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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, September 12, 2014

Male, Staffordshire terrier mix

We're grinning. You can't see it, but we're grinning. Why? We've got some surprises planned. We'll let you know soon.

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What do you suppose is on Mickey's bucket list? Visiting the ocean and dodging the waves? Playing with a brand-new fuzzy yellow tennis ball? Going for a car ride to somewhere new and exciting? Walking in the woods in the early morning light? Snuggling in a soft orange blanket on your couch? Eating breakfast? Dinner? Snacks? Yeah, probably. But more likely, highest on his list is getting a different set of DNA. Because if he had more golden retriever or Labradoodle or just about any breed other than Staffordshire terrier, chances are more people would come meet him.

Mickey is only 2 years old. He's athletic, handsome, loves people, walks well on leash, can catch anything you toss his way and knows how to make you laugh. He's smart and eager to learn. Sometimes, when you're not looking, Mickey will gather several toys together in a pile. You know. Just in case. Mickey chooses his canine friends selectively. Yes, he needs a strong, experienced owner 'cause he's a strong boy, but this special guy is, well, special. How can you look at the accompanying photo and not go "ooooh."

Male, sheep dog mix

Alfie would be the class clown. You know, the kid that wants all the attention. The one who makes the other kids laugh. The one who has the heart of gold and a really sweet nature with just a hint of mischief. Alfie is recovering from surgery and the vet says he will be back to 100 percent activity soon. He is the quirky-looking 9-month-old terrier mix. His silver, gray and white coat is just part of his appeal. His curious expression, dancing eyes and lively disposition, well, it's awfully difficult to capture him in words. He divides his time between a foster home while recuperating and the shelter, so give us a call if you'd like to meet him.

Female, beagle

Ladybird has settled back into the routine at the shelter. We didn't say she loved it, but she's settled in. She still hangs with Caper. This adult beagle seems to want to be wherever you are. She will snuggle in a corner of the office in a small sea of blankets and just observe. And doze. She is really an easy keeper.

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Their average age is 11 years, 139 days. (We're just kidding about the days.) They are our seniors, at least, seniors in age, not in attitude. They are Caper, a German shepherd of high intelligence and loving spirit; Molly, a dachshund of gentle temperament and loving spirit; and Sebastian, a cocker spaniel of earnest expression and loving spirit; All started out as puppies. All spent much of their lives in homes. All ended up in the shelter. And to us, it's somehow wrong that an older dog is forced to start life all over again in a new home, with new people, a new routine. And the reasons they are in this situation are often—usually—not good enough. And when the reason is simply their age, well, that's even worse. We're comforted by the knowledge that there are people out there willing to take one of the older dogs into their home, for a year, or years, whatever they have left. And we thank you for taking that step.

Male, German shepherd

Also reaching into his senior years is Lou, a 10-year-old Lab/beagle mix, a down-home kind of guy. He's not into jogging or hiking but he is into spending time with people. Sometimes on couches. Lou is still in his own home. That means you can talk to his owners and get a full picture of "Life with Lou." He is living with a cat and a dog and is familiar with older children. He's way past his puppy-chewing-everything-in-sight years and needing-to-be-entertained-every-second-of-the-day years. Lou has earned a gentle retirement. Please consider him for your family. We can give you more information.

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We're getting excited about our antique appraisal fundraiser on Sunday, September 21, from 2 to 5 PM. What a nice way to spend a fall afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of Atria Woodbriar Place on Gifford Street for donating a lovely venue and refreshments, and thanks to Michael Kasparian, president of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce and qualified appraiser, we will be raising money for our ongoing and considerable medical expenses. Every penny of this fund helps us help our shelter dogs and also help dogs in the community. Cost for the appraisals is $10 per item or three items for $25. (Please, no coins, stamps or jewelry.) A gift basket of charming "Capey" items will also be raffled off at $5 a ticket or five for $20.

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