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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shorty, rottweiler/pit bull

It is often said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We would agree. Take, for example, peanut butter and chocolate.

Abbott and Costello.

Rock & roll.

Lady and the Tramp.

Xylem and phloem.


Shorty? Yes, Shorty, who is our quirky, unusual, delightful combination of parts that is a force unto himself. This young (2 or 3 years old?) guy is most likely a mix of Rottweiler and pit bull. But how it comes together in him results in a unique creation. Shorty is stocky, sturdy and short and has the rich colorings of the rottie. He adores human companionship and will often plant himself on your foot and lean against your leg while he surveys the world in front of him. Then he might roll on his back for a belly rub.

Shorty is very smart and seems to enjoy training, either for food rewards or for an enthusiastic "atta boy." Shorty is very strong and somewhat prey-driven (watch out, rabbits and squirrels), so he will need a firm, strong owner. And training. Lots of training. An adult home, preferably with bully breed experience, is what he needs and what we are hoping for. Because of his strength, only homes without children will be considered.

Rosie, yellow Labrador retriever

Rose's birthday is Tuesday. She will turn 9. But apparently she couldn't wait the extra few days to celebrate. As seen in the accompanying photo, she's already started. Helping her celebrate was Uptown Dog, which treated her to blueberry frozen doggy yogurt on a recent visit. (Her diet has since started.) Rose is an active yellow Lab. She is exceedingly sweet and a bit heavy, as Labs are wont to be. She loves walks, car rides, office time, and of course, blueberry frozen doggy yogurt.

Don't let her age fool you. This gal loves exercise. But of everything she loves, she loves attention most of all, so we are looking for a home where someone is around much of the time. She loves people so much that she will often bring you presents in her mouth; she'll grab whatever is handy. Because of her size and exuberance, an adult home or one with older children would be best.

Our pal George continues to thrive in his foster home. This 7-year-old German shepherd is nearing the conclusion of his treatment for heartworm, which is no day in the park. But George accepts all the medicine and restrictions with grace and equanimity. He is truly a gentleman. His foster family might soon run out of adjectives to describe his awesomeness.

George, German Shepherd

He has just begun regular—but limited—walks in the neighborhood, where he is a pretty popular guy. And once you meet him, you'll understand why. Soon he will be undergoing a little, ahem, cosmetic surgery to make him even more gorgeous. Seriously though, this is a very handsome shepherd with exquisite manners. He will soon be looking for his forever home. The ideal home will be tranquil and serene but with regular walks and visits and company. George loves company.

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We always love learning fun factoids about dogs, especially vis--vis people. We just learned about a Japanese study published in Behavioral Processes a few years ago that proved that dogs raise their eyebrows when they are greeted by their owners. Especially the left eyebrow. Apparently, the researchers used a high-speed camera to capture and analyze the facial movements of the test dogs, both when seeing their owners and seeing strangers. The dogs' facial movements were much more subtle when greeted by a stranger.

They went on to explain the scientific reasons and ramifications but we don't really care about all that stuff. All we care about is that we've learned a new way to communicate with our dogs. Ultimately, what the experts suggest is that the more animated your face is when greeting your pup, the more loved they feel. And if you can raise just your left eyebrow, well, your dog will feel really cherished. Isn't that fun to know?

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