Happy May Day!

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May Day, for me, is a great childhood memory! Filling a cup up with candy, taking it to my neighbor’s house, being extra quite so they didn’t notice I was at their door, set down the May Day basket, rang the doorbell and took off running like crazy! I remember finding a big tree to hide behind and watch to see what they would do. Sometimes they came out running to find me! Oh, that was fun – being a kid!!
So why not put that fun and excitement into a May Day basket for your doggie neighbors as well?
We started out with some 12”x12” scrapbook paper from our local craft store. Cut them in half diagonally. Roll them into a cone shape. If you need help with this part, here is a video you can watch that shows you how.
Then take your hole punch and put 2 holes in the cone. We cut pieces of ribbon at 16” long so there was enough room to tie the knots.
You can then decorate the outside if you want or just leave it plain, depending on the pattern of paper you pick out. For example, you can make a puppy dog face out of pom poms, wiggle eyes and chenille stems.
 IMG_2127  We got some crinkle craft paper to stick in the bottom, or you can leave that out and fill the whole cone with treats!
To add the finishing touch, you can add a stem of pretty flowers. Now it’s time to deliver them to the neighbor dogs!
If any of you know Nellie, giving kisses is one of her favorite things to do. So she probably wouldn’t take off running, she’d stand right there at the door, tail wagging, ready for her kiss!
Happy May Day everyone! Remember to run fast if you don’t want to get kissed… or maybe not if getting kissed is your plan!

Double HP : Horse Sanctuary

DoubleHP’s featured rescue horse for May is DoubleHP Minerva. She is available for sponsorship and participation in our natural horsemanship program. Even people who have no prior horse experience can excel in this program. We have riding and non-riding activities/sessions. Minerva has already completed level one of our horsemanship program and is almost through level two. She is a really nice, smart horse and is excellent for riding as well. She has no sponsor for this year, though we hope that once the word gets out a sponsor will quickly appear! Minerva will teach her sponsor many things about horses and about life, through non-verbal communication and a partnership-type relationship. Our horsemanship program is called AWE (assertiveness, willpower, energy).
beinaweoptionsWe have volunteer facilitators who help the sponsors with their horses. All of the sponsorship money goes to the horses. Every penny!
minervajazzysadDoubleHP volunteers rescued Minerva and 5 other horses from starvation several years ago. Minerva was just a yearling.  She went through several foster homes and even an adopter. But nothing seemed to work out for Minerva, who was too young to ride. It can be difficult to place these wild, young horses. So, when DoubleHP (Horse Help Providers, Inc.) received sanctuary status (GFAS ) in 2012, Minerva was promised a forever home at DoubleHP’s equine facility located 3 miles north of Crooks, SD. It’s only about 15-20 minutes from Sioux Falls.
Minerva, along with 17 other horses who live at DoubleHP, help humans figure things out through the natural horsemanship program. DoubleHP also has an equine assisted learning/therapy program. Sioux Falls Area Mental Health Professionals are invited to consider this for some of their clients. DoubleHP’s resident manager, Darci Hortness, is a certified EAGALA facilitator and has a BA in Education, along with 30+ years of horse experience including rescue, rehab, adoption, sanctuary, showing, training, natural horsemanship, and equine assisted learning.
There are several other horses available for sponsorship as well. Many people would love to own a horse but just don’t have the time, facilities, and money right now. Why not sponsor one of DoubleHP’s rescued horses! The horses live at DoubleHP, where they receive excellent care and have 24/7 access to shelter and plenty of room to run and play and be horses. There are indoor and outdoor arenas at DoubleHP. Minerva and her friends have been promised a forever home at DoubleHP, so their sponsors will never have to say good-bye to them.  DoubleHP (Horse Help Providers, Inc.) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and has been for about 10 years. 
New Hope Horse Shelter
25337 470th Ave.
Crooks, SD 57020

Breathing Space : Life After Kody

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What I mostly replay in my mind about Kody’s last days are moments in which I had no control; no relief, no fixing, no changing the situation.  When I held Kody the last moments of her life, I could only tell her what I had told her all her life; that she was the most beautiful Sheltie in the world.  I replay the morning in the vet’s office, when the doctor held the stethoscope over Kody’s heart and told me her heart had stopped.  I replied with a question, “She’s gone?”
If you have been through this, you know that this question isn’t answered with a yes or no.  It is answered through learning how to live again after Kody; or life after your loved one.
Losing Kody was one of the worst days of my life.  And I needed to figure out how to live from that day on.  It’s puzzling to me that acceptance is the 5th stage of the grieving process.  Shouldn’t the real word be tolerate rather than acceptance?  Still, it is a mystery how grief allows just enough strength to follow a routine.  I don’t know why we say strength, when it feels anything but – perhaps for lack of a better word.  For me, I spent most of my strength intending to snap out of it when I was daydreaming too often about Kody.  
I look for signs of Kody in the sky; a cloud shaped in her image, a formation that looks like her tail, her ears, the way she sat, the way she played, the way she ran.  
I am the most alert for Kody’s presence when sitting on the patio.  I watch for any sudden movement in the yard, or change in the wind’s strength.  I listen to the birds.  Nothing tells me that Kody is near, except my belief that she is here…in spirit. 
Last night I sat on a bench in the weight room and remembered how Kody would lick my left knee while I was lifting weights.  When I looked at her, she seemed to ask, “What are you doing that for?  Wouldn’t it be more fun to play tug of war with me… with your socks?”
But I sat on the bench waiting for some kind of feeling from her;  a lick on the left knee, the sound of her bark, the feel of her paw, pawing me, her playful presence in the room.  
kodyI’m convinced there are many people out there who are going through and have gone through the painful loss of a beloved pet.  So, a friend of mine from Seminary, also named Kristi, and I, have started a grief support group Breathing Space in honor of the pets we have loved and lost in our lives.  After enduring the miserable stages of grief, we want to listen and support others who suffer the same devastating loss – the death of a beloved pet.  Grieving the loss of a pet is just as painful as grieving the loss of a close human family member or friend.  The stages of grief do not always occur in the order we learned in Social Awareness Class. And the stages of grief repeat way more often than we’d like.  There is no timeframe for enduring the painful absence of one who was so intricately woven into our lives. 
Breathing Space meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at the Downtown Library, Sioux Falls, at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  We acknowledge one another’s journey through grief.  We create a space where we can breathe, mourn, share memories, pictures and stories.
You can contact Breathing Space at 605-999-9361 for more info.

Sioux Empire Pit Rescue


This is Barchiel, named after the Angel of Compassion. He was found sleeping on an old, dirty, flea-infested mattress between two very busy interstates in southern Texas. A guardian angel stopped to entice him into her car and get him to safety. Barchiel was unsure if this newfound friend meant help or harm and so it did take animal control several days to catch him. His guardian angel than had a much harder task of finding a rescue to save this handsome man. Southern Texas pit bulls are a dime a dozen and the majority never make it out of the shelter. The rest is history – what a long shot asking a South Dakota rescue to accept a pit bull from the Texas/Mexico border. One look at Barchiel’s pictures and videos and the SEPR crew knew there was something immensely special about him and he deserved his second chance!


Barchiel had a LONG ride to get to SEPR! He made the journey which took three days by car and loved each transporter along the way that aided him on his journey. Possibly his way of saying, “thank you” for helping him to safety. Upon arriving to SEPR, Barchiel was in rough shape: heartworm positive, with a dislocated hip (an old injury that has healed—probably was hit by a car at some point), a large cyst on his front paw, and of course covered in fleas and ticks. None of this seems to upset him, though; new day, new life, he is ready for his forever home! Some of Barchiel’s new best friends are his vets. He has completed his treatment for his heartworm and his FHO hip surgery. Barchiel is now heart worm negative and working on strengthening his new hip. Barchiel’s fleas and ticks are gone and with a little rest and pampering he looks like a whole new man!


Something special is the least we can say about this boy. His is a clown, life of the party, couch potato, and socialite all wrapped up into one dog. Barchiel has settled right into being a great indoor family boy. He is both house trained (except for a few minor accidents) and crate trained. Upon arriving home and letting Barchiel out from his crate he will run around and “march” like the stiff legged soldiers in London! Between his ears and his crazy happy dance you cannot help but laugh over this goofball.

Barchiel is fostered with canine friends, and with a nice slow introductions does great with them. He would do fine a home with either a nice submissive female or could fly fine as a soloist as well. Barchiel pays little attention to the cats in his foster home.

Barchiel loves stuffed animals, and can entertain himself by chewing on his favorite roast bones for hours. He loves his special doggie pillow that sits in front of the living room window so he can watch the world go by. He also enjoys lounging in the grass out back and hoping warmer days are around the corner to enjoy more outside time. He is a very smart dog and already knows a couple of basic commands – sit, come, wait, go to bed, etc.


This handsome man has been through so much in his short life and SEPR is committed to ensuring he will find his forever family shortly. With his deep brown eyes that paint a picture all of themselves you cannot help but fall in love with this funny bunny. Huge on personality and even bigger on looks – SEPR loves this kid and we know your family will too!

Barchiel is a red and white 5 year old male, neutered, weighing 56 pounds. He is good with dogs and cats. Contact Sioux Empire Pit Rescue if you are interested in adopting Barchiel.

{Photos by Elisha Page}

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Sioux Empire Pit Rescue
PO Box 2321
Sioux Falls, SD 57101


Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue

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Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue was founded in 2008 by a group of Dane lovers. Since then, UMGDR has saved hundreds of Danes, many more than we ever imagined would need us! Our mission is to serve the animal community by providing foster homes, medical treatment, and behavioral assessments to Great Danes in need of forever homes.
We accept Danes from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas. We accept adoption applications from the same states. Every Dane goes to a foster home where they are treated like a member of the family.
Foster volunteers get to know the dog so they can provide the adopters with as much information as possible. Our Danes are fully vetted including vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm and parasite testing, and any treatable medical conditions. All adopters must have a home visit and references. We carefully match each adopter with a Dane through our placement coordinators.
Dolly is a 3-year-old black female. She was being offered up for free on Craigslist. She was being kept outside but is adapting well to indoor living. {Dolly’s photo taken by Emily Anderson}
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Naga is a 1 1/2-year-old merle female. She was being attacked by the male dog in her home. She had also had a litter of puppies. She’s cautious around new people but is doing great in her foster home. {Naga’s photos by Amanda Gahler}
Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
PO Box 2853
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Many Colors of fetch! pet magazine

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For any true fetch! fan out there, you know we like to mix it up – from the color pallet in each edition to the backgrounds and patterns we use!
From the very beginning, I knew I didn’t want the same colors in the logo every single time. Each edition has its own theme. We are currently working on our sixteenth edition of fetch! since starting in 2010!!
The spring edition usually has typical spring colors and bright patterns. Along with the spring edition comes the Rescue & Shelter Appreciation Special. We wanted those pages to stand out from the rest of the magazine, so we have used the houndstooth pattern for that special section for the last 3 years. It fits very well with what we were promoting – hounds! (and cats, horses, etc…)
The same goes with the summer edition; we keep the theme on track with the time of year or holidays such as the 4th of July.
Every fall edition also has the Hunting Special. That section also gets its own special design so it can stand out from the rest. The fall edition has gone back and forth between hunting and Halloween. That’s a hard one for me, because you know how much I love Halloween!
Besides the autumn season and all the fun colors, activities and holidays it brings, winter and Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. One of the most enjoyable aspects of designing fetch! is that I can incorporate my passion of the seasons in each edition.
CoverPageHere is a special glimpse of an edition that was never produced for the public! This was our “mock-up” that we presented to businesses at the very beginning to launch the very first edition of fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine.
We couldn’t be more thankful for the fans of fetch!, seeing your pet photos and hearing your stories because we produce this magazine for you! Thank you for all your support. We hope you’ve enjoyed every edition & here’s to many more to come!

MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue

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MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue’s mission is to rescue Boston Terriers and Boston mixes that are surrendered/unwanted, homeless/stray, mistreated/neglected, slated for euthanasia or puppy mill released, no matter their health, condition or age, finding them safe and happy forever home through an adoption program that provides foster care, medical care, rehabilitation, and education.

sophiecMy name is Sophie. I am a 10 year old Boston that was surrendered to MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue as the result of my owners falling ill and no longer able to care for me.

I am a loving little girl who adjusts well to my new environment given that I am pretty much blind from senior cataracts.  As you will learn my limited vision does not slow me down. I have negotiated my three story foster home really well and know where to find my toys.

sophiedI am polite, patient and only bark when someone is at the door.  I love blankets and snuggling up in my dog bed.  Though I live with other dogs I am not much of a playmate.

Sophie is spayed, up to date on rabies and distemper, heartworm tested, and microchipped.

Adoption Fee: $150 – Eligible for the Golden Paws Program (adopters 60 years and older adopting a dog 7 years and older get $50 off the adoption fee noted below)




MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue
Omaha, Nebraska 68116
(402) 510-1346


Get your paws on The Easter Hamster!

Win a signed copy of The Easter Hampster by Darrin Johnson
Darrin Johnson has always enjoyed writing and developed these skills in college at SDSU. He majored in Communication Studies and received a minor in Journalism.
The idea for Darrin’s first book, Hamster Day, actually came from a contest he created. Darrin has a bit of a silly sense of humor and often used it to create entertaining incentives at his full time job. The contest started out as a way to get people to sign up for working overtime. If enough people signed up then they would save Groundhog Day from becoming Hamster Day. It evolved from there to include numerous different incentives and holidays.
He showed his family what he was doing and they enjoyed it so much, they said he should write a children’s book about it. That inspired Darrin to jump in and write his first book.
Darrin has now released his second book called The Easter Hamster.
The Easter Hamster by Darrin JohnsonTallahassee Roy is back to try to take over another holiday, and this time, he’s not taking no for an answer! The story takes place on Easter Island and features appearances by Roy’s cousin, Brooklyn Bart, and even the Easter Seals.
Will Roy take over his own holiday to proudly honor all of hamsterkind, or will he end up back in his stinky cage once again? Find out in Darrin’s latest children’s book, The Easter Hamster.
If you’d like a copy of The Easter Hamster, Darrin is having several book signings and you can keep up to date on where he’ll be next or contact him on his facebook page. You can also purchase a digital copy. Copies are available for purchase at ACE Hardware on 41st & Minnesota, Kidtopia, Teacher’s Helper or at most of the HyVee stores in Sioux Falls.
This week only, until Thursday, April 17 you can win a signed copy of The Easter Hamster by commenting below who you think would enjoy a copy of their own, whether it’s one of your children, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor, anybody! One person will be randomly chosen and announced on April 17.

Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary

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Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary was founded by Brandy Smith, who has been rescuing all her life. In 2012 she realized that she had too many animals for her small house in town so she moved to a trailer just outside the city limits. There she started to remodel and made rooms designed for kitty’s needs and play! Her home is now a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned kitties.
Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary are a South Dakota non-profit corporation that is solely funded by the founder with help of a few donations that they receive.  Mostly in-kind donations of food and toys. They have also received monetary donations that are used for the vetting and care of the kitties. 
The goal of the sanctuary was to help to combat the need of so many unwanted kitties. Brandy works with them, helps them heal, both physically and emotionally. She will work with a kitty until they are deemed fit for adoption. Our kitties are then placed in homes that meet their standard of care. Potential adopters go thru an application process and are matched with kitties that will benefit from their home and kitties that would benefit them. 
Right now we would like to highlight 2 ok well 3, (2 are twins) special kitties that are ready for adoption!
morkThis is a photo of Mork. Him and Paul are brothers and yes, both named after movie aliens. They are identical twins. Often the only way to tell them apart is by the eyes. Mork has vivid green eyes were Paul’s are a mild green. We call Mork and Paul our ponfar freaks because they fandango the stuffed frog all the time. These two are the most lovable kitties. When they came in, they were terrified. The home that they had lived in all their life did not want them. So they came to us and it took months for a trust to build and now we cannot keep them off our laps or bed.  They have both been vet checked, up to date on vaccines and have been dewormed.
zeroThis is Zero. Zero was Brandy’s son’s first rescue! He was found out in the cold as a wee baby. He was brought in, warmed and fed. He thrived being inside and is just a lover! Zero is a head bonker and will do it over and over. He loves kisses and pettings.  Zero is fully vetted and checked. He is microchiped and ready for a home that will give him so much love and attention!
If you have interest in adopting Mork, Paul, Zero or any other kitties, please visit their facebook page or contact them at:
Heart and Soul Kitty Sanctuary
906 w. Glynn dr.
Parkston, SD 57366
(605) 680-2039

Cover Model Search

At fetch! we love seeing our fans’ pet photos! I know how much I like to brag about Nellie, so we love hearing your stories and seeing your photos because I know what that’s like!!
We also enjoy getting our local businesses involved. This year we partnered with Red Lion to do the photo shoot, Shop Dog Boutique who is giving a $100 shopping spree, Red Dog Brand Biscuits for providing yummy dog treats and Wags n’ Whiskers for providing a grooming so the winner looks fabulous for their photo shoot!
There have been inquiries of what type of pet can enter. From previous experience, dogs make up majority of entries so we did cater the prize package to a dog winning. That does not mean, however, that any pet can’t enter! We’ve already gotten several cats, horses and even guinea pigs so enter any pet you would like. Wags n’ Whiskers does groom cats! Shop Dog Boutique also has cat items. So if the winner is not a dog, you can always re-gift the dog treats and maybe find something YOU or a friend would like with your shopping spree!
pg1In 2012, we did the same photo contest and it was a huge success. It was a very hard decision, though, to narrow down the over 120 entries. A little black Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix named Winston ended up winning the cover model spot. He was a great little model!
Not only did we do a runner up contest, just in case the winner couldn’t fulfill the cover model spot, but we did a shout out album featuring more pets. Some of the shout outs included “coolest doo”, “fluffiest”, “longest eyebrows” and “sleepiest”, just to name a few!
Although we have to narrow it down, and our panel of judges will have a hard time doing so, we wanted to feature all entries in a video. So no matter what, your pet will make their debut on fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine’s social media for you to share!
Please note, the photo you submit WILL NOT be the photo on the cover. A professional photographer will take the winning pet’s photo for the cover.
Make sure you are a fan of fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine on facebook so you can vote as well as encourage your friends and family to vote. The photo with the most likes will be the winner!
So if you haven’t yet, get your photo sent in to lori@fetchsiouxfalls.com before April 18, 2014 for your chance to be entered. Make sure you read the complete rules so you aren’t disqualified. Besides being on the cover of fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine, you’ll be the winner of a prize package valued at over $350! Runner ups will also receive a consolation prize.
Stay tuned to fetch! on facebook – the 20 finalists will be posted on May 7th. Good luck!!