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Dave Harper (right) and friendAnimal Hotline is a nonprofit community service for lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo
P. O. B. 812, Placitas, NM 87043
To report a lost or found animal, Call Dave Harper at 867-6135 or e-mail

People with pets for adoption or sale should place a Signpost classified ad or consider a $5 donation to the Animal Hotline to run the information in this column. Lost and found listings and doptions for found animals are run in the column for free.

For lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo, call Dave Harper at 867-6135


We miss you, “Ty.”

Animal Hotline

Dave Harper

This month I would like to warn and remind everyone to watch out for their smaller pets when they are outside (both cats and dogs) because coyotes are part of our life here in Placitas. Recently, neighbors in Ranchos de Placitas lost their miniature Australian shepherd "Ty" to coyotes in the middle of the day. I know people think that the coyotes only come out at dusk and are not out in the day, but they are out at all times of day, not just evening and at night. As they get more and more used to us, they will also become bolder with us (and our pets). So watch out for your smaller kiddos.


Dog: Chocolate brown pit bull mix, 4-5 months old, found in San Francisco Hills (northeast Placitas). Found in early June. Female, very sweet and even tempered. #1647


Dog: White, female, spayed sharpei, lost at the end of May in western Placitas. #1643

Cat: Manx, female, 1 year old purebred (no tail), spayed, black, with leopard stripes when in the sun. Lost from northern Placitas (near the end of Camino de la Rosa Castilla) in early June. #1645

Dog: From Placitas Heights area, just east of the village. Male half border collie/half Austalian shepherd. Chestnut brown with red collar. #1648


Animal News


Margo DeMello incorporates animal rescue and pet adoption in the services

Margo DeMello incorporates animal rescue and pet adoption in the services
offered by her new pet supply store.

Sandia Creature Comforts opens in Bernalillo

Ty Belknap

Last month Margo DeMello opened Sandia Creature Comforts in one of the historic adobe buildings at the Something Old compound in downtown Bernalillo. She and her husband recently moved to Placitas from the Bay Area, where she was associated with National Rabbit Rescue and its retail outlet.

Her interest in domestic rabbit rescue has expanded to include work with many local animal-rescue organizations, including Placitas Animal Rescue, CARMA, and Watermelon Mountain Ranch.

“My hope is to provide a place where people can come to learn about animal rescue groups, pet adoption, and spaying and neutering. Creature Comforts sells upscale pet accessories and food to help finance promotion and networking in support of animals,” explained Margo. “I just love pet supplies, and it’s fun to see what’s available and buy a bunch of it.”

Sandia Creature Comforts specializes in domestic-rabbit food and toys. Margo says that rabbits make great house pets that can even be litter-box trained. The store will have sections related to different pets, with supplies and information about support groups. There are many unusual and fun products available, including scratch-and-play tubes for cats, hiking packs and sleeping bags for dogs, as well as a nice assortment of collars and food dishes.

When not at the store, Margo spends some of her time as a writer and teaches cultural anthropology at TVI. For more information about the store or animal-support options, call her at 867-0451, visit, or stop by the store at 733 A Camino del Pueblo at Something Old in Bernalillo.


A rodeo clown comes to the assistance of an adult bullrider in a past
Sandoval County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo.


NM Junior Bullriders rodeo coming to Bernalillo

The New Mexico Junior Bullriders are coming to Bernalillo with a junior rodeo on August 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m., with an open bull-riding event August 7 at 7:30 p.m., $500 added money, and $500 bounty bull. Events for junior rodeo include mutton bustin’ to bull riding and lead line to barrel racing for ages three to nineteen. The event will take place at the Sandoval County Sheriff's Posse Arena; admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for children five years old and younger. For further information, call 281-2162 or 832-0667.


Puppy love

—Richard "Bugman" Fagerlund and Holly Kern

What is it about some people that they have to mistreat animals or other people? Animal shelters are full of dogs and cats that were in abusive homes or were just abandoned. There are shelters in Albuquerque and in every city in the country where women and children find shelter from abusive people, usually husbands or boyfriends in the case of women, or parents in the case of children. Man's ability to abuse animals, women, and children is not a new phenomenon; it dates back to the origin of our species and it is getting worse as we evolve.

Recently Holly and I went to a dog walk in Corrales to which a number of animal-rescue groups brought abused and otherwise rescued dogs for a half-day of fun in the sun. It started out with a three-mile walk, which was very enjoyable, even if the little dog we were walking ran out of gas and had to be carried back to the starting point. Later in the day, a small puppy that had been abandoned in Gallup ran up to Holly and started kissing her. Then the puppy did the same with me. It didn't require a lot of convincing to adopt this little ball of love. We took her home and introduced her to Silvia, Buddy, and Fluffy, our cats. The meeting went well and they all got along.

Our cats were abandoned or abused animals as well. We also have a rat that had escaped from a medical laboratory and was living in a dumpster, and a king snake that was horribly abused by its original owner. Apparently the spirits of all these animals can connect and communicate with each other, as they all get along fine.

Sacajawea was a young Shoshone woman who led Lewis and Clark on their expedition to explore the wilderness that is now the northwestern United States. She was married to a creep named Toussaint Charbonneau, a misfit who continually abused her. Sacajawea was a talented and intelligent young woman who was instrumental in helping Lewis and Clark attain their dream of exploring the West.

A previous owner abused the little dog that Holly adopted before she was abandoned. She is a very gentle and intelligent little princess, who, as Sacajawea did with Lewis and Clark, has made an imprint in our hearts in the short time she has been in our home. As Sacajawea helped Lewis and Clark find their destiny, our little dog will help Holly and me continue to fight for the welfare of animals of any species, including our own. Our little dog may not speak several Native American dialects, but she communicates quite clearly through her spirit and soul, and we can understand her and we know what is in her heart.

We have to fight the abuse of animals and people on all levels—in our neighborhoods and in our country and around the world. We have to make sure that anyone who is abused is given the ability to overcome their abuse and accomplish whatever their heart tells them to. We have to make sure that any animal that is abused will be given the opportunity to live their lives as the Creator ordained and not be subjected to living in tyranny. We have to do away with animal fighting for fun and profit. We have to do away with the hideousness of factory farming. We have to do away with the barbarism of clubbing and skinning alive baby seals for prurient profit. We have to do away with abject cruelty to animals in all its forms, and we have to do away with our predilection to overpower and abuse people weaker than ourselves.

Sacajawea is a wonderful example of an abused woman who elevated herself into the history books through her love, her intelligence, and her perseverance. Our puppy, which was abused, will help Holly and me accomplish what we are ordained to do: fight abusive people everywhere and stand up for animals that have no voice, except to scream in terror.

Holly named our little princess of a dog Sacajawea. We will fulfill the destiny of Sacajawea, both the woman and the puppy.

Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund and Holly Kern are interested in opinions regarding animal cruelty from people around the world— or


A healthy herd of wild horses roams near Camino Manzano in Placitas.

A healthy herd of wild horses roams near Camino Manzano in Placitas.

Horsemanship tour teaches people horse training without using intimidation, fear, force

If you’ve ever wanted to know the secrets to success with horses, mark your calendars. The 2004 Parelli Natural Horsemanship “Love–Language–Leadership” tour is coming to Albuquerque on July 10 and 11. The Parelli program teaches people how to train their own horses without using force, intimidation, or fear. The event promises to rival the power and enthusiasm of a rock concert, revival, and live theater all rolled up into one event. There will be givaways such as equipment, kits, clinic tickets, and plenty of great Parelli clothing, videos, DVDs, and more.

4-H, Pony Club, and FFA members and their adult leaders are welcomed to the event at no charge. For the free admission, they must fax (on club letterhead, to 970-731-9763) a list of youth members and adult leaders wishing to attend. Savvy Club members also are admitted free. General admission is $20 for the two days.

The event will take place in the Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico located at 300 San Pedro NE. For further information and to purchase advance tickets, call 800-642-3335 or visit www.






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