Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, May 1, 2015
No doubt many of you have been puzzling over what Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Barrett Browning have in common. Well, puzzle no further. We have the answer. The common denominator was a cocker spaniel—the poet owned one and the author penned a book about it. The dog's name was Flush and he was the eponymous protagonist of the biography. (FYI, Virginia Woolf had a cocker spaniel, too, named Pinka.)
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And that brings us to Gracie, our little cocker spaniel. And while no one famous has penned her biography, they should. This 11-year-old gal strikes us as a bit of a miracle. Gracie acts like a pup masquerading as a senior. Each day, each week, we see dramatic changes in her energy, engagement, playfulness. She has always loved human attention and snuggling, but now she loves to play with people, play with toys, walk and go for car rides. Gracie just happens to be deaf but that doesn't seem to hinder her life one bit. And if she's resting on one of her thousands of blankets and beds, all you have to do is show her a leash and she's raring to go. We think she would be perfect for an older person who enjoys walking. And cuddling. Gracie is fine with other dogs. A bit interested at first, and then indifferent.
Frankie is a gorgeous, gorgeous 2-year-old American foxhound. Leggy, lean and lovable, he needs a home where someone is around much of the time and a family that can give him the exercise and training he needs. Frankie can be selective about his canine friends but he has several buddies in his orbit. Frankie appears to be housebroken. He walks well on a gentle leader harness and is doing well in his regular training sessions. When he chooses to show it, his sit is sharp and quick. He is treat-motivated, which can make training easier. Frankie has the softest coat imaginable, but don't take our word for it—come discover it for yourself. Frankie has a very high prey drive so homes with cats and other small creatures would not suit him.
They say if you want a long, healthy life, you should choose your parents carefully. Well, the same could be said for dogs. If Max had the choice, he might wish he had golden retrievers as his parents because they're about the most popular breed in the US today and then more people would be interested in meeting (and maybe adopting) Max. This 10-year-old miniature pinscher in foster care is a delightful little dog. He's larger than the breed standard but still small enough to fit anywhere.
Max is smart and alert and eager and has lots of opinions. When he arrived into our program, he seemed to have many fears of the world, but we discovered that most of those fears were because of the many changes in his life, especially the fact that his owner had died. Now that he's settled in a home-like environment, he's become secure and very, very affectionate. His favorite game is hiding under blankets and making you look for him. And Max seems to get along with other dogs and is making more canine and human friends.
We are helping two families find new homes for their dogs.
Mylee is a 7-year-old American bulldog mix. She is large, weighing 85 pounds. Mylee has lovely house manners but her really special characteristic, according to her owners, is that she adores children. She does not adore cats. And dogs seem to make her nervous.
Sofia is a 1 1/2-year-old Lab mix weighing 55 pounds. She, too, is good around children, according to her owners. Sofia is energetic and would do well in an active home, particularly if family members enjoy hiking or running. She is housetrained and has shown no signs of food aggression. She has had very little socialization with other dogs so she will need training and guidance in that regard. Did we mention that she is a very pretty dog? We didn't? Well, she is a very pretty dog.
Please stop by to visit the dogs at the shelter or call to make arrangements to meet the dogs in foster care or in their own homes.
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Because heartworm is deadly serious but preventable, we are once again sponsoring a heartworm screening clinic for dogs. The clinic will run throughout the month of May. South Cape Veterinary Clinic on Waquoit Highway will administer the blood test. You need to pick up a voucher from us at the shelter for a free blood test and then call South Cape Vet for an appointment, which can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 PM. We will pay for the screening but you will need to purchase the preventive medicine from a vet.
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Last week we told you about the Random Acts of Kindness contest we're sponsoring throughout May. We invite you to submit your entries (up to 100 words) and we will post them on Facebook. The winning entry will be featured in a future column. The acts of kindness can be large or small, dramatic or subtle and can be tales of people helping animals, animals helping people or even one animal helping another. Details are on our website.
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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.