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Bambi is a gentle and affectionate Pittie mix, probably part Lab. She's about a year old and needs a new home because someone in her family developed an allergy to her. She's grown up around children. She's playful and gentle, a little shy at first, but warms up quickly. (She's pictured here with Josh, who works at Tumbleweed Country Kennels, where she's boarding with other AARF dogs and puppies.)

And now, a personal story which ties into the hope that people won't just give animals away willy-nilly and that, generally, you wonderful readers will learn from my mistakes. In 2010, I got Fable from Teller County Regional Animal shelter as a sweet 8-week-old pup. She was SO much to handle, and I'd never needed professional training with other puppies or dogs – like for leashed walks. I was TOO PROUD to call a trainer; I also had health issues that prevented me from taking her in twice weekly. I thought, "I can do this myself!"Anyway, we had a very old fence and she was already eating bushes. I thought – "next is the fence, where it has gaps and has rotted, and the puppy will follow (the pup I got to keep her company/wanting to stay in yard – from Pueblo Animal Shelter). (This latter, method by the way, never works, and I thought had already learned that.)

Fable was a wild child, more challenging than other pups I'd gotten. Finally, when she was 6 months old, I gave her to a good friend on 40 acres in Rush, Colorado. She was in heaven! Note: This was a GOOD FRIEND, not an unknown person. But then, of all tragic things, one year later, my friend passed away.

His family wanted me to take her, but when I tried to reintroduce her (with a commitment to training) the dogs fought viciously, who had gotten along so well. I found a family for her that seemed perfect. Still, Fable showed up twice. They came for her. Then she showed up in the Humane Society. They had never changed her chip. I was shocked to see her white muzzle, and it saddened me greatly. But again they retrieved her. Obviously, they DID love her.

Years passed. I got a call from Kansas City – many calls I thought were spam. They weren't. My name was still on the chip. I tried to help from here. The lady was nice, finally saying that her good friend would give Fable a home. However, within a DAY, she ran out the front door, and was struck and killed by a car. I have never forgiven myself. She was just 10 years old. Fable adored people of course, she was not a "bad" dog; animals cannot be bad! They are all innocents, but they need us to help them fit in with our lifestyle and we might need to fine-tune what commitment really means. They do need us, for instance, to update their "tickets" – collars, tags and chips. But I did not do the best myself. I had not saved, for instance, the local adopting family's phone number.

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

Happy Holidays to you and your animals! If you have thoughts on these articles, please write the newspaper or send feedback (positive or negative) to [email protected] Thanks so much to everyone who has adopted from AARF so far – please spread the word. Thank you.


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