Fallon’s dedicated working dogs

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

Watson here, so yesterday I was visiting with some of my friends at the dog park, and it turns out I’m not the only working dog in Fallon. I would like to introduce you to some of our local celebrity pooches who make life richer for everyone.

Burke, a chocolate Lab, is a 12-year-old senior who goes to work each day with Lisa Erquiaga. He is the official greeter at the Pennington Life Center. His job is to make each person feel welcome. He is always rewarded with a loving pet. Burke has a heart condition, but since he started working he has regained a sparkle in his eyes and a youthful swagger. You can see him at work if you stop by for a visit.

Max, a fluffy golden doodle, is two years old and you can find him at Dr. Lynn Bishop’s office. His job is to make people feel at ease and comfortable. He does that by hugging the patients with his paws and of course he likes to give licks too. Max gets paid with attention and special treats every day he works.

Jax, a Belgian malinois, is two years old and works at the sheriff’s department with his partner Matt Timmons. Our local K-9 narcotics dog, he rides in the patrol car each day. Jax uses his extraordinary sense of smell to detect heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and other drugs. When he takes off his uniform, Jax is just a regular guy. He likes to chill out with his family and enjoy just being a dog.

As for me, I’m a chocolate Lab who loves to write! Looks like our town is going to the dogs, and they are a hard-working bunch. Doggone that’s great to hear.

— XOXO Watson


Dog walkers, we desperately need volunteers to walk and socialize our dogs. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

If you have cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500), and we will come get them.


Everyone who donated items and patronized our garage sale. A Four Paws Salute to you!

All of the volunteers who worked so hard for the CAPS garage sale. You rock!

Pat Tracey for her donation to the shelter. You’re the cat’s meow!


CAPS will be at Walmart on this Saturday, Sept. 15, with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We have colorful caps and shirts, so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


September: Happy Healthy Cat Month.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a 20-gallon tree on this Saturday, Sept. 15, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2017 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For information, call CAPS at 423-7500.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer.


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