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Welcome to Shelter Life at the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Return of Hector Bean


"The Return of Hector Bean." It sounds like a Western, doesn't it?

But no. It's just Hector Bean, 10 pounds of personality, and all of it willful. Such a little Chihuahua shouldn't cause so many problems.

But Hector Bean has been adopted and returned three times. He is approaching a record of sorts! He is tagged with the label of destructive behavior, marked by inappropriately chewing of....well, things: Curtains. Chair legs. $300 sunglasses.

All his adopters agree that he is appropriately snuggly, so that just goes to show that love will NOT always keep us together.

With each adopter we've encouraged they follow our recommendations for crating Hector Bean when they can't supervise, but each time we hear a variation of the same sad story.


"That dog is a kick in the pants."

That is what fellow blogger KC just wrote to me about him in an email today.

But we can't just re-adopt him "as-is." That is not fair to a prospective home and it's not fair to Hector Bean.

So, Hector is going on a sleepover in a staff member's home (our new Canine Associate, CM!) for a week or so. We are going to see if his behaviors are manageable when he is in a home committed to managing them.

We think he will be fine, but since we don't want to see even one dog homeless, we are going to do everything we can to make sure of it. Even if it means bringing him home with us.

But like KC said, he's a kick in the pants.

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