Learn how to age gracefully by watching your dog

By Al Winzerling Senior dogs don’t seem to whine, complain or tell us about their aches and pains, so it’s helpful to know what signs to watch for. Here are some of the more obvious ones: hearing...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

What does it take to be an official service dog?

By Marcy Eckhardt Service dogs everywhere these days, aren’t they? And whether you love dogs or are afraid of them, it’s hard to know what’s allowed, practical or legal. Here’s a quick summary:...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Is inside better than outside when it comes to owning cats?

By Al Winzerling Since the 1990s, cats have surpassed dogs in popularity as pets in the U.S. and Europe. Generally, cats are less demanding and easier to take care of for a busy pet owner. If you...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

County’s Animal Control officers wear many hats

By Alexandria Jun La Plata County Humane Society I was asked to write an article educating the public about what Animal Protection does, but as I began to articulate the day-to-day responsibilities...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

It’s important to keep your dog’s license up to date

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society One of the things I enjoy the most in my spare time is fly fishing. Each year, I am required by law to purchase a fishing license. If I want to fish...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

A Christmas letter to you from your furry friend

By Marcy Eckhardt They say Christmas is the time to celebrate the special people in our lives – and there’s no one more special to me than you! I want to thank you. Thank you for adopting me and...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

To adopt or not? – That is the question to ask yourself

By Al Winzerling La Plata County Humane Society Adopting a dog, cat or other critters is an important decision. Here are things to consider when thinking about bringing an animal into your life:...

DATE: July 14, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Reasons for your cat’s house-soiling may be more than behavioral

By Heather Perkins House-soiling is the No. 1 behavioral problem in household cats. Unfortunately, many of these cats are given away to other homes, sent outside to live or euthanized because this...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Hitting the trail with your dog? Remember: Etiquette counts

By Marcy Eckhardt “I’ll never ride my bike on the River Trail again. I’d rather take my chances on the highway than deal with the dogs and owners in town.” The 65-plus-year-old gentleman who made...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Seniors for Seniors can help you find furry friend

By Marcy Eckhardt Puppies can be the most wonderful little beings. Their cluelessness and vulnerability make them nearly irresistible – not to mention the oversized eyes, ears and feet! But puppies...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

You can help your dog avoid carsickness, enjoy rides

The La Plata County Humane Society During the holidays, we all seem to do a lot of driving. For those of us who can bring our dogs along for the ride, this may mean that we will have to deal with...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

Winter weather is here: Don’t forget your pets

By Chris Nelson La Plata County Humane Society Baby, its cold outside. While I have seen a few of the more hardy La Plata County residents still wearing shorts lately, winter is here, folks. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Humane Society

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