Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Dog TonguesHelped out just a short time today with "soc". That is what we call it when we get dogs out of the kennels and into the play yard for some socialization with other dogs. The group I was out with is quite the bunch of odd ducks.
Brewster, who isn't focused enough to be a search-and-rescue dog (we tried; we had him tested), has an obsessive desire to fetch anything not nailed down. High-energy, lanky, mixed-breed that has some sighthound in there somewhere.
Maddie, who had no clue how to treat other dogs when she got here. Thanks to the efforts of J her trainer, she is now playing with an eclectic group of dogs, and loving it.
Then there is Lil' Boo who recently came back from a stay at another shelter (sometimes we do that with dogs, to help increase their chances at adoption). I commented to L. that Lil' Boo seemed to be really getting the attention from Maddie. Sure, she said, Lil' Boo was the first dog that Maddie ever learned to play with! Doggies never forget their friends.
It is a wonderful thing to give our shelter dogs an opportunity to make life-long friends. I am on my way back into the shelter; the dogs are happily hanging in the shade, tongues out. (My tongue, however, is not.)
Come on by and visit soc. You can usually check out the adoption dogs socializing in the early part of the day in the big yard by the parking lot.
Nothing like happy dogs to put a smile on your face.