Midsummer seems like a good time for some housekeeping, so this column will be updates on dogs that have been mentioned here before. We know so much more about the pups after we’ve spent time working with them in the shelter or they have been fostered with us. I often think how I wish I had known some characteristic about a dog when I featured them in this column, so this is a chance to tell you more about some of the dogs mentioned here before.
From last week’s column we have Sam, aka Sammie or Raider. This young border collie mix spent a week in a temporary foster with another recent shelter adoptee, a smaller female. They had a ball playing chase and tug of war at every opportunity. Sam was very good about being crated at night for a little down time. He had a meet-and-greet with one of our excellent long-term foster families last Friday evening. I brought our trainer along as the family has a big male lab and I wanted to make sure we did a careful introduction. The dogs let us know from the first two minutes that my concerns were wasted worrying. It was love at first sight and they played and played! So we can safely say that if you have a dog that needs a great play buddy, Sam is the one for you! Sam is great with kids, but not yet ready for small animal distractions like cats or chickens. We’re working on that!
Phoenix is the border collie that had hair loss from flea allergies and/or neglect. He is in a foster home with two females and is so much more comfortable than he had been in the shelter! His foster says he loves to play ball and is reportedly “border collie through and through!” His hair is coming in and he will make a great companion for someone who wants a smart dog for training or agility.
Our beautiful big foster Otis, the Shepherd/Lab/Husky mystery mix, is still in foster and waiting for his forever home. Such a handsome guy with nice manners and an easy-going personality. Otis would make a great walking or hiking buddy.
Trinity was our scaredy little Shepherd/cattle dog mix who was so great with other dogs at the shelter. She has been in a foster home where she has come out of her shell, learned house rules, discovered swimming and been a joy to have around. She even had a weekend sleepover at a home with a cat and was very respectful. She’s still a little shy with new people but warms up quickly. She’s a nice compact size, too.
All of the dogs listed above are available through Redwood Pals Rescue. You can contact us at [email protected] or call (707) 839-9692 for more information or to meet any of them.
Lastly we have Bubbles. When I wrote about Bubbles, he was still working on getting comfortable enough to move to the Adoptable section at the shelter, but he has since made it over! Bubbles’s special charm is that he seems to love all living things – dogs, cats, roosters and humans. This lab mix is just a young guy at a little under a year and has found many friends with the shelter volunteers. He is now available through the Humboldt County Animal Shelter, located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKlinleyville. Information is available at (707) 840-9132.
I hope you are tempted by one or another of these dogs. They are all great examples of how a little training and good attention can really make a difference to a dog!