Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column
By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, March 27, 2015
"They're not broken, just bent, and they can learn to love again." Those words, heard in a song, describe many of the dogs that pass through our shelter. These dogs, having reached a point in their lives where they are no longer someone's pet, need only the chance in another home, another family, another life to bloom. And indeed, they do learn to love again. We see it all the time.
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And just like rich, sweet cream rises to the top of a bottle of milk, Frankie has risen to the top of our star boarders this week. This gorgeous 2-year-old foxhound is, in a word, gorgeous. And friendly. No, he's much more than just friendly. He's in love with people. He resembles a foxhound but may have other hounds in his genes. His black and mahogany coat is lustrous. We have a smidgen of background on him and are told that he is good with other dogs and children. But he dislikes cats. Really, really dislikes cats. And other small creatures. Keep in mind that his young age and his breed both mean he will needs loads of exercise. A job would be even better. Frankie will also need training, especially walking on leash. We're still learning more about him and so far, it's been great fun getting to know him.
Max, who is in foster care, is a 10-year-old miniature pinscher. He's got the elegant lines of the breed standard, but he's larger than typical, weighing in at close to 23 pounds. Although he has been living with two other dogs, he'd probably like to be an "only." Max shows some timidity with strangers, but once he knows you, he's soft and warm and cuddly and a bit goofy. When he sees the leash, he practically turns himself inside out with excitement. On cold days and nights, he looks for blankets to snuggle under. One expert in the breed tells us the minpin is a very good watchdog and quick to express his point of view. And Max has several points of view. We think a quietish home without a lot of comings-and-goings would suit him perfectly. Perhaps an active senior home?
Gracie. It's a sweet, ladylike name for a sweet, ladylike dog. A cocker spaniel, she is around 11 and a bit portly. And she happens to be deaf. She craves affection and loves to be scratched and patted and cuddled. Although she is new to our group, we've already seen her reactions to other dogs, including a large pit bull and a lively boxer. She treated them both as if she'd always known them, so possibly a home with another dog would be very good for her. Or a home without another dog. We're sure she'll adapt to anything.
Another dog with a bit of a physical limitation is Izzy, an adult pug. Izzy is blind but she gets around just fine in her foster home. She is living in a fairly active home and loving it. She is extremely affectionate and stable. She is fine with other dogs and she adores riding in the car. Izzy has to lose some weight so her exercise and diet regimens are being carefully monitored.
Mylee, who is still in her own home but needs to be re-homed very soon, is a 7-year-old American bulldog mix. Her owners tell us she can be trusted alone in the house, loves to be groomed, and is very friendly with children. She's not extremely comfortable around other dogs and will bark to make them go away. She doesn't like the vacuum cleaner and Halloween, with its masks and costumes, is her least favorite holiday in the whole wide world.
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Mark your calendars for the next rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3 PM at the Falmouth Animal Control Center off Service Road (and right next to the wastewater treatment facility). Cost is $10 per vaccination. All dogs should be on leash or in carriers. A microchip clinic will be held concurrently. Cost of each microchip is $10. Dog licenses can also be purchased at the clinic.
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Two youngsters arrived at the shelter recently to donate their saved allowances. We were amazed to see the donation totaled close to $50. These young supporters of ours quietly handed us the envelope and just as quietly left. Their mother told us that they had saved and saved to help the shelter dogs. To both of you: a very sincere thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. We want you to know that every penny you donated will help the dogs lead better lives and help us find them the best homes possible.
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This week, in our march through our 25th year, we want to take a moment to salute three very fine former volunteers. Madeline McKenna, a founder, brought unbounded passion and commitment to every facet of our program and wrote this column for more years than we can count. Fifi Burton, another founder, helped guide the early years when the group numbered just a few volunteers who had to do everything: walk dogs, clean pens and raise funds. Marilyn McKnight was the go-to person for any and all fundraisers. Raising much-needed funds is the less glamorous side of any organization and she did it for years with grace and creativity. And by the way, all of these women adopted many dogs from FFD over the years. Lucky dogs.
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We are at the shelter from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6.