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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, May 19, 2017

If ever a dog were created to recline on a cushion of royal blue mulberry silk, it would be a black Pekingese. If ever there were a perfect candidate created for just that purpose, it would be the little black Pekingese now at the shelter. Because he's so cute, we call him a "Smurf."

And what's that, you say? You've always admired the black Pekingese? Then come visit him. This little guy is 13, exceedingly docile, and a bundle of sweetness. He has a few health problems that we are addressing but despite that, his temperament seems stable and gentle.

The Pekingese is also known as the Little Lion Dog, and true to that sobriquet, Smurf struts in fabulous glory after his recent grooming. The breed is known for its affectionate nature, and he is no exception. We think he will thrive in a quiet older home where someone can fuss over him (pretty much all the time). It's not that he's demanding. It's what we want for him.

On the other end of the size spectrum is George, an older German shepherd. And handsome? Oh my, yes. But this big guy also has health problems: George has heartworm. Treatment will start soon, and we are hoping an angel will offer to provide foster care (or permanent adoption) while he undergoes that treatment.

The ideal foster home will be a quiet haven with someone who will pay attention to him. German shepherd (or large dog) experience is a real plus. We will pay all expenses associated with his care and give you as much support as you need. This is a chance to make a world of difference in the life of an animal in need.

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And speaking of making a world of difference! We are happy—no, thrilled—to report that Bella has been adopted. Many of you may remember Bella, the little mixed breed with the major orthopedic issue. Bella had a severely deformed front leg—so deformed, in fact, that she walked on the inside wrist of that leg.

She was only around 2 years old, and specialists felt she was a good candidate for surgery, but surgery couldn't be performed until a foster or permanent home was lined up. And two angels stepped forward, took her home, got her settled, scheduled the surgery, and carefully monitored her recuperation during the subsequent 10 weeks' recuperation.

Bella healed beautifully, her personality was transformed, and along the way, she not only showed us the kind of home she craved, she captured the hearts of many of the staff at the veterinary hospital. In fact, a member of the veterinary team and her family (and menagerie) adopted her and now count Bella as part of their family. As all the good storybooks say: And they all lived happily ever after. It doesn't get any better than that.

Excuse us a moment while we swallow the lump in our throat.

Also jumping aboard the adoption train was Sasha, the wee Chihuahua-mix puppy who was only with us briefly. She now has a new family, a new name and a new place to hang her leash.

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Recently in the news was an alert of a missing dog and the subsequent all-out effort to find the dog. Happily, the dog was found after five days and is now safely home. And we credit the owner with that happy return. She followed the proper protocol for what to do in the event a dog goes missing. We have a simple, easy-to-follow template on our Facebook page and website that will help you or your friends if you find yourselves in a similar situation. Please familiarize yourself with the basic, easy steps. We are also in the process of distributing printed versions to those agencies that can be contacted in the event of a missing dog (animal control departments, police, shelters, veterinary facilities, et cetera). Remember, the sooner you act and the farther you spread the word, the better chance for a happy outcome.

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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.

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, May 12, 2017

Can you figure out what Pansy, Fountenoy Hall and "Not In Our Stars" have in common? They all went on to earn fame and fortune under new names. Pansy became Scarlett; Fountenoy Hall became Tara and "Not In Our Stars" became "Gone With the Wind."

Can you figure out what Saturn, Rusty and Fancy have in common? They were all dogs that went through our program with those names until adoption, when they were renamed by their new families. And while they may not necessarily have gone on to fame and fortune, they certainly went on to fabulous lives. And that's all we hope for.

Waiting to go on to her fabulous life is Sasha, the 8-month-old mix of Chihuahua and something else. We think the something else is a Portuguese podengo pequeno, which makes her special. And striking.

UPDATE: Sasha has been adopted! Sasha, who is in foster care but visits the shelter regularly, is young and energetic and flirty and oh-so-sweet. But within that small caramel-colored body is a tiny bit of fire. Maybe ego. Certainly confidence. Always ready to play, she also enjoys time spent in laps.

We know she bonds very quickly so a new family will see that connection very soon after she joins them. Her foster family has seen all sides of her and will share their insights, which will give the new family a distinct advantage.

She is housebroken and plays appropriately with toys. Although she is living with another dog, she also will do well as an only dog. She will need a home where someone is around much of the time. Her age (and her temperament) require that.

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We've had a whirlwind week. As we mentioned, Ted was recently adopted, and within a few days of that, Lady and Juneau were also adopted. Ted is the beagle in search of a canine buddy; Lady is the Australian shepherd in search of a job; and Juneau is the boxer in search of a hearth. All three found what they were looking for. And we are happy.

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Also making us happy (and proud to live in a community that produces such altruistic youngsters) is a recent donation we received.

Last December, the 3rd and 4th grade students at North Falmouth Elementary School conducted a craft fair to raise money for a charity. The students were allowed to vote on which charity should be the recipient. They chose us and presented us with a check for $350. Three hundred and fifty dollars!

To all of you who helped raise that money: please know that you have helped pay veterinarian bills that will make several of our dogs feel better. They would thank you if they could. We thank you because we can.

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We're still accepting names for the quirky and wonderful sculpture made from reclaimed items and donated to us by artist Sue Beardsley. It adds a touch of whimsy to our Memorial Garden but the little fella needs a name.

Please send us your ideas. You might want to honor a pet. Or a friend. Or a friend's pet. Or a teacher. Or a favorite character in a book. Whatever. The winning entry will receive a Friends of Falmouth Dogs T-shirt. Please either submit your entries through our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

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Oh, and as long as you're asking, we can always use good quality canned dog food. Grain-free is always a good option as we sometimes get dogs that are sensitive to grain.

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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.

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, May 5, 2017

It's called blue space. Liquid landscapes. Surely researchers, psychologists, environmentalists and others who study such things have long known about it, but the concept was recently brought to our attention while, you guessed it, walking dogs. Outside. On the beach. In blue space.

In its simplest form, the phrase "blue space" refers to visible water. Apparently, it's more often used as a term in urban design. And according to two German researchers, Sebastian Völker and Thomas Kistemann, "Water is one of the most important physical, aesthetic landscape elements," and to that end, they have studied the "salutogenetic health effects" on the health and well-being of humans. In other words, spending time in blue space is a good thing. A very good thing.

Which is no secret to those of us here on the Cape. We're lucky. And so are our dogs.

The ocean, ponds, rivers, streams, and inlets are just outside the door. Dogs are pretty happy to have sand in their paws.

And no one is happier than Sasha, the 8-month-old Chihuahua (mix). But she's happy with sand or no sand. She's happy with life in general. And why not? This little gal is in foster care with an "older brother" and at the shelter most days, where she simply basks in the attention of all the volunteers. She happily hops from lap to lap, toy to toy, grass to asphalt, yard to car.

Her foster family says she is good with toys, has shown no inappropriate chewing, loves riding in the car, is quick to learn basic obedience commands, sleeps through the night (in her cozy, comfy crate for now), and is generally a treasure.

Because she may have another breed in her makeup (perhaps a Portuguese podengo pequeno?), she is not as fragile as many Chihuahuas seem to be—she's a little larger and a bit more solid.

She would do fine as an only dog. She also seems to get along with other dogs but because of her youthful energy, she might annoy older dogs who are past their peak playing years.

Because of her age, she needs a home where someone is home much of the time. Because of her people-oriented temperament, the same thing holds true. Sasha will do best in an adult home or one with older children.

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This week's good news is about Ted, a former shelter resident, with the emphasis on former! Ted, the beautiful beagle, started his new life, the best part of his life, we're sure, with his new family. And in that family is a "sister," a very playful young puggle, who also was adopted from FFD. And she's happy to show him the ropes. Each day they learn new things about him and each day he learns new things about being a beloved pet. Ted, you landed in the winner's circle! Congratulations.

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Last week we told you about the quirky and delightful dog sculpture created and donated by Falmouth artist Sue Beardsley. The sculpture made from reclaimed objects now sits in our Memorial Garden.

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We also told you that we are accepting submissions for names for the sculpture. You might want to honor a childhood pet, or a character in a book or movie.

For those who can't get to the shelter to see it in person, we have put it on our Facebook page. Please send your entries either to our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

The winning entry will be drawn at random, and the winner will receive a T-shirt! How about that?

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According to a favorite fun pet-factoid website (petplace.com), a cold, wet nose in a dog is not necessarily a sign of good health. In fact, a wet, runny nose can signify ill-health. And even a moderately moist nose by itself doesn't always mean a dog is well. Observant owners will pay attention to other signs, such as lethargy, poor appetite, change in behavior or seeming pain.

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Conversely, healthy dogs can have dry noses. According to the experts, dogs just waking from sleep can have dry, warm noses but be perfectly healthy. And some breeds are prone to cracked, dry noses, such as bulldogs, pugs, boxers, German shepherds, collies, poodles and Pomeranians. The vigilant owner observes the whole dog.

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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. Please stop by. Visit Sasha. Visit us. Visit the sculpture.

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, April 28, 2017

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." So said Henry David Thoreau.

And we suspect that every rescue group can identify with that. Each group starts with a dream, a castle in the air. Then they set to work building the foundation—the actual rescue program itself. The lucky ones see their dream turn into reality. The really lucky ones see that reality grow. And thrive. We at Friends of Falmouth Dogs feel like the really lucky ones. Our foundation is solid and our mission is unwavering: finding a home for every homeless dog.

Not that our shelter dogs know that. Or care. And why should they? They live in the moment. As they should. Maybe we should all try that.

Last week we introduced you to Lady. This 4-year-old Australian shepherd continues to show us just how smart she is. And how athletic. And how willing to learn. In fact, she needs to learn. She needs to have her brain exercised as well as her body. To say Lady loves chasing her Frisbee is a huge understatement. She is a keen Frisbee-retriever-and-bringer-back-to-you-for-another-toss. Ad infinitum. And although she doesn't like to brag, she has been wildly popular this past week with visitors and applicants. Lady is still timid around men and needs time to warm up. She will need an adult home, or one with teenagers, that can give her body and brain the workouts they need.

And high on the oh-how-cute-is-that scale we have Sasha. This young Chihuahua (she looks like a bit of podengo is mixed in the bloodlines somewhere) is in a foster home. We learn more about her daily, but what we already know is that she craves human company and will follow you like a wee small shadow. After a lively game of fetch (she favors one perfect squeak toy and brings it back every time), she will jump into your lap, curl up and almost purr with contentment. This little dog can leap to great heights for her small stature, so that tendency will need to be curbed. A Chihuahua's delicate legs are just that—delicate. Sasha visits the shelter regularly but we suggest you call us before heading out to make sure she is visiting the day you want to come.

And no, we haven't forgotten Ted, the 5-year-old beagle. Ted is spending the week in a foster home, and we know he's much happier in that environment. Ted has a very sensitive temperament and at times shelter life stressed him. His ideal home will be one with a confident dog that will play with him and a fenced-in yard in which to pursue all that playtime. If you want to meet him, give us a call to confirm he is back at the shelter.

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If you have a chance, please stop by to visit our Memorial Garden. Why? Because it now hosts a sculpture created and donated by Falmouth artist Sue Beardsley. You may be familiar with her whimsical, unique and highly creative work. Examples of it can be found throughout Falmouth and beyond. For her metal work, Sue Beardsley rescues objects that have outlived their original purpose and finds new ways to give them beauty and life. You could say she "rehomes" these objects. Which, when you think of it, is kind of what we do with dogs. She is a dog lover of many years and she used that as her inspiration for the dog sculpture that now lives in our Memorial Garden. And here's another fun part: we are going to let one of you, our readers, friends and supporters, name the sculpture. We will offer guidelines for how to submit your ideas in next week's column. But in the meantime, if you can, try to stop by to see the sculpture in person.

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And don't forget our brand-new, colorful tote bags. These insulated bags, at only $5 each, are so pretty they could substitute for fashion accessories. Really. (Especially the purple one.)

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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 4 to 6.

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, April 21, 2017

If we were to ghost-write a memoir for Ted, we would call it "A Star In the Making: How A Brave Little Beagle Hit the Big Time." And maybe even a movie. Yes, we can see the marquee now: "Handsome and Housebroken And Darn Proud Of It."

The chapters covering his early years would be meager because we don't know anything about his puppyhood. His past is pretty much hidden in the fog of the unknown. But what we do know is that his lineage must have had nice temperaments and a willingness to please and his family was very good-looking because that's what Ted is. Oh, yes, his momma would be proud.

Ted is our 5-year-old beagle and he has come a long way during his stay with us. He has begun to happily anticipate walks and belly rubs and treats. He is learning to trust more every day and is smart enough to have taught us a few things.

He enjoys the company of other dogs. Although, it may take him some time to establish a doggy friendship, it is time well spent. For that reason, we are looking for a home with a confident, friendly dog and a fenced-in yard.

Ted loves to walk, trot, meander, stop and smell the roses, just about anything. But he's also very happy to relax inside a home. And we know that firsthand because he has spent weekends in a volunteer's home.

Well, she's all you'd ever want, she's the kind you like to flaunt and take to dinner. Or even just a walk. And with all due respect to Tom Jones, we think our "Lady" is way more special than his lady.

Lady is our newest shelter resident and she is a 4-year-old Australian shepherd. She is utterly lovely. Her glossy coat of black, white and brown is soft and lush. And true to her breed, she is awfully smart. She knows the basic obedience commands, and probably a whole lot more. But as she is so new to our census, we are still getting to know her.

She and Ted have already become walking and chilling-out buddies. Lady is timid with men initially but she is working on that. She also can be cautious around small children.

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We will soon have another "guest" in our census, although, this little gal will be in foster care. She is a 2-year-old fawn-colored Chihuahua. She is quite timid and will need an adult home (or one with older children) and with someone around much of the time. Experience with Chihuahuas is preferred. We are still getting to know this little dog.

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Strays at the shelter seem to be on the increase. We remind you that a simple ID tag on your dog's collar could mean the difference between finding your dog shortly after it has wandered away or waiting until the next day to retrieve it—with the associated fines—at the animal shelter. Not to mention knowing how stressed your pet may be overnight in a strange place.

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And at last, the rabies clinic date has arrived! It's Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 at the Falmouth Animal Control Center off Service Road in West Falmouth, which is next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The rabies clinic is for both cats and dogs. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.

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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. Stop by to meet our two "rock stars."

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, April 14, 2017

A famous dance sequence in the movie "Funny Face" spawned a rare confrontation between Audrey Hepburn and her director, Stanley Donen. She, the fashion icon, wanted to dance dressed all in black—black sweater, pants, socks and shoes. He, the director, nixed the black socks and insisted on white socks. She resisted. But she lost. White socks it was. Mr. Donen knew that the contrast of white and black would add articulation and definition to her movements. He was right. The result was magic.

Jackson has no such issues. And no such need for added articulation and manufactured definition. This jet-black Lab puppy is 100 percent monochromatic and 100 percent magic. His young age gives his coat a beautiful luster. His sweetness gives him the magic. At 6 months old and close to 60 pounds, this big pup needs training, exercise, training, and exercise.

We are looking for a home where someone is home much of the time during his puppyhood and adolescence. And that home should be active—think walking, jogging, hiking, playing. And did we mention training?

If you can look at the photos of Ted and not feel your heart simply melt, well, we just don't want to know why.

Ted is a gorgeous and photogenic beagle. At 5 years old, he is in his prime. He is what is called a 13-inch beagle and has beautiful proportions. But what makes him stand out is his gentle nature. He is fully the gentleman. Not pushy. Very respectful. Takes good care of the toys in his kennel.

Ted is quite shy but we know he will blossom in the right home. And that home will include a confident, friendly, playful dog. A fenced-in yard would be a real bonus. If you visit our website, you will see him in action. Ted loves his walks—being in the fresh air, sniffing the plethora of scents other critters have left on the trails and paths, even a slow jog. Heaven! Beagles are hardy creatures in smallish packages. For some, that's the best of both worlds.

Cara is just a very special little gal. She is probably around 2 or 3 years old. Cara is a podengo mix and the color of a chocolate Lab. Cara is recuperating from orthopedic surgery and is healing beautifully, according to her vets. And right now, she is living in a foster home with all the love and attention she can absorb.

We are looking for a home that can—and will—continue that going forward. Painfully shy around life's normal situations, Cara is a completely different dog around other dogs. Much like Ted, she blossoms into a vibrant, happy creature. So her ideal home will be one where someone is home much of the time and has a confident dog that will play with her (and a fenced-in yard!). Give us a call if you'd like more information about Cara. Or any of our dogs!

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Hot off the looms, or however they're made: our new tote bags have arrived. And they come in beautiful jewel tones: teal, apple green, purple, red, blue. And they are all insulated. Cost is $5 each. A great bargain. And why buy just one when you can buy two? Or three. Or more. Don't worry; we've got lots. They are available at the shelter or through volunteers.

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Remember the rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held at the Falmouth Animal Control center in West Falmouth on Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 PM. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.

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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.

 
 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mill Reef, a racehorse who shared bloodlines with Secretariat, was a star in the early 1970s. Bred in the US and owned by wealthy American philanthropist Paul Mellon, Mill Reef was trained and raced in the United Kingdom, where he's still a legend. Although he was a Thoroughbred, he was a small Thoroughbred (often described as diminutive), making his speed and his victories all the more remarkable. On the plinth under Mill Reef's statue at the National Stud in Newmarket, there is a line from a sonnet penned by Mr. Mellon. The sonnet's final lines read: Though small, I gave my all. I gave my heart.

We think the same sentiment can be applied to Buster—although in the present tense, of course, because Buster is still alive, happy and kicking. When he arrived, this small fox terrier acted as if he had to take on the world. But with time, attention and affection, his feisty temperament is often overshadowed by his tender side. We could tell that he wanted "to give his heart, give his all" to a family. And we were his family, but he needed one of his very own. At 10 years old, Buster has all the wisdom conferred by maturity but he's still young enough to wring every ounce of joy from every waking moment. He loves walks, car rides, and naps. And we love him. But we've saved the best news for last: Buster was adopted and has begun his new life in his new home. Happy days, little buddy!

And, oh, have we got some moment-makers! Buster, Ted, Cara, and Jackson. All completely different in just about every way.

Ted, the 5-year-old beagle, has a much softer temperament than Buster. Still quite shy, Ted is learning every day how much fun it can be to be a dog. He seems more willing to try new things and is quickly expanding his circle of canine friends. In fact, we think the ideal home for Ted would be one with a confident dog and a fenced-in yard.

Long walks on trails, beaches or byways suit him just fine. He is a particularly handsome dog, but there is no conceit in his attitude. But then, there is no mirror in his kennel. He enjoys treats and would probably like to learn some fun tricks to earn those treats.

Our black Lab puppy is Jackson. He's 6 months old, full of energy and brimming with wonder. Pretty much untrained, he runs and jumps and bounds and seems to have just one speed. But after draining a bit of energy by playing ball (and he always brings it back to your feet!), we are working on teaching him how to walk politely on leash and he's learning more every day.

Jackson will need continued training, of course, to mold him into the wonderful Lab he will become. Because he's still such a young puppy (but already weighing more than 57 pounds), he will need someone home much of the time. We think his exuberance will be too much for small children, but an adult home or one with older children should suit him fine.

And then there is dear, sweet, gentle Cara. She's the young podengo who is recuperating from orthopedic surgery in foster care. And she's such a brave little thing. The vet and her foster home tell us she's doing extremely well. She still has several weeks to go in her recuperation, but when she's all healed up, watch out world!

Cara is slowly losing her extreme shyness around people. Quick, loud movements and crowds of people still seem to frighten her, but she's a completely different dog when she's around a canine buddy; it's as if she draws confidence from them. Her ideal home will be one with another dog that she can play with and learn from. A fenced-in yard would be a plus. We'll keep you posted.

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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.

Save the date: A rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held at the Falmouth Animal Control Center in West Falmouth on Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 PM. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.

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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.

 
 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, March 31, 2017

For some, it's a trigger moment: that one instant that resonates. When you've found "your dog." And you know it. You just know it. Usually it's a magical combination of temperament, age, size, and breed, but there is something special that captures first the attention and then the heart.

And if you've come to the point in your life that you want to add a dog to your family, we encourage you to visit us and spend time with our dogs and look for that special moment. Come with an open mind and an open heart. What you think you want may change. It happens. We've seen it.

And, oh, have we got some moment-makers! Buster, Ted, Cara, and Jackson. All completely different in just about every way.

With Buster, the 10-year-old fox terrier, we remind you to expect the unexpected. He may show you his feisty, terrier side, demanding your attention. Then, in the blink of an eye, he might lean against your leg, as if seeking comfort. He'll want to go for a walk but then is just as happy to head back to the warmth of the shelter. He'll run after a ball, drop it at your feet, then challenge you to toss it again. Until he gets bored. Or tired. And seeks your lap.

His fans who have taken him home for weekends report that he is a wonderful, low-maintenance house guest. He's friendly with visitors but is content to greet them, then go find a toy to amuse himself. Despite his age, he loves long walks in nice weather. Buster would love an active, adult home and a routine.

Ted is a 5-year-old beagle. Shy and unsure (the polar opposite of our aforementioned little friend Buster), Ted needs a gentle, patient home that will give him time to learn how to be part of a family. Loud noises still startle him but he is slowly becoming more accustomed to doors closing, vacuums humming, laundry tumbling, and other sounds of daily life. He seems comfortable around other dogs and has become buddies with Buster. He also recently spent a few days happily sharing a home with two other dogs (and he actually initiated some play). But take Ted to the beach or on the bike path, and he is in heaven. Ted is an exceptionally handsome little beagle looking for a family that likes to walk. 'Cause he really likes to walk. Ted will thrive in a home with a confident dog. A fenced-in yard would be a plus.

Cara is our very special little treat of a gal. A feminine-looking, chocolate-colored 3-year-old podengo mix (a podengo is a Portuguese hunting dog), Cara has come a long way in the time she's been part of our group. She is in a foster home recuperating from orthopedic surgery with an excellent prognosis. Cara was extremely timid when she first came to us; everything frightened her. But with time and love, she has made strides and continues to improve a little bit every day in her foster home. Cara loves other dogs and would do best in a quiet, adult home with a confident dog (and a fenced-in yard). She won't be ready for a meet-and-greet for a couple of weeks, but if you're interested in meeting her, please give us a call and we'll work something out.

Hold onto your hats and meet Jackson. Or should we say MEET JACKSON. Everything about this gorgeous black Lab puppy is over the top. He's 6 months old and, at 56 pounds already, he's all gangly limbs, shiny coat, and beautiful white teeth. Although he is new to our census, we can already tell he's very sweet. Because he is very strong, still growing, and extremely high energy and untrained, Jackson will need to get into training as soon as possible. He will need a very, very active home where someone is around a lot while he's still so young. A home with adults or teenagers will probably be best. We are told he is good with other dogs (which could help him burn off some of his energy).

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Did you know that ingesting unbaked yeast dough is toxic, and often deadly, to dogs? We just learned that from a friend, who alerted us to this danger. Fortunately, her dog is now safe but we want to pass this on to our readers. Here is what the ASPCA and the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) say:

Unbaked bread dough can be poisonous to dogs and cats. When ingested, the unbaked bread dough expands in the warm, moist environment of the stomach and can result in a bloated stomach (called "bloat"); this can then progress to a gastric-dilatation volvulus, which is a twisted stomach. Signs of bloat or GDV include vomiting, non-productive retching, a distended stomach, an elevated heart rate, weakness, collapse, and death. When the yeast in the unbaked dough is fermented, it results in the production of carbon dioxide (causing the bloat) and alcohol. Alcohol from the fermenting yeast is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in alcohol poisoning quickly. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Intoxicated dogs and cats can experience seizures and respiratory failure.

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Save the date: A rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held at the Falmouth Animal Control Center in West Falmouth on Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 2:30 PM. Cost is $10 per vaccination. All animals should be on leash or in carriers. A dog licensing clinic will be held at the same time. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required for dog licenses.

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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.

 

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