By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
It’s been said that dogs always know what time it is: It’s now, now, now.
When do they want to eat? Now.
When do they want a walk? Now.
When do they want to play? Now.
And truth be told, volunteers also have a pretty good idea what time it is: It’s time for someone or several someones to fall in love with Caper and Ladybird.
He’s been called a heartthrob; we know he’s aging handsomely and still has the charisma and movie star qualities that have served him well. No, we’re not talking about Sean Connery. We’re talking about Caper, the older German shepherd. This fabulous dog is still enjoying his very special outings throughout the week. But he knows he needs to be at the shelter during our open hours so that he’s available to meet and greet prospective families. And he knows that he can be available outside of our open hours for those of you whose schedules don’t match our hours. And he knows that volunteers will be good message-takers if someone wants to meet him at other times. In the meantime, Caper is practicing his relaxation techniques on the leather couch in the Fox House at the shelter. Those knowledgeable with the breed will know that he is a true shepherd in every sense of the word.
His little gal pal, Ladybird, appears to be searching for a friend. Or a family? This small, adult, beagle would very much like a home of her own, with regular walks, talks, hugs, her own toys, good food and most of all, warmer temperatures. This little girl would love to be cosseted by her very own people. We think she would fit well into a home with an older, retired person. Do consider meeting her. She deserves a chance.
Commanding attention at the shelter is Max, whose name should be at least four additional syllables to match his size. He is a Great Pyrenees. A great Great Pyrenees. Snowy white, fluffy, lean and large, this boy is exceedingly sweet. We are told that he loves the outdoors, and he’s good with dogs (especially big ones), cats and children. But he is big and young and lively so we remind people to do their homework about a breed to make sure it’s a good match for dog and family. Did we say he was sweet? And big?
Still in their own homes but needing new homes are Buddy, the 6-year-old Chihuahua mix, and Suki, a 7-year-old female Pomeranian/Tibetan spaniel mix. Both dogs are small, cute, well-socialized with the world (meaning people, children, dogs, and cats) and pretty much all-around great pets. And since both dogs are still in their homes, you have the chance to talk with their owners to get a full picture of their personalities. Let us know if you’d like to meet either of these dogs and we will help with making arrangements.
Not at the shelter but also looking for a new home is Kain. Inch for inch and pound for pound, he could be a contender for size with Max, the Great Pyrenees. Kain is also quite young, a little over a year old, and is living in an environment with lots of dogs and lots of physical and mental stimulation. He is a mix of German shepherd, Rottweiler and boxer, with the short, tight, fawn coat of the boxer. (Read: minimal grooming needed.) Kain can be viewed by appointment.
Please don’t be intimidated by the “appointment” part; it simply means we need to make some quick, easy arrangements. We also remind you that you are under no obligation after meeting any of these dogs and we do not consider it an imposition to make arrangements. It’s what we do. We know that sometimes the “magic” isn’t there when you meet a dog, but you won’t know until you try.
And remember, new dogs often come to our attention after this column goes to press (to wit, Max and Suki), so we encourage you to visit us on the website or give us a call to see who is newly available among our census.
* * *
Loki, the spectacular Siberian husky, was launched into her new life this week. We are grateful for the privilege of having taken care of her these past months while her perfect home came along, and come along it did. Farewell, Loki, and we hope you remember us with fondness for that’s how we will remember you.
* * *
These dogs (and our volunteers) would love to show you around the shelter, explain our program and perhaps introduce you to a new best friend, so please stop by. We are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 PM. Volunteers are also at the shelter Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 PM to walk and play with the dogs, then feed them and get them all snuggled into their kennels.