Lots of ins and outs this month. All five puppies are in homes and you’ll probably see many of them at events around the island. The great socialization they received at the shelter will certainly benefit them as they enter the larger world.
Presently, we have 2 dogs in residence. Scooter is the shy, black and white Chihuahua and Shelby is a new addition. Scooter takes a while to warm up to new people but once he does, he’ll happily follow you everywhere. He’s accompanied me on my shelter rounds and is very respectful of the cats. Of course, most of the cats are bigger than Scooter.
Shelby is a handsome but overweight Australian Shepherd. We don’t think he’s had much consistent training or exercise. Shelby could probably lose about 15 pounds plus getting into shape with regular exercise. He also needs a major grooming but we’ll have to wait until he’s been properly assessed to get this scheduled. His former owner suggested Shelby needs anti-anxiety meds before a grooming session. He’s great with people but may want to be the boss with dogs his size. Shelby also has a full length tail and is a bit taller than the normal Aussie. He’s quite smart and needs a person smarter than he is so he’ll know who’s in charge.
Since the last update, we’ve transferred in 11 kittens and a mom cat from our partner, SPOT (Saving Pets One at a Time). All the kittens are social but we have 6 in isolation dealing with either a viral or bacterial eye infection. We’re using appropriate eye medications and they’re all improving rapidly. When we enter their room, they’re ready to interact with us by climbing legs or perching on shoulders. They are:
Spring – female, tabby
Sprite – female, gray with faint tabby markings
Spencer – male, black and white; the smallest of the bunch
Racer – male, gray tabby with short kinked tail
Radar – male, tabby
Rita – female, black and white with a short kinked tail
The three kittens that didn’t have eye infections are in the Kitten Room. They are:
Calvin – male, white with a tabby saddle
Camille – female, black and white
Charles – male, black and white tuxedo
The mom cat of the last three is Chrissy. She’s a petite calico now residing in the second cat room.