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Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Aragon the Blue Tick Coon Hound

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Aragon the Blue Tick Coon Hound

Hi. My name is Aragon. I am a Blue Tick Coon Hound and I am a young gentleman at 3 1/2 years old. I have been living at the Humane Society of Washington County since the end of February and I am really hoping to find a family to take me home and love me. I am a pretty good-sized young man, which means there is more of me to cuddle and love. So many people say how beautiful I am with my ticking so I know I am a real good-looking young man. I am very active and that means I like to run and romp. It is suggested I would fit into a household with children 8 years or older because I tend to pull on the leash and I love to jump up and say hello. We could work on that, though, with some positive reinforcement training. I need exercise so a big back yard or someplace to hike or go on long walks with my new family would be perfect for me.
Speaking about yards and being outside reminds me that this is the time to remember pet owners need to be aware when doing yard work. Gardens are beautiful but they can also be dangerous to pets. Some of the prettiest plantings are toxic and sometimes fatal to pets. The beautiful holly bushes, rhododendron, azaleas and many lilies are all toxic to dogs and cats. For a complete list of plantings that are dangerous for pets visit the ASPCA website at www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/
Keep in mind it isn't just plantings that can be harmful. That wonderful Cocoa mulch, which is a byproduct of chocolate and smells tasty to pets, is very dangerous to us. It can cause gastrointestinal problems and if we get too much in our systems can even cause neurological problems.
Remember to store all pesticides, poisons, gardening tools and implements safely away. They can be potentially dangerous, causing injury or death to pets and people. Last year the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center received thousands of telephone calls from concerned pet owners who suspected their pets had ingested something dangerous from the garden or garage. If you suspect your pet has ingested something dangerous contact your local veterinarian immediately. Remember the Mountain View Animal Emergency is located at 18501 Maugans Avenue. You can also contact the 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435. Please don't let your pet become a statistic.
Come by and say hello. Maybe I can become your newest family member. Remember that pets are for life.

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. Visit www.hswcmd.org, for information on animal related issues, programs and services and directions to the shelter.
The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for all animals. Through education, legislation, action and leadership, we strive to eliminate overpopulation and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion.

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