The Leader of the Pack Howls
What a great time of year as we head into Spring and the beautiful weather in Northern Arizona. Everything is beginning to bloom and the great outdoors awaits us and our four-legged friends with many fun events going on everywhere. There is so much to do with your four-legged friends and many organizations putting on events to help shelter and rescue animals. You can show your support in many ways as all of these great organizations are in need of foster homes, volunteers and support of their fundraisers to continue their good works. You will find many of them listed in our calendar and throughout our publication.
On our cover this issue, I am happy to share a story with you about a group that is a major force for animals throughout the state of Arizona. United Animal Friends is an All-Volunteer Group that reaches out to all kinds of animals providing everything from foster care to food donations, animal disaster services and spay/neuter assistance to those who cannot afford it. They continue to add more and more services for animals with their dedicated volunteers. I think you will be impressed when you see how much they have accomplished for the animals.
In our Horsin’ Around feature, you will read about our friends at Horses With Heart, “Where Disabilities Become Possibilities.” 2013 marks their 20th Anniversary and they are going strong with their programs that help people with disabilities through Equine Therapy. They have a new location, new programs and lots of updates to their programs.
In our regular feature, Dogs In Blue: The K-9 Beat, you will learn more about the incredible Police K-9’s like where they come from and how they are chosen for the jobs they do. The cost is also a factor for Police Departments to be able to afford them. But, they are “worth their weight in gold” as they protect and serve like no other officer can and they deserve our respect and support.
In our “Kitty Korner” you will hear about an incredible woman who provides a very important service to feral cats in the community. It’s known as TNR: Trap, Neuter, Return and when you talk about overpopulation of pets in a community, this is definitely a program that is much needed. You will see where United Animal Friends aids in this program as well by offering their spay/neuter certificates for the altering of these animals. It’s everyone working together to help animals in need. I hope you enjoy learning about this program as much as I did.
And in another feature called, Soldier Dogs, you will find out how some unlikely dogs with special needs turn out to be heroes. This story really warmed my heart and inspired me. You will meet a Labrador named Endal (EJ) who helped a former British naval Officer recover from paralysis and brain damage after an accident in the first Gulf War. You will not believe some of the things EJ did for his beloved master. How lucky we humans are to have these amazing animals in our lives.
Whatever you do, I hope you are inspired by the animals and people you meet in this issue. I know I was as it made me want to hug mine just a little closer than usual and thank them for always being there!
Love, Light & Laughter,
Ann, Bernie & Miss Pauleena
The Flagstaff-Sedona Dog is a printed digital magazine publication for Flagstaff, Sedona and Cottonwood, Arizona that is dedicated to promoting the human animal bond and validating our love for these wonderful canine creatures. Often you will find us around the area supporting and sponsoring area animal humane and educational events, activities and programs too.