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Dog adolescence: Size does not equal maturity

The most common definition for adolescence is that it is a transitional period of physical and psychological development that occurs between childhood and adulthood. Teenage humans linger in this...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Dog Tales

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Homeless on the range

GEM VILLAGE – The 10 acres on which Diane McCracken operates Spring Creek Horse Rescue doesn’t allow much wiggle room, but it’s not the tightest situation in which she finds herself. McCracken, who...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Durango’s little sweetheart’

The fundraising and heart surgery were a success for the puppy who brought Durango together. Eva, a “little socialite” according to owner Taura Hatcher, received heart surgery July 29 to repair a...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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These scrappy pooches looking for some TLC

The saying “it’s a dog’s life” has real meaning for five homeless pooches taken in recently by the La Plata County Humane Society. But life is looking better for River, Rusty, Rocky, Fawn and...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Book shows: In Colorado, it’s a dog’s life

Nobody who’s been here for more than five minutes needs to be told that Durangoans love dogs. Go to just about any trailhead, and you’ll see plenty of evidence of man’s best friend. Some of it may...

DATE: June 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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Melting hearts

DATE: June 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Life-saving surgery set for Eva

The puppy lovers did it. With the $5,500 fundraising goal nearly accomplished, surgery to save the life of 8-week-old Eva, the puppy that captured Durango’s heart, is set. To give her some time to...

DATE: May 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Puppy lovers ante up $3,805 for Eva

OK, if it wasn’t obvious before, it’s now undeniable people around here love dogs – and, in particular, one cute puppy in need. As of Thursday morning, less than 48 hours after it started, a fund...

DATE: May 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Into the wild

When Hannah Turner was growing up in Durango, her contact with wildlife centered primarily on critters such as deer, bears and a chipmunk here and there. But her journey toward becoming a...

DATE: May 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Cat, child vaccines topics in the House

DENVER – Vaccinating children proved to be much more controversial to state representatives Monday than vaccinating cats. Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, heard barely a peep of opposition to his...

DATE: March 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Humane Society to hold adopt-a-thon

La Plata County Humane Society will hold its 11th annual adopt-a-thon today and Saturday. In 2012, 55 dogs and cats found new homes, Jonell Jones, Humane Society marketing coordinator said in a...

DATE: May 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bow became cause célèbre – and found a home

It took just one day for the Jack Russell terrier-shepherd found in Shiprock, N.M., with a crossbow bolt in his hip to be adopted.Bow was transferred to the La Plata County Humane Society after...

DATE: March 8, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News