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Technology raises as many questions as it answers

While technology provides a lot of answers to questions, ironically, it seems to create just as many if not more — and animals are by no means exempt. Ownership and rights issues are matters of inte...

 

Tarantulas embarking on season of love

Heavy summer rains signal activity for all kinds of things on the High Plains, most notably weeds and mosquitoes. But they’ve also been known to trigger love pilgrimages — of the eight-legged...

 

Salmonella risk chance to teach safe habits

Tucked inside a hard, ornate shell, with leathery skin, bright eyes, slow, deliberate movements and generally peaceful dispositions, turtles are just plain cool. Pairing these turtle traits with kids...

 

Dog days in August? Sounds quite accurate

From the lazy pooch on the couch to the purring cat in the windowsill and all the feathers, scales and fur in-between, pets are an integral part of the modern household and are increasingly viewed as...

 

Lots of lessons to be learned from children

From fairy tales to cartoons, for centuries, make-believe has been the preferred method of capturing the attention of children and critters have been the stars. Dressed in clothes, walking on two legs...

 

Pets' value to family should be measured case by case

Playing, tousling, cuddling and napping side-by-side — a chubby tyke and fur ball romping through childhood together top the list of adorable images. Not only are they well matched in their curious...

 

Pets leaving carbon pawprint

With all the things dogs and cats need, there’s no question pets cost their owners. But with increases in pet ownership, there may be larger costs for the environment and ultimately humanity....

 

Sometimes it's best to just walk away

Fuzzy, small and adorable, few things are as irresistible as a baby animal. Equally difficult to resist is the urge to help them when they appear to be lost and all alone. It’s tough not to act...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 25, 2017

Standardization first step for service, support animals

Emotional support animals — animals whose owners are diagnosed with a psychological disability and whose companionship is prescribed by a health professional — are gaining prevalence. As the...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 18, 2017

Pets, too, need to keep an eye on the pounds

The first hint may be pants that appear to be smaller, though you know they haven’t shrunk. Or maybe one day you realize your seat belt is hidden by pudge. One way or another, humans figure it out...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 11, 2017

Pets can't work miracles with health, well-being

Their healing powers and beneficial attributes have been so highly touted in recent years, pets are beginning to earn a reputation as a medicine of sorts. But it turns out, the benefits might say...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    July 4, 2017

Domestication leaves dogs and wolves worlds apart

It’s the stuff of legends — a human raises an abandoned wolf pup and they form a lifelong bond that transcends the boundaries between the wild and human worlds. Domestication is more complicated t...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 27, 2017

Keep your pets safe during fireworks season

It’s just not natural, all that popping, whistling and deep resonate booms. And while it may represent celebration to some, for critters, there is absolutely no logical reason why the world should...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 20, 2017

Dogs play role in getting people moving

Sure, dogs can be awesome pillows, great couch buddies and highly efficient bed warmers. But as wonderful as it is to have them around for down time, their true contribution may be found in the fact t...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 13, 2017

Fleas are a pet pest, prolific in warmer weather

Feet thump against the floor in time to non-stop scratching and teeth nip at fur in frenzied concentration, punctuated by an occasional whine of misery. For such tiny little critters, fleas have a...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    June 6, 2017

Thunder season doesn't have to be terrifying

Inconsolable and flooded with irrational panic, dealing with a frightened animal can be an extremely difficult task. Welcome to thunderstorm season on the High Plains. Rain is good, but the thunder...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 30, 2017

Human-dog communication still has a way to go

Knowing what someone is saying or, more importantly, what they mean, goes to the heart of getting along — a gap that sometimes is bridged between species that share environments. Animals often...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 23, 2017

We've still got plenty to learn about our world

Despite the extent to which we’ve scoured and explored the planet we call home, it may be refreshing to know we’re still learning. And yes, there are still plenty of new things under the sun —...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 16, 2017

It's science - pets have a positive effect on us

It’s hard to be in a bad mood when a pooch bounds up to you and, tongue drooping happily to one side, wags its tail and waits anxiously for reciprocation. Likewise, nothing makes clear the fact...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 9, 2017

Week puts focus on kindness toward animals

John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Carol Burnett, Minnie Pearl, Doris Day, Betty White, Jerry Mathers, Dennis the Menace, Porky Pig, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Tom and Jerry, Warren G. Harding, Eleanor...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    May 2, 2017

True intelligence goes beyond sense of self

Humans learn very quickly that they are individuals — possessing a name, face, body, unique thoughts, feelings and experiences — and through the sum of these things, begin to ponder their...

 

Your pets are just as vulnerable to the sun

Deceptively omnipresent, the New Mexico sun sometimes does its worst damage when least expected. The need for shade and sunblock is obvious when it’s 100 degrees outside and there’s not a cloud...

 

Cats are talking, but are we listening?

Time often creates a bridge of communication that overcomes the differences between species. The longer one spends with their pets, the better they come to understand their moods, expressions and...

 

Pet-free not necessarily best environment for child

It’s all in the fur — sleek and smooth, fluffy and pillowy, long and wavy or coarse and curly. Not only is it the perfect place to find comfort and soothe away worries, it might just hide some...

 
 By Sharna Johnson    Voices    April 4, 2017

Spring brings new life but also danger of disease

Admittedly, waking up to snow last week after several summer-like days was a bit odd. But coupled with rain over the weekend, the moisture is just the kind of springtime boost the area desperately...

 

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