This has been a big week for the shelter’s longest canine resident, Gloria. Gloria has been at the shelter since Dec. 23. That’s a long time to be in a kennel, even with warm floors, regular meals and a daily walk.
Gloria is easy to overlook. She is in an end kennel, another mostly black pit bull mix who seems to be chubby and a little drooly on top of everything else. Nothing about this dog jumps out at potential adopters. Volunteers work with her on her leash manners (not bad) and indulge her love of fetch when they have time.
But recently Gloria scored a little extra attention and the results were amazing! I reserved an hour with Humboldt Dash and Splash, a dog dock-diving group that had their pool set up. Gloria and Frog (another long-timer) were invited to bring a volunteer and join a couple of Redwood Pals dogs in the swimming adventure.
My Baylee dog demonstrated how much fun it can be to fling yourself into a pool after a floating toy and the shelter dogs gave it a shot. They did great for their first time out! Gloria loves her ball and though the pool was a little scary, she braved getting wet to reach her toy. She was also fine with impatient Baylee squeezing around her to jump and splash! Her friend Frog managed one jump off the dock and will definitely be ready to try again next time. Frog and Gloria were rewarded with a new toy to take back with them after the wet fun. Both rode well in their cars.
In hopes of keeping the forward momentum going for Gloria, one of our wonderful volunteers invited her home for a long weekend in the country (where there does also happen to be a swimming pond) for a little R and R. We were cautiously optimistic as there are several other dogs at the home and neighbor dogs also.
Gloria has exceeded everyone’s expectations! She has been a good house guest, enjoying the luxury of spreading out on the dog beds, inviting the other dogs to play and respecting them when they had had enough and minding her manners.
There has been zero drooling (a sign of kennel stress) and very little interest in her beloved ball (her security object) with all the new things to notice. She even had a nice long walk off-leash with the resident dogs!
This kind of transformation is what dog rescuers live for. We hope that publicizing the good results from a break like this will give Gloria a new chance at adoption. Are you the one that can show Gloria a new life? Clearly, she is ready to show what a good girl she can be if given an opportunity and a little room to stretch her legs.
Gloria is about 6 years old, spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. Partial payment of her adoption fee is covered under our Long-Timers Discount, generously sponsored by Humboldt Pet Supply and A&L Feed.
You can met Gloria at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville near the airport. The shelter is open Monday through Friday. More information is available at petharbor.com or by calling (707) 840-9132. In the case of a longer resident like Gloria, Redwood Pals Rescue would be willing to meet a potential adopter on a weekend day. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.