Albuquerque Journal Articles

Train Chaser Pays a Steep Price

By drjeffnichol | February 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Train Chaser Pays a Steep Price
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First in a series “Dr. Nichol, Charlie Garcia’s dog Ruby has a stick in her chest. What shall I tell her?” Martha Peterson, our composed client service specialist, had appeared quietly at my elbow. I could feel her presence before she spoke. Emergencies of all kinds seem more common just before closing time. We’d been busy that day with the usual vomiting, coughing, limping pets. I was just finishing a medical record, ready to head home. A stick in her chest? Maybe it was a small stick causing a minor wound but I had known Charlie Garcia for years. She…

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Puppy Kindergarten

By drjeffnichol | February 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Puppy Kindergarten
Puppy Kindergarten

Mick enjoys meeting other puppies and he’s doing it at the right time. Their developing canine brains, between ages 7-12 weeks, has them ready to be socialized with people and other dogs . The Aztec Animal Clinic has these weekly classes for vaccinated puppies so they can learn, during their essential sensitive period, that people and dogs are generally trustworthy. These kiddos have good fun too.

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Does it Pay to Work for a Living?

By drjeffnichol | February 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Does it Pay to Work for a Living?
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  Incarceration-No. Scavenging-Yes! According to our dogs, the great famine could strike anytime. They’re natural predators but, gee, how often can they snag a slow rat in time for dinner? Their fallback is to sniff out delicacies like moldering carrion. But don’t they trust us to deliver the groceries? They’re dogs first and pets second. They assume nothing. You would think that moving in with Diane and Richard would feel like dying and going to heaven for a street dog like Jasper but their human domicile stymied his attempts to self-actualize. This dog, in serious need of honest, canine-specific labor,…

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Mick and Whale

By drjeffnichol | February 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Mick and Whale

  Young Mick is fitting into our family nicely. His toys are lucky to be just toys. With this wild Border collie channeling his inner predator, his whale and sheep would not survive long.

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Sweet Destroyer Poopster

By drjeffnichol | February 14, 2022 | Comments Off on Sweet Destroyer Poopster
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Third in a series Don’t lock him up Bang, bang, ding, dong! Just as Diane walked into the house, finding more of Jasper’s daily carnage, somebody was outside! Fresh scratches on the door, pillows disemboweled, and a reeking fecal pile was no kind of welcome home, especially from this starving beagle they had rescued from the road side. Bang, bang. And who in @#%&* kept banging on the front door???!!! Wishing hard that her husband Richard would arrive – like now – Diane squared her shoulders, stepped over the poop, and opened the door. With chin out, hands on hips,…

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This is Mick, the Nichol family’s shiny new Border collie puppy, having a wonderful time with a rawhide chip.

By drjeffnichol | February 14, 2022 | Comments Off on This is Mick, the Nichol family’s shiny new Border collie puppy, having a wonderful time with a rawhide chip.
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Life should be so simple and joyful for all of us. We have named Mick because he ROCKS!

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Who’s a good doggie? It’s not Jasper…or is it?

By drjeffnichol | February 7, 2022 | Comments Off on Who’s a good doggie? It’s not Jasper…or is it?
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Second in a series Diane and Richard called from the shoulder of I-40 right after Jasper, the roadside beagle, had a desperately needed drink and a snack. If you don’t carry dog food on a road trip a ham sammie from the cooler works just fine. I’d treated their aging miniature poodle for congestive heart failure. We stayed ahead of Mandy’s abnormal heart rhythms and the fluid in her lungs until her 16-year-old ticker just couldn’t sustain life. We had shared that sense of relief when treatment adjustments reduced her symptoms but I always had to remind them that more…

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Racing Border Collies

By drjeffnichol | February 7, 2022 | Comments Off on Racing Border Collies
racing puppies

Who will win this intense competition? The puppy who comes home with our family in just one week, that’s who. And who will it be? Even we don’t know yet. Stay tuned.

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Depression Dog

By drjeffnichol | January 31, 2022 | Comments Off on Depression Dog
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First in a series Simple Cure? Driving home from Amarillo Richard had his eyes on the road while his wife Diane took in an outrageously beautiful New Mexico sunset. That’s when she saw something moving on the roadside. “Hey, Richard – slow down! That’s a hurt dog!” Rather than a tragic accident this was a blessing, and for more than a canine waif. Diane had suffered with depression for years. Following the death of their dog several months earlier her condition had worsened. She had been diagnosed with depression and was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.…

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6 week old Border collie puppies coming when called? Why not?

By drjeffnichol | January 31, 2022 | Comments Off on 6 week old Border collie puppies coming when called? Why not?
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We’ll have our new baby in just 2 weeks – already set up for success.

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