Sandoval Signpost

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: Grey tabby, large male cat lot from San Francisco Hills area (northeastern Placitas) on September 21. Grey striped cat with green eyes. #3514.

Lost cat

CAT: Black & white, female cat lost from Cedar Creek, north of the Village of Placitas on September 23. #3517 *see photo below


TURTLE: Eastern Box Turtle (think we have a guy here) found in the Village of Placitas on September 18. He definitely has been gnawed on, but his shell injuries are not life threatening. He also is like a military tank — a sturdy determined guy. He is used to being handled because he doesn't escape into his shell. But I think he's been out in the wilds quite a long time. His shell is hard and he appears to have no infections. This guy has probably eaten bugs and worms. He's got definite scars which will help get him back to the right person. #3516.

DOG: Female, pekinese, tiny dog which weighs about 12 lbs, found about a mile north of the Village of Placitas (off Camino de las Huertas) on September 19. white with a little bit of brown and black. #3515


2 DOGS: The same 2 dogs: a tailless Weimaraner and a shaggy white-and-tan crossbreed with a bad rear leg: August 24, 26 and 31 raided a patio off Llano del Norte (north of the Village of Placitas). They jumped over a wall and tried to get at Koi fish in a pond. After the third attempt, the property owner has contacted Sandoval County Animal Control and a trap is forthcoming... Needless to say, the property owner is not at all happy with these dogs. #3510. (The Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance: "It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any animal to run at large...on any street...or private property without the permission of the owner thereof."

DOG: Black lab that seemed old moving very slowly, in Placitas Trails, heading towards I-25 on September 23. #3517.


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Bosque's Pet Prints

“Boo! Guess who?”


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


“and I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari...”

The Animal Hotline got a call this month about a cat found in Tucumcari, New Mexico... Near the end of a two month RV trip (from Placitas to the east coast and back) friends of the Animal Hotline, while stopped in Tucumcari, saw a small black cat crawl out from some scrap at a mechanics shop, while they were getting some work done on their RV. However, the cat wasn't really black, she was just covered in oil and grease! Apparently she had gone for a long ride in the 5th wheel of a tractor trailer from points unknown and had taken a grease and oil covered ride to a truck stop in Tucumcari, New Mexico! Our friends Bonnie and Steve grabbed her up and gave her water and food and she was bathed more than once and revealed herself to be a white, orange, grey and black CALICO cat. If you look at her photo (picture her as a black cat) she's got less and less grey on her each time she gets a bath! Although she is only 4 lbs and was very weak, she's now gone to Sunrise Veterinary and is in very good shape for a tiny 6 month old. She is extremely sweet and all she has to do now is convince the other (older) cats at her new home that she's not crazy, just a very happy and energetic kitten.

Winged and warbling: Backyard beauties

—Family Features

Most people could recognize a robin or a cardinal if they saw one—but what about a Northern Flicker or a Lazuli Bunting?

 Even with several hundreds of bird species in North America year round, many backyard birders are unfamiliar with some of the birds specific to their region. If you’d like to meet some unique feathered friends, follow these simple tips on how to attract them to your own backyard.


Birds have simple needs: food, water, shelter, and places to raise young. By establishing these elements in your outdoor living space, you can make beautiful birds in your region feel right at home. In addition, incorporating these basic elements can help certify your backyard as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Birds need a dependable supply of fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing. Placing a birdbath, especially one with a trickle or fountain, makes your garden a very desirable spot. John Robinson, Scotts chief ornithologist, recommends using a low, shallow birdbath, where birds normally find water. “Birds will naturally be attracted to water sources found at the ground level even more than those placed on pedestals. This is especially true if the source is in the shade to keep the water cooler,” he says. Also, if you have a pond or stream, remember to add some flat rocks where birds can perch while drinking or bathing.

Birds seek shelter at different heights. Make your garden more hospitable by growing vines, shrubs, and trees. Evergreens provide excellent winter shelter, as well as protection from cats and other predators. Cavities in a dead or dying tree make great nesting spots. If there’s one in your yard, let it stand, unless safety is a concern.

Many bird species will use the same plants that provide shelter as nesting spots. You can put up nesting boxes that will be used by species such as bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, woodpeckers, and even owls.


Wild birds spend most of their time foraging for food such as insects, fruits, nectar, and seeds. Many birds may require up to 10,000 calories a day and enjoy sampling a wide variety of foods. Therefore, providing numerous feeding options is the best way to keep them returning to your backyard habitat.

Growing a variety of plants that bloom and produce fruit, seeds, or nuts at different times throughout the year attracts even more birds to your backyard. Many perennials, grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees also are food sources. Naturally, native birds thrive on native plants, so selecting regional beauties that produce seeds, berries, or nectar increases food sources, as well as shelter and nesting materials. Check with a local nursery to get advice on what plants are native to your area.

To supplement their diet, fill feeders with high-quality, wild bird food. Not all birds enjoy the same seeds. Birds found in one area of the country may be different from birds in other regions.



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