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Last updated 6/21/2022 at 2:55pm

Dog lovers, we have three dogs to share, who need homes: Hairy, who is actually, I found out, Prince Hairy; the article last week featured him, and spoke about doodles; Chad, black lab, and Stevie, chihuahua. The first two are male and all are pretty young, a few years old. They are scheduled for neutering soon, because, let's face it, there are just way too many cute dogs running around who need homes.

I heard myself say two things to my dogs recently, the latter of which gave me a chuckle, even though my own brain did it: 1) I don't love you girls: I am in love with you! (I know there's a difference, but I'm too ancient to remember what it is.) 2) I had read that a grown dog's intelligence is equal to a 2-year-old's (I don't know what happened; it used to be 3, or I'm turning into a dog bit by bit.) I said, so between you two, it's 4 years old. This is why I need more, more and more dogs – to keep upping the number! As much sense as I usually make (until I get more dogs, that is....)

I read this great post online and am sharing it from raccooned.com: Little Known Facts about Dogs That Make us Love Them Even More." The pix are precious, but there's no room for them here. My FAVORITE line is the first line beneath "Sprints." You'll see!

Happy Face - Canines and humans have had to rely on ways other than dialogue to relay their feelings to each other due to dogs' lack of ability to speak English and people's limited understanding of what each bark implies. We've made do. While some indicators are pretty obvious, such as a dog's wagging tail, others are more discreet. When a dog's eyes are soft and kind, it's not only to be cute; it's to signal you that they're content in that time.

Scanning - At some point, we have seen dogs welcome others by smelling their behinds, so why should welcoming a person be any different? Canines have a method of checking on their buddies that most of us would find offensive if done by another human being. They tend to get personal. Don't panic if your puppy buries itself in your personal area; it's typically for the best. Although most people find this annoying, dogs can decipher a lot about us by sniffing us in this spot.

Checking for Prints - Dogs can be naughty. It is difficult to realize any breed's level of mischief when breeding dogs. No two dogs' nose prints are identical, just as no two people's fingerprints are similar. Dogs frequently use this identification technique to identify the shady characters among them. A dog's nose is its unique identification, and not merely for picking up aromas from miles away or specific odors from right next to them. Hence, dogs tend to recognize their friends from foes with noses. It is similar to a human's voice pattern or behavior.

Interesting Features - We begin to perceive features about their anatomy that are significantly different from a human's due to the time we spend with these wonderful tiny critters. To start with, dogs and cats both have "Henry's pockets," which are little pockets on their ears. Second, they blink sideways from time to time. Like beavers, polar bears, kangaroos, and a few other species, dogs have a third eyelid that moves side to side rather than up and down. They also have tear ducts in the corners of their eyes that are invisible to the human eye.

Adapting Takes Time - Anyone who has had a dog knows how much these cute beasts slumber. Dogs can fall asleep at almost any place and in virtually any position as long as they feel safe and secure. But when does the amount of sleep they get become excessive? Is it a cause for alarm if they always appear to be exhausted? If your dog's sleeping patterns have changed, he's likely feeling a little worried about his new surroundings. As his stress level drops, so should the length of time he spends napping. Nonetheless, you should let your dog rest as much as they prefer.

Family Member - The first few days in a new place, regardless of age, are likely to be nerve-wracking for a dog due to new people, odors, and, of course, surroundings. That's why it's critical to do everything possible to help the family's latest member feel at ease. Fortunately, a dog will do a few things unintentionally to indicate to its owners that they are willing to trust them. Resting on their side with their arms and legs extended indicates that they are at ease in their environs and feel secure in their new family. After establishing some level of trust, your dog will start getting territorial and protective of you and its territory.

Sweaty Paws - When the opportunity comes up, dogs enjoy running around the park with the other tiny furballs. It's only natural that your dog and the group would get a little sweaty after rolling around in the grass and chasing each other around throughout the afternoon. Dogs, unlike humans, do not sweat from every pore. Although many people have long assumed that dogs sweat from their noses and mouths, their sweat glands are in their bear-like paws. If it's a hot day, provide them with a kiddie pool filled with cold water.

Occasional Sprints - For some time, almost daily, you may feel as though your dog is out of its mind. For no reason, it might be jumping and running around the house like something or someone is on their chase and their life is in danger. It is worth noting that this behavior is normal and not exclusive to dogs.

Chad

Many other dogs are still available from AARF and Tumbleweed. AARF holds adoption fairs at Petsmart on Powers Saturdays 11-2: 2965 N New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80922. HOWEVER, SOMETIMES THE FAIR IS ON A SUNDAY. PLEASE CHECK the website/Facebook for any updates (such as inclement weather, also). Sometimes the fair is right here in Fountain at Tumbleweed Country Kennels. More info, & call any time: JULIE at 719-375-1200 (land line) or Cathy at 719-761-5320. Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Facebook: AARF Colorado. Also try aarfcolorado.com. Tumbleweed Country Kennels is also on Facebook. YOU CAN NOW VIEW DOGS AT TUMBLEWEED ANY DAY OF THE WEEK – PLEASE CALL AHEAD: 719-382-1126 (You now need to dial area code for every call).

 

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