Pet Briefs: Dog rescued on hiking trials has cancer

Colter will be in hospice foster care with Silvia Geiger at her Santa Fe boarding facility, Del Corazon. Courtesy photo

Rescued dog has cancer

A dog who gained prominence after being rescued when abandoned at a popular hiking trail head last summer has been diagnosed with cancer.

The recent diagnosis of Colter, also known as Mountain Boy, has been a blow to those who rescued him and have been trying to find him a permanent home. A Santa Fe adopter who had him for about two weeks returned him after the diagnosis, said Monica Morris, one of the rescuers.

He will now be in hospice foster care with Silvia Geiger at her Santa Fe boarding facility, Del Corazon, where he had been living.

“I want people to know that Colter is in good hands and that whatever time he has left will be a happy one,” Geiger said. “As sad as it is, Colter will enjoy his last months in a family where he is cared for and loved.”

The dog eluded rescuers for several weeks after he was abandoned at the Aspen Vista Picnic Ground on Hyde Park Road until D. Lily Azures, a seasoned animal rescuer, was able to capture him. He was taken to the Santa Fe animal shelter for treatment and then to Morris’ home for foster care.

The dog recently was taken to a veterinarian to remove a growth on his elbow when an chest X-ray revealed cancer. The tumor had spread to his lungs, so it was decided not to do surgery and let him live out his life as long he’s not in pain. He is expected to survive about six to eight months.

Geiger said Colter is doing well. “He looked like a sad, lost pup when he first came, but soon became more confident, especially around other dogs.”

Shelter joins kitten bowl festivities

The Santa Fe animal shelter is joining North Shore Animal League America and more than 100 shelter partners across the country to celebrate Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl IV game with a Kitten Bowl Party. The highlight is finding homes for adoptable cats and kittens as well as dogs and puppies.

The adoption fee for kittens will be half-off and the shelter is waiving the adoption fee for all adult cats more than a year old that weekend, said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. The adoption special runs from Friday through Sunday.

“It’s a great time to adopt a cat and join in the fun during Kitten Bowl,” Moore said.

Kitten Bowl has resulted in over 1,800 adoptions nationwide over the past three years. Kitten Bowl IV will premiere at noon Sunday on Hallmark Channel.

Free dental checks for pets

A Santa Fe pet shop will offer pet dental evaluations and tooth-brushing demonstrations in honor of pet dental month.

Dr. Kris Bannon of Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery of New Mexico will offer the dental evaluations from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Teca Tu in the DeVargas Center. Bannon also will offer tooth-brushing demonstrations and discuss specific treats and other things to help improve the dental health of pets.

The mall is at 165 Paseo de Peralta. Call 505-982-9374 for more information.

Cider house hosts shelter event

A Santa Fe cider house is donating a portion of its cider sales to homeless animals during the premiere of a new video from the Santa Fe animal shelter.

The event, dubbed Hard Cider & Warm Hearts, is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom, 505 Cerrillos Road, unit A105, near the Talin Market. The shelter will premiere a hilarious take on The Bachelor in a video called The Dog Bachelor. For every pint purchased, the shelter will receive a $1 donation.

The video explores the dilemma a young dog, Stewart, faces in choosing his perfect match. The video also will be posted to the shelter’s Facebook site. For more information, visit

Shelter seeks doghouses

The Santa animal shelter’s Pet Outreach program is looking for more doghouses to help those who need better outdoor shelter for their animals.

The neighborhood canvassing program helps residents strengthen the bond with their pets through education, spay/neuter incentives, behavior training help and improving a dog’s outdoor living situation, which may include help with fencing issues or providing dog houses. Shelter Outreach employees work closely with city and county animal services to ensure outdoor companion animals have healthy and safe living structures.

Those interested in donating doghouses or offering other services are asked to call 505-474-0515. Doghouses may be dropped off at the Pet Outreach office, 2570 Camino Entrada, at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road, or the shelter’s resale stores, Look What the Cat Dragged In, 2570 Camino Entrada or 541 W. Cordova Road.

Clinic offers open houses

A new Santa Fe veterinary clinic that features holistic services is hosting a series of open houses to meet its staff and learn about its care.

Integrative Veterinary Wellness, 2001 Vivigen Way, Suite B, offers acupuncture, counseling, Bach flower remedies, Reiki, preventive screenings, immunotherapy and discounted dental care. The open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

Veterinarians at the clinic include Peter Seitz, Louise SaintOnge and Sophia Krajewski. For more information about services and appointments, call 505-467-8037.

Kindred Spirits hosts party

A Valentine’s Day party is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at a Santa Fe area animal sanctuary.

Kindred Spirits, which cares for hospice dogs, horses and poultry, will offer dog smooching and kisses, plus a tour of the sanctuary, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The tour will take place around 2 p.m. The event is called For The Love of our Animals.

The sanctuary is located on N.M. 14 near Lone Butte General Store. For more information, visit the website at or call 505-471-5366.

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