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Wag of the Week


Last updated 12/1/2021 at 1:03pm


This gorgeous tri-colored fellow is Brody, who is an energetic Aussie mix about two years old. He's gentle, affectionate and needs a family who will give him lots of exercise. For instance, he'd love to be your hiking and running buddy. Aussies are considered highly intelligent and easy to train. They are known for being especially eager to please their owners. True to their herding instincts, they are very protective of their families and territory and will let you know if strangers approach, but they are not aggressive. Brody will need a high fence and a biggish yard – he can jump over a four-foot fence. Heelers make great pets if you can to give them the exercise and mental stimulation they require to stay healthy and happy. Remember, before any dog is placed, AARF has already kept them up to date on vaccinations, spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Dogs are getting adopted, but some we've featured have not yet been. An example is Toby (lying down), a shepherd mix who's been at Tumbleweed for a whole year now. I have played with him – he's gentle and doesn't interact much; he just does his thing, walking around, seeming to ponder deep thoughts about life. It's also possible he is dejected; he has seen so many dogs come and go, while he remains (though Tumbleweed is a very, very nice place, don't get me wrong.) He is the tan one pictured and he needs a holiday miracle. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can foster him.


We also appreciate any kind of donations: food, supplies, toys, crates, financial contributions. And remember, never gift an animal. Dogs should never be presents, going to a recipient who may or may not want him or her. They are, rather, a 15-year or so commitment. Some of the best gifts are not tangible – for instance, simply spreading the word to your proposed recipient (and others) about AARF's available dogs and puppies. This is such a multi-faceted gift: to us, to a dog, to others, even to yourself, for that feel-good sensation of helping a needy sentient being.

We hold adoption fairs at Petsmart on Powers Saturdays 11-2: 2965 N New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80922. More info: Julie at 375-1200 or Cathy at 761-5320. Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Facebook: AARF Colorado; website:


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