Pet Loss Bereavement Support Group

Name: Dr. Sue Wheeler
Comment: Free weekly pet loss support group for those dealing with death of a beloved pet. A Non-profit 501-C3 organization. 35+ years of community service. Meets EVERY week.
Event Information: Pet Loss support group meets weekly (702) 735-5544



New Dog Parks, Manners, & Rules

Are your dogs staring at you.  They are trying to tell you it is a beautiful day to go outside and play.

Henderson has two new Dog Parks.

Hidden Falls Park – 281 W. Horizon Way Henderson, NV 89002 – Opening Today

Reunion Trails Park – 44 Chapata Drive Henderson, NV 89012 – Already Opened

We have all the Las Vegas, Henderson, & Boulder City Dog Parks listed on including directions to get you there.


Dog Park Manners and Rules
Those of you headed to dog parks may find these tips helpful:
An expert says at a minimum dog park users should pick up dog waste, “have a reasonable recall on [their] dog, and be respectful of people’s feelings.”
If your dog tends to display dog-dog aggression or plays more roughly than other owners like, closely monitor your dog and keep him under control.

“Additional dog-park etiquette rules include:

• “Unleash your dog. A leashed dog may feel threatened by others moving freely.
• “Keep moving. If you stand in one place, your dog may be more apt to become territorial.
• “Never leave your dog unattended, and don’t use a dog park as a drop-off daycare…
• “Make sure your dog has updated vaccinations.
• “Leave your puppies at home until they’re fully vaccinated and physically up to the sometimes rough-and-tumble play. Initial socialization for puppies is often better coming from a puppy training class.
• “Wait until your female dog is out of season…
• “Use caution with toys. Some dogs can be very possessive of their toys; others will want to steal everyone else’s toys… it’s usually a good idea to leave the toys at home…
• “Be careful with children. Not all dogs do well with children, and many dogs will bowl young kids over. If you take your children with you, supervise them closely.
• “[Do] not take more dogs with you than you can control; which for most people is a maximum of three [if they are] well-trained, responsive dogs.
• “Don’t let your dog dig in the park. It can cause a hazard to other dogs.
• “Leave the wildlife alone… for both the wildlife’s and your dog’s safety.

“Relax. The dogs usually figure things out pretty quickly and have a good time.
Be watchful and considerate, but stay positive —
your tension communicates itself to your dog”


The Churchill Foundation



The Churchill Foundation strives to be, not only an animal rescue, but a community resource that encourages participation and involvement. We hope to create a collaborative coalition of animal enthusiasts that are willing to work together to portray rescue and shelter animals in a positive light. churchhill

The Churchill Foundation was created by caring individuals in Las Vegas that felt that our city needs to change. Too many animals end up in shelters through no fault of their own. From strays, abandoned, even abused and neglected animals are forced into unknown fate daily. This can change, it needs to change. Your generous donation will go toward financing our community programs, help with research for new innovative operation ideas, fund positive ad campaigns, and of course help with the few animals lucky enough to end up under our roof. Every donation contributes to a brighter future for the homeless animals in Las Vegas and NO amount is too small. We happily accept donations of items most often needed by shelter dogs and cats. For a list of items we can use, check our community page. If we ever receive items not currently needed by the dogs and cats at The Churchill Foundation, we deliver the items to shelters and rescues in our area that desperatly need them. Thank you for your help! You can donate via PayPal or by contacting us through the site. You can also sign up for a monthly donation as well.

The 10 Best Cities to be a Dog

Porkchop – May 27, 2014

  • Man, this tail is impossible to catch… oh, hello. Didn’t see you there, but I immediately love you and you are my best friend! I am Porkchop, and you just caught me in the middle of my rigorous training regimen. Okay, I was chasing my tail. It’s just so darn elusive! But hey, I’m comfortable enough in my own fur to admit that I do silly things. And speaking of comfort, my human left his computer on when he left the house for three hours – or three days, I’m not really sure. There’s no clock on this wall. Anyway, I decided to find out what cities are best for me, Porkchop:

Here’s How I Ranked Them

I started with a list of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. and ranked them from one to 100 in each of the following categories:

  • Pet Stores Per Capita – My human needs a lot of places to buy food and toys for me to chew on, lest I keep my teeth sharp by gnawing on his delicious sneakers. Where did I leave those? Numbers found through Yelp.
  • Veterinarians Per Capita – Like humans, my kind falls ill every once in a while. Even though we will be pathetic and dramatic about it, it’s not a big deal, we just need the nice vets to give us their care. Numbers found through Yelp.
  • Dog Parks Per Capita – Also like humans, I need to interact with my kind on a semi-regular basis. Besides, that infernal leash is the bane of my existence. Every time I try to run, it pulls me back. What kind of sorcery is that? Numbers found through Yelp.
  • Number of Sunny Days Per Year – I could go outside anytime, any day, no matter what the weather is. But since my human gets mad every time I shake off all the rain inside the house, I’d prefer it to be sunny a lot. Data from
  • Walk Score – My human could use a little exercise, and I’m happy to be that excuse. The better the walk score, the easier it is for my human and I to enjoy a stroll. Figures attained from

After establishing a ranking for each of those categories, I assigned a score to each city for those categories as well. Once those were added up, I divided the sum into an average; the lower that average was the better.

1. Miami, FL

As my favorite rap artist once said, “Welcome to Miami.” This South Atlantic beach town made sense to me; I love the idea of living somewhere nice and tropical. I wouldn’t even need sunscreen. In looking beyond the sand and palm trees, the city proved to care about us canine creatures. They ranked first in pet stores per capita, and tenth in the walk score category. Hey, why are you talking to that stranger lady? I want to keep walking, I think I smell a discarded half-eaten corn dog that the birds are picking at two miles away.

2. Las Vegas, NV

The Bright Light City is good for more than gambling, seeing shows, and otherwise spending (or losing) money on things that don’t involve Porkchop. Las Vegas did what no other city could; rank in the top ten in four different categories. They ranked sixth in dog parks, and eighth in number of sunny days per year, so there is plenty of opportunity for me to introduce myself to all the other dogs between your double-downs and snake eyes. I learn certain words when I hear them repeatedly. Although these words aren’t followed by food, so I’m not sure what they mean.

3. Tucson, AZ

This city may be the home of the Wildcats, but I’ll be able to get over that. Tucson ranked well everywhere except for walk score, which is also okay, because I occasionally just want to only move when the sun spot shining through the window changes location. That will be easy too, because they ranked 12th in number of sunny days per year. When I’m not feeling lazy I also like that they ranked 15th in dog parks per capita. I’m still a little nervous about all those Wildcats I’ve heard are roaming about, but my patented defense of staring, growling, barking and then running in the opposite direction has always worked like a charm.

4. Sacramento, CA

The capital of California (I’m learning so many things!) Sacramento has many great amenities to offer us pooches. They ranked eighth in dog parks per capita, and 27th in veterinarians per capita. And even though it wasn’t a part of my research, I did read that they are third in the Trust for Public Land’s Park Score Index. Which is awesome for me, because there is so much grass for me to po- I mean, walk on and roll around on to my heart’s content. But even if I did, my owner is responsible. I can only hope aliens exist, because if they see my human picking up after me they’d assume canine’s to be the dominant species. But I digress.

5. Orlando, FL

Hey more palm trees! Which is okay I guess, they don’t exactly drop a lot of branches for me to chew on. But Orlando is otherwise delicious, because they ranked second in pet stores per capita. So I can chew on the remote control a little more, and then my human will be forced to go to one of them to buy me more toys. I prefer the squeaky ones that look like an animal I’d like to eat. But anyway, they also ranked second in veterinarians per capita, so if I swallow a battery from that scrumptious remote, help isn’t too far away.

6. Scottsdale, AZ

The smallest city in terms of population that made the top ten, Scottsdale more than made up for that in almost every category. They were behind in walk score, but that’s all right, because they ranked 21st in dog parks per capita. I’d almost rather be able to be off the leash and run around with my kin anyway. They also ranked third in number of sunny days per year, so my human will have no excuse but to walk me or drive me to one of those parks. And as much as I love walking, I’d almost prefer he drive. I can pass judgment on all other dogs I see, and I can game plan without distraction which trees to pee on first. My territory!

7. Honolulu, HI

Aloha! It seems no matter where I run, I end up in the ocean. Not sure if this is a trick being played on me or if this city is on an island surrounded by water, but either way, I like it. Honolulucame in seventh in dog parks per capita, so there’s plenty of open space to be had on this land, and they were one of only two cities to rank no worse than 36th in every category. Plus I hear the President is from here. I learned his first name is Barack, which sounds like bark, so I can’t argue with the city appearing at number seven on the list.

8. Tampa, FL

I am loving all the warm weather from the cities in the top ten. Tampa is the third city from Florida to appear on this list, and they really want to make sure mutts like me stay happy and healthy. They ranked ninth in pet stores per capita, and fifth in veterinarians per capita. Plus I learned they have this thing called Busch Gardens, which has a whole bunch of animals that I’m sure would love to be friends with me. Especially the big cat with a whole bunch of stripes; I bet we could set aside our differences and become friends.

9. Saint Louis, MO

This city did not do so well in the sunny days category, but that’s fine with me, because I hear the “clouds” that cover up the sun sometimes produce this thing called “snow.” I looked this up, and whoa, how have I not experienced this yet? That stuff looks amazing. Saint Louis also ranked sixth in pet stores and dog parks per capita. Good thing, because with all that snow, I’d be likely to lose my ball. Then I’d have to bark at the snow to release my ball, lest the snow wants to be eaten.

10. Atlanta, GA

Rounding out the top 10 is Atlanta, another state capital; how many of those are there? If it were up to me, I would’ve chosen Macon as the capital, because it sounds like bacon, and I love bacon. This city loves us too, proven by them ranking eighth in pet stores per capita, and ninth in veterinarians per capita. So when I have too much bacon, because I shamelessly stole it off the plate while you weren’t looking, the vet can give you something to help me get it out. But don’t wrap the pill in ham, wrap it in more bacon. I’m on to your game.

Bark the Size of Their Bite

There is one thing I’d like to say before I go: every city could be better for us canines (OK, cats too.) There are things you, and your city, can do to keep us happy and our tails wagging. If you own one of us, please put on proper tags, and even have a chip inserted. It stings a little, but is well worth it. If you do see one of us wandering about, please try to find our owner by any means possible. Please support the no-kill shelters in your area, please encourage adoption, and please have us spayed or neutered, as overcrowding in shelters is part of the problem. Thank you everyone, we know that we are “man’s best friend,” and that is one thing we take seriously. That and perfecting the look of guilt when you come home and find the trash strewn around the living room. I’m sorry but that pizza crust smelled delicious!

Above all, these cities don’t just talk the talk when it comes to providing a quality environment for Porkchop, they walk the walk. Speaking of which, my human just got home, so I’m going to see if he’ll take me on one. He has a… OH DEAR HE HAS A TENNIS BALL IN HIS HAND. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.


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Pet Safety From The Heat

Living in Las Vegas we have to be very careful of heat conditions and our pets.

We would like to help your pets by giving you some great tips.  The following photograph contains what can happen to your pets paws from walking on the hot ground.

Burnt Paws

Try walking your dog while you are barefoot… if the asphalt is too hot for you to walk barefoot then it is too hot for your pets paws.

The damage will not only be very painful to your pet but they will have to visit animal hospital for treatment.  You usually will have to take your pet every three days to have their bandages changed and this could go on for about a month.  

Animals need their limbs to walk.  Humans can use crutches if we get hurt but pets need their legs to get around.  It is extremely painful to walk on burnt paws.  This can also cost your family a lot of money that could have gone to fun things for your pets.

Booties can be a little expensive but in the long run it will help keep your dog safe and your family their money 🙂  You can also look into purchasing booties for your pets to wear.

photos © Ben Moon 2010Check out At Your Service Pet Supplies Cooling Pet Product Supplies. (702) 982-4324

Cool Coats, Frozen Yoghund, Doggles, Cool-it Bandanas, Aussie Boots, Frosty Bowlz, & Kong Freeze Trays.

You can also check out the other great Pet Friendly Businesses that help our local animal rescue groups.


Nevada Laws for “Leaving a Pet Cat or Dog Unattended in a Motor Vehicle” (NRS 574.195)

Hot Weather Tips From ASPCA

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, ASPCA experts warn.  
“Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Dr. Camille DeClementi, Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.”Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.Visit the Vet 
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program.Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to notover-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Warning Signs 
Symptoms of  overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No Parking!
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.

Make a Safe Splash
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

Screen Test 
“During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of High-Rise Syndrome, which occurs when pets-mostly cats-fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or fatally injured,” says Dr. Murray. “Pet owners need to know that this is completely preventable if they take simple precautions.” Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.

Summer Style
Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Street Smarts 
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

Avoid Chemicals 
Commonly used flea and tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.

Party Animals
Taking Fido to a backyard barbeque or party? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.

Fireworks Aren’t Very Pet-riotic
Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets, and even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.


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Las Vegas has some great Dog Parks that you can visit.

Click on your city of choice to see their dog parks.

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Pet Friendly Places To Live

Las Vegas has many “Pet Friendly Places To Live”


Contact Us if you would like to add a pet friendly apartment/housing.
V.A.R. is not responsible for information listed do your research and please be safe.

Allanza at The Lakes Apartment Homes 702-363-8033
8600 Starboard Drive Las Vegas NV 89117
Cats & dogs accepted up to 50 pounds, up to 2 pets per apartment
One bedroom starting at $625; two at $695; three at $900

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Apache Pines
9552 West Tropicana Ave
LV, NV 89147-8292
(702) 579-7719

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Crystal Cove at The Lakes
3309 Sky Country Ln
LV, NV 89117-3366
(702) 254-1133

Dolce by The Lakes
2750 South Durango
LV, NV 89117
(702) 254-7371

Durango Canyon
8620 Peace Way
LV, NV 89147-8604
(702) 251-3106

Eleven Eleven
1111 Warbonnet Way
LV, NV 89117
(702) 405-1111

The Green Valley Country Club Apartments are now accepting big dogs. Please get the word out to those that may be looking for dog-friendly housing. They run specials where 2 or 3 bedroom apartments run $750 – $1100, depending upon the lease. Thanks…Julie

Hampton Garden
9750 Peace Way
LV, NV 89147-8233
(702) 252-0900

La Villa Estates
10175 Spring Mountain Rd
LV, NV 89117-8464
(702) 341-5359

Las Vegas Living – Apartments All Over Las Vegas

6355 S. Riley Street
LV, NV 89148
(702) 361-5570

The Ogden 685-0300 150 Las Vegas Blvd

Olen Properties – Apartments All Over Las Vegas

Parc West
8440 Westcliff Dr
LV, NV 89145
(866) 799-0743

Preferred Property Management 702-471-7515
All 22 properties are pet friendly Some complexes have backyards!

Rancho De Montana
9105 West Flamingo Rd
LV, NV 89147-6430
(702) 364-4800

Reflections at The Lakes
2601 South Grand Canyon Dr
LV, NV 89117-3664
(702) 254-0545

Resort at The Lakes
9999 West Katie Ave
LV, NV 89147-8347
(702) 307-9999

Silver Shadow
8301 West Charleston Blvd
LV, NV 89117-1245
(702) 254-7880

Solana Condominiums
8301 West Charleston Blvd
LV, NV 89117-1245
(702) 254-7880

Summerhill Pointe
9501 W. Sahara Ave LV, NV 89117
(no breed restriction on dogs)
(866) 916-6129

Sunset Canyon
9700 West Sunset Rd
LV, NV 89147
(702) 997-1629

The Ivy
8401 West Charleston Blvd
LV, NV 89117-1293
(702) 242-3502

The Palms at Peccole Ranch
9599 West Charleston Blvd
LV, NV 89117-6654
(702) 233-0677

Villaggio Di Murano
9475 West Tompkins Ave
LV, NV 89147-8449
(702) 248-2787

Vintage at The Lakes
8321 West Sahara Ave
LV, NV 89117-1875
(702) 242-4396


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