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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, September 26, 2014
It has come to our attention that there are actually some people across the globe who haven't met Mickey yet. Haven't even heard of him. Imagine that. Now, we know that there must be multitudes upon multitudes of homes that would be great for Mickey. Fortunately, we don't have to reach them all. We just have to reach that one home that's just right for him.
Our Mickey is a 2-year-old mix of Staffordshire terrier and something else. This boy is solid and muscular. Mickey oozes self-confidence, and when he walks, he, for want of a better word, swaggers—but without the arrogance. He is extremely smart, very trainable, seems to be excellently housetrained, and can accommodate a routine. Because he's confident, smart and strong, the right owner will also be confident, smart and strong. Mickey is endlessly entertaining. And oh, those big round brown eyes of his!
You don't have to indulge in tasseomancy to know that there is a lucky family in Alfie's future. This spirited terrier mix puppy is going to be a fine dog indeed. We have seen his temperament under very trying circumstances—discomfort, surgery and recuperation—and he has remained sweet and happy and upbeat (and so lively he keeps trying to disobey doctor's orders to keep it to short walks). The indignity of bandages and cones and protective booties hasn't discouraged him. We could all learn a lesson from him in patience. As a puppy (9 months old) and as a terrier, Alfie is going to need a lot of exercise soon, once he gets the green light. Training, too. Alfie rides in the car like a dream.
Sebastian may have said good-bye to his puppy years, but he's still got a lot of spirit inside his 11 1/2-year-old cocker spaniel body. Yes, he's a senior, but that means he's past the puppy antics of inappropriate chewing, inappropriate peeing, long walks in foul weather, and generally creating work. A little stroll, a little rest, a little treat and he's set. He sleeps through the night without incident. Sebastian is in foster care but can visit the shelter if you'd like to meet him.
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There are several dogs still in their own homes but needing new homes soon. Molly is an 11-year-old Corgi mix whose owner has died. She needs to be the only pet but loves people. She is an energetic little thing but needs a quiet home where someone is around much of the time.
Scruffy is a 6-year-old male bichon, also whose owner has died. He gets along with small dogs and is very affectionate with people when he bonds.
Lou, 10, is a Lab/beagle mix. He weighs 70 pounds, gets along with dogs, cats and is familiar with children. He is a couch potato (and speaking of potato, Lou has exhibited some food guarding but is learning appropriate behavior).
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Happy. That's what comes to mind when you look at our hot-off-the-press 2015 calendar. It's fun and colorful and playful and each month will remind you of a summer day on the beach because each month is shot on the "beach." The calendar is so wonderful because its creator, David, is so talented. Cost is $15 each and calendars can be purchased at the shelter or through the volunteers.
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We want to take this chance to thank Atria Woodbriar Place, Michael Kasparian, and all of you who came out to support the antique appraisal fundraiser for our medical fund on Sunday. Atria donated the venue and refreshments and Mr. Kasparian donated his knowledge as appraiser. We all had such a nice time—especially those whose treasures provided "Antiques Roadshow" moments! You may never see firsthand the benefits of your donations to our fund, but trust us, many, many dogs are living healthier lives because of your support.
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We are always happy to see you so stop on by (and pick up a calendar, T-shirt, or tote bag). We are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6.
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