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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer
Friday, October 17, 2014
You don't have to be a brainiac to understand the wonderful, elevating, humbling, ever-changing, sometimes mystical and always rewarding bond between people and dogs. Heck, dogs know it. We know it. And so do many of you, especially if you follow us in this column or on our website. Nothing pleases us more than helping a homeless dog find its way to a new life. Well, what would please us more is if that dog had never experienced homelessness in the first place, but that's another topic for another time.
While not exactly a mysophobe, Mickey is pretty fastidious about things. Case in point: if you throw a toy in the beach area—even a favorite toy—and it lands in the sand, Mickey will puzzle over how to extract the toy from the sand without getting all that gritty, icky sand stuck on his mouth. Want more proof? The water in his bucket is seldom cloudy or dirty. That's how fastidious he is. And his short, tight black and white coat is easy to keep clean, something he no doubt appreciates. He is a 2-year-old Staffordshire terrier mix with a zest for life and a very good brain. Mickey's ideal home will be one with an experienced leader who will give this dog exercise, fun and something to keep his mind engaged.
Shadow is a large and very strong male black Lab mix. Very strong. As a new arrival, we are still getting to know him but so far, he's proven to be a sweetie (and that word can be uttered with real affection as he really is a SWEETIE). For such a young strapping fellow, he was a bit unsure and timid about his new surroundings but we've already seen him settle quickly with each new day. He seems to enjoy playing ball. And he loves people.
Breed books may not tell you that puggles are table climbers but Ruby sure is, and therein lies the delight—each dog is just so different. The year-old puggle appears housebroken, and is definitely lively, friendly and affectionate. Walking and attention are her two favorite pastimes so she will need a lively, attentive family. You can come see Ruby Tuesday, or any other day for that matter!
Sebastian, the elder statesman of our census, is happily ensconced in foster care. He is a delicately hued cocker spaniel and not very much trouble at all. He cannot help that he ended up in a shelter at his advanced age; his choice would have been to stay in his original home. Fortunately, he is in a loving foster home but would like a place to hang his leash for his remaining years. Fully housetrained and not destructive, Sebastian is quite an easy keeper.
Lou, also an older dog (10 years old), is a mix of Lab and beagle. At 70 pounds, he is the size of a Lab. His face is sweet and expressive, reflecting his gentle nature. Lou appears quite balanced in temperament and we're told he is good with other dogs, cats and children. He is still in his own home but we expect to add him to our cast of characters at the shelter soon.
When you're small and scared and your world has been turned upside-down, it's easy to find it difficult to adjust. Such is the case with Scruffy, a 6-year-old bichon. This little (little being a relative concept as he is a bit overweight) creature lost his elderly owner a few months ago and is still trying to find his way in this lonely new world. He's staying in a foster home for the moment but needs a quiet, patient home of his own. Scruffy enjoys the company of other small dogs. He bonds very closely with his "person," sometimes to the exclusion of others. He often finds it difficult to share the one he loves with others. For this reason, he will need a home without a lot of people in and out and a home where he can learn to feel secure again.
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Remember our rabies and microchipping clinic tomorrow, October 18, from 1 to 3 PM at the Falmouth Animal Control Facility in West Falmouth. The rabies clinic is for dogs and cats; the microchipping clinic is for dogs only. Cost for the rabies shot is $10. Cost for the microchip is also $10.
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Come visit our dogs 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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