I've recently started working at our local Humane Society and it has already been, after only a few months, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I've always loved dogs (and all other animals) but getting a chance to help them (and of course the busy staff) is such a great feeling. So many people do so many great things there, its nice to be a part of such a selfless community that not only helps the animals but are there to help each other too.
Right now we are actually pretty busy as far as the number of dogs we have. Mostly I do walking, since it takes up so much time so while staff does vet care, adoption, feeding, ect, I spend most of my time taking the dogs around the field where we walk them and cleaning up after them.
Each dog is so unique and, in their own way, so sweet and beautiful (okay, some are a real pain, but they are still special ). Many of them have health and behavior problems, but that's just all the more a reason to try to help them because so often it is hard to find a good owner who understands what it entails to take in a dog who jumps a lot, barks a lot, pulls on a leash, has special dietary needs, ect. Every time a dog goes to a good home it is so awesome, but often people don't do the right research and one of our dogs is returned soon after adoption. At least they are coming to a place that gives them the exercise, health care, food and love they need until they can find their forever home.
Anyways, just wanted to share some pictures and stories of the dogs we have here (we also have cats, but since they don't need walked I don't get to spend as much time with them). I just love talking about animals (maybe rambling a little bit, but that's why I like talking to animal people about it, so my poor family don't get their ears talked off), and I hope you enjoy seeing these awesome guys.
If the picture quality isn't the best its because the only camera that fits in my pocket is my brother's old Ipod. It works, but I can't say its the easiest thing to use.
While it is pretty chilly I'll admit this photo was taken some time ago when it was actually snowing. Piggles was one of the first dogs I ever walked at the shelter. I call him Pigs for short and he has finally just recently been adopted, after months of waiting. He is such a sweet, well-behaved little Pug mix, but I think his older age threw some people off. He isn't unhealthy or anything, but if I remember right he is around 7-9 years of age estimated.
The second dog I ever walked, this hound-dog mix, sweet as could be and also older in age, is Digsby. I called his Digs for short and he was a great deal of fun to have around. He too was adopted, which was nice because he was prone to starting up barking riots with his excited baying. He loved walks and would bark whenever anyone entered the kennel, asking to be let out to spend some time with us. He also LOVED treats and sometimes would nearly take your hand, but his soft lips helped make up for that.
I feel bad for forgetting this pups name, but I can remember how playful he/she was and how cute! Too young to be let outside until vaccinations were complete, the little guy (or gal) got to spend time with me in the connections room, cuddling and playing with the toys.
The two Pomeranian x Chihuahua mixes Simba and Nala. Simba is on the left and is darker with a "mane" of fur around his neck and a very sweet disposition. Nala is awesome also, but she tended to be a little bossy towards her older friend, especially when she wanted attention and not him. The two were so tiny that you could walk both at the same time without any problem. Nala was the more out-going and sturdy built of the two, but Simba was a sweet little guy who just enjoyd treats.
The two were adopted (I'm pretty sure together) not long after I started volunteering. They wouldn't sit still so the pictures aren't the best.
Here is Nala, happy to see me and asking for some cuddles.
Oh yeah, here's my little man Donny. Donatello (or as I called him Don, Donald, Donskoy or Donny Osmond) is a little Pit puppy who was so full of energy and playfulness. He stayed for a while because of an eye issue that needed surgery and he got bigger with age (I'll probably have more pictures later, since I finally downloaded them onto my computer I'm a little behind). Anyways, Donny had iron muscles even at a young age and large paws and when he got excited he could make it difficult for you to get the leash on him, but he was a sweet-heart. He finally got adopted not too long ago after months of waiting for a forever home.
Karmin (I like to call her Karmin San Diego) is another Pit Bull and one we still currently have actually. Again, rock solid muscle but completely sweet behavior. The only reason she is difficult to handle is because she is SO STRONG. She is like a bulldozer, she could knock you over without even meaning to she is so strong. She's also huge compared to some of the Pit and Pit mixes we have. She's a gorgeous color though.
It took Karmin a while to be adopted because she was being held for Heart-worm treatment. She is out now finally and we have had some interested inquiries.
Karmin LOVES to roll in the tall grass in order to scratch her back. Pure bliss to her.
Sweet little Pit/Pit mix Lavender, unlike Donny and Karmin, she was easy to handle and walk and not nearly as rock hard and bull dozer like. She also had Heart-worm and so was in treatment for a while before she was put up for adoption. It didn't take her too long, as her gorgeous brown eyes and brindle coat would win anyone over.
This incredibly handsome big guy is Blackie, a black lab mix (probably some German Shepherd in there). He didn't last long before adoption, probably because of his shiny black coat, sleek body, and long legs.
Here he is, the big man himself, Delmar. Delmar is another Pit but he is smaller then Karmin and truly loving. He was held for a while due to a rash/sore on his neck (hints why he has no collar). However, it healed all up and he got adopted and renamed Rocky. He is also pure muscle, like a doggy body-builder. He was in the connections room in this photo, looking at the window.
This hound-doggy as here from the first day I started. A Coon Hound of some sort, Plucky is so handsome to the eye but had issues with energy. He was sent back a number of times, including once for breaking out of his crate and jumping out a glass window to chase a cat. I welcomed him back with some walks, treats, and love and he got adopted out in the end, hopefully to a wonderful home that understands that his strong hunting instinct.
And last for now is this little mix breed girl who did not want to pose for a picture. Willow is her name and she was full of energy. She's a little thing, though it may be hard to tell, with a curly tail and nice soft coat. She was adopted out after being spayed and I'm sure is making someone a great pet.
Thanks for reading. I'll update soon.