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Recent Falmouth Enterprise Columns


October 4, 2019
September 27, 2019
September 20, 2019
September 13, 2019

 

Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Kara Altshuler

Friday, October 4, 2019

Cora, female, mixed breed

At Friends of Falmouth Dogs we often find that good things come in twos. Such is the case with our newest shelter dogs, Millie and Cora. They come from the same home, and although they are both young (2 years old or less), both mixed breeds, and both love to chase balls, there the similarities end. In fact, if we were to compare them to actresses, Cora is Vivian Leigh or Meryl Streep, while Millie is Audrey Hepburn or Lauren Bacall.

Cora is the gregarious one, as you might expect from the actress comparisons above. This charcoal-haired charmer will help you do homework, unload the groceries, wash the car, you name it! Cora wants to be in the mix, whatever the mix is, and if she is the center of attention, so much the better! She loves to swim but hates baths. She's good at the veterinarian and seems to be great with other dogs (she lived with two). We've been told she likes to chase cats. She hasn't been around kids very much, but her smallish size (she weighs less than 30 pounds) means her energetic personality shouldn't pose much of a problem. She is crate trained, house trained, and even had a bit of remote collar training. We haven't had enough time to evaluate her leash manners. Her former owner indicated that an active family would be a good fit for Cora.

Millie, female, mixed breed

Millie is the strong, silent type. A red-haired, svelte (less than 30 pounds) beauty, she prefers the slow, dignified approach to introductions. Like the actresses to which I've compared her, Millie appears to understand that mysterious females are very appealing. But don't let her cautious nature fool you. Once she feels comfortable, she's all about affection. She will lean in for chin scratches, belly rubs and gentle conversation. Millie is also crate trained and house trained, and well-behaved at the vet. She loves car rides and is food motivated. She can be nervous around kids and takes a while to warm up to dogs, so adult families who don't have a lot of activity going on at home would be best for her.

Both dogs are available immediately and can be seen at the shelter.

Jackson, our 65-pound hound mix, has been approved for adoption and will be going to his forever home very soon. We are so happy that this sweet, smart dog has found the perfect family for him.

We are excited to share that Friends of Falmouth Dogs (FFD) has been selected to be a part of Stop & Shop's GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Community Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

Jackson, male, mixed breed

From October 1 to 31, each time a $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at Stop & Shop, 20 Teaticket Highway, Falmouth, $1 will be donated to FFD, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a convenient way to raise awareness, support the environment and raise funds for our cause. Please visit https://stopandshop.bags4mycause.com/about-the-program/faqs/ if you have any questions. Thank you for your patronage!

If you happen to be an online shopper, please consider using the smile.amazon.com link on our website. The link can be found on our "How to Help" page. When the link is used, Amazon will donate a small percentage of everything purchased to Friends of Falmouth Dogs. Every little bit helps! Thank you!

FFD is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon, Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 PM, and Sundays from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit our website at friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Kara Altshuler

Friday, September 27, 2019

Jackson, male, mixed breed

Autumn is such a wonderful time on the Cape—a true feast for the senses.

Summer's ever-present humidity moves on as football and soccer season moves in. Our routines change now that our weeks are organized around the school bus schedules, kids' sports and preparations for the holidays, which will all be here before we know it. The last of the summer corn fades from farm stands and bags of Cortlandts, Macouns and seckle pears take their place.

The cranberry bogs in my part of town are loaded with luscious, ruby berries, so I imagine the harvest season can't be too far behind. Spices are on the wind now, making outside walks a delight.

Our pets' routines change, just like ours do. And Jackson, our young hound mix in foster care, has developed his own routine. Jackson, who is less than 2 years old and roughly 65 pounds, wakes up happily and spends the day the same way. The sweet dog has a true zest for life—he loves play time with his doggy "brother," he enjoys training time with FFD volunteers, and he craves going for walks. Jackson is food motivated and responsive to commands. He is crate trained, house trained, intelligent, and very eager to please. He would be an enthusiastic companion for watching a game on a Sunday afternoon, or hiking in New Hampshire. He is amenable to just about anything, as long as he can spend time with his humans. Jackson is in foster care and can be seen by appointment. If you think Jackson might be the perfect leaf-peeping companion for you, please give us a call at 508-548-7742.

FFD volunteers are looking forward to the Blessing of the Animals at Waquoit Congregational Church (15 Parsons Lane, East Falmouth) tomorrow from 10 to 11 AM. This is a lovely annual event, and we always try to take part. Hope to see you there with your pets!

If you happen to be an online shopper, please consider using the smile.amazon.com link on our website. The link can be found on our "How to Help" page. When the link is used, Amazon will donate a small percentage of everything purchased to Friends of Falmouth Dogs. Every little bit helps! Thank you!

FFD is located at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to noon; Monday and Thursday afternoons, 4 to 6 PM; and Sundays from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit our website at friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Kara Altshuler

Friday, September 20, 2019

"Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor."

    —Irish proverb
 

Jackson, male, mixed breed

It's easy to tell when the autumn equinox is approaching: the days get crisper, the sunlight changes, the air smells like grape jelly, and brilliant reds and oranges start popping up in the landscape. Of course, now that fall is here, the trees aren't the only ones who should be wearing orange—so should your dog, especially if you're going to be traversing the many wooded trails on Cape Cod. It is so important to make sure both you and your dog are highly visible to anyone around you, including hunters.

We are happy to announce that Jada, the 2-year-old terrier mix, was adopted last week. We are so pleased for that deserving young girl as she starts her new life. Now we have more time to focus on Jackson, our 2-year-old hound mix.

Jackson is a 65-pound bundle of energy and affection. He bonds quickly, craves human companionship, and is easily enticed into a game of fetch. He is crate trained, house trained, food motivated, intelligent and eager to please.

Jackson, male, mixed breed

He loves to go for hikes, he loves to do his training exercises, he loves to stare out the window, he loves to sit on the sofa next to you and watch TV. He would be a great companion for a single guy or a family with kids who think weekends are for playing ball in the back yard or going on camping trips. Jackson is in foster care and can be seen by appointment.

If your plans take you to downtown Falmouth Saturday, September 21, from 10 AM to noon, please drop by and see us at the Black Dog. We'll be participating in the store's fall Adopt-A-Dog Event. This is always a great time for us to enjoy the beautiful decorations on Main Street and celebrate all things "dog"! We'd love to share some successes of the past year, ooh and ahh over candid shots of our canines, and maybe even see some of our doggy alumni and past adopters! Can't wait to see you!

If you happen to be an online shopper, please consider using the smile.amazon.com link on our website. The link can be found on our "How to Help" page. When the link is used, Amazon will donate a small percentage of everything purchased to Friends of Falmouth Dogs. Every little bit helps! Thank you!

FFD is located at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon, Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM, and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit our website at friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Kara Altshuler

Friday, September 13, 2019

A fellow volunteer introduced me to the Yellow Dog Project. This is a nonprofit organization based in Alberta, Canada, and its raison d'etre is to help owners with fearful dogs or dogs that need more space when traveling outside in the world. A visual cue is always a simple, quick way to identify a dog that is unique. We can all recognize a registered service dog by the tell-tale vest the dog wears.

The idea with dogs that need space is the same—yellow ribbons to wear on the dog's collar, harness, or leash. It alerts people nearby that the dog may not be okay with anyone approaching, whether that is an adult, a child, or another dog. And it saves the dog owner the awkwardness of explaining to others that yes, their dog is friendly, but he would still prefer to be left in peace.

I own a dog that could benefit from a yellow ribbon. If you do, too, please check out the info at theyellowdogproject.com.

Jackson, male, mixed breed

Another week has passed with Jackson in foster care, and the dog gets better every day. Based on the daily photos I receive of him, it's hard to tell who is having the most fun, Jackson or his foster mom. We initially thought Jackson preferred women and was a bit shy around men. Well, we don't believe that anymore! Jackson is an equal opportunity kisser and snuggler.

This young (less than 2 years old) boy is a 65-pound mixed breed—some people see Labrador retriever in him, some say German short-haired pointer, but I think he's got treeing walker coonhound in his DNA. That's because his eyes are constantly looking up to see what may be high in the treetops, and he exhibits "treeing" behavior often. Luckily, he's not much for baying.

If he is a coonhound mix, that is a good thing because that breed is even-tempered and difficult to annoy. And that definitely describes Jackson. He bonds quickly, craves human companionship and plays well with other dogs. He is crate trained, house trained, food motivated, intelligent and eager to please.

An ideal family for him would be an active one, committed to training Jackson in obedience commands—he's a dog that doesn't know his own strength, so commitment to training loose-leash walking is a must. If you want a dog who is big enough to go for a hike or a run, but not too big to be a lap dog, call and let us know. Jackson is in foster care and can be seen by appointment.

Jada, female, terrier mix

UPDATE: Jada has been adopted!
Jada, our young (younger than 2) terrier mix, gives Jackson some stiff competition in the lovable, intelligent, perfect companion race. She is a real athlete, and might be excellent at agility training, if a potential adopter wanted to give it a try.

Jada has some serious hang time, and we watch her impersonation of Michael Jordan when we play toss or fetch with her. We use those games as a way to teach dogs the "out" command, and Jada learned very quickly. In fact, she learns every command quickly...although continued work on basic commands should be a top priority for her adoptive family.

Jada loves children and other dogs, but we recently found out that she isn't a good match for older, more sedentary dogs that don't have her same love of play. We aren't sure if she would be good with cats. Please drop by the shelter to see if Jada fits your idea of a perfect partner for a game of catch.

We are happy to announce that Foster and Regan went to their forever homes late last week. Yippee and congratulations to their adoptive families.

We are pleased to be joining with the Black Dog, Falmouth, at its Fall Adopt-A-Dog Event, September 21, from 10 AM to noon. Please drop by to meet FFD volunteers, see posters of our available dogs, and maybe meet some friendly doggy alumni from years past! Can't wait to see you!

FFD is located at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to noon; Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM; and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit our website at friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

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