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Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, March 7, 2014
While many of you may be celebrating Beatlemania, this being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles reaching our shores and all, we at the shelter are celebrating Beaglemania. And it's pretty darn fun with our beagles, Ladybird and Cupid, who are a matched set (except for being different ages, different coloring and different temperaments).
We've seen Ladybird in several home environments enjoying social outings and she is quite the proper guest. Granted, her beagle nose takes her all over the house initially, with an extra tour for good measure, but once she settles, she minds her manners and surveys her surroundings. We've also seen that she really likes couches with people on them. The poor little girl suffers in this cold weather and even though she has an extra cozy nesting spot in her kennel, she would certainly prefer being in a house. With a couch. And people.
Cupid is about the same size as Ladybird, which is to say, small. But that's where any resemblance ends. She is much younger than the adult Ladybird, and she has been christened with a nickname: Bizzy Lizzy. We think the name says it all! She is always moving, always exploring, always on the go.
And what can we say about Caper that hasn't been said. This senior German shepherd is lovely—smart, dignified, talented, a quick study, graceful, noble, aristocratic, photogenic. He is no one-trick pony. No sir. He can pretty much do it all. All he needs is a chance in a home for these, his senior years. What we hope for him is a home where someone is around much of the time and understands the shepherd intelligence and temperament. We promise you that you will be richly rewarded with his devotion.
We are trying to help three dogs still in their own homes: Shamus, an old English bulldog; Milo, a Yorkie-Cairn terrier mix; and Ollie, a shih tzu (don't Milo and Ollie sound like an incomplete anagram?).
Shamus, the 6-year-old old English bulldog, is built like a tank, weighing close to 75 pounds. He can be trusted with free range in the house, he loves to walk, and we're told he loves children. A volunteer met him and found that he craves attention and is a bit of a ham. He's fine with dogs outside but needs to be the only dog in the house. One caveat: bulldogs are a brachycephalic, or snub-nosed, breed, and for this reason, they need special care in warm temperatures and during strenuous activity. And they often snore.
Milo is a 7-year-old delightful mix of Yorkshire terrier and Cairn terrier. At 17 pounds, he is small, and much of that 17 pounds comprises his silky tan and black coat. Fortunately he likes being groomed. Oddly enough, he prefers the company of big dogs but is not comfortable around small dogs. His owner says he exhibits a bit of anxiety but is happiest when on someone's lap, when he can show off his cuteness quotient. He's also a bit of a "talker." His favorite toy is a rope toy. His least favorite game is anything rough.
Also still in his own home is Ollie, the 8-year-old shih tzu. At 14 pounds, he's even smaller than Milo and clearly has not had the love and attention that Milo has. We have to assume that Ollie has known harsh times and neglectful owners. But we know that with the right home, food, attention and love, he will be just as handsome as can be. He does not need an active home, just a gentle home. He has received the needed medical treatment and has a clean bill of health. He is ready to be a wonderful, grateful companion.
If you'd like to meet these three dogs, give us a call and we'll make arrangements. If you'd like to meet the dogs at the shelter, check out our hours at the end of this column.
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The Black Dog stores in Falmouth and Mashpee, who have shown us wonderful support, are hosting "Doggie Adoption Days" this month: on Saturday, March 22, in Falmouth and Saturday, March 29, in Mashpee, from 11 AM to 3 PM. We will have volunteers on hand to discuss our adoption program and especially, the dogs currently available for adoption. We will not have our dogs at the store, however, we will have photographs and descriptions. Ten percent of the sales during the events will be donated to FFD, and 20 percent of all sales on dog products during the entire month will also be donated to us. Stop by and say hello.
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With Daylight Saving Time beginning this weekend, we are going to our summer hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM (and for volunteers to walk and feed the dogs, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 PM).
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