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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, July 25, 2014
Many dog owners have a fast track to a Zen-like state. And really, it's not that difficult. Here's what you need: your dog, a leash, maybe some water, Mutt Mitts and a few treats. Here's what you don't need: your iPod, your iPad, your cellphone (except for emergencies), any appointments, schedules or agendas. That's it. Just you and the dog. Enjoy each other's company. Walk, jog or simply sit. Talk if you must. But try to clear your mind and concentrate on what has captured your dog's attention: try to see what he sees, hear what she hears, focus on what's around you both. Just for a bit. We'll wager you will both return refreshed.
And we just happen to have three great candidates who are ready, willing and able to accompany you on that journey.
Our newest "tenant" is Wrex and he's wreally, wreally sweet. (Sorry. We couldn't wresist. We wreport what we see.) He is a 9-month-old mix of pit bull and maybe Lab or hound. He's just a baby, really, with the soft, yielding features of a puppy, looking out on a big, shiny, exciting, sometimes scary world. If velvet were a color, that would be the color of his coat. (But it is tan.)
His teeth are spanking white, and the insides of his ears are baby pink. He was surrendered by his owners, who had to move and couldn't find a place that would accept dogs, so we have a history on him. He has lived with a 10-year-old child and a cat. Because he is so new to us, we are still getting to know him and he's getting to know us. We'll keep you apprised.
We wonder if Caper looks at Wrex and reminisces about his own puppyhood, when all the world was before him. At some point, this almost 11-year-old German shepherd began life with a family of his own and we'd like to think they loved him, and we're sure they did because he has such a nice temperament. But with whatever changes he endured in life, he became frightened with being abandoned so he needs a home where someone will be with him much of the time. He doesn't demand constant attention and patting, but he does need someone who will stay in his orbit. Someone with German shepherd experience will also be ideal.
Mickey. M - I - C - K -E- Y. Mickey is your guy. This black and white pitbull is probably mixed with boxer or American bulldog but he looks like a giant Boston terrier. He's young and strong and athletic and funny and seems to love people. He's all boy and full of beans. Mickey, who is about 2 years old, walks well on leash but he is strong so he will need an owner who can match him. He will need lots of exercise and some training. An experienced owner will find a great pal in him.
That's it for the big guys. Now let's turn to the little 'uns: Molly and Sebastian, both of whom are in foster care. Come to think of it, even though Molly is a dachshund and Sebastian is a cocker spaniel, they share a lot of traits. Both are seniors and both like living solo (as far as other canines are concerned.) Both are low maintenance, housetrained, don't need long walks, don't require constant attention, are pretty quiet, and both are eminently appealing little creatures. Molly has a chocolate and tan dapple coat; Sebastian's coat is caramel and white—together they sound like candy. And we will forgo saying that they're just as sweet as candy. Yeah, we'll just forgo saying that. The two dogs visit the shelter regularly but can visit to accommodate your schedule if you'd like to meet either of them.
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We remind you to check in with us regularly, or visit our website, for postings of other dogs needing homes that come to our attention. Unfortunately, the need is always there. Fortunately, so are we.
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As hurricane season approaches here on the Cape, we want our readers to be prepared concerning their pets, so next week we will share some great tips about making sure your pet is safe in an emergency such as a storm.
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As usual, we invite you to come to the shelter to visit the dogs. Summer is a pretty season at our facility. Come see for yourself! 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.
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