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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Yo Hablo Espanol...sort of

Here at the Oakland Adoption center we see an incredibly diverse rainbow of clients. It is one of the reasons I love working here! The downside is that some folks who come looking to add a new companion to their lives do not speak English. I can speak enough Spanish to get by, and this comes in pretty handy from time to time. It is also a real gift to be able this year to hand out Spanish language materials to all our adopters.

I am always so amazed at a client's delight when I greet them in Spanish with "Puedo aydarle?" which is "Can I help you?" From there we muddle through with my Spanish and a little English and some gesturing and referencing to the written materials we have.

Last weekend there were a couple and two children in to look at a dog. They had never had a dog before and the Canine Associates had them out with several dogs. Finally, they decided on one they wanted and I was asked to come and do the "dog talk." That is the conversation to help folks plan for success in bringing home a new dog.

We actually had a great conversation. They were very patient with my frequent search for the right word. They asked great questions. At the end they placed a dog on hold while overnight they reviewed the Spanish packet I gave them. The next morning I got a call on my office phone. They thanked me for the time spent with them and the great information. They had decided to really think more about having a dog and were not ready at this time.

In my opinion, this is a great outcome.

There is nothing that makes me happier than when people really take seriously the commitment to an animal. I am pretty sure I will see this family again one day, and I am confident they will be ready.

A todos que venir para visitar los animales, gracias para pensar en los animales aqui.

Si, necesita alguien quien habla espanol, me llamo Nann y hablo bastante espanol para tener una conversacion y decir bien venidos.

It's wonderful to have a person who can communicate in spanish. It'll help more dogs find a forever home.


Can we pleeeeeease get updates on Malcom the white cat with the toupee on his head? When I last heard, he's currently a sheltercat at Tri-Valley, he's such a beautiful cat.


Malcolm was adopted back in October of last year! He's doing great in his new home, and has a cat buddy who loves to play with him.


Here is one of my favorite pictures of Malcolm -- him looking out the window to the parking lot, as we head home after a long day.

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he's sooooooooooo cute, I can never get enough of him. It's great to know he has found a home though, thank you so much for another great picture, he's makes my heart skip a beat just because he's so beautiful. My sister and I are crazy about him.


wow! I didn't know that, his pictures disappeared last year and I thought it was because he became a shelter cat! Thank you for that great picture of malcom looking out of the window, he's TOO CUTE! My sister and I are crazy about him (can't adopt anymore, already have 2 cats).


Yes he is a cute big cat. You had to see his funny face in person though, 2D pictures don't do him justice. Very adorable.


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