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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, December 8, 2017

Is there anything cuter than a picture of Santa and a dog? We think not. Well, maybe add two really cute kids. Yeah, maybe that's cuter.

And there was a whole lot of cuteness going on last weekend with our Pet Photos with Santa fundraiser. And because the venue (Waquoit Congregational Church through the generosity of the Reverend Nell Fields), the photographer's skills (Brenda Sharp) and Santa's time were all donated, every cent we made benefits our medical fund. Thank you to Joe Yukna of Dogman Dog Training in Mashpee for giving us his time at the event. Thank you to all who turned out. And special thanks to Falmouth Pet Center, which donated gift bags chock-full of fun things that were handed out to all the pets who came to "see" Santa.

Molly, shih tzu

And speaking of cute, Molly's visit with Santa was cuteness to the nth degree. And beyond. Molly is a sweet and gentle 9-year-old shih tzu who is in foster care. She is also a very timid, insecure little gal. For that reason, we are looking for a very special home for her; one where she can learn to relax, be confident and enjoy being a dog. Her foster family has stressed that Molly is very shy when she meets new people; she also gets nervous in crowds of people (which could mean even just four or five). Her new home will need to exercise lots of patience as Molly learns to settle in. She has had several upheavals in the past couple of months and is trying her very best to adjust.

The ideal home will most likely be a single adult with a quiet life and someone who is around much of the time. She is not familiar with children, so we won't be placing her in a home with children, even older children. Her original owner was an older man, so she tends to warm up to men a little quicker. Her breed needs regular grooming, which should be a factor to consider in adopting her. Molly enjoys walking but, because of some arthritis, her exercise needs to be tailored to her. We are hoping to find a home in the Falmouth area, so that we can introduce Molly to her new family and surroundings on a gradual basis, to give her time to acclimate and get to know the family.

As you can see, her foster family knows so much about this little girl that will help us find her the ideal home. Molly will be at the shelter this Saturday from 10 AM to noon. Call us if you'd like to meet Molly but cannot be there Saturday.

Renee, Husky mix

And then there's Renee! Who is not at all like Molly. Renee is young and big and lively and full of herself. An 11-month-old husky/shepherd mix with ice blue eyes, she's still pretty much a puppy and needs exercise, training, consistency, training, someone around much of the time, and more training. And more exercise. Renee exhibits separation anxiety and will chew inappropriately if left alone too long. Proper redirection, exercise, patience and guidance should all help reduce this behavior. She enjoys jogging, and one of our volunteers said she caught on quickly and kept pace with him. She is still showing lots of puppy behaviors, such as jumping and mouthing, so we're looking for an adult home, or one with older teenagers. That home will have someone around much of the time.

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And in our next "where are they now" installment, we will share the latest update from one of our happy adopters. Remember the little Chihuahua from a few months ago? Here's just some of what his new family has reported:

"Rocco enjoys everything around him. He has been GREAT on the jobs I take him to: outside maintenance, landscaping, painting. We can't thank you enough on how wonderful Rocco has made our lives. He is the best."

Aw, shucks, we just love hearing things like that!

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We've had several strays in and out of the shelter recently. We're always happy when they get reunited with their families and don't have to spend the night at the shelter, which is not easy for many dogs. And the quickest way to reunite dog and owner is if the dog is wearing an ID tag with a current phone number. That's a not-so-subtle reminder to make sure your dog is tagged.

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We are at the shelter seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5.

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