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This pup has its eye on the prize while paddling in the Haynes Park pool during the Pooch Plunge. Dogs are allowed to take over the pool while their human companions have to stand and watch. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Cool canines: Doggy paddle master class closes pool season

It was a soggy, doggy day at Haynes Pool in Rio Rancho last Saturday as people and pets lined up for the annual Pooch Plunge organized by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

Feline fatties are not living full lives

If left to fend for themselves in the wild, our cats would survive on prey, displaying their prowess with buff physiques.

Rescue organizations explain how groups work

Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to local animal rescue organizations.

Fluffy, left, and Shapo, dressed as cowboys, mosey through downtown Santa Fe on Saturday during the Children's Pet Parade. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Kids and critters enjoy Pet Parade

The annual Children’s Pet Parade kicked off Santa Fe Fiesta’s weekend in earnest Saturday morning, with hundreds showing up to march their household animals through downtown as a huge crowd turned out to watch.

Eliza, an English setter owned by Jill Warren of Santa Fe, wends her way through weave poles Tuesday as part of her agility training at Enchantment Pet Resort in Rio Rancho. Warren and Eliza will compete in the Southwest Agility Team Agility Trials taking place today through Sunday at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 10308 Second NW. Spectators can watch the trials for free. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Agility trials great for dogs, owners

More than 150 dogs will speed through tunnels, jump obstacles, weave through poles, and zip over planks and seesaws today through Sunday at the Southwest Agility Team Agility Trials.