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Last updated 7/26/2022 at 2:48pm

Adoptions are down, in general, and we're not certain why that is. A good idea would be to save your newspaper from the previous week or two, to be reminded of whom we likely still have. And a GREAT thing would be to cut the article out and display it where visitors will see it and begin asking questions! Of course, there are a lot of links and numbers below as well. One great thing about AARF is that we have phone numbers – some rescues do not (though they have a contact form) – and of course Tumbleweed, who boards the dogs, does. You will always be promptly and kindly provided with information.

This week we feature Daisy, a Great Dane mix, 7 months old. She is good with kids and came from a household that had another dog, so she's more than likely good with dogs as well.

We still have Oakley, who is a bit older, at 11. Thor is about 8, a shy husky who gets along with dogs, and with me; I spent a long time brushing him. I'd take him myself, except he's pretty large. I need to be able to walk a dog once in awhile, even though my yard is extremely large, get to the vet, and separate from cats if necessary. (I'm sure you also keep things like this in mind.)

River and Stormy are still available as well, and the dogs partnered with Front Range German Shepherd Rescue.

I have recently been through the sad process of putting an animal down – my old kitty, Camus (pronounced like the French writer). One thing you want to look for – in addition to eating habits and elimination – is change in behavior. One day of not wanting to eat can happen in pets and people alike. But more than one day is a sign. If you see your animal sleeping in a different place, for instance, note it. Maybe he/she wants to cuddle near a radiator (we don't have central heat), or suddenly does not want to leave a crate (we had Camus in a big dog crate overnight). Hiding behaviors – it may seem cute at first that the pet suddenly remembers his cubby in the cat tower, or decides to jump down below it – and you know he pees anywhere – but it is probably a hiding behavior.

Although my vet is Healthy Pets (at Fontaine and Hwy. 85), I will be ever grateful to Dr. Graf at Fountain Creek Veterinary Clinic for working Camus in for an emergency appointment. That day, the Uintah emergency was full. There are others, of course, but I was lucky to be seen close to home. Even that day, the kitty was jumping up in the window to look out – but he took an even worse turn overnight and his breathing was profoundly labored, even after intravenous hydration the previous day. When a cat mouth-breathes, he is in severe distress – and all things added together, we knew it was time. So the point is, pay attention: what seems strange or quixotic – a cute head-scratcher – may be a bit more than odd, especially in a very old animal.

AARF holds adoption fairs at Petsmart on Powers Saturdays 11-2: 2965 N New Center Pt., Colorado Springs. 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 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.


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