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Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column


By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, October 20, 2017

An author we only recently stumbled across writes of his journey to find a home. In his journey that is both practical and spiritual, Scott Russell Sanders says there is no reason to look for a home unless you're lost. And he felt lost. "I have been lost, in ways no map could remedy....If I am to have a home, it can only be a place I have come to as an adult...."

And except for rare exceptions, most dogs that end up in shelters are adult dogs looking to obviate that search that no map can remedy: A forever home. A forever family. We, as well as shelters across the globe, help these dogs on their journeys "home."

Depending on us right now are Rookie and Dusty.

Rookie is a young Lab. He's big and friendly and sometimes goofy. He loves to chase tennis balls; he loves other dogs; he loves his bedtime snack. And he loves to swim. Several volunteers have taken him swimming in local ponds, where Rookie is in his element: 100 percent Lab in every way. He virtually grins with happiness in and near the water. He likes it even more when there's a swimming partner in the pond with him.

Rookie is learning nice leash manners and is trying very hard to learn house manners. He means no disrespect in a home; he's just so excited to be there that he bounces around the room. He knows how to sit, lie down and "leave it" (a generally useful command for any dog).

Dustin, Yorkie/poodle mix

Because of his size and exuberance, we're looking for an adult home or one with older teenagers who are familiar with big, bouncy dogs. We'd like that home to have someone around much of the time. Rookie gets lonely. In the meantime, we are looking for a foster home where Rookie could learn house manners (in an actual house!) to prepare him for a permanent home. We will provide for the training.

Dusty is as small as Rookie is big. Dusty is a 6-year-old schnoodle (mini-schnauzer-poodle blend). He's delightful and affectionate and engaging. And bossy and busy and smart. In short, he's a terrier.

A few days ago, Dusty spent the day with a volunteer in her home. She reports he was perfect. What she actually said is "He was absolutely perfect!" He spent much of the day outside, walking along the harbor, enjoying the sun, and meeting dogs and people. He really likes his walks.

Dusty needs an adult home where he can relax and let his family make the decisions. He needs to understand that he's not in charge. We think he will thrive as the only dog in the home, so that he can be the focus of attention.

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We've got several fun events planned.

On Saturday, December 2, we will be holding Pet Photos with Santa. The event will be at the Waquoit Congregational Church, with a professional photographer and a "professional" Santa. Details will be furnished in this column and on our website as we get closer to the event.

The 2017 Friends of Falmouth Dogs Calendar

That same weekend, on Sunday, December 3, we are again partnering with the Black Dog of Falmouth to participate in the annual Falmouth Christmas Parade. All our friends and supporters are encouraged to march with us—with or without a dog. This year, to make things easier for some dogs, we will have a classic car that dogs can ride in, and we will also have a dog carriage. Details will be listed in subsequent columns.

Please join us for these two events if you can.

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The 2018 calendar is on sale now. Fifteen dollars will get you a million dollars of cuteness. Just look at the cover accompanying this column. We dare you to look at it and not say "awwwww."

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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. Don't be a stranger!

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An early reminder: Daylight Saving ends on Sunday, November 5. This will mean a change in our afternoon shifts. Starting on November 6, our afternoon hours will be 3 to 5 PM on Mondays and Thursdays.

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