August 23, 2006

Shelter Stories


Much good news. R.S.V.P. was given the occasional use of a farm for dogs waiting to be adopted. Dogs go downhill fast if they're caged for too long, and fostering a dog helps to socialize them and remind them there's a world outside the bars. Trevor, who's now at the farm, has even made friends with the horses and other animals after a rough start getting used to a new place. Remember, shelter dogs require patience because they haven't grown up in a loving environment.

Bringing you up to date: R.S.V.P. has gotten a few calls on Summer, the small female Shepherd mix, who has a foster mom now, and five calls on Kerri-Bear, a young black Lab mix. Both dogs are used to living in loving homes and have no issues. You'll remember Summer's mom became too ill to care for her. Kerri-Bear still lives with her owner who's moving and can't take her. Both owners want the right person to adopt their dogs and will talk to you about them. Please call R.S.V.P. for information at 728-3524.

I hope I didn't scare you off last week when I told you Sheba needs to be in a home without other animals and very young children. The young 40 pound female Shepherd mix who had to have her puppies aborted — a terrible situation that could have been avoided had her owner spayed her — started life in a doghouse. She's improving every day and loves people, thanks to her foster family. And she's had eight weeks of professional training with Don Stirling.

My heart is breaking. Not one call on King, the golden retriever mix who was abandoned and left tied to a vet's door. Call R.S.V.P. and walk King. He needs all the attention he can get. What a terrible thing for someone to do — to toss him out and tie him to a door. King is special. Don't forget him; he's had a lot of bad luck. You could change it.

Now, let me tell you about Baby, a medium sized young, gentle Pit Bull mix — a brindle color female. Her owner, who had Baby since she was a pup, has moved to a senior community that won't take dogs. Heartbroken, she surrendered Baby to a shelter that routinely euthanizes Pit Bulls whose reputation has been ruined by unscrupulous owners and inflammatory media stories. (Sadly, people have forgotten that this breed once was the poster dog during World War II.) Now, hysteria is associated with their name.

People don't realize that abusive training techniques have given this breed a bad name. Terrible for the ones that have been brought up right, like Baby, who was removed from the shelter because of its cruel Pit euthanasia policy. (By the way, I adopted one myself, Daisy. She was going to be euthanized. She's wonderful with people and children, and even loves cocktail parties.)

Because of Baby's sweet disposition — I hope she'll get another home quickly — she deserves a second chance. Her original owner will give character references. She gets along well with other dogs and, like my Daisy, loves children and adults. Baby is housebroken, spayed and walks well on a leash. She's up to date on her vaccinations. Come see for yourself. Don't write her off because of her breed. Remember, bad owners can make any dog bad.

I know this is vacation time and people are away, making it a tough time to get an animal adopted. Don't forget our shelter dogs.

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