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Happy Mother’s Day to “Pet Moms”

By Kathleen Williams-Miller

Petting Watson and looking into his eyes made me realize how much the boy dog has added to our lives. Yes, he is our furry child. I know many people who refer to their pets as kids. So, this Mother’s Day, I think all “Pet Moms” should celebrate the incredible connection we have with our pets.

   Dr. Brian Hare, the author of “The Genius of Dogs,” explained in his book why that connection happens. When you look into your pet’s eyes, your body is flooded with oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone of love, nurture, mutual trust and, above all, bonding that forms between a parent and child.

   Over time dogs and humans have grown to love and protect each other through a positive-feedback loop that is controlled by oxytocin. The attachment between dogs and people mimics the relationship between mother and child. In other words, our dogs have manipulated our natural feelings for children to include them.

   How convenient is that? Most of us are suckers for wide-eyed babies who give us the adorable stare. Perhaps dogs observed the reactions people had to babies and did the same thing. Who hasn’t fallen for puppy eyes? I have to admit Watson has the sweetest, brownest eyes and he can get me to open the refrigerator by just looking at me.

   Recently there has been a great deal of research about dog’s intelligence. The current research supports the theory that dogs are as intelligent as a two-or three-year-old child and we get the oxytocin bond from just looking in their eyes. I’m sure that dogs have had our number for a long time. To all the Pet Moms out there, have a fabulous Mother’s Day. XOXO from Watson too.


   Paisley, a beautiful three-year-old, Dutch Shepherd mix, is tan with a bit of white and black. She has lovely, expressive eyes. Paisley enjoys chasing a ball, eating treats and walking on a leash. She would like to be an only pet. Come meet this sweetheart; she’ll steal your heart away.    

   Come see our darling puppies. Policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal.

Call 775-423-7500 for details.


   Contacts.We recently had a computer disaster and have lost all of your addresses. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please email us with your contact information at caps@cccomm.net or call us at 775-423-7500.   

   Vendors for Bark in the Park on May 18; we especially need food and coffee. Please call 775-423-7500 for details.


   O’Reilly Auto Parts Store for donating a locking trailer hitch. All tails are wagging for you!

   Loser in Love Tattoo for their donation. A pooch smooch to you!                


   CAPS will be at Walmart on May 11 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by and smooch our pooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you’ve hugged our pup.


   May Pet Holiday: Pet Mother’s Day.

   To mark your calendar for Bark in the Park on May 18.

   You can open an account with Chewy and reference CAPS in the order. CAPS will receive $20 directly into our operating account with your first $50 order. Chewy offers quality food and free two-day delivery on orders over $50. Check our Facebook page for more details.  

   Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a tree on June 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.


   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 likeable.

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


Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me, jkwmil@outlook.com.