Pet of the Month
Meet Rottie, an adorable Chi-poo mix.
“We didn’t even know that her mom was pregnant, but when Rottie came it was amazing,” said mother Mar of being surprised with a Chi-pooh mix she calls the love of her family. “Rottie was a surprise at 5:30 in the morning March, 24th 2016,” she said. “I pulled her out, cut her cord and cleaned her off, she is the most amazing little Chi-Pooh anyone could ever want.”Rottie and her twin sister Kiva share Mar’s love and affection. They are partners in crime, they are so funny and they literally think I’m their biological mom… I love it.”
Congratulations Rottie, you’re our Pet of the Month for February!
Unlike most of the animals we see, Darcy’s story begins here at Craig Road Animal Hospital.
Darcy was found as a stray by her humans at only a few weeks old. When she was brought into Craig Road, multiple X-Rays were preformed, but the results were shocking to say the least. They revealed that Darcy had fractures to her vertebrae, head, and jaw with multiple fractures to her face. In spite of this situation, Darcy’s owners opted for every and any treatment that would give her back a normal life.
Darcy’s steady recovery has gained the attention of numerous staff at Craig Road. For a kitten that’s been through so much, her temperament is surprisingly welcoming. When she first came in, Darcy would rarely leave the confines of her bed. Now, she makes the effort to get up and greet whoever visits her kennel with licks and purrs. We’re happy to report she’s on her way to making a full recovery!
Congratulations Darcy, you’re our pet of the month for January 2017!
If there is one term to describe this Shiba Inu, it’s high-spirited! “He’s a big dog in a small body,” said his father. “When he plays with our Shepard, he never even seems fazed.” Toby has some athletic attributes as well. Mom says he’s got “mad hops”, mainly because he likes to jump on top of furniture around the house to get a bird’s eye view.
Toby also enjoys keeping his humans up at night. “That’s when he is the most active, but one meal later and you find him passed out in a food coma in the living room,” says mom. His personality doesn’t always match his older sister, a couch potato esque German Shepard. “He tolerates him but will let him know she’s not having it when he tries to play with her,” she said.
The only thing that Toby loves more than attention are his toys. He is often seen running laps around his home dragging his Darth Vader chew toy behind him. His mother says he has about five toys in around him at any time, funny thing is half of them usually belong to his older sister. His mother’s favorite characteristic is his reaction when he is called out for chewing on his dad’s shoes, “For a dog this energetic it’s hilarious to catch him in the act of causing mischief because he literally stands completely still and just smirks at you.”
Congratulations Toby, you’re our pet of the month for December 2016!
Lexie is an energetic Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler that was born in North Las Vegas. Shortly after she was adopted by her owner Jeanne, she was brought into Craig Road Animal Hospital for her vaccinations as well as her first exam. After a few months, it was apparent that Lexie was eager to see Dr. Major again, she became excited every time she even drove past the hospital. We’re happy to admit that Lexie’s bond with Dr. Major has only grown since her first vet visit.
Since Australian Cattle Dogs are natural herders, one of the concerns was whether Lexie would get along with her owner’s three cats. Within days, her cats taught Lexie the cat claw is swifter and sharper than any puppy teeth, and that nipping wasn’t a good idea. She’s learned to be very gentle with the cats she lives with, but does like to herd them from time to time.
Growing up, teaching Lexie what not to chew was a rather expensive project as she’s chewed up a computer power pack, a couple lamp cords, several down pillows, ‘only’ one slipper, a crate mat, several leashes, many toys, to name a few, but as she’s matured her destructive chewing seems to be limited to very durable toys and chew bones.
Congratulations Lexie, you’re our September Pet of the Month!
Meet Olivia, an English Bulldog as lazy as she is adorable. Even though her name is Olivia, she will also respond to the name of anyone else receiving attention. This two year old pup has many responsibilities to deal with at home including cleaning up crumbs, licking, and multiple naps.
Olivia is more of a lover than a fighter, one day Mom asked Olivia if she wanted to cuddle, little did she know that she was scheduling mandatory cuddle time at 9:30 every night. While there isn’t much that phases her, it should be noted that windshield wipers are Olivia’s mortal enemies. This bulldog loves skateboards too, but instead of riding them she likes to bite and chew on them instead!
Congratulation Olivia, you’re our August Pet of the Month!
Meet Gypsy Rose, one of the most sociable cats in Nevada!
This three-year-old Calico is one playful kitty. With personality to share, Gypsy Rose loves everyone who crosses her path. Not only does she like to make new friends, her siblings are her favorite companions, sharing her attention between the two dogs and cat that share her home.
When Gypsy Rose isn’t sunbathing on the patio, you can find her sitting right on top of mother’s shoulders!
Her curious behavior can sometimes get her into purses, where she likes to collect keys, money, and anything else she feels entitled to. At the end of the day this lovely kitty just wants to be pampered, and she’ll always roll over for a nice rub on the belly!
Congratulations Gypsy Rose, you’re our May Pet of the Month!
This Maltipoo is anything but boring. “He has so much energy,” said mother Cheryl. “He just never seems to get tired.” Ziggy has some athletic attributes as well. Mom says he’s all legs and can jump 5 and half feet high.
Ziggy also enjoys the nightlife. “He’ll only eat at night and that is when he is the most active…but he’s pretty much running around all day long,” Cheryl laughs. His personality doesn’t always match his roommate’s, a mellow 11-year-old Shih Tzu who he follows around everywhere. “She tolerates him but will let him know she’s not having it when he tries to play with her,” she said.
Ziggy loves attention and toys. Mom says he has about 20 toys in his room and at night time, he makes sure to pull each one out, one by one, and spends quality time with each. But Cheryl’s favorite characteristic? “Sometimes he’ll be doing something and then when you catch him, he’ll just give you this silly little look,” she said. “He’ll just sit straight up and look right at you and I just fall in love with him all over again.” Congratulations Ziggy, you’re our March 2016 Pet of the Month!
By Tianna Winters
Sara was making her normal rounds on the farm when she stumbled across a brown heap of fur. “He was just curled up into a little ball, and you can tell that he was starved, just skin and bones,” she said. Sara remembers how it was easy to tell he had been out here for some time. When she offered him some water, he slowly uncurled and cautiously walked towards her. That’s when she noticed his injury. “His leg looked like it was completely crushed, it was just limp and bent the wrong way,” Sara said.
She called over one of the field hands to help her pick Bill up and carry him back to the farm. “We all discussed what we wanted to do,” she said. “We knew that the leg was going to have to be amputated because it just looked terrible.” Sara and a few of her coworkers take their pets to Craig Road Animal Hospital which is how we came to know the story of Bill. “We saw Bill right away and decided the best thing we could do was to amputate the leg,” said Katherine Ballor, DVM who saw Bill that day. “We took x-rays to check for internal injuries, we ran blood to check the internal organs, and ran a fecal test to check for parasites,” Dr. Ballor said. “Bill was malnourished, had parasites, and a severely injured leg. The poor guy had it rough.”
After a successful surgery, Dr. Ballor wrapped Bill up and sent him home. A few days later Bill came in for a check-up and the difference was night and day. “The timid, emaciated dog that came in for an emergency turned out to be a playful, affectionate pup,” Dr. Ballor said. “He even started to gain some weight and was already well accustomed to getting around on three legs. He was a completely different dog.” Our entire staff fell in love with Bill the moment he came through our doors. We could not put into words the feeling we had to see him walking around like a normal, lovable dog. And Sara said he’s flourishing at home. “He runs and plays all over the place. He is also starting to understand commands,” she said.
He is also a bit of a guard dog, letting any unfamiliar face know that this is his pack…or at least until Sara tells him to back off. “Overall, he’s just a big teddy bear,” she said. “We all love him on the ranch, he’s our mascot.” His love for his mother definitely shines through. Anywhere she goes, Bill is close by. Her favorite story to share is how affectionate Bill is. He sleeps in his own bed next to hers and throughout the night, Bill lifts his head onto the side of her bed, just to let her know that he’s there. Congratulations Bill, you are our March Pet of the Month!
Watch Bill’s whole story here:
Meet Rocky, a Pomeranian and Brussels Griffon mix. But mom, Christy, says don’t let his little angel face fool you. Mom says that he’s “ a little a**hole and Tasmanian devil and asshole all in one.” Yes, not only is he very energetic, Rocky likes to chew up everything…remotes, CD’s, toys. Mom took him in after her granddaughter decided he might be too much for her, and after he chewed up all of her shoes. And it was love at first sight. Mom says he’s mellowed out over the years but he’s still a very active pup. Just four years old and Rocky dominates obstacle courses and loves playing fetch. Rocky may be a little bit of a misfit but he fits right in with mom and she loves him dearly. Congratulations Rocky, you’re our February Pet of the Month!
This French Poodle with the teddy bear face joined her family on Christmas Day. They named her Noel. She has been coming to Craig Road for a few years now and loves Dr. Daniels and getting groomed. Noel is a very prissy and pampered pup. Sometimes when Noel gets too hyper, Mom has to hold her like a baby to calm her. Besides being the center of attention, she also enjoys her belly rubs. Noel is definitely a daddy’s girl. Every night, like clockwork, she will sit on Dad’s lap and stare at his face for hours.
Congratulations Noel, you’re our January 2016 Pet of the Month!
Meet Linus, a beautiful long-coated Dalmatian. The six-year-old has a long list of jobs attached to his resume including a therapy dog, agility competitor, and has even modeled! But his favorite role is being his mom’s best friend. He is an absolute lover and is completely attached to mom who rescued Linus from a shelter in Waco, Texas.
Congratulations Linus, you’re our December Pet of the Month!
Murray was found on a cold night and all alone. Mom says it was love at first sight and now Murray has a warm place to call his own. Murray has taught himself to play catch but will sometimes request assistance from mom, meowing until she throws a ball for him to chase after. He is more of a lover than a fighter, preferring to cuddle any chance he gets. Murray is also very vocal, especially when he is ready for breakfast. He’ll walk all over his sleeping mother, meowing and attempting to eat her hair.
Congratulations Murray, you’re our November Pet of the Month!
This little dog has a very big name and rightfully so! Augustus Caesar rules the hearts of his mom and dad while living the pampered life in the Panorama Towers. Augustus lives up to his name. Not only is he popular in with neighbors, he has over 500 followers on his Instagram ! The self-proclaimed “king of everything” stole the hearts of our staff during his last visit due to his sweet nature. The Petit Brabancon is a rare version of the breed Brussels Griffon. And pictures just don’t do Augustus justice! When he isn’t getting a blueberry facial or working out on his treadmill, this little cutie likes to dress from his ever growing closet.
Congratulation Augustus Caesar, you’re our October Pet of the Month!
Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. This five month old Frenchie is a spunky little lady who wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves giving plenty of kisses and making you giggle by chewing on your toes. Lola may have a huge heart but she is feisty and refuses to be walked on a leash, she’s far too independent for that! Congratulations Lola, you’re our Pet of the Month for August 2015! If you would like to submit your pet for Pet of the Month please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Station is a five-year-old Welsh Corgi mix. She prides herself on being a good companion and
has recently become a big sister! When she’s not showing her love and affection towards her
sisters and cat cousins, you can find this lady running the fence at the dog park.
Congratulations Station, you’re our Pet of the Month for July 2015! If you would like to submit
your pet for Pet of the Month please use the form here (don’t forget a picture!) or email us at
Luke was a rescue dog from Las Vegas Labrador Rescue.
Luke is an amazing ambassador for any dog owner with his kind nature, level of obedience, as well as ability to make everyone love him. He is well know here at Craig Road Animal Hospital as “the dog that sits in a chair without moving”. His family loves him so much and are amazed that even with Luke’s high level of training, he is still a wonderful family member that has never lost his personality.
Luke’s credentials include:
1. Professionally Trained Demo Dog
2. Dog Blood Donor with his brother, “Mack” on 24/7 Emergency call.
3. On his way to Therapy Dog with Nathan Adelson Hospice Center.
Luke is our Pet of the Month for November 2014!
Gauge is a one year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is very playful and thinks he is a lap a dog!
Gauge enjoys playing tug of war and going out shooting with his family.
Gauge is our Pet of the month for August 2014!
Simba, a 2 month old Grey Tabby kitten.
He was found in a backyard, abandoned, at only 3 weeks old, and now lives with his loving family.
Simba loves grabbing your face and giving you kisses on your cheek.
He is a very energetic cat, who loves tumbling and rolling around like a gymnast.
His favorite toys are an empty Amazon box, his parents’ TV stand, and anything with strings and bells.
Even though he’s a little daredevil, and it sometimes means late night visits to Craig road Animal Hospital’s Dr. Whitcraft, he is a little angel who gives a lot of love.
Simba is our Pet of the month for July 2014!
Chloe is a 1 year old Great Dane.
Her favorite toy is water bottles- in ANY size! Her momma says shes a 120lb toddler who loves naps and car rides and that cheese and deli meat is her absolute favorite treats!
Chole is a big sweetheart that loves to stand up holding your shoulders while licking your ears.
Chole is our Pet of the month for May 2014.