September 20, 2006

Shelter Stories

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Meet Tigger, a seven-year-old purebred male, neutered yellow lab. Tigger's story is the same old sad story. The family pet is left behind because the family is "moving." He thought he was a member of a family but found out differently. (So did my four dogs.) At the time of Tigger's life when he needed a real home the most, he ended up in a cage. Dogs are not disposable objects, readers. They have feelings. Abandonment and loss of people they love is the worst, especially when they're mature dogs.

R.S.V.P., working closely with the Riverhead Animal Shelter, is trying to find a new home for Tigger. (They can be reached at 369-6189.) Tigger's ID number is 205. This breed is wonderful. From Britain originally, date of origin 1800s, labs were first used as gundogs. Now they're assistance dogs and companions. Wonderful companions, I may add, with a life expectancy of 13 years. Tigger is housebroken, good with children and other dogs and loves long walks. Come see him and walk him.

More good news about our other R.S.V.P. dogs. The adoptions are holding. Dutch, our dog from two weeks ago, a terrier mix, found a good home quickly. Trevor is still at the farm with the horses. Sheba is being trained and Summer remains in a foster home. Don't forget them. Call R.S.V.P. at 631-728-3524 for information.

Kisses, the boxer mix who spent most of her short life tied to a short chain in a lot, is putting on weight, getting walked by volunteers, but needs a home of her own. Kisses had such a bad start in life, but she doesn't have any issues. She loves people and shows no aggression toward other dogs. My recommendation: keep her life simple after what she's endured. Meet her, walk her. See for yourself. She has a special place in my heart. Someone was looking out for her when she was brought to R.S.V.P.

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