“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul.” —Paul Shaffer

Although the astronomical dog days are over, here at FFD we are enjoying our own type of “dog days.” We now have four fabulous dogs to enjoy, all of them good for the soul. We’ll tell you about three this week—we’re saving our latest canine companion for next week’s article.

Regan, our 6-year-old puggle, is still in foster care, but we moved him to a different foster family, so he could be the only dog in the household. Regan prefers that, because he really doesn’t like to share his toys with another dog. His new foster family has discovered how loving Regan is; he bonds quickly, is very affectionate, and loves to take naps on his foster dad’s lap. He loves to take walks on leash, but he does have a tendency to bark at other dogs while out and about. He should be the only dog in his forever home, but the good news is that a wide range of families would be ideal for Regan, including families with kids. Regan does exhibit separation anxiety, which will require some consistent attention to correct. But Regan is smart and learns quickly, so he should quickly pick up on what is expected of him. If you’re looking for a dog who loves to play fetch, who attaches quickly, and is smart and loving, then we invite you to call to make an appointment to see Regan.

Jada is a young (less than 2 years old) terrier mix who came to the shelter from a multiple-dog family. This big-eared beauty loves to meet other dogs and adores humans, young and old. Jada is very intelligent and came to us already knowing sit, stay, and how to give “paw.” We have started working on other basic commands, and she is learning quickly. She walks pretty well on leash, but we are refining her leash manners. She’s a bit rambunctious due to her young age, but she is learning to keep four paws on the ground. She enjoys her training sessions, is food-motivated, takes treats with a soft mouth, and does not resource-guard anything. She will be spayed this week and will be available as soon as she gets a clean bill of health from the veterinarian. We don’t know how she is with cats yet, but she doesn’t show a strong prey drive on walks, so she might be okay with cats, given a proper introduction. Jada is a special dog who captures hearts quickly. Come see if she won’t capture yours, too!

Foster is our newest shelter resident. He is a beautiful, 8-year-old standard poodle—black, curly fur, with gentle brown eyes. He came to us when his owner became ill and unfortunately could no longer care for him. Foster is accustomed to someone being home all the time, because he doesn’t like being alone. He’s quiet as a mouse when humans are with him, but he does bark when people are gone. Because he was an only dog for so long, he takes time to warm up to other dogs. So, a home where he can be the only dog is best for Foster. He walks well on leash, isn’t bothered by bikers on the road, and doesn’t appear to have a strong prey drive. He loves toys and gives kisses readily. We’ll learn more about Foster over the next several days, but if you have a home where people are around most of the time and want a gentle, sweet dog who is easy to walk and play with, come meet Foster.

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

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