Adoptable Georgia Dogs for May 2, 2014

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for May 2, 2014

Tiger

Tiger is a striking brindle and white Pibble mix who is about 2 years old and weighs 55 pounds. I mean just a beautiful dog. He also got a great temperament evaluation, with checks for “Loves you” and “playful.” If you’re ready to be the center of attention when you take your dog on a walk, Tiger’s the guy for you. He is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Georgia.

Jackson

Jackson is a handsome Yellow Lab mix, about two years old and nearly 60 pounds. He also has a great behavioral evaluation that says he’s “very Lab-like” with a sweet, submissive, gentle personality” and full of “Loves you.” He is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Georgia.

Pongo

Pongo is a 2-3 year old, 15 pound Dachshund who was found strolling around without any people and will be available for adoption beginning Monday, 5 May 2014 from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.

Gracie

Gracie is a middle-aged Hound dog mix Country Livin Pet Rescue pulled out of Barrow County Animal Control with some known health problems but a great spirit. She was an owner surrender in such bad condition that she immediately spent two weeks in the veterinary hospital and after going back to her foster home relapsed and was rushed to the emergency vet clinic. The rescue group needs your help in paying for Gracie’s continuing treatments and have setup an online fundraiser. I made a donation and I’m asking you to join me in helping Gracie.

The circle of giving continues when some of these dogs end up as therapy dogs, helping people. K9 Angels is a group that helps “four-legged creatures minister to people on earth.

The K9 Angels have spread their wings – well, paws – wide, but those involved are looking for more dogs to train.

They say they want to help even more people in the Lake Country – Putnam County in particular.

The therapy dogs and their handlers currently make regular visits to nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other organizations in Putnam, Baldwin, Greene, Jasper and Bibb counties; and recently, they were requested at the University of Georgia to help lower students’ stress levels before final exams.

“It’s awesome. We get so much more than we give,” organizer Ginny Spurlock said as she cradled her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Rosa, in her arms. “It means so much to see how you’ve helped somebody.”

Dogs and handlers must be registered to serve the public, and that requires passing the American Kennel Association’s Good Citizen program test, a process made easier by Kingsley’s teaching to the AKA’s standard.

Judith Keim, with Therapy Dog Inc. in Milledgeville, then observes the teams and determines whether certification and registration are earned.

Dogs of any age may qualify, Kingsley said.

During the course, dogs learn “to be obedient in all situations,” Kingsley said, including how to evacuate a nursing home room during an emergency, to not react when their ears or tails are pulled by children, and to become accustomed to wheelchairs, medical equipment, and loud noises.

Roxy Front Yard

Roxy (above) was rescued from the streets by me on December 24, 2000 and still enjoys rolling around in the grass on a sunny day.

DollySidewalk

Dolly (above) came to our home as a foster on the day before Thanksgiving 2012 after being listed several times in the Adoptable Georgia Dogs. We tried to train her as a therapy dog but she failed the exam and is on hiatus from training. We’ll give it another shot.

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