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.

Volunteer Appreciation

About 2442 years ago a dude named stated “the essence of life is to serve others and do good.” So not only has the concept of volunteering been around for a while but it also has defined what makes human life real. April is National Volunteer Month. Aristotle would dig this. Please join me in celebrating all the volunteers throughout the region, country, and world that truly make a difference (and as a shelter pet I am of course bias to those improving the lives of pets in need).

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Big Dog Myth Busting

What do you get when you cross a Great Pyrenees with a Heeler? About 100 pounds of warm cuddly deliciousness. That’s right – you get me – the Love Doctor (my friends just call me Doc though). So how come I haven’t been adopted yet? Am I too big? Well let me take a few moments to dispel some of the rumors that give a bad reputation.

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Cats & Cavities

So here is a mostly unknown feline fact: cats don’t get cavities like humans do. Instead we get something called cat tooth resorption. To add to the allure of the mysterious cat, no one really knows what causes it. But here is what you should know about it…

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Casper & Arvin

Ok I will admit it. I was amazing. For those who missed the first ever Furry Flicks & Fashion last weekend in Ridgway (which was a great success by the way!) you missed out on me leading the shelter dog line in the dog fashion show. I nailed it. And being deaf really gave me an advantage for a change. I could feel the music but it didn’t bother me one bit. It was a super fun night, I rocked it, but I still need a home so keep reading…

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Feline Fashion Forever

In last week’s Pet Column one of the silly shelter dogs wrote all about his upcoming debut in Second Chance’s Furry Fashion Show happening this weekend (March 10th at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway). Well this Putty Tat is here to throw down some feline fashionista finger snapping facts. Cats do not care about fashion. We do, however, inspire some of the greatest fashion in history. So, although I will despise you for even thinking about dressing me in a Tutu, I will give you a little fashion advice for keeping it real from the catwalk to the sidewalk.

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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.

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177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

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