Archive | February, 2015

Animal Control Ride Along

Do you know what Animal Control does every day?

Working in the veterinary field for nearly 15 years I thought I had a pretty good idea.

Riding around town with Officer Quinn shed light on many more responsibilities.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

While patrolling the city and responding to dispatch calls I peppered Officer Quinn with my usual curiosity. Here are some cool things I learned.

Did you know the Animal Control team came up with the Call of Doody-Brown Ops campaign? There are posters in veterinary offices, signs on trails, and even this cute video.  As the video says, “An ounce of pet waste is home to about 23 million unhealthy bacteria.” Ew. Please answer the call of Doody.

My daughter once found an opossum hanging out in her garbage can, what a fright first thing in the morning! So, what about wild animals? The quick answer is “anything smaller than a coyote.” If it’s bigger then the call is passed on to another agency better equipped to handle it. It could be a national parks ranger or the state wildlife agency.

Are we on our own after hours? Our dedicated Animal Control officers are ready to help you 24 hours a day! Dispatch and trucks are manned from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Night hours are covered by the on-call officer. That’s service!

As most people know Animal Control enforces state and local animal laws and ordinances.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

We spent part of the morning patrolling local parks. For everyone’s safety please keep your dog on a leash! From my personal experience not everyone at a park or on a trail is comfortable around dogs, no matter how nice your dog is.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

Recent harsh winter weather can be dangerous for your pets. Gates can blow open letting curious noses sniff their way into the unknown. Animal Control officers will help find your pet’s way home. While on my ride-along a concerned citizen spied a little pug wandering around her neighborhood. She questioned the neighbors but couldn’t find her home. Upon arrival we immediately scanned her for a microchip and quickly checked her over all health. No microchip registered so we loaded her in the warm truck to take back to the humane society.

We checked-in on a woman who had been bitten by a dog while walking a local popular trail. She described the dog and the location so our next stop we patrolled that area in the hopes of finding the dog. Scanning the area for a while we decided to head to the next stop. Officer Quinn marked the trail with the dispatch crew and will patrol that area twice a day for the next two weeks.

Office Quinn warned me that our patrol would be pretty quiet with such cold winter weather.

Warm summer months find everyone and their dog outside enjoying our great state. That is when Animal Control receives the most calls. Active animals tend to wander off or get injured. Visitors may not know local ordinances. Small wildlife are out and about too and may need medical or safety intervention.

So my next ride-along adventure will be late spring, right before the busy time.

All of the staff were very welcoming to me. They are a fun crew who are serious about the humane treatment of our companion and wild animal population.

I look forward to volunteering and learning even more. If you want to know more about how Animal Control serves our community check out their webpage here.


Foster Dog Family Photos

Animal House Rescue and Grooming is a small facility doing big things for the dogs of our community and surrounding shelters. Volunteers are a huge reason Animal House is so successful in placing dogs in fur-ever homes.
One day this fall I met Steve Inman. He saw me photographing dogs at the shelter and mentioned scheduling his dog Jake for a photo session. Steve volunteers as a foster dog home and wanted me to photograph his foster dogs as part of his family too.
We picked a date for after the holidays and I came over with my full studio set up.

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Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

We started with images of just Steve and then added Jake his black Australian shepherd. When Jake looked up at Steve I could see the loving connection between the two. Jake has been Steve’s buddy through thick and thin and I could see it in their eyes.

Kiara and Kovu, Steve and Jake’s foster dogs, had their moment of fame too. They proved to be pretty squirmy and and fairly disinterested in anything but Steve.  But, we managed to bribe them into the set for several handsome images.

Wrangling everyone together for the grand finale really put Steve’s arm reach and balancing powers to the test! We managed to set Kiara & Kovu on one side and Jake on the the other with Steve trying to wrap his arms around everyone. The collage below tells the story pretty well.

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Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

Steve’s dedication to his foster charges is exemplary. When he is on the road the first stop after the airport is to pick them up at the shelter. They have grown and learned so much by being in a loving home environment.
Just this week Kiara & Kovu were matched with a permanent home! I have to think that all the time they spent with Steve and Jake were a major contribution to their adoption.
It is such an honor to work with a passionate animal advocate. Thank you Steve & Jake for all you do for our furry community!