Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Twelve Days of Dogmas

Dear Santa Paws,

Does anyone ever ask you what you want for Christmas? I imagine the answer is difficult for someone who has access to every gift in the world. But I had a thought of something you would probably really enjoy. It comes wrapped in warm fur and has a tail that wags and is full of love and joy. A joy that lasts past Christmas morning and a love that lasts forever.

Yes, the particular gift I am thinking of is me. I am only 3.5 years old and sweeter than sugar plums and candy canes combined, although I am shy like Rudolph. I am a beautiful Border collie named Treasure and I am my name. And I’ll tell you what, having a dog in your life is like Christmas happening every day. Dogs are Christmas.

So besides offering myself as your personal Christmas gift (did I mention I like snow, sleigh rides and things that are sparkly?) I wanted to send you my Twelve Days of Christmas list. This is a list that I put together on behalf of all the homeless pets here at Second Chance Humane Society:

  • Yummy training treats
  • Collars and leashes
  • Donations toward our special medical fund so all my friends can be healthy and adoptable
  • Toys!
  • Dog cookies!
  • Cat beds
  • Kuranda beds (orthopedic and chew proof dog beds)
  • Big jars of peanut butter (to fill up our Kongs)
  • Kongs!
  • Donations toward our spay/neuter fund so there are less homeless pets in the world
  • Volunteers to walk us and pet us
  • The best gift of all – a new home!!!

Rumor also has it that Mrs. Paws is more of a cat person. I would therefore recommend Tweetie for her. Of course, here at Second Chance they never recommend giving pets as Christmas gifts (because connecting to a new pet is a personal thing and you can’t pick out a pet for someone else and just expect them to click) you can give her a gift certificate toward adopting a pet.

Anyway, Tweetie is a brown tabby cat at 8 months young who is extremely friendly and delightful. She likes playing with toys, exploring and sun bathing. I call her Tweetie the Sweetie cuz she’s just that kind of girl. I am sure Mr. Paws would adore her.

Happy Holidays and I hope to see you soon Santa!

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 970-626-2273 to report a lost pet or to learn about adopting a homeless pet and the SCHS spay/neuter, volunteer, feral cat or other programs. View our shelter pets and services at adoptmountainpets.org.

Second Chance Humane Society


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm