Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Tails: Kozmo

By Jamie Emming, Satellite Adoption Manager

Whenever I am feeling in a bit of a funk, I schedule myself a haircut. It’s the same sense of renewal our animals get when they go in for a long awaited clip and blow out. When we first met Kozmo he was overdue for some attention to his long locks. The poodle’s first helping hands were from an HSSV adopter who found the dog loose in the street. Since their dog had come from HSSV, they knew exactly where to take the Sunnyvale stray they rescued.

We had immediate interest in the shaggy teenager, who met several families before being put on hold for Patti who grew up with poodles and was prepared for their grooming commitment. Most dogs have a double coat with a top layer and an undercoat. The undercoat is what most dogs shed when the weather gets warmer. Poodles lack an undercoat, but their dense curly fur grows just like our hair and requires regular trips to a grooming salon. This doesn’t mean they don’t shed. If you’ve ever lived with someone with long hair you know how even people can leave hair cast offs.

To Kozmo’s delight, Patti returned the next day with her husband. They met with one of our Adoptions counselors to make a plan that would allow Kozmo to spend most of the day with a human companion, as he loves being with people. We also got his new family on the right track with his training, and he’s now attending private classes with a professional canine educator. When Patti sent us photos of Kozmo’s new haircut and she wrote, “I may be biased, but he is one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen!” I could practically see her beaming with pride. I think that’s how all of us animal parents feel about our furry children.

Do you have a furry family member in need of a makeover? Make your grooming appointment at our Animal Community Center’s doggie salon today, where all sales go to the tales.

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