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When dog walking is a tug of war

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My dog Trey is a 3-year-old mixed breed, mostly Lab, who pulls at his leash every time we go out for a walk. I don’t want to use a choke collar, because it seems painful and counterproductive to punish him every time he tries to pull ahead. How can I get Trey to walk next to me and not tug all the time...

Local celebrity brings fellow stars to Gallup

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Colt Balok hosting ‘A Night with the Stars’ on Feb. 24

Local celebrity Colt Balok, who has hosted his talk show The Colt Balok Show for five years, is returning to his hometown of Gallup to kick off his new A Night with the Stars segment on Feb. 24.

With 1.3 million followers on Facebook, The Colt Balok Show is now the fastest growing talk show on the platform on an international level.

Balok started the show in Albuquerque but chose to set the show’s new live event premiere in Gallup.

“This is a way to honor where I came from and look to the future,” Balok said.

Unlike his pre-taped show, A Night with the Stars will allow Balok to take a more Graham-Norton-like approach...

Is pet sitting a profitable career?

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m a high school student and I’m thinking about what kind of career I’d like to have after I graduate three years from now.

I’m not sure college is for me, and I like being around pets — my family has two dogs and a cat, and I have a flop-eared rabbit. I’ve heard that pet sitting is a good business to be in. Is this true? Can I do that instead of college? — Caryn H., Fort Walton Beach, Florida

DEAR CARYN: Pet sitting is a huge and growing market, because almost every owner is going to need someone to watch their pet at some point. So, it’s certainly worth considering as

a career. You can start your own pet sitting business or go to work for someone...

Celebrating love on Valentine’s Day

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Gallup campus celebrates BeKind UNM Week

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The University of New Mexico-Gallup Staff Council is planning a donation drive Feb. 12-16 as part of BeKind UNM Week to collect food for students and the local pantry as well as stuffed animals and blankets for law enforcement agencies.

The UNM-G Staff Council is seeking donations of the following items:

Canned food itemsNon-perishable food items Easy-to-open, small-serving food items that can easily fit into a bag or backpack
New or gently used stuffed animals
New or gently used blankets
The stuffed animals and blankets will be delivered to the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office to be used by officers during interactions with children or individuals...

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