Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, March 24, 2017
Ethelred the Unready (you may know him as Aethelred) had an unfortunate reign. While king of England a lot of years ago, he was said to have brought tremendous disorder to his country, was suspected of murdering his half-brother, and was just generally unpleasant. And his nickname, "the Unready"? That was a play on words, sort of a medieval pun. And we all know what jokesters they were.
But it got us to thinking: what if we wanted to assign epithets to our dogs at the shelter? Well, that would be easy—we would choose Buster the Born-Ready and Ted the Beguiling.
Buster the Born-Ready is a 10-year-old fox terrier who was born ready for a walk, a car ride, a meal, a squeaky toy, but most of all, a forever home. Buster has the quickness and the intelligence of the terrier, along with a bit of fire, but he's also got an easy-going disposition when he's allowed to chill out in a home away from the shelter. And we know this firsthand from his many weekends spent in the homes of volunteers.
One volunteer who has hosted Buster in her home several times continues to tell us what a great house guest he is. She said he isn't fond of the cold and, in fact, is a sun worshipper who will find any puddle of sunlight in a room and lie down. Buster has a lot of energy for his age, and last weekend he took a four-mile walk with her, loving every minute. Buster is looking for an adult family to share that energy.
And then there's Ted the Beguiling. An utterly lovely 5-year-old beagle, Ted has a face that can melt a heart (which is pretty common for beagles). He is shy but is learning to assert himself and seek attention from volunteers. He seems to gain some confidence from other dogs, so we are slowly introducing him to his peers. Ted and Buster are spending more time together in the play areas at the shelter.
Ted is just back from a weekend getaway, and here's what his foster family reports: "Ted was a perfect house guest. He enjoyed the company of my dogs and followed them out to the fenced-in yard. He was very good for his bath and slept on a dog bed in my room all night. He has quite the snore. In the morning he went right out to pee. He loves his leash walks and will do all his business. He would really continue to thrive in a home environment with a patient person and another confident dog."
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We also have two dogs in foster care. Cara is a young podengo mix recuperating from orthopedic surgery. Her recovery could take another 10 weeks, and she won't be available for adoption until we assess her fully healed status. Juneau is a 7-year-old male boxer, currently in a foster home with another dog. He, too, has some medical issues we are treating, but if you'd like more information on him, give us a call.
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And speaking of cuties at the beach, you may notice a pair of them at Chapoquoit Beach from time to time. Ted and Buster often visit that beach, taking good advantage of living on the Cape. They return to the shelter with sand in their paws and fresh air in their lungs. Heaven.
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Volunteers from Friends of Falmouth Dogs will be participating in tomorrow's Black Dog Doggie Adoption event from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Black Dog on Main Street. Dogs available for adoption will not be on-site in the store, but volunteers can answer any questions about our dogs and posters will showcase these dogs. In addition, the store will donate 20 percent of its sales made during the day of the event to the shelters participating at their various stores.
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A rabies clinic for cats and dogs is planned at the Falmouth Animal Control Center in West Falmouth for Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 PM. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.
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We are at the shelter seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6. (Please note the new afternoon hours.)