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Wisdom from a Furry Friend: Humane Society Tails

Wisdom from a Furry Friend
Humane Society Tails

Hello...my new name is Scooby (id number 6-3874). The reason I say my new name is that I can't tell the staff at the Humane Society of Washington County what my old name was since I was brought here as a stray dog by a nice lady who found me. I've been waiting in the area reserved for stray dogs since late April for my family to come and take me home--but no luck.
My stray companions were okay but it makes me a little nervous with all the different smells, barking and staff coming and going. The Animal Care staff really does a good job at trying to make me relax by making sure my area is clean, that I have food, water, blanket and toys. The only real quiet time is at night. Boy I wish I could go back home or now I hear I am eligible to go to a new home.
The other day staff came and took me to a different room where they did things to see what I would do. I didn't mind when they tried to take away my food--I just wondered why give it to me if you want it back. I think I surprised them when I showed off a little bit by sitting pretty when they asked. I heard them say that a lot of my companions that are asked to sit don't respond and that it is a shame how many dog owners don't take the time to interact with their pets and when they become unruly they are taken to the local animal shelter--who is expected to find them a new home.
That doesn't make any sense since me and my canine friends are so eager to do whatever a person wants--for a treat or a small bit of attention. And then we won't be taking up space at the animal shelter, we would be home, playing with the kids, going for long walks, sleeping with my head on your lap and enjoying life as part of the family.
But until then I will be here--a little nervous but otherwise okay.
I heard staff talking about the weather change and how some people leave their dogs in their car while they shop. I like going places also but not when they are going to leave me in a hot car. And boy does it get hot fast.
I heard them say that even with the windows cracked open the interior temperature can reach over 120 degrees in as little as ten minutes. That's a problem. I know my normal temperature is 101.5 F and that if it gets above 105 I am probably going into heat stroke. Not good because that could kill me.
But I am sure that whoever goes to take me to my new home will be responsible and not put me in these type of dangerous situations.
So if you need a loving new companion come and visit me at the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown.

(ITALICS)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. 301-733-2060.

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