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.

Bark & Butt Banter

Dear Baffled, my name is Chap, I am the senior dog (10 year old Maltese) here at the Second Chance shelter willing to share with you my wisdom of the years. Although I have learned to provide clear signals to communicate my emotional state I have also learned that people don’t always recognize or pay attention to my signals.

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Chatty Katty

A new year. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked. Answers to be discovered. Although I speak chat (pronounced “kat”) I understand many human words because I listen. To improve feline-human relations this year I am going to help you to listen to and understand chat.

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Lilly & Panda

Thank you for reading the first Pet Column of 2018! Although this column is typically about pet parenting advice and treating animals humanely – I thought it fitting that the 2018 kickoff (which also happens to be the 600th Pet Column!) be simply about a homeless pet like me.

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Cheese and other Important topics of 2017

This is the last Pet Column of 2017. No pressure on me though...ok, yes I now know the true meaning of “writer’s block”. Not for lack of something to write about but for too many important topics swirling about my noggin. How do I choose the topic that best summarizes the year, reflects gratitude, implies hope, and instills transformation? Bugger it all I am just going to write about cheese.

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How to Make it Snow

I know this is a touchy subject. I hesitate to even broach it. Snow. So many of people in this region depend upon it for their livelihood, as their reason and meaning for living in this region, and to feel awake and alive during the short days and long dark nights of winter. So I write this Pet Column today in hopes of offering a distraction, or perhaps so that the Snow Gods will take pity upon us over the Holidays…

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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.

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