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THE ACCIDENTAL RESCUERS, A VALENTINE TAIL

THE ACCIDENTAL RESCUERS, A VALENTINE TAIL

By | February 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Valentine’s Day is about love, and that includes love for the creatures with whom we share this planet. One amazing Coachella Valley couple celebrates Valentine’s Day in a special way. David and Leigh Kirk share a home with their foster daughter and an...

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Hazards of Pet Chewing

Hazards of Pet Chewing

By | January 29, 2015 at 1:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Charlie, my brother's dog, died last week 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...

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Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars

By | January 22, 2015 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Service dogs are the eyes for those who cannot see, the leaders for people unable to walk, and the healers for those suffering from emotional illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For some service dogs, it all began behind bars.... Before...

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ASK YOUR VET” WITH LILLIAN ROBERTS DVM

ASK YOUR VET” WITH LILLIAN ROBERTS DVM

By | January 15, 2015 at 11:35 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee After more than 25 years of practice, Dr. Lillian Roberts DVM, still loves what she does for living - - keeping our Coachella Valley pets healthy and happy. She operates Country Club Animal Clinic in Palm Desert. Dr. Roberts explains why she loves being a...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

New Year’s Resolutions for Animal Lovers

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Animal lovers are special people with wonderful hearts who appreciate the affection and companionship our cats and dogs provide to us throughout the year. Pets can also help us enjoy keeping our New Year resolutions. Setting goals to improve your health and...

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Buddy, A Hollywood Story

Buddy, A Hollywood Story

By | December 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Buddy is an amazing dog with an equally amazing story. He once belonged to a Los Angeles animal acting group along with his brother, the dog who carried an umbrella in the Traveler's Insurance commercial. However, Buddy's acting career floundered, and he found...

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DJ, “Tail” of a Smart Dog

DJ, “Tail” of a Smart Dog

By | December 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee A good Samaritan found them huddled together by a path in the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The two small dogs were very still, not on the run like most strays, and by some miracle the man was able to pick both of them up and put them in his car. Young and...

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Johnny Gets A Home For the Holidays!

Johnny Gets A Home For the Holidays!

By | December 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm | 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. The Indio shelter was a blighted building on a dead end street...

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Cassie, From Fear to Love!

Cassie, From Fear to Love!

By | December 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The vast majority of dogs adopted from shelters are happy, well adjusted, tail wagging canines, instinctively looking forward to their new lives with optimism. They adjust quickly to their new homes, bond with family members, and are grateful for this second...

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AVOIDING HOLIDAY PET HAZARDS

AVOIDING HOLIDAY PET HAZARDS

By | November 27, 2014 at 11:50 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are arriving in quick succession, but this time of year also sees a dramatic increase in emergency trips to the vet. Christmas trees are going up, parties are planned, and holiday lights are brightening...

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TRAINING THE PUPS WITH VAL MASI

TRAINING THE PUPS WITH VAL MASI

By | November 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Val Masi grew up enjoying the loving companionship of dogs. She watched Lassie and Rin Tin Tin on television and wished her own dogs could perform heroic deeds and obey commands like these canine stars. Now a Coachella Valley dog trainer, Val works with all...

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Loving All Animals 6th Annual Super Pet Adoption

Loving All Animals 6th Annual Super Pet Adoption

By | November 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling all Coachella Valley animal lovers! Mark your calendars now for this weekend, November 15 and 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, when the most spectacular mega animal adoption event takes place at the Rancho Mirage Community Park. Last week’s Pet Place...

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Super Pet Adoption Festival in the Land of OZ

Super Pet Adoption Festival in the Land of OZ

By | November 6, 2014 at 1:34 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee On November 15 and 16 animal lovers from all over Southern California will flock to the Rancho Mirage Community Park when it transforms into a magical Wizard of Oz themed animal adoption festival aptly called “There is No Place Like A Home”. Loving All...

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Calvin, Rescued With Only Minutes To Go

Calvin, Rescued With Only Minutes To Go

By | October 30, 2014 at 3:37 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Rescue dogs are the best dogs, loving, grateful, and wise having already triumphed over adversity. There is also magic to some of their rescues, a strange sequence of events and timing that makes one think divine guidance is behind them. It was July 2, 2010, a...

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Baby: A Legacy of Love!

Baby: A Legacy of Love!

By | October 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm | No comments

By Janet McAffee A tiny dog passed over the Rainbow Bridge today, leaving behind many tearful humans who were inspired by her story to help other dogs in need. The tributes to Baby are pouring in, lending support to Baby’s heartbroken human mom, Cindy Sorensen. Life...

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Missy & Sherylle

Missy & Sherylle

By | October 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Missy, a sweet little terrier, was the first of hundreds of rescue dogs I have adopted into homes during the past five years. This first adoption was the quickest and easiest. On June 11, 2009, I headed towards the city of Rialto for the 50th anniversary...

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Curing Cat Allergies

Curing Cat Allergies

By | October 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee You're a single girl who owns cats, and you start dating a wonderful guy who is allergic to your fur babies! He can't come to your apartment without having a wheezing attack. You have a child who suddenly develops an allergy to the cat whose been your "fuzzy...

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Limousine Shelter Tours!

Limousine Shelter Tours!

By | October 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee You may have seen an interesting limousine cruising around Coachella Valley streets with a montage of dogs decorating the darkened windows. Folks in nearby cars do a double take, wondering what celebrities (maybe Caesar Milan?) might be inside. Curious stares...

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HOLLY’S STORY: Finding a Missing Pet

HOLLY’S STORY: Finding a Missing Pet

By | September 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Holly, a lovely Greyhound/Whippet/Chihuahua mix dog, bolted from her La Quinta home during the torrential rain storm that hit our Valley on September 8. Holly was wearing an ID tag and is microchipped, the two most important things you can do to ensure a safe...

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Disaster Preparedness for Fluffy & Fido

Disaster Preparedness for Fluffy & Fido

By | September 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee What would happen to your pets in the event of an earthquake, a hurricane, or a flood? In California, our greatest concern is the possibility of an earthquake. However, this September our Coachella Valley was hit by a strong rainstorm that brought massive...

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Brianna, An Amazing Adoption

Brianna, An Amazing Adoption

By | September 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The tiny Brindle coated Chihuahua wandered into a classroom at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Indio at the end of May. The school year was about ready to wrap up, and the children were thrilled to have a four-legged “fur” friend interrupt the tedium...

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Summer Sun Hazards to Fido

Summer Sun Hazards to Fido

By | September 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The intense grueling summer sun continues to heat up the Coachella Valley during September. We need to take precautions that our four-legged friends are kept healthy and safe during this hot weather. Previous columns discussed the dangers of leaving your pets...

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“The Climber” Climbs Into Their Hearts

“The Climber” Climbs Into Their Hearts

By | August 27, 2014 at 11:18 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The small white Terrier at the animal shelter was nicknamed “The Climber”. Dogs in public shelters usually don’t have names, but this fellow at the county shelter in Thousand Palms caught everyone’s attention when he climbed out of his kennel and...

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International Homeless Animals Day

International Homeless Animals Day

By | August 13, 2014 at 11:38 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Calling all Coachella Valley Animal Lovers! This Saturday, August 16, animal lovers around the world hold events to commemorate International Homeless Animals Day. Advancing the Interests of Animals will host our Coachella Valley event at the Omni Rancho Las...

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Lady’s Amazing 30 Mile Journey

Lady’s Amazing 30 Mile Journey

By | August 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee A sweet senior black Labrador who walked 30 miles to the home of her former owner, only to be turned away, is now living in style after a private airplane transported her to a Florida mansion. Lady had several strikes against her as she languished at the...

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Animal Hoarding, and a Transformation

Animal Hoarding, and a Transformation

By | July 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Hoarding is a horrible form of animal cruelty, affecting about 250,000 animals every year. These cases sometimes involve hundreds of animals, and when discovered, overburden our public shelters. Animal hoarding is characterized by an obsessive collecting of...

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Keeping Kitty Inside

Keeping Kitty Inside

By | July 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Maybe you grew up on a farm or in a rural area where your pet cat was allowed to roam outside. Today most cat rescue groups will require you to keep the cat you adopt from them indoors. Some people still think that cats are happier if they have the "freedom"...

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Potty Training is Possible!

Potty Training is Possible!

By | July 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee My dog, Scarlett O'Hara, was rescued from an animal hoarder in Hemet who kept 135 dogs and 35 cats in a small house. Unable to imagine the neglect these animals experienced, I named her after a famous fictional survivor. However, the process of potty training...

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A Session with Cherie, The Pet Psychic

A Session with Cherie, The Pet Psychic

By | July 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking when he looks up at you with those big brown eyes? Have you ever sensed he was trying to tell you something, but not sure what it might be? If you adopted a rescue animal, are you curious about his past? Cherie...

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July 4th Pet Safety

July 4th Pet Safety

By | July 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee We humans cheerfully celebrate our nation’s Independence Day this week with fun, food, and fireworks. As we barbeque in the backyard with friends and family, it might be tempting to include our special four-legged family members. However, the 4th of July is...

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A Daring Mountain Rescue

A Daring Mountain Rescue

By | June 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The dog’s wail echoed through the granite canyons, carried by the soft winds, the plaintiff sound relaying distress and urgency. It was a scorching June day in the Coachella Valley. Countless stray and abandoned animals die from the elements every year, and...

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Facebook Saves Mahato!

Facebook Saves Mahato!

By | June 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee The majestic dog runs along the mountain trail, pacing himself in synchrony with his slightly older companion dog. The pads of their feet are silent on the damp earth. The crackle of fall leaves the only sound. The dog spots a raccoon in a tree, startled by a...

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Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car!

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car!

By | June 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee June has arrived, bringing with it the hottest weather so far this year in the Coachella Valley. This is a good time to remind folks that their parked car can quickly turn into a death trap for their dog. When the outside weather is only 72 degrees, your car...

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A Second Chance for Chance!

A Second Chance for Chance!

By | June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm | No comments

By Janet McAfee I moved quickly through the kennels at the San Bernardino City Shelter checking the availability dates on the dogs' kennel cards, not wanting to lock eyes with the pups longer than necessary. Many of the animals were still on hold for an owner to claim, though...

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Justice for Toby

Justice for Toby

By | May 29, 2014 at 2:27 am | No comments

By Janet McAfee Rescued from Afghanistan, Toby became a symbol of comfort and happiness for U.S. soldiers and animal lovers throughout the world who helped bring this once starving pup to a loving home in Texas. Toby was rescued by a U.S. Army captain from a burning trash pit...

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