This week it’s time to introduce Jackson—our handsome, young (less than 2 years old), mixed breed ball of activity. Jackson spent last week settling into his foster home and adjusting to life with another dog in the house and a big, fenced-in yard to play in. On first glance Jackson appears to be a big goofball, all gangly legs and floppy ears. But this guy settles quickly and then starts to lean against you—and that’s when it happens. You look into those big, brown eyes, he gives your face a lick, and boom—you’re hooked. Jackson was regretfully surrendered by a family who couldn’t keep him due to housing issues. He is crate trained and house trained, and is quickly learning basic commands…he already knows “Sit” and “Down,” and now we’re just working on duration. He’s learning to wait at doorways, and he’s quickly learning leash manners. He really enjoys playing with other dogs (especially tug-of-war), and he loves snuggle time with his humans. He lived with children in his former home, so families would be great with Jackson. He is a pretty big guy, so families with children should be cognizant that he might inadvertently knock a toddler over. We also think a house with another dog would be just fine, given the proper introductions. Although we don’t require a fenced-in yard, we think having one would be a definite plus. We don’t recommend cats, as Jackson’s a bit too interested in them. If you want a dog who’s probably up for anything activity-wise, call and let us know. Jackson is in foster care and can be seen by appointment.

Regan, our 6-year-old puggle, loves being a foster dog, what with all the attention he gets. This guy isn’t serious about many things, but he is serious about his play. He loves a long game of fetch, and then when that is through, he’s content to lie down at your feet and chew on a favorite toy—something strong and sturdy, of course. He is a champion walker—no slow, ambling pace for this fellow! He lights up when he’s around children, but he would prefer to be the only dog in the family. He’s not super with cats, but he does learn to leave them alone. He is very affectionate and gives lots of kisses. He likes nap time, especially if he can sleep on his human’s lap! If Regan sounds like your cup of tea, please call the shelter to arrange a meet-and-greet.

Jada is a young (less than 2 years old) terrier mix who is a sweet, smart, eager-to-please beauty. This girl is a real love bug. She loves to play ball or with her favorite stuffed snake, she loves food, she loves treats, she loves children, she loves adults, she loves other dogs. She loves walks, she loves car rides, she loves to snuggle, she loves belly rubs. Are you getting the picture? We haven’t found much that she doesn’t love. We haven’t tested her with cats yet, though. Jada is pretty close to perfect in our eyes, and we don’t use that term lightly. See if you don’t agree; Jada can be seen at the shelter during open hours.

Foster is a regal black beauty—an 8-year-old standard poodle. He has come a long way in the two weeks we’ve been taking care of him. His separation anxiety has improved, and recently we’ve had him playing in the exercise area with Jada. We’re finding out that Foster is just an all-around great dog. He rides beautifully in the car and is a perfect gentleman at the vet. He walks very well on leash, but he isn’t trained in basic commands. We’ve been working on the “sit” command and waiting at thresholds. Foster has a reputation as an escape artist, as he loves to rush out of doors right behind you. His adopter will need to be vigilant about making sure that house doors and gates are securely latched, because he loves being outside and he hasn’t been trained in off-leash recall. At the end of a good walk, Foster will find a comfortable place to lie down at your feet to while away the evening. If Foster is your idea of the perfect companion, please drop by the shelter to see him.

The Black Dog, Falmouth, is hosting its Fall Adopt-A-Dog Event, Saturday, September 21, from 10 AM to noon. Please drop by to meet FFD volunteers, see posters of our available dogs, and maybe meet some friendly doggy alumni from years past! We’d love to see you.

FFD is located at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to noon; Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 PM; and Sunday from 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.

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