Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, April 21, 2017
If we were to ghost-write a memoir for Ted, we would call it "A Star In the Making: How A Brave Little Beagle Hit the Big Time." And maybe even a movie. Yes, we can see the marquee now: "Handsome and Housebroken And Darn Proud Of It."
The chapters covering his early years would be meager because we don't know anything about his puppyhood. His past is pretty much hidden in the fog of the unknown. But what we do know is that his lineage must have had nice temperaments and a willingness to please and his family was very good-looking because that's what Ted is. Oh, yes, his momma would be proud.
Ted is our 5-year-old beagle and he has come a long way during his stay with us. He has begun to happily anticipate walks and belly rubs and treats. He is learning to trust more every day and is smart enough to have taught us a few things.
He enjoys the company of other dogs. Although, it may take him some time to establish a doggy friendship, it is time well spent. For that reason, we are looking for a home with a confident, friendly dog and a fenced-in yard.
Ted loves to walk, trot, meander, stop and smell the roses, just about anything. But he's also very happy to relax inside a home. And we know that firsthand because he has spent weekends in a volunteer's home.
Well, she's all you'd ever want, she's the kind you like to flaunt and take to dinner. Or even just a walk. And with all due respect to Tom Jones, we think our "Lady" is way more special than his lady.
Lady is our newest shelter resident and she is a 4-year-old Australian shepherd. She is utterly lovely. Her glossy coat of black, white and brown is soft and lush. And true to her breed, she is awfully smart. She knows the basic obedience commands, and probably a whole lot more. But as she is so new to our census, we are still getting to know her.
She and Ted have already become walking and chilling-out buddies. Lady is timid with men initially but she is working on that. She also can be cautious around small children.
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We will soon have another "guest" in our census, although, this little gal will be in foster care. She is a 2-year-old fawn-colored Chihuahua. She is quite timid and will need an adult home (or one with older children) and with someone around much of the time. Experience with Chihuahuas is preferred. We are still getting to know this little dog.
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Strays at the shelter seem to be on the increase. We remind you that a simple ID tag on your dog's collar could mean the difference between finding your dog shortly after it has wandered away or waiting until the next day to retrieve it—with the associated fines—at the animal shelter. Not to mention knowing how stressed your pet may be overnight in a strange place.
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And at last, the rabies clinic date has arrived! It's Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 at the Falmouth Animal Control Center off Service Road in West Falmouth, which is next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The rabies clinic is for both cats and dogs. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.
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We are at the shelter Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6. Stop by to meet our two "rock stars."