Did You Find A Lost Dog?
Check its Falmouth license tag here.
Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, December 6, 2013
The first time may well have been by happenstance. The next, and subsequent, times were by design. And for effect. What are we referring to? Loki, the 11-year-old Siberian husky. Recently she was encouraged to go through the tunnel in our agility yard. Well, she went in all right, but she went only halfway through before scampering back out, which made the volunteers laugh. And then what did Loki do? She scampered back in and out and in and out and in and out, all the while playing to her audience. Loki is an extremely people-oriented creature. She engages with all the volunteers and treats everyone as her favorite.
Her age is simply a number; nothing more. This gal has lots of energy and regularly goes on long walks with volunteers. And of course, she revels in this weather. Because she was a surrender, we have a history on her likes and dislikes. She likes many other dogs and really, really likes other huskies. We are told she is also friendly with cats and children. Here you see her entertaining herself with her rope toy, but she also loves to retrieve tennis balls. And while she may have a lot of years in her life, she also has a lot of life in her years. Do come down to meet her. She is really quite special.
Her companion at the shelter is Ladybird the small, feminine, adult beagle. Ladybird always enjoys a good song, as you see here. And at the risk of sounding like she placed a personal ad in the paper, Ladybird enjoys regular trips to the beach at sunset. Ladybird loves laps and toys and treats and walks and scents, not in any particular order. She is neat in her kennel and loves to snuggle in her many blankets because she seems a bit sensitive to the cold. That's not to say she doesn't enjoy walks in cold weather. Give her a coat and point her in a direction, and she happily trots along breathing in all of nature. She is fine with most other dogs but would probably do best as the only dog where there would be no competition for attention or food. We think she would do best in a home without young children.
Martha is another small, adult beagle, but she is in foster care at the moment. She is a bit more subdued than Ladybird and from what her foster family tells us, she is very low maintenance. She plays with another (big) dog in the family and runs around in the fenced-in back yard. She likes her walks and she likes her car rides. She, too, is sensitive to the cold. Martha visits the shelter every Tuesday from 4 to 5 and can also be seen by appointment.
Kain is a big bruiser of a boy. His DNA includes shepherd, boxer and Rottweiler. He has the heft of the Rottie, the expressive eyes of the boxer and the intelligence of the shepherd. Kain will soon by in a training facility where he will be able to run, play and learn. Sort of like canine kindergarten. Kain is about a year old and 100 pounds. He may get a bit bigger. He will need someone who can handle his size and strength and give him the leadership he craves. An adult home would be best because of his exuberance. FFD will contribute to his training costs for potential owners while he is being boarded.
* * *
Thanksgiving, the day, may have passed but Thanksgiving, the attitude, continues among the volunteers. We are very, very thankful for those of you who have adopted or are fostering our dogs, especially the older ones, the troubled ones, the ill ones. One family that took on the challenge of a dog with challenges has been rewarded in surprising ways. As a member of the family recently wrote to us when telling us of the strong bond that he has with this special dog: ". . . and I love that [walking] gets me out, especially early in the morning. I've seen some incredible sunrises."
* * *
We hope to see you on Sunday as we march, with the Black Dog of Falmouth, in the Falmouth Christmas Parade. We expect some alumni to join us and some volunteers will be marching with their own dogs. We also invite our friends and supporters and especially alumni to march with us.
We had fun at Stop & Shop last weekend getting to reconnect with those of you who have adopted from us over the years, and meeting those of you who are considering adding a dog to your family. And we thank those of you who bought calendars and T-shirts. We also have insulated tote bags in fun colors. Purchasing any of these is a nice way to support our adoption program while treating yourself to something nice.
And we are still selling raffle tickets for a quilt designed just for us. The lap quilt is in quiet autumn colors and is lap sized, suitable for hanging or draping over one's knees. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the shelter and through volunteers.
And as always, 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 3 to 5 PM. (Volunteers return to the shelter on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 PM to walk, feed and check on the dogs' welfare.)
Falmouth Enterprise web site.
Our Dogs |
About Us |
Adopt a Dog |
How to Help |
FFD Items |
© 2005-2013, Friends of Falmouth Dogs. All rights reserved.
Site design and maintenance by Duck Web Design of Falmouth.