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These very special dogs (long-time residents at the Adoption Center) have all had their adoption fees sponsored and prepaid. Please tell your friends and neighbors.

[ Contributors to this page: MD = Michelle Deering, JS = Jim Swallow, PT = Peggy Templer ]

Dixie will make a great addition to a fun-loving family. Win her heart by tossing sticks for her. Dixie's volunteer dog walker brought her home and she seemed to like her fenced garden and understood when the house cat told her, No. She didn't have an accident inside and she did not beg.


Dixie is in the Buddy program: In-house Obedience Training - knows sit, down, heel, loose leash walking, recall (comes when called) and on desensitizing her for fearful behavior. She is timid with new people and just needs some time to get to know you. Dixie is asking for a patient, loving someone with a quiet home.


Leo is a young dog who loves stretching is Lab mix legs with other dogs in our playgroups. He is a sweet and lovable boy once he gets to know you.

Leo was in the Buddy Program learning sit, down, heel and recall. He doesn't seem to mind cars and likes older children. A patient and sensitive home would brighten Leo greatly.

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Mel has always been a people dog and we love taking photos of her because her face is so expressive. Mel will do great in a family with older children, but just remember she is a strong girl who needs someone to keep up on her manners. She has had a DNA test that came back with: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bulldog and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.


Don't let a girl named Mel give you the wrong idea.  Mel is the most beautiful girl you will ever see.  With her adoring and engaging eyes and infectious smile, she makes it clear that you are the center of her world. At first, she can't restrain her enthusiasm and has to jump for joy when you arrive.  After getting to know you, she will sit and wait for you to give her a treat and leash her for a walk.  She loves to go for walks, chase balls and swim.  She is easy with most other dogs, but would love to chase a cat.  Your wish is her command, as she desires so much to please.  In exchange for your love and attention, she will give you her devotion and prove it with her look and smile.  — JS


Bear's philosophy: Why waste money on toys when there are STICKS? Bear is 4 years young and is happiest when he stretches his Pointer mix legs and uses up some of his boisterous energy. Twigs, limbs and branches have met their match!

Just throw a stick and watch Bear go! Bear needs to learn some manners regarding how to show his enthusiasm. But he is a hoot to watch and the volunteers that work with him love him dearly.

From the beginning, Bear has been, well, a Bear. If he was smaller, his exuberant antics would be cute. But at 80+ lbs, Bear is a real handful of canine energy. As a volunteer, I took him on because it is clear he needs exercise and attention and I have learned to love him dearly. He tries so hard to be a good boy. And the thing he has with sticks is so funny. When Bear feels happy, he expresses it by grabbing the nearest stick and wrestling around with it. He's also a great swimmer and will chase a stick far out into a pond.

For dogs with very high energy, like Bear, the kennel is a stressful environment. The noises, smells and confinement cause him anxiety which Bear exhibits by "spinning" in his kennel and jumping on people. He intimidates other dogs because he will run right up to them and want to play. But if the other dog lets him know he's too rough, Bear will retreat.

When he is in a class environment, Bear shines. He knows sit, down and heel. He loves the discipline and attention. When Bear is on a walk, he is easy to handle once away from the shelter grounds and if he gets too excited, a stick or cookie helps him to find his focus again. Bear needs consistent daily training and someone to keep him up on his manners. He needs a active home and due to his high energy might do best in a only dog household with older respectful kids.

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