August 02, 2006
First. The good news. Snooper, the senior black lab we told you about in our first column two weeks ago, has a new home thanks to The Independent and the non-profit organization R.S.V.P. Snooper's the dog who witnessed his beloved owner's murder. His new owner read about him in The Independent and stepped up to the plate to help. Remember, not all adoptions take. Keep your fingers crossed. Happy second chance, Snooper.
Now, here comes Summer. She's a seven year old, tri-colored female shepherd mix, whose owner became very ill and unable to care for her. (She calls every day about the dog she raised as a puppy.) Summer doesn't understand what happened and why she's alone in the world now.
She's a medium-sized dog, healthy, about 40 pounds — too thin — easy to walk, with no issues except shyness. Summer's led a very sheltered life. After her owner turned her in to R.S.V.P., Summer was kenneled in an animal hospital. The pads of her feet were torn and bled on the concrete floor of her kennel. So R.S.V.P. put socks on her feet to protect them and sent Summer to a farm in Riverhead where she's with dogs and cats and pigs and chickens. Her feet healed.
She's become less anxious but needs someone to love and a real home again. Please call 728-3524 to see Summer. Even if you can't adopt her, she loves company and a nice walk. It doesn't take much to make these unfortunate animals happy. A few minutes of your time, and you'll feel better for it.
Happy 10th Anniversary of good work, R.S.V.P.