Pet of the Month

Pet of the month honors a special pet each month that has brought joy and love into their lives of their humans.  Some come into our lives from a breeder or a friend, while others come into our lives as rescue animals.  No matter how they wiggled their way into our lives, there is no mistaking the teachings they impart or the paw prints they leave on our hearts.

April Pet of the Month - Ivy

April Dog of the Month - IvyIvy is our 13-year old mixed breed rescued as a puppy by the Pond family.  Ivy is a very social animal and loves to have company at the house.  Although she's getting on in years, she's still pretty energetic and will chase a ball now and then.  She loves her family and her human friends very much...

Stefanie

 

March Pet of the Month - AJ

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AJ came into our lives becaus of a video on WFAA.  On Saturday mornings, they have a tail wagger segment, spotlighting dogs from the SPCA.  When we first got married, we had a dog, who was half labl and sharpei.  His name was Alex and he was the best dog ever!  We lost him to cancer when he was 10 years old.  That was in 1998.  Now fast forward to Feb 2010.  This puppy was featured on WFAA's tail wagger and they said he was half lab and half sharpei!  I looked at my husband and said I want him!  So I went out and adopted him!  He is a wonderful dog and is especially gentle and loving to our grandsom, CJ!  He has now been a part of our lives for four years and we could not ask for a better addition to our family!!!

Cindy

February Pet of the Month - Sheila

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In August 2013, I started volunteering at a no-kill shelter that was home to over a hundred dogs.  I convinced my husband, Steve that it was time to look for a new family member.  As we walked through the aisles of barking dogs, one dog caught Steve's eye.  And so began our relationship with a unique breed of dog, the Australian Cattle Dog, aka Blue Heeler, or Queensland Heeler.  Sheila was a purebred who had been dumped at the SPCA and rescued by the no-kill shelter.  I later red that ACDs are often euthanized the way pit bulls are because of owners who don't understand the breed's characteristics.  ACDs are very protective, territorial and they love to herd!  They herd, as we later found out, people, cats, pretty much anything that moves, and they do it with INTENSITY!

Our cats soon learned that when Sheila stared at them she meant business!  She will get inches from our sassy calico, Sonya, and Sonya will actually back down.  This in itself was a miracle of sorts.  You have to admire a dog who will challenge Sonya!  The other method of herding that has been bred into these dogs (their "Plan B" should the stare fail to work) is nipping.  They usually go for the heels and attempt to move the animal (or person) along by placing their mouth around the back of the heel.  Sheila, true to her breed is totally loyal, and easily fits into the classification of "Velcro Doggie", always preferring to be right at your side.  Sheila is working out well with the cats.  She and our black male cat, Simon, play with each other.  They wrestle and have a great time!  Sonya has learned to head butt Sheila and try to stay on her good side.  Schatzi, our grey tabby still wants nothing to do with Sheila, but with time I think she may come around.

My first recommendation to people who are looking to adopt a dog is to know your breed.  Even a mixed breed will display some breed related behavior.  Don't set yourself or the dog up for disappointment and failure by adopting the wrong breed.  There is a breed for everyone and every situation.  My second recommendation is to give your new dog some time to settle in.  Dogs suffer some post traumatic shock from spending time in a shelter.  They may forget all about previous training and have a few accidents indoors.  They also might not seem to affectionate at first, as they feel betrayed by their previous owners abandoning them.  Above all remember you have saved a life and created a forever bond.

Sarah

 

January Pet of the Month - Rusty

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I was so excited when Rusty was chosen as the January dog of the month.  Rusty wasn't originally a planned member of my family.  In March, 2013, my choir director called saying he had found a puppy running free in his neighborhood and asked if I would keep him until he could track down the owner.  The "puppy" was so cute and about 6-7 months old according to the vet.  I couldn't bear the thought of him going to the pound and said, "sure, my two other dogs would love to keep him company."  After two weeks of loving him, and no one claiming him, there was no way I could give him up.  Since he already was and would fit in nicely with the rest of the family.  I think the vet may have been off on his age a bit.  Ten months later, he is now 75 pounds and still growing!  I have never seen a dog that enjoys eating wood, rocks, paper, etc. the way he does.  The wooden rocking chair on my patio is fast becoming a regular chair.  Even with all his challenges, he is the most loving baby and I am so thankful that he is in my life.

Roz

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