Saturday, December 13, 2014

Adopting Awesome: Four Adoptable Dogs That Make Up For Eddie's Terrible-ness.

I remember my dignity fondly...
So you read last week's post about Eddie and it inspired you. "I need a dog!" you thought, "I need one RIGHT NOW". Maybe you have another dog, maybe you have some kids that you want growing up with all their fingers, maybe you just need someone who's a little more user-friendly out of the gate but Eddie isn't an option. Fear not. We can help. Most of our dogs are actually fantastic, friendly little guys who would love your kids and your dogs. However some of our pooches are so completely out-of-the-gate amaze-balls that we have to highlight them. For those of you ready for a non-terrible dog, here are some options. We expect to see you swarming the front door tomorrow. If you need directions, check google maps. We'll be waiting. 

1) Christopher Defended The Shelter From An Attacking Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Never mind about that dignity. Getting harder and harder to remember it..
Ok, it was just a plastic dinosaur and he ate it long before we ever met him. But he did come to us bearing the scars of the battle. By 'scars of the battle' we mean 'gut full of plastic dinosaur parts' which our vet staff removed. Let's not quibble over inconsequential details.  This sweet-faced four year old pibble wears his cone of shame as a badge of honor. He also likes other dogs and would like to spend the remainder of the winter curled up in your lap.

2) Ellen And Portia Saved A Bus Full Of Nuns From Driving Over A Cliff.

What's Peru? What's a nun? Wait - do nuns hand out Snausages??
It was a rainy night on a winding mountain road in Peru. The treacherous single lane track was muddy and dark. Nevertheless, the old yellow school bus full of sisters painstakingly made it's way up the switchbacks. Sniffing boulders by the side of the road, Portia and Ellen happened to be on a backpacking trip through Central and South America that week. At a gritty hostel in Cusco they heard a rumor that a truck full of Snausages had upended on the self-same road and made a pilgrimage to look for the detritus....

Okay, none of that happened. That's just patently untrue. We do believe that given the chance they would have saved a bus full of nuns but their loyalty to each other is heroic nonetheless. When the two were found Portia had a head injury that required us to remove the eye. Not a huge deal as dogs are really laid back about that sort of thing but still an adjustment. Ellen stepped up to act as Portia's seeing eye chihuahua, keeping an eye on her blind side and protecting her from harm. As Ellen was a pretty shy dog before, her new role required an outpouring of courage and bravery from the deadpan little chihuahua. Obviously the two need to go together. We would like to point out that they both fit on one lap and are absolutely hysterical.

3) Tiger Lily Won The Award For Best New Artist And Donated All Proceeds To Charity.

I'm all about that bass, no treble...
You have probably guessed by now that none of those things happened. Hear us out: theoretically, they could happen. Tiger Lily, being part basset, does sing. She sings for cookies, she sings at the sight of other dogs, she sings for the sheer joy of it. While we wouldn't exact call it pleasant, we're certain somewhere out there someone really, really loves the sound of a happy basset/pit mix caroling her little heart out. Didn't David Hasselhoff sell millions of records in Europe? Somewhere, someone will appreciate this exuberant eight year old pooch's art. We do but it's time for her to have her own people. 

As for the donation part, we don't know if she'd part with cookies but she happily gives kisses. If nothing else her ears and tongue do amazing things when she runs after the ball (and she's always running after the ball). See? How can you say no?

I just licked my own eyeball! Eureka!
In addition to these four amazing little beast-sicles, we also have a Nobel Prize winning terrier mix, a chihuahua who made millions on the Google IPO, three pit puppies who were seriously considered for Taylor Schilling's role in Orange Is The New Black and a bonded pair of Jack Russell mixes who met and married while working on Dancing With The Stars.

Or maybe we just have a lot of really great dogs that would fit well in your family. Either way, you should check them out. 

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***With volunteers, all things are possible. Without them, nothing is. Big, big, big thank you to rock star Jackie MacMillan, whose photos capture our adoptable pooches in all their joy, exuberance and occasional horridness. A huge amount of gratitude to Elizabeth Laverty who makes all the videos that let you see the little buggers move in real time including the now infamous 'Eddie' movies. We are so lucky to have them***


  1. And a huge thank you to Finn Dowling for writing these amaze-balls blogs!

  2. Finn! You are beyond brilliant! Love, love, love your blog! When I grow up I wanna be just like you! 😘

  3. Finn, you are a seriously awesome writer. Between you and the other talented staff, I'd bet your adoptable pets get serious adopters who just can't wait to come down and meet them. Well done, well done.