The Prescott Dog Magazine

The Leader of the Pack Howls


Dear Readers,

Spring is here and I always enjoy this time of year. The weather is warming and it’s time to get outside into our beautiful area we live in, especially with our four-legged friends. We have many events going on in this issue along with some great stories for you.

Unfortunately, I have some very sad news to share with you. This issue of The Prescott Dog is a very bittersweet one for me. As you will read in our Cover Story, my dog, Bernie, was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer in early December and passed away the day after Christmas. He was our founding dog and the heart and soul of The Prescott Dog magazine.

On our cover this issue is “A Tribute to Bernie” sharing our life with you, our readers, whom I know understand what a loss like this feels like. Bernie was not, “just a dog” and as hard as this has been for me, I knew I had to share this with you as many of you have lost a beloved dog. Some of you have shared these lives with us in our “Celebration of Life” feature and in conversations we have had. I also want to pay tribute to all the shelter animals out there who still need homes. I hope I do justice to Bernie and all we did together in our mission to help shelter animals in our community.

In our new feature, “K9 Service Corner”, you will learn about Facility Dogs. These are highly trained dogs who live in a facility rather than a private home. They are trained for certain tasks as well as providing comfort, companionship and love to those in need. These are very special dogs who help a lot of people at the same time. What a wondeful service they provide. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.

In our “Horsin’ Around” feature, you will meet Carol Fontana and her horse Tiki who are setting out on a huge undertaking to ride 840 miles along the Arizona Trail system to raise money for Prescott Area Shelter Services. This will be an incredible journey of endurance that will test their skills to the limit.

We will tell you how you can help and and get more involved at their kick-off party too. In our “Dogs In Blue” feature, we share another loss to our community with the story about retired K9 Officer, Joey who set the bar high for other K9 Officers who came after him. He and his human partner, Officer Paul Hines had a tremendous career together and Joey was fortunate to be adopted by Officer Hines to live out his life with him and his loving family. We send our condolences to the Hines family and to all who knew him. Police work is another way canines live and work with us in our daily lives.

Our calendar is brimming over this issue with many upcoming animal  fundraisers and events that you can enjoy with your four-legged friends. I hope you will participate in as many of these great events as you can. They benefit many wonderful shelter and rescue groups in our town and provide a really fun time for you and your companion animals at the same time.

As for me, life is changing in many ways since I lost my Bernie. Things feel very different but one thing that is not is my mission to continue to help shelter animals just like Bernie was. I hope you will continue that journey with me.

Love, Light & Laughter,

Ann, Bernie and Miss Pauleena

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Prescott, Arizona 86304