on a flier at the Jericho Nursery and called Deborah. The next day brought word of another sighting at 2nd and Alameda. Both phone calls prompted Deborah to rush from Placitas to the specific sight, but she never did find Denver.

Meanwhile, a family in the East Mountain area of Albuquerque in San Pedro Creek Estates noticed a shaggy dog wandering on their property. They contacted the East Mountain Pet Alert, which found temporary care for the dog and posted his information on their website.

On December 5, Deborah went to Miller Feeds where she had put up several posters. The storeowner, Norm, handed her the front page of the November 28 issue of the Albuquerque Journal. The article was entitled, “Net Cast for Lost Pets.” The contact website and email were listed, so Deborah placed Denver’s picture, description and contact numbers in response, hit the “Send” button at 7:42 p.m., and turned off the computer.

The next morning, she booted up her computer to find three emails and a voice mail from the East Mountains Pet Alert in response to her placement of Denver’s plight. “I could barely make my hands function to open the attachment,” she said. “It was Denver!”

Deborah went to pick up Denver in the East Mountains of Albuquerque. He was thin and had numerous small bite marks on his back. He was soon treated with a course of anti-parasite medication for worms.

“The fact that he walked so far is not unusual for a dog,” she said. “In searching for information on how to retrieve a lost dog, I now know that a dog can travel three-to-five miles in fifteen minutes. It is amazing how quickly they can travel a definite distance from home.”

Both dog and owner are happily reunited. Deborah advises that everyone add the East Mountain Pet Alert website to his lost animal resource list:

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