Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, September 23, 2016
Let's see now. Is it the Brady Bunch or a Bunch of Bradys?
Either way, we've got it covered. We've got BradyX—a very young miniature pinscher and a not-quite-so-young pug. They share a name, but that's all they share.
Update: Brady has been adopted. Brady The Younger is a 7-month-old min pin. He's quick, lively, curious, always moving, always looking for the next adventure or a toy or a walk. This little guy's energy can barely be contained. Brady is trying very hard to learn how to act properly around other dogs. He knows no boundaries and wants to play, play, play.
Regardless of the other dogs' responses, Brady plows in for more. It's really just puppy power with no limits, and we know he'll learn proper canine etiquette in due time. He will need an active home with adults or older children. (Emphasis on active.)
Brady The Elder is a pug—a chunky pug. At about 8 years old, he's seen a lot. And done a lot. And he's fine with life in general. This fellow is just a bundle of everything good—he's good with people; he's good with dogs. He's friendly and stable and settled. He's new to our census, so we are still learning new and wondrous things about him.
Bruno is a dachshund. A senior dachshund. A senior piebald dachshund. (Did we get you with the "piebald"? It's the description of his black and white coat.) Bruno, who is 13, is in foster care but visits the shelter every Saturday and other days by appointment.
His foster mother can't say enough good things about him. He's living with two other dogs—one small and one large—and gets along with both. His favorite things are sitting close to you on the couch and carrying one favorite stuffed toy from room to room. Although he has a generous selection of toys from which to choose, he really prefers just the one. What a discriminating little creature he is! And we have a posteriori knowledge that he's housebroken.
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He was in and out like a flash! We've been aching to say that from the moment he arrived. We're referring, of course, to Flash, the adult beagle. He has started his new life in his new home. He has filled that home, and that family has filled his life. Way to go, Flash!
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We want to take a moment to thank local stores and residents for their continued support. The Black Dog held its Doggie Adoption Day two weeks ago and invited us to participate and even let us sell our tote bags. They give us a platform to showcase our adoption program and over the years, they have supported us in many ways.
And Atria Woodbriar Place and Michael Kasparian have donated a venue and expertise for three years running with our antique appraisal fundraiser for our medical fund.
And we thank all of you in the community who came out to support us.
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If you follow this column, you will remember our need for foster homes and volunteers, especially on the afternoon shifts. Fostering a dog, whether for a few days, a few weeks, or longer, is an exceptionally fine way to make a difference in the life of a dog in need. There are lots of reasons dogs need foster placement (age, medical condition, stress level) and there is lots to gain in terms of satisfaction when you step into the breach and offer your time and home. We take care of all expenses and offer any support you might need. Give us a call and we can fill you in. And if you only have one hour to spare one day a week, well, we have a perfect way to fill that hour. We have several hour-long afternoon shifts (4 to 5 PM) that are not open to the public but are designed simply to feed, visit and tuck the dogs in at the end of the day. It's better than going to the gym: it's all gain, no pain!
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We are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6.