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Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column


By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, May 20, 2016

Benny, Newfoundland/Great Pyrenees mix

We're not asking you to identify the aorist tense in a badly translated stanza of "The Iliad." We're simply encouraging you to make sure your pet has an identification tag on its collar. Always.

Spending the night at the Falmouth animal shelter can often be avoided if the errant pet has a collar with its owner's phone number attached. Don't misunderstand: the animal shelter is safe and clean and the food's pretty good, but it's not "home." So, please do yourself and your pet a favor and get him or her tagged.

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To paraphrase Jim Croce, Benny is big and strong as a dog can come and wider than a country mile. He also has generated a huge amount of interest but that's not surprising. Everything about this young Newfie/Great Pyrenees mix is huge. Supersized. Over the top.

He's 18 months old and about 140 pounds. He may still have some growing to do. Benny appears to be very good with other dogs and really likes people. He certainly seems to have a gentle nature and he's very, very smart.

Benny, Newfoundland/Great Pyrenees mix

Benny can open just about any door (which includes refrigerators and probably pantries). We don't know whether he's familiar with children or cats but we do know he will need an owner experienced with giant breeds. (And, yes, we have sung and continue to sing "Benny and the Jets" to him. He has no reaction whatsoever.)

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Benny's sudden arrival two weeks ago just underscores why we encourage you to check with us frequently about dogs coming into the shelter or dogs whose owners need to rehome them.

And while our census waxes and wanes, we remind you to check with other shelters in the area. You may find the perfect match for you and your family. Among those shelters are the Animal Rescue League in Brewster, the MSPCA in Centerville, the Plymouth Animal Shelter, and breed rescues.

Almost every breed has a large, networked rescue organization dealing in their respective breeds (and often they have courtesy listings of mixed breeds, as well).

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We're excited about meeting every single one of you tomorrow [Saturday, May 21] at our yard sale at the shelter. Stop by between 11 AM and 1 PM to scoop up deals, bargains and not-to-be-missed specials.

All the items for sale will be dog-related: collars, leashes, bowls, toys, beds, crates, and goodness, so much more.

(Even if your dog has a lovely collar/leash ensemble, it's always a good idea to have an extra one of each in your car in case you come across a stray. Many of our volunteers do just that and have found it useful over the years. So for a few dollars, you can have an emergency supply in your trunk. Some volunteers also carry water bowls and a bottle of water and treats in the car, especially in the summer for dogs in distress.)

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Uptown Dog on Route 28A, West Falmouth, is holding its annual sidewalk sale on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, from noon to 3 PM. They are inviting us to participate, so we will have volunteers on hand to meet and greet passersby.

We are so grateful for the support of businesses in town such as Uptown Dog, the Black Dog and Petco. Over the years, each of these stores has made generous donations to our program and each has provided a venue for us to reach the public, raise funds, and raise awareness of our adoption program. It's a collaborative effort that we are very proud of.

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Come visit us at the shelter if you have some free time. We're there 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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