pet news

APRIL 1, 2011

Bald eagle breeding closure areas lifted on some Arizona lakes and rivers

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners are lifting some of the closures at lakes and rivers statewide that are put into place annually to help bald eagles during the breeding season. Keep reading...

MARCH 31, 2011

Warmer Temperatures Mean Snakes are Active

Phoenix Herpetological Society Provides Advice on Snake Safety

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. As the weather warms, the Phoenix Herpetological Society has begun receiving calls to remove snakes from backyards and others areas, and wants to remind people about living safely with these wildlife. Keep reading...

MARCH 30, 2011

Tierra Madre Horse Rescue presents Wild West Day April 10

A family fundraiser to assist in the care and feeding of neglected horses

TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, 27115 N. 45th Street, Cave Creek, Arizona
COST: $5 for adults and teens, kids under 12 free. Additional costs for food and merchandise apply

tierra madreCAVE CREEK – Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is simply a very nice, very loving home for horses that through no fault of their own have no better place to go. Good food, good care, a lot of room, a lot of love and understanding and a lot of treats – a place where horses can enjoy being horses. No pressure to perform just to assuage fragile human egos.

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary evolved more by chance than by design. Because we had a little extra space now and then, homeless horses began finding their way here. A half-blind Quarter Horse, a young Thoroughbred who had broken his knee in a race, and ex-trail string horse, a horse so abused he wouldn’t let a human touch him for months, a couple of show horses that had outlived their “usefulness” – they began trickling in one at a time.
We can’t exist without your support, please join us to meet and learn about these loving animals and spend a day in the Wild West featuring silent auction, games, costume contest, western merchandise, horse rides and more.

For more information on Tierra Madre visit

MARCH 30, 2011

All Rhodes lead to Zachary Beals

Cactus Reining Classic is a wrap

SCOTTSDALE – A record number of phenomenal horses, awesome riders, and warm hearts all converged at the 2011 Cactus Reining Classic March 9-13 in Scottsdale. Entries were up 50 percent over the previous year and the weather was spectacular.

It was Zachary Beals of Cave Creek and his 9 year old Whiz Bing Bang Boom (Topsail Whiz x Sheza Sonic Boom) who dominated the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro classes, to become the recipient of Rhodes River Ranch ~ CDR Farms' generosity by earning the High Point Non Pro Award.

A goal-driven fifteen-year-old, Beals, who trains with Matt Mills has his 2011 game plan in place. "We are practicing here (at Cactus Reining Classic) to try to get things right, and then hopefully in August, we're going to try to go to the World Show.

“Training with Matt has helped me a lot. I've grown up with him. He's helped me constantly improve. He focuses me on staying relaxed. On my run down I tend to get tense and then my horse bolts, but if I stay relaxed, my horse stays relaxed."

Currently in the 10th grade, although he usually gets to take one lesson a week due to school, he already has his sights set on a career with horses as a large animal vet.

Sean McBurney, Ranch Manager of Rhodes River Ranch explains why supporting the Non Pro divisions is so important to Rhodes River Ranch and CDR Farms; "We just want to make sure that all these West Coast shows stay strong. We're a long ways away from Oklahoma and Texas, and I don't want them to be the only horse shows we get to go to.”

Rhodes River Ranch and CDR Farms want to make sure that there's enough money to run for so that these Non Pros can cover their entry fees and stalls. There are a lot of horse shows where they can't. “We love the Open horses as well, but they're taken care of so this was a perfect fit for us as a sponsor."

This year's event was far more than a competition; it was an outpouring of compassion, a celebration of community and the recognition that the Youth are the future of the sport.