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Last updated 12/27/2022 at 11:23am | View PDF

Hi folks, sometimes lines get crossed (there are many lines leading to these articles) and we might leave off a dog or offer one that, by print, has been adopted. So please check the info in last paragraph to call either an AARF volunteer OR Tumbleweed Kennels. For sure we have Pepper Ann, about 6, a Cattle Dog mix, about 55 pounds; also, Zeus, a precious husky mix; and Davey Jones, the Corgi/Shepherd mix, at about 25 lbs.

One thing I try to do regarding my rescue pets is look for the good. One of them, the most recent, who is so freaked out by tall men in hats, is having a pooping issue in the house. I always felt puppy pads were a mistake: like it's license to go. But I've been using them. But last night, he went not on the pads, ugh. So it's a problem, and everyone who meets him feels he's been abused – maybe due to this issue? I have no way of knowing. Anyway, I maintain patience this way (aside from considering a possible bad past life): by asking myself, what's good, what has worked out?

He plays super well with the other dogs. He's so crazy-affectionate he doesn't get the laws of physics: like how two atoms cannot occupy the same space at the same time – to be read as, he insinuates himself between me and any other life form all the time, and if there's no room on the bed, has zero issue with laying all 40 pounds right on top of me – oof. He, like the others, chases the cats, but does not hurt them, and one of them sleeps right next to him. He was a door-dasher; we had to be really careful, even with our fence and a cross-fence out the front door. Now he waits! He will actually hesitate to make sure going out is ok. What a good boy! He listens – go out, come in, walks on the leash fairly well (at first kept jumping up on me)...and he's even gotten used to a tall man in a cap, no longer freaks out. Also, if another dog leaves some kibble behind, he does not get into it (before I can pick up the bowl, I mean). A nearly perfect gentleman!

Davey Jones

Also, like I always tell him, he's just the right size! This is sort of a little joke. I needed a smallish pup – I committed to him sight unseen, and thought he was a non-descript monochrome/black dog, from the one picture available. But when I got there – what's this? I saw him and said, just the right size! So cute! He's perfect! White boots, tuxedo chest, snout freckles, bits of brown, half-up ears...I have quite the variety – long-haired, short – and his is wavy. These are attributes he has no control over, of course, but I praise him for being perfect anyway, because doing that aloud reminds me daily how lucky I am, despite the pesky problem. One thing is this: it nearly always happens if there is any food, even a biscuit or two, after 5 p.m. (Yes, they are let out until 11, and almost always when I can't sleep, anywhere from 3-6 a.m.)... it will come along, I just know it will. So...stay positive...if I've got this, you've got this!

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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