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Elsa simply had to get her portrait taken with Santa on Saturday at the Cabezon Community Center in Rio Rancho, and the golden retriever is clearly happy with the visit — the photographer got the blonde’s good side. The dog belongs to Jan Cummings. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Pooch portraits

Look at the camera and say “doggie treat!”

Alamosa Elementary School fourth-grade students Juaquin Sanchez and Zia Martinez watch as Ziggy, a three-legged paraplegic kitten, scoots along the floor using a suspension walker crafted by the students

Rolling with Ziggy

Disabled kitten finds cool friends – and new wheels – at Alamosa Elementary

Farmington shelter marks year in new home

FARMINGTON – About a year ago, the staff at the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter loaded up vans with dogs and cats and transported them from the former facility on Lake Street to a new building off Browning Parkway.

Old dog may have cognitive problems

Q: My 13-year-old sheepdog has started barking since he came out of the kennels in March.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Shawn Unruh walks his recently adopted dog, Nutmeg, outside Animal Humane New Mexico at 615 Virginia SE. Unruh, 39, broke his back in a car crash nearly two decades ago, and his previous companion dog died 11 months ago. He adopted Nutmeg through an Animal Humane program that links veterans with companion dogs. Such adoptions were free this month, and fees are half off beginning Monday. (Greg Sorber/Albquerque Journal)

Companion for a veteran

Shelter program matches former warriors with specially screened dogs