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Dave Harper (right) and friendThe 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.


   Hi, my name is Jak. Have you seen me?

Lost Animals:

CAT: Black male cat lost from just south of the Village of Placitas in Villas de las Huertas (next to Dome Valley). He had all his tags and information. About three years old. Has a little white on his chest and toes. “Kamikaze” was lost in mid-September. #3257.

DOG: Pit bull, male, white with brown spots. Five years old. Lost from north of the Village of Placitas on Camino de las Huertas near Camino de la Rosa Castilla in early October. Neutered, micro-chipped, and tattooed. #3261.

DOG: Tan-and-white mixed breed, part pit bull. Female, recently spayed. Had a brown collar. Lost from the Village of Placitas near the Catholic church on October 9. “Daisy” is a little bit of a pain in the…, but she is really missed. #3264. If you have any information, please call 363-0177.

DOG: Black-and-tan, hound/hunting dog. Male named Jak, missing from Dome Valley (just south of the Village of Placitas) in mid-October. Six years old, not neutered. Has green nylon collar. #3265. (See photo above.)

2 DOGS: A Black Labradoodle, male, and a White German Shepherd, female were lost on October 26th in the Trails area of western Placitas. #3266 & 3267.

Bradley the Bee

Shelby Olivera’s Bradley the bee.


Roxy Peter Pan

Veronica Olson’s Roxy Peter Pan


Pepito, the Mexican Gun Fighter

Erik Olson’s chihuahua, “Pepito, the Mexican Gun Fighter,” took first place in the New Mexico Inspired Category

Howl-O-Ween at Tamaya


The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa and the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico hosted their first Howl-O-Ween pet parade and costume contest on October 26 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the resort. The event was held at the Tamaya’s Sunrise Amphitheater and the Rio Grande Lounge patio, and included dogs of all breeds and sizes dressed in costumes including witches, wizards, peter pan, ladybugs, other animals, and fictional characters. Guests also had the opportunity to take home a new pet as the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico had pets available for adoption at the event.

The free event was a great opportunity to dress-up your dog and enjoy an afternoon of fun on the grounds of the resort. Prizes were given to the winners of the pet parade and costume contest including pet grooming certificates, dinner for two in the Corn Maiden restaurant, spa treatments at the Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, one-night stays at the pet friendly Hyatt Regency Tamaya, and more.

“Pepito, the Mexican Gun Fighter,” won the “New Mexico Inspired Category” and was accompanied by his human, Erik Olson. The Howl-O-Ween is a pre-party for the 26th Annual Doggie Dash and Dawdle on Saturday, November 1 at Balloon Fiesta Park.


“Bosque” supports Howl-O-Ween at Tamaya

Bosque’s Pet Prints

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:



Animal News


DeLavy House features lecture on history of dogs

Dotty Fugate, a researcher and curator at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe will present a lecture program entitled “Pre-Columbian Dogs in the Southwest” on November 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sandoval County Historical Society’s DeLavy House. What is a dog? Where did dogs come from? How did the early peoples living in the Southwest get their dogs and how did dogs fit into these early cultures? Find out how changes in the environment and cultures affect the way dogs and people interacted in the Southwest and learn about other cultures that may have affected the relationships between dogs and people.

Ms. Fugate is currently researching Southwestern dogs and their place in pueblo culture prior to the arrival of Europeans. She has studied the origins of the domestic dog since the mid-1990s and the cultural interaction between dogs and humans for over twenty years.

This program is open to the public and no reservations are needed. It is sponsored by the Friends of Coronado State Monument and will be held at Sandoval County Historical Society’s DeLavy House, located on Edmond Road in Bernalillo. Admission is $5 per person, and is free to members of Friends of Coronado State Monument.

To reach DeLavy House, take Highway 550, slightly west of Coronado State Monument, and turn north on the west edge of the Phillips 66 gas station and onto a dirt road (Edmond Road). Follow the road to its end; signs will be posted.

“Wildlife in Winter” and wild mustangs at local libraries

On November 5 at 1:30 p.m., Marian Bray, horse owner and trainer, will bring her colonial Spanish horses to the Loma Colorado Main Library (rear patio area), located at 755 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho, for an entertaining and informative program. These horses are doubly rare because they run wild on Mount Taylor at the Elkins Ranch and are a direct remnant of the golden age of Spain.

On November 8 at 10:00 a.m., Peggy McCormick of Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico will present “Wildlife in Winter,” featuring live birds, at the Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Road SE in Rio Rancho. She will discuss various ways animals live during the winter months here in our region and the effects that people can have on wildlife. She will also provide instructions on what to do if you find an injured or baby wild animal.

Both programs are free; no tickets or registrations are required for either. For information about the colonial Spanish horses presentation, call the Loma Colorado Main Library adult services department, 891-5013, ext. 3030. For information about the “Wildlife in Winter” program, call the Esther Bone Memorial Library at 891-5012, ext. 3128.

Future of the wild horse and burro focus of national meeting

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on Monday, November 17 in Reno to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The one-day meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Reno Ballroom, 50 East Fourth Street, in Reno, Nevada. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the October 16 Federal Register on Page 61,436.

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection, management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. The BLM manages about thirty-three thousand wild horses and burros that roam BLM-managed rangelands in ten western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board at the November 17 meeting at an appropriate point in the agenda, which is expected to be about 3 p.m. local time. Individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by noon on the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the meeting; those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement no later than November 12, 2008, to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147. Comments may also be e-mailed to:

Those submitting comments electronically should include the identifier “WH&B” in the subject of their message and their name and address in the body of the message.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at (775) 861-6583.





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