Rattlesnake safety for you and your pets

Linda Shannon-Hills

You have heard we have rattlesnakes in the desert and in the mountains but do we have them in our community? The answer is yes, but you can a yourself and your pet safe. Join the Thursday Talks on April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the La Mesa Room to discuss the myths and realities of living with rattlesnakes with Jay Smith, dog trainer and owner of “Dogs at the River” dog training. Jay is an expert in working with rattlesnakes and other poisonous animals that live in our area. He will provide a wealth of information on what to do if you encounter a rattlesnake in your home, yard or while hiking. He will discuss their habits, their needs and why they are important to our environment. He will also discuss what you need to do to protect yourself and your pets from encounters with rattlesnakes.

After our conversation and questions with Jay, he will take us outside to the parking area near the lake for an “up close and personal” encounter with some of his defanged rattlesnakes so you can familiarize yourself with both the look and the sound of a live rattlesnake. Jay also welcomes pet owners to take the opportunity to re-check their dogs for the correct response to a rattlesnake.

This talk has become an annual event here at SaddleBrooke Ranch and yet people comment that they always learn something new about living in our desert environment. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Join us on Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the La Mesa Room at La Hacienda Fitness Club.