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Last updated 11/8/2022 at 2:51pm | View PDF

Creation Stories

Hello dog lovers, please see below for all the dogs who still need homes. Any way we can get them all home for the holidays, make it, for starters, a real Thanksgiving for the deserving? Please share if you can and let’s get them home for good.

I don’t know why, but I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about (and sharing with the dogs) their “creation stories.” Of course, I was not there when they were created, but I mean, once I came to meet them, how they joined the family. One was rescued by Cathy Blake’s husband; he went to Texas to get several dogs on a euthanasia (or nearly) list; big as Texas is, there was no more room (or time or resources) for them. They made it to Tumbleweed Kennels, where we met Willow (another name then), who was so scared she’d fall to the floor submissively if one approached her to pet or to leash for a walk. She’s come a LONG way, and since Cathy (an AARF volunteer) was all about her sweet temperament, we say, to this very day, what a sweet peppermint she has! (even if I’d prefer chocolate)...

And Halo, well, she was found wandering around on Academy Boulevard. She’s the sweetest thing, and we knew nothing else but that her people didn’t show after five days. I had wanted a dog smaller than Willow (and she is, by 20 pounds) and, to this day, Halo will take my hand off if I’m not quick, and I’m wondering if she had been hit by a human or car, though the vet can see/feel no damage. It’s only when I stroke her in the back of body: someday, an x-ray. But it’s probably good she is not with children. She is the first dog I’ve ever had who liked toys.

And then there’s Judah, brought in with two others when his person died, and the dogs were wandering beyond the fence. He’s a silly boy who sits down head first, right on me, insinuates himself between me and any other life-form, no matter the lack of room – and has terrible breath. He needs a dental, but first I’m going to see if the vet thinks brushing will help. Funny thing: I always wait a half hour after feeding the dogs for letting them run. This reduces the risk of bloat (you might want to look that up; addressed in a previous article). Then he’s out like a shot. He’s GOT to get there first (the far southwest corner of yard); within a minute, he’s back, looking at me like, do YOU know why I had to get there? Especially first? Same old bushes and weeds. And I’m like, no idea, fella. He’s really cute; I committed to him sight unseen due to his weight (also smaller than Willow, and Halo too) – I thought he was all black, but he has a white tux chest, white boots and ….. freckles, yes, freckles, right on the snout where they belong. So over and over I tell their stories. I have no idea why, just like the dog who gets there first. That is to say, I fit right in! So I guess you need my creation story now! No, I’ll spare you...

AARF and Tumbleweed Kennels still have Paris, Juice, Jax, Fergus, Coco, Boomer, and Bella. Boomer is a Plott Hound mix, and it is unknown how he is with other dogs. He's about 50lbs and probably 2-3 years old. Bella is a pit mix who weighs around 55lbs. She’s about 2 years old. Coco-Coco is a pit mix around 2 years old. She is dog selective. Fergus is a lab/pit mix around 3-1/2 years old. He's about 50lbs and can climb chain link fencing. Jax is a pit mix and weighs about 60lbs. He's about 4 years old. Juice is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/lab mix. He's very energetic and probably around 1 year old. He does get along with other dogs. He weighs about 50lbs. Paris is a pit mix who's around 3 years old. Paris can be dog selective.

AARF holds adoption fairs at Petsmart on Powers on SUNDAYS (formerly Saturdays) 11-2: 2965 N New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO 80922. PLEASE CHECK the website/Facebook for any updates (such as inclement weather. Sometimes the fair is right here in Fountain at Tumbleweed Kennels). More info: Julie at 719-375-1200 or Cathy at 719-761-5320. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]



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