Flagstaff Sedona Dog Magazine

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Welcome Readers! 

This edition we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Guide Dogs for the Blind” as our Cover Story. Begun during World War II to provide guide dogs for wounded servicemen returning from the war, this training school is now the largest in North America. In our neighborhood we have our own group of puppy raisers, known as CocoPups of Flagstaff. These dedicated volunteers raise and train puppies from their first months of life until they leave for training at one of the facilities in California and Oregon. Perhaps this is the type of volunteer service some of our readers might enjoy, too. Read this article to find out more.

Our Book Review also features a trained Guide Dog named Roselle. Written by her owner, these two books tell about Michael Hingston’s life with Roselle as his guide. She is the dog who famously saved Michael’s life on 9/11 as she guided him safely down 78 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center after the building was attacked.

Check out our new feature in this edition Dogs in Uniform on page 7. This edition our writer, Amber Polo, interviewed the Cottonwood Police Department K9 Unit about the retirement of one of their canine officers, Jax, and the beginning of service for new K9 Officer Kratos. We hope you will enjoy reading about these courageous dogs. Each edition we will feature stories about working dogs that protect our citizens on a daily basis.

Local sculptor Neil Logan has graciously allowed us to feature his pencil drawing of a canine officer on our header for this new feature section. Neil is also the sculptor of the statue honoring K9 Heroes located in Cottonwood.

We are pleased to highlight Oak Creek Small Animal Clinic as our Business Spotlight. This veterinary practice has won numerous awards for their exemplary service to our pets in the Sedona-Oak Creek area. They have just added  Fiona’s Taxi” to their service to our community. They will pick up and deliver animals for their clients for those without transportation or those with a pet they need assistance to transport.

Our Special Feature in this edition is written by Blackhat Humane Society (in northeast Arizona) Volunteer Kim Kalas. She adopted a beautiful Rez dog named Clyde, who was born blind and deaf because of a condition called  double merle. She researched this condition and is training and working with her dog to overcome his disabilities and live a wonderful life.

Flagstaff-Sedona Dog is a sponsor for two adoption events during June and July. On June 3rd in Prescott, join United Animal Friends at  Woof Down Lunch for a day of food and fun with your dog, and an opportunity to adopt a four-legged friend. Then, on July 29th, Border Collie Rescue is holding their annual  Rescue Roundup. Enjoy a day of games, demos, vendors and pet adoptions in Flagstaff.

Happy Summer!

Debra

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