On its website, the Centers for Disease Control lists the many ways that owning a pet can help humans lead healthier lives. For instance, owning a pet can help decrease your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and even decrease feelings of loneliness. Owning a dog can even help people become more fit through exercise, and happier through increased opportunities to socialize with other dog owners. However, it is possible to get sick from our furry Fidos, so good hygiene is a must when owning a pet. Germs can spread from your pet even if your pet looks clean. It is always a good idea to wash your hands after playing with, feeding, or especially cleaning up after your pet. Also keep your pet away from human food and food preparation areas, and supervise your children when they play with the family dog so that scratches or accidental nips to tiny fingers don’t occur. Younger children (less than 5 years old) can also be at risk from touching contaminated surfaces, as they are more likely to put their fingers in their mouths. Interested readers can consult the CDC’s Healthy Pets Healthy People website for more information.
Ringo, 14, and Desmond, 12, are two older boys who have definitely gotten acclimated to shelter life. They know their way around, know where the food is kept, know the best places to hang out and soak in the sun, and know how to get volunteers to give them treats! Since the dogs have spent a few weeks with us, we can definitely tell some differences. Desmond is full of energy and now is acting more like a puppy than a 12-year-old dog. He races around the shelter, exploring every nook and cranny, and investigating every bed he can find. He loves his walks and is pretty impervious to the rain—good thing, given our long, wet spring. He loves to be petted and loves to be the center of attention. Ringo, on the other hand, takes a more sedate approach to life. He prefers to fully experience every moment in an un-rushed manner. He is a walker, not a racer. He is content to spend quality time lying next to you, and he doesn’t appear to be pushy about asking for affection. Of course, it’s hard for the volunteers to stop petting him, he’s so darn cute. As far as we can tell, the dogs were accustomed to spending most of their day with their previous owner; if they know people are around, they want to be where the action is. While Desmond might do very well in a household with active walkers, a more sedate, quiet home is probably best for Ringo. If you’d like to meet them, please drop by the shelter during one of our open shifts.
It’s official—Shamu went home with his original owner late last week. This doesn’t happen often, but we are so happy that the original owner saw Shamu’s photo and was able to come in and claim his dog. Shamu was so happy to see his owner. We always feel it is best to reunite a dog with his owner as long as the owner is financially capable of providing for the dog. Shamu is a fabulous dog and we will miss him, but we wish him congratulations and best of luck!
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 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.