Sunday, February 21, 2010

Adoption Update - Ty

Our poor Ty. He came in as an 8-month-old, out-of-control, fence-jumping (and I mean 6-foot stockade fence-jumping) puppy.

He was adopted out to a wonderful woman with kids, but that didn't work out (no fault of Ty's). He came back.

He waited. And waited.

He was adopted out to a nice retired couple, but that didn't work out (again, no fault of Ty's). He came back.

He waited again. You could see depression creeping into the poor pooch's eyes.

Over time, Ty did calm down, and with the help of his mentor, Beth Z., he's gone to obedience class and really learned his manners. Ty grew into a stellar, mature dog who walks well on a leash, knows a trick or two, and behaves like a gentleman.

But people overlooked him. Big Black Dog Syndrome, I'm sure. And even though he's probably Lab/Great Dane mix, people probably thought they saw Pit Bull in him.

No one saw beyond the Big Black Dog and into the beautiful eyes, the calm demeanor, and overwhelming sweetness that was Ty.

Until this family walked in.

Ty walked into the playroom and sat at their feet. No doubt, Ty was thinking "okay, I'll go through the motions - again- just for the heck of it. It gets me out of my kennel."

Boy, did they fool him. They came back with their young son. They came back to sign the paperwork. They came back and took Ty home!

Oh, Ty, we are so proud of you and happy for you. We know this is the family for you. Love, hugs, kisses - everything your way, bubba!

Adoption Update - Midge

Who could deny that this was THE most perfect family for our little Midge?!

Midge has to be the luckiest dog in the world. She's got two children to play with, a mom and dad, and I do believe she'll have toys galore!

We love you Midge - make sure your new family sends LOTS of pictures!


Oh, what can I say about this beautiful girl!

Gracie is a miniature Schnauzer, who came in from Bridgeport Animal Control. This poor dear has lost a good deal of her coat to flea allergies. But we've treated her, and her coat should come back to the beautiful and lustrous condition we're sure it once was.

Those ears! She wears them well. Gracie loves people, and will bark for attention as well as stand on her hind legs and dance! And the ears go up and down. Too cute! She also seems to like the company of other dogs.

This cuddle-bug is ready for a new home! And what a lucky person or family to add this lovely lady to their home!

Gracie is between 4-6 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on her vaccinations.


Cinnamon is adorable!

She's been described, and fairly accurately, as a miniature coyote. Of course, very miniaturized... She's about the size of a Chihuahua, and is being called a long-haired Chihuahua mix.

Her coat is the color of, well, Cinnamon, hence the name. She's very sweet to humans, but not so fond of other dogs. This picture doesn't do her justice; she's quite the little lady, so I'd suggest that you come in to meet her for yourself. She's as lovely and delicate as you would expect a pup named Cinnamon to be!

Cinnamon is about a year old, seems to be housebroken, and is up-to-date on vaccinations.


It's obviously "you call them one thing, and I'll call them something else week" at PAWS. Because they're calling precious Molly a Lab/Corgi mix, and I'm not seeing it.

Now, anytime a dog with short legs comes in, it's flagged a Corgi. But, and this picture isn't very good, if you look at her legs, you'll see Jack Russell. (Google "shorty jack russell" and you'll see what I mean.)

Anyway, Molly is one of those dogs with one ear up, one down, and deep brown eyes that drill into your soul. She's the perfect size, and she's very, very sweet.

At two-years-old, Molly is housebroken, spayed, and up-to-date on her vaccinations. I don't know how she is with other dogs, children, or cats yet, but she seems fairly calm when I walk her past dogs. We'll see! She is a beauty!


Mikey is soooooooo adorable! He looks like a stuffed animal that you just want to hug, and hug...

His cage card calls him a Border Collie mix, but (since I have a Border Collie) the only thing I see that he has in common with a BC is color. I see a little Akita, maybe. And I don't know what else, other than Big Mush mixed in.

Mikey is 9-years-old and he came to us when his owner passed away. This is one sweetheart of a dog.

I remember when I was a little girl, a hundred or so years ago, my father taught my dog to "beg." I haven't seen or been able to teach a dog to do this since then. Mikey can do this! And it's so darned cool because he holds it for a few beats, looks at you with those eyes, then gently takes the treat offered.

Can you tell that I love this guy???

Mikey is up-to-date on his vaccinations, neutered, and just waiting for a home. The best thing about an older dog: HOUSEBROKEN!

You'll want to meet Mikey, definitely.


Meet Howard. "Goofy" would also have been a good name.

This handsome Boxer is about 9-months old. He was found wandering - WANDERING! - and was turned in to Norwalk Animal Control. Our good friends there called us and now he's our goofy boy.

Howard appears to be housebroken and seems to like other dogs. He's okay with cats (not aggressive) but he plays much too hard to actually live with one.

He's really quite beautiful. He' got a dark patch on his face and a dark brindle body with white patches on his neck and chest. Right now, he's all legs as he has to grow just a bit more to fill out.

I just can't imagine how purebreds end up in Animal Control and no one claims them, but it happens. Just another example of why you should check out your local shelter when considering a pet!

Howard is up-to-date on his vaccinations, he'll be neutered, and then he's ready to go!


Here's a gorgeous fellow: Whitey.

Whitey came back to us after 10 years. 10 happy years in a home! He's now 13-years-old, and doesn't deserve to be in a shelter at this time in his life. His owner got married and his new wife is allergic to Whitey.

I thought "wow, 13? He's got to be rickety and slow moving." But not this guy! He's very spry and young for his age, and I was pleasantly surprised!

He's got a beautiful coat, thick and lush. He looks like a mix of American Eskimo and Samoyed.

Right now he spends his time sniffing at the door, owner-searching, but that will pass with time. He's a really sweet boy, neutered, up-to-date on his vaccinations, and housebroken. And, as sweet as he looks in this picture! Big lug!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Adoption Update - Max

Remember Max? I love Maxie; he was so scared when he first came to PAWS. He also has a very difficult time trusting people, which made it extremely hard to find the right home for him.

If someone wanted to adopt him, they had to be committed enough to come back several times so he could get used to them and have a chance to warm up and trust them.

Well, this WONDERFUL woman did just that. I love this woman! At first, she came in to meet our Maxie because she was sponsoring him through our sponsorship program. The day she came in, someone was very serious about adopting him, but I could see that she, too, had some interest in our boy.

But, that adoption fell through. Max just wouldn't warm up to the man. This happened over and over, and our Max waited and waited for a home.

Well, soon after, this lovely lady came back. Again and again. And Max sat on the couch next to her, then flipped over so she could rub his belly... And before you knew it, he was on her lap!

This is what companionship, love, and devotion is all about, and it makes my heart melt!

Adoption Update - Belle & Sarah

Remember Belle & Sarah, those incredibly adorable dapple miniature Dachshunds? Well, they found a wonderful home, complete with non-stop snuggles and doggie siblings! It can be said that they hit the doggie jackpot!


Luky (no, not "Lucky," LuKy) is a sweet 2 1/2 year-old Beagle who came to us when his owner would no longer care for him.

He's a shy fellow who loves to cuddle. He'll nudge closer and closer to you, and if you stop petting him, he'll nudge some more.

He seems very uncomfortable with quick moves, so Luky would love a quiet home, preferably without children. He enjoys quiet play with his stuffed toys and seems to like the company of some dogs.


This spicy little guy (sorry, I couldn't resist) is a nine-year-old Chihuahua who was given up by his elderly owners. Unfortunately, he's only known them, so he's taking a while to get used to other people.

T is a little chubby. Okay, a lot chubby. So we're working on slimming him down a bit. Okay, a lot. :-)
He's got beautiful caramel markings on his soft white coat; he's a really handsome guy!

He gives quite a wag when we approach him, so I think he'll get over his fear of us quickly. Once he does, he's going to make someone a very fine companion!
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