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Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Annette, a 7-month-old Beagle Mix

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Annette, a 7-month-old Beagle Mix

Hello, I'm Annette, a 7-month-old Beagle mix. I'm looking for a calm home and patient owner that will help introduce me to new situations. The world seems a bit scary to me right now.
Since I'm timid, I love to sit in laps. I'll even give you a kiss if you let me! I also know sit and down and would love to learn more.
I hope to have a new family one day, and my friends at the shelter do too! So I thought I'd give you a couple of tips before you bring us home. Here are some things you should do to prepare:
* Look around for anything that needs to be removed or changed to make your home safer. Cords, tassels, extra-long curtains, and vertical blinds can be a strangulation hazard if your pet becomes tangled, not to mention they can bring them crashing down!
* If you are adopting a younger puppy still in the chewing stage, consider putting rugs with decorative fringes away to remove temptation
* Stock up on rug cleaner made specifically for pet accidents. It will help discourage us from using that spot again!
* Research potty training methods
You may also need to purchase some items to make the transition from shelter to home easier.
* Invest in a crate. It is useful when potty-training. You can also use it or a gate to confine your dog to a safe area while you are not home until they learn house manners
* Be sure you have plenty of toys to keep your new pet occupied! Dogs will be less likely to chew on your things and it will keep them busy and out of trouble! Kongs are excellent toys to keep dogs occupied when you leave the house
* Provide your new kitty with a scratching post or cat tree
Once you bring your pet home, be sure to introduce them to rooms slowly. Complete freedom can be overwhelming! If you don't want us on the furniture, consider placing a pet bed in each room so we have a comfy alternative. A fluffy cocoon of blankets will do the trick, no need to get fancy!
Pet food and litter are also important items whether we are at home or awaiting adoption at the Humane Society of Washington County. However, my friends and I need your help! Kitten and puppy season has arrived! To make sure we all get the nutrition we need to grow up strong and healthy, please donate Purina Kitten Chow and Pedigree Puppy Chow to fill our bellies. Proud mamas need help too, so donations of Purina Cat Chow are also needed. With so many families, litter is also in high demand, especially the brand Yesterday's News.
I hope you and your new furry friend are happy together...maybe you'll decide I'm the right pet for you? Please come visit me at the Humane Society of Washington County and find out!

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.

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