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.

Crook & Alley

Crook & Alley

Hello my name is Crook and I’m a six month young Beagle/Corgi (known as a Beagi) pup. For this week’s Pet Column I am going to give some pet training advice. But let’s keep it real, the advice will only be serving as a front for some unadulterated self-promotion. The true purpose of today’s Pet Column is to get me and my friend Alley adopted. Into your family…

So I’ve been here at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter since the beginning of April and I’ve already learned some valuable lessons (i.e. I am smart and highly trainable). Initially playing and getting love was all I was interested in (i.e. I am so lovable and adorable), but now I realize (see comment on me being smart) that I get to play more and get more attention when I interact with others in a more calm and controlled manner (i.e. I am not a spaz anymore).

I will admit that when I first arrived I thought the best way to get attention was to bark and jump and whenever anyone showed me any attention I worked desperately hard to soak up as much affection (see comment on me being so lovable) as possible as quickly as imaginable.

I learned pretty fast (due to my aforementioned sizable brain capacity) that wasn’t the best method as I get much more attention when I’m not so demanding (tip for pet parents with dogs that are spazzes like I was).

The Second Chance staff quickly recognized my advanced cognitive volume and have also been teaching me some basic obedience along with improving my manners with the other shelter dogs. When I arrived I got along swimmingly with small dogs (because of my great temperament), but bigger dogs were (understandably) intimidating, so I just barked hoping they would go away. My sharp mind quickly deducted that barking didn’t get me what I wanted, and with a little reassurance I now see big dogs aren’t bad, and some are pretty fun (did I mention I am adaptable as well as adoptable?).

I’m not the only one that needed help learning the best way to interact in the shelter. My new feline friend Alley found the Shelter’s Cat Castle to be scary at first so she did a lot of hiding. Staff helped to reassure her with treats and gentle petting and now Alley is much bolder and likes to explore the Castle.

She especially enjoys the kitchen with all of its windows and she freely welcomes scratches and love. She is no longer intimidated by the other cats or the hustle and bustle that used to keep her at bay.

To summarize, Alley and I agree that sometimes you need to try new things in order to live a happier and more fulfilled life (hmmm…sounds like a great lesson for all you potential adopters…). We’re both ready to take that next leap into the unknown with you as our new loving families. Come meet us today.

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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