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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, May 19, 2017

Smurf, Pekingese

If ever a dog were created to recline on a cushion of royal blue mulberry silk, it would be a black Pekingese. If ever there were a perfect candidate created for just that purpose, it would be the little black Pekingese now at the shelter. Because he's so cute, we call him a "Smurf."

And what's that, you say? You've always admired the black Pekingese? Then come visit him. This little guy is 13, exceedingly docile, and a bundle of sweetness. He has a few health problems that we are addressing but despite that, his temperament seems stable and gentle.

The Pekingese is also known as the Little Lion Dog, and true to that sobriquet, Smurf struts in fabulous glory after his recent grooming. The breed is known for its affectionate nature, and he is no exception. We think he will thrive in a quiet older home where someone can fuss over him (pretty much all the time). It's not that he's demanding. It's what we want for him.

George, German Shepherd

On the other end of the size spectrum is George, an older German shepherd. And handsome? Oh my, yes. But this big guy also has health problems: George has heartworm. Treatment will start soon, and we are hoping an angel will offer to provide foster care (or permanent adoption) while he undergoes that treatment.

The ideal foster home will be a quiet haven with someone who will pay attention to him. German shepherd (or large dog) experience is a real plus. We will pay all expenses associated with his care and give you as much support as you need. This is a chance to make a world of difference in the life of an animal in need.

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And speaking of making a world of difference! We are happy—no, thrilled—to report that Bella has been adopted. Many of you may remember Bella, the little mixed breed with the major orthopedic issue. Bella had a severely deformed front leg—so deformed, in fact, that she walked on the inside wrist of that leg.

She was only around 2 years old, and specialists felt she was a good candidate for surgery, but surgery couldn't be performed until a foster or permanent home was lined up. And two angels stepped forward, took her home, got her settled, scheduled the surgery, and carefully monitored her recuperation during the subsequent 10 weeks' recuperation.

Bella healed beautifully, her personality was transformed, and along the way, she not only showed us the kind of home she craved, she captured the hearts of many of the staff at the veterinary hospital. In fact, a member of the veterinary team and her family (and menagerie) adopted her and now count Bella as part of their family. As all the good storybooks say: And they all lived happily ever after. It doesn't get any better than that.

Excuse us a moment while we swallow the lump in our throat.

Also jumping aboard the adoption train was Sasha, the wee Chihuahua-mix puppy who was only with us briefly. She now has a new family, a new name and a new place to hang her leash.

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Recently in the news was an alert of a missing dog and the subsequent all-out effort to find the dog. Happily, the dog was found after five days and is now safely home. And we credit the owner with that happy return. She followed the proper protocol for what to do in the event a dog goes missing. We have a simple, easy-to-follow template on our Facebook page and website that will help you or your friends if you find yourselves in a similar situation. Please familiarize yourself with the basic, easy steps. We are also in the process of distributing printed versions to those agencies that can be contacted in the event of a missing dog (animal control departments, police, shelters, veterinary facilities, et cetera). Remember, the sooner you act and the farther you spread the word, the better chance for a happy outcome.

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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.

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