Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, October 2, 2015
Noah has arrived and evidently he brought his own little ark. While we're not placing the sudden uptick in our census squarely on his small shoulders, we do think it's highly coincidental that within a week's time of Noah's arrival on our shores, we seem to have a whole lot of new dogs! But what fun they are to have around. Some are young, some are adults, some are small and some are big. Really, really big.
Noah is the littlest lodger at the shelter. At less than 9 pounds, this silky terrier has already had a large impact on all the volunteers and has quickly made friends with several kennelmates. He is almost 2 years old, just a puppy still. He is inexpressibly cute. We are looking for a home where someone will spend a lot of time with him—walking, cuddling, playing, teaching. He already has "sit" and "down" in his vocabulary.
Going up the size scale a little is Allie, a quintessential terrier mix with the typical curly, wiry coat and inquisitive expression. Allie is 5 years old and weighs about 24 pounds. A bit vocal (well, aren't most terriers?), her former owner tells us she is comfortable around children and okay with cats. She chooses her canine friends more carefully and we are working on that. Completely housebroken, we are also told that she can be left alone in the house without getting into mischief. She's not fond of thunder, fireworks, or big, noisy trucks trundling down the street.
The words "mastiff puppy" almost sound like an oxymoron. But that's what Baby is and there's nothing puppy-sized about her. From the top of her substantial skull to the bottom of her huge feet, she is quite a presence indeed. She jumps, she runs, she galumphs around the beach, and can barely contain her joy in receiving attention.
Baby's coat, which is a stunning taupe, is undergoing a sort of "revival." She has some bare patches, the cause of which is not serious and is being treated. Baby is only 10 months old and weighs about 65 solid pounds. She will grow. Oh, she will grow. She seems to have a very sweet temperament but no training. However, so far she has been receptive to learning polite behavior. She seems to want to please and really engages with the volunteers. But, we repeat, she will grow and will need an owner who can handle a large, strong dog.
Another new arrival is Phoenix. She looks very much like a pariah dog (yes, we had to look it up too). She is about 2 years old and medium-sized with long, graceful legs. She is still a bit timid by all the goings-on at the shelter but each day finds her blossoming into what she will finally become—a lovely, sweet, gentle dog. And we'll let you in on a little secret: she's a favorite of all the volunteers, but please don't tell the other dogs that.
Also in this quickly enlarging census is Sofia. Her 2nd birthday was just two days ago. She is a mixed breed with lots of different DNA. Some see shepherd, some see hound, some see boxer. Whatever it is, it comes together in a very handsome package. Also medium-sized, she probably weighs just under 60 pounds.
Sofia is absolutely in love with people. Can't get enough of them. She is never happier than when she's spending time with one person or 10. Sofia was poorly socialized with dogs in her formative years so we are introducing her slowly to other dogs. She is also learning proper leash manners. Fortunately, she is smart and can learn with fair, firm and consistent handling. We are looking for an experienced owner who will help her develop confidence in new and strange situations. Visit our Facebook page to see Sofia in action.
Whew, that's a lot of newness. But also keep in mind that we still have three dogs in foster care: Max, a 12-year-old miniature pinscher with exquisite house manners and nice temperament who loves to take long walks; Maddie, a young beagle who is extremely clever (and knows it) and is aching to get out and explore every trail in the northeastern United States; and Mookie, also a young beagle with a thirst for adventure in the great outdoors. Both of these beagles will need active families to give them what they need.
Please visit our website to see all our dogs in living color!
* * *
The rabies clinic for dogs and cats will run tomorrow from 1 to 3 PM at the Falmouth Animal Control Center in West Falmouth. The clinic will run concurrently with a microchipping clinic for dogs and a licensing clinic for dogs. The rabies and microchip are $10 each. If you bring your pet's current rabies certificate and it hasn't expired, you may be able to get a three-year certificate with this shot.
* * *
We are at the shelter seven days a week. We welcome a few more volunteers who can handle dogs, even if you can only give us an hour a week. We are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6.