“A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.”
I looked for a long time before I found a quote worthy of our newest addition to the shelter.
Miss Emmie, a 1.5-year-old mixed breed, is cautious when meeting people. But after quickly getting the measure of each newcomer, she finds her confidence again, and her curious, eager-to-please personality shines through. This young girl was surrendered because the recent loss of a dear human companion left her feeling very unsettled, and she struggled with the change in family dynamics. She is very food-motivated, takes treats with a soft mouth, and knows sit and paw. We’re working on other basic commands as well as loose-leash walking. She loves to explore the world around her, although loud noises can sometimes startle her. She doesn’t warm up to men very easily. Emmie will do best in a home with no kids, because she needs a home where people aren’t always coming and going and loud noises are kept to a minimum. Active adult owners would be a plus, as Emmie loves to explore. She’s only 32 pounds and is a very manageable size, slightly smaller than a medium-sized dog. She is timid about getting into a car, but rides quietly in the back seat. Regular car rides to fun destinations will quickly teach her that car rides are good things. She was spayed earlier this week, so she is available immediately.
Emmie’s need for quiet, what I like to call her introspective nature, reminds me that dogs are non-verbal. They don’t speak human languages, per se. Sure, they can easily learn treat, walk, sit, come, stay, and other commands. A few, highly motivated dogs have learned 1,000-word vocabularies, but that’s only because their handlers spent hours using words repetitively in a particular context, and dogs learn through repetition. Take the dog out of the context, and you’ll quickly find your dog’s understanding of the word may not be what you think it is. Whole conversations, or even just long sentences, are beyond dogs’ mental capacity. So if you’re talking at your dog, more than just simple one-or two word commands and quick verbal praise (Yes! or Good!), you’re simply overwhelming your dog. Chances are he’s not listening to you. The less you say, the more you have to rely on non-verbal communication to get your point across—in other words, using body language. And hopefully, that will keep your dog more attentive to you, and not just tuning out the chatter.
Baeo is another dog who appreciates the quiet life. But just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean it’s inactive! A cool harness and a woven rope can withstand all the exploring that Baeo does. He loves to hike through the marshes, through the local woods, down to the beach—you name it, he likes it! He’s a great adventure buddy, so if you need a loyal companion who is up for anything, Baeo’s your guy. He can be seen by appointment.
FFD is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road, Falmouth. We are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to noon, Monday and Thursday afternoons, 4 to 6 PM, and Sundays, 3 to 5 PM. We can be reached at 508-548-7742, or visit our website at friendsoffalmouthdogs.org.