The Phoenix Dog Magazine

The Holiday Season is here, and the cooler weather has everyone out, people and pets!  There are so many great pet-friendly events this season, we hope you get to enjoy some of them. The Phoenix Dog Magazine team will be at many. Please stop by to say hello and be sure to pick up a treat for you and your furry companion!

So many of the dogs we’ve all rescued have benefitted from the woman on our cover, Nina Mason Pulliam.  The name of her Charitable Trust is seen throughout our Valley, on buildings, sponsoring both animal welfare programs, and community programs.  We wanted to know more about this woman who, though she passed on twenty years ago, has such an impact on our pets today.  We found an intriguing person, with a colorful story. We want to thank her, and let our PDM family enjoy her energy and passion for animals, people, and the world we live in.  

Veteran’s Day is November 11, and the Salute to the Military Working Dog entry in the Phoenix Veterans’ Day Parade is a special entry.  Their story is important, and we hope you enjoy knowing more about the parade, the people, and story behind the Salute entry. 

The cool weather inspires many folks to enjoy hiking with their dogs in our beautiful Valley.   It pays to be prepared, and we share some dog-hiking basics with you in our Lost Dog Wash Trail Hike story this issue!  

Roxie loves to hike, and she wants to remind pet parents to carry combs and small pliers to pull out any cholla and cactus thorns dogs can encounter while hiking.  She is a good hiker and stays on the trail, but on one of her very first hikes, a cholla pod was laying on the trail and she stepped on it. That was a painful lesson to learn!  The tools work great to remove cactus from human clothing and skin too!

The Santa Paws Project is a pet toy drive for the dogs and cats at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  It kicks off Nov 5th at the Petapalooza Pet Carnival at the Aviano Community Center in Desert Ridge, and valley-wide collections start Nov 13th at Pet Clubs across the Valley.  Additional locations are listed on the website.  PDM is proud to help sponsor the toy drive, and we’ll be collecting toys at the 12k’s of Christmas race Dec. 9!  thesantapawsproject.org

Please keep your pets safe this holiday season!

Best holiday wishes to you and your families, both human and furry!

Cathy and Roxie,

Publisher and Best Friend


The Pet Poison Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (855) 764-7661


Don’t Leave Me in the Car!

  • Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car
  • Parked cars quickly trap the sun’s heat. Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes.
  • On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.
  • Leaving the windows open a crack doesn’t eliminate the danger of heatstroke or death.
  • Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

If you see a dog in a hot car do this:

  • Stay with the dogs until help arrives
  • Record information about the vehicle (make, model. Color and license plate number)
  • Alert the management of the business
  • Call 911

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