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Sammy’s Journey Home 10 Years Later

Sammy’s Journey Home 10 Years Later

By | March 22, 2017 at 8:00 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee A microchip with two disconnected phone numbers was the only clue to the identity of a stray matted dog running the streets of Palm Desert. A group of animal advocates connected through Facebook worked together to create an incredible reunion.  Sammy’s...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

Don’t Leave Benji in the Car!

Don’t Leave Benji in the Car!

By | March 15, 2017 at 8:30 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Coachella Valley temperatures reached 100 degrees this week even though it is only March.  Your parked car can quickly turn into a death trap for a dog.  When the outside weather is only 72 degrees, your car parked in direct sunlight can heat up to...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

Hazards of Pet Chewing

Hazards of Pet Chewing

By | March 8, 2017 at 2:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Charlie, my brother's dog, died on the operating table during surgery after swallowing part of a rubber ball.  The object ruptured his esophagus. Charlie's family is heartbroken over the loss of their 3-year-old Shepherd mix dog, and wondering what they...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

XENA, THE WARRIOR PRINCESS

XENA, THE WARRIOR PRINCESS

By | March 1, 2017 at 1:44 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee "In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power...the passion...the danger. Her courage will change the world." – (Introduction to the television...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

Dog Napping, A Rising Crime

Dog Napping, A Rising Crime

By | February 22, 2017 at 12:58 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee I noticed a beautiful Bluenose pit bull dog tied up to a post outside Trader Joe’s in Palm Desert while shopping there recently.  Assuming the owner was inside, I waited by the animal for someone to return.  The young man was polite when I told him...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches

Limousine Shelter Tours Making Matches

By | February 15, 2017 at 2:30 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling Coachella Valley pet seekers!  Loving All Animals now takes humans to local shelters and rescues to find their perfect canine or feline best friend.  These shelter tours are popular with pet seekers who don’t know where the public and...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

DAVID & LEIGH KIRK, A VALENTINE “TAIL”

DAVID & LEIGH KIRK, A VALENTINE “TAIL”

By | February 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Valentine’s Day is all about love, and that includes the love that we share with our 4-legged family members.  One amazing Coachella Valley couple, David and Leigh Kirk, are bonded by their love of feline creatures and their commitment to saving...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Saving the Cats with TNR

Saving the Cats with TNR

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee You might see these lovely feline creatures sunning themselves in vacant fields or spot groups of them scurrying through restaurant parking lots.  They might include mother cats with adorable kittens, wide eyed and frightened at the sight of humans. ...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

One Man, One Mission: Rescuing Dogs

One Man, One Mission: Rescuing Dogs

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee "Who Rescues Who?"  The bumper sticker with the paw print graces the back of many automobiles.  There is an army of folks, some independent, others working for large animal welfare organizations, at the front lines in the battle to save homeless...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

The Joy of Adopting Older Cats!

The Joy of Adopting Older Cats!

By | January 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Are you in the market for a new feline companion?  An older cat just might be the “purrfect” match; that one with a graying muzzle and eyes filled with the wisdom of the world.  Older cats have plenty of spark and playfulness, but they have the...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

JULIE KENDALL, FOSTER MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE

JULIE KENDALL, FOSTER MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:25 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Bennett was never allowed inside a house before, and I shudder to think how he suffered through the scorching Coachella Valley summer.  The young couple who owned him already had their moving van packed for their new home when they relinquished Bennett to...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Who is the ‘Lucky’ One?

Who is the ‘Lucky’ One?

By | January 4, 2017 at 11:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The New Year is about second chances, starting over, and having faith that better things are yet to come.  Marvelous dogs teach us to look forward to a happy future, as they live in the moment and forgive much of the past.  A dog named Lucky taught...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

By | December 28, 2016 at 6:10 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee This week animal lovers and their four-legged companions ring in the New Year 2017. In 2016, our region made positive strides in the battle to reduce the rate of euthanasia of animals in our public county shelter.  More low cost spay and neuter programs...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Keep Benji Inside

Keep Benji Inside

By | December 22, 2016 at 11:55 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee As freezing temperatures grip our nation this month, countless dogs and cats perish when kept outdoors in the extreme weather.  While snow is a rare occurrence in the Coachella Valley, our winter nights drop below freezing in some areas. Please bring your...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

Home for the Holidays with Johnny!

Home for the Holidays with Johnny!

By | December 14, 2016 at 8:34 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee There is no place like a “home for the holidays,” and a little dog named Johnny knows that better than most.  Johnny was a stray homeless dog who ended up at the now closed Indio animal shelter.  He faced an uncertain future at this crowded high...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

TenKay, The 10,000th Animal Rescued

TenKay, The 10,000th Animal Rescued

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee On November 16, 2016, a beautiful Basenji mix dog, emerged from a back room in our county shelter, the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, to much fanfare in the lobby.  Met by the media and a bevy of onlookers, the dog appeared startled by all the...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Facebook Saves Mahto!

Facebook Saves Mahto!

By | November 30, 2016 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Social media is revolutionizing how we find a spouse, a job, a house, and even a pet.  There are 1.581 billion Facebook users worldwide, averaging 130 friends each, and over 1 billion of them log on daily.  This powerful social media platform now...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Pets

Avoiding Holiday Hazards for Pets

By | November 22, 2016 at 5:30 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Thanksgiving week is here, and Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming in quick succession.  Christmas trees are going up, parties are planned, and holiday lights are brightening our desert.  However, this time of year also sees a...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

A “Lovefest” with Pippi

A “Lovefest” with Pippi

By | November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee This column told Pippi’s story during the holidays last year while the dog patiently waited in a foster home, dreaming for her forever home.  This year we happily report she is approaching the 1-year anniversary of her adoption by Rhoda Oltzik.  A...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Paws & Hearts, Dispensing Love

Paws & Hearts, Dispensing Love

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The social season is here, and animal lovers can fill their calendars with lots of events that include their 4-legged companions. On Saturday, November 26, you can enjoy the 16th Annual Dog Walk Fundraiser for  Paws and Hearts, a wonderful local charity...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Dog Days at Fantasy Springs with C.A.N.

Dog Days at Fantasy Springs with C.A.N.

By | November 2, 2016 at 11:35 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee The crowd outside the special events center at the Fantasy Springs Casino steadily grew on Sunday morning, October 23.  This gathering was unlike the usual groups of concert goers and gamblers that frequent the casino. The humans in this group were...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Limousine Shelter Tours

Limousine Shelter Tours

By | October 28, 2016 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling all prospective pet adopters!  Loving All Animals’ limousine tours to local animal shelters are popular with pet seekers who might not know how to navigate the search for a rescue cat or dog.  Most people don’t know where the shelters are...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Help Find Midnight!

Help Find Midnight!

By | October 20, 2016 at 9:10 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Your heart aches when a beloved pet goes missing.  You feel the angst of not knowing their fate, wondering if they are hungry or sick, and worst of all worrying if they are still alive.  One local woman, Amy Hope, turned her worry into action, and is taking...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

NEW CALIFORNIA LAW SAVES DOGS FROM HOT CARS

NEW CALIFORNIA LAW SAVES DOGS FROM HOT CARS

By | October 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm | No comments

  By Janet McAfee On September 24th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 797, known as the “Right to Rescue Act,” which protects people from both criminal and civil liability when they break a car window to rescue an animal in danger.  Each of us has passed...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

A Second Chance For Phoebe!

A Second Chance For Phoebe!

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:34 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee It was a summer morning at Whitewater Park in Rancho Mirage, an area inhabited by dog walkers. Wilma Sullivan was walking her own dog when she arrived at a clearing.  Another dog walker had just called animal control, and they peered through the bushes to see...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Harley & Connor, Bonded Brothers

Harley & Connor, Bonded Brothers

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:40 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee We will never know the suffering these two precious brother dogs endured in their early life. They were 4 months old and living in squalor, devoid of sufficient food, vet care, or human love. Their lives were saved by The Desert Dog Project, a charity operated...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

The Faces of Euthanasia

The Faces of Euthanasia

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Five emails containing the daily euthanasia list of Devore’s shelter animals appeared on my computer, sent by folks who tirelessly network homeless animals. At the bottom of the list was a pair of adorable little fluffy terrier dogs described as “rescue...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Milo Becomes a Canadian!

Milo Becomes a Canadian!

By | September 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Brought in as a stray dog on March 11, 2016, Milo languished at the Ramona Humane Society shelter where no owner came to claim him and no adopter selected him. Perhaps it was because he was a bit shy. Perhaps it was because, at 6 years of age, Milo was older...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Amazing Dogs Know What We Say!

Amazing Dogs Know What We Say!

By | September 8, 2016 at 1:15 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Many years ago, a friend and I were traveling through the Coachella Valley to one of the private no-kill shelters. My friend fostered a small chocolate brown Chihuahua, who sat happily in the back seat of our car. My friend suddenly announced she’d decided...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

SANDY MILLER, DOG TRAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE!

SANDY MILLER, DOG TRAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE!

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Do you wish Sparkey would stop jumping up on your guests? Would you like your dog to do tricks? Does your dog become anxious when you leave the house? Meet Sandy Miller, Coachella Valley dog trainer who once trained dogs of the rich and famous in Hollywood....

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

In Memory of Summer, Bring Your Dog Inside!

In Memory of Summer, Bring Your Dog Inside!

By | August 25, 2016 at 6:04 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee This August marks the one year anniversary of the death of a Silky Terrier who passed away in the blazing summer heat. The animal rescuers who valiantly tried to save the pup named her “Summer”. Summer sought refuge from the hot weather under an automobile...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Steve Miller & Portia, a Labor of Love

Steve Miller & Portia, a Labor of Love

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee “Just wondering, what would your husband or wife say if you called them up and told them you were moving into a motel with a very sick dog for a few weeks? My wife has been amazingly understanding through all of this, and that’s why I love her so much,”...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Meet Bud, Your New Best Buddy!

Meet Bud, Your New Best Buddy!

By | August 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The German Shepherds are the most intelligent and confident of breeds, loyal to a fault. They are working dogs, dogs who seek a purpose and a task, which might simply be protecting and loving their humans. They guide the disabled, protect our troops in battle,...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Help Daisy Return Home!

Help Daisy Return Home!

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Daisy’s family was on vacation when their 9-year-old Silky Terrier tragically escaped on June 29th. She disappeared from a home where she was being cared for near 42nd and Adams in Bermuda Dunes. The family is devastated, and their two young children pray...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place

Jazz, Rescued from Katrina

Jazz, Rescued from Katrina

By | July 28, 2016 at 4:33 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee It was August, 2005, when the juggernaut of Hurricane Katrina taught our country hard lessons about disaster relief for people and their companion animals. Some people chose to remain behind and risk their lives when emergency workers told them they could not...

Posted in: Columns, Pet Place