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Recent Falmouth Enterprise Columns


July 6, 2018
June 29, 2018
June 22, 2018
June 15, 2018

 

Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, July 6, 2018

Christian, male, Chihuahua

Our Li'l Abner is now sharing space at Dogpatch, aka the shelter, with two companions—Christian and Oscar.

Christian is a 13-year-old Chihuahua who was a little nervous at first but is adjusting nicely to life at the shelter. One volunteer when describing him said he is "plucky but also likes the finer things in life, like an ear scratch."

Christian might be small but he is all dog—enjoying walks, a good bed to snuggle in and the company of people.

Oscar, male, Pomeranian

His friend Oscar, a Pomeranian, is 6 years old and full of energy. This little guy loves to walk. Don't let his size fool you; Oscar is a champion walker. Do you walk fast? No problem, Oscar can keep up. Seriously!

Christian and Oscar arrived at the shelter together but can be adopted separately. Given their small size, we are looking for a family without young children. Christian would likely prefer a quiet home but does enjoy having another dog around. In fact, he seems fascinated by Abner.

Abner, the gentle giant we introduced you to last week, has, not surprisingly, proven to be very popular. This young black Lab mix is quite the catch and is friendly with people, cats and other dogs.

Abner, young male, Lab/Newfoundland mix

Although big and strong, Abner walks well on a leash. As you might expect from a youngster, he does get excited around other dogs when he thinks it is playtime.

He can be a little stubborn at times but is generally an easygoing boy. We are looking for a family with experience with larger dogs and one without small children.

A Double Thank-You

Last Saturday, 7-year-old twins Liam and Logan Suttles stopped by the shelter to make a special donation. For their birthday they asked friends to bring presents for the dogs and cats at our local shelters. They delivered our share of those gifts and the dogs at the shelter are very appreciative. Thank you, Logan. Thank you, Liam.

Seeing the town's younger population being so thoughtful of others makes us very hopeful for the future.

At The Shelter

You might be wondering about holidays. What happens on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas? The answer is: if there are dogs at the shelter, we are there.

Volunteering at the shelter is a very rewarding experience. We get thank-yous every day from the dogs—tail wags, excited barks, kisses and melt-your-heart looks. Seeing a frightened dog transform into a happy one is just wonderful.

Our volunteers clean kennels, do laundry, scoop poop in the play yards, take dogs for walks, throw tennis balls (over and over again), rub bellies, and sometimes even snuggle in a dog bed with a shelter dog.

We feed, give medicine, clean ears, and brush the dogs. Basically, we do everything a family would do for its well-loved pet. And, then we do one more thing—we find them their real, forever family.

If this all sounds like something you would like to do (and you are 18 or older), consider volunteering with us.

We have shifts 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. (We have some additional shifts that are not open to the public.)

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Nancy E. Bennett

Friday, June 29, 2018

Abner, young male, Lab/Newfoundland mix

Everyone knows dogs come in all sizes and right now the new dog down at the shelter falls into the big category. Young Abner is part black Lab and it has been guessed that he is also part Newfoundland.

Along with being large, Abner is strong—although, right now we are calling him a gentle giant. He also does not appear to need an inordinate amount of exercise.

The recent bouts of rain do not bother this guy. He happily walks in the drizzle or hangs out in a play yard flipping toys around, digging in the sand and enjoying himself.

Abner, young male, Lab/Newfoundland mix

As mentioned last week, when a new dog arrives, we take our time finding out about him. So far we have learned enough about Abner for most of the volunteers to be quite smitten with him. The feelings are mutual as Abner seems to love everyone he meets. He is a sweet dog.

Abner came to us as a stray, so we started with zero knowledge about him. Given his size we are currently looking for a family without small children. We will be able to refine the ideal home for Abner after more observation.

Talking about a big dog has no doubt made you wonder about Matteo. We are happy to say that Matteo is currently settling in at his new home and we wish him and his new family all the best.

Dogs In Cars - Tips

Most dogs love riding in cars and most of us enjoy taking our buddies with us when we drive. A recent column talked about watching the temperatures and leaving them home if we have to leave the car. So, what about those trips when you won't be leaving the dog in the car or when the temperatures are cool? Here are some things to consider.

Dog motion sickness. Yes, just like people, dogs can suffer from this. It might be caused by anxiety, and taking small happy car trips, with you gradually increasing the time of each trip, may help your pet get over it. If not, talk to your veterinarian. There are some medicines that can help.

Dog safety. Look for a safety harness that has passed crash testing. We've all seen the commercials with the dummy people created to test safety features on cars. Well, there are similar tests done on safety harnesses with dummy dogs of various sizes. According to petplace.com, when they first started these tests, most of the harnesses failed big time, so be sure to do your research.

Back seat is best. Dogs in the front seat can distract the driver, causing an accident. If that is not bad enough, a dog in the front seat could be seriously injured or killed from the air bag. Keep them in the back for everyone's safety.

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, June 22, 2018

At our organization, we are fortunate to be able to take our time in finding each dog a new home. This allows us to learn more about the dogs and to wait and select the very best fit for them.

Take Matteo, for instance. When he arrived at the shelter, we knew he was a 3-year-old male standard poodle whose owners had died. Other than his name, that was practically all we knew.

We then learned that while he has had some basic training, he was a bit rusty. We also learned that he was smart and eager to please. It did not take us long to figure out that Matteo loved tennis balls!

Matteo, 3 years old, male, standard poodle

Over the weeks we have added to our knowledge of Matteo and have refined what we think will be a good home for him.

We are looking for a family who is willing to work with Matteo on his training (don't worry; it's not difficult with this boy).

We are looking for a home without small children. Matteo knows how to push his weight around and could knock a toddler over. Older children, however, would be great as they could throw the ball for him.

We are looking for a family who understands that a 3-year-old dog is still a youngster with lots of energy and lots of curiosity.

We are looking for a family who understands large breeds and is familiar with dogs in general. Matteo needs a family who can help him know his place in the pack hierarchy. He would enjoy being the only dog in a home but seems to be just fine with cats.

Most importantly, while observing Matteo, we see a dog with great potential. He is affectionate and eager to please. Responsive to training, he walks well on a leash and learns commands quickly.

What does it all boil down to? We are looking for a family who can help Matteo become "the best dog ever."

Thank You, Thank You

We were quite touched the other day when 4-year-old William Morrison came to the shelter with presents he'd received on his birthday. Only asking for things for the shelter dogs, he arrived with toys, a bed, canned dog food, treats, a dog puzzle toy, gift cards and even cash. Thank you, William, and thank you to all who gave these awesome gifts!

We also want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all those in the community who stop by and donate food, towels and other items to the shelter. Sometimes people are dashing in so quickly when they drop off things that we feel they did not get a proper thank-you. The generosity of our community is an amazing thing to behold and is much appreciated.

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Matteo, 3 years old, male, standard poodle

Matteo continues to be a very popular boy and has had a couple of home visits with interested applicants already.

It has been educational for us to see how Matteo reacts in a home environment with all the distractions that are inevitably present. Based on these home visits, we've been able to conclude that Matteo would prefer to be the only dog in the home. It's not that Matteo doesn't like other dogs but he doesn't show much interest in playing or interacting with them. Cats in the house aren't a serious issue—Matteo knows they are there but he generally ignores them.

Matteo is a curious boy and will investigate everything around him. He explores boundaries like a puppy, because even though he's 3 years old, he doesn't appear to have been given any formal training during his early years. He will need a home in which the adopters understand pack hierarchy and are comfortable establishing and maintaining that hierarchy in the home.

We will require that adopters take Matteo to training. On the plus side, Matteo is a very smart dog, learns quickly and is eager to please, so training with Matteo will be an enjoyable, bonding experience that will only deepen your relationship with him and maximize his potential.

Due to his large size, we are only considering adopters with active adults who have large-breed experience. Older children in the household would be welcome, as Matteo loves to play (his favorite game is catch with a tennis ball). Toddlers, however, could easily get knocked over. Matteo has the potential to be an outstanding dog in the right family. If you think you are that family, we encourage you to come down and meet him.

What to do when your dog goes missing

Fireworks Season

When the loud bangs start happening, dogs can get upset. They sometimes bolt and can run quite far in their panic, risking injury. We see a lot of strays come through the shelter this time of year. Many of them are visiting the area. If you have friends visiting with their pets, make sure you know the numbers of all the animal control departments for the nearby towns.

In Falmouth, the procedure for an animal emergency is to call the police department at 774-255-4527 and press 0 for the dispatcher. An animal control officer will be notified.

In Mashpee, the animal control office can be reached at 508-539-1442.

Make Sure Your Pets Have ID

Visiting pets with microchips (with cellphone numbers attached to the registration) can be quickly reunited with their owners, as can dogs wearing tags. If your visitor does not have an ID tag on their dog, consider a quick trip to get one. Petco has a machine that will make one while you wait.

If Your Dog Goes Missing

The first thing to do is contact the local animal control department and give them the dog's description, where it went missing and how to contact you. Also, contact Friends of Falmouth Dogs.

Use social media, make flyers and contact Cape Cod Missing Pets and Massachusetts Missing Pets. Search the area where the dog went missing and have a high-value treat with you (hot dog pieces are a good choice for many dogs).

We have detailed information on our website about what to do when your dog goes missing.

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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