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Recent Falmouth Enterprise Columns


May 11, 2018
May 4, 2018
April 27, 2018
April 20, 2018

 

Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, May 11, 2018

It is always great to start the column off with wonderful news—by the time you read this Forrest will be in his new home! We wish Forrest and his new family a happy future together.

We are also thrilled to say that Autumn and Oscar are being adopted very soon. That makes it great news, times three!

That also means as this column is being written we have no dogs available for adoption. However, since our census can change at any moment (and may have after the press deadline), be sure to check our website or give us a call to find out the latest.

Ticks In Massachusetts

Meanwhile we know that most of you have probably heard that our bad tick situation seems to have gotten worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts has the third-highest number of cases of tick-transmitted diseases in the country.

The best thing you can do is be super-vigilant about checking yourself, other people and pets for ticks, so you can find them before they bite.

Helpful Tips Against Ticks

Keep a lint roller or two handy. Good places to stash them are in your car and by your back door. You can roll them over yourself and if there are any ticks, the roller's sticky surface should pick them off you.

Depending on your dog's coat you may find a flea comb helpful to find ticks. They teeth of the comb can lift them up from where they were hiding on your dog.

Our Open House

We have scheduled an open house at the shelter for Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 4 PM. It is an excellent opportunity to visit the shelter and meet the town's animal control officers, as well as some of our volunteers.

We are planning fun contests and will have raffles, refreshments and items for sale. If your dog gets along with people and other dogs, you are welcome to bring him or her. We are hoping to see a lot of our alumni dogs at this event.

Map of area around the Friends of Falmouth Dogs

Finding The Shelter

It can be tricky to get to the Falmouth Animal Control building. For instance, if your GPS device tells you to turn onto Blacksmith Shop Road from Route 28A, then you will find yourself in the wrong spot. We include a map here (it is also on our website) that will help you get to the proper location.

Hours

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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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, May 4, 2018

Forrest, 7 years old, male, 35-pound mix

If you immediately think of Forrest Gump when you hear the name Forrest, well, that's okay by us. Our Forrest is smart like the junior Gump and famous like the senior Gump—at least famous around town. Who wouldn't recognize this handsome boy with those big ears?

Forrest's foster family continues to sing his praises. At first they wondered if his outstanding manners would turn out to just be Forrest on his best behavior, but, no, he has continued to be the perfect house companion.

We think being the only pet in a household will be best for Forrest. At 7 years old, he is beyond his young adulthood but is not yet a senior. That means he has enough energy to join you on a couple of walks a day but neither walk needs to be a 5K.

Forrest is a mixed breed who weighs in at 45 pounds. He is at the shelter on Saturday and Sunday during our open hours and can also be seen by prior arrangement.

As often happens, many families start to show interest in a dog at the same time. Such is the case with the pair Oscar and Autumn.

Oscar, 14 years old, male, dachshund. Autumn, 12 years old, female, dachshund mix

Autumn is a red-haired 12-year-old dachshund mix. She is slowed with a little arthritis but does not let that stop her from enjoying life. She likes to look out windows and is always paying attention to what is going on around her.

Do you have a favorite spot to sit? Autumn would love to join you for some cuddle time. She also likes to add to her day a short walk or two and some time exploring a yard.

Not to be ignored is 15-year-old Oscar, a black-and-tan dachshund. He, too, would enjoy snuggling with a person while they read or watch TV and also likes exploring outdoors. Oscar, however, can walk a little farther than Autumn.

Oscar and Autumn can be seen at the shelter on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon and by prior arrangement.

PAWS II

In 2014, the PAWS (Protect Animal Welfare and Safety) Act was passed in Massachusetts. A new bill, known as PAWS II, has passed the state Senate and is now in the House Ways and Means Committee.

A task force was formed with the original act and the task force's efforts have led to the next step—PAWS II—which will ensure the laws protect both people and pets. PAWS II aims to build upon the changes to the state's animal cruelty laws made in the first act.

Visit www.mspca.org/animal_protection/pawsii to learn more about PAWS II.

Hours

The shelter is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon, Sunday from 3 to 5 PM and also 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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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, April 27, 2018

Oscar, 14 years old, male, dachshund. Autumn, 12 years old, female, dachshund mix

It is not often we have two dogs that need to be adopted together but Oscar and Autumn are so little (and so little trouble) that they make a sweet package deal.

Oscar at 15 is a marvel. When people meet him they are surprised to hear his age. They see a miniature black-and-tan dachshund who is in constant motion—dancing around people's feet, trotting along on walks, exploring his environment and paying attention to everything. That's Oscar!

His foster family says he does take a lot of naps but in-between he is very lively. He gets excited about meal times and excited to go outside for an adventure (especially now that it is warming up).

Autumn, who is a 12-year-old miniature dachshund mix, is just as excited to explore her environment and also is paying attention to everything. However, Autumn is dealing with a little more arthritis than Oscar, and this slows her down a bit.

A very sweet girl, Autumn enjoys sitting in the sun, wandering around a yard, cuddling on a couch and taking short walks.

Oscar and Autumn can be seen at the shelter on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon.

Forrest, 7 years old, male, 35-pound mix

Like the two little dachshunds, Forrest is in a foster home. He is at the shelter on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon and Sundays from 3 to 5 PM. (All the foster dogs can also be seen by prior arrangement.)

If you've been checking out our website or reading this column, you know how cute Forrest looks in photographs. If you haven't met him, then you might be surprised to know he is even cuter in person!

We all know looks aren't everything—but not to worry, Forrest is also blessed with a great personality. This awesome 7-year-old loves hanging out with people. He is a great buddy on a walk or a car ride and if you are just chilling at your house, he's happy to do that as well.

An interesting mix of breeds, he weighs about 45 pounds. His ideal home is one where there are adults only or the children are 12 and older. Forrest will need to be the only pet in the household.

Warm Weather Reminder

Spring seems to be finally here, and the temperature is much nicer outside. When running errands this week you may have noticed how hot your car was when you returned. In just a short time a dog in a hot car can end up in distress. If you would have to leave them in the car, leave them home instead.

Hours

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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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, April 20, 2018

Forrest, 7 years old, male, 35-pound mix

You were probably thinking "Oh sure, Forrest is good at the shelter but how is he in a home?" Well, we were wondering the same thing, so when a foster opportunity came available for Forrest, off he went.

So, what does his foster family have to say? Exactly what we have been saying all along: Forrest is a great dog! They report that he has excellent house manners—he behaves well when they are eating, is patient when they are getting his food ready, enjoys a couple of average-length walks a day, and actually sleeps in!

They say he likes attention but is also independent (not needy). He exhibits no anxiety of any kind.

A reminder of Forrest's vital statistics: 45 pounds, mixed breed, 7 years old, personality-plus. Although he has lived with other dogs, we feel he would do best as the only pet in a household.

Still at his foster home, he will be at the shelter on Saturday from 10 AM to noon and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM and with prior arrangement can also be seen during our other open shifts.

Oscar, 14 years old, male, dachshund. Autumn, 12 years old, female, dachshund mix

Also in foster care are the delightful duo Oscar and Autumn. We are looking for one family to adopt them both as they are well bonded.

Autumn is an adorable 12-year-old dachshund mix who loves to explore, enjoys walks and cuddling. She does have some arthritis, so her walks are short, and she also takes medicine to help with her breathing.

Oscar is a 15-year-old black-and-tan dachshund. He is in great shape for an older dog. Although not a fan of the cold, once out he, too, enjoys exploring. Oscar seems to have a twinkle in his eye and his tail, with its interesting corkscrew, is always in motion.

Oscar and Autumn entered our program when their owner died. They have been well socialized and are very sweet dogs. They can be seen at the shelter on Saturday from 10 AM to noon.

Future Marketing Gurus

In this week's Enterprise is a supplement full of ads created by schoolchildren. Friends of Falmouth Dogs was fortunate to be assigned to 4th grade classes at Quashnet Elementary School in Mashpee and 2nd grade classes at Mullen-Hall Elementary School in Falmouth.

We urge you to look through the supplement for our ads created by Harlee Rohrer from Quashnet and Bella from Mullen-Hall. While only one ad from each school could go in the paper, we just had to give a shout-out to some of the others we saw and really liked.

From Quashnet: Kaelyn Gomez created a wonderful, colorful ad with stars, hearts and pawprints; Rhiannon Tokla used a life preserver in her ad (nice nautical rescue theme!); Deliyah Fortes used color well and knew to keep the message simple; and Violet Poquette used the great slogan "Rescue. Love. Repeat."

From Mullen-Hall: The younger kids clearly got it. They drew dogs with families looking at them, wanting to adopt them, and even drew our shelter. Our shout-out goes to Jenna Athamni, Max Hogan, Lucas McCarthy, David Chapman, and Kaylee Vincent.

Hours

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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