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An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

Dave Harper


The Hotline is a nonprofit service to help reunite lost and found pets.
Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service. You can include a photo if you have one available. For more information, call Dave at 867-6135. You may also email the Hotline at, but please call first.




CAT: Tortise shell, female lost from the Village of Placitas (Camino de los Pueblitos)
near the Winery in mid-January. Spayed female, small, about 2 years old.
Had a harness, collar and tags. #3299

CAT: (Pictured below) Orange/cream colored, older male cat lost from Dome Valley
(South of the Village of Placitas) in early February.
Chumley is 10 years old and has almost no teeth. #3308



2 CATS: Two stray cats in the Village of Placitas that wandered up months and months ago.
Both are neutered males. One is white with grey splotches, about 10-11 lbs.
3-5 years old and totally friendly! The other is a smaller cat (about 8 lbs),
grey/blue with white on his nose, paws & belly. Adorable. Both are available to a good home. #3303 & 3304. Call 715-4771.

for adoption

for adoption


Animal News

BosqueBosque's Pet Prints

“Ruff! A dog named Ancho,
...bless you.”

Mail your favorite pet photos, along with a caption and photo credit to:
Signpost, P. O. Box 889, Placitas, NM 87043
or email digital photos to:


"Ancho," a new addition to the Verble family!

Ancho? It's a dried poblano chile pepper.
We love Bobby Flay's cooking, and the ancho chile is one of his, and our, favorite chiles!
Photo by Larry Verble


Abby has an impeccable inner clock—especially at breakfast time, dinner time, and bedtime.
Here she giving the "excuse me, but are you aware it's past my dinner time" look.

Photo by Camille Chavez


Foxy! Christmas is over…take off the antlers.
Photo by Nancy Flint

Signpost Cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert

A face-lift for a dog? Brazilian vet does it all 'Good symmetry is very important'

—Mei-ling Hopgood, Cox News Wire

Is Fido in need of a face-lift?

Go see Edgado Brito in Sao Paulo, who is advancing the practice of pet plastic surgery in a land with a worldwide reputation for making people beautiful by any means.
Brazilians have long been known for their penchant for cosmetic surgery, and Brito has been adapting those techniques for use on animals.

"Plastic surgery is good for dogs!" said Brito, 45, a Doberman breeder who has worked as a veterinarian for 20 years.

He can make protruding ears droop and uses Metacril to straighten bent ears. He uses Botox to fix inverted eyelashes. He has even tightened the mammillae of a couple of female dogs, whose owners wanted to show them after they had given birth.

Simple surgeries usually cost from about $100 to $200.

In Brazil, the United States and Europe, pet plastic surgery is increasingly in demand, despite objections from animal rights activists and some dog breeders.

The American Kennel Club, which sets the rules for the recognized breeds on the U.S. dog-show circuit, prohibits any surgery that alters a dog's appearance, other than the cropping of ears and tails to meet breed standards.

But the prohibition on surgery is difficult to define and enforce. Two years ago, an award-winning Pekingese in Britain was the subject of an inquiry when rumors swirled that its face had been surgically enhanced. The dog and its owners were acquitted and allowed to keep the award from the 2003 Crufts Dog Show.
In Brazil, Brito keeps abreast of human plastic-surgery trends and attends human surgeries to develop treatments for his pet patients. He's performed thousands of operations.

Brito says animal health is his top concern, but beauty also is important to the animal's well-being. Brito said that if the owner thinks the dog is attractive, the relationship is better.

"Good symmetry is very important," Brito said. "All that is not symmetric we don't like."

One of Brito's more famous patients is Brutus, a miniature schnauzer imported to Brazil from Argentina. He is gray, sleek and muscular and perfectly groomed.

"Brutus was perfect in all details," said his owner Anita Alt, except for one. One ear, thanks to a bad ear job from another veterinarian, flopped open. Fearing infection and hoping to show and breed Brutus, Alt turned to Brito five years ago. The doctor injected a substance used to eliminate human wrinkles into the base of Brutus' ear, which straightened instantly.

"No trauma, and you can see the results immediately," said Alt, who breeds mini schnauzers. Brutus became a grand champion, retired early, and now lives a happy life as a handsome stud in Sao Paulo.


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