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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
Adila’s owner touches the cone for Adila to imitate.
Claudia Fugazza/Animal Cognition


Your Dog Knows What You Did Last Summer

¡Viva la Science!

Canines may be paying more attention than we thought.
V.22 No.2 | 1/10/2013

2 p.m. Slump

Killer Cuteness of the Day

Adorable dogs interrupt international soccer game

There isn’t too much that can be said about this video…except that even when dogs ruin everything, they still make it all better. It’s not certain how these two pups made it onto the field during this match between the Turkish team Galatasaray and Germany's VfR Aalen. This fact somehow makes it all the more cute.

V.21 No.46 |


The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong

The Daily Word

BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.

The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.

Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.

Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.

Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.

Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.

FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.

The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."

Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.

5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.

Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.

Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.

Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.

How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)

V.21 No.37 |


The Daily Word in anti-American riots, middle income, large sodas and new monkeys

The Daily Word

Anti-American rallies across the Muslim world are now also targeting British and German embassies.

Romney comments on the anti-Muslim propaganda film that started it.

Obama is leading in the polls.

Romney defines middle income as $200,000 to $250,000.

The 1957 murder of a young girl solved.

Investigating accidental early releases in New Mexico's prison system.

NYC bans large sodas.

A new monkey species was found.

In APS, 37 percent of juniors failed a high school exit exam.

U.S. reps go bipartisan in an effort to preserve Native American languages.

Local girl is the new face of Guess.

Loyal dog visits its master's grave every night.

Weather: Temps reach mid '70s today, and mid '80s by Sunday. Autumn is nigh.

V.20 No.48 |


The Daily Word in Pearl Harbor, occupied housing, Mumia and Justin Bieber

The Daily Word

It's the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Surprisingly, the Japanese admiral who masterminded it didn't want to go to war in the first place.

Brick by brick, wall by wall, they freed dropped the death penalty on Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Occupiers succesfully "liberate" a forclosed house in Brooklyn.

U.S. health official overrules her own experts on the morning-after pill.

Four words that should never, never, never go together: Justin Bieber steampunk Christmas.

Four words that go suprisingly well together: DIY animatronic firebreathing pony.

Wrap your presents in hamburger.

BP says Halliburton destroyed evidence that makes them culpable in the Gulf oil spill.

Procatinator is your new best friend. Or it's trying to kill you. Whatever.

Former Albuquerque Pride director is headed to the White House.

Snapshots from Nick Brown's kids' school science fair.

Salvador Disney and other films that actually happened.

What the Interwebs were atwitter about in 2011.

There's a vaccine for Ebola now.

Great Danes love kittens.

Albuquerque thieves are after your toilet paper.

Florida thieves are after a romantic dinner at home.

Thanks to E.J., Nick and Sarah for the links!

V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011


Give a dog a home

On the fence about adopting a pooch this holiday season? Your friends at Animal Human New Mexico have put together a video that will have you putting that pooper scooper to use in no time. This glorious piece of cinematography shows all the fun things you can do with dogs, like wearing life vests in kiddie pools. It also marks the first time I’ve ever enjoyed a Barry Manilow song.

The nonprofit is located at 615 Virginia SE. You can call them at 938-7868.

V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011


Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Human and canine exterminators fight nationwide wave of pests

The unmarked white building on Candelaria holds one bed and two dressers but no personal belongings suggesting a home. It's eerily devoid of picture frames, stuffed animals and clothes. A cooler sits on the beige tile floor, and Patriot Pest Control's newest employee bounds into the room to check it out. Captain Dale, the bedbug-detection dog, has one thing on his mind.

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V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011


Chained to a cause

Babes and Bullies members are chaining themselves to dog houses for 11 hours on Saturday at UNM. The group is participating in Chain Off 2011. This national event is held every year on Fourth of July weekend to highlight the plight of dogs that spend their whole lives on chains.

The demonstration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. will and raise money for Kaya—a pit bull rescued from starvation in late May by New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better. Babes and Bullies will have a booth out there on Saturday and will sell merch. All proceeds will benefit Kaya.

Pit bulls tote around quite a reputation–from bad-ass guard dogs to evil attack hounds—and in keeping with the bad boy tradition, they are irresistible to babes.

Nearly 25 percent of the dogs placed in Albuquerque animal shelters are pit bulls, according to Babes and Bullies. The group started a couple years to fundraise, raise awareness and act as a resource for pit bulls and their owners.

Babes and Bullies is one of many groups across the country that challenges the premise that all pit bulls act aggressively. The group isn't a rescue service, but many of the women act as foster guardians for abandoned dogs.

While pit bull advocacy groups cite the breed's loving and loyal disposition, their history in dog fighting is hard to ignore. Over the past 160 years, pit bulls have been bred to obey humans, but their behavior against other dogs is another matter, according to the Pit Bull Rescue Central. Traditionally used as fighters, the dogs are trained not to back down in confrontations.

Megan Cooley, president and treasurer of Babes and Bullies says that the perceptions of pit bulls acting aggressively comes from their loyal disposition.

“They're so loyal to their owner, they'll do anything,” she says. “People take advantage of that.”

While many cities banned pit bulls entirely, the Albuquerque City Council ruled instead to place dogs of all breeds in three categories: “potentially dangerous,” “dangerous” and “irresponsible owners.”

Owners that fail to restrain their dogs are civilly liable for any harm caused. Of the 27 instances reported on the city’s website, 20 involve pits.

Kirtland Air Force# base is the only area of the city that bans the dogs, a move that Babes and Bullies spoke out against in March.

V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011

Alibi Picks

For the Dogs

The Eastside Animal Welfare Center (8920 Lomas NE) is throwing a "grand opening" party to celebrate a recent renovation. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 18 animal rescue groups will man info tables and help with pet adoptions. The fun includes free pizza, door prizes and demos by the APD K-9 Unit, as well as the unveiling of two newly installed sculptures: "Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHeuvel and "American Dog" by Dale Rogers. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 768-1975.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Puppies and kittens!


Toy Australian shepherds?!

While fact checking a little while ago, I ran a search on Placitas, N.M. and happened upon Placitas Miniature and Toy Australian shepherds—I had no idea there was such a thing, and in such close proximity to my home. The website, linked above, hosts an abundance of cute images of the little pooches that should fill your heart with joy.

V.20 No.3 |


The Daily Word 01.26.11: Local Vigilantes, Dark Matter, Big Bras

The Daily Word

Obama gave his State of the Union speech last night. Here are some highlights, and lowlights.

Local teen vigilantes kick some ass.

Hey ladies, this guy needs a girlfriend.

Farmington man uses homemade receipts to steal $25,000 worth of electronics from Sam's Club.

New bill under consideration would fine motorists for driving too-close to bicyclists.

Could dark matter really be aliens?

Flavor Flav is starting a fried-chicken franchise.

Mark Bittman ends his Minimalist column after 13 years.

You have died of dysentery. The Oregon Trail turns 40.

Is it possible to love a dog enough to pay $35 for a scented candle?

You know what makes me happy? Bras.

Eat This, Not That's six worst coffee drinks.

NASA discovers a loose star.

I don't know, why do storm clouds have flat tops?

Look at these transparent animals.

Happy birthday Bob Uecker!

V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010


Yet another reason to love dogs: childhood literacy edition

Lassie Come Home and Old Yeller have charmed young readers for generations, but these days, dogs are inspiring kids to read in a different way. Libraries across the nation have started bringing in therapy dogs to help kids practice reading aloud without judgment. And it works. In one Minnesota town, 10 out of 14 kids who read aloud to dogs once a week for seven weeks jumped at least one grade level in reading. The programs can also help kids learn English as well. All breeds can serve as a reading dog. Here in Albuquerque, programs run most Saturdays throughout the library system:

• Cherry Hills Library, 857-8321 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.

• East Mountain Library, 281-8508 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

• Ernie Pyle Library, 256-2065, next is on 7/24, 11 a.m.-noon

• Juan Tabo Library, 291-6260 4th Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

• Los Griegos Library, 761-4020 3rd Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.

•  Main Library , 768-5136 2nd Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

• South Broadway Library, 505-764-1742 Thursdays & Fridays (only 1/12- 5/27), 4 p.m.

• Tony Hillerman Library, 291-6264, 2nd Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010
Henry, use your amazing sense of smell to help Laura locate the sorce of her office’s mysterious odor!


Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day, Everyone

On a normal day a few pooches usually have their run of the Alibi’s offices, but when I showed up to work today I was pleased to be greeted by new dog faces. Turns out today is Take Your Dog To Work Day. In honor of this holiday, here is a photo of Henry. He’s Jeff Drew’s hot dog-like companion.

V.19 No.16 | 4/22/2010


Beware the Antifreeze

Dog and cat owners should be aware that there have been antifreeze poisonings reported in the neighborhoods near Fourth Street and Montaño. Antifreeze, which has a sweet taste, is deadly to humans and animals. Even a very small amount licked off paws can cause an agonizing death for a dog or cat. People should try to keep their animals in their yards and be aware of containers in alleys, lots or public areas. If anyone finds anything, please call 311 and ask for Animal Welfare Department.

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