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Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).

Dave Harper and Tempi Sewell

Dave Harper and Tempi Sewell


Placitas lost one of the best friends of animals (and people) there was on April 6. Tempi Kay Sewell passed away suddenly, at the age of 56, and went to join her husband Kevin and their numerous pets who went on before her, including Critter, Rip, Browntown, Blackie, Highway, Paws, Tiny, Dixie, Chiledog, and Hotdog. She is survived by and will be missed by her dogs Albee, Briskit, and Bosco, and her cat Socks who are now in good hands with nearby friends. Tempi and Kevin moved to Placitas (Dome Valley) back in 1991 and lived here most of the last twenty plus years. She will be greatly missed by all of her two-legged friends who are so heartbroken at our loss.


CAT: Black, short haired cat found in Sundance Mesa (northwestern Placitas area) on April 16th. Almost all black with a white spot, looks to be 7-8 years old, weighing less than 10 lbs. Looks to have been outside for a while. #3743

DOG: Red Heeler, small, female (who looks like she just had babies), found in Vista de Oro de Placitas (near the 3 mile marker of Highway 165 in Placitas on April 21st. #3744


DOG: Medium size, black and white dog (front 1/2 white, back 1/2 black) with fluffy tail and stand-up ears, seen off Tunnel Springs Rd in Placitas (La Puerta Trail and La Puerta Lane) on April 1st. #3739

DOG: Husky mix spotted in Rainbow Valley (across from Ranchos de Placitas) on April 15th. #3740

2 DOGS: 2 black and white medium size dogs seen in mid-April on Camino de las Huertas and at the Post Office in the Village of Placitas. #3741 & 3742  


Animal News

LaloLalo’s pet prints:


“Chloe on a tuffet,” photo by Gary Priester


“Ruby’s poker face,” photo by Barb Belknap

Coronado Kennel Club of NM to co-host ABQ dog shows

—Dr. Martin D. Bradshaw, President, CKCNM

Did you enjoy attending a three-ring circus when you were a child? How about attending a twelve-ring event, held in three different buildings, when you’re an adult? You will have that opportunity on May 11 through May 15 at NM Expo during the third annual “High Desert Cluster” dog shows co-hosted by the Coronado Kennel Club of NM, a Sandoval County dog club, along with three other dog clubs in Albuquerque. The other three clubs are: Rio Grande Kennel Club, Combined Specialty Club of NM and the Sandia Dog Obedience Club.

Last year, the shows attracted 1,579 dogs. Attendance at all of the shows is free, although you will have to pay a $5.00 parking fee to get into the Expo NM fairgrounds.

So you know, children in baby strollers are usually not permitted on the floor of any dog show.

Most dog shows consist of three types of competition, Conformation, Obedience, and Rally. In Conformation events, the dogs compete against other dogs and a Breed Standard, which has been formulated by the American Kennel Club. In Obedience events, the dogs compete against each other by performing various acts that they have learned through long hours of practice. Rally events consist of various tasks around a course, which the dogs and their handlers perform together. 

If you have any questions about the shows, please call Martin Bradshaw, President at 867-5942 or Ruth Davis, secretary at 867-4510

Wildlife rescue program

Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico will visit Esther Bone Memorial Library on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. and bring some very special guests with them.

Placitan Pegg McCormick of Wildlife Rescue will bring live owls, ravens, and hawks and will speak of the mission of the agency and offer information as to what to do if you find an injured wild animal.

The library is located at 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. No registration is necessary. This program is being funded by the Friends of the Rio Rancho Library. For more information, call 891-5012.

A Furry Tail opens in Placitas

Debbie Michelsen and Dan Anderson recently opened A Furry Tale pet boutique at Homesteads Village in Placitas. Dan said, “Debbie and I wanted to create a different type of atmosphere and provide a warm and inviting feeling for folks to shop, hang out, and feel at home. We strive to locate unique handmade pet accessories produced here in the U.S. and locally whenever possible. You’ll find handmade collars, leashes, toys, beds, and gift items.

Dan says, “Many of the foods we feed our pets are adding to the health issues they experience. Over recent years there has been a concerted effort to create more ancestral-types of diets that nature intended for them. We decided to share this knowledge and create a pet boutique that provides the best in nutritional food and treat options. We offer only five-star quality foods, most grain free, in kibbles, canned, fresh, and raw. All of our foods are from the U.S.A. or Canada with no unnecessary fillers and the proper proportions of natural nutrients to ensure a healthier and longer life for your pet.”

A Furry Tail will also be adding grooming for the people in the Placitas area. “Do you do grooming?” is the number-one question they receive each day.
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