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Our Weekly Falmouth Enterprise Column


By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, October 13, 2017

There was actually an online survey recently seeking respondents' favorite numbers. Many thousands of people weighed in. We're not sure why, but there you have it; the survey exists. And according to the survey's originator (a British mathematician), the winning number is no surprise: seven. Poor little old 110 didn't even get one vote. In-between, other favorites were 3.14 and 1.618 (guess who voted for those). Forty-two was pretty popular. And number three came in at number two.

If we were pressed to name our favorite number, we'd say we have two favorites. Our first would be whatever number of dogs we have at the shelter at any given time. Our second favorite number would be zero. That is the number of dogs we'd like to see in shelters needing homes.

So right now our favorite number is four (which came in fourth in the survey, by the way), because we have four dogs looking for forever homes: Rookie, Dusty, Molly and Patrick.

Rookie is a young, big, healthy male Labrador retriever. He has a beautiful face and a sweet expression. He's smart and happy and seemingly always ready to play ball. We know he needs a lot of training, patience, routine and exercise, but frankly, we're surprised he's still at the shelter. Rookie must have had a rough start in life, with little socialization, no leash training and certainly no training in house manners. But in the right home, he will be a truly fantastic dog. He is learning his "schooling lessons" at the shelter just as quickly as he can and he is an earnest student.

Dustin, Yorkie/poodle mix

Rookie really enjoys the company of other dogs, but, because of his size and exuberance, if he goes into a home with another dog, that dog would have to be strong and lively, too. And if you're not in a position to adopt a dog but would like to help Rookie, we are also looking for a foster home to teach him house manners until his forever home comes along. We will provide for all the training.

Dusty is a typical terrier mix of bravado, confidence and intelligence. He also has the terrier bossiness, curiosity and zest for life. Dusty is a 6-year-old schnoodle (mini-schnauzer and poodle), who is small, agile and wildly haired. He loves his walks but he also loves hanging in the office with volunteers. He plays with toys appropriately and doesn't seem to be destructive, even with soft, squeaky items. We think Dusty will do best in an adult home or one with older teenagers who will understand that he needs to learn that he's not in charge.

In foster care are Molly and Patrick.

Molly, shih tzu

Molly is an 8-year-old shih tzu. Still somewhat shy with strangers, she is getting more comfortable every week with her visits to the shelter. In fact, last Saturday, she spent much of the shift on a volunteer's lap. She will give you kisses with very little coaxing and has learned to ask for attention. Recently, she tapped, ever so gently, the arm of her foster mom for a little cuddle. Or maybe to tell her it was time for dinner. We're not sure. Molly enjoys her walks, but is not a marathoner by any means.

Patrick is an almost-11-year-old Lhasa apso. Food doesn't seem to be as important to him as it does to other dogs, and, in fact, at breakfast time, he often sleeps later than the others in the foster home. But that's okay, because he's trained the family to hold his meal until he's ready. Hmm. According to his foster family, Patrick "has a dose of independence, a smidgeon of stubbornness, and some sweetness thrown in." Sounds like a recipe for a fantastic little creature. Which he is. Patrick and Molly are living in a home with another dog and doing quite well. And Patrick would also do well with a cat as a roommate. We are looking for an adult home for this little guy.

Molly and Patrick visit the shelter every Saturday and by appointment.

Patrick, Lhasa apso

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We never tire of hearing how our dogs are doing in their new homes, and we thought you'd like to hear about them, too. So, from time to time, we will share some of the lovely things we hear about the former shelter dogs.

This is an e-mail we got not long ago from a family who adopted the Australian shepherd named Sis, who, by the way, appears in our 2018 calendar.

"We'd be honored to have her pic taken. Anything to emphasize the good work you're all doing, and to recognize that older dogs are deserving of a second chance in life. Name the day. We're available anytime.

"We renamed Sis 'Gracie,' BTW, simply to reflect how grateful we are that she's come into our lives. We went to the vet's for a booster Lyme vaccination, and she told us that we all were a good match. I give the credit and thanks to you guys.


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And just a reminder: our 2018 calendars are hot off the press and ready for purchase. At $15 each, they are a treat for the eye as each page features a real cutie that went through our shelter into a new home.

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Don't forget the rabies clinic on Saturday, October 14, from 1 to 2:30 PM at the animal control center in West Falmouth. Cost is $10 per vaccination and the clinic is open to dogs and cats. All animals should be leashed or in carriers.

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We are at the shelter Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon; Sunday from 3 to 5 PM; and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 PM.

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