“And they all lived happily ever after.” Those have to be among the nicest words in any language, and especially in the lexicon of shelter workers. The sentiment is held dear by all who work trying to re-home abandoned pets. And we’re hoping, of course, that soon enough, all of our dogs will feel the full-life of being someone’s pet.
You’ll never guess what Caper is doing in the accompanying photo! Okay, we’ll give you a hint: he’s waiting for a treat. Which is why he is sitting so prettily with the tiniest tip of his tongue showing. This boy, a senior German shepherd, is smart. Yes, we keep reminding you of that because we are constantly amazed at his intelligence, and more, his willingness to please. He completes the small agility course we have and then completes it again. And again. And he never looks at us as if to say how simple it is for him. Each time through, he pretends it’s a challenge (which is not to say he doesn’t look for shortcuts to see if we’re really paying attention). This wonderful, big, leggy, blond creature needs a home where someone is around much of the time. While he is very tolerant of his lady friend Ladybird, we think he would prefer being the only dog in the household where he can be the star.
Is there any sound more iconic of summer than the banging of a screen door? We think not. Is there any sound more iconic of the beagle than the baying? We think not. And apparently, Cupid thinks not and so she is determined to let you know that she is full-on beagle. This young girl with her freckled legs and inquisitive nature is a little package of liveliness. She gets curiouser and curiouser with each passing day. She seems to enjoy life fully and will need a lot of exercise to keep her focused.
We recently came across a slender volume of poetry, a collection of love poems written to the author’s dogs. (Called “Dog Songs.” Don’t you just love the title?) One image in particular struck us: “...and when he sniffed it was as if he were being pleased by every part of the world.” It’s something that we see in Ladybird. She is in heaven when she’s following a scent as fast as her little legs will carry her. This adult beagle is small and packable (meaning she fits just about anywhere). Although we’ve had her a while, we’ve seen her grow more and more affectionate with the volunteers. She goes on outings several times a week, sometimes to new fields, other times, just for rides. She’s a great traveling companion. She has excellent kennel manners (has never soiled her bedding), but she suffers in this cold weather. Little “Birdie” needs a home soon.
Ollie is the little shih tzu that could: He could be a loving companion. He could be a handsome dog. He could be a perfect pet. All he needs is the chance. This 8-year-old shih tzu is in foster care with several other dogs at the moment, but he would do equally well as an only dog. He runs on the beach with a posse of other dogs and has a blast and really enjoys the exercise. All he wants is a home to rest his little body and love to ease his little soul.
Still in his own home is Milo, a 7-year-old Yorkie/Cairn terrier mix. If there is a community theater group planning to stage “The Wizard of Oz,” this little guy would probably zoom to the top of the auditions. He is house-trained and enjoys his walks, but also enjoys hanging out on the couch. He is a bit vocal but has no destructive behaviors, according to his owner. He knows how to sit and fetch, which can be mighty important bits of knowledge. If you’d like to meet either Ollie or Milo, please give us a call and we’ll give you more information.
As this column went to press, we were anticipating the arrival of a miniature pinscher, a 10-year-old female named Leah. We are told she expects to be the Queen Bee in a household but is very sweet. We will know more about her very soon.
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Please try to join us at the Black Dog for two “Doggie Adoption Days”: on Saturday, March 22, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Falmouth store, and on Saturday, March 29, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Mashpee store. Volunteers will be there both days to answer questions about the dogs available for adoption and to explain the adoption process. We won’t have any of the available dogs with us at the stores, but we will have photos and information. Ten percent of the sales during the events will be donated to FFD, and 20 percent of all sales on dog products during this entire month will also be donated to us.
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Mark your calendars for the next rabies clinic for dogs and cats, which will include a microchip clinic for dogs. The date is Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 PM at the shelter. We will remind you in this column as the date nears.
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Please note our summer hours now in effect: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6. (Volunteers are also at the shelter Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 PM to walk and feed the dogs.)