Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, January 13, 2017
Every rescue group has its dramatic stories sandwiched between the many happy, but more routine, adoptions. These stories are so special that they become part of the institutional memory of the volunteers. Caper and Ladybird are two such stories. Both dogs, one a senior German shepherd and the other a senior-ish beagle, were at our shelter for about a year. And in Caper's case, it was a year and a day. Both of these dogs presented no special issues making them difficult to place, but for whatever reason, the right match seemed elusive. Until.
Until those right matches came to meet the dogs. And the rest, as they say, is history. But the really special part of the story here is that the two were adopted within a week of each other. Caper now lives in a home (correction, Caper has a winter home and a summer home) with a pretty great family and a cat. He's seldom alone and, in fact, has a large fan base in both communities. There is a particular home improvement center in North Carolina that expects to see him at least weekly. As for Ladybird, here is what her family writes: "Ladybird is wonderful! She's changed our family and we can't imagine life without her."
So there you have it. A home for every dog. In time, in time.
Hoping to join the annals of adoptees are Rudi, Jack and Buster. And before you ask, they came through the storm just fine. Friends and supporters with trucks and plows helped us make sure the dogs' routines were not interrupted. Our very warm thanks to those who helped.
Rudi, a 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier, is not a fan of wind and snow and cold air blowing on her round little body. She is a fan of warmth and walks and laps and would do well in a quiet adult home. This little wire-haired cutie is pretty low maintenance. She doesn't ask for much and she doesn't require much. Except for love and companionship. And car rides. She will play with toys when the spirit moves her and particularly likes any toys another dog is playing with. We're not saying she's a diva, exactly, but...
Jack shares the wire-haired Jack Russell terrier DNA with Rudi, but he is younger. About 11. And a bit bigger. And he is an absolute lovebug. Jack is a favorite among many of the volunteers (but please, please don't tell the others that!). He has a sweetness to him and needs to be with someone or several someones. He loves people. He loves interacting with people. He will retrieve a ball and sometimes even drop it at your feet. He will sidle up for a massage and then just plant himself next to you. He also loves walks and has nice leash manners. Jack is a sturdy little guy. He does not care for the company of other dogs (except for Rudi). He, too, will thrive in an adult home.
Rounding out our shelter census is Buster. Also a terrier, this 9-year-old resembles a smooth-coated fox terrier. With the emphasis on terrier. There is a certain segment of the population out there that loves the terrier spirit. Their fire. Their feistiness. Those people will love Buster. He's got the fire and the spirit. So much so that Buster will do great in an adult home that can channel that independence. A bit stubborn, Buster is very, very smart, so a potential home that can engage his brain will have a budding genius on their hands. Buster often visits stores on Main Street and loves all the attention he receives.
New alert! New alert! Two very sweet dogs have joined our ranks but they are in foster care. They are both adult beagle/pug mixes. Stay tuned. We will keep you updated as we get to know them.
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It is with sadness that we learned that Tom Garland, a former animal control officer in town, died on December 27. His career with the town began in 1994 and spanned close to two decades. Tom was there in our very early days in the old shelter, when we not only shared a small space, but we shared a desk. He remained in the position through our move to the new shelter. But Tom was not only an animal control officer; he was a friend and he shared our love of the dogs. We will miss him.
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We just about have room for a timely tip: please remember to wipe your dog's paws off with a warm cloth after walking on treated surfaces. Road salt and de-icers are toxic!
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We are at the shelter seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5.