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.


The Animal Hotline is getting more and more calls about bobcats in the Placitas area. Recently, two Jack Russell terriers were attacked and killed in their back courtyard during the day in La Mesa. From the evidence, they were most likely killed by a bobcat. Most of the reports I have heard are in the west part of the Placitas area. It used to be that reports of bobcats and mountain lions were generally near the foot of the mountain, in Las Huertas Canyon and near the Village of Placitas. It seems the wildlife is being seen much more during the day than in the past, and is getting much bolder.


Lost Cat CAT: Orange and white female cat lost from Bernalillo on August 7. “Goldie Bob” is a spayed female with white under her chin, and almost no tail. #3365.
Lost Cat

CAT: Black and white cat lost from Tierra Madre Road, near the Placitas Library. Missing since August 11. “Sammy” is seventeen years old, mostly black with white paws. #3369.


TWO PUPPIES: Two puppies found in the National Forest near the nine-mile marker of Highway 165. Vanilla, possibly Lab. One female, one male. Taken to Watermelon Ranch. #3361 & 3362.


THREE DOGS: Two black dogs and a brown dog seen running loose on Corey Court in Sundance Mesa (northwest Placitas) in mid-August. Good-sized dogs. The two black ones were larger than the brown one. #3366-3368.

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Bosque's Pet Prints

“Ruff! I have my

peripherial vision back.”


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

“Yes, I have been living the life of Riley.” Photo by Cory Franklin


"Up close and personal" with Bijou, aka "Wookie." Photo by Linda Hughes

Bobcat kitten


Two bobcats in a back courtyard in Trails North in Placitas on July 31. —Photos courtesy of Norma and Gary Libman.

An adorable fluffy dog is very patient while getting a haircut at the full-service grooming salon.

Beating the heat—“Ahoooooo! This feels great!” Three lucky dogs playing in the indoor pool at Enchantment Pet Resort.

Luxury has gone to the dogs

—Margaret Nava, Signpost

An indoor swimming pool, a complete day spa with massage and an infra-red sauna, individual or group activities, nutritious snacks and meals, and spacious overnight accommodations with radiant heating, soothing music, and bedtime cookies. Sounds like the ideal resort getaway, doesn’t it? It is if you’re a dog or cat.

First opened in 2003, Enchantment Pet Resort and Spa in northern Rio Rancho recently completed a $1.5 million expansion that added a three-thousand-square-foot Training Academy, a small warehouse to house the pet food and supplies they sell, a new agility field, more group and individual play yards for day camp and overnight guests, reinforced and heightened fencing, and an indoor swim spa.

Enchantment’s owner/director Crystal McClernon says, “Having a pet spa has always been my vision. I started by offering overnight boarding and day care programs, but I always wanted to do swimming programs—it was always a matter of when. I wanted this to be the kind of place I would personally be comfortable bringing my dogs and where my dogs would always have something to do. Over the years, I learned to watch two other industries to see what services people expect. One of those is day care because, for some of us, dogs are very much a member of our family and we’re looking for similar kinds of services a day care program would offer. The other is the hotel industry—a good place to see what people have come to expect and where we can go as the pet industry moves forward.”

Looking at the swim area, you immediately notice the resemblance to a luxury hotel. Two of the three heated pools (88 to 92 degrees) range in depth from six to twenty-two inches; the third is a four-foot deep exercise or lap pool where dogs can train for competition or exercise in hopes of losing weight. McClernon says, “Each of our swim programs is designed to meet a dog’s specific fitness needs. Puppy Paddle sessions teach young dogs how to relax and play in a pool atmosphere, Fit Swim sessions are for owners who are seeking weight loss or no impact exercise for their dog, and the Assisted Swim sessions are for dogs suffering from arthritis, soft tissue injuries, muscle atrophy, or post-surgery conditions. Dogs that don’t know how or are afraid to swim are fitted with canine life jackets, coaxed into the water and trained to float. Our pools haven’t been open for very long, but we’ve already taught several dogs to swim.”

Once out of the pools, dogs experience some well-deserved down time by relaxing in a private room or being pampered in the full-service grooming salon. “We do everything from a basic bath and brush to a shed reduction program that helps reduce an annoying problem. We offer scissor finishing, fluff drying, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and other services by request and we never use tranquilizers. We also specialize in all natural shampoos and products, including a leave-in conditioner we spritz on dogs after they get out of the pools. A few lucky dogs even get treated to full body massages or Reiki treatments.”

Some of the special canine services offered at Enchantment Pet Resort include agility training, an obstacle course that owner/handlers run their dogs through. Agility not only improves a dog’s life, it also improves the relationship between an owner and a dog and builds a dog’s confidence. After completing the initial seven-week Agility I class, dogs move on to Agility II or Novice Agility. For dogs that advance to a competitive level, there are ongoing classes that help refine and enhance skills they already possess. Enchantment’s training director, Kim Terrill, and her four-year-old dog Steeple, are the National champions in both the AKC Agility Program and the United States Dog Agility Association. “To draw a parallel, that’s the equivalent of a tennis player winning the Grand Slam,” says Crystal. “We have people who travel to our facility on a weekly basis from Capitan, Alamogordo, Farmington, and Durango just to train with Kim. My seven-year-old Australian Cattle dog is ranked fourth in the country; one of our other students has a Cattle dog that is ranked sixth in the country. We also offer family dog and puppy classes for basic skills like sit and stay and our Canine Good Citizen course for anyone who wants their dog to get along in all kinds of different situations where strangers or strange dogs are around.”

The “Rest Easy” canine and feline lodging packages include everything a discerning pet might desire. Dogs can partake in two or three supervised playtimes with other dogs, swim in the pools, eat two nutritious meals and bed down on comfortable bedding. They even get bedtime cookies. Not to be outdone, cats have individual rooms featuring resting benches and separate litter cubbies, time to stretch and play in the cattery, and access to the Fauna Sauna. McClernon says, “We’re working on adding some sort of safari section that would create a secure outdoor area for cats to play in. We also have a ‘pocket room’ where we can accommodate rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, iguanas, and birds. About the only pets we don’t take are snakes and spiders.

The folks at Enchantment believe ‘love’ is a four-legged word. Their thirty-five employees love animals and are trained to offer exceptional services to the pets in their care. Those pets seem to love coming to Enchantment. Maybe that’s why they have so many repeat visitors.

Conveniently located at 580 Quantum Road NE (near Highway 528 and Northern in Rio Rancho), reservations may be made by calling (505) 891-4100. Just remember… Enchantment Pet Resort and Spa is for pets only.



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