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15
Apr 2021
Hand Signals & Verbal Commands

By: Jenna Geldreich, AVHS Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator By: Jenna Geldreich, AVHS Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator When training your dog it is important to be consistent and have plenty of patience. My number one rule for training is: always make it fun! If you as the handler are having a bad day or feeling down please skip training your pup for the day. It is important to remember that our dogs sense our energy. So keep your training upbeat and positive, the results you are looking for will come. Another rule for......

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14
Apr 2021
Pet of the Week - Heart of the Rockies Radio

Gomez is our Heart of the Rockies Radio News Pet of the week!   This 3 year old pup has been with the shelter longer than any of our other adoptable dogs. We aren’t sure why as he is a handsome, snuggly and loving dog! His foster can attest to how great he has been doing in her home, she herself has said she’d love to adopt him if she was able to. We’re all hopeful that his forever family will call soon and give him the loving adoptive home that he......

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07
Apr 2021
Pet of the Week - Heart of the Rockies Radio

Smokey is our Heart of the Rockies Radio News Pet of the week!   At just 2 years old, Smokey has a lifetime of adventures and cuddles ahead of him. He had a rougher start to life than most, you can read his story about how he and a whole group of cats ended up in the shelter’s care here: https://www.ark-valley.org/avhs-helps-cats-in-need/   He has really been coming out of his shell in his foster home, and will regularly go up to his foster mom for cuddles and love now. Smokey is currently......

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01
Apr 2021
Pip, dog of author Judy

By: Judy Hamontre, AVHS Volunteer It is entertaining to watch cats play.  They stalk, chase, pounce, roll, bat and with graceful agility leap to amazing heights.  They seem to be happily lost in their own natural world of adventure. This activity is fun for us and healthy for our purring family members. Cats are highly intelligent, naturally curious, active creatures.  It is the responsibility of cat owners to provide their “kitties” with ample physical exercise and mental stimulation, joining in at times to strengthen the human – cat bond. A few guidelines......

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31
Mar 2021
Dog jumping with tennis ball in mouth

Gomez is our Heart of the Rockies Radio News Pet of the week!   Gomez is a 3 year old male Pit Bull Terrier Mix. Gomez is currently in a loving foster home full of treats and long walks but his foster family is going away soon and we’d love for him to find a forever family soon so he doesn’t have to return to a kennel! His Foster Mom is absolutely in love with everything about Gomez. She said that “he is the perfect balance of a couch potato but will also......

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25
Mar 2021
Notes about Rescued Dogs

By: Judy Lore, AVHS Volunteer I chose to begin with a local rescue story. Many of you know that George Blake of Salida enjoyed his 100th birthday on January 29th of this year. Many may not know that George has always had a fondness for boxers. Boxers have a sweet way about them and George has had five dogs as an adult with four Boxers and one Australian Cattle Dog. All of them have been rescues and found a forever home with George. His latest is Shelby who had been returned a......

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11
Mar 2021
Pip, dog of author Judy

By: Judy Hamontre, AVHS Volunteer Dogs are mans’ best friends.  Their love is unconditional, their loyalty is unquestionable and their sense of smell is unthinkably rich and amazing. A dog’s sense of smell is so sensitive that when he smells another dog, he can determine that dog’s gender, health, disposition, where the dog has been and what he has eaten. A dog can sniff a tree and know what other animals are in the neighborhood.  Smelling a human’s pant leg can tell him where that person lives and if he has dogs.......

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10
Mar 2021
Dyna sitting on a chair

Dyna is our Heart of the Rockies Radio News Pet of the week!   This gorgeous blue-eyed cat has been living it up in a wonderful foster home. She’s pictured here in foster, just waiting for a lap to sit on. Her foster parents have a gorgeous space that she gets all to herself- they spend lots of time loving on her everyday 😍.   Dyna would prefer to be the only cat in the home, as she doesn’t want to have to compete for your affection! At 9 years old, Dyna......

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04
Mar 2021
Malamute dog in the shelter

By: Judy Hamontre, AVHS Volunteer We go for a walk and take in our beautiful mountain surroundings.  Our dog focuses on the ground and it’s smells. We get home and smell chili cooking in the slow cooker.  Our dog smells meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices, each separate ingredient. How we humans take in the world through the sense of smell differs greatly from that of our furry friends. The canine nose is far more powerful than ours. Depending on the breed, dogs have up 100 million or more scent receptors in......

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03
Mar 2021
Pet of the Week, Gomez, by the door

Gomez is our Heart of the Rockies Radio News Pet of the week!   This goofy 3 year old male Pit Bull Terrier mix recently went to a new foster home where he is truly thriving! His foster mom says, “Gomez has been a sweetheart! He absolutely loves tug of war”. We are so thankful to our many fosters who open up their homes so dogs like Gomez don’t have to spend their nights in a kennel. 🙌   Gomez arrived at the shelter when his previous owner could no longer care......

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