Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, November 21, 2014
The Friends of Falmouth Dogs will not be open to the public on Thanksgiving Day. (Don't worry—volunteers will still be at the shelter to exercise, feed and cuddle with the dogs.) We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.
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Beneath the appealing face, the big brown eyes, the pretty sweater and the ballerina grace beats the heart of a tomboy. Ruby. Even her name is feminine. But when she moves, she's more allegro than adagio. And as long as we're on the dance theme, you oughta see Ruby's tour en l'air when she leaps for a tennis ball. This young puggle is bursting with energy and high spirits. Really high spirits. So high that sometimes she seems to be unable to pay attention. But throw a ball and she exhibits a laser-like focus. This little dog will need a very active family, perhaps with another dog, and the willingness to work with her on training. But she will be worth it for all the entertainment she will offer.
New to our shelter is a 10-year-old male Chihuahua. This little guy finds himself in need of a new home where he can settle in. If you do a bit of research, you will see that 10 years is not old for a small dog such as this. He enjoys his walks and racing around with Ruby, but when he gets back to the shelter and into the lap of a volunteer in the office, he turns into a Velcro dog, wanting only to be held and cuddled.
Lou is an amazing, loving, settled, gentle and very special boy. This 10-year-old yellow Lab mix is enjoying his day in the sun. And by that we mean his day to shine. While living in a foster home, he's getting regular visits from volunteers and field trips to, well, fields among other places. And he's meeting other dogs and loving it. His need for exercise is a bit limited at the moment. Lou will do well in just about any home, but we'd like to see him in a home where he'll get all kinds of wonderful attention.
Sebastian, too, is in a foster home. He is an almost 12-year-old cocker spaniel with subtle and elegant coloring. He has lovely house manners, requires limited exercise, doesn't demand constant attention and according to his foster family, he's a pretty easy keeper. But he does have spunk and he holds several opinions, usually about when he thinks the next treat should come his way.
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Enumerating all the wonderful things we are grateful for in this season of thanksgiving is easy. Every day we are reminded of the acts, large and small, that make life better for the dogs in our care. Listing all these things without sounding like a greeting card is not so easy, but we'll try:
We're grateful for all of you who love and take care of dogs.
We're grateful for all of you who adopt dogs, from us and from other shelters.
We're grateful for all the donations of goods, services and money that we receive—leashes, detergent, toys, bones, biscuits, dog beds, blankets, towels, carpentry work, landscape work.
We're grateful for the notes of encouragement reminding us that what we do counts.
We're grateful for those of you who, despite the weather or your busy day, stop by a shelter to spend time, even one hour, with a dog. For shelter dogs, that's the best part of their day.
We are grateful for all of you and all you do to help us help.
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We remind you to check our website for alerts about any food or product recalls or other items of interest to dog owners.
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We are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 PM.