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By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, July 13, 2018

Oscar, male, Pomeranian

It is always fun when we have more than one size dog at the shelter, and right now we have extra large and very small.

If asked, Oscar would probably say he was the extra-large one. This little guy has no problem thinking of himself as the big man on campus. He is an adorable, 6-year-old Pomeranian whose cute looks make you want to rush up to greet him and become his best friend. But not so fast—Oscar prefers to take his time meeting new people.

Last week he was slow to warm up to the visitors who came to see him but was happily greeting and engaging with volunteers that he has only known for a couple of weeks.

The American Kennel Club describes Pomeranians as excellent watchdogs and perky pets. While Oscar's size makes him more of a candidate for short walks than super long ones, he really enjoys his walks and likes to set a lively pace.

Oscar had a recent outing and received a glowing report. He rode beautifully in the car and at a volunteer's house climbed stairs with ease, was curious but well behaved and really impressed with his excellent manners.

Christian, male, Chihuahua

A 13-year-old Chihuahua, Christian is even smaller than Oscar. He gets nervous in new situations and likes to know he has someone he can count on to look out for him.

Christian is really starting to relax more at the shelter as he adjusts to the routine and becomes familiar with all the volunteers. He readily seeks out attention and happily takes walks wearing his snazzy orange harness. While he walks a touch slower than Oscar, he enjoys the outings just as much.

We think he would like a calm home where he can get a lot of attention. He has a sweetness about him that the volunteers are finding super easy to respond to.

Abner, young male, Lab/Newfoundland mix

And now we come to Abner, the true extra-large guy. Estimated to be about 3 years old, Abner is a Lab mixed with—we suspect—a Newfoundland.

In case you are not familiar with that second breed, we'll turn to the AKC again for a description: "The Newfie breed standard says that a sweet temperament is the 'most important single characteristic of the breed.'"

Abner definitely has a sweet temperament! He is easygoing most of the time but can be stubborn on occasion. His favorite thing is to spend time with people; he enjoys walks and just hanging out.

For all three dogs, we are looking for families without small children. For Abner, his size might make him accidentally knock a child off its feet. For Oscar and Christian, their size might make youngsters treat them like toys and accidentally hurt them.

For all three, we are also looking for families experienced with dogs of similar sizes.

For these three, as with all our dogs, we are looking for families who will love them and treat them as valued members of the family.


The shelter is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and also on Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have several shifts that could use more volunteers. If you have experience with dogs of any size and are 18 or older, please consider volunteering with us. It is very rewarding being able to help the dogs.

In addition to the hours listed above, we have shifts that are not open to the public. We invite you to visit the shelter and learn more about our program.

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